Tuesday Travel

The Berkshires

The Berkshires. A magical place I must say. I made my very first trip there this past weekend. I can’t believe it took me 36 years to make it there but I can guarantee I return again and again, if not for the ice cream alone. The Berkshires are just my kind of place for a weekend getaway… yummy food, serene surroundings and some great shopping.

Stay

My dear friend’s mom lives in Stockbridge so this trip, we stayed at her beautiful crafstman bungalow with the cutest yellow door you’ve ever seen. Sadly, the lighting was off so I couldn’t capture a photo to do it justice.

Next time, we might just have to check out one of these lodging options: The Wheatleigh; The Old Inn on the Green or the Porches Inn.

Eat

As I’ve shared before, I love planning a weekend getaway around where I’m eating and this past weekend, eat we did. Make sure to check-out:

Six Depot Roastery Cafe – A small-batch coffee roastery, art gallery & delicious cafe in the oldest train station in the Berkshires. If I lived in The Berkshire, this would be my place!

Rubi’s – A coffee house that serves the most delicious grilled cheese… yes! This little spot is located behind Rubiner’s, a cheese haven housed in an old bank. Their selection of jams and chocolates is impressive. We left with several.

Prairie Whale – I first head of Prairie Whale from this article… City Chefs Who Go Country. I knew instantly I would fall in-love with Prairie Whale. And in love I did. {their hilarious signs in front are everything}. “Prairie Whale” is an old name for a pig; by the mid 19th century, rendered lard was beginning to replace whale oil in lamps. Who knew?  They don’t take reservations so I suggest getting there early and grabbing a seat at the bar, which just happens to shake up some inventive cocktails. The menu changes daily but our table agreed that the burger and corn bread were delicious. I personally loved the white fish crostini.

SoCo Creamery – Ice Cream in early March? Yes, I’m crazy. But try the dirty chocolate and you too will understand.

A few places on my list for the next visit: Nudel; Allium and Moe’s Tavern.

Shop

For shopping, make sure to visit One Mercantile and Twigs in Great Barrington. And Charles H. Baldwin & Sons in West Stockbridge for vanilla extract.

Do

There is wonderful hiking in the area but sadly it was a bit too cold this trip. Perhaps this summer we will escape to The Berkshire again, do some hiking and hopefully take in a concert on the lawn at Tanglewood.

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