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The Berkshires Quintessential Picks


A guide to the classic and quintessential spots in the Berkshires.

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The Berkshires Quintessential Picks


A guide to the classic and quintessential spots in the Berkshires.

The Berkshires are made up of a chain of towns along the western border of Massachusetts. In the 19th century, it was the summer getaway for polite society with most of their mansions surrounding the Lenox area. Many of the mansions are gone, either burnt to the ground or have become hotels, but the genteel feeling of the area remains and it’s still a cultural center for music, dance and theater.

It’s also turning into a culinary destination. The distance from the farm to the table is short. Here it’s not a trend, it’s just the way they cook. This guide will help you find the more classic and quintessential places in the Berkshires for eating, drinking and food shopping. Check out our other FED | Guide for the newer spots.

To get the full Berkshires guide to local restaurants, bars and shops, download the free Find. Eat. Drink. iPhone guide with recommendations from local chefs and bartenders.


MORNING

Red Barns in the Berkshires | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Red Barns in the Berkshires | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Breakfast & Brunch

American | Haven Cafe and Bakery

Breakfast in the mornings and lunch after 11:30am. From eggs to sandwiches to salads and burgers to freshly-baked sweets.

“Chef Shelly Williams always has delicious omelets and eggs sardo (eggs Benny on artichoke halves with spinach).” - Chef Daire Rooney of Allium Restaurant + Bar

“I love it for brunch. They offer great Benedicts and baked goods and you can get a Bloody Mary with your breakfast.” - Chef Brian Alberg of The Red Lion Inn

8 Franklin Street, Lenox, MA 01240 | T: 413.637.8948
325 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA 01230 | T: 413.528.5433
www.havencafebakery.com


CAFFEINE FIX

The Gallery at Shaker Dam Coffee | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

The Gallery at Shaker Dam Coffee | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Coffee & Photography | Shaker Dam Coffee

A small coffee house and gallery with photos taken by owner and photographer John Stanmeyer, who traveled the world as a photojournalist documenting war-torn areas for National Geographic. Located in a 1800s Shaker-style house in West Stockbridge, he’s more likely to chat with you about coffee brewing methods than f-stops. Get an iced coffee made with the in-house Japanese Oji water dripper that takes 8 hours to brew a cup.

2 Main Street, West Stockbrige, MA 01266 | T: 413.232.7707 | www.shakerdamcoffeehouse.com

Lenox Coffee | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Lenox Coffee | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Coffee | Lenox Coffee

Get your caffeine fix at this cafe owned by Berkshires native Gregg Charbonneau, who is the founder of Barrington Coffee Roasting Company in Lee.

“They source smaller farms and get different kinds of beans and they don’t over-roast.” - Chef Stephen Browning of Prairie Whale

52 Main Street, Lenox, MA 01240 | T: 413.637.1606


SHOPS

Charles Baldwin & Sons | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Charles Baldwin & Sons | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Vanilla Extract Makers | Charles Baldwin & Sons

Baldwin Extract | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Baldwin Extract | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

The Baldwins have been making small batch vanilla extract for over a century. Made in their basement of a former carriage shop, they use imported Bourbon Vanilla Beans from Madagascar and 100-year-old barrels for aging. They sell their extract, as well as ice cream toppings, sugar blends and their signature Worcestershire sauce all made using their vanilla.

1 Center Street, West Stockbridge, MA 01266
T: 413.232.7785 | www.baldwinextracts.com

 

 

 

European Imports | Bizalion's Fine Food

Olive oil at Bizalion’s | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Olive oil at Bizalion’s | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Jean-Francois Bizalion brings Marseilles to Great Barrington with his European cafe, bakery and specialty foods store. He imports micro-estate olive oils, European cheeses and charcuterie. They serve croissants, pain au chocolate, tartines, baguette sandwiches, coffee and wine.

