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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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.
I have been kayaking throughout Berkshire County for the past three years. I have come to enjoy this sport with several friends. We use an Appalachian Mountain Club guidebook to help us discover new places each week. I’ve also gotten a lot of tips about where to go from the Berkshire Outfitters, http://www.berkshireoutfitters.com/. We have a few favorites that we go back to but are eager to find new venues. Last week, we returned to Goose Pond which is close to the towns of Lee and Tyringham. It was a wonderful spot! There were only a few other kayakers on the smooth, clear water. The reflections of trees on the surface of the pond were enchanting. We eagerly paddled across Lower Goose Pond observing some changes in the homes along the shores. We approached the channel which connects the inhabited Goose Pond to the undeveloped Upper Goose Pond. The shores of this channel are lined with Birch trees. We could see fish swimming in the channel. The Upper Pond is surrounded by the Appalachian Trail and some cabins for the hikers. We claimed a tiny island in the middle of the pond as ours for the day. After beaching the best kayaks of 2017 on the island, and went for a swim in the crystal clear sparkling water. Afterwards, we ate fresh blueberries and relaxed on a large rock. Paradise.