October Mountain State Forest is Massachusetts largest state forest. Its 16,500 acres encompass a portion of the Hoosac Range on the western edge of the central Berkshires. The forest includes an uplands area with several reservoirs.
The “October Mountain” name comes from the forest’s highest point; a ridge rising majestically up out of the Housatonic River Valley. Herman Melville treasured the view of the ridge from his home in Pittsfield, particularly in autumn. The name “October Mountain” is attributed to him.
Best of all, October Mountain is right here in Lee. Just a ten-minute drive from your room at our Berkshires bed and breakfast, Applegate Inn.
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Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort is well known to visiting skiers – but did you know the resort is open during summer, too? During warmer months, their Mountain Adventure Park offers ziplines, alpine slides, mountain coasters, hiking, scenic chairlift rides, and more. And all less than an hour away from our Berkshires bed and breakfast.
It would be an awful shame to ignore all that beautiful mountain terrain just because it’s not blanketed in snow – and they don’t. In fact, Jiminy Peak’s summer activities may be more diverse than their winter ones. Whether your taste runs to high flying adventure or something more down to earth like hiking, this nearby Berkshires resort has you covered.
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The best antidote to a day of feasting is fresh air and exercise. Both can be found in spades in Western Massachusetts. After spending Thursday in the kitchen and around the table, head to our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast with hiking boots in hand.
Snow accumulation from the amazing October blizzard has melted, meaning that hiking trails across Western Massachusetts are open. The forecast promises a sunny Thanksgiving weekend. In short, hiking conditions will be perfect.
Favorite Hikes Near Our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast:
- Beartown State Forest. Hike the easy Benedict Pond Loop Trail; follow a stretch of the Appalachian Trail for a hike of moderate difficulty; explore one of the forest trails for a more difficult hike.
- Brace Mountain. The views from the top of Brace Mountain are glorious on a clear day. Bring a picnic, for you’ll want time to rest after this invigorating hike.
- Bartholomew’s Cobble. Explore five miles of trails and stand atop Hurlbut’s Hill. Visit the natural history museum to learn about the area’s fascinating geography, and historic Ashley House to learn about its history.
- Sages Ravine. The waterfalls should be roaring at this time of year. For a moderate hike, drive to the top of Mount Washington Reservation and then follow the trail down tot he ravine. A more strenuous trail leads from the Undermountain Trail.
You know how it happens. One day you walk out of your office in Boston and notice that the trees along the street are starting to change. The air feels invitingly crisp. You decide to leave the car parked or the subway underground and you walk. You take the long way home so you can see more trees. Once you arrive home, you realize that you crave more color.
The best step to take in these circumstances is to book a room at our Bed and Breakfast in the Berkshires as soon as possible.
Take the scenic route if you don’t mind spending an extra hour or two in the car. Route 2 can be slow but it’s pretty, meandering through such picturesque towns as Concord and Templeton. Farther south, Route 20 is a bit faster and leads through the charming towns of Sturbridge and Springfield, Massachusetts. I-90 is the quickest route to our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast from the Boston area.
Once here, explore the region by foot, bike, kayak, or car. There is plenty to do in the Berkshires in autumn. Try apple picking at nearby Bartlett’s Orchard. Take a hike; we’ll happily suggest day hikes that will surround you with fall foliage. Canoe or kayak down the Housatonic River. Bike along tree covered country lanes. Ride a horse. Or simply unwind in the gardens of our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast.
Take advantage of the Spur of the Moment Special at our Bed and Breakfast in the Berkshires. If you arrive within 24 hours of booking a room for two or more nights, you’ll receive a 15% discount on your stay.
We’ve put away our skis for the season and oiled our hiking boots. In the coming months, we plan to stretch our legs on the hike to Bish Bash Falls. Maybe we’ll walk a stretch of the Appalachian Trail, which runs through October Mountain State Forest and passes close to our Inn Berkshires. Perhaps we’ll also walk to Schermerhorn Gorge.
Many of our guests have enjoyed the scenic trail to Schermerhorn Gorge, in nearby October Mountain State Forest. It’s a 3.5-mile loop with a few fairly strenuous sections. We always suggest bringing a lunch, for there is an excellent spot to picnic along the way.
Cool off in the pool at our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast after your hike, and relax on one of our lounge chairs. Come evening, you’ll be ready for a drink in the parlor and dinner out in Lee, Lenox, or Stockbridge.
If you have always dreamed of hiking part of the Appalachian Trail, let us help you realize that dream. The Appalachian Trail passes close to our Lenox MA bed and breakfast. Stay with us while you plan your trip, and sink into a hot tub back at the inn at the end of the day. There is no finer place to recover after a long hike than our Bed and Breakfast Berkshires.
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October and November are two of our favorite months to hike the Berkshires. Crowds are thin, there is still good fall color, and some trees are startlingly bare against the sky. From time to time, flurries of snow fall and the cold air turns our cheeks red. This is a peaceful time to get out into the woods.
For our guests who enjoy hiking, we offer a Hiker’s Special. We will pay for your admittance into the Pleasant Valley Mass. Audubon Wildlife Preserve, and load you up with water bottles and a healthy snack. We are also happy to recommend other hikes close to our Berkshires lodging.