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The Ultimate Guide to Summer in the Berkshires


The local pros guide to outdoor dining, picnicking, and exploring the Berkshires in the summertime.

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The Ultimate Guide to Summer in the Berkshires


The local pros guide to outdoor dining, picnicking, and exploring the Berkshires in the summertime.


Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

SUMMER ACTIVITIES

Insider's Secret

Goose Pond

"This is one of the best and most under-appreciated lakes in the Berkshires. Hop on a kayak and venture to the other side of the lake from the boat ramp. Right when you think you've reached the end, you'll find a shallow, secret waterway that will open up to Upper Goose Pond. The experience of kayaking through here feels like magic."
 - Bartender Jane Burns

Access from Goose Pond Road in Lee, MA.

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Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Summer Must Hits

HIKING & BIKING | Kennedy Park

"Kennedy Park is designed for diverse hiking and mountain biking experiences with some quaint vistas."
- Wine Pro Caitlin Harrison

 275 Main Street, Lenox, MA 01240

Ashuwillticook Rail Trail | Photo Credit: Massachusetts Travel & Tourism

Ashuwillticook Rail Trail | Photo Credit: Massachusetts Travel & Tourism

BIKING | Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

"I love a good bike ride and this trail is a flat 22-mile ride from Pittsfield to Adams and back."
- Bartender Jane Burns

Route 8 in Lanesborough, MA

SWIMMING HOLE | Green River

"I always love sipping an Aperol spritz alongside the Green River."
- Bartender Jane Burns

About a mile west of Great Barrington on Route 23
Great Barrington, MA 01230

Michaela DePrince of Jacob's Pillow | Photo Credit: JordanMatter

Michaela DePrince of Jacob's Pillow | Photo Credit: JordanMatter

DANCE | Jacob's Pillow

"Catch a dance performance at the gorgeous Jacob's Pillow in Becket." 
- Bartender Jane Burns

358 George Carter Rd, Becket, MA 01223
www.jacobspillow.org

MUSIC | MASS MoCA

"I love seeing live music and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) put on weekly concerts on their beautiful restored brick factory campus. Have a Berkshire Mountain Distillers gin and tonic as you watch a band play under the Berkshire stars."
- Bartender Jane Burns

1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247
T: 413.662.2111 | massmoca.org/performances

The Shed at Tanglewood | Photo Credit: John Ferrillo

The Shed at Tanglewood | Photo Credit: John Ferrillo

MUSIC | Tanglewood

"An evening on the lawn at Tanglewood is one of the most quintessential summer activities in the Berkshires. Bring a picnic with plenty of wine and cheese. Some patrons choose to cart in tables complete with candles and bouquets, but feel free to be as minimal or extravagant as you'd like."
- Bartender Jane Burns

297 West Street, Lenox, MA 01240
www.bso.org


MORNING | Breakfast & Coffee

North County

Tunnel City Coffee

"This is a great communal spot serving delicious coffee and morning grub. The locals in Williamstown, as well as the students at Williams, are very friendly and always provide great conversation."
FED Pro  >  Chef Nick Moulton of Mezze Bistro + Bar

100 Spring Street, Williamstown, MA 01267
T: 413.458.5010 | www.tunnelcitycoffee.com

Six Depot | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Six Depot | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

South County

Six Depot Roastery Cafe

Located in a historic train station, this is a small batch coffee roastery, tea house, artisanal food shop and art gallery. Chef Flavio Lichtenthal roasts his beans on the premises. They also serve fresh salads, soups, panini, egg dishes and baked goods made with local ingredients.

Six Depot Shakerato | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Six Depot Shakerato | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

"I love their coffee blends, the Seck-Sie in particular. I stop in for their Shakerato -- an espresso with a little simple syrup and shaken in a cocktail shaker so it gets an amazing creme."
FED Pro  >  Chef Scott Cole of Monterey General Store

6 Depot Street, West Stockbridge, MA 10266
T: 413.232.0205 |
www.sixdepot.com

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.

"Barrington Coffee Roasters source smaller farms and get different kinds of beans and they don't over-roast."
FED Pro  > Chef Stephen Browning of Prairie Whale

"Post hike, I love stopping stop by Lenox Coffee to grab an iced Americano (Berkshire Gold saves lives)."
FED Pro  >  Wine Pro Caitlin Harrison of Mise Wines

52 Main Street, Lenox, MA 01240
T: 413.637.1606 | barringtoncoffee.com

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Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.


