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In westernmost Massachusetts lies an area of rivers, lakes and hills known as the Berkshires. The serenity and separateness of the area shaped and influenced both settlers and visitors. For theologian Jonathan Edwards and Mother Lee's Shakers, this region served as part of their separate journeys to find and serve God. For writers Edith Wharton, Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne, the Berkshires nurtured great literary works, such as Melville's “Moby Dick,” which he wrote while living in Pittsfield.
Strung along US 7, the major towns of the Berkshires—Great Barrington, Pittsfield, Stockbridge, Lee and Lenox among them—offer a long procession of events, theater, dance, music, museums and historical sites. Recreational opportunities for downhill and cross-country skiing, bicycling, canoeing, fishing and hiking are abundant. Rounding out these offerings are the natural beauty of the fall foliage as well as numerous winter ski resorts and country inns.
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