Guidebook for New Lebanon, New York

Joe

Guidebook for New Lebanon, New York

Food Scene
Groceries and necessities
It is completely worth going to Great Barrington for Baba Louie's sourdough pizzas. A small place and they get crowded, so be there at 5 when they open. (There's a bigger version of Baba Louie's in Hudson, too,)
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Baba Louie's Sourdough Pizza
286 Main Street
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It is completely worth going to Great Barrington for Baba Louie's sourdough pizzas. A small place and they get crowded, so be there at 5 when they open. (There's a bigger version of Baba Louie's in Hudson, too,)
A fine place to stop in while visiting Great Barrington. Simple and high-end, both. Wonderful toasted cheese sandwiches. Great coffee. They also run a cheese shop next door.
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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. They also run a cheese shop next door.
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.
On the Lenox/Pittsfield line. This is where we like to go for hibachi, sushi, and Japanese food. Best bargain is half-price items from 3 to 6 on weekdays, like sushi and an excellent shrimp and vegetable tempura. Also, if you're a Groupon user, they coupon there all the time.
Enso Asian Bistro
1035 South St
On the Lenox/Pittsfield line. This is where we like to go for hibachi, sushi, and Japanese food. Best bargain is half-price items from 3 to 6 on weekdays, like sushi and an excellent shrimp and vegetable tempura. Also, if you're a Groupon user, they coupon there all the time.
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
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.
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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.
Good Chinese located in Lenox, about 18 minutes away. Go for the lunch special on weekdays.
Panda House Restaurant
506 Pittsfield Rd
Good Chinese located in Lenox, about 18 minutes away. Go for the lunch special on weekdays.
In West Stockbridge, about 20 mins away. Strong coffee that they roast, with multicultural panini and dishes in the 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, with multicultural panini and dishes in the cafe menu. Sometimes outside seating, also exhibits and concerts. Hip. Can get crowded.
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.
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 and well 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 and well worth the trip into Pittsfield.
You wouldn't normally spot this place, tucked in a shopping center in Pittsfield. But not only can you get the justifiably 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 justifiably famous Berkshire Mountain Bakery bread here, it's the home of great artisanal pizza 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 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 a second location now in Pittsfield now, 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 a second location now in Pittsfield now, 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.
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.
A reliably great American restaurant in Chatham, about 20 minutes away, with a nice bar downstairs. Very good, sophisticated meals but also friendly; a commendable thing.
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Blue Plate
1 Kinderhook Street
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A reliably great American restaurant in Chatham, about 20 minutes away, with a nice bar downstairs. Very good, sophisticated meals but also friendly; a commendable thing.
For a simple lunch and a few 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 a few groceries. In Old Chatham, where the hillscape is just beautiful.
If you're coming in via 295 north, you'll likely pass this restaurant, about 20 minutes from us in East Chatham. It's a good choice if you're looking to stop for a bite before you arrive. The food is basic and uses quality ingredients, like their light chicken pot pie. It's run by two families who used to be in the restaurant business in Brooklyn but saw the light and moved here.
East Chatham Food Company
1267 NY-295
If you're coming in via 295 north, you'll likely pass this restaurant, about 20 minutes from us in East Chatham. It's a good choice if you're looking to stop for a bite before you arrive. The food is basic and uses quality ingredients, like their light chicken pot pie. It's run by two families who used to be in the restaurant business in Brooklyn but saw the light and moved here.
Classic local Greek diner with a big menu; like their Greek salad, chicken Souvlaki and great fries. Closed Tuesdays.
Jimmy D's Pizza Royale
831 NY-22
Classic local Greek diner with a big menu; like their Greek salad, chicken Souvlaki and great fries. Closed Tuesdays.
A good local place for a bagel and the newspaper. Open until 2:30 in the afternoon.
Bucky's Bagels
500 Columbia Pike
A good local place for a bagel and the newspaper. Open until 2:30 in the afternoon.
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 notable dishes and salads, even the occasional meat special. Only open Wed through Sunday; you need to make a reservation at (413) 448-8244. They don't take credit cards, so bring cash or 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 notable dishes and salads, even the occasional meat special. Only open Wed through Sunday; you need to make a reservation at (413) 448-8244. They don't take credit cards, so bring cash or a check.
