Hotel at a Glance: 1862 Seasons on Main B&B
Each guest room in 1862 Seasons on Main B&B is named after a different season—Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, and All Seasons—in reference to the Berkshires’ year-round appeal. The Greek Revival home boasts lots of 19th-century charm, with period furnishings and wallpaper throughout. The bed and breakfast lies right in the middle of downtown Stockbridge, the celebrated hometown of Norman Rockwell, within a short walk of local restaurants, shops, and art galleries.
- Gourmet breakfast featuring homemade bread and muffins, fruit and yogurt, and a hot entree
- Homey guest rooms boast Frette linens and towels, velour robes, and flat-screen TVs. Most have working fireplaces.
- Afternoon treats served in the common areas include wine and cheese, tea and cookies, and ice cream.
- Go for a hike on the Laurel Hill walking trails that lead to Laura’s Tower, Ice Glen, and Beartown State Forest.
- Must-see museum: the Norman Rockwell Museum, which displays the world’s largest collection of his work (3 miles away)
Berkshires, Massachusetts: Historical Highlands Region with Thriving Arts Scene and Outdoor Recreation
The Berkshires, a mountain range in western Massachusetts, has long served as an inspiration and source of solitude for artists and writers, including Herman Melville and Edith Wharton. Residents in the mountain town of Lee carry on that tradition—it has a thriving arts scene, with a number of repertory theaters and world-class museums.
There’s also plenty to keep outdoor enthusiasts busy. In fall, it’s popular to take a leaf-peeping drive through the colorful countryside. Mount Greylock, the highest peak in Massachusetts, is crisscrossed by 70 miles of hiking and mountain-biking trails. After a heavy snowfall, those same paths open for snowmobiling and backcountry skiing. The Berkshire Botanical Garden, open May through mid-October, has 15 acres of native plants and topiaries.