Hancock Journals

The "Ex-wives" hit Hancock

A July 2003 trip to Hancock by kmclark

Quote: While I'd been here before, never like this - and with so much time to relax and learn the vicinity. I'd recommend this Berkshire location to anyone who wants to indulge in culture, great food, good shopping and relaxation.

The "Ex-wives" hit Hancock

Overview

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We hit the Norman Rockwell Museum (I wasn't too thrilled to go, but came away with gifts and a whole new attitude about the man and his family) and the Clark Art Institute (bowled me over, so I picked up gifts and there was a Turner exhibit -- totally loved it). I'm going back to see the Crane Museum (free admission) on paper-making. We shopped big-time, ate like piggies, and we picked up the best of the season's veggies and fruit at the Whitney Farm Stand. I was talking with a lady from Lenox who travels all that way to Cheshire to get the best tomatoes ever. Hancock's a "coffee break" from real life and filled with real people. Quick Tips: Always ask questions. The people are so helpful...Read More

Vacation Village At Berkshires

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Hotel | "Vacation Village in the Berkshires"

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Best Things Nearby:Museums and shopping were nearby, marvellous and plentiful. Tanglewood and Jacob's Pillow also nearby. Fruit/veggie markets were the best; learned Lenox inhabitants travel to Cheshire for "the best tomatoes ever tasted" and we hit them at peak season.Best Things About the Resort:I loved seeing a blender there. We take so much for granted like the coffee maker, the microwave, the kitchen goodies, and the jets in the tub, but the blender was the perfect extra. The staff was fun and funny -- I enjoyed their upbeat attitude and help. The room was excellently decorated in hunter green, burgundy, and gold throughout; it had good temperature control/phone/TV ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 5, 2003

Vacation Village At Berkshires
276 BRODIE MOUNTAIN ROAD
Hancock 01237
1-413-7382000

The Chef's Hat

Restaurant

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This little place was recommended by our resort, specifically for the blueberry pancakes. We coupled up our breakfast treat with a trip to the Clark Art Institute and really started it off in grand style. The place is small (5 booths, 9 counter stools, and sundry tables of varying size) and easy to miss, but well worth the rubber-necking. Irene had the enormous berry-filled pancakes (triple stack 12" round with butter and syrup) and I opted for a ham and cheese omelette with rye toast. The menu offered a breakfast/lunch variety (they close at 3pm) from $4.95 to a max NY sirloin open-faced sandwich (with veggies and pototoes) for $7.95 . . . nearly everything was priced below $4 and mainly local...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 5, 2003

The Chef's Hat
905 Simonds Road
Hancock, Massachusetts 01267
(413) 458-5120

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Sidetrack: we found a cute (tiny) Dunkin Donuts on Lake Pontoosic, which was wonderful and the environment was good, but Bob's Country Kitchen, just down the road a bit, was loaded with excellent menu-fare. Our Vacation Village guide had a breakfast sampler for $5.75 and I had an omelette for the same price. Irene chose a less expensive one (just cheese) and the meals were awesome well-presented and served. It seemed customary to take clients here and to make sure the coffee (or whatever) was ever-filled and they/we were kept content. The staff was excellent and friendly, and the food was supurb. I'd like to have had a longer look at the menu but it had everything. They boast about the blueberry...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 6, 2003

Bob's Country Kitchen
42 South Main Street
Hancock, Massachusetts 01237
(413) 499-3934

Panda House Chinese Restaurant

Restaurant | "Panda Inn Chinese Restaurant"

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There was a wonderful full menu with lots of dinner choices (21) for $4.25. We hit the place just before the waiting line started to form and chose the buffet for $5.75 with all the following: egg rolls (of course), crab rangoon (not a favorite), chicken fingers (excellently prepared), pork lo mein (three helpings between us), chicken with cashews, sesame seeds, sweet and sour --- you name it; jello, salad bar, soft serve for dessert. The decor was delicate with soft lighting and I'd just bought the batteries to load into my camera but felt a bit out-of-place standing up to take photos. The little restaurant was mobbed with people yet service was very efficient. We were also told at the resort...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 5, 2003

Panda House Chinese Restaurant
Route 7 South
Hancock, Massachusetts
(413) 499-0660

Norman Rockwell Museum

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Attraction

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This museum is off the beaten path but vey well attended. The buildings and grounds are excellently kept with handicap accessibility. There were lectures/talks going on by the hour for tours, but I took it in solo in my own time. Upstairs featured works of friends (Moses among others) with anecdotal information relating to Rockwell, in addition to some of his larger, more impressive works. Downstairs there was a vast unaltered collection of "Saturday Evening Post" covers, all dated (of course) showing a progression of the man and his art. Not being a #1 fan, I have to admit I was impressed with the art, its placement and the entire presentation. Rockwell's legacy presents a goo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 5, 2003

Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Glendale Rd.
Stockbridge, Massachusetts 01262
(413) 298-4100

Santarella

Attraction

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Years ago, when people went for leisurely Sunday drives, a friend took me to show me "the house of (my) dreams" and said I'd know it when we got there -- I sure did! Santarella is an art museum/studio hidden in the Berkshire hills and like nothing I've ever seen. I shared this with Irene on our way to Hancock and she was awed. However, it was closed to the public as its 3 buildings and acreage are on the market for the second time since I came to know it. This masterpiece was built in the 30s by Sir Henry Hudson Kitson, sculptor of Lexington's "Minuteman" and other notable works. Apparently, he was a bit of a crank and workmen, generally imported from England, quit his heavy-hande...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 25, 2003

Santarella
75 Main Road
Hancock, Massachusetts

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Just beyond Jiminy Peak ski area is a lovely Vacation Village nestled comfortably and cooperating with the hills of Western Massachusetts. We were in a "sleep 4" unit which was so new, clean and well-decorated. Irene wanted to move in for the rest of the season, although I felt it a bit small but comfy and contained more than all we needed. The unit had an open spaced living room, dining area, and kitchen with plenty of cupboards and a large closet. The private bedroom had a walk-in closet as well and a possible extra bed, a full bureau and a second phone. We had a charging flashlight (another wonder) in the kitchen area and a hair dryer in the bath - all extras in my timeshare experience....Read More