The Berkshires: Where Culture Meets Canine

Jacob’s Pillow, the renown dance center, school and performance space located in Becket, Massachusetts, hosts its annual Dog Dance on July 14. (photo credit) Hayim Heron, courtesy of Jacob’s Pillow.

Gilded Age glory reigns supreme in the Berkshires, where western Massachusetts’s postcard-perfect towns and rolling hills harken back to 19th-century opulence. Today a backdrop for a new generation  of forward-thinking artists and tastemakers, the region has long provided respite for dog lovers, including novelist Edith Wharton  (The Age of Innocence, House of Mirth), whose lush, 100-plus-acre Lenox estate gave her beloved dogs Mimi, Miza and Jules plenty of room to roam in the early 1900s. Wharton would be thrilled to see how the Berkshires has embraced its dog-loving culture, exemplified by a summer’s worth of dog-centric programming.

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