Whether you just want to kick back and do nothing, or be active outdoors, the Berkshire Hills offer a serene country enrivonment for your pleasure. During the summer, Tanglewood, just a walkable mile away, hosts the Boston Symphony Orchestra and other performing groups daily. Spend the day picnicking and enjoying the beautiful surroundings. Theater, ballet and other performing arts groups abound within a few minutes drive--let us know your interests and we can advise you on what's available. Many wonderful restaurants are right across the street in Lenox, as are art galleries and unique shops. If you want a few quiet minutes, the Berkshires have an interesting history to catch up on -- visit the Norman Rockwell Museum, the homes of noted writers Edith Wharton, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville. The Shakers had one of their largest communities in Hancock, now a living history museum. Finally, visit our own Hilltop Orchards and Furnace Brook Winery. We can help you arrange for cycling, hiking, watersports, alpine and cross-country skiing adventures and equipment, all within minutes of the Garden Gables Inn. Located 10 miles from the Inn in neighboring Richmond, you can pick apples in season, and enjoy a complementary tasting of our award-winning wines and apple cidre. Open Fri-Sun from 11am-5pm year-round.
The Hilltop Orchards' trails are groomed for cross country and snowshoe skiing in the winter and are used for hiking and mountain biking during the rest of the year. Guided hikes are available on Saturday. Call for more information or visit the web site.