We’ve gathered together some information about the Berkshires and the Option Institute® Campus so that you would have the most loving, nurturing and comfortable experience possible.
This section will give you an introduction to the beautiful Berkshires and New England Charm. It also covers Accommodations and meals and fitness at the Option Institute and participant information. Have a wonderful time!
Located on a pastoral 100-acre campus nestled in the beautiful Berkshires of western Massachusetts, our property offers trail hikes, waterfalls, wildlife, woodlands, elegant sunrises and breathtaking vistas. From blazing fall foliage and soft downy snows to the lush green hills and explosions of life in spring and summer, the Option Institute offers a year-round picturesque backdrop in which to live, learn and grow.
Explore the surrounding community and countryside beginning with the Appalachian Trail, which borders our property, along with a host of seasonal sports such as biking, swimming, canoeing, golf, cross-country and downhill skiing. In the summer, the arts flourish with nearby theatre, dance and music, including Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, there are plenty of interesting boutiques, galleries, antique shops, restaurants and a wealth of New England country charm.
We also feature a complete spectrum of exercise equipment in the Option Institute’s own fitness center and opportunities for massage, mountain biking and other activities.
Our Magnificent Campus
Accommodations at the Option Institute
Lodging and meals are included in our program tuition. High speed wireless Internet is available.
Enjoy the natural setting of our comfortable, modern guesthouses: The Woodland House, The Ravine House and The Son-Rise House. Standard accommodations are two or three people per room with hallway baths.
Private Room Option
Experience all of the features of our standard lodging package without a roommate.
We also provide luxury suites in the Taylor Roy Residence. Relax in our spacious rooms, each with two queen beds, telephone, Internet service, mini-refrigerator, fax machine and private bath. These should be reserved early.
We serve 3 healthy and delicious, mostly vegetarian meals per day. All meals are served buffet style and consist of a variety of foods, including fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, meat, cheese, eggs, tofu, breads and a salad bar. We dine under the flags representing 78 countries of> our attendees, or out on the verandah at the scenic hillside Mountain House.
Fitness and Well Being
Our fitness center is a full service exercise facility featuring two stair climbers, two elliptical trainers, an exercise bike, a treadmill, free-weights and 12 independent workstations covering every major muscle group. From beginners to gym veterans, the Option Institute Fitness center is a great way to get in shape, stay in shape, or simply get your body moving while you are here for a program.
For those of you who prefer the outdoors, you can enjoy an invigorating hike leading to the mountaintops–the historic Appalachian Trail borders Institute property and offers glorious views of the Berkshire countryside. Mountain bikes are also available for rental while you are here.
In our recently renovated Cottage you may take some time to reflect and have a cup of tea before you enjoy a restorative massage or some time in our saunas. Please speak with our Program counselors to find out more about these offerings.
New England Charm
The Option Institute sits in a picture postcard pastoral environment in lovely New England. We not only have the best of art and cultural activities, but villages filled with boutiques, antique stores, and fine restaurants for everyone’s palate.
Explore the surrounding community and countryside, beginning with the Appalachian Trail, which borders our property, along with a host of seasonal sports such as biking, swimming, canoeing, golf, cross-country and downhill skiing. In the summer, the arts flourish with nearby theater, dance and music, including Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Come and enjoy our New England charm.