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7 Reasons the Berkshires Is the Perfect Weekend Getaway

May 30, 2018 by Ali Bloomston
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TodayTix is headed to the Berkshires this summer, and you know you want to join us. If your mind isn’t made up by our dance, music, and theatre offerings in the Berkshires, here are seven reasons why the Berkshires is the perfect weekend getaway.

1. It’s scenic, but not “a scene.”
The Berkshires is all about seeing, not being seen, which can’t always be said about other east coast summer destinations (cough, Hamptons, cough). Trade the country club for the countryside and become an artsy mountain hippie for the weekend.

2. You work your tush off. Now “Berk” your tush off.
There are so many ways to relax in the Berkshires so give yourself that necessary #treatyourself time you deserve. Whether your idea of relaxation involves a sunrise hike, a yoga class, a stroll through a farmers market, or a Swedish massage, you’ll find what you need to decompress in the Berkshires.

Photo courtesy of Jacob’s Pillow

3. Combine the bests of the indoors and outdoors.
There’s a good chance that if you’re reading this article, you’ve spent many an evening in a dark air-conditioned theatre. In the Berkshires, you get to breathe fresh air into your favorite indoor activity with outdoor productions at Tanglewood, Jacob’s Pillow, and Shakespeare & Company. We’ve seen some beautiful set designs on the New York stage, but they all pale in comparison to the natural backdrops of the Berkshires.

Photographed by Jeremy Fenske

4. Eat farm-to-table food at a farm that’s down the road from your table.
Farm-to-Table as a concept is perfectly lovely. Sure, restaurants boast that they are “locally” sourced, but chances are that produce still has to be schlepped across interstates before making it’s way to chow town. In the Berkshires, farms and dairies are plentiful, and restaurants take pride in their fresh, seasonal ingredients that they source from the mom-and-pop farms down the road. You can find a massive list of farms and farm-to-table restaurants here.

5. The cell service is terrible, and that’s wonderful.
Okay, don’t let that freak you out. Trust us when we say the unreliable sell service is one of the greatest gifts the woods of Western Massachusetts has to offer. Unplug. Your inbox can wait. The people on social media are having less fun than you are. Nothing to see there.

6. It’s not as far away as you think.
Seriously, the Berkshires is only a three-hour drive from New York City and a two-and-a-half hour drive from Boston. That’s NOTHING considering that paradise is on the other end of the drive. Luckily, the views along the journey upstate are absolutely stunning, and we’ve curated the perfect musical theater playlist to help pass the time.

7. The Berk won’t break the bank
Vacationing in Western Massachusetts is surprisingly affordable. The AirBnB options in Lenox, Pittsfield, Stockbridge, and Becket are downright charming and so reasonably priced. Even the finer dining establishments have prices that would be considered middle-of-the-line in Manhattan. And the best way to Berk without breaking the bank? Get tickets up to 50% off to the best shows on TodayTix.