With all deference to the summer arts scene, the Berkshires really come into their own in the fall. You find farm stands along many back roads and fantastic foliage everywhere. It can be a hard choice from Boston: the northern Berkshires via the Mohawk Trail (Route 2) or the southern Berkshires via the Mass. Pike.
North or south? Each has its charms. Here’s how they stack up on a few essentials: