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The City of Pittsfield is the cultural, commercial, legal, and medical hub of the Berkshires.

Through recent initiatives, Downtown Pittsfield has  become the Downtown of the Berkshires, as young professionals, artists and others are moving into the downtown and surrounding neighborhoods to work and to live. With new attractions, including the world-class Colonial Theatre, the Tony Award-winning Barrington Stage Company, and a new downtown cinema center on the way, private investment has further bolstered the energy driving Pittsfield's revitalization.  There is the wonderful little Berkshire Museum which has  collections in art, history and natural science.  A visit to Arrowhead, the historic home of Herman Melville, where he wrote the classic American novel Moby Dick, is a must.  Hancock Shaker Village, a living museum and a National Historic Landmark is also located in Pittsfield.  There are many good restaurants, shops and lodging facilities from which to choose.

In the heart of the beautiful Berkshires, Pittsfield State Forest offers endless trails through gorgeous scenery, along with streams, waterfalls, and Berry Pond, which at 2,150 feet in elevation is one of the highest natural bodies of water in Massachusetts. The state forest offers facilities for camping, non-motorized boating, biking, and more. In addition, Balance Rock State Park is the home of a true natural wonder that you have to see to believe, along with miles of wooded trails for running, biking, cross country skiing and more. For downhill skiing, Bousquet Ski Area offers trails for beginners to the most experienced, as well as snowboarding and snow tubing.  Onota Lake is a 617-acre lake located entirely within the City.  Many recreational opportunities are provided by the lake and are enjoyed by area residents as well as those visiting the Berkshires. There are  beautiful golf courses in town.

As the medical hub of the Berkshires Pittsfield is the home of 2 major hospitals, Berkshire Medical Center and Hillcrest Hospital.

SHOPS

Guido's Fresh Marketplace
Guido's offers the highest quality fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, healthy prepared foods & groceries, flowers and plants, wine, personal care products.  BerkShares.  Senior discounts some days.
On South Street/Rte 7
(413) 442-9912,
http://www.guidosfreshmarketplace.com


Miller Supply Company, Inc.

A staple in Pittsfield for years for everything you need in Art Supplies and more.  Largest art supply-custom framer in Western Mass. Museum mounting, wood & metal frames, prints, California house paints, wallpapers & borders.
205 West Street
(413) 442-6988
http://www.millerartandframe.com

Berkshire Fine Handcrafts
Fine handcrafts, artwork, music & food from over 130 local artisans, plus a variety of fair trade imports. Something special for everyone.  Call for hours.
431 North Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 441-6926
http://www.berkshirefinehandcrafts.com


LODGING

Hollyhock House B & B
Quiet, smoke-free affordable country home with 3 large comfortable rooms overlooking bird-friendly gardens. Hearty breakfast. 
1130 Barker Road
(413) 443-6901
http://www.hollyhockbb.com

Crowne Plaza
Centrally located right in town.  Indoor pool, full service restaurant.
One West Street
(413) 499-2000/(800) 2-CROWNE
http://www.berkshirecrowne.com


Bonnie Brae Cabins & Campsites
42 semi-wooded campsites, rustic cabins, trailers.  Pool, clean restrooms, laundry, full hookups.
108 Broadway Street/ Rte 7 near Pontoosuc Lake
(413) 442-3754
http://bonniebraecampground.tripod.com

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