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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…

10 Great Wedding Venues

Few places can rival the Berkshires as a destination for your special day with its spectacular scenery, fabulous venues, and renowned artisanal food scene. Our Berkshire wedding vendors are seasoned professionals with keen detail-orientation so start thinking about planning your wedding in the Berkshires.

Wheatleigh
Enjoy Wheatleigh as your own private estate for a weekend of festivities, from the prenuptial party to the wedding dinner, to the farewell brunch. As the only Forbes 5 star and 5 diamond restaurant in the Berkshires, your wedding meals will delight. Wheatleigh was built as a wedding gift in 1893 so why not give yourself the…

Strap on Your Skis

Winter is quickly approaching here in the Berkshires. Some may say it has already arrived. With nightly temperatures dropping below freezing, it won’t be long before the lifts are turning, and skiers and snowboarders make their first fluffy turns down the trails. Not to be outdone by downhill skiing, the Berkshires offers cross-country skiers a plethora of outdoor fun as well.

From north to south, hundreds of miles of Nordic skiing trails on private and public land wind their way through tunnels of snow-covered conifers, between widely spaced hardwood glades, and across centuries-old farm fields. The Berkshires is truly a skiers’…

Cannabis Cafes: The Future of Massachusetts Recreational Cannabis Travel

According to MJBizDaily, Massachusetts has brought in nearly $140 million dollars in adult use cannabis sales since legalization. Many western Massachusetts recreational cannabis dispensaries have reported that most of their customers come from out of state, hailing from places like Buffalo, New Jersey, and most notably, New York.

In fact, Crain’s New York Business estimates that 50% of Massachusetts’ adult use cannabis sales came as a result of New York “canna-tourists.” Traveling customers even came from far away states, like Pennsylvania, to sample the east coast’s first legal cannabis market.

Brandon Pollock, CEO of Great Barrington’s Theory Wellness, described in an interview…

It’s Time to Eat

The Berkshires rank high on many a foodie bucket list. Here are a few of the must-eat spots to try right now!

Ask anyone where to go for dinner in Great Barrington and they’ll likely mention Prairie Whale on Main Street. This hotspot owned by former Brooklyn restaurateur Mark Firth serves up seriously good burgers, creative cocktails, and a rustic farmhouse vibe. You’ll find the wood stove roaring in winter and the patio hopping in summer. Kids of all ages will enjoy the food and the fun.

If you’re feeling hungry while wandering south-county backroads, head for the Southfield Store. This hidden…

10 Great Romantic Spots

Here are TEN hot spots you don’t want to miss on your next romantic getaway! Romance is in the air no matter what time of year you choose to visit the Berkshires so start making your plans today.

Town of Lenox
This is the ideal destination for any couple looking for a romantic getaway. Whether you come to simply enjoy one of their B&Bs or if you come to shop and dine together this charming Berkshire town is sure to be a memorable getaway. Escape the bustle and take the time to enjoy each other in Lenox.

Hampton Terrace Bed & Breakfast Inn
This…

Cross Country Skiing in the Berkshires

Deep in the woods and across the meadows of Western Massachusetts, skiers kick and skate across the landscape snow-covered landscape. From north to south, hundreds of miles of nordic skiing trails on private and public land wind their way through tunnels of snow-covered conifers, between widely spaced hardwood glades, and across centuries-old farm fields. Whether you’re looking for an afternoon of cross country skiing close to New York City, or a weekend of heart-pounding adventure, the Berkshires offer an experience for every interest and ability.
With 22 kilometers of groomed and tracked trails, Canterbury Farm, high on the Berkshire plateau in…

Breakfast All Day

If your measure of a good restaurant is the breakfast menu and you seek out breakfast foods even when it’s past breakfast time, you’ll savor this roundup of Berkshire cafes where the morning meal is served all day.

Whether you’re looking for farm-fresh eggs, fluffy pancakes, crisp bacon, or something a little more inspired, one of the common ingredients of all of these establishments is a keen sense of community, where neighbors come to meet neighbors and the traveler is a welcome visitor.

