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What is special about Adams?

June, 2016

As a life-long resident of Adams, I've often asked that question. I loved growing up in Adams – and still have my best friend from the first day of kindergarten! But having the opportunity to experience life outside of Adams also helped make me realize how special Adams is.

Why am I writing about this?

I've had the opportunity to work with people from all over the country – from big cities to small towns and everything in between. When I tell them I'm from the Berkshires in western Massachusetts, I am amazed by the number of people who are familiar with the region. Believe it or not, there are many people who would love to move to Adams – or the Berkshires - so with the help of the Explore Adams team, I've been consolidating a list of reasons why someone would consider Adams as their new hometown.

Adams is nestled at the base of stunning Mt. Greylock, the state's highest peak. Adams offers all the qualities and conveniences of a genuine New England small town. We're just a short drive to many world-renowned cultural centers of the Berkshires including:
• Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
• The Berkshire Museum
• For a list of others, visit the Berkshire Visitors Bureau

Adams has fewer than 9,000 residents but offers services and amenities that you'd expect in a larger city. We have excellent educational opportunities and a great variety of year-round recreational family activities. Adams is a safe place to call home, with one of the lowest crime rates in the state. Adams offers exceptional real estate values and some of the best views in the Berkshires.

Highlights of Adams

From a personal perspective, this region bands together to support our youth in all sports and we've had some tremendous successes with high school football, boys and girls basketball, track and cross-country running. Memories of hiking the Mt. Greylock Ramble as a young child and again with my own children flood to mind when I view the beauty of the mountain. Friends and family return to the Berkshires to go snowshoeing at the Greylock Glen and witness extreme outdoor enthusiasts hike the Thunderbolt on snow shoes and ski down. We finish off our outdoor recreation at the annual ThunderFest downtown celebration. During the summer, friends and family fish in local streams, ponds and lakes or we all enjoy biking the round trip 22 miles on the Ashuwillticook Trail and treat ourselves to a lunch on the outdoor deck of CJ's Pub (a converted railroad station house which borders the trail).

Take some time to spend a warm summer Friday evening with families watching the free movies under the stars and eating fried bread dough. Spend a cool autumn afternoon picking apples at Jaeschke's Orchard, located at the base of Mt. Greylock. Or simply relax on a quiet summer's day watching hang gliders and paragliders circle above after departing from the summit of Mt. Greylock.

Educational Opportunities

  • Hoosac Valley Middle and High School is a state-of-the-art facility for grades 6-12
  • McCann Technical School is a regional leader in Vocational Education
  • Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School is recognized nationally for student achievement
  • Excellent public and parochial elementary schools
  • Minutes from Williams College, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and Berkshire Community College

Youth Sports and Activities

We are committed to a healthy community and offer youth sports and activities including:

  • Baseball, basketball, hockey, lacrosse, softball, football and soccer leagues
  • Three dance schools
  • Free Summer Parks Program
  • Adams Skateboard Park
  • Youth Center

Things To Do

  • Hiking, cycling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing
  • Golfing
  • Hunting and fishing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Public tennis courts
  • Competitive road and cross-country races

Places To Go in Adams

  • Mt. Greylock State Reservation
  • Greylock Glen (walking, mountain biking, hiking, winter sports)
  • Ashuwillticook Rail Trail (walking, hiking, winter sports)
  • Forest Park Country Club open to public for golf
  • Adams Free Library
  • Adams Visitors Center
  • Topia Arts Center
  • Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum
  • Quaker Meeting House
  • Restaurants, shopping, bed and breakfasts, and supermarket

Community Events

  • Mt. Greylock Ramble (annual Columbus day hike)
  • Adams Agricultural Fair
  • Movies Under the Stars – free!
  • Concerts on the Common– free!
  • Art on the Green– free!
  • Susan B. Anthony Days and street fair– free!
  • Pedal and Plod Biathlon
  • Fall Run Motorcycle Festival
  • Thunderbolt Ski Race and Thunderbolt backcountry skiing
  • Holly Days Winter Celebration
  • Seasonal parades
  • Horse-drawn hay rides
  • Ramblefest and Thunderfest celebrations!

And, of course, for real-time updated schedule of events, just click on the calendar on this site! Hope to see you in Adams soon!

A proud, life-long Adams resident

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