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Great Barrington -- What's to do in the area? Restaurants?

Great Barrington -- What's to do in the area? Restaurants?

Old Jul 17th, 2014, 01:13 PM
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Old Jul 18th, 2014, 10:55 AM
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we had dinner at John Andrews in Lee, which is very nice. One of the best in the area I think, with upscale prices to match. Pleasant ambiance, very good service, and the food was wonderful. We also got pizza (takeout) from Baba Louie in downtown Barrington and enjoyed it immensely. Nice hand tossed, thin crust with lots of different choices for toppings, properly crisped up in brick ovens.

Nothing much to report in the way of sightseeing though. We had a family weekend and spent much of it watching world cup and baseball

we did go to the Saturday farmers market that Jubilada mentions above. It was nice. They have a mix of produce, baked goods, and a few craft stands.
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Old Jul 18th, 2014, 12:16 PM
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Thanks, china_cat. Appreciate it. As I recall Lee is right near by. I think that's where we stayed last trip.
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Old Jul 18th, 2014, 03:47 PM
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If anyone is Upstate in NY, Chatham is having a big flea market/crafts thing .. It is a combined garage sale sort of deal. I have not been to one like it before and my neighbor told me it is delightful .. plus in Kinderhook there is something happening in the Town Square every weekend.
I went to Great Barrington this week for groceries .. My drive takes me over a mountain of sorts, past the Historic Village of Austerlitz where you can go to the antique homes and church that are all restored and the ladies that lead the tours wear the "Quaker" type clothing of the period.
Then you are on winding roads through forests with homes tucked in them that I covet , past farms with horses ( this week I saw palominos !) and a large herd of jet black Angus cattle.
And sheep, there are so many sheep up here !
Great Barrington has a lot going on each weekend .. I get this online news site that tells all the shows and music and everything going on in the area.

www.ruralintelligence.com
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Old Jul 18th, 2014, 04:02 PM
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Sounds lovely - thanks, Scarlett
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Old Jul 18th, 2014, 05:48 PM
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Try Chez Nous, French Bisrtro in Lee.
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Old Aug 5th, 2014, 11:05 AM
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Just spent last WE in the area. A great way to spend 1/2 day is a hike up to top of Monument Mountain. The parking area is right on Route 7 just south of the high school. You can get to top via two trails - a more gradual one that you access on left side of parking lot, or a shorter, steeper on (Hickey Trail) you access from right side of parking lot. We did a loop - went up the gradual trail, then the Squaw Peak Trail which connects to Hickey Trail for going down. There is a nice waterfall you can view along the Hickey Trail. You definitely want to get on the Squaw Peak trail so you can get the beautiful views from top - be sure to go to Devil's Pulpit viewing point. The roundtrip would take about 2 to 2 1/2 hours depending on your pace and how long you want to hang out at top. Good idea to bring a snack for the break at the top.

Other ideas for the area: Tanglewood if there is a concert you are interested in. I've heard that Chesterwood is also interesting to visit. Museums: Normal Rockwell and MassMoCa are must sees. You can also drive your car up to the top of Mount Greylock.
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Thanks! Some great suggestions. We'll be there on Thursday and hoping for good weather.
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Quick update-we enjoyed our four nights in GB. thanks again for all your suggestions. The Clark Museum was great and the Williams college Museum very well curated as noted by jubilada. the Norman Rockwell Museum had the bonus of an exhibit on Edward Hopper. We only hiked the one day due to some rain. Hiked Monument Mountain for the 2nd time...lovely views from the top.
We wandered into various shops and poked around some antique shops

We ate each night in GB. Had a terrific dinner at the Castle Street Restaurant...it was so good we decided to go back for their set menu farm to table dinner. Unfortunately the meal wasn't nearly as good as our first dinner. Also had a nice meal at Prairie Whale, so thanks china cat for those two recs. Our last night we ate small plates at Allium. The Faro salad was superb. We liked the pastries at the French place on Main St. SoCo had very good ice cream, but incredible lines since it seemed to take people forever to make a choice. It was actually amusing to watch.

And last, but not least, the donuts at the Donut Shoppe were heavenly. I am not really a donut fan, can't recall the last time I had one, but these were worth the stop...thanks, Scarlett for that tip.

I want to recommend the BnB we stayed in, The Barrington B&B http://thebarringtongb.com. It just opened this spring right on Main Street on the third floor of an old building. Our room was spacious and oh so comfortable. Owners are helpful, but not intrusive. They give you a choice of breakfast in your room or a credit towards your bill and you can eat at one of the many breakfast places in town. Highly recommend this B&B.

On to Brattleboro, VT today.
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