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Title: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: kivabb on July 01, 2020, 11:08:06 PM
With Quarantine blues, some of the kids camps cancelling, and trying to bring some fun as we try to transition back into normalcy, I tried to find a 2-3 day getaway to have some good family time outside the house.

I was hoping Busch Gardens Williamsburg would open as that has been a fun safe getaway for us in the past, but they kept delaying their opening so I ruled that out.

With just about everything indoor closed, and many hotels closed, we needed to find something outdoors where in the same area we could find normal (affordable) lodging....but we kept encountering closures.

In the end, we managed to find a real nice getaway, so my wife and I (and 8 kids) headed north to Massachusetts. I literally spent 10+ hours planning this short getaway, so I'm sharing in the hopes that if someone is in my situation that they will benefit from my research.

Transportation - We departed from Lakewood with both our cars. My oldest daughter drives, so that allowed my wife and I some quality time together in the front seat (which is almost non existent when the kids are practicing to drive and we're travelling as a family).

Lodging - With absolute divine intervention, I came across a Fairfield Inn & Suites in Williamstown MA, for 5K Marriott points a night! We needed 4 rooms for 2 nights, which was a total 40K point total. The hotel opened in December and it was clean and comfy and a great base to some of the places we planned to visit. The pool and fitness room were closed, and they make you wear face masks in the public areas. Overall, I felt I finally some good usage for my Marriott points. https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/albfw-fairfield-inn-and-suites-williamstown/

Food - Fairfield Hotels only have mini fridges and I'm always wondering if those things really work or not, so thanks to our trusty bear bags (we brought 3 of them) we're able to keep everything cold or frozen without the fridge. We got one of these Portable Gas Grill from Walmart (https://www.walmart.com/ip/Expert-Grill-17-5-10-000-BTU-Portable-Gas-Grill-Black/238454155) with a few mini propane tanks. We also brought a sandwich maker. So sandwich makers and homemade muffins for breakfast, cold-cut sandwiches and wraps for lunch, and marinated shnitzel, hot dogs and hamburgers for dinner. We usually bring a few cases of Tradition Soups as well as an insurance policy. The hotel served a grab and go breakfast that consisted of a OUD granola bar and muffin as well as a water bottle. For us it was was a waste of time, but they did say it varies by day.

Activities -
Day 1 - We departed Lakewood at about Noon. The drive direct to the hotel was roughly 4 hours, so I was looking for something en-route that we can break up the drive. Literally 10 minutes out of the way I came across Minnewaska State Park that was the perfect find. Entrance fee was $10 per car. We did a beautiful 1 hour small hike to Awosting Falls. It's beautiful and the kids loved it! We also did a 2 mile walk around the Lake Minnewaska Loop. Both would be accessible with a decent stroller. We then had a picnic dinner before heading towards the hotel. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g47994-d105820-Reviews-Minnewaska_State_Park_Preserve-Kerhonkson_Catskill_Region_New_York.html

Day 2 -
Natural Bridge State Park - Literally 10-15 minutes from hotel, this (free) stop was beautiful and fun. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g41715-d218997-Reviews-Natural_Bridge_State_Park-North_Adams_Massachusetts.html
Berkshire U-Drive Rent-A-Boat on Pontoosuc Lake - Just 25 minutes from hotel this was also a great find. 10 person pontoon was $206 including tax for 2 hours. The kids got to jump in the water and it was great fun. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g41769-d14138048-Reviews-U_Drive_Rent_A_Boat-Pittsfield_Massachusetts.html
Burbank Park by Onota Lake - The locals told us to park alongside the road that takes you to beach access where we'll find picnic tables by the water to make our BBQ dinner. Pretty.

Day 3 -
Jiminy Peak - Alpine Slides, Mountain Coasters, Zip Lines. $39 and $29 unlimited depending on your size and you only pay if you ride, but you do have to reserve ahead of time a 4 hour slot. (This is tomorrows activity as I'm here in the hotel typing this as I had some down time. I hope we'll have a blast. ) https://www.jiminypeak.com/Summer/Attractions/Mountain-Adventure-Park
BBQ at Jiminy Peak and then head back home.

I hope this helps :)


Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: yitzgar on July 02, 2020, 12:35:12 AM
Excellent, thanks
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: Luvtotravel on July 02, 2020, 12:55:20 AM
sounds great! have fun and stay safe
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: Luvisrael on July 02, 2020, 03:16:22 PM
The hotel is now 7,500 points a night
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: BKisraeli on July 02, 2020, 07:07:51 PM
Thank you for the post. we have been looking for a trip just like this. :)
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: Geshmak25 on July 02, 2020, 10:49:35 PM
Day 3 -
Jiminy Peak - Alpine Slides, Mountain Coasters, Zip Lines. $39 and $29 unlimited depending on your size and you only pay if you ride, but you do have to reserve ahead of time a 4 hour slot. (This is tomorrows activity as I'm here in the hotel typing this as I had some down time. I hope we'll have a blast. ) https://www.jiminypeak.com/Summer/Attractions/Mountain-Adventure-Park
How was?
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: Yehudaa on July 02, 2020, 11:02:32 PM
When I first read the title of this thread I thought it said "Corona time 3...." and my first thought was oh no, this is bad. We've heard of the cases where someone got it twice, but a 3rd time?