“This shop is owned by a couple, one is French and the other is Irish. They make French-style sandwiches and import some crazy olive oils from France.” - Chef Stephen Browning of Prairie Whale

684 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230
T: 413.644.9988 | www.bizalions.com


FARM STAND & MARKET

Lenox Farmers Market | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Lenox Farmers Market | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Farmers Market | Lenox Farmers Market

Located on the grounds of Shakespeare & Company, they sell local produce, poultry, cheeses, eggs, pies, cakes, hard ciders, sandwiches, pizzas and flowers.

“This market is on Fridays, which is good when you’re planning for a weekend. The Shakespeare and Company campus is beautiful during the day. There are a lot of people from the northern part of Columbia County and farmers from the Pittsfield area.” - Chef Scott Cole of Monterey General Store

70 Kemble Street, Lenox, MA 01240
T: 413.528.8950 | www.lenoxfarmersmarket.com

Farm Store | Cricket Creek Farm

This is a small grass-based dairy on the slopes of the Taconic Hills with their own honor-system farm store. You can buy locally-made artisan foods. Just leave your money in the lockbox.

“The Tobasi cheese here is delicious.” -  Restaurateur Nancy Thomas of Mezze Bistro + Bar, Allium Restaurant + Bar

1255 Oblong Road, Williamstown, MA 01267
T: 413.458.5888 | www.cricketcreekfarm.com


LUNCH

Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Red Lion Inn

The first guests came by stage coach when the restaurant opened in 1773. Long on history, this grand New England inn still honors its tradition.

“The menu features local foods. Chef Brian Alberg raises his own pigs and features local everything, including house-made corn dogs. I love them.” - Restaurateur Nancy Thomas of Mezze Bistro + Bar, Allium Restaurant + Bar

“Chef Brian Alberg does in-house butchery and they have the best meat program.” - Chef Jeremy Stanton of The Meat Market

30 Main Street, Stockbridge, MA 10262 | T: 413.298.5545 | www.redlioninn.com

Lantern Bar & Grill | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Lantern Bar & Grill | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Burgers | Lantern Bar & Grill

Vintage neon sign, TVs playing in the background and waitresses that call you “Hon.”

“They started the same year as the Oscars. It's been here for over 85 years. It completely goes against me in one way, but it agrees in another. It's a $5 burger served in this historic room and they've been doing it as it’s been done for decades and there is something that feels really cool about that.” - Chef Bjorn Somlo of Nudel

455 North Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201 | T: 413.448.2717 | lanternbarandgrill.com


AFTERNOON SNACK

Chocolate Bread | Berkshire Mountain Bakery

Baker Richard Bourdon uses traditional European techniques to make his breads. He also carries spelt and wheat pizza crusts, five varieties of frozen pizza and a line of cookies.

“I love their sourdough chocolate bread made with Callebaut chocolate. It’s incredible.” - Chef Dan Smith of John Andrews

“They are about as local as it gets and they make a really great ciabatta.” - Chef Scott Cole of Monterey General Store

“They make a mean ciabatta and their chocolate sourdough bread (which has been the talk of the media nationwide) is perfect toasted with some butter. The are making by far the best bread in the area.” - Chef Brian Alberg of The Red Lion Inn

367 Park Street, Housatonic, MA 01236
T: 413.274.3412 | www.berkshiremountainbakery.com

Photo courtesy of Berkshires Mountain Bakery

Photo courtesy of Berkshires Mountain Bakery


DINNER

Sun setting over the Taconic Mountains | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Sun setting over the Taconic Mountains | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Scallops at Mezze Bistro + Bar | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Scallops at Mezze Bistro + Bar | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

New American | Mezze Bistro + Bar

Chef Nicholas Moulton creates a menu focusing on the Berkshires region and nose-to-tale philosophy. Owner and beverage director Nancy Thomas has co-authored a few cocktail books, so make sure to check out the bar list.

