Today I’m sharing our family trip to the Berkshires in March. If you’re looking to book a late winter getaway or a weekend trip to the Berkshires, here’s what you need to know!
We have had the most uneventful winter in Connecticut. And we love the snow. So when we heard everywhere but HERE was under a winter storm warning two weeks ago, we decided to chase the snow. My husband hit up the internet to find somewhere to stay that would be in the middle of the storm. The hardest decision we had to make was “which house looks affordable, kid-friendly, and fun?”
A Late Winter Getaway in the Berkshires
We searched Berkshire hotels, condos, and every house rental website you could imagine. We finally stumbled upon Meadow Homes in New England. They had the most perfect 3 bedroom lakeside chalet available for a last minute booking!
The Blue Willow Bungalow is located in Becket, MA within Berkshire County. Becket is a small town surrounded by woods and wildlife. It is close enough to bigger towns with grocery stores, restaurants, and ski lodges that you’re not lost in the woods. The Blue Willow Bungalow is great for a family of five – or two families if you have kids that can share a room.
The bedrooms are spacious and the beds are extremely comfortable! I love the Public Goods toiletries (might need to order these sustainable products for my home) in each bathroom and the extra fluffy bath towels. The kitchen was stocked with your basic cookware and glassware.
The living area is great for watching the snow fall with floor to ceiling windows. There is a wood burning fireplace, a small collection of board games and a Smart TV. We spent a lot of time by the warm fire watching Christmas movies and enjoying the beautiful view. In the basement you can find a ping pong table and washer and dryer – ideal for quickly drying your snowy clothes.
Where to Find Food and Drinks in the Berkshires
We brought a lot of grocery items from home for the weekend – it’s the smartest thing to do when traveling with kids. My husband made a last minute trip to Big Y and a package store just 20 minutes away in Lee, MA for provisions. Big Y has a deli counter where you can order sandwiches and a huge selection of frozen meals for easy dinners.
I planned to cook all but one of our meals at the house – hoping to go out to dinner in a nearby town. However when it snowed all day Saturday, we decided to just order dinner to go from Knox Trail Inn. The have vegan options and a kids menu! Everything was delicious – especially the Butternut Burger and Bavarian Pretzels.
What can you do in the Berkshires during the winter?
There are lots of winter activities for families in the Berkshires. From sledding to skiing, snow tubing to snow boarding, there are so many ski resorts. The Blue Willow Bungalow is 10 minutes from Otis Ridge and 30 minutes from Butternut Ski Area and Tubing Center. Becket is home to Canterbury Farms where you can find skiing, skating, snowshoeing, skating, snowshoeing rentals too!
Skiing and tubing is not ideal with a one year old, so we played in the snow right outside the home. The house is located on a lake that could have been fun to ice skate on if we knew it was frozen. It was covered by snow though and we did not want to take any risks. Instead, we build a giant snowman using our snowman kit. Then the girls went on an adventure in the woods to find the perfect place to construct a snow fort.
Want to take a last minute trip to the Berkshires with kids in the winter?
Here are some tips for taking a last minute trip with your kids to the Berkshires:
- Book a rental through Meadow Homes or AirBNB
- Bring your own groceries OR make sure there is a grocery store close to your home
- Pack board games or cards if you’ll be stuck indoors
- Pack appropriate clothes for exploring outdoors