This post is part of a hosted stay.
A few weeks ago we headed to the Berkshires with the kids for a two-night stay. Believe it or not, I have grown up in Massachusetts but never visited this area of the state (except to pass through on a trip somewhere else!). I had heard such great things about the region, so it was nice to finally get to check it out! We had such a great time, and I really wish we had stayed longer. I’m looking forward to going back again to explore more the region– there’s so much to see!
Where we Stayed
We spent two nights at the Yankee Inn in Lenox, MA, right on Pittsfield Road, just a short drive away from several Berkshire town centers. The family owned and operated hotel underwent a big renovation in 2000, updating the buildings and converting the 1950s era motel into a hotel. There are 9 different types of rooms (to fit every budget!) in between the Main building and the South building.
There are a number of amenities on site, including an indoor and outdoor pool and a small exercise room. There is also a cocktail bar and lounge in the Main Building. You can enjoy an expanded continental breakfast each morning in the Main room, and coffee service 24 hours a day in the lobby.
We stayed in a Standard 2 Queen room that had a slider than opened onto a nice grassy area for the boys to play. I was also happy to see that the room had a mini fridge (perfect, since the kids are always hungry!). I used the exercise room one morning, and enjoyed having a large flat screen TV to help pass the time! The hotel was centrally located to many of the things we checked out in the area, so the location was great.
What to See
I will be sharing more about the 2 museums we checked out on our trip: the Berkshires Museum and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in their own separate posts, but I wanted to give them a shout out here too! The kids loved both locations, and I would definitely recommend them for families visiting the area.
There is such a wealth of cultural attractions in the Berkshire area that you would be hard-pressed not to find something the whole family would enjoy. When we return, I definitely want to check out the The Clark Art Institute and Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), and of course a concert at Tanglewood!
Nature and Parks
There are a TON of outdoor areas for hiking, running and mountain biking. Before dinner on our first night in the Berkshires, we took the boys over to Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary (part of Mass Audubon). I wish we had more time to explore all of the outdoor activities around our hotel– we just didn’t seem to have enough time to squeeze those activities in!
Later this week I will be sharing two more posts on our museum trips and our trip to a family farm! 🙂