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 around here. Surf paraphernalia everywhere and paper plates upon which everybody draws. It's in the little shopping complex in the middle of the town of Lenox (take a right from Housatonic Street into the parking lot to get to the front door) 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 around here. Surf paraphernalia everywhere and paper plates upon which everybody draws. It's in the little shopping complex in the middle of the town of Lenox (take a right from Housatonic Street into the parking lot to get to the front door) and the place doesn't have too many seats. The chicken wings are really good too. Cash only.
An upscale but nice farm-to-table restaurant in Lenox 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 in Lenox that really gets into putting together new combinations of local foods every day.
A really nice 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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A really nice 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.
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.
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.
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.
We particularly love the brunch buffet here, including tandoori, for $9.95, from 11:30 to 3, Monday to Saturday. Dinner is good too, although not quite the deal.
House of India
261 North St
We particularly love the brunch buffet here, including tandoori, for $9.95, from 11:30 to 3, Monday to Saturday. Dinner is good too, although not quite the deal.
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 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.
Very good food indeed; people come from all over to eat at Mario's. They call their menu 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 could feed you at the bar. Closed Tuesdays
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Mario's
458 U.S. 20
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Very good food indeed; people come from all over to eat at Mario's. They call their menu 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 could 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 way 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 way 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. Locally indispensable for great coffee, soup, panini, daily meal specials, pie, salads and limeade made fresh. Great breakfasts--get the awesome bacon. 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 just installed. Call first to make sure that dinner is going on. Open only from 7 in the morning (8 am on weekends) until 4 pm, closed on Tuesdays. Find grocery basics here as well as gourmet items and some good prepared items to go. 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. Locally indispensable for great coffee, soup, panini, daily meal specials, pie, salads and limeade made fresh. Great breakfasts--get the awesome bacon. 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 just installed. Call first to make sure that dinner is going on. Open only from 7 in the morning (8 am on weekends) until 4 pm, closed on Tuesdays. Find grocery basics here as well as gourmet items and some good prepared items to go. Best time to go for brunch on busy weekends is in the afternoon.
There's nowhere really to sit down here; just grab Thai takeout from a tiny storefront far 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 far inside the Barrington House stores in Great Barrington. It's fast Asian street food perfectly cooked by Jem. Try the curry puffs.
We got to know Magdalena's because they made just the best Mexican food at 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 Mexican food at 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.
This Tex-Mex bar and restaurant comes from the great people who brought us Blueberry Hill Market Cafe, so this explains why it is so packed all the time. Get there at 5 for dinner. It's up route 22 in neighboring Stephentown, about 10 minutes from New Lebanon. Very good drinks and food; open Thursday and Friday 4-10 pm, Saturday 2- 10 pm and Sunday 10-2 pm.
Norte Azul Cantina
15952 NY-22
This Tex-Mex bar and restaurant comes from the great people who brought us Blueberry Hill Market Cafe, so this explains why it is so packed all the time. Get there at 5 for dinner. It's up route 22 in neighboring Stephentown, about 10 minutes from New Lebanon. Very good drinks and food; open Thursday and Friday 4-10 pm, Saturday 2- 10 pm and Sunday 10-2 pm.
Actually remarkably good food, although the strangest concept and an equally inexplicable place, right off route 20 into Pittsfield. Never quite sure when it's open, but it's worth checking to see whether there are cars in the parking lot. These tacos are made from all kinds of ingredients and themes; they are rescued by the talent of the restaurant owner.
International House of Tacos
Actually remarkably good food, although the strangest concept and an equally inexplicable place, right off route 20 into Pittsfield. Never quite sure when it's open, but it's worth checking to see whether there are cars in the parking lot. These tacos are made from all kinds of ingredients and themes; they are rescued by the talent of the restaurant owner.
This is where to go for the simple breakfast with some good pancakes and eggs and homespun sayings on the walls. On route 20 between New Lebanon and Pittsfield. They actually have a pretty big vegetarian selection for their larger meal selections, although we haven't set out to discover how good it is.
Flo's Diner
1245 West Housatonic Street
This is where to go for the simple breakfast with some good pancakes and eggs and homespun sayings on the walls. On route 20 between New Lebanon and Pittsfield. They actually have a pretty big vegetarian selection for their larger meal selections, although we haven't set out to discover how good it is.
Drinks & Nightlife
A great, busy tasting room in Chatham, about 20 minutes away, with about thirty varieties of beer. We like their Farmer's Daughter, a Rye India Pale Ale. Food served too, like good burgers served on planks. Open noon to midnight Friday and Saturday; closes at 8 on Sundays. Shorter hours and no lunch on other days.
