>THe HUnt in a Berkshires Winter WonderLand

21 Jan

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Text, Vivian Kelly
I LOVE THE BERKSHIRES – specifically that little pocket of the world that includes Stockbridge, Lakeville, Interlaaken, and now, Great Barrington.The Red Lion Inn, the piece de resistance at 30 Main Street in Stockbridge has been on my “LOVE!” list since I was seven years old, and my Papa took me swimming in the pool there. Since then, I’ve stayed at most of the buildings, including the O’Brien and Stevens Houses with two different husbands and in all four seasons at some point. My most recent trip was this past Martin Luther King weekend, where we stayed in the Main House, on the Third Floor, right across from the Library. What could be better? With plenty of time to explore, we walked the floors, checking out the display cases, and the Norman Rockwells on the walls, and looked for SIMON, the pampered “house cat”. Simon is a celebrity at the Red Lion, you can even buy pictures of him in the Gift Shop downstairs. Another great thing, pet lovers, pets are actually welcome at this lovely 4-Star Establishment – gasp. Just remember, we’re not in France, so they can’t hang in the dining rooms and sit on your lap when you’re downstairs in the Lion’s Den enjoying the live music. That aside, it was amazing to step back in time and take the historic birdcage elevator up to the room and to wake-up and go down to breakfast without ever having to go outside. Of course, THe HUnt is always on, and this weekend was no exception.The score this time was next door, at Seven Arts, at 44 Main Street. We went in to kill 10 minutes and to warm-up and left 45 minutes later with 4 fabulous LIFE Magazines which I’m getting framed to display in the Home Office.There were tons of pop culture ones to pull from but the winners who went home with me: Jackie O, Jane Fonda, Ingrid Bergman, and an anonymous [but very glam] young couple living the gypsy life in Greece in the Seventies. I went a little overboard, but they had a deal going on, buy 3 get 1 free, so….Anyhow, the total only came to $37.08 for unforgettable images of 3 of my fave fashion icons.The other score was in Great Barrington, which is FAR more chic than the run-down town I remember from years past. If you’re pressed for time, hit SOCo, have some of their famous ice cream and then a cup of Harney’s chamomile tea to warm up and go right across the street to KAREN ALLEN Fiber Arts. I am most definitely NOT the “crunchy granola” type of girl you see in places like Park Slope, Brooklyn, so my galpal D., had to talk me into going in. D. has incredible personal style and I “die” every-time I visit her current living space, so anytime she tells me something is great, I go with it, because she’s always right, whether it’s about someplace in Nantucket, Ridgefield, or now, Great Barrington. We discovered colorful children’s hats in the back, handmade by Karen’s sister, Kathleen Crawford. I restrained myself, and bought only 1 of the 3 I liked, but like Arnold [Schwarzenneger] so famously said, “I’ll be back.”

Lodging and Shopping Info

The Red Lion Inn
30 Main Street
Stockbridge, MA 01262
(413) 298-5545
(413) 298-5130 Fax
www.redlioninn.com

Seven Arts
44 Main Street
PO Box 520
Stockbridge, MA 01262

(413) 298-5101
www.rockwell-stockbridge.com

Karen Allen Fiber Arts
8 Railroad Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230
Tel: 4135288555www.karenallen-fiberarts.com

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One Response to “>THe HUnt in a Berkshires Winter WonderLand”

  1. james February 3, 2011 at 5:25 am #

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