Road Trip VIII: Great Barrington

As I mentioned in the previous post we both fell in love with the Berkshires. We spent a weekend with a high school friend of mine and her partner who recently moved to the area from coastal Connecticut. After our GPS system tried to take us on roads that haven’t been passable since the 1870s we managed to find the right streets to their cute, comfy home on the hill overlooking Great Barrington. Although most towns in the Berkshires have a lot going for them, GB has a bustle that makes it dynamic without losing its small town feel.

SoCo Creamery had some of the best ice cream we encountered on our trip and the food Allium, a great little neighborhood restaurant we excellent. (We also had pretty good sushi in Lenox…)

Road Trip VII: Culture Fantasy Camp

In the Berkshires John and I found a bit of a spiritual home. Beautiful scenery, charming towns, plenty of art, gardens, music, theater, food, etc. A place we could imagine retiring. On our way to visit friends in Great Barrington for the weekend, we started at the north end of western Massachusetts and made stops at MassMoCA, The Clark, and The Mount, Edith Wharton’s home in Lenox.

The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MassMoCA) in North Adams is housed in a complex of old industrial buildings. The large open spaces are perfect for large scale installations. Including a Jenny Holzer installation consisting of a dark room with scrolling text and gigantic beanbags to lounge in.

The Clark in Williamstown is a wonderful small art museum with an amazing collection and beautiful grounds. We were on a bit of a schedule and would definitely like to revisit The Clark to spend more time exploring the collection.

A little further down the road in Lenox is The Mount, a grand house and garden once the home of Edith Wharton. Since Wharton is one of my favorite writers I couldn’t pass this one by and we made it just in time for last entrance. It was particularly good that we made it since there is a possibility that the property will face foreclosure in November. The house itself is certainly beautiful and the main floor has been meticulously restored, but the gardens and the setting are reason enough to visit this property.