Even the
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  • Autumn Biking (photo by Paul Franz/The Recorder)
    Autumn Biking (photo by Paul Franz/The Recorder)
  • Montague Bookmill (photo by Paul Franz/The Recorder)
    Montague Bookmill (photo by Paul Franz/The Recorder)
  • Quinnetuket II Riverboat Cruise (photo by Northfield Mountain)
    Quinnetuket II Riverboat Cruise (photo by Northfield Mountain)
  • Balloons at the Green River Festival
    Balloons at the Green River Festival
  • Franklin County views worth the visit
  • Goulds Sugarhouse (photo by Paul Franz/The Recorder)
    Goulds Sugarhouse (photo by Paul Franz/The Recorder)
  • Orchard talk at CiderDays (photo by Beth Reynolds)
    Orchard talk at CiderDays (photo by Beth Reynolds)

When we say that there's something for everyone, we do mean everyone.

From an exhilarating flight through the forest on a zip line to the wholesome fun of a country fair, Franklin County is the destination that's always in season. Farmland vistas beckon, along with the taste of freshly-picked fruit or the creative cuisine of an expert chef. Museums await to intrigue and delight. Theater performances and live music awaken the senses. Franklin County has something for everyone who enjoys the good life — indoors or outdoors!

Enjoy four seasons of Franklin County, captured in video by Rawn Fulton of Searchlight Films, Bernardston, MA:


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  • Crafts of Colrain - refuge for the creative
    By Diane Broncaccio The picturesque hills and valleys of Colrain are home to many artists who open their workshops and studios once a year, for a self-guided tour called “Craf...
    Tips from the experts: Franklin County water sports
    By CORI URBANIf you’re floating ideas for things to do this summer to keep cool and have fun, cast your glance to Franklin County and its Connecticut and Deerfield rivers recreat...
    Bike the New England landscape of your dreams
    By DIANE BRONCACCIO What’s more appealing than than bicycling by fragrant meadows, historic houses, or pastures dotted with cows? Or pedaling alongside meandering streams and vi...
    An essential summer music event: Green River Festival
    By Diane Broncaccio July 12-14, 2019 Summer wouldn’t be summer without the Green River Festival, a three-day feast of music and hot-air balloons on the scenic Greenfield Commun...
    Experience pottery country each spring
    Lucy Fagella in her Greenfield studio. Paul Franz Photo By Diane Broncaccio Several hundred people satisfy their spring-fever wanderlust with a scenic drive through “pottery co...
    Craft beverage tasting room sampler
    Nestled in the hills and along the rivers of Western Massachusetts you’ll find creative craft beverage producers offering small batch liquid art using the freshest local ingred...
    Maple: A taste of spring
    Peter MacDonald photo March is Maple Month in Massachusetts and Franklin County sugarhouses are yielding the first taste of spring as the maple sap begins to flow. Whether you kic...
    Get outdoors this winter
    Paul Franz Photo With Franklin County’s rural landscape featuring more than 75 percent of its acreage in forest and open land, it is no surprise that winter recreation abounds. ...
    Creating a life of adventure: Bruce Lessels
    By Cori Urban Matthew Cavanaugh photo Almost a dozen years ago Bruce D. Lessels traveled with his wife and two daughters to Chile — where 22 years earlier he had trained for the...
    Birth of the craft cider movement: Judith Maloney
    By Ben Watson Judith Maloney and her son Field. Mathew Cavanaugh Photography When Judith Maloney arrived in Franklin County with her husband Terry back in 1972, they had no idea ...
    Natural beauty, history, and industrial chic: John McNamara and Erin MacLean
    By Cori Urban TURNERS FALLS—John D. McNamara has spent years hunting for treasure, and when asked what his favorite find has been, he smiles. It’s not an interesting industria...
    Five sweet Pick Your Own apple spots
    Looking to get out of the office and into the fresh air? Been meaning to do more physical activities and eat more fresh fruit? What about getting in some fun outdoor activities w...
    Eight Franklin County views worth the visit
    Head to Franklin County and leave life behind for the afternoon or weekend. Take to the rolling hills, meandering river valleys, and charming towns of western Massachusetts to unwi...
"My husband is a motorcycle enthusiast and likes riding the Mohawk Trail"
"The county is peppered with old and new all mixed up"
"An air of peace and tranquility"
"Real community authenticity. Franklin County is not pseudo anything."
"More down to earth, no pretense, real people."
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