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Chatham Brewing
59 Main Street
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A great, busy tasting room in Chatham, about 20 minutes away, with about thirty varieties of beer. We like their Farmer's Daughter, a Rye India Pale Ale. Food served too, like good burgers served on planks. Open noon to midnight Friday and Saturday; closes at 8 on Sundays. Shorter hours and no lunch on other days.
A casual, contemporary corner bar in Pittsfield with a 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 in Pittsfield with a fan base. Open until 1 am, closed on 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 on a winding road and well out of the way; it works after an evening at Jacob's Pillow.
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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 on a winding road and well out of the way; it works after an evening at Jacob's Pillow.
"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.
In the cellar of the Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge, this is a popular place to go at night to hear local music and eat pub food. Be warned that cellphones still don't work in Stockbridge. No cover-- open until 10, 11 on Fridays and Saturdays.
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Lion's Den
30 Main Street
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In the cellar of the Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge, this is a popular place to go at night to hear local music and eat pub food. Be warned that cellphones still don't work in Stockbridge. No cover-- open until 10, 11 on Fridays and Saturdays.
Wonderful beer from a local brewery. In Berlin, about 20 minutes north of New Lebanon. Not an exciting destination and not offering much in the way of 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 in the way of ambience. But wonderful beer. Open until 8 on weekends.
Helsinki is a nationally recognized music venue in a great old brick industrial building in Hudson, about 40 minutes from us. Dance floor and bar. Check to see what they've got going. There's a good big soul food restaurant attached, too, which isn't open on Wednesdays.
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Helsinki Hudson
405 Columbia Street
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Helsinki is a nationally recognized music venue in a great old brick industrial building in Hudson, about 40 minutes from us. Dance floor and bar. Check to see what they've got going. There's a good big soul food restaurant attached, too, which isn't open on Wednesdays.
Sightseeing
Samuel J. Tilden comes from New Lebanon and is buried here. He was the reformer and presidential candidate who lost the close election of 1876 via the electoral college to Rutherford B. Hayes; something we've seen happen again recently. You can make this phrase out on his monumental stone crypt: "I still trust in the people". Want to know more about New Lebanon and its amazing history? 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 all their relevant national history. Listen to those any time, like on the drive up.
Cemetery of the Evergreens
Samuel J. Tilden comes from New Lebanon and is buried here. He was the reformer and presidential candidate who lost the close election of 1876 via the electoral college to Rutherford B. Hayes; something we've seen happen again recently. You can make this phrase out on his monumental stone crypt: "I still trust in the people". Want to know more about New Lebanon and its amazing history? 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 all their relevant national history. Listen to those any time, like on the drive up.
400 shrubby and beautiful acres (mostly in private hands) that you can view right from the main roads 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
400 shrubby and beautiful acres (mostly in private hands) that you can view right from the main roads 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.
The home of the Great Stone Barn, and the national headquarters for the Shakers in the US, this is an extraordinary historic resource in right here in town. It was recognized by the World Monuments Fund as of the 100 most significant historic endangered sites in the world. There isn't a permanent display, but they offer programs and walks during the warm months; check out their website. You'll find a brochure about a self-guided walking tour in our collection of brochures. Or just take a few minutes to drive through 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 national headquarters for the Shakers in the US, this is an extraordinary historic resource in right here in town. It was recognized by the World Monuments Fund as of the 100 most significant historic endangered sites in the world. There isn't a permanent display, but they offer programs and walks during the warm months; check out their website. You'll find a brochure about a self-guided walking tour in our collection of brochures. Or just take a few minutes to drive through to see all the Shaker architecture.
Right off our road, this is a tree-lined country lane that parallels route 20, letting out on the other side of town. Just beautiful views of the farms & hills at any time of year. It's a wonderful place to set out for a walk-- either a short one, or go the full two miles into town (take the right at the intersection with route 5 to end up at the Farmer's Market or near Blueberry Hill). Spot the black & white Randall heritage cow herd, as well as the pond that seems to host a million 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. Just beautiful views of the farms & hills at any time of year. It's a wonderful place to set out for a walk-- either a short one, or go the full two miles into town (take the right at the intersection with route 5 to end up at the Farmer's Market or near Blueberry Hill). Spot the black & white Randall heritage cow herd, as well as the pond that seems to host a million ducks during migration season
Parks & Nature
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.
