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Need a ride to Jiminy Peak?

Call our shuttle service to enjoy a round-trip ride – and the price includes your lift ticket! Please call the shuttle service directly to arrange your trip at least a day in advance.

From Long Island call Danril Ski Tours at (631) 209-1209. Saturday and Sunday trips beginning in mid-December are $66 per person including round-trip motor coach ride and adult day lift ticket. Learn to Ski packages are also available.

Departures from:

4:30 am LIE Exit 61
4:45 am LIE Exit 52
5:10 am LIE Exit 41
5:25 am LIE Exit 32
5:35 am Clearview Expressway, Exit 5
Return: Between 8 and 9 pm, depending on departure point.


The Berkshires have an abundance of rivers, streams, lakes, and ponds available for recreational use. If you love being in or on the water, you’ll love the Berkshires!
Fishing is one of the more popular summer activities in the Berkshires, and for good reason. The various bodies of water in the county are home to many species of sportfish. From the sunfish and perch, always favorites among the younger anglers, to trout, crappie, bass (large and smallmouth), pike and even tiger muskies, you can probably find your favorite quarry in Berkshire County. In fact, two current state records, chain pickerel and tiger muskie, were caught in waters less than a half-hour from Jiminy!

For more information on fishing please check out Mass Wildlife. For resident and non-resident licensing information please go to Mass Wildlife License Information.

The Berkshires also offer ample choices for swimming and boating. One of the great things about the Berkshires is the number of swimming ponds with beaches, changing rooms and outhouses. These are generally in beautiful scenic settings, and day tickets are inexpensive. Worth checking out are: Benedict Pond in Beartown State Forest, Otis Reservoir, Lulu Pond in Pittsfield State Forest, North and South ponds in Savoy Mountain State Forest, and Windsor State Forest. The historic Sand Springs Pool and Spa on Sand Springs Road in Williamstown, a recreational and therapeutic spa since 1762, relies on water from an underground thermal spring to fill its Olympic-sized pool. Also available are indoor and outdoor whirlpools, toddler pool, a sauna and exercise equipment. Several towns also maintain swimming areas. Try lakes Onota and Pontoosuc in Pittsfield, Lake Garfield in Monterey, Windsor Lake in North Adams, and Margaret Lindley Park in Williamstown. If you’re looking for a swim that’s a bit more refreshing, there are plenty of clear, and cold, mountain streams and rivers to choose from as well.

Pontoosuc Lake and Onota Lake in Pittsfield are also great for boating or canoeing. Hoosac Lake in Cheshire, also known as Cheshire Reservoir, is another great choice for canoeing or kayaking, as are several of the Berkshires’ rivers. The best part of all is that even if you don’t own a watercraft or have never tried boating or canoeing, you’re in luck. There are places within an easy drive that can get you what you need to get started off on the right foot.

Berkshire Canoe Tours
Surround yourself with the beauty of the Berkshires. Day and evening tours are available, including moonlight tours. All you need to bring is your sense of adventure, all other equipment is supplied for you. Group rates are available for groups of 10-20 people. Call (413) 442-2789 for more information.

Berkshire Fishing Club
Berkshire Fishing Club is a private, members only, club located in Becket, which operates from May through October. Though it is members only, trial memberships, which include the use of a fully-equipped 3 person bass boat, are available to the public. Gear rentals are also available. Comprising 850 beautifully wooded acres surrounding a sparkling, private fishing lake (no fishing license required), the club offers a wide range of outdoor recreational activities, including fishing, fishing schools, hiking, and canoeing. See Berkshire Fishing Club for more information.

Berkshire Outfitters
Berkshire Outfitters has been a source for high end racing and recreational canoes and X-C Ski equipment as well as recreational and sea kayaks since 1978. They also carry mountain bikes, camping and hiking equipment, and more. Berkshire Outfitters also rents canoes and kayaks and can direct you to some of the Berkshires’ best paddling waters.

Wild & Wet Water Sport Rentals
Located on Pontoosuc Lake, less than 15 minutes from Jiminy, Wild & Wet rents just about anything that floats. In addition to canoes and paddleboats, you can rent Jet-Skis and pontoon boats. Waterskiing and tube rides are also available, by reservation only, Monday through Friday. For more information and reservations please call (413) 445-5211.