Martin’s, a landmark at the top of bustling Railroad Street in downtown Great Barrington, is a small restaurant with…

Holiday Treats and Stocking Stuffers

In the Berkshires holidays and food are a divine match, so when temptation and opportunity coincide, the cognoscenti give in. It’s not too early to plan for the table, tree and stocking, and two festive events mark the calendar in the coming months: A Thanksgiving or Christmas feast can be assembled in one day at the Berkshire Grown Holiday Farmers’ Markets (Saturdays Nov. 22 and Dec. 13 at Monument Valley Middle School in Great Barrington, and Sundays Nov. 23 and Dec. 14 at the Williams College Towne Field House in Williamstown; details can be found on the Berkshire Grown website.

If…

Dining Al Fresco in the Berkshires – TasteBerkshires

Pretty much, the most famous instance of Berkshires al fresco dining was the mountaintop luncheon of Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1850. Today, the contemporary version is a dining experience on a terrace or patio, or at a charming sidewalk café, with the beautiful Berkshire hills and bucolic farms as the backdrop. As the season warms up and the Berkshires come alive with activity, there are a great number of outdoor dining options across the region.

In North County, the Freight Yard Pub in North Adams has a large 2,000-square-foot patio that highlights beautiful cherry trees and a fire pit….

Hit the Road with these New England Fall Foliage Drives in the Berkshires

Each fall, the Berkshires are blessed with a cacophony of color. Reds, oranges and yellows cover the mountains and valleys, while light brown grasses touch the vibrant blue sky. As the temperatures dip at night, the colors begin to pop at the higher altitudes (starting now in early September) and work their way down to the valleys. While a fall hike will get you up close to the colors, a relaxing fall foliage drive through the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts is certainly one of the best and most popular ways to catch some of the most beautiful autumn vistas in…

What’s Out There Weekend Berkshires – September 21 & 22

What’s Out There Weekend Berkshires on September 21st and 22nd, hosted by The Cultural Landscape Foundation(TCLF), offers a wealth of historic landscapes to explore for FREE, including important sites along the African American Heritage Trail, historic farmsteads and town commons, Jacob’s Pillow and Tanglewood performance spaces, and iconic landscape design at Naumkeag and The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home. Many are popular destinations, but do we know their background stories? Learn more and register for the free tours.
What’s Out There Weekend Berkshires has a special golf focus, highlighting the area’s unusually rich history of golf course design and offering special dedicated…

Spring Shopping

Spring Shopping in The Berkshires Will Renew You!
The unhurried pace, natural beauty of spring, and abundant shopping opportunities in the Berkshires gently invite you to set your own tempo and reconnect with nature, friends, or simply yourself.

Photo: Treat yourself to spring shopping at Dory & Ginger on North Street in Pittsfield.
Gear Up & Get Into Nature
Start by sporting some Berkshire love with a locally-themed hoodie from 413Shirts.com, or have Elegant Stitches expertly embroider a T-shirt with your design. Find the perfect footwear at Berkshire Running Center, and for avid hikers and bikers who love to hunt for high-tech gear, the…

‘Find Your Reason’ for a Home in the Berkshires

by Chapin Fish

“I didn’t know what was missing in my life until I got a place in the Berkshires.” That’s what a client, now friend, said to me Saturday night. He’s a successful author who just had his second book published and lives near our co-op in the East Village. I recently helped him buy a 1920’s lodge, in nearly original condition, in a hidden corner of the Berkshires. It’s about 20 minutes from Great Barrington down a long dirt lane. As you round the last corner, cross onto the 17 acres of land and park, the rustic cabin is…

Setting the Stage for Summer Dining

Summer is indeed the most active and abundant season in the Berkshires. Glorious weather, nonstop cultural experiences, breathtaking outdoor excursions, endless entertainment and food. Glorious food! From farmers’ markets to farm stands and casual cafes to fine restaurants, visitors can tap into the bounty of the Berkshire hills at prime vacation time. Summer dining is one of life’s simple pleasures and Berkshire chefs are bringing some inspiring dishes to the forefront.

