Crossroadsin Hillsdale for breakfast/lunch is not to be missed. The salt cod hash is incredible, as are the pancakes, biscuits and everything else. Open 8:30am - 2:30pm only. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
The Barn in South Egremont for dinner, great with or without kids. Fantastic burgers and tacos. Good live music most weekend nights.
Stagecoach Tavern in Sheffield, MA, about 10 miles from the house. Really old, funky tavern, part of Race Brook Lodge. Great chef, fun to wander property after dinner. Music and events in barn some nights. Appalachian Trail entrance on the grounds.
Copake General Store in Copake. 9am - 3pm only. Excellent sandwiches to eat there on the porch, or pack for hiking. Good specialty pantry staples here as well.
Local 111 in Philmont. Great farm to table restaurant.
Bazalion’s in Great Barrington. If you are heading to GB for groceries, stop at this french cafe to pick up frozen (chocolate) croissants to prepare at home in the morning. Excellent sandwiches, quiche, olive oil, pasta and supplies.
Hawthorne Valley Farm Store. Harlemville. This extension of the Hawthorne Valley Farm and Association is a health-conscious and earth-conscious destination for foodies from all over.
IGA. Hillsdale. Basic but well stocked grocery just minutes from our farm. Great meat department.
Pigasso Farm for incredible fresh meat. Just south of Hillsdale in Copake, NY.
Groceries & Fresh Food
Roeliff Jansen Park, only about 5 minutes away just south of town on Route 22, is the perfect destination for short walks. There are a series of very short and easy trails no longer than 2.5 miles.
Harlem River Rail Trail. While there are still portions of this 46 mile trail that are under construction, there is paved section from Hillsdale heading south that is approximately 1 mile (with extension being added) and accessible at the end of Anthony Street Extension. Bikes and pets are allowed.
Appalachian Trail - A portion of the Appalachian Trail can be accessed near Taconic State Park.
Bash Bish Falls- The most dramatic and highest single drop waterfall in Massachusetts. Bash Bish Falls Trail is a 2.1 mile out and back trail located near South Egremont, Massachusetts that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels.
Beebe Hill Fire Tower. A 1.7 mile out and back trail located near East Chatham, New York good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Read more about the tower here.
Omi Sculpture Park. Non-profit arts center with a 120-acre sculpture and architecture park and gallery in Ghent, NY. About a 25 min scenic drive. from the house.
HGS Home Chef in Hillsdale, NY hosts weekly cooking classes for food-lovers of all levels. This large store features two beautiful teaching kitchens where renowned national and local experts offer classes on how to prepare the most delicious food — from simple to sublime.
Tiny Hearts Farm, a local organic flower grower, offers gardening and arranging workshops to the public through their Tiny Hearts Studio located right in Hillsdale.
Take A Class
Green River Swimming Hole. On Rte 23 towards Great Barrington. “Walking the dirt path between the river to the west and the acres of corn fields to the east, it’s hard not to imagine an episode of the Andy Griffith Show playing out in this bucolic setting. Unlike rocky, mountainside swimming holes, this area of the Green River flows gently through farm fields and lowland forests.” The Berkshires Blog
Direction: Driving along Route 23 heading towards Great Barrington, you will pass W.E.B. Du Bois National Historic Site, (612 S Egremont Rd, Great Barrington, MA 01230) on your left. About .8 miles from there you will cross over the Green River. Immediately after the river, you will see corn fields. You can pull off and park there. From there, follow the path to the swimming hole.
Lake Taghkanic State Park. Lake activities like fishing, boating & beach swims, plus hiking trails. Great place for swimming with kids. Kayak and canoe rentals available.
Lake Mansfield. This 29 acre pond is located very close to Great Barrington yet feels very secluded. Parking closeby and a small beach.
Ore Pit Pond. Part of Taconic State Park, Ore Pit Pond has a small swim area with a separate wading pool for young children.
Rodger’s Book Barn. Hillsdale. Incredible used bookstore up a winding road west of town. Really worth your time if you love bookstores jam packed with a carefully curated selection. Owner Maureen Rodgers has been running the store for over 40 years and is a delight to chat with. Large children’s section on the top floor for those with kids.
Yellow House Books. Great Barrington. Wonderfully stocked and organized used bookstore. Fantastic sections on history, art, philosophy, and local subjects.
Johnnycake Books is a bit farther away (located in Salisbury, CT, about a 25 minute drive) but, for those interested in rare and collectible books, is a fantastic place to spend a few hours. Owner Dan Dyer is a wealth of information and a fantastic guide.
