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Everything Tastes Better Outside – TasteBerkshires

The recipe for a perfect picnic in the Berkshires is an easy one. Simply start with a menu featuring regional flavors, then add a beautiful outdoor setting. Lucky for you, both are found here in abundance!

The Feast

The Berkshires are home to some of the nation’s best small-batch coffee roasters, cheese makers, bread bakers, distilleries, and chocolatiers. Filling your picnic basket with an incredibly delicious array of these tasty morsels is as quick as a trip to a local grocer, farmer’s market, or the source where it’s made.

Craving crusty sourdough bread? Try Berkshire Mountain Bakery. Want to taste a local cheese? Visit the farm store at Cricket Creek Farm. Need something to drink? Fill your flask with Barrington Coffee or an iced herbal tea from No. Six Depot or a refreshing summer cocktail made with spirits crafted by Berkshire Mountain Distillers. Finish with a sweet confection from Chocolate Springs or Patisserie Lenox. And if you’re looking for more Berkshire flavors to complete your menu, shop one-stop grocers such as Guido’s Marketplace and Berkshire Organics for fresh, local produce, meats, and more.

Eat outside.

Photo Credit: Jumping Rocks

The Setting

Some of the most scenic picnic spots in the Berkshires are located on properties owned by the Trustees of Reservations. This nonprofit conservation and preservation organization maintains more than 100 sites across Massachusetts. Among them are meadows, woodlands, mountain peaks and gardens. In the Berkshires, these inspiring locales include Monument Mountain, Tyringham Cobble, Bartholomew’s Cobble, Naumkeag, and Ashintully Gardens. Bring the family and wander a nature trail, take a tour of a historic home or garden, find a romantic spot with your sweetheart, or attend one of the special events held throughout the summer that shine a spotlight on these lovely Berkshire places. Don’t forget our most famous picnic spot of all…Tanglewood.

Enjoying good food and great company in the outdoors is a simple pleasure. Finding your special picnic spot under a Berkshire sky elevates that experience to pure bliss.