SHOPPING | Farmers Markets

Photograph courtesy of North Adams Farmers Market

Photograph courtesy of North Adams Farmers Market

Great Barrington Farmers Market | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Great Barrington Farmers Market | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

North County

North Adams Farmers Market

"I like to stop in on my way into work on Saturday mornings. There are lots of small, lesser-known growers. They have music and there's always some sort of awesome product that surprises me each week."
FED Pro  >  Chef Nick Moulton of Mezze Bistro + Bar

Sat: 9am - 1pm (June to Oct)
St Anthony Municipal Parking Lot (Intersection of St Anthony Dr and Route 8), North Adams, MA 01247
T: 413.664.6180 | explorenorthadams.com/item/north-adams-farmers-market

South County

Great Barrington Farmers Market

"This is a wonderful farmers market. I love Sean Stanton’s North Plain Farm sausage grilling station, the Berkshire Mountain Bakery for their ciabatta, and Indian Line Farm always has amazing produce. There are also lots of flowers to be had here too."
FED Pro  >  Chef Scott Cole of Monterey General Store

Sat: 9am - 1pm
775 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230

www.greatbarringtonfarmersmarket.org


SHOP FOR YOUR BBQ

Photograph courtesy of East Mountain Farm

Photograph courtesy of East Mountain Farm

NORTH COUNTY

East Mountain Farm

"Kim Wells raises heritage breed hogs that produce amazing fat, which defines great flavor. He attends the local markets and product is available for purchase at the farm."
FED Pro  >  Chef Nick Moulton of Mezze Bistro + Bar

EAST MOUNTAIN FARM
582 Henderson Road, Williamstown, MA 01267
T: 413.458.8085

WILLIAMSTOWN FARMERS MARKET
Sat: 9am - 1pm (May to Oct)
125 Spring Street (across from Tunnel City Coffee ), Williamstown, MA 01267
www.williamstownfarmersmarket.org

Red Apple Butchers

"This is a great option for meat shopping."
FED Pro  >  Chef Nick Moulton of Mezze Bistro + Bar

813 Dalton Division Road, Dalton, MA 01226
T: 413.442.0888 | www.redapplebutcher.com

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Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

South County

The Meat Market

"Visit chef / butcher Jeremy Stanton at The Meat Market for meat and charcuterie shopping."
FED Pro  >  Chef Nick Moulton of Mezze Bistro + Bar

389 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA 01230
T: 413.528.2022 | www.themeatmarketgb.com


Stockbridge Bowl | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Stockbridge Bowl | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

WHERE TO PICNIC

"One of the most quintessential summer activities is an evening picnic on the lawn at Tanglewood with plenty of wine and cheese. Some patrons choose to cart in tables complete with candles and bouquets, but you can be as extravagant or as minimal as you'd like."
FED Pro  >  Bartender Jane Burns of Allium Restaurant + Bar

"I'm a sucker for a good picnic at either Tanglewood or at the Stockbridge Bowl. When it comes to Tanglewood, I try to go on an off night, to a program I may not have expected to enjoy. I'm always blown away by the beauty of it all. I like the Stockbridge Town Beach side of the Stockbridge Bowl. It gets me into a body of water, it's normally not that crowded, and it feels very classically Berkshires."
FED Pro  >  Wine Pro Caitlin Harrison of Mise Wines

TANGLEWOOD
297 West Street, Lenox, MA 01240
Website

STOCKBRIDGE BOWL
Stockbridge Town Beach, Stockbridge, MA 01263
Website


For a simple cocktail on the go, pick up a bottle of Aperol (liquor is sold only in the GB location) and sparkling wine. Mix together with a touch of soda water and you have the classic Italian Aperol Spritz. It’s super refreshing for a hot summer day and easy peasy to put together. Sip one alongside Great Barrington’s Green River.
— Bartender Jane Burns

SHOP FOR PICNIC PROVISIONS

North County

Berkshire Organics

"I really like their concise and unique wine selections. I'm always up for unique wine varietals with organic / biodynamic farming playing a part in their magic."
FED Pro  >  Wine Pro Caitlin Harrison of Mise Wines

