October 14, 2014

Directions

Transportation by Car

 

 

From The Airport:

The following links provide driving directions to The Option Institute from area airports using Google Maps.

 

Limousine/Taxi Service:

Local transportation services are available from various regional airports. The costs of these services vary to/from The Option Institute. Please confirm the rate with the limousine/taxi service. Extra charges for waiting time may apply due to late flight delays, etc. Prices do not include gratuity.
Savings tip: travel in a group! When booking your limousines/taxis, ask to travel with another participant arriving around the same time to save money.

Connecticut:

  • Lakeville Taxi
    19 Railroad Street, Salisbury, CT 06068
    860.435.8000

Massachusetts:

  • AA Transportation
    605 Hartford Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA 01545
    508.791.9100
  • Park Taxi Service
    235 Water Street, Lee, MA
    413.243.0020
  • Rainbow Taxi
    10 Pleasant Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
    413.499.4300
  • Taxico
    974 Main, Great Barrington, MA 01230
    413.528.0911
    Contact Elaine via email:boeli@webtv.net

All prices quoted are subject to change. Please confirm with the transportation company before your trip.

Local Car Rentals:

  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
    305 Stockbridge Rd., Great Barrington, MA
    413.644.9644
  • Larkin Enterprises
    974 S. Main St., Great Barrington, MA
    413.528.2156

 

Transportation by Train

From Most Locations: Amtrak

There is a daily Amtrak train, the Lake Shore Limited, which travels from locations such as Boston MA, Albany NY and Springfield MA to Pittsfield, MA. The Option Institute is 33 miles via local taxi from Pittsfield.
Amtrak 1.800.872.7245 or 1.413.785-4230
www.amtrak.com

From New York City: Commuter Train

  1. From Grand Central Station, take the Metro North Train to Wassaic, NY
    Metro North Train
    800.METRO.INFO or 1.212.532.4900
    $13.25 (off peak hours) or $17.75 (peak hours)
  2. From Wassaic to The Option Institute, call one of the limousine/taxi services in advance and make reservations. Lakeville Taxi is the least expensive option.
    Lakeville Taxi
    19 Railroad Street, Salisbury, CT 06068
    860.435.8000

From JFK/La Guardia Airports, New York City, NY:

  1. From the airport, take a bus or taxi to Grand Central Station in Manhattan, 42nd Street.
    New York Airport Service Bus
    718.875.8200
  2. From Grand Central Station, take the Metro North Train to Wassaic, NY
    Metro North Train
    800.METRO.INFO or 1.212.532.4900
    $13.25 (off peak hours) or $17.75 (peak hours)
  3. From Wassaic to The Option Institute, call one of the limousine/taxi services in advance and make reservations. Lakeville Taxi is the least expensive option.
    Lakeville Taxi
    19 Railroad Street, Salisbury, CT 06068
    860.435.8000

From Newark Airport, Newark, NJ:

  1. From the airport, take a bus or taxi to Grand Central Station in Manhattan, 42nd Street.
    Olympia Airport Express
    877.894.9155
  2. From Grand Central Station, take the Metro North Train to Wassaic, NY
    Metro North Train
    800.METRO.INFO or 1.212.532.4900
    $13.25 (off peak hours) or $17.75 (peak hours)
  3. From Wassaic to The Option Institute, call one of the limousine/taxi services in advance and make reservations. Lakeville Taxi is the least expensive option.
    Lakeville Taxi
    19 Railroad Street, Salisbury, CT 06068
    860.435.8000

 

Transportation by Bus

From JFK/La Guardia Airports, New York City, NY:

  1. From the airport, take a bus or taxi to New York Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan.
    New York Airport Service Bus
    718.875.8200
  2. From New York Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan, take the bus to Sheffield, MA.
    Bonanza Bus Lines
    800.556.3815
  3. From Sheffield, MA to The Option Institute, call one of the limousine/taxi services in advance and make reservations. AA Transportation and Taxico are the least expensive options.
    AA Transportation
    605 Hartford Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA 01545
    508.791.9100
    Taxico
    974 Main, Great Barrington, MA 01230
    1.413.528.0911

