Guidebook for New Lebanon

Joe

Guidebook for New Lebanon

Food Scene
A good place for a bagel and to get the newspaper. Good soup and good cannoli too. Open until 2:30 in the afternoon.
Bucky's Bagels
500 Columbia Pike
A good place for a bagel and to get the newspaper. Good soup and good cannoli too. Open until 2:30 in the afternoon.
Classic local Greek diner; love their Greek salad, chicken souvlaki and great fries. Closed on Tuesdays.
Jimmy D's Pizza Royale
831 NY-22
Classic local Greek diner; love their Greek salad, chicken souvlaki and great fries. Closed on Tuesdays.
You wouldn't normally spot this place, tucked in a shopping center in Pittsfield. But not only can you get the famous Berkshire Mountain Bakery bread here, it's the home of great artisanal pizza too.
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Berkshire Mountain Bakery Pizza Cafe
180 Elm St
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You wouldn't normally spot this place, tucked in a shopping center in Pittsfield. But not only can you get the famous Berkshire Mountain Bakery bread here, it's the home of great artisanal pizza too.
In Pittsfield, about 20 minutes away. Like a local version of Chipotle but not organic and not chic. Reliable, though, and open late and a good value. There's another location in Pittsfield too, on Tyler Street.
Hot Harry's Burritos - North St
37 North St
In Pittsfield, about 20 minutes away. Like a local version of Chipotle but not organic and not chic. Reliable, though, and open late and a good value. There's another location in Pittsfield too, on Tyler Street.
Some good choices for vegetarians at this place in Pittsfield, mostly soups, salads and panini with adventurous names on the chalkboard. Good coffee too. Right next to the Beacon movie theater.
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The Marketplace Cafe
53 North Street
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Some good choices for vegetarians at this place in Pittsfield, mostly soups, salads and panini with adventurous names on the chalkboard. Good coffee too. Right next to the Beacon movie theater.
This is a very good vegetarian restaurant in Pittsfield, in a funky blue house in a commercial district. Lots of people call it their favorite. Some great dishes and salads, even the occasional meat special. Only open Wed through Sunday; you need to make a reservation at (413) 448-8244. Also, it's cash only, or they will take a check.
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Elizabeth's
1264 East St
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This is a very good vegetarian restaurant in Pittsfield, in a funky blue house in a commercial district. Lots of people call it their favorite. Some great dishes and salads, even the occasional meat special. Only open Wed through Sunday; you need to make a reservation at (413) 448-8244. Also, it's cash only, or they will take a check.
What a really good little French bakery. Things like cream puffs, napoleons and macaron. Soups and sandwiches too. There's also one of these in Great Barrington.
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Patisserie Lenox
313 Main Street
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What a really good little French bakery. Things like cream puffs, napoleons and macaron. Soups and sandwiches too. There's also one of these in Great Barrington.
Good Chinese about 18 minutes away, in Lenox, MA.
Panda House Restaurant
506 Pittsfield Rd
Good Chinese about 18 minutes away, in Lenox, MA.
The best frozen yogurt in the area. Organically and locally made, not too sweet, with a wide variety of fresh toppings and a good value. Open in the summer until 10 & worth the trip into Pittsfield.
Ayelada
505 East Street
The best frozen yogurt in the area. Organically and locally made, not too sweet, with a wide variety of fresh toppings and a good value. Open in the summer until 10 & worth the trip into Pittsfield.
Nice French Bistro and bar in nearby West Stockbridge, MA.
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Rouge Restaurant
3 Center Street
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Nice French Bistro and bar in nearby West Stockbridge, MA.
This is a lovely casual breakfast and lunch cafe & bakery in Lenox, MA. Salads, eggs, burgers, veggie options, teas, coffees, wine. Great chocolate cake. Gets very crowded; best at off-season. There's a Haven in Great Barrington too.
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Haven
8 Franklin Street
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This is a lovely casual breakfast and lunch cafe & bakery in Lenox, MA. Salads, eggs, burgers, veggie options, teas, coffees, wine. Great chocolate cake. Gets very crowded; best at off-season. There's a Haven in Great Barrington too.
The best coffee shop in Pittsfield, by our reckoning. Mostly organic. Also a great place for meeting people, hanging out with a laptop and generally lounging.
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Dottie's Coffee Lounge
444 North Street
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The best coffee shop in Pittsfield, by our reckoning. Mostly organic. Also a great place for meeting people, hanging out with a laptop and generally lounging.
In West Stockbridge, about 20 mins away. Strong coffee that they roast & multicultural panini and dishes in cafe menu. Sometimes outside seating, also exhibits and concerts. Hip. Can get crowded.
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No. Six Depot Roastery & Cafe
6 Depot Street
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In West Stockbridge, about 20 mins away. Strong coffee that they roast & multicultural panini and dishes in cafe menu. Sometimes outside seating, also exhibits and concerts. Hip. Can get crowded.
A reliably great American restaurant in Chatham with a nice bar downstairs. Very good, sophisticated meals but also kid friendly; a commendable thing.
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Blue Plate
1 Kinderhook Street
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A reliably great American restaurant in Chatham with a nice bar downstairs. Very good, sophisticated meals but also kid friendly; a commendable thing.
It's completely worth going to Great Barrington for Baba Louie's sourdough pizzas. A small place and they get crowded, so go at 5 when they open.
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Baba Louie's Sourdough Pizza
286 Main Street
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It's completely worth going to Great Barrington for Baba Louie's sourdough pizzas. A small place and they get crowded, so go at 5 when they open.
