If Lenox is the cultural heart of the Berkshires, Pittsfield is the region’s commercial, business, and arts lifeblood. Through a variety of downtown-focused initiatives, this proud city has transformed itself from an industrial mecca into a lively community of businesspeople, artists, and young professionals and families.
The energy and vibrancy of Pittsfield are palpable, thanks to a unique mix of history at museums like the Hancock Shaker Village, Berkshire Museum, and Arrowhead (home of author Herman Melville, and where he wrote the literary classic Moby-Dick), and newer venues like the Tony Award-winning Barrington State Company, the Beacon Cinema, and the Colonial Theatre. The downtown offers shopping from a variety of independent artisans and larger stores, plus dozens of restaurants featuring a wide range of international cuisine—from Italian, American, and Japanese to Indian, Malaysian, Ecuadorian, and Colombian.
Only a short distance outside the downtown, phenomenally beautiful hiking trails and cross-country skiing trails pepper the Pittsfield State Forest and one of the county’s best-kept secrets, Shaker Mountain. The majestic peaks and vistas of Mount Greylock, the highest point in Massachusetts, are less than 15 minutes by car. Bosquet Ski Area provides skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, and outdoor adventure courses, while Onota Lake is a prime spot for boating and water-skiing. Pittsfield also hosts a variety of special events, such as the spring-through-fall Third Thursday street festival, a summer farmers’ market, a Food Truck Rodeo, and a number of live music and literary events.
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