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Kate’s guidebook

Dining Out in the Berkshires
There is great farm-to-table food available in our area as well as many different styles of cuisine. You will find a wonderful selection of options for everything from romantic dinners to eating out with the kids. We start with the closest. Mileage is one way from the house.
Only 2 Miles away. Yummy pastries. Great stop on one of our local walks.
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The Southfield Store
163 Norfolk Road
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Only 2 Miles away. Yummy pastries. Great stop on one of our local walks.
Great Sandwiches, basic groceries, wine and candy. Traditional old General Store and Post Office and across the street from our Library. 2.5 miles from the house.
Mill River General Store
10 Great Barrington Rd
Great Sandwiches, basic groceries, wine and candy. Traditional old General Store and Post Office and across the street from our Library. 2.5 miles from the house.
Exceptional food, romantic candlelight dining. Great for couples and friends, not for kids. Reservations are encouraged. less than 4 miles from the house.
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The Old Inn On The Green
134 Hartsville New Marlboro Rd
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Exceptional food, romantic candlelight dining. Great for couples and friends, not for kids. Reservations are encouraged. less than 4 miles from the house.
This gorgeous venue used a lot for weddings and parties. But you can also eat at their restaurant. They just redid their barn and restaurant and are reopening May 1st, 2019. Call about reservations. 4 miles from the house.
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Gedney Farm
34 Hartsville-New Marlborough Road
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This gorgeous venue used a lot for weddings and parties. But you can also eat at their restaurant. They just redid their barn and restaurant and are reopening May 1st, 2019. Call about reservations. 4 miles from the house.
Good food, nice atmosphere and fine for kids if you go early. Community-style eating or private tables, lawn games, bonfires, woodstove, ​and a great bar. In high season, reservations are needed. less than 4 miles.
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Cantina 229
229 Hartsville-New Marlborough Rd
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Good food, nice atmosphere and fine for kids if you go early. Community-style eating or private tables, lawn games, bonfires, woodstove, ​and a great bar. In high season, reservations are needed. less than 4 miles.
Very popular and a great place. In the summer months, make a reservation or expect a wait. Menu is extensive and the food is excellent. 12 miles.
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Bizen Gourmet Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar
17 Railroad Street
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Very popular and a great place. In the summer months, make a reservation or expect a wait. Menu is extensive and the food is excellent. 12 miles.
Our favorite place for a great burger and fries. Also great breakfast and brunch fare. Wonderful menu and cozy atmosphere. 12 miles.
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GB Eats
282 Main Street
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Our favorite place for a great burger and fries. Also great breakfast and brunch fare. Wonderful menu and cozy atmosphere. 12 miles.
Home-made bagels made fresh every day, great soups and sandwiches. This is an area favorite and sometimes there's a line. But, it's worth it. 11 miles
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Great Barrington Bagel Company
777 South Main Street
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Home-made bagels made fresh every day, great soups and sandwiches. This is an area favorite and sometimes there's a line. But, it's worth it. 11 miles
Mark Firth and Stephen Browning of Diner and Marlowe and Sons in Brooklyn are here in Great Barrington now. Very recognized and popular and you shouldn't miss it: great mix of Berkshire vibe and Brooklyn talent. Great food and drink. 12 miles.
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The Prairie Whale
178 Main Street
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Mark Firth and Stephen Browning of Diner and Marlowe and Sons in Brooklyn are here in Great Barrington now. Very recognized and popular and you shouldn't miss it: great mix of Berkshire vibe and Brooklyn talent. Great food and drink. 12 miles.
Great mix of American food from Meatloaf, Macn'Cheese and Roast Hen to Flank Steak, Korean BBQ Tacos and Fish and Chips. Great cocktails and beer and wine. Something for everyone: pizza as well. 12 miles.
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20 Railroad Public House
20 Railroad Street
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Great mix of American food from Meatloaf, Macn'Cheese and Roast Hen to Flank Steak, Korean BBQ Tacos and Fish and Chips. Great cocktails and beer and wine. Something for everyone: pizza as well. 12 miles.
