Kripalu lies in the center of an unparalleled collection of world-class cultural attractions.
In planning your visit to Kripalu, consider scheduling a little time outside of the Kripalu grounds on either end of your stay; every season has its highlights. Whether you take in a concert at Tanglewood, enjoy a classic play at Shakespeare & Company, or check out one of the many splendid attractions that abound, the Berkshires offer a wide array of cultural venues to enrich your stay.
Berkshire Botanical Gardens, Stockbridge, 413-298-3926, www.berkshirebotanical.org
The Berkshire Botanical Garden, featuring collections of over 3,000 species and varieties of plants that thrive in the Berkshires, offers visitors a refuge of natural beauty, featuring display gardens, community events, and classes.
Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, 413-443-7171, www.berkshiremuseum.org
Featuring 14 galleries, an aquarium, a 291-seat theater, classrooms, and a museum store, the Berkshire Museum’s mission is to enrich, inspire, and educate through interactions with the arts, history, and the natural world.
Berkshire Theatre Festival, Stockbridge, 866-811-4111, 413-298-5576, www.berkshiretheatre.org
The oldest performing arts venue in Berkshire County, the Berkshire Theatre Festival draws on 77 years of theatrical life to "sustain, promote, and produce theatre for its community," featuring performances of both new and classic works and educational activities.
The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield 413-997-4444, www.thecolonialtheatre.org
The Colonial Theatre is a year round Gilded Age theatre that presents Broadway, live music, comedy, dance, family programming, and more in the heart of downtown Pittsfield, MA.
Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield, 800-817-1137, 413-443-0188, www.hancockshakervillage.org
Hancock Shaker Village is a "living history museum," presenting the premier collection of Shaker buildings and artifacts, programs, tours, exhibitions, and hands-on activities relating to Shaker life, set on 1,200 acres of farm, woodland, and pasture.
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket, 413-243-0745, www.jacobspillow.org
Each summer, Jacob’s Pillow, now a National Historic Landmark, is home to the country’s premier dance festival, featuring world-renowned dance in two theatres, outdoor performances, talks, and exhibits.
The Mount, Edith Warton’s estate and gardens, Lenox, 413-551-5100, www.edithwharton.org
Edith Wharton, renowned author of The House of Mirth, Ethan Frome, and The Age of Innocence, designed and built the Mount’s elegant Gilded Age mansion and gardens, living and writing there from 1902 to 1911.
Naumkeag Museum, Stockbridge, 413-298-3239, www.berkshireweb.com/trustees/naumkeag
The Naumkeag Museum, preserved by the Trustees of Reservations, was the summer estate of the Choate family, famous for its Gilded Age period rooms and eight acres of terraced gardens and landscaped grounds.
Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, 413-298-4100, www.nrm.org
The Norman Rockwell Museum, which houses the largest and most significant collection of original Rockwell art, celebrates the work of "America’s favorite artist" and also hosts diverse exhibitions exploring the art of illustration.
Shakespeare & Company, Lenox, 413-637-1199, www.shakespeare.org
Shakespeare & Company performs the plays of Shakespeare "as the Elizabethans did—in love with poetry, physical prowess, and the mysteries of the universe"; they also develop new plays, provide classical training and performance methods, and host workshops, lectures, and demonstrations.
Tanglewood (late June to Labor Day), Lenox, 888-266-1200, 413-637-5165, www.bso.org
The summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood offers exceptional classical, popular, and jazz concerts throughout the summer, including weekly chamber music concerts, annual music festivals, and performances by the gifted young musicians of the Tanglewood Music Center.
For more information
Berkshires Visitors Bureau, 800-237-5747, 413-443-9186, www.berkshires.org
The Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, 413-499-4000, www.berkshirechamber.com