Great place to vacation with kids!
We had a great week here in late July. The house was very comfy, and we really appreciated the owners' thoughtfulness in letting us use their Netflix account as well as the iPod speakers they installed in the kitchen. We made excellent use of the grill, screened-in porch and backyard, but perhaps the best part of the house was its location. It's a 5-minute walk to the Stockbridge town beach, which has sand (and beach toys) for little kids as well as a lifeguard and floating swimming docks. Our kids (ages 5 and 2) also loved the small playground right by the beach. (We often walked from the house to the beach, but there's no sidewalk so parents with very small children might prefer to drive there.) In addition to swimming in the lake and cruising around on the owners' stand-up paddleboards, we also found lots of activities nearby to help keep our kids happily occupied. The Norman Rockwell museum is fun for kids and so are the botanic garden and Naumkeag. Those places, plus several cute little towns, are only a short drive away. The house is also so close to Tanglewood that we could listen to the Steve Miller concert from our porch. (We're not big Steve Miller fans, though, and the concert was far enough away that all we had to do was go inside and we couldn't hear it anymore.) One last detail I'll mention for people like me who need to spend some of their vacation doing work stuff: the wifi at the house was great, but if you're planning to use your laptop a lot, you might want to bring an extension cord since there aren't many conveniently located outlets. But the lack of outlets is a very minor complaint, particularly since the goal of our vacation was to try to get away from our electronic gadgets as much as possible. All in all, we had a terrific week at this house and would definitely recommend this property to a friend or relative--we feel like we hit the VRBO jackpot!
Family-Friendly Cottage Off Lake in Stockbridge