But thanks for the TR. Sounds like it was nice!
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: Geshmak25 on July 02, 2020, 11:06:28 PM
Something tells me we might be able to get a minyan at this place at the end of August.
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: Luvisrael on July 02, 2020, 11:09:11 PM
Something tells me we might be able to get a minyan at this place at the end of August.
im in for sooner...
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: kivabb on July 03, 2020, 12:26:57 PM
How was?

Jiminy Peak was great! Good healthy fun for just about anyone over 3 years old and 38 inches tall (they need to ride with officially 16 year old+ but they're not too strict about the 16 year old part). When we first arrived they told us the Mountain Coaster was closed and offered to give us $10 discount for each ticket. 2 hours later they opened that up too so the kids had an emotional roller coaster as well. They're pretty strict about checking in and well as waiting in lines with masks..... but once on the ride or just sitting on park benches they were okay without the mask. They allowed us to make BBQ as well on site. Bring drinks as they wanted to charge us $4.80 for a Powerade. I wouldn't have minded a Mincha Minyan. We practically had the whole place to ourselves and minimal wait times.  Sorry for those I spoiled that for that were planning on going before I wrote this ;)
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: kivabb on July 03, 2020, 12:36:29 PM
Correction on Day 1 Awosting Falls hike above. I wrote that it's 1 hour hike, but I intended to write 1 mile hike (which I hope must of us can still do in way less than 1 hour).
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: S209 on July 04, 2020, 10:36:50 PM
With Quarantine blues, some of the kids camps cancelling, and trying to bring some fun as we try to transition back into normalcy, I tried to find a 2-3 day getaway to have some good family time outside the house.

I was hoping Busch Gardens Williamsburg would open as that has been a fun safe getaway for us in the past, but they kept delaying their opening so I ruled that out.

With just about everything indoor closed, and many hotels closed, we needed to find something outdoors where in the same area we could find normal (affordable) lodging....but we kept encountering closures.

In the end, we managed to find a real nice getaway, so my wife and I (and 8 kids) headed north to Massachusetts. I literally spent 10+ hours planning this short getaway, so I'm sharing in the hopes that if someone is in my situation that they will benefit from my research.

Transportation - We departed from Lakewood with both our cars. My oldest daughter drives, so that allowed my wife and I some quality time together in the front seat (which is almost non existent when the kids are practicing to drive and we're travelling as a family).

Lodging - With absolute divine intervention, I came across a Fairfield Inn & Suites in Williamstown MA, for 5K Marriott points a night! We needed 4 rooms for 2 nights, which was a total 40K point total. The hotel opened in December and it was clean and comfy and a great base to some of the places we planned to visit. The pool and fitness room were closed, and they make you wear face masks in the public areas. Overall, I felt I finally some good usage for my Marriott points. https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/albfw-fairfield-inn-and-suites-williamstown/

Food - Fairfield Hotels only have mini fridges and I'm always wondering if those things really work or not, so thanks to our trusty bear bags (we brought 3 of them) we're able to keep everything cold or frozen without the fridge. We got one of these Portable Gas Grill from Walmart (https://www.walmart.com/ip/Expert-Grill-17-5-10-000-BTU-Portable-Gas-Grill-Black/238454155) with a few mini propane tanks. We also brought a sandwich maker. So sandwich makers and homemade muffins for breakfast, cold-cut sandwiches and wraps for lunch, and marinated shnitzel, hot dogs and hamburgers for dinner. We usually bring a few cases of Tradition Soups as well as an insurance policy. The hotel served a grab and go breakfast that consisted of a OUD granola bar and muffin as well as a water bottle. For us it was was a waste of time, but they did say it varies by day.