On the Pittsfield/Lenox line. This is where we like to go for hibachi, sushi, and Japanese food. They run a good special on weekdays from 3 to 6 with half-price appetizers, like great tempura with shrimp and vegetables. If you use Groupon, keep an eye out for coupons from this place.
Enso Asian Bistro
1035 South St
On the Pittsfield/Lenox line. This is where we like to go for hibachi, sushi, and Japanese food. They run a good special on weekdays from 3 to 6 with half-price appetizers, like great tempura with shrimp and vegetables. If you use Groupon, keep an eye out for coupons from this place.
For a simple lunch and some groceries. In Old Chatham, where the hillscape is just beautiful.
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Old Chatham Country Store & Cafe
639 Albany Turnpike
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For a simple lunch and some groceries. In Old Chatham, where the hillscape is just beautiful.
A fine place to stop in while visiting Great Barrington. Simple and high-end, both. Wonderful toasted cheese sandwiches. Great coffee.
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Rubi's Coffee and Sandwiches
256 Main St
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A fine place to stop in while visiting Great Barrington. Simple and high-end, both. Wonderful toasted cheese sandwiches. Great coffee.
We like to eat here on the way to Williamstown; it's a pink building perched on the creek on route 7 with decent Mexican food and drinks. Their salsas are good, so is the mole and the fajitas and the flan. The ambiance is nice; you don't feel crowded.
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Coyote Flaco
505 Cold Spring Road
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We like to eat here on the way to Williamstown; it's a pink building perched on the creek on route 7 with decent Mexican food and drinks. Their salsas are good, so is the mole and the fajitas and the flan. The ambiance is nice; you don't feel crowded.
So low-key it's hardly even there, and really quite friendly, Prairie Whale in Great Barrington is the height of chic. It's not easy or comfort food, but it is remarkable farm-to-table and there's a whiskey bar. Closed on Tuesdays.
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The Prairie Whale
178 Main Street
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So low-key it's hardly even there, and really quite friendly, Prairie Whale in Great Barrington is the height of chic. It's not easy or comfort food, but it is remarkable farm-to-table and there's a whiskey bar. Closed on Tuesdays.
A popular dinner spot in Pittsfield. I had the pan roasted salmon with grilled fennel and risotto and have to admit it was really good. Joe had the burger and adored it. Open every day 4 pm to midnight.
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District Kitchen & Bar
40 West Street
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A popular dinner spot in Pittsfield. I had the pan roasted salmon with grilled fennel and risotto and have to admit it was really good. Joe had the burger and adored it. Open every day 4 pm to midnight.
If you're coming up north on route 295, you'll pass this restaurant about 15 minutes before you get to us, so it's not a bad place to stop for dinner. Basic fare but well done, like a fresh light chicken pot pie. it's run by two families who left their food and catering businesses in NYC to light out for the country life here. Locally sourced food with more vegetarian options than most.
East Chatham Food Company
1267 NY-295
If you're coming up north on route 295, you'll pass this restaurant about 15 minutes before you get to us, so it's not a bad place to stop for dinner. Basic fare but well done, like a fresh light chicken pot pie. it's run by two families who left their food and catering businesses in NYC to light out for the country life here. Locally sourced food with more vegetarian options than most.
A French bistro in Lenox, reliably traditional and chic. Good for a burger or a Croque Monsieur, and a drink.
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Bistro Zinc
56 Church Street
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A French bistro in Lenox, reliably traditional and chic. Good for a burger or a Croque Monsieur, and a drink.
We particularly love the brunch buffet at the House of India in Pittsfield, including tandoori, for $9.95, from 11:30 to 3, Monday to Saturday. Dinner is good too!
House of India
261 North St
We particularly love the brunch buffet at the House of India in Pittsfield, including tandoori, for $9.95, from 11:30 to 3, Monday to Saturday. Dinner is good too!
This is a fine restaurant at the very top of Mt. Greylock, so if you are visiting there, consider making a reservation. What an incredible view, and the food is ambitious. Keep timing in mind; just driving up from the base of Greylock takes 20 minutes, and the trip is mostly not viable in the wintertime.
Bascom Lodge
This is a fine restaurant at the very top of Mt. Greylock, so if you are visiting there, consider making a reservation. What an incredible view, and the food is ambitious. Keep timing in mind; just driving up from the base of Greylock takes 20 minutes, and the trip is mostly not viable in the wintertime.
A very good restaurant in Lenox, made even better by its excellent wine bar. Does meat and vegetarian both well, pretty pricey.
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Alta
34 Church Street
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A very good restaurant in Lenox, made even better by its excellent wine bar. Does meat and vegetarian both well, pretty pricey.
Right at the entrance to West Stockbridge, a quality coffeehouse in an antique building, usually with some good artwork up on the walls.
Shaker Dam Coffeehouse
2 Main Street
Right at the entrance to West Stockbridge, a quality coffeehouse in an antique building, usually with some good artwork up on the walls.
An upscale northern Italian restaurant in Pittsfield, including an urban outdoor courtyard for when the weather is warm. This is a good place to go for a special occasion; the food is good enough and the place special enough to warrant it without being over the top.
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Trattoria Rustica
27 Mc Kay Street
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An upscale northern Italian restaurant in Pittsfield, including an urban outdoor courtyard for when the weather is warm. This is a good place to go for a special occasion; the food is good enough and the place special enough to warrant it without being over the top.
An upscale but nice farm-to-table restaurant that really gets into putting together new combinations of local foods every day.
