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Shop the Berkshires

September 2014

This is the time of year in the Berkshires for apple picking, harvest festivals and it is also a great time for shopping. The holidays will be here before you know it and what group itinerary is complete without a shopping experience?  Unlike big cities where there are shopping meccas to browse, the Berkshires offer countless shops sprinkled here and there throughout the county. Finding these unique shopping gems offers your group a great opportunity to explore our many unique towns and take in our great New England scenery.

In Williamstown where the shopping has a young, vibrant energy, due to the college that makes its home there, you’ll find The Cottage of WilliamstownRuby Sparks and Nature’s Closet, all are filled with exceptional clothing and each have their own flair that is sure to delight the clothes horse in your group.  In North Adams, tucked on a side street, you’ll find Persnickety Toys which is packed to the brim with toys of all kinds; unusual crafts, games and science kits for busy, young minds, perfect for grandparents looking to bring something home for the little ones  There is also a fabulous museum store inside MASS MoCA where there is one of a kind clothing and jewelry along with unusual accessories for people of all ages.

Looking for some delicious, new scents to brighten up home and remind you of your Berkshire visit? Yankee Candle has shops in both Lenox and Stockbridge or visit their flagship store just a short bus ride away in South Deerfield.  Also in Stockbridge you will find Mutability in Motion filled with great handcrafted goods. Lenox offers up The Arcadian Shop who sells warm and durable clothing for the colder months and quality backpacks and footwear perfect for the active visitor or if you want something warm and cozy be sure to check out SWTRZ or MacKimmie Co.  Any knitters in your group? Then be sure they stop in at Colorful Stitches.

You’ll want to make your way to Asia Barong, in Great Barrington.  This massive store contains a mind boggling array of imported Asian arts and goods.  It is a fun adventure each and every time that you shop there.  From whimsical items like flying wooden mermaids and dragons to practical though beautiful items like delicately carved wooden boxes and decorated scarves, this amazing place can be a never ending source of inspiration.

The Berkshires are renowned for their antique shops. We are, after all, the Antique Capital of the Commonwealth of MA, learn more about this at Berkshire County Antiques & Dealer’s Association., so think about adding an antiquing component to your next itinerary.

Wherever your group shops, whether in our local shops or in area shopping destinations like the Lee Premium Outlets or The Berkshire Mall, they are bound to have a wonderful shopping experience, surrounded by the beauty that is the Berkshires.

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