Hancock Journals

A Week in the Berkshires

An August 2009 trip to Hancock by berky

Wyndham Bentley Brook Photo, Hancock, Massachusetts More Photos
Quote: Small towns, rural landscapes and a small slice of adventure at Six Flags

Church Street Cafe

Restaurant | "Don't eat the Coleslaw"

Church Street Cafe Photo, Lenox, Massachusetts
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Franklin Street was suggested as the place to walk around and find a place to eat while we were in Lenox. As the Church Street Café had vegetarian offerings, we headed there. Both outdoor and indoor seating was available. I had a broth based (as opposed to a puree) corn and black bean soup--it was pretty good. Our daughter ordered a crab cake sandwich, which came with what smelled like rancid coleslaw (Maybe it was the type of dressing?) and french-fries. My husband had an egg salad smoked salmon on pumpernickel with green bean salad plate, which was a nice dish but rather expensive at $14.50 for a luncheon meal.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 19, 2010

Church Street Cafe
65 Church St
Lenox, Massachusetts 01240
413-637-2745

Berkshire Museum

Attraction | "Super for those Rainy Days"

Berkshire Museum Photo, Berkshire, Massachusetts
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Located in Pittsfield, the Berkshire Museum is a perfect place to spend half a day and a great destination should it be raining. The main floor has a dinosaur room, a room with indigenous fauna and flora, one devoted to local minerals, and an area for technology and historical exhibits. Most of the rooms have some interactive areas to keep young and school age children entertained while the older attendees view the exhibits. On the top floor are Native American rooms, an ancient civilizations room with an actual Egyptian mummy, and the traveling exhibit room. At this time, frogs were featured. There were frogs from every area of the world with appropriate facts and small display cases for each frog. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 19, 2010

Berkshire Museum
39 South Street (Route 7)
Berkshires, Massachusetts 01201
(413) 443-7171

No one resting right now Photo, Hancock, Massachusetts
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Our visit to the Berkshires was in the late summer, so gardens typically are not at their most spectacular, however, when traveling with children, it is never a bad idea to take them someplace where they can stretch their legs. Once we paid our $24 (three adults and one two-year old), which was an AAA discount, we were told that there were lots of mosquitoes. Had I known this ahead of time, we might have decided to skip this particular attraction, as we had not brought our own mosquito spray. Fortunately we could help ourselves to the complimentary samples of all-natural bug spray (also for sale in the gift shop.) Many of the plants had seen better days…. was this because it wa...Read More
They were the cutest little goats Photo, Hancock, Massachusetts
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Ioka Farm is not too far from Wyndham Bentley Brooke and a great place if you have younger children. We were a little perturbed to find that the most expensive admission was for kids at $7.50 and when we said our grandson was 2 years old, he was charged that price . . . nowhere did it say what age a kid had to be. As seniors we paid $6 and our daughter was charged the adult price of $7. The old lady who was at the admissions desk seemed annoyed we were trying to get a discounted price; she made a calculation error and rather then give us a refund, handed us a cup of animal food. There were a number of other kids and they were riding these wiggle carts. Our grandson got on one and found he...Read More
St. Ann's Church Photo, Hancock, Massachusetts
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Rarely would I consider a church as an attraction, but this particular one in Lenox is worth a short visit. Torn down in 1908 and rebuilt from 1910 to 1912 at a cost of $100,000 it is truly beautiful. The stained glass windows are intricate works of art depicting the Stations of the Cross. Glance up at the ceiling to admire the detailed woodcarvings--if you are lucky the priest will come out and turn on the lights so you can see the beautiful flying angels and coloured woodwork of the ceilings. The priest gave us a history of the church, which is much unchanged from when it was first built. He told us the alter rails had been shortened and the marble pillar stored for years until just that day when he...Read More

Hancock Shaker Village

Attraction | "Well maintained shaker village and farm"