Yummy pastries and sandwiches. Great place to hang out meet friends and talk or write quietly. Behind Rubiner's Cheese and you can enter from the ​back parking lot as well. 12 miles.
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Rubi's Coffee and Sandwiches
256 Main St
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Yummy pastries and sandwiches. Great place to hang out meet friends and talk or write quietly. Behind Rubiner's Cheese and you can enter from the ​back parking lot as well. 12 miles.
Good old fashioned candy shop. 12 miles
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Robin's Candy Shop
288 Main Street
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Good old fashioned candy shop. 12 miles
Voted Best of Mass icecream in the Berkshires. Delicious, ice cream flavors: all natural, no artificial anything. If you do go to GB, make this a definite stop. 12 miles.
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Soco Creamery
5 Railroad Street
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Voted Best of Mass icecream in the Berkshires. Delicious, ice cream flavors: all natural, no artificial anything. If you do go to GB, make this a definite stop. 12 miles.
Very traditional Inn and Restaurant. 16 miles.
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The Red Lion Inn
30 Main Street
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Very traditional Inn and Restaurant. 16 miles.
Yummy baked goods, breakfast and lunch as well. Great coffee. 7 miles Their bistro is at 99 Main Street. 860-453-4067. Thursday-Sunday dinner only.
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Blackberry River Baking Co
18 Main St
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Yummy baked goods, breakfast and lunch as well. Great coffee. 7 miles Their bistro is at 99 Main Street. 860-453-4067. Thursday-Sunday dinner only.
Getting out in Nature
These are our recommendations for getting out and enjoying the natural beauty of the area. At the house, you will find directions for local walks as well as many other hikes, waterfalls, and experiences in the Berkshires. The following is just a selection. Mileage is from the house.
Absolutely beautiful falls and swimming hole. As well as a small park with a swing set and grassy area on the Konkopot River. 3/4 of a mile round trip walking from the house. Other local walks are in the ​guide book at the house.
Umpachene Falls Road
Absolutely beautiful falls and swimming hole. As well as a small park with a swing set and grassy area on the Konkopot River. 3/4 of a mile round trip walking from the house. Other local walks are in the ​guide book at the house.
An absolutely gorgeous nature preserve with forest, wetland, streams and pools. 4 miles.
Questing
351-407 New Marlborough Hill Rd
An absolutely gorgeous nature preserve with forest, wetland, streams and pools. 4 miles.
Great hiking - not for little kids. Legend says that a conversation between Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne on Monument Mountain was the genesis of Melville’s Moby Dick. 14 miles.
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Monument Mountain
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Great hiking - not for little kids. Legend says that a conversation between Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne on Monument Mountain was the genesis of Melville’s Moby Dick. 14 miles.
This 12,000-acre forest is the perfect place to visit year round. Summer season - swim, boat, or fish in Benedict Pond. In the winter, you can cross-country ski and snowmobile. less than 9 miles
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Beartown State Forest
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This 12,000-acre forest is the perfect place to visit year round. Summer season - swim, boat, or fish in Benedict Pond. In the winter, you can cross-country ski and snowmobile. less than 9 miles
3.5 – 5 moderate miles on Massachusetts/Connecticut border. If you want a beautiful and historic place to visit, this is the place. Cattle grazing on the river, caves for kids to explore. There is​ a visitor's center and a gift shop. Visit historic Ashley House, from where enslaved African American Elizabeth. “MumBett” Freeman sued for her freedom and helped end slavery in Massachusetts. The case was the Brom and Betts v Ashley in 1781 in which the Massachusetts court ruled that slavery was inconsistent with the 1780 Massachusetts State Constitution. She won her freedom and went on to raise a family and eventually own her own home. This case helped bring the state closer to abolishing slavery. 8 miles
