February in the Berkshires offers plenty of things for you to do to fill your days! For example, do you want excitement and physical activity? Maybe you’re looking for cultural and historical enrichment. Or perhaps it’s some downtime you are seeking; a time to relax and unwind. Did you know that a winter escape to the Berkshires puts you in a unique position to do all those things? Check out these 10 ways to experience the best of the Berkshires in February.
“We feel cold, but we don’t mind it, because we will not come to harm. And if we wrapped up against the cold, we wouldn’t feel other things, like the bright tingle of the stars, or the music of the aurora, or best of all the silky feeling of moonlight on our skin. It’s worth being cold for that.”– Philip Pullman, The Golden Compass
1. Enjoy the Slopes, Snow & Ice
Skiing in the Berkshires could quickly fill up your weekend. Just a short distance away from Devonfield Inn are Ski Butternut, Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, and Catamount Mountain Resort.
If downhill skiing isn’t your thing, there are numerous places to venture out and slice through the forests of the Berkshires via cross-country skis or snowshoes. This is a beautiful way to be immersed in nature. You’ll not only enjoy the sights, but you’ll also hear the sounds of nature, breathe in the fresh air, and feel it on your face. For added fun, you’ll also find a 450-foot tubing run at Bousquet Mountain. The resort provides sleds and tubes. And you’ll be happy to know there are also lifts to the top of the hill. Do you enjoy ice skating or want to give it a try? Consider the Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink, Canterbury Farms Pond, or Monterey Outdoor Ice Pavilion for a whirl around the rink.
2. Horseback Riding
Another exciting winter adventure is horseback riding. In fact, there are numerous riding stables close to the Devonfield Inn and some offer guided equestrian tours. Other options include Berkshire Horseback Adventures, Berkshire Trail Rides, Undermountain Farm, or Aspinwall Equestrian Center.
3. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
The Berkshires are made for hiking, especially at the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, which features over 1,200 acres of wildlife and 7 miles of trails for all levels. Along your trek, you’ll see a large pond and stunning views of the woodlands, meadows, wetlands. Along the way, be sure to keep an eye open for wildlife. Are you in for an adventure? The Trail of the Ledges is a challenging 3-mile loop with a steep vertical hike that reaches an elevation of 2,126 feet at the top of Lenox Mountain. At the top, you will be rewarded with gorgeous vistas of Mount Greylock, the Taconic Range, and the Catskill Mountains.
4. Norman Rockwell Museum
If you’re old enough, you may remember seeing Norman Rockwell’s art on the front cover of every issue of the Saturday Evening Post magazine. His work has captured the heart of millions. As you examine his works at the Normal Rockwell Museum, you will see a display of American culture, very often with a humorous slant. You’ll also be able to take a piece of this historical art home with an option to purchase prints, cards, and books at the Norman Rockwell Museum Store. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
5. The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
Located in Williamstown, a short drive from the Devonfield Inn ,is the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. A visit will enrich your life with collections of European and American paintings, sculptures and drawings. You’ll view art from the Renaissance ranging to the early 1900s. You can tour on your own, or take advantage of the virtual multimedia tour, which will guide you through the exhibits after downloading an app on your phone. You may also want to consider the combo tickets that include the Norman Rockwell Museum.
6. Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art
MASS MoCA features impressive visual and performing arts from both well-known and emerging artists. The diversity of the artwork is remarkable and ranges from sculptures and painting to virtual reality. They also host and impressive 75 performances throughout the year. Even the building, an industrial museum, is a work of art. Carve out ample time to wander through this fascinating museum.
7. Local Art Galleries
- An American Craftsman
22 Walker St, Lenox, MA
You’ll find creative artistry of glass work, wood, ceramics, and jewelry made by fine artists. The Boxology art by gallery owner Richard Rothbard is genuinely unique.
- Greylock Gallery
71 Spring Street – Williamstown MA
Enjoy traditional and contemporary fine art presented by both emerging and established artists.
- Bernay Fine Art
325 Stockbridge Rd, Great Barrington, MA
The gallery represents distinguished artists working in various media: painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics and works on paper. It’s worth a visit.
- Painted Porch Antiques
102 South Main Street, Sheffield, MA
If you appreciate antiques, English, French, Canadian furniture, and accessories from the 18th and 19th century features, you’ll love Painted Porch Antiques. You may just uncover something extraordinary on your getaway. By appointment only.
8. Herman Melville’s Arrowhead Museum
Millions of people have been intrigued by the story of Moby Dick, the famous white whale. Take a tour of the late author’s home and discover some of the influences behind the Herman Melville’s story. You’ll also learn many interesting facts about this renowned literary figure to the delight of his most passionate fans.
9. Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory & Gardens
Enjoy a taste of spring in February with a visit to the Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory & Gardens. Here you will treasure seeing over 3,000 delicate, colorful and fluttering butterflies in this indoor tropical garden.
10. The Devonfield Inn
A visit to the Berkshires is a true getaway. Imagine relaxing in a cozy spot after a visit to Herman Melville’s home and reading Moby Dick as you sit by the fire sipping a glass of wine or hot buttered rum. Sometimes the best activities are often the simple things in life. And during your getaway at Devonfield Inn, you can rest, relax, and rejuvenate in the comfort of our historic, English-style country manor.
Whether you prefer physical activities and adventure, culture and artistic enrichment, or you just want to chill, it’s all here for you. And with this list of 10 ways to experience the best of the Berkshires in February, you’re ready to travel! Book now.