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Nudel Restaurant
37 Church Street
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An upscale but nice farm-to-table restaurant that really gets into putting together new combinations of local foods every day.
If you are hankering after a traditional pizza pie with a beer or a tall cold soda, Betty's Surf Shack in Lenox is the place for you. Filled with surfing paraphernalia and crayon pictures made on paper plates. It's in the little shopping center (take a right from Housatonic Street into the parking lot to get there) and the place doesn't have too many seats. The chicken wings are really good too. Cash only.
Betty's Pizza Shack
26 Housatonic St
If you are hankering after a traditional pizza pie with a beer or a tall cold soda, Betty's Surf Shack in Lenox is the place for you. Filled with surfing paraphernalia and crayon pictures made on paper plates. It's in the little shopping center (take a right from Housatonic Street into the parking lot to get there) and the place doesn't have too many seats. The chicken wings are really good too. Cash only.
We got to know Magdalena's because they made just the best simple Mexican food at outdoor farmer's markets in the area. The food was familiar but modern, a real step up from expected. Now they have a proper restaurant in Valatie, about a half hour from New Lebanon. Unassuming but always really good tamales, empanadas and mole in particular.
Magdalena's
3018 Main St
We got to know Magdalena's because they made just the best simple Mexican food at outdoor farmer's markets in the area. The food was familiar but modern, a real step up from expected. Now they have a proper restaurant in Valatie, about a half hour from New Lebanon. Unassuming but always really good tamales, empanadas and mole in particular.
There's nowhere really to sit down here; just grab Thai takeout from a tiny storefront deep inside the Barrington House stores in Great Barrington. It's fast Asian street food perfectly cooked by Jem. Try the curry puffs.
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STEAM Noodle Cafe
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There's nowhere really to sit down here; just grab Thai takeout from a tiny storefront deep inside the Barrington House stores in Great Barrington. It's fast Asian street food perfectly cooked by Jem. Try the curry puffs.
Very good food; people come from all over to eat at Mario's. Their menu says their food is Continental, which is worrisome, but that's because it calls well from several European cooking traditions. We particularly like their steak, scallops, burgers and popovers. Great sauces and soups. You may need a reservation, but if that's not available they will happily do a take out order or feed you at the bar. Closed Tuesdays.
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Mario's
458 U.S. 20
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Very good food; people come from all over to eat at Mario's. Their menu says their food is Continental, which is worrisome, but that's because it calls well from several European cooking traditions. We particularly like their steak, scallops, burgers and popovers. Great sauces and soups. You may need a reservation, but if that's not available they will happily do a take out order or feed you at the bar. Closed Tuesdays.
This turns out to be a great friendly local place, particularly for wings and very good burgers. Pizza oven too. Bar, good selection of craft beers on tap. Find this place in a back corner of the Midtown Mall next to the OTB, but don't let that deter you. Closed Monday; the kitchen serves on other days until 10 but the bar stays open till 2 a.m.
M&M'S Tap and Tavern
501 U.S. 20
This turns out to be a great friendly local place, particularly for wings and very good burgers. Pizza oven too. Bar, good selection of craft beers on tap. Find this place in a back corner of the Midtown Mall next to the OTB, but don't let that deter you. Closed Monday; the kitchen serves on other days until 10 but the bar stays open till 2 a.m.
How we love Blueberry Hill. Find grocery basics here and gourmet items and some good prepared items to go. Also indispensable for coffee, soup, panini, daily meal specials, pie, salads and limeade made fresh. Great breakfasts--get the awesome bacon. Open only from 7 in the morning (8 am on weekends) until 4 pm, closed on Tuesdays. They also often do Friday and Saturday night dinner, 5:30 to 8, and that is sit-down and delicious, cocktails too. It's a great chance to get to use the nice little bar they've installed. Call first to make sure that dinner is going on. Best time to go for brunch on busy weekends is in the afternoon.
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Blueberry Hill Market Cafe
515 U.S. 20
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How we love Blueberry Hill. Find grocery basics here and gourmet items and some good prepared items to go. Also indispensable for coffee, soup, panini, daily meal specials, pie, salads and limeade made fresh. Great breakfasts--get the awesome bacon. Open only from 7 in the morning (8 am on weekends) until 4 pm, closed on Tuesdays. They also often do Friday and Saturday night dinner, 5:30 to 8, and that is sit-down and delicious, cocktails too. It's a great chance to get to use the nice little bar they've installed. Call first to make sure that dinner is going on. Best time to go for brunch on busy weekends is in the afternoon.
Drinks & Nightlife
In the cellar of the Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge, this is a good place to go at night to hear local music and eat pub food. Be warned that cellphones rarely work in Stockbridge. No cover-- open until 10, 11 on Fridays and Saturdays.
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The Red Lion Inn
30 Main Street
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In the cellar of the Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge, this is a good place to go at night to hear local music and eat pub food. Be warned that cellphones rarely work in Stockbridge. No cover-- open until 10, 11 on Fridays and Saturdays.
A great tasting room in Chatham, about 20 minutes away, with about thirty varieties. We like their Farmer's Daughter, a Rye India Pale Ale. Food served too. Open until 10 or midnight except Sunday
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Chatham Brewing
59 Main Street
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A great tasting room in Chatham, about 20 minutes away, with about thirty varieties. We like their Farmer's Daughter, a Rye India Pale Ale. Food served too. Open until 10 or midnight except Sunday
They call it "a time capsule of Berkshire bohemia"; bar is open until 2 am. Live music and wonderful food. It's quite a destination, surrounded by forest and out of the way on a winding road ; not a bad trip from Jacob's Pillow, though.
