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14 Places to Visit in Massachusetts' Berkshires

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    Planning Your Trip to the Berkshires?

    If you're looking for some cool places to visit, we have you covered. From a specialty coffee roasting company to an art and chocolate gallery, the Berkshires is worth exploring!

    (Published Thursday, June 21, 2018)

    Heading to the Berkshires in Massachusetts this summer, but still trying to find some cool places to visit? We have you covered:

    1. Mass. MoCA, North Adams: Located within a converted factory complex and containing 250,000 square feet of exhibition space, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is one of the largest museums for contemporary and performing arts in the U.S. Click here to learn more.
    2. Tunnel City Coffee, North Adams: A specialty coffee roasting company founded in the Berkshires, Tunnel City Coffee has locations in at the Mass. MoCA complex in North Adams and a flagship store in Williamstown. Click here to learn more.
    3. Bright Ideas Brewing, North Adams: If you're heading to the Mass. MoCA, take a few seconds to check out Bright Ideas Brewing, since it's in the same converted factory complex. They offer a wide variety of brews, including several seasonals. Click here to learn more.
    4. Natural Bridge State Park, North Adams: Located on McAuley Road in North Adams, Natural Bridge State Park is a treat for geology nerds -- or hipsters into marble. The state park contains the only natural white marble arch on the continent, which was created by glacier melt water over 13,000 years ago. Click here for more.
    5. Village Bike Rentals, Adams: Hit the trails with a bike thanks to Village Bike Rentals in Adams. The shop is located near the beginning of the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail. Click here to learn more.
    6. Whitney's Farm Market, Cheshire: Visit the third generation farm, which started in 1940 as a dairy farm and has since expanded into a farmer's market and garden center. Pick up fresh fruits, bakery items and a sandwich at their deli. Click here for more information.
    7. The Wit Gallery, Lenox: The Berkshires is known for its galleries, and The Wit Gallery is a popular one that specializes in whimsical and inspiring pieces. Click here for more.
    8. Art & Chocolate Gallery, Lenox: This gallery has been open for 10 years and offers a variety of jewelry, paintings, photography and - of course - sweets from Chocolate Springs. Click here for more information.
    9. Nejaime's Wine Cellars, Lenox: Nejaime's is considered one of the finest wine shops in the Berkshires -- and it doesn't have just wine. Take the time to stock up on specialty cheeses and other foods, beer and spirits during your trip. Click here for more information.
    10. Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge: The Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge has been welcoming guests since 1773, and visitors to the inn including five U.S. presidents, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The colonial-era inn was also featured in a Norman Rockwell painting. Click here for more.
    11. Naumkeag Museum and Gardens, Stockbridge: Although places such as Newport, Rhode Island, are more well-known for their former Gilded Age splendor, Naumkeag is a jewel among the estates in the Berkshires. The "cottage" of noted New York City attorney Joseph Hodges Choate contains eight acres of gardens and landscaped grounds and 40 acres of woodlands and meadows. Click here for more information.
    12. The Elm Street Market, Stockbridge: A must-stop for foodies, Elm Street Market offers breakfast, lunch and daily specials, along with a deli and grocery. Click here for more information.
    13. William & Sons Country Store, Stockbridge: If you need it, chances are William & Sons Country Store has it. It's filled with unique finds from yesteryear, along with toys, crafts and locally made products. Click here for more.
    14. Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives, Stockbridge: Head to the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives for events during the day and evening. Although the library has lots of events, the museum is also a hidden gem, with sections dedicated to education, commerce, religion, manners and customs. The museum attracts about 4,000 residents, tourists and researchers each year. Click here for more information.

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