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Bartholomew's Cobble Reservation
105 Weatogue Rd
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3.5 – 5 moderate miles on Massachusetts/Connecticut border. If you want a beautiful and historic place to visit, this is the place. Cattle grazing on the river, caves for kids to explore. There is​ a visitor's center and a gift shop. Visit historic Ashley House, from where enslaved African American Elizabeth. “MumBett” Freeman sued for her freedom and helped end slavery in Massachusetts. The case was the Brom and Betts v Ashley in 1781 in which the Massachusetts court ruled that slavery was inconsistent with the 1780 Massachusetts State Constitution. She won her freedom and went on to raise a family and eventually own her own home. This case helped bring the state closer to abolishing slavery. 8 miles
Wander thru the outdoor sculpture garden and the grounds. Only open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1st Wednesday in June - second Saturday in October. less than 16 miles
Ashintully Gardens
Wander thru the outdoor sculpture garden and the grounds. Only open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1st Wednesday in June - second Saturday in October. less than 16 miles
Three-tiered waterfall. Beautiful forest hiking. Very slippery at the falls so be careful. In the summer months, the water is fast and powerful. Stay at a distance and enjoy. under 13 miles
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Race Brook Falls
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Three-tiered waterfall. Beautiful forest hiking. Very slippery at the falls so be careful. In the summer months, the water is fast and powerful. Stay at a distance and enjoy. under 13 miles
Single drop waterfall. No swimming. Fishing, hiking, hunting. From the NY Side, the hike is about 2/3 miles, gradually uphill to the base of the falls. From the MA side, the hike is steep descent. Can be crowded. 21 miles
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Bash Bish Falls
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Single drop waterfall. No swimming. Fishing, hiking, hunting. From the NY Side, the hike is about 2/3 miles, gradually uphill to the base of the falls. From the MA side, the hike is steep descent. Can be crowded. 21 miles
Very beautiful place to roam and it has a little shop. less than 18 miles
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Berkshire Botanical Garden
5 East Stockbridge Lee Road
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Very beautiful place to roam and it has a little shop. less than 18 miles
Lovey falls after a short, relatively easy hike of 1.4 miles. 8 am – sunset. 5.5. miles
Campbell Falls State Park
117 Old Spaulding Road
Lovey falls after a short, relatively easy hike of 1.4 miles. 8 am – sunset. 5.5. miles
Outdoor Fun
Great Skiing, an Aerial Park, some fish and a little history.
The place our kids learned to ski. Great ski school, great people. Beautiful skiing and views. Great hot chocolate and French fries!!! And tubing as well – Friday night tubing is really fun. 9 miles
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Ski Butternut
380 State Road
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The place our kids learned to ski. Great ski school, great people. Beautiful skiing and views. Great hot chocolate and French fries!!! And tubing as well – Friday night tubing is really fun. 9 miles
You can ski from NY to MA and back. The trails criss-cross the border. Beautiful skiing, a bit more challenging than Butternut and offers night skiing. 16.5 miles
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Catamount Ski Area
78 Catamount Road
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You can ski from NY to MA and back. The trails criss-cross the border. Beautiful skiing, a bit more challenging than Butternut and offers night skiing. 16.5 miles
A National Historic Landmark. See the house and tour or just roam the 44 acres. Tours operate from mid-April – early October. 5.5 miles
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Naumkeag
5 Prospect Hill Road
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A National Historic Landmark. See the house and tour or just roam the 44 acres. Tours operate from mid-April – early October. 5.5 miles
Why not? Call first and go check out the fish!
Berkshire Trout Hatchery - Hatchery Building
240 Hatchery Road
Why not? Call first and go check out the fish!
An Aerial Adventure in the forest.
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Catamount Aerial Adventure Park
17 Nicholson Rd
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An Aerial Adventure in the forest.
