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Great weekend in the Berkshires

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Great weekend in the Berkshires

Had a terrific trip to the Berkshires July 3 -5. We stayed at the Briarcliff Motel in Great Barrington, a spot we had visited before & really liked for the great owners, location, funky charm and excellent breakfast. Our second stay did not disappoint, as a matter of fact, it was even better this time around. On Friday we visited Naumkeag - an arts & crafts Berkshire "cottage" (44 rooms) in Stockbridge. Admission was free as part of the Free Fun Fridays sponsored throughout the summer by the Highland Foundation. The grounds are spectacular & the house pretty great,too. It was very well organized given the number of visitors that day. The property is run by the Trustees of the Reservations and is staffed by volunteers. There was ample parking at a nearby satellite lot and free shuttles to the house. We had a casual lunch on the patio and then left to do some shopping in Great Barrington.

Downtown GB has some great places including the terrific Rubiner's cheese shop. The staff is knowledgeable and very helpful. The room at the Briarcliff had a nice sized refrigerator so we were able to stock up on some nice cheeses. That night we had dinner at the Dream Away Lodge in Becket - again, a return visit. What a fun spot with delicious, inventive food! Prices are very reasonable as well.

The next day it was raining, so we decided to visit another house. This time we went to Chesterwood, the home of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the Lincoln Monument. Admission includes the house, the studio, a small museum and a "woodland walk" which features changing exhibits of contemporary sculptures. It is a wonderful place, so much of French's career is connected to American history it is hard not to be in awe as you make your way through the estate. One disappointment was the fact that the upstairs in the house was closed for the year, so visitors are limited to only 4 rooms on the main floor for the time being. The view and gardens are spectacular and even though it was pouring, with the assistance of a large umbrella, we made our way along the woodland trail to see the other sculptures - glad we did as they were impressive.

We had lunch at Xicohtencatl Mexican Restaurant back in GB, excellent food, very reasonable prices. Then we picked up sandwiches at Bizalion's Fine Food, a gourmet market for a picnic supper. Kind of pricey (sandwiches were $13 each), but unique and delicious.

The sun came out late in the day and we were able to enjoy a picnic on the Tanglewood lawn before a great concert by James Taylor followed by fireworks. All in all, a memorable weekend.

Edited: 07 July 2015, 02:35
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1. Re: Great weekend in the Berkshires

Oooooh, you lucky duck. I would love to duplicate everything you describe. Wonderful.

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2. Re: Great weekend in the Berkshires

Great Barrington is often overlooked as a tourist or shopping spot but it does deserve more attention. The downtown has not suffered the blight that often happens. One reason, I think, is that there is no mall close by to drain new business and shoppers.

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3. Re: Great weekend in the Berkshires

Sounds fantastic! Must add to my to do list.

Was the traffic manageable? What is it like getting in and out of Tanglewood these days?

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4. Re: Great weekend in the Berkshires

Thanks for the report. I am not familiar with that area at all. It sounds wonderful.

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5. Re: Great weekend in the Berkshires

Next time you are in the Berkshires you might want to visit The Old Mill on Route 23 in South Egremont for dinner. I was there on Thursday. The food would be perfect for a last meal before an execution.

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6. Re: Great weekend in the Berkshires

MaxieLou - we are lucky to live in an area with so many great places to visit!

HowlandOwl - GB has a lot to offer & I will keep your recommendation for the Old Mill handy - especially if I am looking for a last meal ;-)

Mahj - traffic going in to Tanglewood was fine, we parked at Lion's Gate. It took us about 1/2 hour to get out which we were happy with as 2 years ago it was nearly 2 hours to exit!

FMP - Go! It is wonderful!

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7. Re: Great weekend in the Berkshires

Imagine 10,000 people trying to get to their cars and then pouring onto what is a country road. When we go to Tanglewood we take some time after the concert to just hang out. The store is open (jammed with people) but there are some great views just wandering around the grounds. Let the worst of the mob go first and then wander back to your car for an easier time getting out.

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