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Panoramic Picnic - BSO Tanglewood - Lenox, MA
BSO - Tanglewood

297 West Street Lenox, MA, 01240 Phone: 617-266-1200

Something for every music-lover at the Boston Symphony’s magnificent summer home

Come see why Tanglewood, the famed summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, is on everyone’s June-through-August to-do list. There is something for all music-lovers here on this beautiful Berkshires property: a beloved music festival featuring the BSO, the Boston Pops, guest artists both traditional and unconventional; the Tanglewood Learning Institute, with eclectic discussions, open workshops and recitals; and the BSO’s training academy, the Tanglewood Music Center. Enjoy Beethoven or Bernstein in the Serge Koussevitzky Music Shed or chamber music in Seiji Ozawa Hall. Listen from inside the Shed or relax on the lawn with a blanket and a picnic. Although the music festival is a summer event, you can enjoy the lovely Tanglewood grounds all year. Check the website for information on tours and on the many dining options.
aHistoric Homes William Cullen Bryant Homestead-credit-Bartn K.McMahon and trustees of reservations
William Cullen Bryant Homestead

207 Bryant Road Cummington, MA, 01027 Phone: 413-532-1631

Boyhood home of one of America's foremost 19th-century poets, the William Cullen Bryant Homestead is a National Historic Landmark. Although Bryant moved to New York City to become editor and publisher of The New York Evening Post, the Homestead became Bryant’s summer retreat in his later years. The house collection includes colonial and Victorian pieces from Europe and Asia.
Hours: Grounds, year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset; access to the house varies; please call for more information.
Admission: Grounds, free.
Information: http://bit.ly/b4lfIa
Memorial Hall Museum

8 Memorial Street Deerfield, MA, 01342 Phone: 413-774-7476

Occupying a building originally constructed in 1798 for Deerfield Academy, Memorial Hall Museum holds over 31,000 items and includes the Old Deerfield Children's Museum, offering family activities in a reproduction of a 1690s house. Exhibits focus on the life and world of an agricultural economy from the earliest Native Americans to the arrival of Europeans.
Hours: May 1-October 30; call ahead or consult website for hours.
Admission: Adults, $6; youth and students 6-21, $3.
Information: http://bit.ly/12fzHIP
Emily Dickinson House

280 Main Street Amherst, MA Phone: 413-542-8161

The Emily Dickinson Museum includes The Homestead, where Emily Dickinson lived most of her life, and The Evergreens, another family residence. The two houses share three acres of the family property. Tours are offered.
Hours: Open year-round except January and February, daily except MOnday and Tuesday. Winter hours usually 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; summer hours usually 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Open Mondays in the summer.
Admission: Adults, $12; seniors, $11; college students, $6; youth age 6-17, $6; children under age 6, free.
Information: www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/
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Mission House - Stockbridge, MA - Photo Credit Natasha Miller
Mission House

19 Main Street Stockbridge, MA, 01263 Phone: 413-298-3239

Built in 1739 and atop Prospect Hill, this National Historic Landmark was moved, and restored in 1926-27. Landscape architect Fletcher Steele designed the Colonial Revival garden, which features a Colonial-style dooryard garden. A replica of an old cobbler shop is the entrance to the property; a grape arbor in the Well Courtyard behind the house leads to a Native American museum.
Hours: Open for self-guided tours Thursday-Monday 10am - 4pm. Guided tours available. Gardens open daily.
Wistariahurst Museum

238 Cabot Street Holyoke, MA, 01040 Phone: 413-322-5660

Twenty-six-room Beaux Arts mansion of silk manufacturer William Skinner featuring many outstanding architectural details and a house tour that weaves the tale of the people who lived and worked there. Dinosaur footprints and gardens.
Hours: Saturday, Sunday, Monday, noon-4 p.m. The gardens & grounds are open daily until dusk.
Admission: Adults, $7; students and seniors,$5; children age 12 and younger, free.
Information: wistariahurst.org.
Blue steps at Naumkeag - Stockbridge, MA - Photo Credit R. Cheek and Trustees of Reservations