Activities -
Day 1 - We departed Lakewood at about Noon. The drive direct to the hotel was roughly 4 hours, so I was looking for something en-route that we can break up the drive. Literally 10 minutes out of the way I came across Minnewaska State Park that was the perfect find. Entrance fee was $10 per car. We did a beautiful 1 hour small hike to Awosting Falls. It's beautiful and the kids loved it! We also did a 2 mile walk around the Lake Minnewaska Loop. Both would be accessible with a decent stroller. We then had a picnic dinner before heading towards the hotel. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g47994-d105820-Reviews-Minnewaska_State_Park_Preserve-Kerhonkson_Catskill_Region_New_York.html

Day 2 -
Natural Bridge State Park - Literally 10-15 minutes from hotel, this (free) stop was beautiful and fun. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g41715-d218997-Reviews-Natural_Bridge_State_Park-North_Adams_Massachusetts.html
Berkshire U-Drive Rent-A-Boat on Pontoosuc Lake - Just 25 minutes from hotel this was also a great find. 10 person pontoon was $206 including tax for 2 hours. The kids got to jump in the water and it was great fun. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g41769-d14138048-Reviews-U_Drive_Rent_A_Boat-Pittsfield_Massachusetts.html
Burbank Park by Onota Lake - The locals told us to park alongside the road that takes you to beach access where we'll find picnic tables by the water to make our BBQ dinner. Pretty.

Day 3 -
Jiminy Peak - Alpine Slides, Mountain Coasters, Zip Lines. $39 and $29 unlimited depending on your size and you only pay if you ride, but you do have to reserve ahead of time a 4 hour slot. (This is tomorrows activity as I'm here in the hotel typing this as I had some down time. I hope we'll have a blast. ) https://www.jiminypeak.com/Summer/Attractions/Mountain-Adventure-Park
BBQ at Jiminy Peak and then head back home.

I hope this helps :)
Thank you!

Iím in for a planned trip with Minyan any time..
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: yaakov on July 24, 2020, 02:57:44 PM
anybody staying here the week of aug 3rd for a minyan
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: Traveler718 on July 24, 2020, 05:17:44 PM
Jiminy Peak minyan info: https://www.jewishberkshires.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/1905346/jewish/Jiminy-Peak.htm
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: yaakov on July 24, 2020, 06:50:25 PM
thanks
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: dovy2 on July 26, 2020, 08:47:14 PM
I was there last year, and going again this year God willing for the week after Tisha beav.
Staying at Wyndham.
The pool is now workingby reservations only. If there's anyone familiar with a lake I can use for morning mikvah.. please PM (last year I used the jacuzzi, but it's closed this year, and I can't rely on the pool).
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: Geshmak25 on July 26, 2020, 10:11:28 PM
last year I used the jacuzzi
:o
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: S209 on July 27, 2020, 06:02:26 PM
With Quarantine blues, some of the kids camps cancelling, and trying to bring some fun as we try to transition back into normalcy, I tried to find a 2-3 day getaway to have some good family time outside the house.

I was hoping Busch Gardens Williamsburg would open as that has been a fun safe getaway for us in the past, but they kept delaying their opening so I ruled that out.

With just about everything indoor closed, and many hotels closed, we needed to find something outdoors where in the same area we could find normal (affordable) lodging....but we kept encountering closures.

In the end, we managed to find a real nice getaway, so my wife and I (and 8 kids) headed north to Massachusetts. I literally spent 10+ hours planning this short getaway, so I'm sharing in the hopes that if someone is in my situation that they will benefit from my research.

Transportation - We departed from Lakewood with both our cars. My oldest daughter drives, so that allowed my wife and I some quality time together in the front seat (which is almost non existent when the kids are practicing to drive and we're travelling as a family).

Lodging - With absolute divine intervention, I came across a Fairfield Inn & Suites in Williamstown MA, for 5K Marriott points a night! We needed 4 rooms for 2 nights, which was a total 40K point total. The hotel opened in December and it was clean and comfy and a great base to some of the places we planned to visit. The pool and fitness room were closed, and they make you wear face masks in the public areas. Overall, I felt I finally some good usage for my Marriott points. https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/albfw-fairfield-inn-and-suites-williamstown/

Food - Fairfield Hotels only have mini fridges and I'm always wondering if those things really work or not, so thanks to our trusty bear bags (we brought 3 of them) we're able to keep everything cold or frozen without the fridge. We got one of these Portable Gas Grill from Walmart (https://www.walmart.com/ip/Expert-Grill-17-5-10-000-BTU-Portable-Gas-Grill-Black/238454155) with a few mini propane tanks. We also brought a sandwich maker. So sandwich makers and homemade muffins for breakfast, cold-cut sandwiches and wraps for lunch, and marinated shnitzel, hot dogs and hamburgers for dinner. We usually bring a few cases of Tradition Soups as well as an insurance policy. The hotel served a grab and go breakfast that consisted of a OUD granola bar and muffin as well as a water bottle. For us it was was a waste of time, but they did say it varies by day.

