Planning the Perfect Trip to the Berkshires this Winter

Winter is coming. Those famous words are about to be reality here in Lenox, MA. Every season is beautiful in the Berkshires, and winter certainly has its own unique attributes, making it a wonderful time to visit. There’s an abundance of outdoor recreation, indoor shopping, holiday merriment, and scenic wonder to enjoy. The winter season can be cold and snowy though, so you will want to pack wisely. However you choose to spend your time – indoors or out, active or relaxed, or all of the above – here are some tips for planning the perfect trip to the Berkshires this winter.

Where to Play

Outdoor Recreation

Skiing, and sledding, and tubing, oh my! Outdoor winter activities abound in the Berkshires. We are located near several ski resorts where everyone can hit the powder, from novice to pro. Prefer ice to snow? You’ll love ice skating on the lakes in the Berkshires where you can also enjoy a natural, scenic backdrop. Have you ever considered a winter horseback ride? Horseback riding offers a wonderful and unique perspective of the Berkshires in the winter. Get bundled up and saddled up to explore beautiful trails with a guided horseman. Check out the top 5 things to do in the Berkshires in winter for more details about these fun outdoor activities.

Holiday Activities

Just imagine seeing thousands of twinkling holiday lights, decorating delicious cookies and beautiful ornaments at a workshop, listening to winter tales while enjoying s’mores by an open fire, or sipping hot cocoa by the fire in your luxurious guest room at Devonfield Inn. The holidays in the Berkshires are simply magical. Here are 5 fun holiday activities to enjoy this season.

What to Pack

Infographic showing items to pack for a winter trip to the BerkshiresPacking for the Berkshires in winter means dressing warm enough for the outdoors but comfortable enough for the indoors. Layers are key. Here are some wintertime essentials you don’t want to forget. But if you do, our many wonderful shops will have you covered in no time.

A Winter Coat – Depending on what you’re planning to do while you’re here, your choice of outerwear could be a nylon puffer that will stay dry in the snow or rain, a down coat of any length, or a long wool coat to keep you wrapped in warmth. A leather jacket will keep out the chilly wind, but you will want one that has a liner.

Gloves – You need gloves! Especially if you’re coming from Southern climes and haven’t experienced this kind of weather. Choose gloves that correlate to the kinds of things you’ll be doing – make sure you have waterproof for outside fun, or more fashionable hand wear for going from car to building.

Boots – You’ll want something to keep your feet warm and dry. Waterproof boots with good grip are important for snowy and icy spots, or leather with tread for less vigorous activities.

Hat/Fleece Ear Band/Scarf – You’ll want to cover the top of your head to retain your body heat, and ears are exposed – make sure you have something to cover your noggin, especially if your coat doesn’t have a hood.

Sunglasses – Does that surprise you? Sunglasses will save your eyes from the glare of sun on snow. Snow blindness is no fun!

Snow Pants – If you’re going to be doing things outdoors, you’ll want snow pants to keep you warm and dry, especially if you’ll be out after sunset. Jeans are fine for indoors.

Thermal Undershirt/Pants – Whether they are the old-style long john material, silk or high-tech material, you’ll be glad you brought thermals! You can wear them under anything, and that lovely soft layer next to your skin will keep you toasty!

Where to Shop

Whether you’re looking for that perfect gift or something new for yourself, shopping in the Berkshires is the answer. We have hundreds of small town boutiques, hardware stores and antique shops that offer one-of-a-kind merchandise. There are even stores for your furry friends, such as Meow & Growl in Lee, MA. Persnickety Toys is the area’s top-rated toy store for that hard-to-buy-for child. And Lee Premium Outlets will connect you with the latest and greatest from your favorite brand names.

Where to Stay

At Devonfield Inn, of course – a centrally-located, luxurious retreat in the country. After spending a day outside in the cold Maine air, our warm and cozy estate will have you warmed up in no time. Or spend the day relaxing at the inn while taking advantage of our many amenities. Grab a book and sit by the wood-burning fireplace in the elegant living room. Enjoy some hot cocoa and cookies from the guest pantry. Sip wine and nibble on cheese and crackers on Saturday afternoon. Take a long soak in a spa tub in one of our guest suites. The options are endless. Book today!