813 Dalton Division Road, Dalton, MA 01226
T: 413.442.0888 | berkshireorganics.com

Mid + South County

Guido's Fresh Marketplace

"This is the best grocery shopping in the Berkshires. I may be a little biased because it is owned and operated by my two uncles (created when they were both mustachioed young men in 1979), but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention picking up a fresh juice or smoothie at the cafe in Pittsfield and wine and spirits in the Great Barrington location. The stores are gorgeous and offer the best quality, freshest fruits and veggies. They also have all your snacking needs covered times infinity, and the flower shop within the store has everything from succulents to peonies."
FED Pro  >  Bartender Jane Burns of Allium Restaurant + Bar

"I head to Guido's in Pittsfield for all produce involved in the feast, but swinging by the meat counter to shoot the breeze with the boys is a must."
FED Pro  >  Wine Pro Caitlin Harrison of Mise Wines

760 South Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230, T: 413.528.9255
1020 South Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201 | T: 413.442.9912
guidosfreshmarketplace.com

Photograph courtesy of Guido's

Photograph courtesy of Guido's

Spirited Wines

"For the best one stop shopping, I come here. They have the largest wine and spirits selection, a deep cheese and charcuterie selection, along with the best customer service."
FED Pro  >  Wine Pro Caitlin Harrison of Mise Wines

"I love shopping here for wine and cocktail ingredients. They have a super knowledgeable staff that can direct you towards some excellent wine, so you can bring a great bottle along with you to Tanglewood or your lakeside picnic. They also carry everything I need for my at-home cocktail making, from delicious Luxardo maraschino cherries, to a selection of different bitters, to a great variety of spirits. If you love beer, they can satisfy your craft beer needs as well."
FED Pro  >  Bartender Jane Burns Allium Restaurant + Bar

444 Pittsfield Road, Lenox, MA 01240
T: 413.448.2274 | www.spirited-wines.com


FIND LOCALLY-MADE CHEESES

The Berkshires is home to many excellent cheesemakers.
— Chef Nick Moulton
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Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

North County

Cricket Creek Farm

This is a 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.

"They make some seriously delicious cow cheeses."
FED Pro  >  Bartender Jane Burns Allium Restaurant + Bar

"I like to go directly to the their farm and get cheese and bread. And then I get to squeeze in a visit with the pigs, calves, chickens, and farmer Topher."
FED Pro  >  Wine Pro Caitlin Harrison of Mise Wines

"Their Tobasi cheese is delicious."
FED Pro  >  Restaurateur Nancy Thomas of Mezze Bistro + Bar, Allium Restaurant + Bar

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

Rubiner's | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Rubiner's | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

South County

Rubiner's Cheesemonger & Grocers

They sell gourmet foods and cheeses in an old converted bank in Great Barrington. Owner and cheesemonger Matt Rubiner trained at Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge, MA.

"They have delicious provisions and cheese."
FED Pro  >  Chef Nick Moulton of Mezze Bistro + Bar

"Talk to owner Matt Rubiner for his cheese recommendations and extensive knowledge."
FED Pro  >  Bartender Jane Burns Allium Restaurant + Bar

264 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230
T: 413.528.0488 | www.rubiners.com

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Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Rawson Brook Farm

They make one product which is Monterey goat cheese. Roam around the farm, meet the goats and grab cheese from the cooler to buy. Don't worry if no one is around because you leave your money in the cash box. It's all on the honor system.

"They make my favorite goat cheese."
FED Pro  >  Bartender Jane Burns Allium Restaurant + Bar

"For the lavender Monterey Chèvre."
FED Pro  >  Wine Pro Caitlin Harrison of Mise Wines

"They have fantastic goat cheese. They offer 3 varieties of flavor of chevre and it’s stunningly good."
FED Pro  >  Chef Scott Cole of Monterery General Store

Rawson Brook Farm Employee | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink. 

Rawson Brook Farm Employee | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink. 

