A September 2005 trip
to Massachusetts by lharri
Quote: The towns along the Mohawk Trail are as different as the people living in Massachusetts. It stretches from Shirley/Ayer to the New York border.
The town ofCharlemontis 18 miles from Greenfield on Route 2 in Massachusetts.Charlemont is an unassuming town with some pretty remarkable adventures awaitingyou. Provided by Zoar Outdoor,there is adventure such as the likes of whitewater rafting, canoe and kayak instruction located on Massachusetts' Deerfield River. Zoar Outdoor also has a very rustic campground offering with modern conveniences like a payphone, flush toilets and coin operated showers not far from the sites. You will find lodging offerings of varied tastes. For a taste of history with your lodging there is the 200-year-old Charlemont Inn (413 339-5796). Along with the historical significance is a tavern and restaurant onsite. On the other hand, although I have not stayed here, Blue Heron Farm in Charlemont (413 339-4045) provides a hands on farm experience and has been written about in Yankee Magazine. The very different accomodations that are advertised as available at the farm are an apartment attached to the operating maple sugarhouse, a cozy log cabin surrounded by pastures, a private, three level cottage, and a modern post and beam home with 2-car garage. (The advertising states that all rentals are fully furnished and equipped, winterized and secluded.)
Charlemont also has a great New England country store, Curtis Country Store on Main Street Charlemont. phone (413) 339-4900. Along the trail you will find a restaurant with a view of the river called Stillwaters. Questions about Stillwaters hours and or menu, call (413) 625-6200. There is much more to be discovered in this tiny town. Call ahead though as things can change in these small quaint towns and you will not find out about it any other way.
This is the story of a college town in the shadows of a much more affluent community.North Adams at one time was a part of Adams. It is now the secondlargest communities in Berkshire county. My son went to college inNorth Adams. at North Adams State, which is now called MassachusettsCollege of Liberal Arts, MCLA. At the time that he graduated from NorthAdams State the town was in dire straights. Even though it is the heartof the Berkshires, one of the most beautiful areas in the country,Williamstown, on the New York boarder was only a town but also a worldaway. Since then, MASMOCA (the Massachusetts Museumof Contemporary Art) was conceived and implemented out of an old millcomplex and Western Gatewat Heritage State Park has been enhanced..
The park (showcasing the Hoosac Tunnel as one of the great railroading and engineeringprojects of the 19th century) features a restaurant and pub and is open 7 days a week year round.
Along with some long standing attractions, like Mount Greylock, Heritage Park andHairpin Turn, MASMOCA, the presentation of visual and performing artswith the whole third floor designated as "Kids Space", is a touristdollar draw. MASMOCA offers different dining options as well. There isgreat new lodging in the area that has gotten rave reviews, like thePorches 413.664.0400 and Jae's Inn and Spa 413.664.0100.If you have never been to North Adams or not been in quite some time,you will be pleased with what you find.
Yes, as mentioned in my previous review on Colonial Williamsburg, Deerfield is the other location where Yankee Candle, phone: (877) 636-7707, has a huge retail location that is more like an entertainment experience.
There are Group Tours, scheduled events and an award winning restaurant on site. It was featured on the travel channel in the "Made in America" series. As far as the town itself, based on some very distinctly violent history of Deerfield Mass, Deerfield is among the best documented small communities in the United States. Public and private records, diaries and account books, newspapers and books that are preserved in the Memorial Libraries tell the story of Deerfield's development over three centuries. The Indian wars and other attacks resulted in abandonment and resettlement multiple times. The historical significance has resulted in museums and a town area called Old Deerfield, where history can be explored.