Culture

Our most famous local attraction is Tanglewood, the outdoor summer home of the Boston Symphony – just 10 minutes’ from us. Their summer season usually mixes in local boys James Taylor and Yo-Yo Ma, and other greats of American music.

There’s a world-class dance center at Jacob’s Pillow, less than half an hour away, the Berkshire Theater Festival is held at numerous venues within easy reach of here and the strong folk music heritage means that there are many local venues with live music. Great Barrington is also lucky enough to have held onto the Mahaiwe, one of the oldest surviving theatres in the country - historic surroundings with a lively playbill of music, big screen cinema and theatre.

Just under an hour away and close to each other are The Clark (impressionists) and MassMoca (modern and sculpture), both world-class attractions. We also like the Williams College Museum of Art, which is free of charge and one of those places where you're never quite sure what you're going to find. 

The history of the early settlers can be explored at Hancock Shaker Village, just half an hour away and an amazing gathering of original buildings and art. (We can help you find other, lesser-known,  Shaker museums nearby, ask us for details.)

A summer's evening on the lawn at Tanglewood is a must, but there's plenty of other good stuff going on year-round in the Berkshires.