Opening for the summer on Saturday, May 24 and operating only on weekends until June 15. Open daily from June 21 through Labor Day.

Zoar Outdoor
Looking to add some excitement to your paddling? Then kick it up a notch at Zoar Outdoor. The northeast’s leader in outdoor adventure, Zoar Outdoor offers whitewater rafting as well as whitewater canoeing and kayaking clinics for all ability levels, and they’re located less than a hour from Jiminy! Certain age restrictions may apply. Check out Zoar Outdoor for more information.


There are, of course, other things to do in the Berkshires besides hiking, biking, and fishing. If you’re looking for something a little different to do, maybe one of these is just what you’re looking for.

Berkshire Botanical Garden
The Berkshire Botanical Garden offers visitors a peaceful refuge of natural beauty and stunning display gardens. Over 3,000 species and varieties of plants and flowers, with an emphasis on plants that thrive in the Berkshires.

Western Gateway Heritage State Park
A former railroad yard, this urban park uses historical artifacts and exhibits to bring to life the controversial and danger-filled construction of the Hoosac Tunnel, one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century.

Scenic Airplane Rides
Throughout the summer and fall, scenic airplane rides are available at Harriman West Airport on Route 2 in North Adams.

Worthington Ballooning
Established in 1991, they have logged over 700 flights high above the Berkshires. Corporate outings and private party tethers are available. For more information please call (413) 238-5514

Flyin’ High Ballooning Adventures
594 Loop Road Savoy, MA 01256 Phone: 413-743-7633 E-mail: [email protected] Contact: Julie Pavia

Harmony Trails
Harmony Trails features guided rides on beautiful horses. There are a variety of trails to choose from – all with beautiful views to enjoy. Harmony Trails is licensed and child friendly, offering rides for everybody from first timers to advanced riders. Pony rides are also available. Please call ahead.


Jiminy Peak has 172 acres of trails that are perfect for hiking. While on one of these trails you could run into some of Jiminy’s wildlife. The Whitetail deer, Jiminy’s symbol, are common. Some groups can be seen at dusk, feeding in or crossing the meadow. Black bears also emerge from the woods occasionally, as do red foxes and eastern coyotes. In any season, there is a breathtaking view from the 2,390-foot summit.

Jiminy’s hiking trails are marked according to their degree of difficulty. The most difficult hiking trails encompass some of the steepest terrain on the mountain. Jericho and Upper & Lower Whitetail is the route of these hikes. Jiminy’s longest hiking trail covers approximately four miles. This is an uphill route and although gentle, some guests may find it a bit strenuous.

The Berkshires also offer many trails that will satisfy any hiker or outdoor enthusiast. Many of the state forests also have camping available.

The Appalachian Trail
The Appalachian Trail that runs from Georgia to Maine covers about 90.4 miles within Massachusetts. After entering Massachusetts through Williamstown, the Trail winds through the Berkshires before going on to cross the Hoosic and the Housatonic Rivers. The Appalachian Trail climbs 10 miles of Mt. Greylock. The Trail has a difficulty between 4-5, strenuous ups and downs with the occasional flat sections. The elevation of the Trail ranges from 650 feet (Mass Route 2) to 3,491 feet at Mt. Greylock.

This area of the Trail is noted for its proximity to water, such as the Housatonic and the Hoosic Rivers, and scenic Upper Goose Pond. The Trail passes through the Housatonic Valley, an area rich in history. Several summits and ledges provide pastoral views, particularly in the southern part of the state. The Trail is mostly moderate, but with short, steep, and fairly challenging sections. Check out the Appalachian Trail online by logging onto or call the Appalachian Mountain Club at (413) 443-0011.

Mount Greylock
The Mt. Greylock State Reservation covers 11,500 acres and Mt. Greylock, at 3,491-feet, is the highest point in the state. The summit offers a 360-degree view of the Taconic Range, the Berkshires and, on clearer days, Mt. Monadnock in New Hampshire. At the summit, Bascom Lodge offers overnight lodging and dining. The lodge can be reached by hiking or by automobile.