Activities -
Day 1 - We departed Lakewood at about Noon. The drive direct to the hotel was roughly 4 hours, so I was looking for something en-route that we can break up the drive. Literally 10 minutes out of the way I came across Minnewaska State Park that was the perfect find. Entrance fee was $10 per car. We did a beautiful 1 hour small hike to Awosting Falls. It's beautiful and the kids loved it! We also did a 2 mile walk around the Lake Minnewaska Loop. Both would be accessible with a decent stroller. We then had a picnic dinner before heading towards the hotel. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g47994-d105820-Reviews-Minnewaska_State_Park_Preserve-Kerhonkson_Catskill_Region_New_York.html

Day 2 -
Natural Bridge State Park - Literally 10-15 minutes from hotel, this (free) stop was beautiful and fun. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g41715-d218997-Reviews-Natural_Bridge_State_Park-North_Adams_Massachusetts.html
Berkshire U-Drive Rent-A-Boat on Pontoosuc Lake - Just 25 minutes from hotel this was also a great find. 10 person pontoon was $206 including tax for 2 hours. The kids got to jump in the water and it was great fun. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g41769-d14138048-Reviews-U_Drive_Rent_A_Boat-Pittsfield_Massachusetts.html
Burbank Park by Onota Lake - The locals told us to park alongside the road that takes you to beach access where we'll find picnic tables by the water to make our BBQ dinner. Pretty.

Day 3 -
Jiminy Peak - Alpine Slides, Mountain Coasters, Zip Lines. $39 and $29 unlimited depending on your size and you only pay if you ride, but you do have to reserve ahead of time a 4 hour slot. (This is tomorrows activity as I'm here in the hotel typing this as I had some down time. I hope we'll have a blast. ) https://www.jiminypeak.com/Summer/Attractions/Mountain-Adventure-Park
BBQ at Jiminy Peak and then head back home.

I hope this helps :)
@kivabb This post was super helpful and detailed, and I am planning a trip around it. Any chance you can follow up with the rest of the trip?
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: kivabb on July 27, 2020, 06:17:04 PM
That was the whole trip :)
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: bingit on July 28, 2020, 12:59:52 AM
I actually did a similar trip a few weeks ago..I stayed in Albany which is around a half hour drive from Berkshires, One day I did things around Albany (walked around by Capitol, looked at some nice waterfalls in Albany) the next day I went to Mt. Greylock which is part of Bershire mountains, (Actually it's the tallest mountain in Mass.) You can drive your car to top of mountain which was pretty neat, or there are hiking paths as well....one day we did Jimminey peak which the whole family really enjoyed!! & On the last day we drove from Albany to Howes Cavarans (45 minute drive) which was a very enjoyable tour as well!!!
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: yungermanchik on July 28, 2020, 01:39:20 PM

Lodging - With absolute divine intervention, I came across a Fairfield Inn & Suites in Williamstown MA, for 5K Marriott points a night! We needed 4 rooms for 2 nights, which was a total 40K point total. The hotel opened in December and it was clean and comfy and a great base to some of the places we planned to visit. The pool and fitness room were closed, and they make you wear face masks in the public areas. Overall, I felt I finally some good usage for my Marriott points. https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/albfw-fairfield-inn-and-suites-williamstown/
How do you ensure rooms with an adjoining door? They refuse to guarantee it until the day of the trip.
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: dovy2 on July 29, 2020, 05:27:08 PM
anybody staying here the week of aug 3rd for a minyan
I'll be there imyh sunday-wednesday
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: yungermanchik on July 29, 2020, 05:31:29 PM
anybody staying here the week of aug 3rd for a minyan
IY"H, mon-afternoon-thurs-morn
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: yungermanchik on August 02, 2020, 08:24:04 PM
anybody staying here the week of aug 3rd for a minyan
@yaakov @dovy2 It would be more convenient if we could have a minyan in the hotel. Is that a possibility?
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: dovy2 on August 02, 2020, 09:09:49 PM
@yaakov @dovy2 It would be more convenient if we could have a minyan in the hotel. Is that a possibility?
The Minyan is literally 2 min away.
Maybe for mincha / maariv might make sense
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: yungermanchik on August 02, 2020, 09:26:40 PM
The Minyan is literally 2 min away.
@dovy2 are you sure, google maps shows it's 22 min away, are there are 2 minyanim in the Berkshires?
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: yaakov on August 02, 2020, 11:18:29 PM
Iím in for minyan here. I guess Iíll see by shachris tomorrow
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: yaakov on August 02, 2020, 11:19:28 PM
Iím here till Wednesday morn
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: yungermanchik on August 03, 2020, 10:31:57 AM
change of plans, I'm staying in Vacation Village @jiminy peak because I couldn't get adjoining rooms in the fairfield inn
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: Dawie on August 03, 2020, 10:43:54 AM
Jiminy Peak minyan info: https://www.jewishberkshires.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/1905346/jewish/Jiminy-Peak.htm
is this only for people staying on the property?
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: iwlw2 on August 03, 2020, 11:37:57 AM
Based on the jewishberkshires.com website it seems like it's for anyone. Does anyone know different? I plan on staying in the Wyndham right across from Jiminy Aug. 23-25.
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: yaakov on August 03, 2020, 01:55:24 PM
is this only for people staying on the property?
No itís open for all
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: dovy2 on August 03, 2020, 04:35:42 PM
@dovy2 are you sure, google maps shows it's 22 min away, are there are 2 minyanim in the Berkshires?
I thought you were staying at the Wyndham.
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: yaakov on August 03, 2020, 09:23:32 PM
If anybody wants adjoining rooms this wed and thurs night pm me
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: Geshmak25 on August 03, 2020, 09:44:28 PM
If anybody wants adjoining rooms this wed and thurs night pm me
Is it difficult to get adjoining rooms? Thinking of going at the end of the month.
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: yaakov on August 03, 2020, 10:07:59 PM
change of plans, I'm staying in Vacation Village @jiminy peak because I couldn't get adjoining rooms in the fairfield inn
I got but seems not so many and they wonít tell you till morning of check in
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: yungermanchik on August 12, 2020, 12:26:53 PM
Posting for a friend
Spending this weekend in Jiminey Peak Aug 15th, We are 8 men and a Sefer Torah and need to complete minyan Please call 845-263-6327 for more info. Please forward to anyone you can. Thanks
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: moko on August 12, 2020, 01:52:57 PM