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Dream Away
1342 County Road
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They call it "a time capsule of Berkshire bohemia"; bar is open until 2 am. Live music and wonderful food. It's quite a destination, surrounded by forest and out of the way on a winding road ; not a bad trip from Jacob's Pillow, though.
A casual, contemporary corner bar that opened recently in Pittsfield with a growing fan base. Open until 1 am, closed on Sunday.
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Methuselah
391 North St
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A casual, contemporary corner bar that opened recently in Pittsfield with a growing fan base. Open until 1 am, closed on Sunday.
Wonderful beer from a local brewery. In Berlin, about 20 minutes north of New Lebanon. Not an exciting destination and not offering much ambience. But wonderful beer. Open until 8 on weekends
The Beer Diviner
243 Bly Hollow Rd
Wonderful beer from a local brewery. In Berlin, about 20 minutes north of New Lebanon. Not an exciting destination and not offering much ambience. But wonderful beer. Open until 8 on weekends
Traditional beers for the Modern Age". This brewery is located on the MASS MoCA Campus in North Adams, about 40 minutes away, and is a great place to go in conjunction with that fantastic museum. Beers are brewed on site, cleverly named, change all the time, and are always great. The place is kind of spare and also kid-friendly. You can get a pizza made there or pick up some barbecue from the shack outside-- they're happy to bring it in to you as you enjoy your 4-beer tasting. Open from noon to 8. On Thursdays until 8, on Fridays and Saturdays, until 11.
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Bright Ideas Brewing
111 Mass MoCA Way
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Traditional beers for the Modern Age". This brewery is located on the MASS MoCA Campus in North Adams, about 40 minutes away, and is a great place to go in conjunction with that fantastic museum. Beers are brewed on site, cleverly named, change all the time, and are always great. The place is kind of spare and also kid-friendly. You can get a pizza made there or pick up some barbecue from the shack outside-- they're happy to bring it in to you as you enjoy your 4-beer tasting. Open from noon to 8. On Thursdays until 8, on Fridays and Saturdays, until 11.
Parks & Nature
Our guests can swim in hidden Queechy Lake, ten minutes away. There is a lifeguard & a boat launch & sandy beach in summertime. The water is delicious; this area was famous for its natural springs.
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Queechy Lake
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Our guests can swim in hidden Queechy Lake, ten minutes away. There is a lifeguard & a boat launch & sandy beach in summertime. The water is delicious; this area was famous for its natural springs.
Our town park, nice and green, good for putting kids on the swings at the great playground, or for some time on the basketball or tennis courts. Baseball diamond and little stream. There's a covered pavilion with picnic tables and summertime music, too.
Shatford Memorial Park
Our town park, nice and green, good for putting kids on the swings at the great playground, or for some time on the basketball or tennis courts. Baseball diamond and little stream. There's a covered pavilion with picnic tables and summertime music, too.
A great local place for a walk or hike for anyone. Very close to us, with ponds, streams and beaver dams. The countryside around here is just beautiful.
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Hand Hollow Conservation Area
4079 Gale Hill Road
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A great local place for a walk or hike for anyone. Very close to us, with ponds, streams and beaver dams. The countryside around here is just beautiful.
Drive up to the trail at the forested peak separating New Lebanon from Pittsfield, MA, for a walk and breathtaking valley view. There's acres of flowering azaleas up top in the third week of June.
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Pittsfield State Forest
1041 Cascade St
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Drive up to the trail at the forested peak separating New Lebanon from Pittsfield, MA, for a walk and breathtaking valley view. There's acres of flowering azaleas up top in the third week of June.
A not-too-big, satisfying botanical garden in Stockbridge, about 20 minutes away, particularly showcasing native plants in many charming settings. Very nice to explore. Great plant sales.
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Berkshire Botanical Garden
5 East Stockbridge Lee Road
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A not-too-big, satisfying botanical garden in Stockbridge, about 20 minutes away, particularly showcasing native plants in many charming settings. Very nice to explore. Great plant sales.
If you are up for a good hike, the first part pretty much uphill, this is a magical glen with big boulders and mosses and ferns, always cool, even in the hot summer. In Stockbridge, 1/2 hour away.
Ice Glen
If you are up for a good hike, the first part pretty much uphill, this is a magical glen with big boulders and mosses and ferns, always cool, even in the hot summer. In Stockbridge, 1/2 hour away.
In Lenox, home of both the challenging Fire Tower trail and also of the simple trek around Beaver Pond, with all its dams and evidence everywhere of trees brought down by beavers.
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Mass Audubon's Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
472 West Mountain Road
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In Lenox, home of both the challenging Fire Tower trail and also of the simple trek around Beaver Pond, with all its dams and evidence everywhere of trees brought down by beavers.
The highest peak in Columbia County, New York. In Austerlitz, about twenty minutes south of here. Good for a short day hike, moderate difficulty with a few steep stretches. Take care for the poison ivy reported around the trail. Gorgeous views.
Harvey Mountain State Forest
The highest peak in Columbia County, New York. In Austerlitz, about twenty minutes south of here. Good for a short day hike, moderate difficulty with a few steep stretches. Take care for the poison ivy reported around the trail. Gorgeous views.
This is the highest point in Massachusetts. Drive to the summit and see views up to 90 miles. Stop in to eat at historic Bascom Lodge during the warm months. Waterfalls and hikes too; particularly great for foliage. About 40 minutes north of us.
