Three colonial buildings stand in a rolling sea of green, surrounded by 27 acres of Berkshire Mountain foothills. Within the Blackberry River Inn estate, wood-burning hearths and pocked wooden floors impart a warm, welcoming character. White rays of light stream through 24 windows in the cheerful breakfast room, illuminating round tables where guests enjoy a complimentary breakfast. Afternoon tea is served each day at 4 p.m. in the cherry-paneled library. Each room in this charming respite has unique style and decor. Many carriage-house rooms hearken a European aesthetic with four-post wooden beds, ruched floral curtains, and portraits of the countryside. Most of the main-house rooms and cottage suites are similarly styled with beds swaddled in comforters and fireplaces kept company by cozy armchairs. The main-house king suites feature a separate sunroom with a dining table, a perfect place to share a morning meal or play pogs late into the night.Located just south of the Massachusetts border, the small town of Norfolk is surrounded by the many peaks and valleys that make up southern Berkshire Mountains. This quiet town, established in 1758, is home to high-quality dining restaurants and is rich in local music, antique shopping, and colorful farmers markets. In the fall, the leaves in the three state parks within Norfolk's boundaries shift from lush green to vibrant oranges, reds, and yellows. Visitors can spectate the living canvas from the summit of the 34-foot stone tower at Haystack Mountain State Park. Accessible by car or by foot, a twisting, rugged road gives way to a mountaintop that—on a clear day—looks far out to the churning hills of Massachusetts and New York. Come winter, cross-country skiers blaze paths in the open fields, and horse-drawn sleighs jingle-jangle in the distance, sending a froth of white snow. Downhill skiing and snowboarding is plentiful as well with four ski resorts within driving or ski-jumping distance.
Greenwood Trails Camp’s owner and director Owen Langbart firmly believes that all kids—especially today’s generation of cell-phone addicts and video gamers—need the quintessential camp experience. With more than 100 wooded acres at the foothills of the Berkshires and a staff of friendly counselors that specializes in orienting first-time campers, his one-, two-, four-, and six-week camps aim to do just that. Winding paths and hiking trails lead young guests aged 7–16 to the many amenities that cover the grounds, including a larger-than-Olympic-size swimming pool, a rock climbing wall, a water trampoline, a batting cage, and a pottery studio. These same paths lead to the cozy cabins that house up to 12 campers and two counselors with all of the comforts of home: electricity, bathrooms, showers with hot and cold running water, and an old man in a recliner who won’t let go of the remote even if he falls asleep.
Regardless of age, Greenwood Trails lets campers choose the activities in which they’d like to take part in daily, such as pottery, archery, go-karts, or outdoor cooking. Participants also engage in cabin activities that encourage bonding among bunkmates, such as swimming together in the lake or joining in an untieable human knot.
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 1–2 hours
Brands Used: Our mini-yacht is an Aquarius 21: safe, comfortable and fun.
Pro Tip: Our boat has a big cockpit, a bow sundeck and a swim ladder. Bring sunscreen, hats and smiles.
Handicap Accessible: No
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Evening sails: Twin Lakes, Salisbury CT
Recommended Age Group: Adults
Wreathed by an idyllic white picket fence, Sweet Peas pale yellow Victorian homestead belies the progressive cuisine simmering within its the kitchen. Chefs drizzle center-cut meats and grilled fish with exotic flourishes, such as ginger-soy vinaigrette and dill aioli. In keeping with the rustic exterior, the sunlit dining room serves as an antique gallery, letting eyes feast as patrons savor pan-seared salmon or taste the wood finish on the 19th-century pendulum clock to ensure its authenticity.