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Nothing beats New England in the fall, so this year, we (I, really) have selected the Berkshires as the place to take a hike (several) and feast our eyes on fabulous foliage. We'll explore the beautiful hills and forests of western Massachusetts, as well as their historic towns, with a series of mostly moderate hikes (up to 3.5 blisters), all at the peak of fall colors.
All hikes will be day hikes and may require short drives. One of the hikes will take us to the top of Mount Greylock (3491’), Massachusetts’ highest point. Other highlights will include various state parks, waterfalls, world-class museums, Tanglewood, paddling, a sampling of restaurants, and maybe a show.
Participation is limited to 12 to 15 people; no pets or children under 18. (Children 18-105 are OK.) The trip is for 5 nights, but you can stay an additional two nights on your own if you'd like to continue exploring the area, or just chill. There are tons of things to do in this rich natural, cultural, and historic area ( http://www.berkshires.org ).
Lodging: We will stay in a large, rural house in Hancock, MA, with full kitchen and dining facilities, several bedrooms and bathrooms, and a huge yard. Lodging cost is the same regardless of the number of nights—up to 7—that you stay. The cost depends on the room, but will vary from about $225–275 per person, based on double-occupancy rooms, or $450-550 for private rooms (one or two people).
Costs: In addition to lodging, other expenses include food, travel, and incidentals all of which are the responsibility of individual participants. You can estimate an average of $35/day for food.
Food: For all meals, participants will have the choice of eating as a group or individually in restaurants, eateries, or with preparation or cooking at the house. We plan to have at least one communally cooked dinner for those who would like to participate. Check with Mike for more details.
Travel: The house is about 385 miles or 6.5 hours driving from the DC area. Travel is the responsibility of participants, but we will also try to coordinate carpooling. Check with Mike for more details.
Reservations: To reserve a spot, you must provide a $125/person, non-refundable deposit (check or PayPal), which will be deducted from your lodging cost. Contact Mike about reserving.
Leader: Mike Darzi, firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-580-9387.