The Mt. Greylock Visitor Center has information on trails and other activities at other parks in Berkshire County. The Mt. Greylock Visitors Center is off Route 7 in Lanesborough. To get to the Mt. Greylock Reservation turn right leaving Jiminy Peak and follow Brodie Mountain Road to Route 7. Turn right onto Route 7 South. Follow Route 7 south into Lanesboro and turn left onto Rockwell Road just past the Par 4 Family Fun Center. The Mt. Greylock Visitors Center can be reached at (413) 499-4262. You can also check out the Department of Environmental Management’s website

Yokun Ridge
One of the more popular properties among the 4,000 acres owned by the Berkshire National Research Council, based in Pittsfield, is Yokun Ridge. With a wide range of well-marked trails for both hiking and mountain-biking, it also boasts superb views. Steven’s Glen, a spectacular waterfall, little known among outsiders, is also located at Yokun Ridge. For more information about these trails, call the Berkshire Natural Research Council (413) 499-0596.

To get to Yokun Ridge, turn right leaving Jiminy Peak and follow Brodie Mountain Road to Route 7. Turn right onto Route 7 South. Follow Route 7 to Lenox and pick up Route 7A to Route 183. Take a right on 183 and follow it past Tanglewood. When the road comes to a fork, veer off to the right, onto Lenox Road. Continue on Lenox Road to Olivia’s Overlook. Once there you can park your car and start your hike.

Pine Cobble
The Pine Cobble Trail located in Williamstown is a good day trip. The length of the trail is approximately 2.1 miles each way. The trail ranges from level to moderately steep and there are some rocky sections. The Trailhead elevation is approximately 600-feet. The side trails to Bear Spring, the only water on the trail is at .8 miles. Pine Cobble has an excellent view of Williamstown, nearby towns and mountains. The elevation is 2,200 – feet.

To reach the Pine Cobble Trail, turn right leaving Jiminy Peak and follow Brodie Mountain Road to Route 7. Turn left onto Route 7 North to Williamstown. In Williamstown, bear right onto Route 2 East. At the traffic light (only one in town) turn onto Cole Ave and proceed to “T”. Turn right onto Massachusetts Ave and proceed approx. 1 mile. Turn left onto side road at “Pine Cobble Trail” sign. Park 100 yards up street at trailhead.

Beartown State Forest
Beartown State Forest in Great Barrington offers many trails up Beartown Mountain. Beartown is the third largest state forest in Massachusetts. Some of the trails include Wildcat Trail and Turkey Trail. The total distance is 8.1 miles with a maximum elevation of 2,122 – feet.

To get to Beartown State Forest, turn right leaving Jiminy Peak and follow Brodie Mountain Road to Route 7. Turn right onto Route 7 South. Follow Route 7 south to Great Barrington. Turn left onto Route 23 East to Monterey (Blue Hill Rd), then follow the brown signs. For further information about Beartown State Forest, call (413) 528-0904 or check out their web site at

Monument Mountain
Also in Great Barrington is Monument Mountain. Monument Mountain Trail is 2.7 miles long and has a maximum elevation of 1,735 – feet at the peak. The peaks overlook the hills and valleys of Southern Berkshire County. The three miles of trails lead to the canopy forest of white pines and oaks with tulip trees, maples, chestnut saplings and mountain laurel. Squaw Peak is the highest ridge on Monument Mountain. Here, you can sit in peace and safety, a mere step from oblivion, and enjoy warm sunshine, beautiful views, and other good things of life. These trails pass through mixed woods of white pine, hemlock, white ash, red maple, and striped maple before dropping to the road.

To get to Monument Mountain, take Route 7 to Great Barrington. Once in Great Barrington, follow the signs to the park. For further information call (413) 298-3239 or log onto and click on Monument Mountain.

Savoy Mountain State Forest
In Savoy, Savoy Mountain State Forest and Spruce Hill can be combined to make a full day’s outing. Spruce Hill is 2.6 miles long and has the maximum elevation of 2,566 – feet, while Savoy Mountain State Forest is 7.1 miles long with the maximum elevation of 2,510 – feet. The Savoy Mountain State Forest has expansive vistas, cascading waterfalls, wooded picnic sites, sparkling ponds, babbling brooks and with miles of wooded trails, the hiker can enjoy the natural features that include Bog Pond, with its floating bog islands, and Tannery Falls. The hike takes you from Tannery Falls to Borden Mountain, which is one of the not-to-be-missed places in Western Massachusetts.