This is the highest point in Massachusetts. Drive to the summit and see peak after peak for up to 90 miles, although check first in wintertime to make sure the road is accessible. Stop in to eat at historic Bascom Lodge during the warm months. There are 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 peak after peak for up to 90 miles, although check first in wintertime to make sure the road is accessible. Stop in to eat at historic Bascom Lodge during the warm months. There are waterfalls and hikes too; particularly great for foliage. About 40 minutes north of us.
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. You'll find many families, rollerbladers and walkers on the trail too.
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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. You'll find many families, rollerbladers and walkers on the trail too.
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.
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.
Drive up to the trail at the forested peak separating New Lebanon from Pittsfield, MA, for a walk and a breathtaking valley view. The road up isn't accessible in winter, but when you can get up there, Berry Pond is lovely for a swim near the top. There's acres of flowering azaleas up there 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 a breathtaking valley view. The road up isn't accessible in winter, but when you can get up there, Berry Pond is lovely for a swim near the top. There's acres of flowering azaleas up there in the third week of June.
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 Trailhead
564 E Hill Rd
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.
Walk the Poetry Trail, half a mile long through the mossy forest, lined with excerpts from Edna St. Vincent Millay's nature poems. It's level even though at mountain top. The Edna St. Vincent Millay Museum is there too, but a little pricey. Hike up at nearby Harvey Mountain as well.
Steepletop
440 E Hill Rd
Walk the Poetry Trail, half a mile long through the mossy forest, lined with excerpts from Edna St. Vincent Millay's nature poems. It's level even though at mountain top. The Edna St. Vincent Millay Museum is there too, but a little pricey. Hike up at nearby Harvey Mountain as well.
Our town park, nice and green, good for putting kids on the swings or on the jungle gym at the great playground, or for some time on the basketball courts or the recently redone tennis courts. You'll also find a baseball diamond and a little stream. There's a covered pavilion with picnic tables, too; look out for summertime music festivals there.
Shatford Memorial Park
Our town park, nice and green, good for putting kids on the swings or on the jungle gym at the great playground, or for some time on the basketball courts or the recently redone tennis courts. You'll also find a baseball diamond and a little stream. There's a covered pavilion with picnic tables, too; look out for summertime music festivals there.
A perfect local place for a walk or hike for anyone. It's five minutes away by car, with pond, stream, forest and beaver dams. A great place to snowshoe when the snow is deep too. The countryside around here is just beautiful.
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Hand Hollow Conservation Area
4079 Gale Hill Road
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A perfect local place for a walk or hike for anyone. It's five minutes away by car, with pond, stream, forest and beaver dams. A great place to snowshoe when the snow is deep too. The countryside around here is just beautiful.
This is a short, beautiful, newly implemented boardwalk passage in Lenox, walking you out into a marsh that still looks to be from the dawn of time. It will take you twenty minutes to go there and back 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, walking you out into a marsh that still looks to be from the dawn of time. It will take you twenty minutes to go there and back while you're visiting Lenox, and seems like another world.
Shopping
Stores and places to shop
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.
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.
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.
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. And let's not even talk about the cider doughnuts.
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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. And let's not even talk about the cider doughnuts.
Our neighbor Heather's jewelry store has some really nice pieces at good values. She has a great 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 really nice pieces at good values. She has a great eye for gems. Say hi to her show horses in the yard, too.
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.
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.
Going on every weekend in the summer in downtown New Lebanon. 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 the summer in downtown New Lebanon. Not a glamorous flea market; junk & broken stuff galore. But we've found great vintage toys and lots of old photographs.
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.
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.
This is where we go in Lenox for its wine selection. 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 in Lenox for its wine selection. Good advice and pricing, also champagne and spirits and fine groceries for a picnic, particularly cheese and antipasti.
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
17 Premium Outlet Boulevard
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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
In the summer, a fantastic place to get fresh corn. Great for seasonal produce and flowers. We buy our Christmas tree here every year too; 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.
Windswept Farm
36 Old Rte 20
In the summer, a fantastic place to get fresh corn. Great for seasonal produce and flowers. We buy our Christmas tree here every year too; 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.
A great place up route 22 for U-Pick berries in the early summer, like strawberries and raspberries. Also a great source for produce, 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, meat, and particularly pies.
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 delightful flower, candy and gift store, with antiques upstairs. So nicely curated, worth a stop.
Angels Trumpet Flowers & Gifts
4 West St
A delightful flower, candy and gift store, with antiques upstairs. So nicely curated, worth a stop.
It may look jumbled from the outside but inside there's a good selection of antiques, particularly downstairs.
