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Filmmaker John Cohen to Screen Films at 2nd Annual Northeast Fiddlers’ Convention at Hancock Shaker Village

Hancock, MA, April 15, 2019. Hancock Shaker Village and Oldtone Productions are making the historic village in Hancock, MA a destination for lovers of old-time music and art with the 2nd annual Northeast Fiddlers’ Convention. A film screening of two of John Cohen’s rarer films, Musical Holdouts (1975) and Post Industrial Fiddle (1982), followed by a Q&A, will open the weekend. Cohen is well known in the traditional music community as a musician, photographer, and filmmaker. The Smithsonian Folkways Network’s film Play On, John: A Life in Music (2009) is about his work and accomplishments researching, playing, and documenting traditional…

Cozy Inns and More

By Nancy Macy

The cozy inns of the Berkshires offer a front-row seat to the spectacular show Mother Nature brings to the autumn landscape. Here are a few special places to hang your hat while you explore our back roads, downtowns, world-class culture, and the great outdoors.

Location: 33 Main

Newly opened 33 Main in Lenox brings a luxury lodging experience to one of the Berkshires most scenic downtowns. Owned by Berkshire-based designer Annie Selke, the Federal-style inn has eight sumptuously appointed en-suite guestrooms (including two pet-friendly rooms) featuring Hästen mattresses, Pine Cone Hill bedding, and Dash & Albert…

10 Great Hidden Gems

Here are TEN hidden gems you won’t want to miss! From galleries to yoga retreats enjoy the Berkshires because Life is Calling.

Norman Rockwell Museum
You may have heard about the Norman Rockwell Museum but did you know that it houses the world’s largest collection of original Norman Rockwell art and it is set on 36 scenic acres in the artist’s picturesque hometown of Stockbridge. Here you cannot only enjoy the galleries but you can step outside and enjoy a nature walk. One of the best aspects is this museum is open year round and has ever changing exhibits so there is always…

Explore Lenox this Summer

 
With summer quickly approaching, Lenox is the perfect place for your family to kick off the season, Berkshires-style!  Whether you’re a homegrown supporter of local businesses or an out-of-towner looking to escape for a fun weekend, we have it all—from upcoming family-friendly events like the Memorial Day Marathon Weekend, the Berkshire Cycling Classic and the Lenox Motorcar Classic to upscale clothiers, toy shops and build-your-own frozen yogurt sundaes!
Known for its rich cultural history and thriving summer festivals, Lenox is the quintessential New England town.  With its charming atmosphere, trendy boutiques and truly delectable (not to mention diverse) cuisine, it won’t…

Spring into Summer Inspiration

We love the arrival of spring in the Berkshires and as the season moves towards summer we welcome the bright greens of our landscape, the warming waters of our lakes and the warm glow of the sun. Laced with hiking trails, scenic overlooks, and verdant fields, there is no better place to welcome the seasons.
Venture outdoors to watch the greening and blossoming of the foliage at one of the myriad forests and parks, with a leisurely stroll or the bracing up-and-down of a challenging hiking trail. The breathtaking and dramatic Bash Bish Falls in Mount Washington are an oft-visited landmark and…

Outdoor Massage, Anyone? By the Wellness Guy (WG)

After eight years in Japan, Marc Freedman, the owner of InTouch Massage & Day Spa on Water Street in Williamstown decided to open a spa utilizing Japanese design themes.  Set along the Green River, this unique location boasts a wall of flowers, gleaming wood floors and a hot tub on the deck!  Bamboo partitions make for a private outdoor massage experience while enjoying the fresh air and sounds of running water.  Or, clients may opt for an indoor treatment room where they can receive anything ranging from a mud or wine wrap to seaweed body masques, acupuncture, pedicure/manicure (get ready…

Explore the Berkshires’ New Flavors

The Berkshires have long been on the map as a destination for food lovers. Combining a long agricultural history, unique perspectives on classic cuisine, and farm-to-table authenticity, culinary excellence is a huge part of the Berkshire brand. Here are a few of the newest eateries in the region and will add a tasty element to any itinerary:
Berkshire Palate is a family-owned, farm-to-table bistro on Main Street in Williamstown, offering a curated menu of hand-crafted modern American cuisine made with ingredients sourced seasonally from area growers and food makers. Owners Paul Brassard and his three sons Zach, Nolan, and Aaron all…

The Joy of Apple Picking

By Kim Ostellino

The changing colors of leaves may be a sure sign that summer is drawing to a close, but nothing truly says autumn in New England like a day of apple picking. Picking apples is a fun, leisurely activity that people of all ages can enjoy. Luckily for us here in the Berkshires, apple trees are abundant so it’s not difficult to find a ‘pick your own’ farm nearby.

One of the most popular places to pick your own apples is at Bartlett’s Orchard in Richmond. This well-established farm has been helping folks make memories for nearly 60 years. Getting…

Spring is Busting Out All Over

By Jake Levin
Spring is upon us! Everyday more flowers blossom, the trees grow new buds, and delicious edible wild plants start to emerge from the earth. Pastures and barns are alive with frolicking calves, kids, lambs and chicks. All around the Berkshires new life is emerging and there are lots of exciting opportunities to see and taste all of it.

