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Embracing the Joys of Winter

Posted on December 06, 2022Written by Nancy Macy
Updated on December 06, 2022

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The cozy season is upon us. Here’s our guide for enjoying the comforts and simple pleasures of winter in the Berkshires.

You know that feeling of contentment and well-being you get from comfy surroundings, delicious food, and spending time in nature? The Scandinavians call it hygge (pronounced hoo-gah). Whatever you call it, the concept is about slowing down, savoring everyday moments, and enjoying time away from all the things that, well, take our time away from doing just that. 

Luckily, in the Berkshires, where winter brings a slower pace and cold weather settles in for several months a year, opportunities for creating hygge moments abound—indoors and out.

Let’s start with home. What would make your house feel warm and welcoming for you, your family, and your guests? Think soft and comforting. Low lighting, such as soy candles from Soma’s Aromas, set a calming tone. Woven textiles from Berkshire-based designer Annie Selke layered throughout your living space create comfortable spots for relaxation and a good night’s sleep. Find Annie Selke rugs, bedding, pillows, and plush robes at The Outlet at Pine Cone Hill in Pittsfield or the Annie Selke Shop and the inn at 33 Main in downtown Lenox. 

If mention of a cozy getaway appeals to you, the Berkshires is filled with options. Among them are Race Brook Lodge and the Old Inn on the Green—both restored stagecoach inns. The historic 1800 Devonfield Inn offers the charms of a country estate. TOURISTS, in North Adams, is a motor-lodge-turned-rustic-chic-hotel beside the Hoosic River. All are perfect places for unwinding and unplugging. TOURISTS also offers classes in things like candle pouring and crafting cocktails that remind you how pleasurable slowing down and making something by hand really is.

In that same vein, cooks will find everything for creating good food and intimate gatherings at Guido’s Fresh Marketplace (locations in Pittsfield and Great Barrington) and the Berkshire Food Co-op. From the freshest ingredients to cookbooks by local chefs, this is next-level meal prep. If you’re on the guest list side of a dinner party invite, visit Inspired Creations in Lanesborough for artisan-made gifts for your host. 

And, lastly, after the past few years, we might all benefit from a timeout where self-care is the path to contentment. To that end, the spa and wellness services at Miraval, Canyon Ranch, Kripalu, and salons such as blu in Pittsfield are delightful indulgences during the winter months. Be sure to stock up while there on whatever helps you continue the feel-good vibes at home!

Find more inspiration for things to doplaces to stay, and where to eat, and where to seek wellness.

Photo Credits: Guido’s Fresh Marketplace; Old Inn on the Green, Ogden Gigli

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