If you’re a “leaf-peeper,” or just a fan of stunning scenery, October is the peak month for viewing Berkshires fall foliage in western Massachusetts. Make plans to visit now, while the everchanging rainbow of autumn leaves is still up in the trees.
There is never a bad time to visit the Berkshires of Western MA but, when it comes to colorful views, you could pick a worse time than Autumn. The leaf-peeping season begins here in late September and tends to peak during mid-October, around Columbus Day weekend. That’s when our always picturesque landscape bursts to life with color. Reds, golds, oranges, browns, greens and all the tones in between.
Lucky for you, Applegate Inn is right in the middle of some of the area’s most gorgeous country. That’s the thing about the Berkshires. You don’t have to go anywhere to find beautiful fall foliage – it’s all around you!
If you’re up for a drive, however, the area offers endless possibilities.
Berkshires Fall Foliage Drives
One of the most popular fall foliage drives is the Jacob’s Ladder Trail Scenic Byway.
This 30 mile tour starts off on Route 20 here in Lee, MA and takes you to Russel, MA. Along the way, you’ll pass foothills, fields, and small towns, made golden by the season. Chester-Blandford State Forest and Jacob’s Pillow are also along the route.
The route runs north, up U.S. Route 7, passing through Lenox, Pittsfield, and some of the most gorgeous autumn scenery around. Route 7 is only 2.5 miles away from our Berkshires bed and breakfast, at the Stockbridge end of our road.
Traveling North towards Mount Greylock will take you past lovely farms, rolling hills, and scenic panoramas. Attractions in Lenox include Tanglewood, Edith Wharton’s The Mount, and Ventfort Hall. Pittsfeild is home to Hancock Shaker Village, Herman Melville’s Arrowhead, and Balderdash Cellars.
Once you pass through Lanesborough, you’ll want to keep your eye out for the turn off to Mount Greylock State Park. You’ll be happy to know that reaching the summit of Mount Greylock requires no climbing at all – except by your vehicle.
At an elevation of 3,491 feet, Mount Greylock is the highest point in Massachusetts. On a clear day, you can see for more than 90 miles. These sweeping views provide four of five states worth of fall foliage views!
Be sure to stop by Bascom Lodge while you’re here, too. You won’t believe how delicious their “farm-to-summit” meals are – and the views never stop.
Fall Events in the Berkshires
Harvest season sees lots of events and celebrations in the Berkshires and you may want to time your visit to catch one. Two of the biggest are:
The 64th Annual Fall Foliage Parade in North Adams – October 6
A popular and free annual parade in North Adams celebrating the Northern Berkshire fall foliage. This year’s theme, “There’s No Place Like Home in The Berkshires.” honors the 80-year-old, cinematic classic, Wizard of Oz.
85th Annual Harvest Festival at Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge – October 12 and 13
The Berkshire Botanical Garden Harvest Festival is a family-friendly celebration showcasing local artists and craft artisans. The event features non-stop entertainment, food trucks, book sales, farmers markets, contests, kids activities, and more.
Whatever brings you out to the Berkshires, Applegate Inn would love to be your home away from home. Our Select Registry property features eleven beautifully appointed suites with private baths, fireplaces, and spa tubs. Book your Berkshires fall foliage getaway today at Applegate Inn!