The Berkshires of Western Massachusetts
Written by Mark Ellwood
Consider a trip to the Berkshires as a chance to travel back onto time. Squint a bit and you can still picture the Gilded Age wealthy set, who built splashy mansions in this lush, gorgeous corner of Massachusetts. Many of those homes, of course, are now open to the public, like Age of Innocence author Edith Wharton’s 1902 house, The Mount. It remains accessible for indoor tours during the pandemic, but make sure to book in advance, or stop by the gardens, which you can visit impromptu. Of course, the trees are still turning russet here until mid-November, so squeeze I some end of season leaf-peeping, too; the best views of the entire region are from the top of Mount Greylock, with views spanning up to 90 miles away when the air is clear. Make the charming town of Lenox your base: The just opened branch of Hyatt’s luxury spa chain, Miraval, is the best bolt hole. Visiting Massachusetts is easy if you live in one of the states designated low- risk by its government – check the updated list here. Otherwise, you can avoid a 14-day quarantine by producing a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before crossing the state border.
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