Guide to the Berkshires

Get a side of ‘70s-style kitsch with your lentil-brown rice burger—and a dose of high art with your post-burger trip to the “loo gallery”—at the café-cum-music venue-cum-museum that’s the DreamAway Lodge. 1342 County Road, Becket, (413) 623-8725

Shake out a picnic blanket and listen to Stravinsky under the stars. Tanglewood is the legendary summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and an outdoor concert here will be the classical experience of your lifetime. summer only. 297 West Street, Lenox, (413) 637-1600

A lot of Berkshires culture (see also: Rockwell Museum, below) is about pure, old-fashioned fun. And aside from the Rockwell Museum, there’s no better way to honor it than to stock up on Mary Janes, fudge, and whirly pops at Robin’s Candy Shop. 288 Main St, Great Barrington, (413) 528-8477

Turn the clock back to when things were a little more innocent. Not only are the genre paintings in the Norman Rockwell Museum nostalgic, but many are set in the very Berkshires roads you take to get here. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge, (413) 298-4100

Think of the best dance performance you’ve ever watched, and set it against a spectacular mountain view. No, that’s not some distant daydream: It’s the very real Jacob’s Pillow. (summer only) 358 George Carter Road, Becket, (413) 243-9919

As the tubing course is to a winter in the mountains, the alpine slide is to a summer. In the warm months, ski resort Jiminy Peak offers the only one in the state—and gorgeous scenery to make it worthwhile. summer only. 37 Corey Rd, Hancock, (413) 758-5500
There are two things you’ll always find at the Becket General Store: 1) classic New England charm, and 2) whatever else you could possibly be looking for. 30 Massachusetts 8, Becket, (413) 623-5700

There’s no way to experience the forest canopy better than at speeds of 50-plus MPH. Zipline with a view at Mount Institute through Berkshire East Canopy Tours. 66 Thunder Mountain Road, Charlemont, (413) 339-6617

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