January 12th, 2022

5 Winter Activities to Enjoy in Great Barrington

White,Snow,On,A,Bare,Tree,Branches,On,A,FrostyReady to explore the Berkshires this winter? Even when the temperature drops and there’s a blanket of snow on the ground, there’s plenty to do in Great Barrington and the surrounding area. And the best part is, many winter activities are fun for the entire family – including your furry friends!

Here are a handful of things to do in Great Barrington, MA in winter that will give you a taste of what the region is all about.

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1. Snowshoeing or Cross-Country Skiing

One of the best ways to explore Great Barrington, MA in the winter months is on foot. But we’re not just talking about your average hike. With a fresh blanket of snow on the ground, we recommend trying your hand at snowshoeing or cross-country skiing on one or more of the area’s amazing trails

From wide open meadows to more strenuous hikes, there’s something for someone at every skill level to enjoy.

2. Visit a Museum

If you want a break from the outdoors, you can’t go wrong visiting one of Great Barrington’s many museums or historical sites. No matter if you have an interest in history or an affinity for art, you can find a museum that is sure to keep you enthralled! Many museums in the area also take pride in their seasonal installations and decor, so make sure to soak it all in during your visit.

3. Sledding & Tubing

There’s no better way to enjoy the ample snow in Great Barrington, MA than by sledding or tubing down a scenic hill. Ski Butternut is a favorite in the area for families to go and enjoy the 11 tubing lanes. If it happens to be light snow, the park is able to make its own flurries when the temperature drops.

4. Drink and Dine Indoors

After hours of tubing, it’s time to warm up with a hot meal at one of Great Barrington’s best restaurants. From small cafes where you can pick up amazing hot cocoa to bistros serving up our favorite comfort meals, make sure to fuel your winter fun.

If you’re lucky, you might even stumble upon some live music while you dine. Many eateries have a packed calendar of local artists performing every night, so you can check out the music scene during your visit. 

5. Great Barrington Skiingman skiing

Of course, we can’t talk about things to do in Great Barrington, MA in winter without mentioning skiing. While the main ski areas in Great Barrington are the ski resorts Butternut and Catamount, there are plenty of other ski resorts in the surrounding area you can also visit. Check out what makes each location unique to find your perfect slope based on your skill level. 

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When it comes time to find a place to stay in Great Barrington this season, look no further than the always pet-friendly Briarcliff Motel. Contact us today at 413.528.3000 for more information on our rooms, rates, and the Great Barrington winter attractions you shouldn’t miss this year.