Exploring The Berkshires- Red Lion Inn

After a couple of ski trips we decided it would be great to do something a bit more relaxing. And what better way to enjoy the Spring-like weather than a trip to the Berkshires. Last week we made the trip to visit a number of exciting sites and attractions in the most beautiful region of Massachusetts.

The Berkshires are the southern continuation of Vermont's Green Mountains, surrounded by beautiful landscapes and quaint towns. We stayed at the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge which is around 2.5 hours outside of Boston.

Shelburne Falls Glacial Potholes

On the way to Stockbridge we made several stops to explore the Berkshires region. Our first destination was Upinngil Farm in Gil, MA. Upinngil was a great stopping point to see the rolling pastures and farmlands of the Berkshires. We enjoyed spending time with the farm animals and trying their locally grown and homemade goods. We bought pasta and fresh cookies made from the grains grown on the farm.

Our next stop on the road trip was Shelburne Falls where we saw Shelburne's Glacial Potholes. The glacial potholes started their formation after the last glacier age about 14,000 years ago.

Before heading to the Red Lion, we made our last detour that was well worth the visit. Driving down the beautifully, scenic Mohawk Trail (Route 2) we got to take in the views of one of the most picturesque landscapes in the Northeast. We arrived at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA) in North Adams. Mass MoCA is one of the largest institutions of contemporary art in the United States. Some of our favorite exhibits include Julianne Swartz's
"In Harmonicity, The Tonal Walkway," Spencer Finch's "Cosmic Latte," and Sol Lewitt's "A Wall Drawing Retrospective."

Spencer Finch's "Cosmic Latte"

Sol Lewitt's "A Wall Drawing Retrospective"

Afterwards we headed to the Red Lion Inn to check in and spend the rest of our evening.  Originally built in 1739, the Red Lion is full of character, charm and history. There are countless antiques, beautifully adorned throughout the property. We immediately felt transported in time to centuries ago.  You could easily spend hours just taking in all the fixtures and decor. Our favorite part was riding the antique birdcage elevator.

Later that evening we went downstairs to the Lion's Den for dinner and a live performance. The ambiance, entertainment, food and cocktails were great. Be sure to save room for breakfast the following morning. We ate in the Main Dining Area. There was a wide selection of delicious dishes and the setting was perfect. We highly recommend the Grass-Fed Corned Beef Hash and Banana Nut French Toast.

Walking distance from the Red Lion is Elm Street which is lined with shops, restaurants and much more. We grabbed a coffee at Stockbridge Coffee & Tea which is connected to a charming bookstore.

Be sure to also check out Schantz Galleries which is definitely a hidden gem of Stockbridge. The gallery is home to art glass sculptures including works by world renowned Dale Chihuly.

We hope to visit again this Summer to continue exploring the Berkshires and check out the numerous hiking trails throughout the area.


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Kristy Albano & Matt Pickering                                                      

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