The Berkshires is an area in New England midway between Springfield, MA and Albany, NY on the east-west axis, and stretching north from the northwest corner of Connecticut up to Vermont. All of Berkshire county, the Massachusetts geographic but non-governmental entity, lays within the Berkshires, which spills into neighboring areas of Columbia county, NY and Litchfield county, CT, as well as Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties in MA.
There are several performing and fine arts organizations in the Berkshires that attract cultural tourists thorughout the year, especially during July and August, when the Boston Symphony Orchestra is in residence at the Tanglewood Music Center, with a nearly 600 acre campus located in Lenox and Stockbridge. The Berkshire Theatre Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and the Clark Art Institute were the other organizations that were instrumental in the establishment of the Berkshires as a major cultural destination. Many more have set up shop over the past few decades. Find out more on our partner site, BerkshireLinks.com.