If you’re looking for a place to take a last-minute summer vacation and aren’t a fan of the beach, check out the Berkshires—the mountainous Massachusetts region known for its history, quaint towns, and year-round outdoor activities.
To enjoy the great outdoors in the summer, you can hike the area’s many trails like Basin Pond in Becket and Alford Springs in Great Barrington; enjoy the waterfalls at Umpachene Falls Park; take a swim at Pontoosuc Lake or Lenox Town Beach; and visit High Lawn Farm in Lee. There’s also lots for outdoorsy types to do at Balance Rock State Park.
For a bit of culture, you can check out museums like Norman Rockwell Museum, Berkshire Museum, and Clark Art Institute or catch a performance at Tanglewood or The Colonial Theater. Great Barrington and Stockbridge also have popular downtown areas where you can shop and dine at independently-owned spots.
To help with your last-minute vacation, here are five rentals with availability this summer in the Berkshires. (And remember to pay attention to pet policies, rules about large gatherings, check-in times, and extra cleaning fees.)
This one bedroom, one bath is available in August for $275 a night. The historic schoolhouse sleeps up to four people and pets are allowed. It has a loft, ceiling fans, pond, deck, fire pit, grill, hammock, and a washer/dryer. Berkshire County Historical Society and Colonial Theater are nearby.
This three bedroom, two and a half bath is available in July and August for $326 a night. The house sleeps up to 10 people and pets are not allowed. It has a movie room, covered porch, patio, large yard, and central air with Nest controls. Umpachene Falls Park is nearby.
This three bedroom, one bath is available in mid-August for $555 a night. It sleeps up to eight people and pets are welcome with a $100 fee for pets below 25 pounds and $200 for bigger pets. The house features mountain views, a decorative fireplace, patio, deck, fire pit, central heat, window air conditioning, a grill, and washer/dryer. Tanglewood is nearby.
This three bedroom, one and a half bath is available at the end of August for $559 a night. It sleeps six and up to three pets are allowed with a fee. The house has a fireplace, 114 acres of land and hiking trails, a grill, deck, central air, and parking for four cars. The Norman Rockwell Museum is nearby.
This two bedroom, two bath is available in August for $877 a night. The house sleeps six people and pets are not allowed. It has oversized windows, central air and heat, a smart TV, and a washer/dryer. Lenox Library and Shakespeare & Company are nearby.