December 11, 2016
We already have a couple of snowfalls under our belts, with more on the way this week, and soon the area will be packed with brightly-clad, ruddy-cheeked sporty types.
Here at the motel we’re keen winter sports fans, and at least once each season we’ll kit ourselves out in anorak and jeans, plus carefully selected woolly accessories, and go tubing. There’s nothing quite as exhilarating as a short ride up a travelator, hauling behind you a thick, black rubber kids’ paddling pool. Once at the top of the hill, it’s simply a matter of adopting your chosen method of sitting before gliding gracefully down one of the well-groomed, snowy lanes. Repeat until wet and cold, bored, or in need of some après tube.
WInter is when you really get a sense of the Berkshires as a year-round place. You see, there are many ski resorts in New England, including places where the mountains are higher and hairier. But the proximity of the Berkshires to New York and Boston – only a couple of hours’ drive to either – plus a vibrant enough calendar to attract visitors at any time of year, means that there's no 'resort' mentality. Our stores and restaurants open year-round – not just seasonally – and combine local hominess with a cosmopolitan mentality. No, I’m not making this stuff up. Check it out for yourselves. There’s a list below with clicks-through and everything.
Back to the snowy landscape and it’s not all about tubing, you know. Those less intrepid than ourselves have been known to strap on two milled lengths of two-by-four, grab a couple of sharpened sticks, and – head protected by a pudding basin or fruit bowl – shoot down a few ski runs. Most of our guests go to Butternut, just a few minutes from here, due to its excellent ski school, but there are several places to ski, located anything from ten to 45 minutes away, and all have good snow-making facilities. Cross-country skiing needs natural powder but four inches of compacted snow will enable this, as well as snow shoeing. Or if you just want to escape and look at nature cloaked in all its snowy glory, that's fine with us too.
Select the personality that best describes you from the list below, and click through to the best places to go.
Can you get away during the week? If so, take advantage of our ski & stay package and if you book two or more nights we’ll even throw in a little après ski treat. We haven’t decided exactly what yet, but it definitely won’t be the cooking sherry that my Grandma kept in the cupboard for years on end, and dusted off every Christmas.