Hancock Shaker Village Photo, Hancock, Massachusetts
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Hancock Shaker Village is not really in Hancock, but closer to Pittsfield. It was pleasant enough when the sun was out, but chilly when the wind blew and the sun was hiding. Currently there are 20 buildings left out of the original 60. The Shakers were an odd society which separates men and women and requires them to be celibate. Of course they died out in the 1950’s, but they left their legacy of Shaker furniture and culture of piety and celibacy. Our grandson had a wonderful time as there was lots of fairly safe open places to wander about and there were not too many people about so he could push the stroller. He was a bit scared of the cows in the barn, but enjoyed the discovery house where he cou...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 19, 2010

Hancock Shaker Village
34 Lebanon Mountain Road
Hancock, Massachusetts 01237
(413) 443-1390

Horses waiting patiently to go out Photo, Hancock, Massachusetts
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Berkshire Horseback Adventures was the only outfit the concierge at Wyndham Bentley Brooke said she would recommend although local publications indicated there were several others. Armed with clear directions, we arrived without incidence, however crime scene tape on the upper levels of the barn in Lenox caused us to immediately have some reservations about the reliability of the information imparted by our concierge. Our misgivings were immediately expelled when we met our host, Dan, who told us that an isolated tornado had whipped through the previous week and damaged the roof and second story of the barn, so the building inspector did not wish unauthorized personnel up there until repairs had been ...Read More

Six Flags New England

Attraction | "Great Fun -- Great Time of Year to Go"

Six Flags New England Photo, Agawam, Massachusetts
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We were keen to go to an amusement park while we were in the Berkshires and some research encouraged us to pre-purchase tickets online. By doing this we saved $10 per person which was quite the bargain, we felt, until we started talking to some people at our resort. They suggested that the Great Escape in Lake George would have been a better choice as the lines were shorter and it was less crowded. One person said that Six Flags is in a less desirable area of Springfield and because season passes are so cheap parents drop their kids off there for the day and head on to work, using it a as pseudo day care. With trepidation in our hearts, we drove the 90 minutes from our resort and end...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 19, 2010

Six Flags New England
1623 Main Street
Agawam, Massachusetts 01001
(413) 786-9300

General Store and Main Street Cafe Photo, Hancock, Massachusetts
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Stockbridge is a wonderful small American town with a main street lined with stately homes and a smorgasbord of gift shops and eateries. Parking was a challenge and we had a fair walk to town. We had lunch at the Main Street Café. I had clam chowder, my daughter had a grilled cheese which came with tortilla chips. My husband had a had a BLT. We walked along the main street for a bit. Just past he Red Lion Inn the traffic thinned and the mosquitoes came out in droves. I had multiple bites in seconds. Mission House. There were some very spectacular old homes along this Main Street, many of which were depicted in Norman Rockwell’s paintings.

Norman Rockwell Museum

Attraction | "Panoramic Views, Studio and Museum Visit"

Norman Rockwell Museum Photo, Stockbridge, Massachusetts
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Admission to the museum covered the museum and grounds and the studio Norman Rockwell used to produce his works of art. I had not realized what a prolific artist Norman Rockwell was with his hundreds of covers for the National Post. Some of his paintings are magnificent. The detail of the faces is phenomenal. It seems he painted from photographs or models. Each painting is just a unique depiction of American life. There was an activity room on the sublevel with paper, crayons, stencils, blocks, etc. so that kids could have something fun to do. We worked it that some of us looked around the museum while one stayed back and kept an eye on the little one. The grounds are magnific...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 19, 2010

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

Wyndham Bentley Brook

Hotel | "Quiet mountainside resort"

Wyndham Bentley Brook Photo, Hancock, Massachusetts
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Wyndham Bentley Brooke sits majestically at the side of the mountain in the Jiminy Peak Ski area. The two four-story buildings are connected with a small footpath. The lower building has the pool, the lobby and the gym, while the building farther up the mountain is newer and has the pool room, kids program and "Berkshire" room where the receptions and other meetings take place.Our two-bedroom unit is a decent size with a view of the mountain. The master bedroom with a king size bed has a Jacuzzi tub and ensuite bathroom. Two double beds are in the second bedroom. The living/dining/kitchen area is one large space with a queen hideabed and large armchair and a wooden dining table with six c...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 19, 2010

Wyndham Bentley Brook
1 Corey Road
Hancock, Massachusetts
(866) 323-3087