Bascom Lodge was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s to provide a respite for hikers and vacationers. It sits on top of Mount Greylock, the highest peak in Massachusetts (3,491 feet) and overlooks the Berkshires. The rustic wood and stone Lodge has both private and group rooms available for overnight stays.Bascom Lodge is surrouned by the Mount Greylock State Reservation which covers more than 11,000 acres. There are 50 miles of trails enjoyed by hikers, including a portion of the Appalachian Trail.
Best Mountaintop Lodging
Thru-hikers on the Appalachian Trail often opt for a bunk in one of the two coed rooms here, but private rooms with double beds are also available for couples, and family rooms offer a queen-size bed plus bunk beds to boot. It’s worth staying the night to see sunset from one side and dawn from the other.
Yankee Magazine April 2012
Best Meal With A View
The 1930s lodge atop the state’s tallest mountain is a hot new sunset-dining destination. Chef John Dudek’s three-course menu, which changes nightly, might include herbed white-bean soup, grilled beef, or gorgonzola walnut gnocchi. Wine is served, and you can spend the night in either a dorm or a private room.
Yankee Magazine April 2011
From the visitors’ center (30 Rockwell Rd., off Rte. 7, Lanesborough), hike (or drive) Mount Greylock, the state’s highest peak, then sleep on top at Bascom Lodge (413-743-1591), Meals, snacks, and supplies are available. Open mid-May to late Oct. daily Reservations required for meals and lodging.
Yankee Magazine May 2003
Hikers like Mt. Greylock, the highest peak in the state and part of a 12,500-acre reservation with ample trails and vistas. Nonhikers like it, too, for its road to the summit. Sleep on top at Bascom Lodge (413-443-0011), run by the Appalachian Mountain Club, for $30. Special tip: Friday nights are often music nights at the lodge, with local folk and jazz musicians. Open mid-May to mid-October. Lodge is wheelchair accessible. Visitor Center at 50 Rockwell Road, off Rte. 7, Lanesborough. 413-499-4262.
Yankee Magazine April 2003