The Berkshires, Massachusetts

The Berkshires, Massachusetts

The Berkshires, nestled amid the rolling landscape of western Massachusetts, once played host to some of the country’s most notable artists and authors, including Norman Rockwell, Herman Melville, and Edith Wharton. Summer cottages flourished as city folk flocked to the bucolic hills for fresh mountain air. The onset of two World Wars and the Great Depression temporarily diminished the area’s growth, but over the last several decades the Berkshires has become the go-to summer getaway for those on the lookout for music, theatre, and dance. It also plays host to a bevy of carefully honed restaurants that rely on the region’s boutique farming industry. All of the restaurants highlighted here are members of Berkshire Grown(www.berkshiregrown.org), an organization that supports and promotes locally based agriculture by establishing local food and farm networks.

Read the full story…