Welcome to the Southern Berkshires!
Located in the southwestern corner of Massachusetts, the region is bordered by Connecticut to the south and New York to the west, and is dominated by the Berkshire Hills and the Housatonic River. The scenic beauty and serenity of the area has long been an attraction for visitors, and is the primary reason so many people have chosen to live and work here. An easy 2+ hours driving time from both New York City and Boston, the area boasts many second and weekend homes in addition to its full-time residents.
We hope you enjoy exploring this website and learning about everything this great area has to offer. Let us help you make your plans to visit us in real time. We look forward to seeing you!
CULTURE, BUSINESS AND NATURE IN HARMONY
The Southern Berkshire region offers wonderful tourist activities for all ages. It is also a haven for entrepreneurs and small businesses to operate in a rural setting.
Tourism plays an enormous role in the area’s economy and the industry is one of the area’s larger employers. Other large employers are our two excellent regional school districts, several top notch private schools, the local hospital and associated health care agencies and several plastics companies.
Manufacturing here is not your run-of-the-mill type. Our manufacturers make healthy cosmetics and anatomically correct medical organ models for training purposes.
Agriculture also plays a large role in the southern Berkshire economy. Family farms are still very much in evidence and many have diversified in order to remain viable. There is a strong emphasis on buying locally grown produce and consuming locally raised beef, lamb and pork. Several artisanal cheeses are produced in the region as well.
There are very active Land Trusts and Conservation Commissions and many other environmentally aware organizations that are working hard to preserve much of our beautiful farmland and forests so our rural, scenic beauty can be enjoyed by future generations.
The region was recently designated as the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area, which makes the valley that runs from Lanesborough at the northern tip down to Kent Connecticut in the south into part of the National Park system, allowing further protection while creating economic benefits for the entire region.
A collaboration between the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission and the Southern Berkshire Job Fair committee has resulted in an active group that is focused on helping connect employers with employees to fill jobs in the region. The Southern Berkshire region has excellent schools and a variety of educational options.