Blackberry River Inn: Historic Estate in the Southern Berkshires
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.
Norfolk, Connecticut: Quaint New England Country Town
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.