did you try reaching out to R' Volovik from Chabad of Berkshires to see if he can accommodate?
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: moko on August 12, 2020, 01:54:36 PM
@dovy2 are you sure, google maps shows it's 22 min away, are there are 2 minyanim in the Berkshires?
there are minyanim at Jiminy Peak and at Chabad of the Berkshires in Pittsfield, MA. Minyanim are open to all.
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: yungermanchik on August 12, 2020, 02:00:49 PM
did you try reaching out to R' Volovik from Chabad of Berkshires to see if he can accommodate?
@cholent ?
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: cholent on August 12, 2020, 02:25:36 PM
@cholent ?
They said they called him multiple times, no response
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: Dawie on August 13, 2020, 04:22:43 PM
there are minyanim at Jiminy Peak and at Chabad of the Berkshires in Pittsfield, MA. Minyanim are open to all.
and as of tues morning you must wear a mask (in the tent)
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: Dawie on August 13, 2020, 04:23:49 PM
They said they called him multiple times, no response
Get someone to speak to the guys on site (working in the resort in the pizza shop)
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: simplicity on August 13, 2020, 06:47:17 PM
Any possibility for shabbos ?
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: moko on August 13, 2020, 07:50:05 PM
and as of tues morning you must wear a mask (in the tent)
mask optional in Pittsfield outdoors...
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: Luvisrael on August 13, 2020, 09:14:26 PM
Get someone to speak to the guys on site (working in the resort in the pizza shop)
they are going to Saratoga for shabbos. Spoke to them today
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: Dawie on August 14, 2020, 09:09:27 AM
mask optional in Pittsfield outdoors...
could be, but this is what they were announcing on site
There was a threat of shutdown for noncompliance
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: Dawie on August 14, 2020, 09:10:49 AM
they are going to Saratoga for shabbos. Spoke to them today
The point was to use them as a reference, do they know of anyone staying or they could announce at the minyanim
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: Luvisrael on August 14, 2020, 11:11:08 AM
The point was to use them as a reference, do they know of anyone staying or they could announce at the minyanim
i apologize was not conscious of this thread when I spoke to them
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: iwlw2 on August 16, 2020, 10:56:46 AM
Can anyone who's been in Jiminy Peak this season share their experience re masks etc.? If enforced are they strict about it in general and specifically about kids? Thanks!
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: yungermanchik on August 16, 2020, 11:03:34 AM
Can anyone who's been in Jiminy Peak this season share their experience re masks etc.? If enforced are they strict about it in general and specifically about kids? Thanks!
IME they were very strict about it on the lines, getting onto the rides, and when you come back. They would get very upset if anyone wasn't wearing one properly even way in the back of the line. Once you are on the ride, past them, your good till you get back. Walking around, it's like the street, it depends who you bump into. YMMV
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: Dawie on August 16, 2020, 11:05:10 AM
Can anyone who's been in Jiminy Peak this season share their experience re masks etc.? If enforced are they strict about it in general and specifically about kids? Thanks!
on line for attractions it's strictly enforced
walking around not so much as long as you are social distancing (you may get the occasional put your damn mask on from some people)
Kids have to wear and cover nose
by minyanim it's wasn;t enforced, but as i said, recently they started asking people to wear due to threat of shutdown
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: iwlw2 on August 17, 2020, 10:16:14 AM
Another question for those who've been to Jiminy Peak, what's the best way to proceed in terms of getting tickets for a family. I.e., I have a bunch of older kids that I definitly am getting the unlimited passes for, but some younger kids that will at most do one or two which it seems it would be cheaper to just pay as I go, and same for me and my wife. How does that work with booking the slot, can I just book the slot for the unlimited ones and then the rest of us can come in and pay as we go? Thanks!
Also, general question about the Berkshires, this TR from the OP is definitely very helpful, but was there any attraction/park or the like that anyone else found that would be worthwhile to try and do in addition or instead? Thanks!
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: Dawie on August 17, 2020, 10:39:41 AM
Another question for those who've been to Jiminy Peak, what's the best way to proceed in terms of getting tickets for a family. I.e., I have a bunch of older kids that I definitly am getting the unlimited passes for, but some younger kids that will at most do one or two which it seems it would be cheaper to just pay as I go, and same for me and my wife. How does that work with booking the slot, can I just book the slot for the unlimited ones and then the rest of us can come in and pay as we go? Thanks!
Also, general question about the Berkshires, this TR from the OP is definitely very helpful, but was there any attraction/park or the like that anyone else found that would be worthwhile to try and do in addition or instead? Thanks!
dont know that there even is a pay as you go option
there are two options AFAIK, Mountain Adventure - which has like 5 things that you can do and the combo which includes the Aerial Adventure
Aerial is a 2 hour slot that you need to stay in that section the whole two hours you cant go back and forth
so what people do is lets say 10-12 in Aerial and 1-5 in Mountain (12-1 is lunch )
As far as other things
Boating on Lake Onota- they have both motorized and not- its a beautiful nice size lake 20 minutes away (you can swim in the lake too if you'd like ) and there is a public park there too
Uncle Dons Farmyard for little kids down the road from JP
Plenty of Hikes and Waterfalls
Bash Bish (around 45 minutes away ) soemthing that can be done on the way, but you need to go early, they have COVID limits
Wahconah Falls State Park is a good one
http://www.newenglandwaterfalls.com/waterfallsoftheberkshires.php

Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: moko on August 17, 2020, 12:08:54 PM
Plenty of Hikes and Waterfalls
+100
We stayed at HI Vacation Club Oak n Spruce at the foot of Beartown Mountain. There were great hikes and a nice lake where you could swim or boat.

Bash Bish (around 45 minutes away ) soemthing that can be done on the way, but you need to go early, they have COVID limits
Tznius warning. Going here is basicly like to going to a public pool.
We found Upachene Falls to be much quieter and we were able to find a level where we could enjoy privately.
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: Dawie on August 17, 2020, 12:13:34 PM

Tznius warning. Going here is basicly like to going to a public pool.
We found Upachene Falls to be much quieter and we were able to find a level where we could enjoy privately.
true dat
most waterfalls will have that issue
Wahconah Falls if there is a tznius issue, it's only in the lower pool usually
no swimming signs are ignored
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: iwlw2 on August 17, 2020, 02:32:33 PM
dont know that there even is a pay as you go option
Thanks!
According to the Jiminy Peak website there does seem to be single ride tickets, which can only be purchased at the window there and not online. I was curious what people do who will not really go on enough attractions to justify the Mountain Adventure pass, and whether you still need to reserve a slot. The OP had mentioned something "$39 and $29 unlimited depending on your size and you only pay if you ride," does anyone know what that means? If I buy the unlimited but don't end up using I can get refunded? Thanks again to all for all the shared info, makes planning the trip so much easier!
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: Dawie on August 17, 2020, 03:05:48 PM
Thanks!
According to the Jiminy Peak website there does seem to be single ride tickets, which can only be purchased at the window there and not online. I was curious what people do who will not really go on enough attractions to justify the Mountain Adventure pass, and whether you still need to reserve a slot. The OP had mentioned something "$39 and $29 unlimited depending on your size and you only pay if you ride," does anyone know what that means? If I buy the unlimited but don't end up using I can get refunded? Thanks again to all for all the shared info, makes planning the trip so much easier!
PUPAC
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: Luvisrael on August 17, 2020, 03:58:08 PM
Thanks!
According to the Jiminy Peak website there does seem to be single ride tickets, which can only be purchased at the window there and not online. I was curious what people do who will not really go on enough attractions to justify the Mountain Adventure pass, and whether you still need to reserve a slot. The OP had mentioned something "$39 and $29 unlimited depending on your size and you only pay if you ride," does anyone know what that means? If I buy the unlimited but don't end up using I can get refunded? Thanks again to all for all the shared info, makes planning the trip so much easier!
yes there are single use tickets for purchase at the window. Otherwise u need to book wristbands online and they are sold for 3 or 4 hour time slots due to covid. There are two packages that include access to different attractions. Depending on hight, you may only be able to go on some but not others. Does this help?
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: iwlw2 on August 17, 2020, 04:21:40 PM
Yes, thank you! Do you happen to know if I need to reserve slots for the single use? And I am assuming filling out the same online waiver for everything. Thanks!
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: Luvisrael on August 17, 2020, 04:23:44 PM
Yes, thank you! Do you happen to know if I need to reserve slots for the single use? And I am assuming filling out the same online waiver for everything. Thanks!
i just walked up to the window to buy . I think u shud call them and clarify all your questions.
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: sam28 on August 20, 2020, 05:44:02 PM
Anyone know if there will a Minen this shabbes ?
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: moko on August 20, 2020, 08:40:48 PM
Anyone know if there will a Minen this shabbes ?
based off n the minyan maker from Chabad of Berkshires website, Shachris in Lenox is confirmed.
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: iwlw2 on August 21, 2020, 11:20:25 AM
i just walked up to the window to buy . I think u shud call them and clarify all your questions.
I did in fact call them, (I had asked the questions here because I was asking some other things anyway and I find peoples personal experience is usually more helpful and sometimes differs than what a phone rep says), and just in case it's relevant to anyone, one point they said is that due to distancing etc. they will only be selling single tickets at 11, 1, and 3 and even then only 15 each time.
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: EliJelly on August 22, 2020, 10:15:48 PM
Vacation Village@ the Berkshires; business center
Bringing my question to this thread.
@yungermanchik , Wondering what made you choose Vacation Village over Jiminy Peak Resort and Club Wyndham Bentley Brook? I'm thinking of going this week and from what I see I think that Club Wyndham is the nicest of them all. Any insights/thoughts? TIA.
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: yungermanchik on August 23, 2020, 03:25:58 PM
Bringing my question to this thread.
@yungermanchik , Wondering what made you choose Vacation Village over Jiminy Peak Resort and Club Wyndham Bentley Brook? I'm thinking of going this week and from what I see I think that Club Wyndham is the nicest of them all. Any insights/thoughts? TIA.
1 word: availability