“It’s a great place for a really nice meal. They deliver a solid product and they do a great job with everything.” - Chef Bjorn Somolo of Nudel

777 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown, MA 01267
T: 413.458.0123 (Book a Table) | www.mezzerestaurant.com  

 

American | John Andrews

Chef Dan Smith has won the respect of local chefs for his seasonal, fine dining restaurant in an old farm house.

“It's always been obvious to chef Dan Smith to take advantage of the local sustainable agriculture. It didn’t seem that obvious to everybody 20 years ago, but it did to him. He makes amazing dishes, like lamb from Lila Berle’s farm and seared duck breast. His fried oysters are extraordinarily delicious which, not local but amazing.” - Chef Scott Cole of Monterey General Store

“Dan makes lambcetta with Lila Berle's lamb and it’s really terrific.” - Chef Brian Alberg of The Red Lion Inn

“For chef Dan Smith's sweetbreads and farm-to-table loveliness. He’s got outdoor dining and a fireplace, so in any season it’s an even more special treat to dine here. And Eric knows his cocktails, too.” - Chef Daire Rooney of Allium Restaurant + Bar

224 Hillsdale Road, South Egremont, MA 01258
T: 413.528.3469 (Book a Table) | www.jarestaurant.com


LATE NIGHT

Wine & Tapas | Brava

Wine by the glass, beer on tap, small plate tapas-style, pizzas, cheeses and charcuterie. You’ll see chefs and summer stock performers coming in for late night bites.

“They serve a whole range of wines and I can get food until midnight.” - Chef Brian Alberg of The Red Lion

“This is cool tapas bar. I like to come in for the Gambas Al Ajillo (shrimp with garlic).” - Chef Franck Tessier of Chez Nous

Open until 1am
27 Housatonic Street, Lenox, MA 01240 | T: 413.637.9171

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Souvenirs


Souvenirs


Baldwin Vanilla

The Baldwins have been making small batch vanilla extract for over a century in West Stockbrige. They use imported Bourbon Vanilla Bean from Madagascar and 100-year-old barrels for aging. Stop into their former carriage house to pick up a bottle to bring home.

www.baldwinextracts.com | Where to Buy

Cricket Creek Farm Cheese

One of the oldest, grass-based dairy farms in the region. Canyon Ranch chef Scott Uehlein is a fan. "Cricket Creek Farms embodies all that we love: cows are treated humanely (they are grass fed, roam on pastures, are not treated with hormones or antibiotics) and the cheese is made in an Old World style, which produces a far superior flavor and texture."

 cricketcreekfarm.com | Where to Buy

Berle Farm Dairy

The Berle family have been a fixture in the Berkshires for generations. Today, Lila provides many local restaurants with her grass-fed lamb and her daughter Beatrice makes yogurt, cheese and popcorn.

www.berlefarm.com | Where to Buy

Map


Map


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Planning Links


Planning Links


Stay

HOTEL | Hotel on North -- book a room.
HOTELS | Tablet Hotels -- book a room.
HOMES | Airbnb -- book a house.

Getting Around

TRAINS | MTA Metro-North to Wassaic.
TRAINS | Amtrak to Hudson.

Culture

ARTS & CULTURE | Tourism & Planning Website.

FED Pros


FED Pros


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Brian Alberg 

Executive chef at The Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, MA.

Dan Smith 

Chef / owner at John Andrews in South Egremont, MA.

Daire Rooney 

Chef at Allium Restaurant + Bar in Great Barrington, MA.

Stephen Browning

Chef at Prairie Whale in Great Barrington, MA.


Franck Tessier

Chef / co-owner of Chez Nous Bistro in Lee, MA.

Scott Cole

Chef / owner of the Monterey General Store in Monterey, MA.

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Bjorn Somlo

Chef / owner of Nudel in Lenox, MA.

Jeremy Stanton

Chef / butcher / owner at The Meat Market in Great Barrington, MA.

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