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Mount Greylock
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This is the highest point in Massachusetts. Drive to the summit and see views up to 90 miles. Stop in to eat at historic Bascom Lodge during the warm months. Waterfalls and hikes too; particularly great for foliage. About 40 minutes north of us.
This is a short, beautiful, newly implemented boardwalk passage in Lenox, projecting out into a marsh that still looks from the dawn of time. It will take you ten minutes while you're visiting Lenox, and seems like another world.
Parsons Marsh Reserve
170 Under Mountain Rd
This is a short, beautiful, newly implemented boardwalk passage in Lenox, projecting out into a marsh that still looks from the dawn of time. It will take you ten minutes while you're visiting Lenox, and seems like another world.
Entertainment & Activities
A big, fully equipped ski resort about twenty minutes away. In the summertime there's fun rides on the mountainside. Local skiers say that the trails are satisfying even in a sparse snow season.
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Jiminy Peak
37 Corey Road
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A big, fully equipped ski resort about twenty minutes away. In the summertime there's fun rides on the mountainside. Local skiers say that the trails are satisfying even in a sparse snow season.
This ski area is only about 17 minutes from the sawmill, in Pittsfield, MA. Easy to reach and easy to use.
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Bousquet Ski Area
101 Dan Fox Drive
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This ski area is only about 17 minutes from the sawmill, in Pittsfield, MA. Easy to reach and easy to use.
It's a trampoline park-- 23,000 square feet. In Valatie, about a half hour away. Great option in rainy weather, a good value for some concentrated fun. Kids love it but a fitness option for adults too. Highly liberating.
ClubLife
3143 U.S. 9
It's a trampoline park-- 23,000 square feet. In Valatie, about a half hour away. Great option in rainy weather, a good value for some concentrated fun. Kids love it but a fitness option for adults too. Highly liberating.
Our region is hilly for biking, but this trail about 30 mins away is flat, paved and hugs the stream and the lakeside for 11 miles and back. You can rent bikes nearby at Berkshire Outfitters in Adams, MA.
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Ashuwillticook Rail Trail
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Our region is hilly for biking, but this trail about 30 mins away is flat, paved and hugs the stream and the lakeside for 11 miles and back. You can rent bikes nearby at Berkshire Outfitters in Adams, MA.
Bless this place; it's a classic first-run, singlescreen main-street movie theater with good taste. In Chatham, about 20 minutes away. Stop in at Destino's or Chatham Brewery or the Blue Plate too
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Crandell Theatre
48 Main Street
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Bless this place; it's a classic first-run, singlescreen main-street movie theater with good taste. In Chatham, about 20 minutes away. Stop in at Destino's or Chatham Brewery or the Blue Plate too
A great alternative to the mall; the Beacon in Pittsfield always runs great movies with good popcorn. You can get a glass of wine too if you want.
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Phoenix Theatres Beacon Cinema
57 North Street
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A great alternative to the mall; the Beacon in Pittsfield always runs great movies with good popcorn. You can get a glass of wine too if you want.
A great yoga center in Lenox, MA, about 18 minutes away. On Wednesday nights sample their wonderful organic restaurant as a walk-in. Plus an exquisite view of the Stockbridge Bowl and Lake Mahkeenac.
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Kripalu Center For Yoga & Health
57 Interlaken Road
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A great yoga center in Lenox, MA, about 18 minutes away. On Wednesday nights sample their wonderful organic restaurant as a walk-in. Plus an exquisite view of the Stockbridge Bowl and Lake Mahkeenac.
Our friend Gillian runs this wonderful yoga center in Pittsfield. A good place for a drop-in class.
Radiance Yoga
401 North Street
Our friend Gillian runs this wonderful yoga center in Pittsfield. A good place for a drop-in class.
Arts & Culture
A terrific museum nearby, good for kids and adults. Features natural history and an aquarium, as well as a great art collection; specialty Hudson Valley School. Also a wonderful Innovation section.
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Berkshire Museum
39 South Street
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A terrific museum nearby, good for kids and adults. Features natural history and an aquarium, as well as a great art collection; specialty Hudson Valley School. Also a wonderful Innovation section.
Ten minutes away, over the mountain, find the famous Shaker Round Barn. Also a working farm, tours, a walking trail, kids' area, gift shop & cafe. A satisfying array of Shaker buildings and detail.
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Hancock Shaker Village
1843 West Housatonic Street
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Ten minutes away, over the mountain, find the famous Shaker Round Barn. Also a working farm, tours, a walking trail, kids' area, gift shop & cafe. A satisfying array of Shaker buildings and detail.
It's a drive, about 40 minutes away. But on evening weeknights in the summer there's all kinds of free dance performances on the outdoor stage with the trees and hills behind and it's wonderful.
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Jacob's Pillow
358 George Carter Road
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It's a drive, about 40 minutes away. But on evening weeknights in the summer there's all kinds of free dance performances on the outdoor stage with the trees and hills behind and it's wonderful.
The home of the Great Stone Barn, and the headquarters for the Shakers in the US, this is an extraordinary historic resource in town. There are frequent walks and talks, particularly in summertime, so it's good to visit their website. There is a wonderful gift shop with books and oval boxes made in the Shaker way, as well as a kidspace in the old Poultry House. Or just take the chance to drive through the site to see all the Shaker architecture.
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Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon
202 Shaker Road
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The home of the Great Stone Barn, and the headquarters for the Shakers in the US, this is an extraordinary historic resource in town. There are frequent walks and talks, particularly in summertime, so it's good to visit their website. There is a wonderful gift shop with books and oval boxes made in the Shaker way, as well as a kidspace in the old Poultry House. Or just take the chance to drive through the site to see all the Shaker architecture.