It's the only one that had 2 br available for a decent price on chase travel portal for that time, it could be that other things opened up now that bein hazmanim is ending.

It was two "apartments" with a foyer connecting them. An "a" apt; with a king bed and a jet-tub bedroom and a full kitchen, living and dining area and a large bathroom with a shower and a porch; and a "b" apt. with a queen bed bedroom a mini kitchen area, smaller living and dining area and a smaller bathroom with a smallish bathtub and a little porch. they each have couches that open into beds (we didn't use those beds, so no clue as to comfort level).

If you can, you might want to request a room that faces the mountains instead of the complex.
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: EliJelly on August 23, 2020, 03:40:17 PM
1 word: availability

It's the only one that had 2 br available for a decent price on chase travel portal for that time, it could be that other things opened up now that bein hazmanim is ending.

It was two "apartments" with a foyer connecting them. An "a" apt; with a king bed and a jet-tub bedroom and a full kitchen, living and dining area and a large bathroom with a shower and a porch; and a "b" apt. with a queen bed bedroom a mini kitchen area, smaller living and dining area and a smaller bathroom with a smallish bathtub and a little porch. they each have couches that open into beds (we didn't use those beds, so no clue as to comfort level).

If you can, you might want to request a room that faces the mountains instead of the complex.
Thanks. Bentley brook has availability now on Chase's Expedia portal. Large renovated apartments that sleeps 8 with nice balcony.
I'm just not decided if that's the perfect place for younger kids or perhaps I should opt for Lancaster. No such a condo style hotel in Lancaster.
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: rufieg3 on August 23, 2020, 11:45:32 PM
Anyone been to an ATV place in the Berkshires or near ?
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: sam28 on August 24, 2020, 10:31:57 AM
just came back and we heed a nice Minen there this past Shabbes .
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: rufieg3 on August 24, 2020, 11:06:35 AM
just came back and we heed a nice Minen there this past Shabbes .
What activities did u do?
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: sam28 on August 24, 2020, 11:58:09 AM
can we move all the info from this to the Jimeny peak tread .

https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=119185.0
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: moko on August 24, 2020, 12:43:17 PM
can we move all the info from this to the Jimeny peak tread .

https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=119185.0
I reported it to the mods a couple of times...  @Dan @jj1000 
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: michael on August 24, 2020, 06:49:55 PM
Looking to make a mincha/maariv minyan in Vacation Village by building 20. We have 8. Let me know if you can join.
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: Yonah on August 25, 2020, 02:06:16 PM
A little late to this party (as usual). I have a family member with a house in the Berkshires that he allows me to borrow for a few days each summer. (He is not frum, I am, so it's nowhere near Jiminy Peak). There are always a lot of fun things to do in the area.