The fresh tastes of summer are already making their way to the table. As farms and markets showcase the vibrant greens, roots and early fruits of the season, excitement for…

Shop the Berkshires this Holiday Season

Enjoy a shopping or antiquing odyssey in the Berkshires this holiday season. You are sure to find a find a place that will guarantee that you bring home your own little piece of the Berkshires for yourself or as for a gift for a loved one.

 

A Stitch in Time, Adams
Fabric, quilting & knitting notions, books, patterns

AsiaBarong, Great Barrington
Asian Art, furniture & sculpture

Bennington Potters, Bennington, VT
Pottery, home accessories & gifts

Berkshire Classic Leather & Silver, Lenox
Jackets, handbags, jewelry & more

Berkshire Co-Op Market, Great Barrington
Natural & prepared foods

Berkshire Fabric & Wallpaper Outlet, Pittsfield
Discounted fabric and wallpaper

Berkshire Emporium& Antiques, North Adams
Antiques & crafter’s gallery,…

Come for a Wedding and Stay for so Much More

Day 1: The Wedding
It was a crisp, clear, winter day in the Berkshires, just verging on the edge of spring—a perfect day to get married. Joe’s cousin had chosen Chesterwood, the historic summer home of renowned American sculptor Daniel Chester French (best known for his sculpture of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial), for an intimate reception with 30 close friends and family. We gathered after the wedding in the property’s historic, renovated woodshed, views of snow-covered mountains all around us.

We left our kids with my mom so Joe and I could enjoy a quick getaway together, and I was…

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…

Reveling in the Berkshires’ Rustic Retreats

By Lisa Green

With accommodations such as Blantyre, Wheatleigh and the Topia Inn, there’s no question that the Berkshires is a prime destination for a luxurious vacation. But what if you prefer to spend your R&R in a more rustic setting? The Berkshires has that too, and your range of options goes from as basic as a tent to an elegant but “chintz free” (as the Race Brook Lodge terms it) suite.

Let’s start at the ground level, literally. The many state forests in the area — Mohawk Trail, October Mountain, Tolland and Windsor, to name a few — contain campgrounds, many…

Berkshire Wineries, Breweries, and Distilleries

Whether you’re here for the culture, scenery, or farm-to-table eats, a visit to the Berkshires is not complete without a stop at a local winery, brewery, or distillery, where the flavors of the region are influencing makers and thrilling enthusiasts in a big way.

Hilltop Orchards in Richmond, home of Furnace Brook Winery, is a family-friendly place to head on a crisp September day, with apple picking, fresh cider donuts, and hiking trails around the farm. Join the monthly full moon walk, then head to the tasting room. Or visit on second Saturdays and purchase a Berkshire Wine Trail wristband that…

Take a Tour of Our Orchards, Wineries & Breweries

Bring your group to the Berkshires for a fun afternoon of sipping local wines and craft brews while enjoying panoramic mountainscapes. Whether your itinerary is focused on culture, outdoor recreation, or farm-to-table eats, your Berkshire tour is not complete without a stop at a local winery, brewery, or distillery, where the flavors of the region influence makers and thrill enthusiasts.

Hilltop Orchards in Richmond, home of Furnace Brook Winery, is a group-friendly destination, perfect for apple picking, indulging in fresh cider donuts, and hiking trails around the farm. Afterward, take a seat by the fire in the tasting room where you…

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…

Down on the Farm in the Berkshires

by Nancy Macy

Drive a country road in the Berkshires and you’ll likely pass a farm. Fields planted with rows of vegetables, melons, and fruit trees stretch for acres under brilliant blue skies and puffy clouds. Meadows of wildflowers sway in gentle breezes. Grazing sheep, cows, goats, pigs, and llamas soak up the sun in the company of free-range chickens and geese. Farm equipment creates a low background hum.

