I’ve never been to the Berkshires and when given the chance to attend a summer concert at Tanglewood, the outdoor music venue in Lenox, MA, I knew it was time to pack a picnic and take a short road trip to Western Massachusetts. For the Boston Symphony Orchestra, it is their “summer home,” and I could certainly see why.
Just to set the scene… the grounds are set on a hill above a nearby lake. The actual stage where the symphony performs is surrounded by rows and rows of seating, but we chose to set up a picnic right outside of the seating to enjoy the live music on the grass.
For the Summer Sundays afternoon series, it was the most beautiful day. We arrived around 2 p.m. to set up our picnic. The grounds open at noon, so if you want to arrive a bit earlier, you’re able to do so. And right at 2:30 p.m. on the dot, the first few notes of music trickled out of the venue and onto the lawn.
Immediately, we whipped out our snacks and beverages. Some concert attendees kept it casual like us, while others had tables set up with sun umbrellas & even candles (so fancy! I was loving it).
But, if you don’t have time to pick up food along the way, there are several concession stands on the grounds to grab food, drink, and even my favorite… ice cream 🙂
Once the concert ended (it was magical!), we decided to check out the small village of Lenox. We made sure to stop by Lenox Coffee so that Jeff could get a bit of caffeine for the drive back to Boston… and of course, I had to get my ice cream fix at The Scoop, where I ordered two scoops of Black Raspberry Chip!
Overall, we had such a great time, visiting a part of New England we hadn’t been before. And, it certainly should be added to your summertime bucket list, as its the perfect experience for people of all ages.
Thank you Boston Symphony Orchestra for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.