To get to Savoy Mountain State Forest, turn right leaving Jiminy Peak and follow Brodie Mountain Road to Route 7. Turn left onto Route 7 North to Williamstown. In Williamstown, bear right onto Route 2 East. Fololow Route 2 through North Adams and up into the town of Florida. Turn right onto Central Shaft Road, and follow the signs. For more information on Savoy State Forest, call (413) 663-8469 or log onto

Scenic Walks

Three different museums are within a short drive of the Country Inn at Jiminy Peak in Hancock, Massachusetts, and very nice day trips can be created that combine nice walks in the woods or open parks with educational visits to museums.

Clark Art Institute
The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA, with a world-class collection of American and European art, makes a nice prelude to a 1.5-mile walk/hike (round-trip) to the stone bench at the top of Stone Hill. The trail goes through woods, and then descends through fields with incredible views of the mountains over Williamstown and North Adams. There are simple maps available at the welcome counter within the museum. For more information about the Clark, please go online to After your hike, stop by the the Store at Five Corners (a real historical landmark!) for a sandwich to enjoy outside at one of their picnic tables, or inside the glassed in porch if the chill is too much.

Hancock Shaker Village
There’s a very interesting trail to the top of Shaker Mountain right near Hancock Shaker Village that leads past the foundations for buildings on the North Family Shaker site. Please stop by the Visitor’s Center at the Hancock Shaker Village for a map and a special pass before you go hiking. Do remember that if you wish to view the various exhibits and buildings in the Village either before or after your hike, you will need to pay admission. Hancock Shaker Village is a really neat museum for families, since it is both outdoor and indoor, and the Shakers were an interesting group of people. Among other things, you can view a demonstration of an 1858 reproduction water turbine in the historic machine shop, sit in the school room, walk through herb gardens, and spend time in the round stone barn. Hancock Shaker Village offers a number of different festivals and exhibits throughout the season. Or, a wonderful way to experience the Village in the quiet of the evening is by attending one of their Shaker Suppers, offered on selected weekend dates throughout the year. Please call (413) 443-0188 or check online at for more information about events at Hancock Shaker Village

Natural Bridge State Park
The Natural Bridge State Park is a perfectly fitting way to end a day in North Adams after viewing the extremely interesting modern art works and installations at MASS MoCA. This huge modern art museum has a number of fascinating exhibits which change on a regular basis as well as a part of the museum called Kidspace, just for children. MASS MoCa also offers a number of performing arts events throughout the season. The State Park is just a few minutes from the museum – for information, please check It is a really neat park where you can walk over and around a natural marble bridge over a river and its chasm. For more information about MASS MoCA, please go online to

Mt Greylock – Nice and Easy Senior Hikes
Easy hikes of one to two miles for seniors, led by Bud Hoover within Mount Greylock State Reservation. Different hikes offered every Wednesday from June 9 through September 1. Meet at the Visitors Center on Rockwell Road in Lanesborough. Featuring flower, bird and tree I.D. and poetry on demand. Rain cancels hike. Bring a lunch, water, wear appropriate clothing for the weather and sturdy hiking shoes. Grandchildren are welcome too. Special accommodations available upon request. No fee.

Mount Greylock State Reservation, Visitors Center
Rockwell Road, 1.5 miles off Route 7 in Lanesborough.
For more information about Mount Greylock, please go online to or call (413) 499-4262.


In addition to being America’s premier cultural destination, the Berkshires have plenty to offer in the form of outdoor recreation. Families and outdoor enthusiasts alike will find a wide variety of activities available for any interest. From canoeing to whitewater rafting, hiking to mountain biking, rock climbing to hot air ballooning, camping to horseback riding, there really is something for everyone in the beautiful Berkshires.