5 Prospect Hill Road Stockbridge, MA, 01262 Phone: 413-298-8138

This 44-room house was the summer cottage of the Choate family, and features original furniture, ceramics, and artwork collected from America, Europe, and the Far East. Famous for its eight acres of terraced gardens and landscaped grounds that include the afternoon garden, rose garden, evergreen garden, Chinese garden, arborvitae walk, and linden walk. Steele’s Blue Steps is a series of deep blue fountain pools flanked by four flights of stairs overhung by birch trees.
Shrine of Divine Mercy

Eden Hill Stockbridge, MA Phone: 413-298-3931

Site of the first Christian mission to the Native Americans in the area. The structure is set on 350 acres, featuring stained class, murals, and wood carvings.
Bidwell House

Art School Road Monterey, MA, 01245 Phone: 413-528-6888

The Bidwell House (1750)was built as the parsonage. Surrounding the house are terraced stone walls of perennial beds. The remaining acreage is woodlands laced with hiking trails and foot paths leading to historical landmarks throughout the property. The Kitchen Garden demonstrates the early colonial style and variety of plants and 19th-century Shaker vegetable gardening.
Hours: Memorial Day-Columbus Day, Thursday through Monday (closed Tuedays and Wednesdays), 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with tours on the hour. The last tour starts at 3 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $10; seniors, $8; students, $5; children under age 6, free.
Historic Deerfield - Deerfield, MA
Historic Deerfield

88 Old Main Street Deerfield, MA, 01342 Phone: 413-775-7214

Located in western Massachusetts off Routes 5 and 10 in the 330-year old village of Deerfield, the museum has been called the gem of rural New England. It includes 12 houses dating to the 18th and 19th centuries and three exhibition galleries at the Flynt Center of Early New England Life. Guided and self-guided tours are offered. A full calendar of programs, special events, and village walking tours are offered throughout the year. The Museum Store and Bookshop feature gifts, museum reproductions and books about early America and the decorative arts.
Hours: Open Daily, year round; hours vary by season. Call ahead or consult website.
Admission: Adults, $12; youth age 6-17, $5.
The Mount -- Home of Edith Wharton

Plunkett Street Lenox, MA Phone: 413-551-5111

The Mount is a historic site and a center for culture inspired by the achievements of Edith Wharton. Designed by Wharton in 1902, the house embodies the principles outlined in her influential book, The Decoration of Houses (1897). The property includes three acres of formal gardens surrounded by extensive woodlands. Programming at The Mount reflects Wharton’s core interests in the literary arts, interior design and decoration, garden and landscape design, and the art of living. Hours: Grounds open year-round; house, stable, and bookstore open daily from early May to October 31.
Admission: Adults, $16; students, $13; grounds pass, $12; guided tour, $2; free for youth under age 18.
Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum

67 East Road Adams, MA Phone: 413-743-7121

Susan B. Anthony was born in Adams on February 15, 1820. Her Federal-style home built in 1818, stands as an important symbol of the women’s suffrage movement. The museum highlights the familial and regional influences that shaped Ms. Anthony’s early life.
Admission: Adults, $6; seniors, $4; students, $3; children age 6 and younger, free. Call to arrange private tours.

780 Holmes Road Pittsfield, MA Phone: 413-442-1793

Truly a literary historic site, Herman Melville wrote Moby-Dick and several other works in this house. Tours are available. Open seasonally.
Hours: Memorial Day to Columbus Day, open daily, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; hourly tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: Tours are adults, $13; children and students, $8.

Williamsville Road, one mile south of Routes 183 and 102 Stockbridge, MA, 01262 Phone: 413-298-3579

Chesterwood is the country home, studio, and gardens of America’s foremost sculptor of public monuments, Daniel Chester French (1850-1931), creator of the Minute Man and Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial. It is situated on 122 acres in the idyllic hamlet of Glendale near Stockbridge. Many plaster sketches, including models of his Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial, are on view today in his studio as well as in the permanent exhibit in Barn Gallery.
Hours: Late May-early October, daily, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $16; children age 13-17, $8
Springfield Armory National Historic Site

1 Armory Square Springfield, MA Phone: 413-734-8551

This National Historic Landmark houses the world’s largest collection of American military firearms dating from colonial times and offers year-round public programs, exhibits, and special events.
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Free admission.