"I put it at the top for chevres. It just amazing, creamy and seasoned. They have batch numbers on everything. It is so incredibly rich and doesn't have any of the chalky dryness that a lot of soft chevres seem to have."
FED Pro  >  Chef Bjorn Somlo of Nudel

Park in first little parking area | Self-serve store open during daylight hours
185 New Marlboro Road, Monterey, MA 01245
T: 413.528.2138


BRUNCH & LUNCH

North County

HOT DOGS | Jack's Hot Dog Stand

"It is over 100 years old and is an old school spot serving hot dogs, hamburgers and fries at a 10-seat bar. It is delicious."
FED Pro  >  Chef Nick Moulton of Mezze Bistro + Bar

12 Eagle Street, North Adams, MA 01247
T: 413.664.9006 | jackshotdogstand.com

BURGERS | Public Eat + Drink

"They do a really good burger."
FED Pro  >  Chef Nick Moulton of Mezze Bistro + Bar

34 Holden Street, North Adams, MA 01247
T: 413.664.4444 | 
publiceatanddrink.com

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PANINI & ICE CREAM | Six Depot

"They have a beautiful, clean menu, where you can eat a panini or a salad while enjoying a good cup of coffee. I'm partial to their quinoa salad with hazelnuts, goat cheese, and grapes. They also have an ice cream bar where you can get your scoop or milkshake fix after your nice, clean meal."
FED Pro  >  Bartender Jane Burns Allium Restaurant + Bar

6 Depot Street, West Stockbridge, MA 01266
T: 413.232.0205 | sixdepot.com

EGGS & OJ | The Southfield Store

"On Sundays, take a drive here to the outskirts of New Marlborough to have one of the best brunches in the Berkshires. I have the Eggs Benedict on top of spinach, roasted red peppers, and crispy polenta. You can probably imagine how good that is. The fresh-squeezed OJ doesn’t hurt, either."
FED Pro  >  Bartender Jane Burns Allium Restaurant + Bar

"They have a slamming brunch and lunch menu. Definitely eat all the pastries."
FED Pro  >  Wine Pro Caitlin Harrison of Mise Wines

163 Norfolk Road, Southfield, MA 01259
T: 413.229.5050 | oldinn.com/the-southfield-store

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SANDWICHES & SHOPPING | Monterey General Store

"This is the sweetest all around lunch stop for every morsel of deliciousness, food, coffee, and beauty. Scott Edward Cole, the owner, knows beauty in all forms. Lunch here is always a win."
FED Pro  >  Wine Pro Caitlin Harrison of Mise Wines

"Scott Cole is an amazing cook. He is lovely and personable and his aesthetic and taste are awesome."
FED Pro  >  Chef & Butcher Jeremy Stanton of the Meat Market

448 Main Road, Monterey, MA 01245
T: 413.528.5900 | monterey-general-store.com

SANDWICHES & SNACKS | Bizalion's Fine Food

"This shop is owned by a couple, one is French and the other is Irish. They make French-style sandwiches and import things like crazy olive oils from France."
FED Pro > Chef Stephen Browning of Prairie Whale

"I love getting their charcuterie and sandwiches on their baguettes. It's very French."
FED Pro  >  Lisa Landry of Six Depot

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

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Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

ROADSIDE STAND | The Bistro Box

"This is another gem. A next-level roadside shack, they serve up some super tasty food. I love their falafel burger and they make killer truffle fries. Locals love this spot, so come early to claim a picnic table."
FED Pro  >  Bartender Jane Burns Allium Restaurant + Bar

"It's great roadside food and it's all outdoor dining."
FED Pro  >  Chef & Butcher Jeremy Stanton of the Meat Market

937 S Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230
T: 413.717.5958 | www.thebistrobox.rocks

 Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

 Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

CHEESE & WINE | Rubi's Cafe

Owned by Matt Rubiner and located behind his cheese shop Rubiner's, this cafe offers sandwiches made with ingredients from the shop and around the Berkshires.

"For a classic grilled cheese and and a glass of orange wine."
FED Pro  >  Wine Pro Caitlin Harrison of Mise Wines

256 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230
T: 413.528.0488 | rubiners.com/rubis


AFTERNOON SWEETS

Photograph courtesy of SoCo Creamery

Photograph courtesy of SoCo Creamery

North County

Rainbow Shack

"They have tons of flavors of ice creams."
FED Pro  >  Chef Nick Moulton of Mezze Bistro + Bar

85 Summer Street‎, Adams, MA 01220
T: 413.743.4031 | www.facebook.com/TheRainbowShack

South County

The Scoop + SoCo Creamery

"If I go out for ice cream, I either go to Scoop in Lenox or SoCo in Great Barrington. SoCo has a Blueberry Honey Lavender flavor that is fire."
FED Pro  >  Wine Pro Caitlin Harrison of Mise Wines