From Newark Airport, Newark, NJ:

  1. From the airport, take a bus or taxi to New York Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan.
    Olympia Airport Express
    877.894.9155
  2. From New York Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan, take the bus to Sheffield, MA.
    Bonanza Bus Lines
    800.556.3815
  3. From Sheffield, MA to The Option Institute, call one of the limousine/taxi services in advance and make reservations. AA Transportation and Taxico are the least expensive options.
    AA Transportation
    605 Hartford Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA 01545
    508.791.9100
    Taxico
    974 Main, Great Barrington, MA 01230
    1.413.528.0911

From New York Port Authority Bus Terminal:

  1. From New York Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan, take the bus to Sheffield, MA.
    Bonanza Bus Lines
    800.556.3815
  2. From Sheffield, MA to The Option Institute, call one of the limousine/taxi services in advance and make reservations. AA Transportation and Taxico are the least expensive options.
    AA Transportation
    605 Hartford Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA 01545
    508.791.9100
    Taxico
    974 Main, Great Barrington, MA 01230
    1.413.528.0911

From Boston, MA:

  1. Arrive at South Station, 700 Atlantic Ave in downtown Boston, and take a bus to Springfield, with a connection to Lee, MA.
    Peter Pan Bus Lines
    800.237.8747
    Springfield Bus Terminal
    1.413.781.2900
  2. From Lee, MA to The Option Institute, call one of the limousine/taxi services in advance and make reservations. Park Taxi is the least expensive option.
    Park Taxi Service
    235 Water Street, Lee, MA
    413.243.0020

From Logan International Airport, Boston, MA:

  1. From Logan International Airport to South Station, take the shuttle marked, “South Station” (averages $6.00). If you need assistance, inquire at the transportation/ information desk at the airport baggage claim area.
  2. From South Station, 700 Atlantic Ave in downtown Boston, take a bus to Springfield, with a connection to Lee, MA.
    Peter Pan Bus Lines
    800.237.8747
    Springfield Bus Terminal
    1.413.781.2900
  3. From Lee, MA to The Option Institute, call one of the limousine/taxi services in advance and make reservations. Park Taxi is the least expensive option.
    Park Taxi Service
    235 Water Street, Lee, MA
    413.243.0020

From Albany, NY:

  1. 1) Arrive at the Greyhound Bus Terminal, 34 Hamilton Street, and take a bus to Sheffield, Lee or Pittsfield, MA.
    Greyhound Bus Lines
    800.231.2222
    Bonanza Bus
    1.800.556.3815
    Peter Pan Bus Lines
    1.800.237.8747
  2. From Sheffield, Lee, or Pittsfield, MA to The Option Institute, call one of the limousine/taxi services in advance and make reservations. From Sheffield, and Lee, AA Transport and Taxico are the least expensive. From Pittsfield, Rainbow Taxi is least expensive option.
    Rainbow Taxi
    10 Pleasant Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
    413.499.4300
    Taxico
    974 Main, Great Barrington, MA 01230
    1.413.528.0911
    AA Transportation
    605 Hartford Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA 01545
    1.508.791.9100

From Albany Airport, Albany, NY:

  1. From the airport, take a local bus (about $1.00) or a taxi (around $13.00) to the Greyhound Bus Terminal at 34 Hamilton St.
    Capital District Transit Authority
    518.482.8822
    Albany Airport
    1.518.242.2200
  2. From the Greyhound Bus Terminal, 34 Hamilton Street, and take a bus to Sheffield, Lee or Pittsfield, MA.
    Greyhound Bus Lines
    800.231.2222
    Bonanza Bus
    1.800.556.3815
    Peter Pan Bus Lines
    1.800.237.8747
  3. From Sheffield, Lee, or Pittsfield, MA to The Option Institute, call one of the limousine/taxi services in advance and make reservations. From Sheffield, and Lee, AA Transport and Taxico are the least expensive. From Pittsfield, Rainbow Taxi is least expensive option.
    Rainbow Taxi
    10 Pleasant Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
    413.499.4300
    Taxico
    974 Main, Great Barrington, MA 01230
    1.413.528.0911
    AA Transportation
    605 Hartford Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA 01545
    1.508.791.9100

Parking

Parking lots are provided with enough parking spaces for everyone in your program. Please do not park your car in any other location on the property other than the parking lots. If you find problems with parking, please let the Participant Support Representative know (in the dining hall, during lunch) and they will take care of any special circumstances.