The Moviehouse, an independent theater showing a mix of blockbusters and independent films, is located in Millerton.
Drive-in movie theater in Amenia, NY. Charming, small drive-in movie theater with an amazing food/frozen custard stand, adjacent to the Four Brothers Pizza in Amenia, about a 30 minute drive from the house (also near Wassaic train stop).
Movie Theaters & Drive Ins
Greenhouse Yoga is a warm and inviting yoga studio with a strong community of students on all levels.
Won Dharma Center is a Buddhist meditation center located near Claverack in a beautiful setting.
Supersoul Yoga, located in Chatham, makes yoga accessible with a wide range of classes from morning to night.
Yoga & Meditation
Falconry Excursions. Put on a glove and try your hand at falconry. This is a fantastic way to spend a few hours with Falconry Excursions stable of eagles, owls, falcons and hawks.
Explore the castle ruins of Bannerman Castle. In a glorious state of decay on Pollepel Island, Bannerman can be toured in several ways: walking tours through the Bannerman Castle Trust, via passenger boat, and through kayak tours. See the website for all the details and individual tour websites. www.bannermancastle.org
See the Hudson River from a different perspective at Walkway Over the Hudson, which at 1.28 miles is the world’s longest elevated pedestrian walkway. It connects Dutchess and Ulster counties and their rail trails for hikers and bikers.
Catamount Zip Tour & Aerial Adventure Park. Glide over the Taconic mountains in the exciting new zipline at the newly renovated Catamount Mountain Resort. Also, The Catamount Aerial Adventure Park is a must. 12 aerial trails, 180 challenge elements connected by various configurations of cable, wood, and rope form a unique, fun, challenging and rewarding experience in the trees.
Hudson-Athens Ferry. Ferry trips from one great little town to another. Multiple tours and trips available.
Have An Adventure
One of the things we love most about our part of New York is how many amazing small towns there are in such close proximity. Here are a few:
Call us impartial but Hillsdale is a very special place. Be sure to check out Hillsdale General Store, HGS Home Chef, and C. Herrington for unique home good supplies and gifts. Tiny Hearts Flower Shop is the perfect spot to pick up flowers or arrangements.
Really the gateway to the Berkshires, this small town has it all: large grocery stores, live performance theater, movie theater, great shopping, and fantastic restaurants. A short 15 minute drive, Great Barrington is a great way to spend an afternoon or evening. The Mahaiwe historic theater right in the center of town offers a great lineup of music, dance, theater, opera, movies and family programming. While several restaurants are listed above, there are a number of other notable restaurants including Prairie Whale, Baba Louie’s, Number 10, and The Bistro Box. There are also some great antiquing destinations as well as homegoods and clothing shops including Hammertown and Karen Allen Fiber Arts.
Great Barrington’s hipper cousin, Hudson is truly a unique food and shopping destination. Conveniently located on the Amtrak Hudson line, the town is surrounded by Federal, Victorian and Queen Anne homes. In the middle of it all is Warren Street which is chalk full of all sorts of stores and sights. The fantastic restaurants and stores are far too many to list in any comprehensive fashion but here are a few of our favorites. For restaurants, the rollicking Lil’ Deb’s Oasis is a blast. Higher-end options include Fish and Game, Wm Farmer & Sons, and Swoon. If you’re in the mood for live shows, don’t miss Helsinki Hudson. While Warren Street is lined with unique antique stores, don’t miss the slightly out of the way but massive Antique Warehouse. If you have a few extra hours for a short trip, check out Frederic Edwin Church’s home and property, Olana State Historic Site.
The ever charming Chatham is a great place to spend a few hours. Check out Bimi’s Cheese Shop to grab some staples or enjoy an amazing sandwich. The nearby Chatham Brewing is an award-winning local craft brewery well worth the visit. Other notable restaurants include Blue Plate and Our Daily Bread. And the Chatham Bookstore is a nicely run community bookstore.
Millerton has charm to spare; small but packed with unique and unusual finds on every street. It is the home to Harney & Sons tea company which offers factory tours as well as Irving Farm New York, which has recently moved it’s coffee roasting facilities into town. You could say it’s a well caffeinated town. The Harlem Valley Rail Trail has trail access right in town and runs 10.6 miles through forests and pastures before reaching the Wassaic Amtrak station. While Millerton does not have as many antique stores as Hudson, it does have some real gems including Millerton Antiques Center as well as Old Mill of Irondale. Notable restaurants include 52 Main, The Millerton Inn, and Oakhurst Diner. Oblong Books is a well curated bookstore that’s worth the visit.