Summer in the Mountains: Berkshire East, Mass.

Near Boston? Spend a day (or spend a week) at this mountain getaway this summer.
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This little gem is sits in close proximity to coastal cities for a complete mountain-vibe summer getaway. It’s steadily invested in its off-season offerings, making it among the best anywhere for summer exploration.

Summer Dates: TBD, see Berkshire East's website for more info.

Main Event: 3rd Annual Franklin County Beer Fest, July 21. Sample brews, cider, and mead from nearby breweries, take in live music, and chill to the mountain summer vibes at this local favorite.

Choose Your Own Adventure:
• Go whitewater rafting on the Deerfield River’s class II, III, and IV rapids (or float lazily down calm waters).
• Choose from three different zip line tours: the Valley Jump Tour, which has adventurers gliding through valleys and forests; the Mountain Top Tour, taking intermediate zippers between seven high-altitude towers; and the Base Area Tour, great for groups, beginners and families. Younger kids can take advantage of an aerial adventure park and Tree House Trail, where they can roam from platform to platform on a netted course in the trees.
• Thunderbolt Mountain Coaster is among the longest on the East Coast, climbing 1,580 feet up the mountain before letting gravity take over, sending riders flying through thick trees and steep turns for almost 4,000 feet.
• Glide a mountain bike over well-maintained downhill and cross-country trails, or get serious in the Thunder Mountain Bike Park on the progression bike trail system, with blue through black runs for the experienced mountain biker.