This year, we stuck close to home and took a driving vacation to a resort adjacent to Jiminy Peak, a Berkshires ski destination. We don't ski but love the mountains!!
We had several misty days, and one rain day. ALL days started out foggy. Here's the resort:
We did a lot of driving, walking and took in some nice culture. One of our favorite drives was beautiful rte. 43 up to Williamstown. So many beautiful farms and properties, against the beautiful backdrop of the Berkshires. I call this picture "Proud American Dairy":
DH's brother and SIL came for Sat/Sun (we checked in last Friday) and we took a trip on an old-time train that went from Lenox, through Lee and to Stockbridge, then back. We love trains!
We also drove to the top of Mt. Greylock, the tallest mountain in MA and part of the Appalachian Trail. They left on Sunday, but not before totally infecting us with horrible colds that we're still fighting. GAH! Dislike! Unfortunately, DH is not a good sickie and immediately went down for the count, put himself to bed and that was that with him on Monday. I felt yucky but took the car and visited Herman Melville's "Arrowhead" first. I love Arrowhead. Such beauty, and the view of Moby Dick (snow-covered Mt. Greylock envisioned as a great white whale, breaching the surface) is so inspiring. I just sat in the car facing the mountain range, listening to a great local radio station and had a little cry. *HORRIBLE* evening, free-for-all, binge, "I'm not even hungry" eating from Friday birthday till Sunday that had scared the daylights out of me 'stopped' the night before, so was a little emotional. Maybe I will VLOG about it...
Anyway, love this place. Drove to Edith Wharton's home as well.:
DH was feeling better on Tuesday (I was feeling worse, bummer, but trooped onward) so we went to The Clark Art Institute and the "Pissarro's People" exhibit we'd been anticipating. DH took a legal picture outside and brought his camera with him inside! *SNAP*, :hustling over: "Sir! No pictures!" Naturally, I was in the next room by the time the attendant was at his side!
Wednesday we trekked south and visited the Norman Rockwell Museum. COOL place! There's the museum, a so-called"Summer cottage" built by a wealthy NYC banker back in the day, that now serves as the administration building and Norman Rockwell's last working studio, moved from it's location in Stockbridge center. There are many interesting sculptures on the property, too, sort of those "Metal Scrap' thingies.
And here's the inside of his studio. He actually sat in that chair, used that color palate and you can see his pipe!
Oh, the metal thingies...
Our trip to the Hancock Shaker Village on Thursday was a wash-out. It had been misty, raining, clearing, misting all morning. We headed over around 2pm. The tickets to walk through were $17 a piece, no tour or anything. Sort of a hefty price pp for "up-keep". Kids were only marked down to $15. Ouch. We would have gotten in for $15 with DH's retired Navy status, but as we mulled, it started to rain again. DH did get a few nice pictures of one of the impressive gardens and the round building where they kept the animals. BTW, do you know how one became a Shaker? One joined and signed on to live in community with each other, work the land and such, but there was a large dorm and the men were very separate from the women. No families, no kids born into Shaker life.
We drove to Bennington,VT on one day and took a late-day-into-the-evening drive up to Hoosick Falls, NY - a place that is most likely WAY under water now. Here are a few last pictures, plus a goofy final shot of me hamming it up at our washer-dryer in the unit. DH joked that he barely used a towel and I was whisking it away to be washed. This sickie does NOT mess with germs! hehehe...
Enjoy! Thanks for coming on the slide show of our vacation.