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management oversees a number of parks and reservations in Berkshire County, including Savoy State Forest, Pittsfield State Forest, October Mountain State Forest, Mohawk Trails State Forest and Bash Bish Falls State Park, home to the highest waterfalls in Massachusetts, just to name a few. To talk with someone at the DEM call the Regional Headquarters and Visitors Center at (413) 442-8928.


If spotting or photographing birds and wildlife is your thing, the Berkshires more than fit the bill. Whitetail deer, Black Bear, foxes and coyotes, possums and porcupines, and yes, even the occasional moose, all call the Berkshire hills home. Add the almost un-ending assortment of songbirds, waterfowl, and raptors, (like this one here, photgraphed at Jiminy) and you would be hard-pressed to match the Berkshires in terms of volume or variety.

Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary
The Sanctuary is located just one mile from the center of Pittsfield and attracts a variety of birds such as bobolinks, ospreys, and great blue herons at different times of the year. Three miles of trails wind through the sanctuary’s scenic woods, fields and wetlands, and along the edge of the Housatonic River. Keep your eyes open for signs of beavers, otters, and wild turkeys while exploring Canoe Meadows. Canoe Meadows is an unstaffed sanctuary with no public facilities but the trails are open to the public with an admission fee of $3.00 for non-member adults, $2.00 for non-member children and free to all members.

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Pleasant Valley’s thriving beaver population is one of the many fascinating features of this sanctuary. When you walk along Yokun Brook, take note of the “lodges” of tree branches and mud, where these nocturnal creatures spend their days. Salamander migrations are a major spring event along West Mountain Road. Seven miles of trails that wind through hardwood forest, meadows, wetlands, and along the slopes of Lenox Mountain make this site an excellent location for hiking. If you’re interested in canoeing, guided trips are offered weekly on the Housatonic and area lakes from mid-May through early October (equipment is provided).

One of the smallest states in the nation, Massachusetts has one of the largest state park systems. Our state forests and parks offer recreation opportunities for all interests and abilities. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Managment oversees 25 State Parks in Berkshire County alone, many of which may provide ample wildlife viewing opportunities.

MassWildlife Wildlife Management Areas
MassWildlife oversees several Wildlife Management Areas in Berkshire county that are great for wildlife viewing. Please be aware that these are wildlife management areas, not parks, and do not have marked trails. These areas should only be entered by experienced outdoorsmen.

The mountains of Berkshire County have the highest elevation in the state, and are home to a number of northern breeding species, such as Olive-sided Flycatcher, Blackpoll and Mourning warblers. There are many fine locations in the Berkshires to watch migrating hawks in autumn, and irruptive northern finches are more likely to be found in Berkshire County than in any other part of the state.

Mass Audubon
The Massachusetts Audubon Society is the largest conservation organization in New England, concentrating its efforts on protecting the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife. Mass Audubon also maintains a listing of recent bird sightings in Berkshire County and statewide, including the species sighted and the location of the sighting.


Massachusetts Golf Vacations…In the Berkshires

Jiminy Peak is located within a short drive of some of the best golfing in Massachusetts, not to mention some of the most beautiful golf courses in New England. Golf in the Berkshires, especially in the spring or fall, means tee times at your convenience, a pace of play that suits your style, and meticulously maintained fairways and greens that are a dream to play. While we can’t guarantee a lower handicap, you will enjoy your day of play at any of the area’s golf facilities.

Golf Courses in the Berkshires

Bas Ridge Golf Course: This short, well-maintained course is located east of Pittsfield in the town of Hinsdale. It has been likened to the famed Carnuesti. Bas Ridge is a Par 70, public course that offers very affordable rates. Carts are available. (413) 655-2605

Cranwell Golf Course: This resort sports one of the finer public courses in Berkshire County. Located in Lenox, this Par 72 course is long, challenging and meticulously maintained. Carts are available and tee-times are recommended. (413) 637-1364

GEAA: This nine hole course is conveniently located in the heart of Pittsfield on Barker Road. This course is a Par 36, but do not let the first 7 holes lull you in a false sense of security. Coming back up to the clubhouse can be tricky. Carts are available. (413) 443-5746

Pontoosuc Golf Course: If you want some extra yardage on your drives, then come to Pontoosuc. The fairways are always dry which allows you to get that extra bounce. Trust me, you will need it here. This course sports two nearly six hundred yard par fives on the back nine, both uphill. Carts are available and recommended.

