Smiles of a Berkshires Night : A Gay Weekend in the Country

By September 24, 2010 April 9th, 2012 Press

While Bernadette Peters, Elaine Stritch and the rest of the cast of the Broadway revival of A Little Night Musicare trudging their way through a bleak, Chekhovian production of Sondheim’s waltz-driven ode to summer love, the Berkshires are as flaming as the fiery red and gold fall foliage transforming the countryside. This historic geographic region in western Massachusetts offers a host of quaint towns, scenic fall vistas and cultural happenings with a nonchalant gay-friendly attitude. Same-sex marriage has been legal since 2004, but don’t expect to see a barrage of gay flags or kitsch shops synonymous with Provincetown or Fire Island. The Berkshires, instead, present a mix of Gilded Age charm with a burgeoning food scene and artist-driven nightlife. Click here to read more