Go see the goats and pick up some home-made Monterey Chevre. montereychevre.com. The farm is right off the New Marlborough road which is the right turn right after the Monterey Library. Park in the little parking lot, do not drive up to the cheese shed. Susan Sellew owns and operates this farm. 7 miles
Rawson Brook Farm
185 New Marlboro Road
Go see the goats and pick up some home-made Monterey Chevre. montereychevre.com. The farm is right off the New Marlborough road which is the right turn right after the Monterey Library. Park in the little parking lot, do not drive up to the cheese shed. Susan Sellew owns and operates this farm. 7 miles
Fun Stuff to do
A movie theatre, a concert hall, an animation museum, as well as yoga and spa choices, and bowling! And our favorite place - The Barn!
This right off the main road in Great Barrington and walking distance to all the great restaurants and shopping and ice cream mentioned above! 12 miles
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Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
14 Castle Street
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This right off the main road in Great Barrington and walking distance to all the great restaurants and shopping and ice cream mentioned above! 12 miles
Independent and first run hits. 12 miles
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The Triplex Cinema
70 Railroad Street
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Independent and first run hits. 12 miles
Childcare usually available, children welcome. less than 12 miles
LifeWorks Studio
50 Castle St
Childcare usually available, children welcome. less than 12 miles
“The Mysore Ashtanga practice is offered every morning, as is Kundalini and Kripalu yoga”: from their site. 12 miles
Sruti Berkshire Yoga Center
33 Railroad Street
“The Mysore Ashtanga practice is offered every morning, as is Kundalini and Kripalu yoga”: from their site. 12 miles
Get your bowling on!
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Cove Bowling Lanes
109 Stockbridge Rd
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Get your bowling on!
Only open by appointment. mambor.com. You can make your own movie at this Museum of Animation, Special Effects and Art. mambor9@vgernet.net
Animagic Museum of Animation
135 Main St
Only open by appointment. mambor.com. You can make your own movie at this Museum of Animation, Special Effects and Art. mambor9@vgernet.net
World famous center for yoga and health. 21 miles
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Kripalu Center For Yoga & Health
57 Interlaken Road
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World famous center for yoga and health. 21 miles
World famous and gorgeous day and overnight spa. listed by Forbes as one of the “top Wellness destinations in the world.” 21miles.
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Canyon Ranch Lenox
165 Kemble Street
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World famous and gorgeous day and overnight spa. listed by Forbes as one of the “top Wellness destinations in the world.” 21miles.
We love The Barn in Egremont! Live music, Wednesday is open Mic and Sundays is Karaoke. Incredibly fun and good bar food. less than 9 miles.
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The Barn
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We love The Barn in Egremont! Live music, Wednesday is open Mic and Sundays is Karaoke. Incredibly fun and good bar food. less than 9 miles.
Shopping
Great Barrington is a hub of shopping and there are also great outlets in Lee. These are just a few suggestions. Sheffield is known for its​ antiques so you could drive on Rt 7 and check them all out.
Actress Karen Allen has an extensive array of gorgeous clothes she has made and from all over the world. 12 miles
Karen Allen Fiber Arts
8 Railroad St
Actress Karen Allen has an extensive array of gorgeous clothes she has made and from all over the world. 12 miles
An independent toy shop with a great selection for all ages. 12 miles
Tom's Toys
297 Main Street
An independent toy shop with a great selection for all ages. 12 miles
A simply huge place and fun to explore.
Great Barrington Antiques Center
964 S Main St
A simply huge place and fun to explore.
A rambling old stagecoach inn, Kenver has everything you need to get out in nature. Complimentary cider and an apple. This is where we rent our skis for the season. less than 13 miles.
Kenver
A rambling old stagecoach inn, Kenver has everything you need to get out in nature. Complimentary cider and an apple. This is where we rent our skis for the season. less than 13 miles.
Another great shop equipment – great people, great selection. less than 24 miles
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Arcadian Shop
91 Pittsfield Road
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Another great shop equipment – great people, great selection. less than 24 miles
Great outlet and great deals. Everything from Coach and Sunglass Hut to Crocs and Michael Kors. 21 miles.
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Lee Premium Outlets
17 Premium Outlet Boulevard
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Great outlet and great deals. Everything from Coach and Sunglass Hut to Crocs and Michael Kors. 21 miles.
