The Berkshires Blog

The Best-Laid Plans…

By The Wellness Guy

mainstreet_christmasOn Saturday, December 6th, I headed down to Stockbridge thinking I would write a piece on their “Christmas in Stockbridge” event.  As the freezing rain pelted my windshield, I slowly started to lose steam.  Although there were indoor activities, like the house tours, I also knew that a number of the activities were outdoors, like viewing the street reenactments of Norman Rockwell’s paintings or taking a horse-drawn carriage.  This being the case, I decided to seek out comfort food instead and read a book at Stockbridge Coffee & Tea.  They just expanded to now include a small bookstore with some interesting selections (I actually prefer less choices), and they had won me over last summer with their iced green tea!  (No. Six Depot Roastery & Cafe in West Stockbridge supplies some of their coffee).  After waking up, I ventured over to Main Street Café’ where I ordered a sort of Thanksgiving sandwich—turkey, cranberry and stuffing.  It was delicious in all respects.

For dinner, in my continued search for comfort food due to the cold gusting wind, I stopped in at Once Upon A Table.  This little gem is tucked back in the mews and features bistro-style fare.  I opted for the swordfish over salad, which was delectable.  The portion size, especially with the appetizer we ordered, was just right.  The fish was tender with a hint of black pepper, easily flaking off into tender morsels and the salad was bright and citrusy playing a perfect balancing act with the rich fish.  Then it was back outside where the lights of Main Street twinkled and the holiday glow was in the air, it was starting to feel truly like Christmas in Stockbridge. So I figured the best way to end my day would be enjoy a night cap and some live music at the iconic Red Lion Inn’s Lion’s Den.