Saturday, September 22, 2018

Saturday Snapshot: Natural Beauty in the Berkshires

Saturday Snapshot is hosted by Melinda at West Metro Mommy Reads.

After two false starts, my husband and I finally got out of town! Our week-long camping & kayaking trip had turned into a long weekend in a small Airbnb apartment, but it ended up being a wonderful getaway. We stayed on Main Street in Great Barrington, a beautiful town in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts, with lots of great restaurants and TWO bookstores! I'll post separately about the food and bookstores.

The highlight of our weekend was 3 wonderful hikes. The Berkshires are filled with mountains, lakes, ponds, rivers, and waterfalls - there are a LOT of hikes to choose from, through some gorgeous areas. Here are some highlights:

BLUE SKIES!! Hadn't seen those in many weeks!

Walking along the Housatonic River Walk in Great Barrington, MA

Perfectly still Benedict Pond in Beartown State Forest, MA

Benedict Pond Loop Trail

Spot to rest on Benedict Pond Loop Trail

Mostly lots of green still, but one lone red tree is ready for fall!
Ice Glen Trail in Stockbridge, MA - lots of rocky climbing!

I guess the trail goes through there!

Having fun on the Ice Glen Trail

TALL trees - love the Northeast hardwood forests

Over the Housatonic River at the start (and end) of the Ice Glen Trail
Amazing views from the Berkshires to the Catskills in the far distance

Bash Bish Falls - 60' high, straddling the MA/NY border

Trail to Bash Bish Falls was straight down & then straight back UP!

Hope you are enjoying your weekend!


  1. Beautiful photos! They look like they could have been taken in East Tennessee, where I'm from.

    1. Thanks, Bonnie! We love East TN, too - have enjoyed several trips to the Smokies. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Pretty pics Sue. We go to the Berkshires often as its doable as a day trip. I love touring the Rockwell Museum, Edith Wharton grounds and time in Lenox and Stockbridge in general.

    1. Check out Great Barrington next time you are in the area, Diane - so many cool shops and tasty restaurants on Main Street!

      You're lucky to have the Berkshires so close :)

  3. What a beautiful hike! Those rocks are amazing. The still water makes me think the whole area is peaceful and calm. I feel more calm, in fact, after looking at your photos. Thank you for sharing these.

    1. Thanks, Deb! I feel the same way about getting out in nature - instant calm and peace. Our weather - extra hot & humid summer, then a month of heavy rain - has prevented me from getting out as much as I like to - last weekend was a much-needed respite!

  4. Love your photos of the hike. I have never been to the Berkshires, but they look amazing.

    1. Beautiful place, Jane! Well worth a visit.