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Winter has finally released its icy grip on the region, which means the charming environs of Western Massachusetts are wide open for weekenders.
These seven lakeside vacation rentals in the Berkshire Mountains positively shout “rustic,” and are each within a three-hour car ride of downtown Boston. For more on Western Mass and the Berkshires, check our handy guide. It includes things to do, visit, and more.
This 850-square-foot cottage near Lake Buel sleeps six and comes with one bathroom. It’s retailing for an average of $185 a night, and guests have access to a canoe and life vests.
This 7,000-square-foot rental off Laurel Lake claims to be the first property on Earth powered by AC electricity. (It also claims to have hosted Nikola Tesla.)
Enviable history aside, the property dubbed the Playhouse is grand in scope and sleeps some 20 people on different levels and different places. Dozens of acres surround it too. As such, it is asking an average of $865 a night.
Looking for something more modestly priced? This 720-square-foot cabin sleeps four near Otis Lake and is asking an average of $155 a night. It comes with one bathroom, a sectional couch, and a sunroom.
This 3,100-square-foot house sleeps 12 near both Lake Garfield and Lake Garfield Beach, and comes with access to a public expanse with lifeguards. The spread, which includes four bathrooms, wants an average of $420 a night.
Looking for a 3,500-square-foot house with its own dock? Look no further. This rental off Lake Buell sleeps 12, and is asking an average of $621 a night.
This 2,300-square-foot house sleeps 11 beside Onota Lake and comes with two docks plus a small beach. It’s asking $425 a night on average.
The 2,100-square-foot spread off Richmond Pond sleeps eight and has two bathrooms. It’s asking an average of $551 a night.