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Blantyre is located a short distance from iconic attractions like the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Clark Art Institute, Williams College Art Museum, MassMoca, Edith Wharton’s The Mount and several historic homes. Blantyre is located on 117 acres and is practically its own park, but also has plenty of parks and mountains nearby — Kennedy Park, October Mountain, Mount Greylock, Laurel Hill, Monument Mountain — all hiking favorites since the 1700s. Antiquing is a favorite year-round activity in The Berkshires, and Blantyre is located right in the heart of some great spots. The Berkshires are overflowing with cultural venues, such as Tanglewood (featuring James Taylor to Beethoven), Jacob’s Pillow and Shakespeare and Company.
Blantyre’s location in the Berkshires lends itself to endless activity options, but keep in mind that this area of New England is well-preserved and has a small-town feel. There’s no hustle and bustle in the air like you would find in a big city. Here are five things to take advantage of while visiting the luxury hotel.
1. Hit the Premium Outlets. Just a 10-minute drive from Blantyre, the outlets offer some of the best luxury brands (e.g., Cole Haan and Michael Kors) at discounted prices. These are a great option for rainy days.
2. There are many nearby historical homes you can tour. Edith Wharton’s residence, the Mount, is only a few minutes from the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel. About 15 minutes away in Pittsfield is Arrowhead, where the novel Moby Dick was written. Ten minutes from the Boston hotel is Naumkeag, home of Joseph H. Choate, who was the ambassador to Great Britain in the late 1800s. Choate’s daughter developed the gardens at Naumkeag, and upon her death, the property was donated to the Trustees of Reservations. The groups has maintained the house as it was in the late 1800s.
3. Antique shopping is one of the best things to do in the Berkshires. Throughout Berkshire County, you’ll find endless antique shops that sell furniture, silver, jewelry, art and pottery.
4. Tanglewood is the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In July and August, it features concerts in its outdoor arena — usually with a surprise special guest.
5. Hiking in the Berkshires (or snowshoeing during the winter) is one of the best ways to take in the stunning New England landscapes. Ask the Blantyre staff for maps and advice on where to go.