Top things to do in Central Massachusetts & the Berkshires

Top Choice Waterfall in The Berkshires

Bash Bish Falls

In the very southwest corner of the state, near the New York state line, is Bash Bish Falls, the largest waterfall in Massachusetts. The water feeding the falls runs down a series of gorges before the torrent is sli…
Top Choice Museum in Springfield

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

It was Springfield where, in 1891, a young Canadian physical education instructor called James Naismith first invented basketball. The game is celebrated at this state-of-the art museum. Though the emphasis at the b…
Top Choice Museum in North Adams

MASS MoCA

MASS MoCA sprawls over 13 acres of downtown North Adams – one-third of the entire business district. After the Sprague Electric Company closed in 1985, some $31 million was spent to modernize the property into 'the …
Top Choice Museum in Williamstown

Clark Art Institute

Even if you're not an avid art lover, don't miss this gem, set on 140 gorgeous acres of expansive lawns, flower-filled meadows and rolling hills. The building – with its triple-tiered reflecting pool – is a stunner.…
Top Choice Books in Pioneer Valley

Montague Bookmill

This place promises 'books you don't need in a place you can't find.' Luckily, both claims are slightly exaggerated. Housed in a converted cedar gristmill from 1842, the Bookmill's maze of rooms are packed with used…
Top Choice Museum in Stockbridge

Norman Rockwell Museum

Born in New York City, Norman Rockwell (1894–1978) sold his first magazine cover illustration to the Saturday Evening Post in 1916. In the following half-century he did another 321 covers for the Post, as well as il…
Top Choice Microbrewery in Central Massachusetts

Tree House Brewing Company

Beer enthusiasts consider Tree House to be among the top breweries in the country, and since its beers are not sold elsewhere, expect to wait in line behind other thirsty hopheads. It's a sleek operation, located in…
Top Choice Museum in Springfield

Amazing World of Dr Seuss

This innovative museum is dedicated to the life and work of Springfield native Theodore Geisel, aka Dr Seuss. On the 1st floor, interactive exhibits use the stories of Dr Seuss to engage children with rhyming games …
Top Choice Blues in Springfield

Theodore's

Offering 'booze, blues and BBQ,' this joint is a gem. Truly great blues and jazz acts get booked in the lively bar, and the barbecue is finger-lickin' good. There's usually music from Tuesday to Saturday. Wednesday …
Top Choice Modern American in Great Barrington

Allium

Allium subscribes to the slow-food movement, with a seasonal menu that relies on fresh organic produce, cheeses and meats. Go for cocktails and small plates in the lounge area, with a window facing the street, or a …