Arts and Entertainment
The Berkshires is a veritable oasis of theatre, music, ​and art.
Over 90 years old, this company is one of the oldest in the country. Berkshire Theatre Group has 3 stages: The Colonial in Pittsfield and The Fitzpatrick and the Unicorn, both in Stockbridge. Something for everyone. 16 miles.
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Berkshire Theatre Group
6 East Street
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Over 90 years old, this company is one of the oldest in the country. Berkshire Theatre Group has 3 stages: The Colonial in Pittsfield and The Fitzpatrick and the Unicorn, both in Stockbridge. Something for everyone. 16 miles.
Shakespeare and more - check their website. 21 miles
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Shakespeare & Company
70 Kemble Street
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Shakespeare and more - check their website. 21 miles
Really the best of the Berkshire theatre scene. Always great productions. 29 miles.
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Barrington Stage Company
30 Union Street
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Really the best of the Berkshire theatre scene. Always great productions. 29 miles.
Truly amazing Dance Center. less than 23 miles If you go, The Old Inn on the Green and the Southfield Store both have great dining options at the center: table dining or a picnic on the grounds.
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Jacob's Pillow
358 George Carter Road
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Truly amazing Dance Center. less than 23 miles If you go, The Old Inn on the Green and the Southfield Store both have great dining options at the center: table dining or a picnic on the grounds.
The summer home of the Boston Symphony. Gorgeous venue. Picnic on the lawn. less than 22 miles.
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Tanglewood
297 West Street
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The summer home of the Boston Symphony. Gorgeous venue. Picnic on the lawn. less than 22 miles.
A wonderful place honoring Stockbridge's own American painter. 17 miles
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Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Glendale Road
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A wonderful place honoring Stockbridge's own American painter. 17 miles
A gorgeous, very vibrant museum: you will find Degas, Winslow Homer, George Inness and John Singer Sargent. A very fine collection of European and American paintings, sculpture, drawings and photographs from the Renaissance to the early 20th century. An extensive collection of French Impressionist painting. Home to Williams College’s graduate program in the history of Art. 50 miles.
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Clark Art Institute
225 South Street
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A gorgeous, very vibrant museum: you will find Degas, Winslow Homer, George Inness and John Singer Sargent. A very fine collection of European and American paintings, sculpture, drawings and photographs from the Renaissance to the early 20th century. An extensive collection of French Impressionist painting. Home to Williams College’s graduate program in the history of Art. 50 miles.
A true hub of not just the fine arts but performance as well. A simply beautiful and very important addition to that area of MA. Bring the kids. 50 miles.
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Mass MoCA Way
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A true hub of not just the fine arts but performance as well. A simply beautiful and very important addition to that area of MA. Bring the kids. 50 miles.
Groceries
These are our nearby stores
Regular large grocery store – and the closest to the house. 7 miles
Stop & Shop
11 Main St
Regular large grocery store – and the closest to the house. 7 miles
Regular grocery store, extensive wine selection. It's our go-to place for all our groceries. 12 miles
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Big Y World Class Market
700 South Main Street
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Regular grocery store, extensive wine selection. It's our go-to place for all our groceries. 12 miles
Whole foods type of store – lovely selection of meats, cheeses, wine, and organic products. 11 miles
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Guido's Fresh Marketplace
760 South Main Street
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Whole foods type of store – lovely selection of meats, cheeses, wine, and organic products. 11 miles
High-end cheese shop. less than 12 miles.
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Rubiner's Cheesemongers
264 Main Street
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High-end cheese shop. less than 12 miles.
For basic groceries. A true old general store, great slush puppies, soft serve, great wines, great deli, and a post office. Homemade sandwiches are good! Don’t miss it. It’s across the street from the Library. 2 ½ miles
Mill River General Store
10 Great Barrington Rd
For basic groceries. A true old general store, great slush puppies, soft serve, great wines, great deli, and a post office. Homemade sandwiches are good! Don’t miss it. It’s across the street from the Library. 2 ½ miles