The Berkshires are known as a prime leaf-peeping spot or a place to visit in the height of summer, when Tanglewood is home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra. But this area in western Massachusetts makes an ideal stop in the spring if you’re looking for a getaway that offers fine dining, culture and hiking. The Berkshires will also appeal to your literary side, as both Edith Wharton and Herman Melville’s former homes are here.
The area is refreshingly low-key and unpretentious. As one shopkeeper said, “If you hear a car beeping its horn at other drivers, it’s almost always a car with a New York plate.” So pack your L.L.Bean duck boots and favorite fleece, don’t touch the horn and get ready to explore.