Emergencies

During office hours, please obtain assistance from our staff in the main office. They can also be reached by calling 413-229-2100 or 1-800-714-2779. If you need to be reached during a family emergency, family members may call the main office during office hours and a message will be delivered to you based upon the urgency of the situation. For an after office hours emergency or guesthouse problem, please obtain assistance from Kelly in the Arbor House. She can be reached on her emergency pager 413-290-5297 or on her toll free emergency pager 888-325-8797. Please leave a message including your name, location, and the nature of your emergency or specific problem.

Local Towns

In Connecticut

Which is out the driveway and to the right (Route 41 South) — are the towns of Salisbury and (a little farther) Lakeville. You will find a Laundromat in Lakeville and a grocery store in Salisbury. Both towns have a variety of small shops and restaurants. There is also a post office, a pharmacy, and a bank with an ATM in Salisbury.

In Massachusetts

Which is out the driveway and to the left (Route 41 North). About 4 miles down the road, turn right onto Berkshire School Road. At the end of Berkshire School Road turn left onto Route 7 North. This will take you into the town of Sheffield. About 6 miles up the road is Great Barrington. The closest shops are in Sheffield where there is a small market, post office and gas station. In Great Barrington, you will find several Laundromats, a movie theater, two shopping centers, and many other shops and services as well as banks. Check the bulletin board on the participant side of the Mountain House for a detailed list of “Area Services”. A copy of this is also available in the Main Office.

What To Bring With You

  • Clothing:As you are packing, please plan for the unpredictable nature of New England weather. We typically have a warm humid Summer, crisp cool Autumn, freezing snowy Winter, and cool rainy Spring. Please check the Berkshire Mountain area weather forecast before packing.
    • Informal, loose-fitting clothing that you would be comfortable wearing for gentle stretching exercises or sitting on the floor
    • Shoes that slip on and off easily. We remove shoes inside the buildings and shoes that don’t require a lot of effort to put on or take off such as sandals, moccasins, or loafers are best. You may also want to bring indoor slippers to wear inside the buildings (optional).
    • Walking shoes and comfortable study clothes for outdoor activities, as well as hiking boots if you wish to go hiking during your stay.
    • Hooded rain jacket/poncho and umbrella (all seasons)
    • Boots in Winter/Spring: We get lots of snow, ice and mud, so bring footwear that is waterproof and prevents slipping on ice
    • Warm outerwear from Oct – April: you will do a good deal of walking between buildings, so be prepared with warm jackets, gloves, hat, etc.
    • Bathing suit (summer)
    • “Dressy” clothes should you wish to visit area cultural events & restaurants in the evenings
  • Toiletries (including soap)
  • Alarm clock
  • Journal / notebook and pen
  • A water bottle for drinking water in class, or while walking around property
  • TheSon-Rise Program® Start-Up Manual if coming for “Maximum Impact” or “New Frontiers”
  • A light bag or knap-sac to carry materials and personal items around with you
  • Stationary (stamps are available for purchase at the Main Office)
  • Flashlight
  • Insect repellent (spring and summer)
  • Photo-identification (driver’s license, passport, etc.)
  • Telephone calling card (also available for purchase at the Op-Shop/Bookstore and Registration Check-in)
  • A portable CD player if you wish to listen to any lecture tapes you might purchase or loan during your stay
  • Please leave unnecessary valuables (expensive jewelry) at home. There are no safes on the property and you cannot lock your room door unless you are inside.

Please Note: Pets, candles, incense, alcohol, and non-prescription drugs are not allowed on property.

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