Road Trip Idea #23: Embrace Winter in Western Mass

When you live in the northeast, you either love the four seasons or learn to love them! In Western Mass, there are plenty of ways to embrace winter and enjoy the wide open spaces we’re famous for.

Here are some of our top picks!

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Berkshire East
Ski, snow tube or wait for family and friends in your own private cabana! Whatever your speed, you’ll find your perfect way to enjoy winter at Berkshire East. Heaters, fire pits, bbq, and other fun amenities will make the experience winter carnival-like but make no mistake, the folks at Berkshire East have your safety in mind with enhanced cleaning protocols and enforcement of social distancing measures. Get your tickets in advance here.

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Northfield Mountain Recreation Area
This sprawling facility is open all winter to skiers, hikers, walkers, and for other recreational use while remaining consistent with the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 safety and social-distancing guidelines. When snow cover is sufficient, trails will be open for to all guests who are wearing masks and practicing social distancing at all times. At times when snow cover is absent or too icy, thin, or inconsistent, trails are open for hiking, walking, and cycling on fat bikes, again with masking and social distancing required of all. Visitors can get information about trail conditions and allowed activities by visiting FirstLight’s Northfield Mountain Facebook page.

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Forest Park in Springfield
This beautiful municipal park was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead who famously designed Central Park in NYC. Walk on miles of paved roads or take the more scenic trails located throughout the park. After the snow falls, bring a sled and speed down one of the many hilly spots on the south side of the park. Right now, you’ll even get an up close view of the custom Bright Nights displays before they’re put away for the year. Plan your visit using this handy map.

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Hiking Trails
Western Mass has an extensive network of hiking trails for any and all abilities. Go deep into the woods, climb a mountain or take a leisurely walk along a scenic trail. Plan your next adventure by clicking here.

Don’t let seasonal affective disorder get you down!  Get out and embrace winter in #WesternMass!

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