Christmas and the Holiday Season are a special time of year here in the Berkshires, Abbott’s Limo is always involved in connecting loved ones from our little piece of the world in Lee MA. As snow begins to blanket the landscape nature reveals a true winter wonderland that might, at first blush, appear best suited for staying inside next to a warm fire. No doubt a hot toddy, a warm blanket, and a great book will suit many visitors and residents alike, however, with some warm clothes and a touch of a sense of adventure, exploring the outdoors of the Berkshires in winter can be a wonderful experience.
From Sheffield to Williamstown the possibilities are endless. Have you ever tried snowshoeing? If not, make this year your time to try it out. There are great trails in Ashley Falls around Bartholomew’s Cobble.
You could shoe it to the top of Monument Mountain for a great view of the surrounding countryside covered in white (although you’ll probably have to take off the snow shoes and climb the last few hundred yards in your boots). There is a beautiful loop around Benedict Pond which straddles the Great Barrington-Monterey border.
In Lenox you can enjoy the trails in Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary and Kennedy Park on Lenox Mountain or you can venture to Mt. Greylock, the highest peak in Massachusetts, by setting out from the visitors center in Lanesborough. It is a long trip for which you’ll be rewarded with beautiful scenery all around. There are also a number of magnificent trails in the Mt. Greylock system that can be accessed from points along Route 7 in Williamstown.
And while on the subject of Williamstown, the magnificent Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute offers a beautiful setting with 140 acres on Stone Hill that you can explore before or after you take in their superb collection.
Local ski areas, Ski Butternut, Otis Ridge, Catamount, Bousquet and Jiminy Peak are all taking advantage of the colder weather and making snow now to prepare for the first snowfall due in this week.
And finally, of course, there are numerous opportunities throughout the Berkshires for scenic cross-country skiing. Cranwell Resort in Lenox, for exemple, has an excellent system of well-tended trails for avid cross-country skiers.