The 20-foot-tall vintage Muffler Man statue on Route 43 has traveled far and wide, and was once prank “kidnapped” by local college students.
With its unusual “bowling alley” shape, Hancock stretches lengthwise across the border of the Berkshires and New York State, and touches seven different towns. It was named for a politician with a pretty famous signature, and has the lowest property-tax rate in all of Berkshire County. It’s both pastorally rich and forward-thinking, boasting both an awe-inspiring landscape, especially in the fall, and the county’s first wind farm.
The largest ski and snowboard resort in southern New England, Jiminy generates its own energy, including for snow-making, through wind power. A four-season resort, it also has a summer Mountain Adventure Park, and restaurant, conference, and wedding facilities.
Stop at Ioka Valley for a maple sugaring tour, then stick around for pancakes topped with syrup made right here at the farm. Ioka Valley also sells specialty maple products, plus beef, pumpkins, squash, and Christmas trees, all grown or raised on premises.
This 750-acre living-history museum straddles both Pittsfield and Hancock. View the 20 original Shaker buildings and extensive collections of Shaker furniture and artifacts, or take a workshop, go for a hike, have a picnic, or visit the farm animals.