Text by Cindy Cooper
Many speak of Stockbridge, Massachusetts, as the perfect town, filled with quaint shops, friendly people, and vintage cars just as its most notable resident, artist Norman Rockwell, depicted in his distinctive paintings.
This year during the holidays, visitors can go back in time at the 32nd-annual Main Street at Christmas Recreation, during which the town transforms into a scene from one of Rockwell’s paintings. Residents of the area affectionately hold on to this holiday celebration and reenactment, with this year’s events focused on holiday music. As the events draw near, the town’s chamber of commerce will provide any updates to the schedule of seasonal celebrations.
Nearby, the Berkshires offer many outdoor experiences, such as cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, in towns like Charlemont or Lenox, encouraging exhilarating adventures along the snowy trails. The countryside offers back roads for cycling, hiking, and bird-watching as you explore all Western Massachusetts has to share with visitors to the state.
WHAT TO DO IN STOCKBRIDGE, MA
7 Arts Gift Shop; 413-298-5344
Williams & Sons Country Store; stockbridgecountrystore.com
Michael’s Restaurant of Stockbridge; michaelsofstockbridge.com
Once Upon a Table; onceuponatablebistro.com
The Inn at Stockbridge; stockbridgeinn.com
The Red Lion Inn; redlioninn.com
Berkshire Botanical Garden; berkshirebotanical.org
Naumkeag House & Gardens; thetrustees.org/place/naumkeag
THEATRES, MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
Norman Rockwell Museum; nrm.org
Schantz Galleries Contemporary Art; schantzgalleries.com
Berkshire Theatre Group; berkshiretheatregroup.org
For more information, visit stockbridgechamber.org.