The Berkshires is a beautiful year-round resort destination in Western Massachusetts, known for its scenic hills and mountains, lovely rivers and lakes, and numerous recreational activities and cultural attractions. Popular events include summer performances by the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood Music Center, theatre at Shakespeare & Company, and the country's longest running dance festival, Jacob's Pillow. Ski enthusiasts can explore the various resorts in the Berkshires including Ski Butternut, and those who enjoy nature often visit the area for its stunning park and forest land as well as its many hiking trails, including parts of the Appalachian Trail. The region is also host to several exceptional restaurants, boutique shopping, art museums and studios, and historic mansions and gardens. Rich in history, the rural towns throughout the Berkshires feature fine properties and grand estates that can serve as full-time residences or weekend retreats, close to all of the amenities the area has to offer.