The town was the site of world’s first practical demonstration of an AC electrical system.
Hailed as one of the top small towns in America by magazines such as Smithsonian and Vogue, Great Barrington is a melting pot of big-city ideas and small-town friendliness. Its downtown is bustling with shops, galleries, cafes, and restaurants. Night life is lively, with music, dozens of dining options, a movie and a live-performance theater, and a variety of special events. Venture outside to one of the region’s best farmers’ markets, plus an eclectic group of stores. Or get your outdoor fix with skiing and snowboarding at Ski Butternut, hiking on Monument Mountain, or kayaking and canoeing on Lake Buel.