Idyllic. Cultured. Bohemian. Serene.
A bucolic escape with a rich history for artsy types with a taste for the natural world.
In each installment of “Places we’re dreaming about,” we offer you a mental escape to one of our favorite destinations. Exploring from afar, we share special spots for you to bookmark for future travel—plus some transporting cocktail recipes from local mixologists that you can mix up at at home while plotting your next trip.
Known for its miles of rolling hills, The Berkshires are an unpretentious escape from two of the Northeast’s major metropolises, Boston and New York. The setting for the Tanglewood music festival, MASS MoCA and much more, western Massachusetts has always been an artistic and literary enclave. It’s also home to acres of farmland, miles of trails, and world-famous autumn foliage.
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The Berkshire Mountain Distillers in Sheffield, Massachusetts is a “farm to still operation” that sources all of its ingredients from the local region. Founded in 2007, the distillery calls itself, “The Berkshires’ first craft distillery since prohibition,” and moved to its current location after it outgrew its original home on founder Chris Weld’s farm. Visitors to the distillery will immediately understand the “farm to still” distinction when they find themselves in the midst of herb gardens, fruit orchards, and greenhouses. Says William Winn, one of Berkshire Mountain’s distillers, “A lot of what we grow goes into gin, which is a botanically-laden spirit.” Winn notes that they grow their own lemongrass, mint, licorice, sage, elderberry, apples, blackberries, grapes, but purchase their grains and corn from nearby farms. This locavore inclination is deeply rooted in the region, which was home to the U.S.’s first agricultural fair in the 19th century and the first community-supported agriculture farms in the 1980s.
The distillery plans to resume tastings of their eight gins, four rums, and ten whiskeys in their outdoor cocktail garden after the Fourth of July, following state guidelines for social distancing. Until then, you can find their spirits at liquor stores throughout the Northeast and East Coast. Here are two cocktails that let Berkshire Mountain Distillery’s spirits shine:
1 cup blueberries (or chopped rhubarb)
3/4 cup sugar
Mint leaves (optional for rhubarb syrup)
Put all ingredients into a sauce pan. Bring to boil and let simmer for 10 mins. Turn off heat, let cool, and strain liquid to remove the solids.
Bring the bohemian vibes home
Get the elegant country look of the Berkshires with natural rope and jute, hooked wool rugs, and charming linen pillows.
1 Jute Woven Rug | 2 Ines Linen Pillow | 3 Caisson Table Lamp | 4 Natural Rope Tray | 5 New Day Wall Art | 6 Summer Day Wall Art | 7 Escape Cooler | 8 Ines Rug | 9 Cape Stripe Pillow | 10 Ines Linen Throw | 11 Antigua Linen Pillow | 12 Glendale Stripe Litchfield Chair
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