As you come off the Mass Pike in the Berkshires, you’ll coast into an old mill town along the Housatonic River. Look closely and you’ll see signs of the marble quarries and paper mills that ran here for a hundred years and more, and the kind of downtown where you may find a quilt shop with sewing supplies and a three-generation family-run jewelry store alongside a Peruvian restaurant, a farm-to-tabe créperie and window full of a vintage hats.

From here, people come through town in all directions. You’ll find Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival a few miles to the east and Tanglewood a few miles North, the Appalachian Trail, October Mountain and Beartown State Forest …

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