Girlfriend Weekend in the Berkshires

Girls girlfriend inflate dandelion seedsLife is busy, life is hectic, and sometimes grabbing a spontaneous lunch or dinner with your girlfriends is just not an option, short of making plans months in advance just to deal with the inevitable last minute cancellation. So, it’s not a surprise that quality time with your best friends has resulted in the latest trend in travel – girlfriend weekend getaways.

The Berkshires is an ideal destination for a girlfriend weekend. It doesn’t matter the time of year – we’ve got lakes for swimming in the summer, slopes for skiing in the winter, and trails for hiking in the spring and fall. Start your morning with a breakfast at Spoon, with their “wide-ranging breakfast menu that features everything from omelets and toast to crab cakes and eggs with aioli.”  And take a break for lunch with a Mediterranean flair at Electra’s Cafe.  Both have the perfect location to explore Downtown Lenox with its shops and galleries.

Next up, two words – wine tasting! Check out the Furnace Brook Winery at Hilltop Orchards, which hosts tours of their vineyards, as well as wine tastings.  So pack a lunch, buy a bottle, or two, and enjoy the beautiful scenery. And if that leaves you wanting more, follow the Hudson and Berkshire Beverage Trail – a path to local and participating wineries and distilleries in the area.

If you’re feeling artsy, a trip to the Berkshires isn’t complete without a visit to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, the historic grounds of Tanglewood, or MASS MoCa – a few blocks from which is the Gramercy Bistro, which specializes in Berkshires-grown, organic ingredients – so you can get a taste of culture and gastronomy!

And what girlfriend weekend would be complete without a visit to the spa, especially after all the hiking.  Spas in the Berkshires are all about health and they take it quite seriously.  From fitness classes at Spartan Fitness to body treatments at Essencials Day Spa (both in Lenox), you can relax, re-energize, and renew both your body and mind in the Berkshires.

And if you still have a little bit of time, the Berkshires also has two malls – Premium Outlets in Lee and the Berkshire Mall.  Not to mention the Great Barrington shopping district, where stores like Bra & Girl and One Mercantile are sure to make a fun girls shopping trip.  After a day of shopping, you might want to escape into handmade gourmet chocolate at Chocolate Springs – now you’ve officially done it all!