Berkshires + Western Massachusetts

Tips and Articles in Berkshires + Western Massachusetts

As its 35th anniversary year comes to a close, Canyon Ranch and its co-founder, Mel Zuckerman, are eyeing a bright future—one that explores new frontiers in health and wellness—and includes brand-new campuses. As the well-told story goes, 40-ye...
The evening I arrived at Esalen in a torrential, one might even say biblical, rain, rockslides closed the Pacific Coast Highway in both directions. I was among the last of the guests to make it in. At the gatehouse, a young man in a slicker checke...
In the crunchy Seventies, no New England town was crunchier than Great Barrington, Massachusetts. The core population back then seemed to be made up of double-wide earth mamas in droopy skirts and ethnic ponchos. Secondhand-book shops did a brisk ...
The first time I met Berkshires butcher Jeremy Stanton, he asked me if I wanted an interesting pig. “You know, a rootin’, tootin’, mushroom-hunting one.” I’m a Jewish girl, raised kosher, from suburban New Jersey. I didn’t know anything about pigs...
Want to go out on a limb for your next vacation—literally?Once the sole province of young boys and Ewoks, treehouses now offer adventurous travelers (read: unafraid of heights) a unique travel experience in an age of roadside motel chains and glob...
WHEN THEIR VOLLEYS NEED SHARPENING OR THEIR SECOND SERVE DROOPS A BIT, the top players in the world go back to school, often high-tech tennis compounds overseen by doting, driving professors of the net. Whether you're a novice or a club player, yo...
Start with an early gem: Clifford Brown, New Star on the Horizon (Blue Note 5032), from the Modern Jazz Series. Brown is cropped close against the record album's left-hand border, natty in a loose-fitting houndstooth jacket. The gleaming brass tru...
If you travel light, a hotel notepad is an ideal memento—slim, utilitarian, free. And even if it doesn’t cost anything (except the price of a room, or a Campari in the lobby), it’s exclusive. The only way to get a hotel notepad is to find yourself...
For spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, and for plenty of other reasons—many of them man-made, thank you very much—the fantasy of a coast-to-coast road trip endures. Want to make it a reality? From West to East (With Apologies to the Midw...
If Edith Wharton hadn't become one of the 20th century's great novelists, she would have made a fine decorator. The woman who wrote The House of Mirth once likened a person's nature to "a great house full of rooms," and delighted in building and d...
inns and resorts Cranwell Resort & Golf Course 55 Lee Rd., Lenox; 413/637- 1364, fax 413/637-0571; doubles from $89 in winter, $199 in summer. Pretend you're Gatsby at this old-style resort housed in 1890's buildings on 380 acres, with an 18...
We wanted two things on our vacation: trees and music. and so we went to the Berkshires. We packed up the car and drove the two hours from Boston to Tanglewood, the very name, coined by Hawthorne, evocative of gnarled roots and soaring trees, of m...
Food lovers who once fetishized obscure French Camemberts have found another obsession: chocolate, the new cheese. But what explains the cheese in the chocolates?And the curry?And the chiles?Around the country, chocolatiers are getting creative by...
Everyone wants to live a long, healthy life—preferably with fewer wrinkles and sagging bits. During the past few years, I’ve certainly tried to slow down the clock by traveling to high-end holistic retreats in Arizona, Hawaii, and California to ex...
The best mushroom I've ever eaten came from the edge of Route 41. John Wheeler spotted the thing, not me. But I was there. The specimen in question—a full-pound monster the size of a baseball glove—was an Hericium erinaceum, known variousl...