Aside from Jiminy Peak, here are a couple of other ideas:
- Ashuwillticook Rail Trail - this is a lakeside walking/running/biking trail along the Cheshire Resevoir in Lanesbourough. You will have to bring your own bikes to ride it - but there are bike shops in the area that might rent them. The whole trail is 12 miles, but atthe moment they are redoing 6 miles of it. We brought our bikes and had a nice ride - https://www.mass.gov/locations/ashuwillticook-rail-trail

- Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary - https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/pleasant-valley another nice set of hiking trails from easy to hard - they also have live beavers living in the sanctuary - $5/person. In Lenox

- The Worthington Golf Club - https://worthingtongolfclub.com/ - a small executive course in Worthington. It cost about $105 for the 4 of us to play, which included loaner clubs and golf carts. This is slightly more challenging than a pitch and putt course, but manageable if you are a beginner. This is about 30-45 min from central Pittsfield, add 10-15 more from Jiminy Peak

- Lee Premium Outlets - https://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlet/lee - a very small outlet mall.

- The Basketball Hall of fame is an hour away in Springfield mass

- Clapp Park in Pittsfield has some really nice playgrounds for kids - it's on Housatonic Street


In non-corona years, we've also gone to Bousqet - a ski resort near the pittsfield airport - they have a small water park in the in the summer with 3-4 water slides (and a smaller set for little kids). They went out of business because of corona, and are not open this season, but they have new owners, so we'll see where it goes.(not tznius friendly)

When my kids we're younger we went to Ioka Valley Farm which has farm themed rides and a petting zoo - right near JP
We also went to the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, which had some nice exhibits for kids as well - it's currently under renovation

Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: rufieg3 on August 26, 2020, 05:08:58 PM
I actually did a similar trip a few weeks ago..I stayed in Albany which is around a half hour drive from Berkshires, One day I did things around Albany (walked around by Capitol, looked at some nice waterfalls in Albany) the next day I went to Mt. Greylock which is part of Bershire mountains, (Actually it's the tallest mountain in Mass.) You can drive your car to top of mountain which was pretty neat, or there are hiking paths as well....one day we did Jimminey peak which the whole family really enjoyed!! & On the last day we drove from Albany to Howes Cavarans (45 minute drive) which was a very enjoyable tour as well!!!
Howís the drive to the top of Mt Greylock? How long? What kind of road? Iím thinking to go watch sunset there. What do you think?
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: moko on August 26, 2020, 05:32:29 PM
A little late to this party (as usual). I have a family member with a house in the Berkshires that he allows me to borrow for a few days each summer. (He is not frum, I am, so it's nowhere near Jiminy Peak). There are always a lot of fun things to do in the area.

Aside from Jiminy Peak, here are a couple of other ideas:
- Ashuwillticook Rail Trail - this is a lakeside walking/running/biking trail along the Cheshire Resevoir in Lanesbourough. You will have to bring your own bikes to ride it - but there are bike shops in the area that might rent them. The whole trail is 12 miles, but atthe moment they are redoing 6 miles of it. We brought our bikes and had a nice ride - https://www.mass.gov/locations/ashuwillticook-rail-trail

- Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary - https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/pleasant-valley another nice set of hiking trails from easy to hard - they also have live beavers living in the sanctuary - $5/person. In Lenox

- The Worthington Golf Club - https://worthingtongolfclub.com/ - a small executive course in Worthington. It cost about $105 for the 4 of us to play, which included loaner clubs and golf carts. This is slightly more challenging than a pitch and putt course, but manageable if you are a beginner. This is about 30-45 min from central Pittsfield, add 10-15 more from Jiminy Peak

- Lee Premium Outlets - https://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlet/lee - a very small outlet mall.

- The Basketball Hall of fame is an hour away in Springfield mass

- Clapp Park in Pittsfield has some really nice playgrounds for kids - it's on Housatonic Street


In non-corona years, we've also gone to Bousqet - a ski resort near the pittsfield airport - they have a small water park in the in the summer with 3-4 water slides (and a smaller set for little kids). They went out of business because of corona, and are not open this season, but they have new owners, so we'll see where it goes.(not tznius friendly)

When my kids we're younger we went to Ioka Valley Farm which has farm themed rides and a petting zoo - right near JP
We also went to the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, which had some nice exhibits for kids as well - it's currently under renovation
and so much more.... This summer inspired us to purchase a couple of quality inflatable kayaks. The are is chock full of free hikes, waterfalls, lakes and rivers perfect for great free fun. I'm sure there are great spots like this all over the country.
Maybe next year we can do a real multi day river excursion and....
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: Dawie on August 27, 2020, 10:48:00 AM
Howís the drive to the top of Mt Greylock? How long? What kind of road? Iím thinking to go watch sunset there. What do you think?
15 minutes, most of it in a forest, pretty smooth ride, not many steep switchbacks
closes at dusk, not sure what that means for sunset
they weren't charging the parking fee when we went
Title: Re: Corona Time 3 Day Getaway to the Berkshires
Post by: rufieg3 on August 27, 2020, 10:50:07 AM
15 minutes, most of it in a forest, pretty smooth ride, not many steep switchbacks
closes at dusk, not sure what that means for sunset
they weren't charging the parking fee when we went
Great
Thank you