Skyline Golf Course: One of the hillier courses in the area, this course supplies beautiful views of the Berkshire Hills, including a breathtaking glimpse of Mt. Greylock from the fourth green. Very affordable, and a Berkshire County favorite. Carts available and recommended. Skyline Country Club (413) 445-5584

Waubeeka Golf Course: Centrally located on Route 7 north of Pittsfield, this course boasts a healthy, well-maintained appearance that is a favorite of many. Closet golf course to Jiminy Peak, and the host site for many local tournaments. (413) 458-8355


Restaurants at Jiminy Peak

John Harvard’s Restaurant & Brewery
Located at Jiminy Peak.
Offers wonderful views of the mountain while dining.
Reservations: 413.738.5500 ext. 3780

Christiansen’s Tavern
At the base of the mountain, near Crane Lodge
Full bar, food to eat there or to go
Grille and Tavern fare lunch and dinner
Entertainment every Saturday night 413.738.5500 ext. 3200

The Store at Jiminy Peak
Though not a sitdown restaurant, The Store offers wonderful meals as well as soups, chili and sandwiches. For more information please call 413.738.5500, ext.4120

Restaurants Within Twenty Minutes of Jiminy Peak

Casual Family Dining, Delis and Sandwich Bars

Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream
179 South Street
Pittsfield, MA

Hancock Shaker Village Café
Route 20
Pittsfield, MA
(800) 817-1137

Lickety Split at MASS MoCA
1010 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA
(413) 663-3372

Miss Adams Diner
53 Park Street
Adams, MA (413) 743-5303

Moonlight Diner & Grille
408 Main Street (Route 2 East)
Williamstown, MA
Classic Cuisine in a 50s Theme
No Reservations Required: 413.458.3305

Store at Five Corners
Junction of Route 7 and Route 43
Williamstown, MA
Gourmet foods to go and fine wines, espresso bar and much more

Sunrise Café
Route 7
Lanesboro, MA
Deli and Café style dining

The Ground Round
Located in the Berkshire Mall
Lanesboro, MA
American food in a pub or dining room atmosphere
No Reservations Required: 413.499.7147

Bob’s Country Kitchen
Route 7
Lanesboro, MA

1331 North Street
Pittsfield, MA

Fine Dining

Arlington House
47 Werger Road
West Sand Lake, NY

ASTERS Steaks & Raw Bar
Route 7 South,
Pittsfield, MA
(Just north of Lenox line)
All New! Steaks, seafood, chicken, pasta and raw bar. Friday nights, live Jazz.

Café Lucia
80 Church St
Lenox, MA
(413) 637-2640

Church Street Café
65 Church St
Lenox, MA (413) 637-2745

Chocolate Springs Café
The Lenox Shops
55 Pittsfield/Lenox Rd
Lenox, MA (413) 528-5244

Cranwell Resort Spa & Golf Club
55 Lee Road
Lenox, MA
(413) 637-1364 or 800-272-6935

Mass MoCA
North Adams, MA
Contemporary Bistro
Reservations: 413.662.2004

John Harvard’s Restaurant & Brewery
Located at Jiminy Peak.
Offers wonderful views of the mountain while dining.
Reservations: 413.738.5500 ext. 378

71 Church St
Lenox, MA
(413) 637-2700

Gateways Inn & Restaurant
51 Walker St
Lenox, MA
(413) 637-2532

Gideon’s Restaurant
34 Holden Street (near Mass MoCA)
North Adams, MA
Reservations 413.664.9449

Gramercy Bistro
24 Marshall St
North Adams, MA
(413) 663-3372

Hobson’s Choice
Water St.
Williamstown, MA
Open kitchen, fine dining
Reservations: 413.458.9101

La Perla Restaurant
Route 43
Averill Park, NY

Lakeview on Crystal Lake
4 Old Route 66
Averill Park, NY

Mezze Bistro & Bar
16 Water Street
Williamstown, MA

The Mill on the Floss
Route 7
New Ashford, MA
Fine dining
Reservations: 413.458.9123

