It’s best to drive slowly on the Route 116 Scenic Byway. The curves take getting used to, and it would be a shame to whiz by the Audubon Sanctuary in Conway or miss out on the pancakes at Elmer’s Store in Ashfield. And don’t rush on the Connecticut River Scenic Byway — you could pass by farm stands loaded with berries or pumpkins. A new online guide (http://bywayswestmass.com) makes it easy to catch the unique backroad delights of seven Scenic Byways in Western Mass. — these two plus Route 112, the Mohawk Trail, Route 122, Jacob’s Ladder, and Mount Greylock. The new website unwraps dozens of things to do, keyed to a spectrum of interests — from paddling and skiing to exploring Native American history and ogling world-class art. Find maps, itineraries, where to stay, where to eat, and more.
JANE ROY BROWN