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If you’re a Vincent Van Gogh enthusiast, I’ve got just the place for you to go. Van-gogh-undergrowth-23The Clark Institute in Williamstown, MA has an exhibit through mid-September called Van Gogh and Nature. It has corridors and corridors of Van Gogh paintings and sketches that most people have never seen before. They have collected paintings from all over the world. I’m sure you’ll find a new favorite in the exhibit. I did…Undergrowth. Of course, many of his paintings have the same title, but that doesn’t matter. I thought it was beautiful.

Clark1The Clark Institute is in a beautiful setting. While the building is interesting, it is not gorgeous. However, the hills in which it is set are beautiful. This doesn’t do it justice. Apparently there are trails you can hike. Or, like us, just sit under the shade of a tree and sip our coffee, eat our muffin and admire the setting. It is so relaxing.

There is even a little pond out of a Monet painting. Clark2(There is a small Impressionist exhibit there as well with Degas, Renoir, Monet, Manet).

While, if you’re like me and don’t mind starting out at 6 AM, you can do this as a day trip. However, it is much more relaxing to make it in two days, making some side trips on the way up and back. Williamstown is an eye-catching town and the college campus is amazing. We stayed overnight in the Berkshire Hills Country Inn, itself set in a bucolic setting, near a babbling brook at the edge of a forest.They had chairs set up so you can enjoy the tranquility of the area.

All in all, this was a fantastic weekend.

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