Inspiring Art Destinations: Berkshires, Massachusetts


Must-See Attractions


Author Edith Wharton’s turn-of-the-century home is “a perfect example of the newly dawned American Renaissance,” says Fraser. Located in Lenox.


Home to the world’s largest collection of original Norman Rockwell art, including his beloved paintings from The Saturday Evening Post. Located in Stockbridge.


The summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, it is the top attraction for visitors to the Berkshires due to the popular weekend concerts.

From the watercolor deserts of New Mexico to the unfathomable architecture of Florence to the crystalline waters of Tahiti, the world around us has inspired countless works of literature and fine art. In this series, we take a closer look at five inspiring destinations the world over with histories steeped in art and literature.

Berkshires, Massachusetts

"Here in New England, the character is strong and unshakable." –Norman Rockwell

Portrait of Norman Rockwell

Rich with natural beauty and a literary lineage that dates back to Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville (a snow-covered Mount Greylock, as seen from Melville’s study, is said to have inspired his conception of his infamous white whale), the Berkshires is a slice of Americana as beautiful and captivating as the Norman Rockwell paintings created here. “Home to myriad art, theater, dance, music, film and historic sites, the Berkshires’ reputation for word-class culture is well-deserved,” says Christine Fraser, lodgings manager at Blantyre. “The rich blend of history, arts and cultural heritage makes the region distinctly different.”

Berkshires, Massachusetts
Norman Rockwell's Studio

This article is an excerpt from the July, August, September edition of the Traveler magazine. Click here to access the full issue.

By Hideaway Report Staff

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