The Berkshires, United States
Areas in the Berkshires
When to go
The Berkshires is a four-season destination. Summer brings in the theatre fans and nature lovers; autumn draws the daytrippers who come for the spectacular fall foliage; and winter marks the arrival of skiers and snowboarders. The mild (and potentially wet) spring may be the quietest time to go – but even in the busiest of seasons rural roads of the Berkshires can feel sleepy.
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PlanesDirect flights from the UK arrive at Boston’s Logan Airport, two hours or so from the Berkshires, and New York City’s JFK Airport (three hours away). Internal flights from major US cities (as well as Toronto, Montreal and Amsterdam) touch down at Hartford‘s Bradley International Airport (www.bradleyairport.com), an hour and a half away by car.
TrainsAmtrak’s (www.amtrak.com) Vermonter route snakes from St Albans to New York and Washington via Massachusetts and Connecticut. The Metro-North Railroad from New York (www.mta.info) runs from Grand Central to Waissac in Massachusetts, where a summer weekend express bus connects with Great Barrington.
AutomobilesAlthough train and bus services around the Berkshires are pretty comprehensive, a car is a necessity for cruising the rural roads from hamlet to hamlet. Make sure you’ve pocketed the keys to a convertible in summer months, a 4x4 for winter. There are plenty of car hire outlets at Bradley International, NYC and Boston Logan.
TaxisCabs are neither much user nor widely available on the country roads of the Berkshires, but Abbott’s Limousine and Livery Service (+1 413 243 1645; www.abbottslimo.com) will take you anywhere your heart desires 24 hours a day – and will happily ferry you off you a guided tour of Berkshire County.