|The Berkshires Travel Planner has plenty of information, but basically, the area is full of beautiful old hotels and guesthouses surrounded by rolling hills. On the left is The Wheatleigh in Lenox, MA. There are plenty of places to eat and numerous art galleries, including Mass MoCA in North Adams. They almost always have performing artists. On the right is Haale who was there on Saturday, June 24 at 8pm. Hiking, biking, and rafting are avaialble for the more ambitious.|
|Williamstown is the northern entrance to the the Berkshires and is quite an interesting place in its own right. Williams College (right) is there with its Museum of Art and quite close is The Clark Art Institute. In between them is Helen's Place, serving great sandwiches on a large variety of breads. If you stay later, Mezze (413 458 0123), on Water Street very close to the Williams College Museum of Art, serves some very interesting dinners.|
|For many years we have enjoyed Thanksgiving at the Salem Cross Inn in West Brrokfield. The Whistling Swan in Sturbridge can always be counted on for a a good lunch or dinner. We've always enjoyed the Italian Cuisine at Teresa's Restaurant at 315 Palmer Road in Ware (413 967-7601), not exactly the Berkshires, but close.|
|In traveling to the Berkshires from Washington County, one goes south on route 22, a highway that linked New York City to Montreal for centuries. The road passes through New Lebanon, where the Shakers had important colonies. They built this three-story timber frame building to store and mix grains. Grain was lifted to bins on the upper floors with the “elevator” on the front of the building. This photo is but one taken from the Mount Lebanon Shaker Village website. The virtual visit via the website is nice, but nothing beats a real visit. When we pass through, we frequently stop at Fresco's for a pizza from their wood-fired oven and accompany it with any one (or two) of several good beers.|
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