As all Berkshire food lovers know the first culinary sign of spring is when Monterey Chevre appears back on the shelves of our local markets like Guido’s in Great Barrington and Pittsfield, and Spirited in Lenox. You can also find this…

A Checklist for Wellness

By Todd Fiorentino

Wellness…most people know what it means: Getting enough sleep, exercise, eating the right foods, having fulfilling relationships and engaging in restorative activities. It’s just, time and money often get in the way. So I decided to string together three activities in the Berkshires that didn’t cost much money, took limited time and helped with at least three of these five categories. (You’re on your own for relationships and sleep though I will say that chamomile, hops, and any tea with valerian are a nice way to nod off at night!)

When I was in massage school, one of my…

Groups Explore Williamstown and Great Barrington – 2 Berkshire Gems

Williamstown
Nestled in the extreme northwest corner of Massachusetts and set hard against the borders of Vermont and New York, is Williamstown, Massachusetts – broadly acclaimed as the crown jewel of Berkshire County. This thriving rural community of just over 6,000 is ranked in The 100 Best Small Towns in America and is an ideal place for groups to while away a day.

Your group will find a delightful array of specialty stores, restaurants, spas, museums and historic inns that they can explore. A couple great group friendly lodging options are The Williams Inn and The Orchard’s Hotel.

The center of town is…

5 Great Late-Night Spots From North to South

Wondering where to go in the Berkshires for a late-night bite, beverage or live music? Here are five of the best after-dark hot spots that will not disappoint:

PUBLIC eat+drink, North Adams

Craving the fresh flavors of Berkshire farms and food artisans? You’ll find something for every appetite at Jared Decoteau’s industrial-styled nightspot in the heart of downtown North Adams. Try local cheeses or the house-made duck pate. Savor flavorful steaks, chops, fish, pasta, and flatbreads or order one of the best burgers in the Berkshires, and add an unforgettable side of mouthwatering, pecorino-topped truffle fries. On weekends, the kitchen serves until…

Make Time for Family: Midweek Getaway

Most of us consider time spent with family as precious and making time to spend together can often feel daunting. A midweek family getaway to the Berkshires can be a great, easy way to reconnect with loved ones. Whether your family is active and loves the outdoors, or you’re looking for a relaxing, culture-filled family vacation, the Berkshires offers families perfect opportunities to make memories that will last a lifetime.

At the base of Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, you’ll find Wyndham Bentley Brook, which has midweek specials available. With its on-site amenities, such as indoor and outdoor pools, tennis, and a…

5 Great Late-Night Spots

by Nancy Macy

Wondering where to go in the Berkshires for a late-night bite, beverage or live music? Here are five of the best after-dark hot spots that will not disappoint:

Lion’s Den, Red Lion Inn; Stockbridge
Downstairs from the Red Lion Inn on Main Street, Lion’s Den offers tasty pub fare until 11 pm on weekends with live music by some of the area’s top musicians. The laid-back tavern atmosphere is popular with theater- and concert-goers. You might even run into the performers you just applauded at the Berkshire Theater Festival or Tanglewood.

Castle Street Café, Great Barrington
Next door to the world-class Mahaiwe Theater,…

Under the Mountain

By Todd Fiorentino
Being walking distance from Tanglewood is certainly a bonus for Stonover Farm Inn, a luxury B&B that continues to maintain its old world charm.  Built in the late 1800’s with stone, post and beam, this 10-acre estate boasts three rooms in the main building and two that stand alone—the Rock Cottage and old one-room School House. 
Although there are lots of selling points at Stonover, the Zen principle of ‘sell by not selling’ is at work here with no advertising and all word-of-mouth visitors.  The fundamental idea is a country quarters without the inconvenience.  High definition TV’s, quiet…

Williamstown – A Perfect Group Destination in the Berkshires

Come and experience a little bit of heaven in the village of beautiful Williamstown, MA!  The setting is a small New England College town, home of Williams College, with lots of rolling green and purple hills.  The air is clear, the setting quiet, and the surroundings naturally beautiful.

Begin your day by enjoying the rustic side of this quaint New England town – visit working farms, orchards, pick berries, bounce along on a hayride, hike the hillsides and enjoy multicolored foliage in fall and shades of green in spring and summer – and often white in the wintertime.  Enjoy the relaxed…

A New Taste of the Berkshires

By Nancy Macy

The Berkshires have long been on the map as a destination for food lovers. Combining a long agricultural history, unique perspectives on classic cuisine, and farm-to-table authenticity, culinary excellence is a huge part of the Berkshire brand. Here are a few of the newest eateries in the region:

Berkshire Palate is a family-owned, farm-to-table bistro on Main Street in Williamstown, offering a curated menu of hand-crafted modern American cuisine made with ingredients sourced seasonally from area growers and food makers. Owners Paul Brassard and his three sons Zach, Nolan, and Aaron all play a role. Zach is the chef….

