One of the Berkshire’s most famous residents says that when he returns from his world travels and drives west toward exit two on I-90 in Lee, his “blood pressure returns to normal.” Let’s call it the “Berkshire Effect,” a sense of well-being engendered by the verdant hills and the meandering rivers. The rich cultural offerings—the world’s greatest music played by one of the leading symphony orchestras, the nation’s most famous dance festival, high quality theater offerings, outstanding museums, historic homes and so much more—further the sense that all is right with the world. Inspired by this sense of balance, National Geographic named the Berkshires one of the top ten most authentic places in the world for visitors. In the same vein, we love to tell the tale of a West Coast woman visiting a Boston hotel who asked the concierge what to see on her brief two-day trip to the Berkshires. No press agent could have come up with a better answer: “Go to Lenox, it’s a marvelous boutique; go to Stockbridge, it’s a classic photo op; then go to Lee, it’s the real Berkshires.” May we invite you to come see “the real Berkshires”?