Walk the Millay Poetry Trail, half a mile long through the mossy forest, lined with excerpts from Millay's nature poems. It's level even though at mountain top. The museum is there too, but a little pricey. Hike up at nearby Harvey Mtn. too.
Edna St Vincent Millay Museum
436 E Hill Rd
Walk the Millay Poetry Trail, half a mile long through the mossy forest, lined with excerpts from Millay's nature poems. It's level even though at mountain top. The museum is there too, but a little pricey. Hike up at nearby Harvey Mtn. too.
The local place for musicals. Every summer their Agatha Christie play sells out.
The Theater Barn
654 U.S. 20
The local place for musicals. Every summer their Agatha Christie play sells out.
Wonderful summertime chamber music concerts in the old wooden Shaker tannery building by the beautiful reflecting pond, right in New Lebanon. The hillscape view from there is unbeatable.
Tannery Pond
Wonderful summertime chamber music concerts in the old wooden Shaker tannery building by the beautiful reflecting pond, right in New Lebanon. The hillscape view from there is unbeatable.
The famous summer concert series is easily accessible to us. Take a picnic on the lawn. It can get packed in Lenox at concert times; nice to be able to escape back to the sawmill 18 minutes away.
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Tanglewood
297 West Street
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The famous summer concert series is easily accessible to us. Take a picnic on the lawn. It can get packed in Lenox at concert times; nice to be able to escape back to the sawmill 18 minutes away.
We've seen a wide range of wonderful performances and concerts at the gorgeously restored and friendly Colonial, which is about 20 minutes from us in Pittsfield, MA.
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Colonial Theatre
111 South Street
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We've seen a wide range of wonderful performances and concerts at the gorgeously restored and friendly Colonial, which is about 20 minutes from us in Pittsfield, MA.
Great performances of both contemporary and well established theater and dance. In Pittsfield, MA, about 20 minutes away.
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Barrington Stage Company
30 Union Street
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Great performances of both contemporary and well established theater and dance. In Pittsfield, MA, about 20 minutes away.
A stellar theater company in Lenox, about 20 minutes away. Excellent Shakespeare always, but we've seen a wide variety of new and well-known dramas and comedies here too.
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Shakespeare & Company
70 Kemble Street
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A stellar theater company in Lenox, about 20 minutes away. Excellent Shakespeare always, but we've seen a wide variety of new and well-known dramas and comedies here too.
The best museum experience you can imagine, about a million square feet of contemporary art. Music too; there is always something good going on. 45 minutes from here, also a big hit with kids.
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MASS MoCA
1040 Mass MoCA Way
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The best museum experience you can imagine, about a million square feet of contemporary art. Music too; there is always something good going on. 45 minutes from here, also a big hit with kids.
Worth the 40-minute trip to Williamstown, MA, for the extraordinary Impressionist, 19th century, American, and European Renaissance paintings. Also the new Stone Hill Center, cool.
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Clark Art Institute
225 South Street
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Worth the 40-minute trip to Williamstown, MA, for the extraordinary Impressionist, 19th century, American, and European Renaissance paintings. Also the new Stone Hill Center, cool.
Not only this grand dame of a theater but the town of Great Barrington is worth a visit, forty minutes away. They usually have marquee performances, often sold out in advance.
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Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
14 Castle Street
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Not only this grand dame of a theater but the town of Great Barrington is worth a visit, forty minutes away. They usually have marquee performances, often sold out in advance.
Some amazing venues play at The Egg, including many major artists as well as others we haven't heard from in a hundred years. Albany is just a half hour away from here.
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The Egg
South Mall Arterial
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Some amazing venues play at The Egg, including many major artists as well as others we haven't heard from in a hundred years. Albany is just a half hour away from here.
Sometimes overshadowed by its famous neighbors, MASS MoCa and The Clark, this is a very good museum in Williamstown, MA (40 mins away). Worthy exhibits and permanent collection and free admission.
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Williams College Museum of Art
15 Lawrence Hall Drive
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Sometimes overshadowed by its famous neighbors, MASS MoCa and The Clark, this is a very good museum in Williamstown, MA (40 mins away). Worthy exhibits and permanent collection and free admission.
The family home & garden of Herman Melville in Pittsfield. It's where he wrote Moby Dick while inspired by the view of imposing Mt. Greylock. A substantive stop for fans of history and literature.
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Arrowhead Museum
780 Holmes Road
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The family home & garden of Herman Melville in Pittsfield. It's where he wrote Moby Dick while inspired by the view of imposing Mt. Greylock. A substantive stop for fans of history and literature.
For Rockwell fans, this is a fine stop in Stockbridge. But there are often other kinds of exhibits worth checking into too. $$ admission; see if any other museum membership you have might cover it.
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Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Glendale Road
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For Rockwell fans, this is a fine stop in Stockbridge. But there are often other kinds of exhibits worth checking into too. $$ admission; see if any other museum membership you have might cover it.
Well-regarded summer theatre festival, with both premieres and revivals, taking place on the campus of Williams College.
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Williamstown Theatre Festival
1000 Main Street
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Well-regarded summer theatre festival, with both premieres and revivals, taking place on the campus of Williams College.
Shopping
You know that autumn dream of picking and sampling all sorts of crisp apples from different trees and staggering home with too many bushels? Here is a good place to do that, about 15 mins away. Don't even get us started about the cider donuts.
