The Least Touristy Destination I’ve Encountered

Nary a postcard or a t-shirt to be found. And I wanted both. And to be honest, it’s not often that I want a t-shirt from a destination, but the Massachusetts Berkshires have made it to the list as one of my magical places and that deserves a t-shirt, don’t you think?

The List of Magical Places
We all have our own reasons for knighting a place as magical, and I have no written criteria, no laminated list. But it has to be an incredibly special spot. In case you’re curious (and if not, why aren’t you?), here’s my list. It’s short, but size doesn’t matter.

  • The shuk, open air food market, in Jerusalem. There won’t be a post about that here, since the blog is about the US and all, but you can find pictures on my Flickr account.
  • Mt. Ranier in Washington state. Playing in the snow while wearing shorts. Good times. That post hasn’t been written yet, so stay tuned!
  • Cumberland Island, Georgia. No vehicles, unbelievable curvy trees, wild horses. Read more about this delightful place. 

Now Cumberland Island has no vehicles, no Coke machine, nothing to buy at all, but before you leave for the island you can buy a slew of souvenirs. To my knowledge, no shirts to buy in the Berkshires. And that makes it tops on my list.

Hold On, I’m Waxing Poetic
There is truly a different feel when driving over the state line from Connecticut to the Massachusetts Berkshires. It’s immediate. There’s beauty and then suddenly it’s inspiring beauty. Muse and soul beauty.  (I warned you I was going in for the adjectives.) Pockets appear: alcoves of land, nooks with cemeteries. A swimming hole placed… right… there. It does seem the stuff of tales and art, and some lucky people still live this way.

How Does Your Garden Grow?
The Berkshire folk seem to take joy in their gardens and also in letting the land that’s not theirs be wild. Both are beautiful.

But Wait, There’s More!
The Berkshires hosted several other adventures besides glorious drives. And I barely tapped the list of opportunities.

Which places are magical for you?
What’s the least touristy place you’ve been to, yet it’s still a destination?

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