Kendall House
423 US-20
It may look jumbled from the outside but inside there's a good selection of antiques, particularly downstairs.
A Saturday night 5 pm auction here is a great experience, often with amazing values. Box lots often start at 4. Stop in, register, get your number on an index card and then see what happens. Try it even if you've never gone to an auction before. You could get something wonderful, and you probably will. 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 lots often start at 4. Stop in, register, get your number on an index card and then see what happens. Try it even if you've never gone to an auction before. You could get something wonderful, and you probably will. Go earlier to review if you can.
A satisfying contemporary local bookstore in nearby Chatham. Carries art supplies too.
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Chatham Bookstore
27 Main Street
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A satisfying contemporary local bookstore in nearby Chatham. Carries art supplies too.
Excellent bookstore in Great Barrington; so much good inventory and so many good suggestions.
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The Bookloft
332 Stockbridge Road
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Excellent bookstore in Great Barrington; so much good inventory and so many good suggestions.
One of those great old bookstores in an old house in Stpehentown with stacks and piles on crowded tables and shelves all over the house. Curated used and rare books, open every day. We have found some great things here, on a winding road about a half hour away. Tell them that you are hosted by Joe at the old mill and they'll give you a 20% discount.
Down in Denver Bookstore
874 NY-43
One of those great old bookstores in an old house in Stpehentown with stacks and piles on crowded tables and shelves all over the house. Curated used and rare books, open every day. We have found some great things here, on a winding road about a half hour away. Tell them that you are hosted by Joe at the old mill and they'll give you a 20% discount.
This is Tegan's store, here in New Lebanon, open on most weekends. Known for its wide selection of everything, particularly furniture, housewares, linens, clothes, shoes, pictures and decorative items, as well as 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, open on most weekends. Known for its wide selection of everything, particularly furniture, housewares, linens, clothes, shoes, pictures and decorative items, as well as rock-bottom prices. Plus, Tegan is there and that will brighten anybody's day.
New Lebanon doesn't have a grocery store, but we don't really 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. It happens 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 sit at the picnic tables with a lunch of West African food.
New Lebanon Farmers Market
496 Columbia Pike
New Lebanon doesn't have a grocery store, but we don't really 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. It happens 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 sit at the picnic tables with a lunch of West African food.
Essentials
Groceries and necessities
Have to say, this is the closest place locally for drugstore items, household things, things you forgot, big boxes of cereal, Pop Tarts. Open every day and until nine, which is helpful.
Family Dollar
500 NY-22
Have to say, this is the closest place locally for drugstore items, household things, things you forgot, big boxes of cereal, Pop Tarts. Open every day and until nine, which is helpful.
The closest supermarket is 18 minutes away. (That's small-town living here; it's local shops for us day to day.) It's open until midnight; 11 on Sundays. There's a pharmacy in it that's open until 8; 5 on Sundays.
Stop & Shop
1 Dan Fox Drive
The closest supermarket is 18 minutes away. (That's small-town living here; it's local shops for us day to day.) It's open until midnight; 11 on Sundays. There's a pharmacy in it that's open until 8; 5 on Sundays.
Entertainment & Activities
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 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.
A great alternative to the mall; the Beacon in Pittsfield always runs great movies with good popcorn and very comfortable stadium seats. 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 and very comfortable stadium seats. You can get a glass of wine too if you want.
Bless this place; it's a classic first-run, single-screen main-street movie theater with good taste. In Chatham, about 20 minutes away. Stop in at Chatham Brewery across the street, or at the Blue Plate restaurant too.
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Crandell Theatre
48 Main Street
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Bless this place; it's a classic first-run, single-screen main-street movie theater with good taste. In Chatham, about 20 minutes away. Stop in at Chatham Brewery across the street, or at the Blue Plate restaurant too.
This ski area is only about 17 minutes away, in Pittsfield, MA. Not fancy but easy to reach and easy to use; discounted Thursday nights.
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Bousquet Ski Area
101 Dan Fox Drive
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This ski area is only about 17 minutes away, in Pittsfield, MA. Not fancy but easy to reach and easy to use; discounted Thursday nights.
A big, fully equipped ski resort about twenty minutes away. People tend to like this one best; also it tends to costs the most. In the summertime there's fun rides on the mountainside.
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Jiminy Peak
37 Corey Road
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A big, fully equipped ski resort about twenty minutes away. People tend to like this one best; also it tends to costs the most. In the summertime there's fun rides on the mountainside.
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.