Autumn Awaits

By Kim Ostellino

Leaf peepers flock to New England, and as soon as the first crisp autumn evening appears, they come looking for colorful scenery, festive communities, and tasty fall treats. The famed hills of the Berkshires are one of the most sought out destinations for foliage fun. Aside from stunning fall colors that frame the landscape, the Berkshires offers visitors a multitude of picturesque hiking trails, placid lakes for canoeing or kayaking, apple orchards, wineries, and several autumnal events.

Apple picking is one of the area’s favorite pastimes. There are orchards dotted prolifically across the Berkshires, making it easy to have…

Not to be Missed – Breathtaking Foliage Drives

By Lauren R. Stevens

The south end of Berkshire County is laced with highly drivable, colorful, quiet country roads. Folks coming to the area from New York, via the Taconic Parkway, will find themselves on those back roads as they enter the county. Great Barrington and its coterie of towns—Alford, Egremont, Sheffield, New Marlborough, Monterey and Tyringham—provide loops galore, most of them hooked into Routes 7, 41, 23 and 57. So it is hard to get lost if you have a general idea of where the numbered routes run—basically north and south except for 23. The colors of autumn will hit…

Scenic Driving Tour: Taconic-Mohawk Trail

This driving tour includes mountainous terrain with settings of breathtaking vistas from strategic lookout points. Begin in Williamstown located in the northwestern corner of the Berkshires, adjacent to Vermont and New York.

From the Village Green, follow Main Street (Route 2 East) through this college town whose architecture reflects its strong beginnings. It is interesting to note the changes in neighborhoods upon entering North Adams, once a thriving industrial center of the
Northern Berkshires. Route 2 East passes through the center of North Adams whose views reflect church steeples and Victorian homes of days gone by.

As the road narrows, prepare for a gradual…

Waterfall: Bash Bish Falls

Mount Washington State Forest in Mount Washington
Location: Bash Bish Falls, Photo Credit: Ogden Gigli

Height – 80′

Hike Time – 20 minutes

Difficulty – Moderate

From Routes 23 and 41 in Egremont, go south on Route 41 around Mill Pond and take a right onto Mount Washington Road. Go south 1.5 miles and turn right onto Hatch Hill Road. After only 0.25 miles, turn left onto West Street. Go 1.5 miles or so. Park at the first lot on the left for a short steep hike, or go to the second lot for an easy 0.5 miles walk.

Note: Distances and hiking times are…

Waterfall: March Cataract Falls

Mount Greylock State Park in Williamstown
Height – 30′

Hike Time – 30 minutes

Difficulty – Moderate

About 11 miles south of the junction of Routes 2 and 7 in Williamstown, take a left onto North Main Street. Go 0.7 miles to a right onto Quarry Road and another 0.4 miles to Rockwell Road on the left. Follow Rockwell Road for 6.3 miles to Speery Road on the left. Trailhead at Speery Campground 0.6 miles further on.

Note: Distances and hiking times are one way. Directions are to the trailhead.

Waterfall: Pecks Brook Lower

Lower Falls in Adams
Location: Pecks Falls, Photo Credit: Debbie Storie

Height – 40′

Hike Time – minutes

Difficulty – Easy

From Routes 2 and 8 in North Adams center, follow Route 8 south for 4.6 miles to Friend Street on the right. Follow Friend Street for 1.5 miles to West Mountain Road on the right. Follow West Mountain Road for 0.2 miles and go 100 yards past the high tension lines. Park on the right between the white and orange gas pipelines on either side of the street.

Note: Distances and hiking times are one way. Directions are to the trailhead.

Waterfall: Pecks Brook Upper

Upper Falls in Adams
Location: Pecks Falls, Photo Credit: Debbie Storie

Height – 25′

Hike Time – 45 minutes

Difficulty – Moderate

About 11 miles south of the junction of Routes 2 and 7 in Williamstown, take a left onto North Main Street. Go 0.7 miles to a right onto Quarry Road and onto Rockwell Road on the left. Follow Rockwell Road for 7.8 miles to the junction with Notch Road on the left. Parking is across from Notch Road in a dirt lot.

Note: Distances and hiking times are one way. Directions are to the trailhead.

Waterfall: Umpachene Falls

Located in New Marlborough
Height – 30′

Hike Time – 0 minutes (accessible from roadside)

Difficulty – Easy

From Route 57 in the center of Marlborough in front of the white church, go south on New Marlborough/Southfield Road. After 1.5 miles, take a right onto Southfield Road, just before the bridge. In 0.1 miles turn left onto Mill River Road. Follow Mill River Road about 0.75 miles to a right onto Hasdell Street, just before the bridge. Parking is on the left in 0.4 miles.

Note: Distances and hiking times are one way. Directions are to the trailhead.

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Waterfall: Windsor Jambs

Windsor Jambs State Park – Windsor State Forest in Windsor
Height – 12′

Hike Time – 5 minutes

Difficulty – Easy

From the Cummington/Windsor line, go 0.5 miles east of Route 9 to a left onto West Main Street. Travel only 0.1 miles, go left onto River Road. Go straight through the 4-way intersection with Windigo Road in nearly 0.25 miles, and right onto Schoolhouse Road. Parking is on the right in a dirt lot with an iron gate and no sign.

Note: Distances and hiking times are one way. Directions are to the trailhead.

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