Here at Haddad Nissan, we think it’s important for us to stay involved with community here in the Berkshires, whether its sponsoring charitable events or just enjoying all the great activities our area has to offer. With Fall rapidly approaching, the list of things to do in and around our area is nothing short of extraordinary. Whether you’re a resident or just visiting, here are a few of the amazing events you can take part in.
Walk A Mile March
Our very own Big Bill and our GM Mike Coggins carried the Elizabeth Freeman Center banner at last year’s event. Photo Credit: Elizabeth Freeman Center
The first event we have on our calendar is the 7th annual Walk a Mile March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault, and Gender Violence. Join the Elizabeth Freeman Center, our team, and hundreds of your fellow citizens at Third Thursday on September 21st in Pittsfield and take part in this amazing event. The objective is simple- put on a fresh pair of high heels and walk through Downtown Pittsfield to raise money for survivors of abuse. Together, your contributions support women across the country. September 21st is the date, so be sure to mark your calendar and take a stand with us! Check out the Facebook Event page here.
The Apple Squeeze
Photo Credit: Shakespeare & Company
Later in September, Lenox will be holding their 38th annual Apple Squeeze. Main Street in Lenox will be lined with artists and vendors selling everything from local honey to quilts along with food for purchase and a jam-packed lineup of music and performers in addition to all of the local shops and restaurants. The Lenox Apple Squeeze will be happening Saturday, September 23rd and Sunday, September 24th. For more information, check out their Facebook Event.
Fall Foliage Parade: Magic in the Berkshires
Photo Credit: Visit the Berkshires of Massachusetts
Next up, there is the Fall Foliage Festival and Parade in North Adams. Now in its 62nd year, this wonderful celebration of Fall features countless businesses, organizations, and Berkshire community members marching along Route 8, and features a wide variety of events such as a road race and craft fair. The Fall Foliage Festival is family fun, and a part of history here in The Berkshires. This year’s festival and parade will be happening on Sunday, October 1st, from 1pm to 3pm. For complete event details, visit the events Facebook page.
Then, on Columbus Day weekend, Berkshire Botanical Garden will be holding it’s 83rd annual Harvest Festival. This is one of the longest running festivals in our area, and for good reason: this festival has something for everyone: delicious food offerings, lots of kid friendly activities, live entertainment all weekend long, as well as a slew of local artists and vendors selling their wares. Oh, and did we mention the Haunted House? What’s even better- all proceeds benefit the Botanical Garden’s education program. So be sure to mark Saturday, October 7th and Sunday, October 8th on your calendar. The festival hours are 10am to 5pm: Admission is $7 for adults; Children under 12 are FREE.
There is no shortage of fun to be had in the Berkshires- even after Labor Day! Have some suggestions about fun things to do in and around the Berkshires this fall? Share with us in the comments below or on Social Media! We’re on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Fall is right around the corner, which means it’s nearly time for the leaves to change. New England is renowned worldwide for its stunning foliage, making it one of the best places to tour in the autumn months. If you’re looking for a laid-back fall road trip, take a tour of the colors change in New England during the next several weeks for an unforgettable experience.
According to Boston.com, New England has been a prime destination in the fall for many years. The landscape slowly changes throughout autumn, and peak color is usually reached by October. The term “peak color” refers to the moment when the leaves begin to turn and fall off branches. The best time to see foliage is actually before “peak color,” contrary to popular belief. However, the prime time for scenery in New England often varies depending on who you ask.
In the north, between September 30th and the first week in October is usually when the leaves reach their most vibrant hues. If you wait until the final weeks in October in the north—particularly in upper Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine—it may be too late.
In Connecticut, lower Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, you may be able to wait until the second half of October. For those late to the scene, southern Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island are often the best bet. Areas around the Worchester Hills and along the Massachusetts Turnpike are the most promising before Halloween.
We at Haddad Nissan simply suggest planning a trip when the weather is nice and heading out into the countryside. Though you may have more luck in early October, just keep in mind that road trips are what you make of them. Don’t set your expectations unreasonably high, and you’re bound to have a fun time on the road.
Massachusetts isn’t the largest state in the nation by a longshot, but it done offer some pretty spectacular landscapes. Here are some scenic drives in Western Massachusetts recommended by us at Haddad Nissan.
Mount Greylock stands a massive 3,491 feet tall and offers a fantastic view in all directions. Reaching as far as 90 miles away, the breathtaking views include the Mount Greylock State Reservation and farmland in Lanesborough. The scenic byway is most accessible during summer and early fall. Trails are open year round. The 1932 War Memorial Tour stands as the highest point in the park.
Jacob’s Ladder Trail
The Jacob’s Ladder Trail ventures through historic rural landscapes between Laurel Lake and Tekoa Mountain. Despite the area’s population continuing to rise over the past decades, Jacob’s Ladder Trail has remained its natural presence. Many of the sights and attractions remain the same as they were a century ago.
Route 116 is one of the hidden gems of Massachusetts. Arguably the definition of “the road less traveled,” the scenic byway is home to historic towns, welcoming communities, and a beautiful agricultural landscape. Deerfield village sits north of the byway and serves as a prime location for history buffs of all ages.
The last bell’s been rung, the lockers have been cleaned out, the teachers have said good riddance, and the kids are bored—but not for long! If your one of Haddad Nissan’s wonderful neighbors, you’re lucky, because you live with us right here in the Berkshires, a hotspot of summer fun for the family. Make the most of the season by visiting one (or all) of our region’s incredible attractions.
- The Berkshire Museum
Sneak a little more learning into your family’s summer vacation with a trip to the Berkshire Museum, the region’s premiere art, history, and natural sciences museum. From dinosaurs to a live aquarium, this place has something for everybody.
- Deerfield Valley Canopy Tours
Turn your summer fun for the family into summer THRILLS for the family at Deerfield Valley Canopy Tours. Join the three-hour long guided trek through the wild Berkshires, zip-lining across the canopy, taking in the incredible mountain views at top-speed.
- Hancock Shaker Village
Turn back the hands of time and spend an afternoon at the Hancock Shaker Village. See the beautiful gardens, engage in history with live demonstrations, and enjoy a tasty meal at the Harvest Cafe. The best part? Entry is free for all!
And don’t forget our list of great Massachusetts Summer road trips as well! Stuck in the office, or inside all day? No worries! Join in on our Sock Game! We love all aspects of Summer, especially the fun, so we hope you enjoy yours!
Spring and summer weather inspires everyone to get out of their house and enjoy the outdoors. If you’d like to hit the road, here are some great ideas for Massachusetts road trips.
Go to a Garden Show – With spring and warm weather finally here, flowers are blooming everywhere. Make a point to head to your nearest botanical garden, maybe even for a garden show or other floral event!
Celebrate Your Parents – Late spring and early summer celebrate both Mother’s and Father’s Day, so be sure to respect your parents with some gifts and festivities just for them.
Enjoy the Outdoors – Don’t waste the mild spring temperatures. Hit the local hiking trail or go for a stroll in a countryside vineyard to enjoy the scenic beauty of Massachusetts. If you’re feeling up to it, maybe challenge yourself on one of the state’s mountain trails.
Memorial Day Weekend – Honor American troops all across the country by attending Memorial Day festivities, including local parades and other festivals.
Other Local Events – This guide from Massachusetts’ tourism website lists tons of great events in the state, so make sure you mark your calendars in advance!
Plan summertime Massachusetts road trips using these suggestions and looking up events and attractions in the state! We at Haddad Nissan guarantee you’ll have a great time exploring our home state.