THE SCOOP
51 Church Street
Lenox, MA 01240
T: 413.637.9192
scooplenox.com

SOCO CREAMERY
5 Railroad Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230
T: 413.644.9866
sococreamery.com


DISTILLERY + BREWERY TASTINGS

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South County

Berkshire Mountain Distillers

"I super love our own Berkshire Mountain Distillers. Their gins are just delicious. If you are into a London Dry style of gin, try the Greylock. It was voted the number one craft gin in the country by the New York Times and is lovely in a cocktail. If you are more into a new age-style gin along the lines of a Hendrick's, try the Ethereal gin. It's made in small batches that use different varieties of herbs to make a gin that is botanical and delicious. Keep an eye out for different colored labels -- you'll find a different small batch with each change. BMD's beautiful distillery is located in Sheffield. Head there on a Saturday to try their spirits (they make vodka, whiskey, and rum as well) and take a tour."
FED Pro  >  Bartender Jane Burns Allium Restaurant + Bar

Fri, Sat, Sun: 12pm - 5pm
356 S Main Street, Sheffield, MA 01257
T: 413.229.0219 | berkshiremountaindistillers.com

Photograph courtesy of Big Elm

Photograph courtesy of Big Elm

South County

Big Elm

"This brewery is right around the corner from Berkshire Mountain Distillery. Stop in and get some beer. Not only growler fills, but they also sell cans. Their beers have a very clean flavor profile and they are very consistent in each style, meaning their lager tastes like a lager, their IPA tastes like an IPA. The 413 Farmhouse Ale is very drinkable. They also mix it up with limited edition beers like Double IPA or a session IPA."
FED Pro  >  Sommelier Dan Thomas of Red Lion Inn and Eat on North

65 Silver Street, Sheffield, MA 01257
T: 413.229.2348 |
www.bigelmbrewery.com

North County

Bright Ideas Brewing

"They make delicious beers and they are located at MASS MoCA."
FED Pro  >  Chef Nick Moulton of Mezze Bistro + Bar

111 Mass Moca Way, North Adams, MA 01247
T: 413.346.4460 | brightideasbrewing.com


SHOPPING | Cocktail Equipment & Vintage Glassware

North County

Sanford & Kid

"There are always true antique treasures to find, and at a super affordable price."
FED Pro  >  Bartender Jane Burns Allium Restaurant + Bar

160 Houghton Street, North Adams, MA 01247
T: 413.663.7489

Photograph courtesy of One Mercantile

Photograph courtesy of One Mercantile

South County

One Mercantile

"This is an awesome shop. A lot of what they sell is locally-made and vintage-inspired. Just trust me and go in for a peek. I would live in this store if I could."
FED Pro  >  Bartender Jane Burns Allium Restaurant + Bar

8 Castle Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230
T: 413.528.1718 | one-mercantile.myshopify.com

Equator Antiques

"They have great vintage Native American and Southwestern jewelry, clothing, art, and antiques. It's a treat to poke around in."
FED Pro  >  Bartender Jane Burns Allium Restaurant + Bar

20 Main Street, West Stockbridge, MA 01266
T: 413.232.4100


EVENING DRINKS

North County

BEER | Public Eat + Drink

"They have a great craft beer program and tons of beer on tap."
FED Pro  >  Chef Nick Moulton of Mezze Bistro + Bar

34 Holden Street, North Adams, MA 01247
T: 413.664.4444 | publiceatanddrink.com

BEER & COCKTAILS | Mohawk Tavern

"This is a great spot that has recently been renovated and re-opened. They offer a laid back environment with jukeboxes and pool tables."
FED Pro  >  Chef Nick Moulton of Mezze Bistro + Bar

30 Marshall Street, North Adams, MA 01247
T: 413.346.4052

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Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

MID COUNTY

WINE & TAPAS | Mission

"For great, entertaining streetscape activity, topped with abundant Avinyo Petillant, my favorite semi-sparkling Spanish white from Cava country. The Picky Bastards are a great band that play on Thursday nights. Mondays are great too because they host jazz and it always winds up getting way funky... like way funky."
FED Pro  >  Wine Pro Caitlin Harrison of Mise Wines