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Bartlett's Orchard
575 Swamp Road
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You know that autumn dream of picking and sampling all sorts of crisp apples from different trees and staggering home with too many bushels? Here is a good place to do that, about 15 mins away. Don't even get us started about the cider donuts.
A Saturday night 5 pm auction here is a great experience, often with amazing values. Box auction is usually at 4. Stop in, register for a number on a big index card & then see what happens. You could get something wonderful. Go earlier to review if you can.
Meissner's Auction Service LLC
438 Columbia Pike
A Saturday night 5 pm auction here is a great experience, often with amazing values. Box auction is usually at 4. Stop in, register for a number on a big index card & then see what happens. You could get something wonderful. Go earlier to review if you can.
It may look jumbled from the outside but inside there can be a good selection of antiques, particularly downstairs.
Kendall House
423 US-20
It may look jumbled from the outside but inside there can be a good selection of antiques, particularly downstairs.
A delightful flower, candy and gift store, with antiques upstairs. Worth a stop,
Angels Trumpet Flowers & Gifts
4 West St
A delightful flower, candy and gift store, with antiques upstairs. Worth a stop,
The best place locally to buy trees and plants, both the expected and the hard-to-find, all in great shape. Great selection and advice.
Zema's Nursery Inc
154 Presbyterian Hill Rd
The best place locally to buy trees and plants, both the expected and the hard-to-find, all in great shape. Great selection and advice.
A great place up route 22 for U-Pick berries in the early summer, like strawberries and raspberries. Also a great source for produce, local meat, and particularly pies.
Berry Patch
15589 New York 22
A great place up route 22 for U-Pick berries in the early summer, like strawberries and raspberries. Also a great source for produce, local meat, and particularly pies.
Retail store for a local large and friendly farm. Always a good supply of seasonal vegetables and flowers and we all await their corn in August. We buy our Christmas tree here every year; the tractor takes us up the hill & we argue & pick one out and somehow manage to cut it down and get it back to the mill on the top of the car.
Windswept Farm
36 Old Rte 20
Retail store for a local large and friendly farm. Always a good supply of seasonal vegetables and flowers and we all await their corn in August. We buy our Christmas tree here every year; the tractor takes us up the hill & we argue & pick one out and somehow manage to cut it down and get it back to the mill on the top of the car.
About half an hour from here in Lee, MA; it's the place to go when you have a name-brand shopping jones. Sometimes there are good bargains and everything stays open until 9.
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Lee Premium Outlets
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About half an hour from here in Lee, MA; it's the place to go when you have a name-brand shopping jones. Sometimes there are good bargains and everything stays open until 9.
One of those great old bookstores in an old house. Stacks and piles in every room on crowded tables and shelves. Curated used and rare books, open every day. We have found some great things here. In Stephentown, about 1/2 hour away.
Down in Denver Bookstore
874 NY-43
One of those great old bookstores in an old house. Stacks and piles in every room on crowded tables and shelves. Curated used and rare books, open every day. We have found some great things here. In Stephentown, about 1/2 hour away.
This is a vintage clothing and furniture store in Pittsfield, specializing in mid-century modern but mostly curated well.
Circa
436 North St
This is a vintage clothing and furniture store in Pittsfield, specializing in mid-century modern but mostly curated well.
In Lenox, about 20 minutes away. One of the best bookstores we know, the kind with great selections old and new laid out on the big table, as well as good advice from owner Matt. Small wine bar too.
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The Bookstore and Get Lit Wine Bar
11 Housatonic Street
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In Lenox, about 20 minutes away. One of the best bookstores we know, the kind with great selections old and new laid out on the big table, as well as good advice from owner Matt. Small wine bar too.
Going on every weekend in good weather in downtown New Lebanon, particularly in summer. Not a glamorous flea market; junk & broken stuff galore. But we've found great vintage toys and lots of old photographs.
Tilden Flea Market
Going on every weekend in good weather in downtown New Lebanon, particularly in summer. Not a glamorous flea market; junk & broken stuff galore. But we've found great vintage toys and lots of old photographs.
In Pittsfield, a nice store for an ecletic mix of big posters, cards, bags, scarves, garden ware, that kind of thing. They are picture framers too. Right next to the Berkshire Museum.
Museum Outlets
31 South St
In Pittsfield, a nice store for an ecletic mix of big posters, cards, bags, scarves, garden ware, that kind of thing. They are picture framers too. Right next to the Berkshire Museum.
Our neighbor Heather's jewelry store has some nice pieces at good values. She has a good eye for gems. Say hi to her show horses in the yard, too.
Masterpiece Jewelry Studio
2557 County Rte 5
Our neighbor Heather's jewelry store has some nice pieces at good values. She has a good eye for gems. Say hi to her show horses in the yard, too.
Plaine's is the best bike, board and ski shop in the region, about 15 minutes from us on the way into Pittsfield. They're knowledgeable, service well, and provide good value.
Plaine's Bike Ski Snowboard
55 West Housatonic Street
Plaine's is the best bike, board and ski shop in the region, about 15 minutes from us on the way into Pittsfield. They're knowledgeable, service well, and provide good value.
This is where we go for the best wine selection, in Lenox. Good advice and pricing, also champagne and spirits and fine groceries for a picnic, particularly cheese and antipasti.
Spirited Wines
444 Pittsfield Road
This is where we go for the best wine selection, in Lenox. Good advice and pricing, also champagne and spirits and fine groceries for a picnic, particularly cheese and antipasti.
