The Berkshires, Massachusetts.
April is as much a time for a spring cleaning of the soul as it is the home. If you're looking to squeeze a relaxing holiday into your schedule before wedding season begins, The Berkshires are one of the best places to spend a few days strolling through independent art galleries before an afternoon snooze in the sun. A collection of picturesque and wonderfully peaceful villages, this hilly segment of western Massachusetts is home to a flourishing creative community, as well as endless options for farm-to-table meals and all-natural day spas.
Art nuts would be remiss not to jump at the opportunity of attending the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, a vast, sunshine-filled space brimming with diverse exhibits. When passing through the quaint town of Stockbridge, be sure to stop by the Norman Rockwell Museum too. Those looking for a wellness boost should head to Cranwell Spa in Lenox for a few hours of massages, swimming and smoothies following a day of hiking in the region's mountains. Six Depot Roastery and Café in west Stockbridge is a favourite for midday fuel - the kale caesar and local pan-seared tempeh are heavenly.
Who to take with you
A Glastonbury regular in dire need of music and an artsy crowd in an outdoor setting.
When to go
Summer is a fabulous time of year for music lovers to visit, as the Tanglewood Music Centre hosts daily concerts as well as a Festival of Contemporary Music at the end of July. The area is a fantastic destination year-round however, with apple picking during the autumn months, easy access to skiing in winter and idyllic weather for exploring towns come springtime.
Most likely to bump into…
Former New Yorkers who have gone granola and decided to move out of the city.
Essentials to bring with you
An enormous straw tote to fill to the brim with produce picked up at local markets.
How to get there
Fly into Boston Logan International Airport and rent a car for easy access to all of the Berkshires' nooks and crannies.