This is the national plan for the holiday day. Where to visit the Berkshires this year? | Local News

January 2022 has been a tough month for many of us, but we’re almost at the end of it.

Of course the temperature is below freezing and there is more snow on the way to keep us home on the weekends. But every day, the commute gets a little brighter. Warmer days are coming. What better day to make plans for the year ahead than today, National Plan for the Day Holiday?

According to the US Travel Association, the National Plan for Vacation Day is celebrated on the last Tuesday of January. It’s a day to encourage Americans to plan their vacation days for the coming year.

Ramble on: Community warms up for annual Mount Greylock hike with fun festivities in Adams

Suzy Helme and Tim Martin serve craft beer from Bright Ideas Brewing.

Since 2015, the travel industry and its partners have begun tracking vacation usage through surveys and found that many Americans are not using their earned vacations, which they believe can have a negative effect on mental health, personal relationships and job performance. The most recent survey data from Destination Analyst 2021 found that more than 68% of American workers felt at least moderately burnt out. Avoiding burnout was the top motivator for booking travel in the next six months.

From these surveys, they found that those who take the time to plan their vacations are more likely to use their days, while workers who do not premeditate these plans are likely to leave those days totally unused. Destination Analysist 2021 revealed that American workers left an average of more than four days or 29% of their paid vacation on the table in 2020. Don’t do that!

“The National Holiday Day Plan helps underscore the importance of taking time out to travel – both for our personal health and well-being and for our nation’s overall economic prosperity,” reads the statement. NPVD mission webpage. “Together, using #PlanForVacation, we’ll remind Americans to commit to — and take — their days off.”

Now that we have agreed on the use of our time, where are we going and what are we going to do? Whether you’re planning simple days off or more, check out our list of links below to find inspiration right in our own backyard – no plane tickets required.

Visit a museum


Adam Suska assembles a sculpture by Harold Grinspoon called Effervescent at the Norman Rockwell Museum near the entrance. The sculpture is part of a show to support Fantasy Illustration’s summer theme. Tuesday, July 6, 2021. (Ben Garver, The Berkshire Eagle)

Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art

Sterling and Francine Clark Institute of Art

The Berkshire Museum

Norman Rockwell Museum

Herman Melville at the Arrowhead Museum

The Mount, Edith Warton’s mansion


Williams College Art Museum

Hancock Shaker Village

Berkshire Art Museum

live music

Tanglewood's summer plans: 10-week lineup of classic and popular artists, including a return for James Taylor

The Boston Symphony’s summer home is returning to “old normal” this summer after a 2020 pandemic wipeout and a condensed six-week 2021 season.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Tanglewood recently announced its summer lineup.

Wilco Solid Sound Festival plans to return to North Adams May 27-29.

Fresh Grass will hit the stages at Mass MoCA from September 23-25. The festival celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2021.

Go outside

Mount Greylock

Cheshire Cobblestones

Monument Mountain in Great Barrington

Lake Onota in Pittsfield

Cheshire Reservoir in Cheshire

Bash Bish Falls

Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Wildlife Preserve

Berkshire Botanical Gardens

Nuamkeag to Stockbridge

Berkshire's best beaches, lakes and swimming spots worthy of your weekend plans

Pack beach toys, swimsuits and lunch! Summer is finally here and it’s time to make the most of it by spending time in the sun on one of Berkshire’s many beaches. These local treasures are scattered throughout the county, each offering its own unique atmosphere and amenities. Not sure where the nearest beach is? Are you looking for a large bathing area? Want to explore new places? Do not worry. This comprehensive guide to all the public beaches in the Berkshires will help answer all your questions. Use this guide as a starting point and you might find a new favorite spot!

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