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 Arcadian Shop carries items like knee warmers or binoculars for birdwatching at Canoe Meadows. For stylish clothing focused on ease of movement, stop by Lee Premium Outlets.
Venture out with a visit to Hilltop Orchards, set on 200 panoramic acres in Richmond. Grab a coffee and one of their apple cider donuts and walk it off! On your way out, grab apples for a pie or an artisanal craft cider. A visit to Hilltop is a great activity for families.
To meet new friends, try a guided spiritual walk with Berkshire Camino. For more secluded woodland settings, retreat to Tamarack Hollow in Windsor, or Stevens Glen in West Stockbridge and refresh yourself in a cool brook.
Refuel & Recharge
Recharge with an organic fruit smoothie from Guido’s. Call ahead for a curbside pickup lunch, or pack your own picnic shopped from the huge selection at Wohrle’s in Pittsfield. Pre-order their seafood dinner (fresh clams, lobsters & mussels), or try The Prairie Whale in South County for savory, farm-to-table “take-away” options like fried chicken or cornbread with smoked habanero mint butter.
Rest & Rejuvenate
At home, slow down, get your hands in the soil, and bask in the simple joy of planting flowers in your favorite colors from Ward’s Nursery or Whitney’s Garden Center. For unique, Shaker-inspired gardening tools, visit Shaker Mercantile, or try Pittsfield Lawn & Tractor for a bigger project you’d love to tackle. Have you ever pictured yourself in a writing shed or art studio in your backyard? Call Shed Man to make that dream come true.
Photo: Brighten your flower beds with yellow and purple pansies from Whitney’s.
Create a fresh patio space with an elegant Weekend Retreat chair from Paul Rich & Sons and a vibrant throw pillow from Annie Selke. Bring in some evening magic with the glow of solar-powered paper lanterns from Dory & Ginger. Put your feet up, and gaze at the shimmer of a candle from Soma’s Aromas, in a spicy essential oil blend of orange blossom and sandalwood. For an extra bit of indulgence, crack open a cannabis-infused seltzer from Rebelle in Great Barrington and pour it into a stemless martini glass.
Finally, give your muscles a reward for all their hard work biking, hiking, or gardening by slipping into a warm bath fizzing from a bath bomb or treated with Himalayan salt from the wellness department at Berkshire Food Co-Op.
Now is the time to set your own Berkshire shopping adventure in motion and start creating your own special memories. It’s all here waiting for you. Find more inspiration here.
Written by Deirdre McKenna