Monterey’s cafes and bakeries boast some of the best breakfasts in the entire county.
Originally a part of neighboring Tyringham, Monterey is a relaxed, unspoiled town along the Mill River in the southern Berkshires. Brimming with wildlife and opportunities for outdoor recreation, Monterey is a fantastic choice for lovers of swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, cross-country skiing, and skating. Make a special stop at the Monterey General Store for snacks, housewares, and gifts. And don’t miss the dramatic vista of Lake Garfield and the forests surrounding it from the overlook at Beartown State Forest.
Built in 1760 as a parsonage, the Bidwell House is now a museum that documents early settlement of the Berkshires. The building and 192 acres of grounds and hiking trails have been authentically restored.
It’s not just for hiking: Beartown, located on 12,000 acres of state forest, is a favorite among locals for swimming, boating, and fishing in the summer, and cross-country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter.