As we look forward to the coming storm, we celebrate the beginning of winter and the beauty it has brought to the hills, and we hope for snow!
In the Berkshire winter, every bend in the road catches the light, just as we celebrated the winter solstice, knowing that afternoons of 4:45 p.m. darkness will give way to earlier sunrises and later sunsets.
January in the Berkshires means pink skies, skiing and snowboarding at Bousquet, walks in the woods, horses warming under their blankets, snowy back roads, snow-capped trees, the making of snowmen, and the tranquil beauty after each storm.
The mountains have many places to saunter. The Mount, the home of Edith Wharton, has opened its majestic tree-lined acres to the public, free, for a leisurely stroll. Dogs are also welcome.
After a brisk hike, families can get warm by the fireplace at the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, enjoying hot chocolate or cider, or at a cafe or coffee shop.