The Orchards
Main St.
Williamstown, MA
Contemporary Continental cuisine
Reservations: 413.458.9611

Over the Rainbow Italian dining
109 First Street, Route 7
Pittsfield, MA
413.445 6836

The Pillars
Route 20
Lebanon, NY
Fine dining with Continental and American cuisine
Reservations: 518.794.8007

Sedgwick Inn and Restaurant
Route 22
Berlin, NY

Taconic Restaurant
1161 Cold Spring Road
Williamstown, MA

Water Street Grille
Water St.
Williamstown, MA
Tavern and dining room with various menu selections
Reservations: 413.458.2175

Fast Food
Burger King
Fast food, takeout and sit-in dining
Merrill Road and First St.
Pittsfield, MA

Fast food, takeout and sit-in dining
Allendale Plaza Intersection of Routes 8 & 9
Pittsfield, MA

Fast food, takeout and sit-in dining
51 Spring Street
Williamstown, MA


‘6 House Pub (at the 1896 House Inn)
Route 7
Williamstown, MA
(413) 458-1896

The Red Herring
Spring St.
Williamstown, MA
Fine English Pub dining
Reservations: 413.458.2808

Christiansen’s Tavern
Jiminy Peak at the base of the Triple chair
Pub fare and more
Enjoy slope side dining whether you are or aren’t skiing

Olde Forge Restaurant
Route 7
Lanesboro, MA
English Pub Style Tavern
Reservations: 413.442.6797

The Purple Pub
Bank Street
Williamstown, MA


Berkshire County is filled with an array of artistic and educational institutes for you and your whole family to enjoy. For more information on what the Berkshires have to offer, please check out these links.

Open Year-round
Berkshire Museum
Located in downtown Pittsfield right next to Center Square. This is a great museum that rotates in a new theme every six months.

Berkshire Visitors Bureau
Looking for something to do in the Berkshires? The BVB can help. They have compiled a complete listing of all activities and attractions in the region from art museums to wedding facilities.

Crane Paper Company
Come see what goes into the making of the United States’ currency paper.

Hancock Shaker Village
Learn about how the Shakers worked, ate, slept and lived by visiting this one of a kind village.

Herman Melville’s House
A Registered National Historic Landmark, Arrowhead still has the studio room in which Moby Dick was written.

Images Cinema
The area’s only year-round Independent Film House. Images showcases the best of independent film and sponsors discussion groups, film festivals, and other movie-related events. Close by in Williamstown.

The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is the largest museum of its kind in the nation and it never stops growing.

Norman Rockwell Museum
Everything that you could ever want to know about Massachusetts’ most famous painter is right at your fingertips here in Stockbridge. A gift shop on premises can make the thought of owning a piece of history a reality.

Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
Not just a museum, but also a research facility dedicated to advancing both scholorship and the public understanding of art.

The Harrison Gallery
The Harrison Gallery is a Fine Art Gallery and Custom Framing Studio. The collection focuses on landscapes and images from the northeast, by established as well as emerging artists. A print of Jiminy Peak by local artist John MacDonald can be seen here.

Williams College Museum of Art
One of the finest college art museums in the country, WCMA houses 12,000 works that span the history of art.

Summer Only

Barrington Stage Company
Award-winning summer theater now entering it’s 10th season. To date the BSC has won three Elliot Norton/Boston Theatre Critics Awards, four Boston Outer Critics Awards and a myriad of other awards including the Year’s Top Ten Plays Awards for Mack and Mabel, Three Viewings, Cabaret, and A View from the Roof as well as Metroland’s Best Artistic Director Award for Julianne Boyd.

Berkshire Opera
Fully staged professional opera located in Gt. Barrington.

Berkshire Scenic Railway
The Museum in Lenox Station has model railroads, displays of railroad memorabilia relating to the Housatonic and New Haven Railroads, and a child oriented gift shop carrying railroad related items. On summer weekends and holidays you can even take a 90 minute ride on a vintage train. For more information, please call 413.637.2210 or check out

Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge
With 75 years on stage, this is the third oldest theatre in the nation.

Jacobs Pillow
Jacob’s Pillow, named in 2001 to the National Register of Historic Places, is an internationally celebrated center for dance that presents dance in all forms from the world over during its annual Festival. This year’s festival runs from June 19 to August 29.