Behind these lovely scenes are independent farmers who bring the bounty of fresh produce, butchered meats, handcrafted wines, beers, ales, and ciders, baked goods, cheese, honey, maple syrup, and small-batch foods to Berkshire…

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…

The New Summer Spot in the Berkshires

The derelict motel, the roofless barn, the overgrown picnic area—we’ve all driven past such sites and felt a twinge of lamentation, a sigh for when these places represented life, livelihoods, hope, beginnings. The five-person brain trust behind Tourists, opening this summer in North Adams, Massachusetts, has reimagined this lament as a call to action: what if we reanimated not only a little roadside hostelry but, also, the greater community of which it is a part?

On the westbound side of Route 2, the old Mohawk Trail, there stood for many years a faded sign bearing the word TOURISTS—a remnant of the…

Open up Your Exploration With a Meadow Walk in the Berkshires – Berkshire Mountain Rover

While I’m often one to promote wilderness and the reduced impact of humans on our natural surroundings, the rich farming history in the Berkshires has provided us with a diverse landscape that matches wild forests and mountaintops with rolling, grassy hillsides, — long ago cleared by our agri-ancestors. While many of these hilly meadows are still in use as pastures for sheep, horses and cattle/cows, some have been preserved by conservation agencies like the Berkshire Natural Resources Council, the Trustees of Reservations, Mass Audubon and others for our own enjoyment.

Walking through these meadows, you’ll discover a different side of the…

Ski The Berkshires

The Berkshires are known for year-round fun, and the winter season never disappoints. As the temperature drops and the snow flies, it’s the time of year we all get our skis, snowboards, and snowshoes out of closet, and get ready to head outside.

Looking for family skiing and outdoor fun? Bousquet Ski Area in Pittsfield has it all, including downhill skiing, boarding, and tubing. Look for special deals on Thursday evenings, or sign up for a lesson with the whole family! They also offer a Tiny Tots weekend program and both midweek and weekend programs for children six and older. Here…

Hiking Stony Ledge, Mt. Greylock via the Haley Farm Trail – Berkshire Mountain Rover

As the highest mountain in the Commonwealth, Mt. Greylock stands as a towering monument, visible from much of Berkshire County. Visitors often head straight for its 3,491-foot summit (by car, foot or bike), but will often miss some of the mountain’s greatest views and terrain. One of my favorite fall hikes in the Berkshires takes you to one of these overlooked points, with a stunning view, which you’ll often have all to yourself.
Stony Ledge, while easily accessible from parking on Rockwell Road, via Sperry Road, is more enjoyably hiked (for me at least) via the Haley Farm Trail off of…

Exploring the Berkshires’ Wine Trail-Berkshire Girl Around Town

When you think of America’s wine regions, Berkshire County probably isn’t the first area that comes to mind. Did you know that the Berkshires are quietly becoming one of the country’s newest wine areas, with fabulous new wineries popping up here and there? The fertile ground, crisp air, and spirit of ingenuity come together for some fantastic wine making in our region.

One of the most established wineries in the region is Furnace Brook Winery at Hilltop Orchards, in Richmond. Set amidst the rolling Berkshire hills, the winery is a part of Hilltop Orchards, so not only can you find their…

Life Is Calling – Make Your Move to the Berkshires

What makes living in the Berkshires so special? It’s the extraordinary quality of life! There’s natural beauty at every turn, easy access to a vibrant cultural and artisanal foodie scene, and proximity to mountains, lakes, and forests for year-round outdoor fun. There’s also a growing economy here that’s attracting families, individuals, and business owners seeking opportunities for building a fulfilling, balanced life.

From our smallest villages to our biggest city, much of what you find in Berkshire County’s 32 distinct communities surpasses that of a major metropolitan center, yet it’s more affordable here. Consider that the cost of living in the…

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