438 North Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
T: 424.548.0234 | missionbarandtapas.com

WINE | Methuselah Bar and Lounge

"Their cocktail program is diverse and the bartenders are sweet, gracious and eager to share their enthusiasm for their craft. The wines are all organic so I am pleased to drink everything they offer. Fuoristrada Rosato of Nero d'Avola is off the wall delicious and so ridiculously affordable. I love that the music they are bumping can vary on any given night and the bartenders are truly getting down while shaking things up."
FED Pro  >  Wine Pro Caitlin Harrison of Mise Wines

"After a good bike ride on the Ashuwillticook rail trail, fill up here upon your arrival back in Pittsfield with a tasty cocktail and some tacos. Say hi to my brother Johnny, who is a bartender too, and will be slinging the drinks behind the bar like nobody's business."
FED Pro  >  Bartender Jane Burns Allium Restaurant + Bar

391 North Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
T: 413.344.4991 | methuselahbarandlounge.com

The Prairie Whale | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

The Prairie Whale | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

South County

The Prairie Whale

"The atmosphere inside is always bustling and jovial and in the summer you can hang in the front yard and play a little Cornhole or Ping Pong. And during their weekend brunches they make one heck of a Bloody Mary."
FED Pro  >  Bartender Jane Burns Allium Restaurant + Bar

"This is where I go when I want ridiculously tasty fried chicken and to drink natural wine... and feel cool while doing it."
FED Pro  >  Wine Pro Caitlin Harrison of Mise Wines

178 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230
T: 413.528.5050 | www.facebook.com/PrairieWhale

20 Railroad Public House

"Just recently, the classic 20 Railroad has been reopened as 20 Railroad Public House, and veteran bartender Eric Rudgunas (formerly of John Andrews) is manning the helm. He makes a truly mean cocktail."
FED Pro  >  Bartender Jane Burns Allium Restaurant + Bar

20 Railroad Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230
T: 413.528.9345


DINNER

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

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

North County

Mezze Bistro + Bar

"This is the sister restaurant to Allium and my alma mater. It is one of my favorite places to eat in the county. The food prepared by chef Nick Moulton is not only delicious, but so, so beautiful. Mezze also rocks an incredible cocktail program, along with a great wine list. Head here before a night at the Williamstown Theater Festival or after a day at the Clark Art Museum."
FED Pro  >  Bartender Jane Burns Allium Restaurant + Bar

"The most memorable meals of my life have been eaten here. It is beyond dreamy. The food, aside from being hyper-locally-sourced, is always impeccably constructed, full of flavor, and so damn fresh. The wine program is off the charts diverse in its small producer and unique varietal categories, and is beyond fun to dive into with adventurous wine friends."
FED Pro  >  Wine Pro Caitlin Harrison of Mise Wines

777 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown, MA 01267
T: 413.458.0123 | www.mezzerestaurant.com
BOOK A TABLE

Photograph courtesy of District

Photograph courtesy of District

Mid County

District

"This is where I go when I want to watch a well oiled machine work well: friendly and genuine staff, a fresh cocktail, a perfectly time meal, and consistent dishes. The wine program is growing and changing in a really exciting way, which will always get me through the door."
FED Pro  >  Wine Pro Caitlin Harrison of Mise Wines

40 West Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
T: 413.442.0303 | district.kitchen

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South County

Nudel

"There is so much good food in the Berkshires. I love coming here for delicious, creative, and inspiring food. The menu changes daily and Bjorn is a great host."
FED Pro  >  Chef Nick Moulton of Mezze Bistro + Bar

"This is one of the best eats in the Berkshires. Chef Bjorn Somlo makes incredibly delicious and fun food. Although they don’t serve liquor, they will happily pour some very tasty beer and wines."
FED Pro  >  Bartender Jane Burns Allium Restaurant + Bar

"Nudel will light up your life with extraordinary food made from simple ingredients. Bjorn Somlo just knows how to handle each ingredient with such care, that his most simple dishes are often the most experiential. Chef's counter dining at Nudel really makes for a special night."
FED Pro  >  Wine Pro Caitlin Harrison of Mise Wines

37 Church Street, Lenox, MA 01240
T: 413.551.7183 | nudelrestaurant.com

Allium Restaurant + Bar

"Chef Jim Corcorran cooks delicious food and runs a great charcuterie program."
FED Pro  >  Chef Nick Moulton of Mezze Bistro + Bar

