February Fun in the Berkshires

Indoors or out, February fun in the Berkshires is plentiful. Snow covered hills and ponds thick with ice beckon every outdoor enthusiast to come enjoy what Mother Nature brings to western Massachusetts. But you don’t have to bundle up in warm woolies, scarfs and mittens to find a good time. Tons of indoor activities shine year-round in the Berkshires. Art lovers and history buffs delight in the multitude of cultural venues and historic sites found in every small town and hamlet. Gardeners and those longing for spring will find inspiration in the grounds of historic homes that stay open all year. And for the shoppers among you, you’ll find unique crafts, antiques, clothing, pottery and more at the boutiques that line the main streets and backroads of the Berkshires.

So, if you’re in need of a change of scenery, pack up all your cares and woes and head for the hills of western Massachusetts. Here at the Staveleigh House Bed and Breakfast in Sheffield, MA you’ll find our cozy rooms inviting, a warm fire burning in the hearth, and a heartfelt welcome to the place we call home. Let us show you how much fun February is in the Berkshires.

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”
– John Steinbeck

Woman skiing downhill on fluffy white snow with a brilliant deep blue ski above.Skiing and Snowshoeing in the Berkshires

Yes, the mountains of the Berkshires answer the call of the wild for skiers, snowboarders, snowshoers, skaters, and snowmobilers. There’s no denying the allure of fresh fallen snow. So, for you adrenaline junkies, here’s a roundup of nearby slopes to tempt you.

  • Ski Butternut, Great Barrington, MA
  • Jiminy Peak, Hancock, MA
  • Bousquet Mountain, Pittsfield, MA
  • Catamount Mountain Resort, Hinsdale, NY

Read more about what these mountain resorts offer in our blog, 3 Fun Winter Activities in the Berkshires.

Strap on your snowshoes for an outdoor adventure that requires nothing more than some warm clothing and a zest for trekking in the woods. Some of the best snowshoe trails are within easy driving distance of Sheffield.

  • Beartown State Forest, Monterey, MA
  • Hilltop Orchards, Richmond, MA
  • Kennedy Park, Lenox, MA October Mountain State Forest, Lee, MA 
  • Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox, MA 
  • Lime Kiln Farm, Sheffield, MA 

For a detailed description of what each location offers, read our blog, Best Places to Snowshoe in the Berkshires.

Soft mixed pastel background with title, "Art Galleries in the Berkshires."Art Galleries Galore

Sometimes finding the perfect piece of art to adorn your humble home creates the ideal way to spend an afternoon in the Berkshires. Dozens of artists and crafters working in all mediums exhibit in shops and galleries throughout the region. Here is just a sampling of what you’ll find nearby.

  • An American Craftsman, Lenox, MA
  • Bernay Fine Art, Great Barrington, MA
  • Painted Porch Antiques, Sheffield, MA.

Our blog, Antique Shopping in the Berkshires, provides details on where to find the best shops for treasure hunting.

White granite block background with text: Spend a day at a local museum.Berkshire Museums

Among the beauty gracing the rolling hills of the Berkshires, a smattering of world class museums stand out. Though some are a bit further afield from our location in Sheffield, all are well worth a visit.

  • Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA
  • Bidwell House, Monterey, MA
  • Mass MoCa, North Adams, MA
  • Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA
  • Berkshire Art Museum, North Adams, MA
  • Clark Institute, Williamstown, MA

Historic Homes and Gardens Inspiration

At the height of the gilded era, gorgeous estates with sprawling gardens dotted the landscape of western Massachusetts. Though most of the homes themselves are closed for tours in winter, the gardens are left open for all to wander. Here are just a few of our favorite historic homes and gardens to visit.

  • Edith Wharton’s The Mount, Lenox, MA
  • Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield, MA
  • Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, MA
  • Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens, south Deerfield, MA
  • Ventforth Hall and Gilded Age Museum, Lenox, MA

Two young woman with shopping bags.

A Shopping Mecca

Shopping is one of those pastimes that never grows old. Who among us doesn’t love finding something so unique, so unusual, or so well-crafted that you simply have to have it? Happily, we don’t lack for wonderful shops and boutiques to frequent in the Berkshires.

  • Asia Barong, Great Barrington, MA
  • Brookside Quiltworks, Ergemont, MA
  • Casablanca, Lenox, MA
  • Hoffman Pottery, West Stockbridge, MA

The Berkshires truly is a year-round destination. Winter, spring, summer or fall, you’ll find countless ways to amuse yourself here. Book a weekend or weekday getaway to the Staveleigh House Bed and Breakfast and let us show you all the ways to have fun here in February.

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.”

-Albert Camus