You can get good values at the outlet here in Pittsfield if you are a fan of Annie Selke design, including Pine Cone Hill linens and Dash & Albert rugs. Their Memorial Day tent sale is unbeatable.
Annie Selke Outlet
125 Pecks Rd
You can get good values at the outlet here in Pittsfield if you are a fan of Annie Selke design, including Pine Cone Hill linens and Dash & Albert rugs. Their Memorial Day tent sale is unbeatable.
Guido's, in Pittsfield, is famous for its fantastic (and pretty pricey) selection of organic and natural foods and groceries. Wide array of prepared food for picnics. Great hot food bar and soup/salad bar. Excellent meats and seafood, and good selection of wines and beer. Superb cheese section, also big deli and frozen section. Organic household items and cosmetics. Gifts, flowers and nice housewares too. Ice cream, coffee bar and adventurous smoothie bar. Open until 7; 6 on Sundays.
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Guido's Fresh Marketplace
1020 South Street
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Guido's, in Pittsfield, is famous for its fantastic (and pretty pricey) selection of organic and natural foods and groceries. Wide array of prepared food for picnics. Great hot food bar and soup/salad bar. Excellent meats and seafood, and good selection of wines and beer. Superb cheese section, also big deli and frozen section. Organic household items and cosmetics. Gifts, flowers and nice housewares too. Ice cream, coffee bar and adventurous smoothie bar. Open until 7; 6 on Sundays.
Sandy has great taste, and her antiques and furnishings store in West Stockbridge is always a good stop and often a good value. There's also some clothing and bags. And her color advice is inspired.
Sandy Klempner @ Home
22 Main St
Sandy has great taste, and her antiques and furnishings store in West Stockbridge is always a good stop and often a good value. There's also some clothing and bags. And her color advice is inspired.
This is Tegan's store, here in New Lebanon, known for its wide selection of everything, particularly furniture, housewares, linens, clothes, shoes, pictures and decorative items, as well as its rock-bottom prices. Plus, Tegan is there and that will brighten anybody's day.
Berkshire Thrift
435 Columbia Pike
This is Tegan's store, here in New Lebanon, known for its wide selection of everything, particularly furniture, housewares, linens, clothes, shoes, pictures and decorative items, as well as its rock-bottom prices. Plus, Tegan is there and that will brighten anybody's day.
New Lebanon doesn't have a grocery store, but we really don't need much of one in the summertime. Local farmers supply a great array of produce, bread, cheese, meat and sweets from June to the end of October. Every Sunday from 10 to 2, in the parking lot next to the bank, across from Blueberry Hill. Last year on a typical Sunday you could sample award-winning Four Fat Fowl cheese, pick up local charcuterie, sample an array of jams, encounter produce you'd never heard of before, hear live music, and have a lunch of West African food.
New Lebanon Farmers Market
496 Columbia Pike
New Lebanon doesn't have a grocery store, but we really don't need much of one in the summertime. Local farmers supply a great array of produce, bread, cheese, meat and sweets from June to the end of October. Every Sunday from 10 to 2, in the parking lot next to the bank, across from Blueberry Hill. Last year on a typical Sunday you could sample award-winning Four Fat Fowl cheese, pick up local charcuterie, sample an array of jams, encounter produce you'd never heard of before, hear live music, and have a lunch of West African food.
Sightseeing
400 shrubby and beautiful acres (mostly in private hands) that you can view right from the main road in town; a natural habitat that time forgot, fed by the warm spring in the area. The Shaker Swamp Conservancy is working on creating an access point and parking area close to the 20/22 intersection that will allow you to venture a bit inside before too long
Shaker Swamp Conservancy
400 shrubby and beautiful acres (mostly in private hands) that you can view right from the main road in town; a natural habitat that time forgot, fed by the warm spring in the area. The Shaker Swamp Conservancy is working on creating an access point and parking area close to the 20/22 intersection that will allow you to venture a bit inside before too long
Right off our road, this is a tree-lined country lane that parallels route 20, letting out on the other side of town. Great for a short local walk, or you can walk the two miles all the way into town. Beautiful views of farms & hills. Spot the heritage black & white Randall cow herd there too, and the pond that seems home to thousands of ducks during migration season.
Cemetery Road
Right off our road, this is a tree-lined country lane that parallels route 20, letting out on the other side of town. Great for a short local walk, or you can walk the two miles all the way into town. Beautiful views of farms & hills. Spot the heritage black & white Randall cow herd there too, and the pond that seems home to thousands of ducks during migration season.
Samuel Tilden comes from New Lebanon and was buried here. He was the reformer and presidential candidate who lost a close election in 1876 via the electoral college to Rutherford B. Hayes; something we've seen happen again recently. You can make these words out on his monumental stone crypt: "I still trust in the people". Want to know more about New Lebanon and its amazing history before you get here? Download the free app called "The Water and the Word". It offers brief driving tour stops in town, including the Tilden Monument, as well as extensive optional chapters on their relevant national history. Listen to those any time, like on the drive up.
Cemetery of the Evergreens
Samuel Tilden comes from New Lebanon and was buried here. He was the reformer and presidential candidate who lost a close election in 1876 via the electoral college to Rutherford B. Hayes; something we've seen happen again recently. You can make these words out on his monumental stone crypt: "I still trust in the people". Want to know more about New Lebanon and its amazing history before you get here? Download the free app called "The Water and the Word". It offers brief driving tour stops in town, including the Tilden Monument, as well as extensive optional chapters on their relevant national history. Listen to those any time, like on the drive up.