"They capture the spirit of the way I like to dine: many small plates to share. The staff here is highly attuned to well paced, coursed out, split plate fests. The tablescape of food is always gorgeous."
FED Pro  >  Wine Pro Caitlin Harrison of Mise Wines

44 Railroad Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230
T: 413.528.2118 | alliumberkshires.com
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CafeADAM

"This is an excellent restaurant with fresh, delicious, thoughtful food and a solid bar to match. I particularly enjoy sitting at the bar so I can peek into their semi-open kitchen and watch Chef Adam Zieminski and his team at work."
FED Pro  >  Bartender Jane Burns Allium Restaurant + Bar

420 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA 01230
T: 413.528.7786 | www.cafeadam.org


LATE NIGHT

South County

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Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

FUNKY & FUN | Dream Away Lodge

"After catching a dance performance at the gorgeous Jacob's Pillow in Becket, dip over to the Dream Away Lodge for a nightcap at this kitschy little house. You can hang inside and enjoy some live music or take a seat outside by the ever-burning bonfire."
FED Pro  >  Bartender Jane Burns Allium Restaurant + Bar

1342 County Road, Becket, MA 01223
T: 413.623.8725 | thedreamawaylodge.com

BURGERS & BEER | Bagel & Brew

"This is a new-ish spot in Lenox serving bagels by day and burgers by night. Grab a beer inside and head out to the lovely beer garden -- a picnic table there is a perfect spot to enjoy a warm summer night."
FED Pro  >  Bartender Jane Burns Allium Restaurant + Bar

18 Franklin Street, Lenox, MA 01240
T: 413.637.0055 | www.bagelsandbrew.com

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COCKTAILS | Allium Restaurant + Bar

"This is one of the best spots for late night drinks in the county. This often winds up being the place a lot of the locals end their night."
FED Pro  >  Chef Nick Moulton of Mezze Bistro + Bar

Open until 2am on weekends
44 Railroad Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230
T: 413.528.2118 | alliumberkshires.com
BOOK A TABLE

TAPAS & WINE | Brava

"This is a small wine and tapas bar. It's a tiny force. They serve very tasty food later than anywhere else in the Berkshires I can think of [the kitchen is open until midnight]. They have an extensive, thoughtful wine list."
FED Pro  >  Bartender Jane Burns Allium Restaurant + Bar

"They have the craziest, most well-edited draft beer lineup in the Berkshires. Eight taps that will blow your mind with their uniqueness or 'rare and fine' feel."
FED Pro  >  Wine Pro Caitlin Harrison of Mise Wines

Open until 1am
27 Housatonic Street, Lenox, MA 01240
T: 413.637.9171 | www.bravalenox.com

Souvenirs


Souvenirs


SOUVENIRS

HOSTA HILL

"Made in West Stockbridge, this spicy fermented veggie mix goes great on a sandwich or straight out of the jar. Also excellent is their kimchi and tempeh."
- Bartender Jane Burns

Buy | Find

 

IOKA VALLEY FARM

"Visit Ioka Valley Farm for the most amazing maple syrup."
- Chef Nick Moulton

Buy | Find

 

Shire City Herbals Fire Cider

Made in Housatonic, this is certified organic apple cider vinegar. "To cure what ails you."
- Wine Pro Harrison

BuyFind

 

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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.

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The Pros


The Pros


Courtesy of Mezze

Courtesy of Mezze

Nick Moulton

Executive Chef of Mezze Bistro + Bar in Williamstown, MA.

Photo Credit: Miriam Ross

Photo Credit: Miriam Ross

Jane Burns

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

Courtesy of Caitlin Harrison

Courtesy of Caitlin Harrison

Caitlin Harrison

Former Wine Director at Mezze Bistro + Bar in Williamstown, MA. Currently, Sales Director at Mise Wines in Boston.

Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Scott Cole

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


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Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Jeremy Stanton

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

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Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Bjorn Somlo

Chef / owner at Nudel in Lenox, MA.

Courtesy of Mezze

Courtesy of Mezze

Nancy Thomas

Owner  of Mezze Bistro + Bar in Williamstown, MA and Allium Restaurant + Bar in Great Barrington, MA.

 

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