Crab Apple Whitewater sends adventure seekers on river-bound thrill rides daily from early April through mid-October using inflatable kayaks for Class I–II rapids and larger group rafts for Class II–IV rapids. Crab Apple Whitewater charts routes through the Berkshire Mountains on rivers such as the Deerfield, making use of natural flows and daily dam releases in order to control the challenge for kayakers and rafters of all skill levels. Trips are consistent due to dam control, but vary based on interpretations of fortunes found in the guide’s tea leaves the night before. All adventurers strap on provided helmets and life jackets and attend a safety lecture prior to casting off.
An outdoorsman since birth and G. Loomis–endorsed guide, GSOutfitting's owner, Eric Gass, grew up hunting and fishing the Pioneer Valley and Berkshires. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Eric returned to guiding and now fishes and hunts with his faithful gordon setter, Duncan, by his side.
Eric leads fly-fishing trips aboard his 13.5-foot Aire drift raft, as well as local hunting trips for turkey and grouse. GSOutfitting also trains gun dogs and companion dogs, ensuring every hunter will have a loyal sidekick during the season.
The artists at Wine and Canvas awaken their students’ inner Rembrandts and Van Goghs with classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions while students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.
During whirlyball, players ride in bumper cars, carry racquets, and maneuver balls into goals. These bumper cars glide smoothly over the court and turn on a whim, giving players the opportunity to duck past their opponents on their quest to win the game. After a team is crowned champion, players can hang out in the gaming area and play pool or chat about their favorite moments from the game in the lounge.
When looking for the ideal person to design your golf course, you should always seek out someone with both expertise in course architecture and an intimate knowledge of the surrounding land. Fortunately, Mark Graves didn't have to look far to find a designer for his Edge Hill Golf Course; he already had both criteria himself. Mark grew up working on his family's dairy farm on a 150-acre plot in the Berkshires, knowledge which—coupled with a degree and career in course design—he used to convert the farmland into a course that opened in 1994.
Nine current holes wind through open and wooded spaces and rolling terrain into a challenging, 3,023-yard layout. In June of 2014, a back nine will open as well, completing the scenic 18-hole masterpiece that Mark had always envisioned. Though cows no longer roam the grounds whispering golf advice into people's ears, evidence of the land's heritage still exists, as the original barn now serves as the pro shop.
Established in 1896, The Country Club of Greenfield's rolling fairways challenge bands of comrades with an 18-hole, par 72 golf course. Teams of four enjoy a rollicking round of golf, traversing the course split up in two golf carts to ease the burdens of golf bags and to engage in fairway games of chicken. The course boasts 6,337 yards of golf from the longest tee, with a 69.2 course rating and a 117 slope rating. After tackling perilous obstacles such as sand traps, water hazards, and ball washers filled with maple syrup, friends can sip a drink in the full bar amid the dining room stocked with three TVs and outdoor seating with expansive views of the course.