Shakespeare and Company
Located in Lenox, Shakespeare & Co. is known for both its superb acting, and unique stages.

Tanglewood, surrounded by the beautiful Berkshires, is the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. From late June through Labor Day, Tanglewood offers a variety of musical performances and performers, including perennial favorite James Taylor .

The Mount, Home of Edith Wharton
Designed and built by Edith Wharton, guided and self-guided tours of The Mount are available from May 1 to October 31.

The Theater Barn
Professional theater in the country featuring the best of Broadway and Off-Broadway.

Williamstown Theatre Festival
Winner of the 2002 Regional Summer Theater Tony Award, the first summer theater ever to win this award, Williamstown Theater Festival celebrates it’s 50th anniversary this year. Running from June 23 to August 28, WTF will present 9 different productions this summer.


If you’re looking to spend some quality time outdoors with your family, you can’t miss in the Berkshires. Whether you choose to spend an afternoon on horseback, or an evening at the ballpark, your family will end up with smiles on their faces.

Ashuwillticook Rail Trail
Less than 20 minutes from Jiminy, the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail is a former railroad corridor converted into a 10-foot wide paved path suitable for walking, jogging, biking, and rollerblading. The Ashuwillticook Rail Trail passes through the Hoosac River Valley, between Mt. Greylock and the Hoosac Mountains. Cheshire Reservoir, the Hoosac River, and associated wetland communities flank much of the trail offering outstanding views and abundant wildlife. The trail is 11 miles long, beginning at the Berkshire Mall and ending in the center of Adams. Bike rentals are available at Jiminy this year.

Berkshire Horseback Adventures
Travel along the beautiful shaded trails of Kennedy Park and Lenox Mountain, enjoying breathtaking views of Berkshire County. Berkshire Horseback Adventures has a full menu of opportunities, from one hour pleasure rides to overnight camping trips.

Harmony Trails
Harmony Trails features guided rides on beautiful horses. There are a variety of trails to choose from – all with beautiful views to enjoy. Harmony Trails is licensed and child friendly, offering rides for everybody from first timers to advanced riders. Pony rides are also available. Please call ahead.

Ioka Valley Farm
A real working farm less than a half mile from Jiminy. See how real maple syrup is made or have a picnic, pet the baby animals at Uncle Don’s Barnyard or take a hayride. There’s always something fun to do at Ioka.

Several options exist for baseball fans. Professional baseball has been played in Pittsfield dating all the way back to the early 1900’s, and perhaps even earlier. Minor league affiliates of the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Pittsfield Mets, Houston Astros, Texas Rangers, and Milwaukee Brewers have all called Pittfield home.

North Adams Steeplecats
The Steeplecats open their third season in June. The New England Collegiate Baseball League is summer collegiate baseball at its best! The League starts its summer season in early June and plays an eight week 42-game per team schedule.

Tri-City Valleycats
Formerly the Pittsfield Astros of the NYPenn League, the Valleycats have their home opener at Joe Bruno Stadium, less than an hour from Jiminy, scheduled for Wednesday, June 23. Hopes are high as the Minor League affiliate of the Houston Astros enter their third season.

Several options exist if you would prefer something indoors to do as well.

Berkshire Museum: Located in downtown Pittsfield right next to Center Square. This is a great museum that rotates in a new theme every six months.

Berkshire Mall: Over 70 stores which include JC Penny, Sears, Filene’s, Eddie Bauer, Eastern Mountain Sports and Old Navy. Right between Route’s 7 and 8 in Lanesborough.

Hancock Shaker Village: Learn about how the Shakers worked, ate, slept and lived by visiting this one of a kind village. And kids love seeing the baby animals at the Hancock Shaker Village farm.

Images Cinema: Independent Film for Independent Minds. For Show show times and event schedules click the link above.

MASSMoCA: The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is the largest museum of its kind in the nation and it never stops growing.

Prime Outlets at Lee: Over 60 designer outlets that are easily accessible just off exit 2 of the Pike.

For more online information on area activities for families, visit the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce’s website and the Berkshire Visitors Bureau Web Site