Weekend Getaway in the Berkshires for Foodies

tartar with amberjack, celery and food garnishIt’s the unofficial beginning of summer and you have an itch for a weekend getaway that’s beyond the basic beach getaway.  You’re looking to be surrounded by lush greenery and mountains, and fantastic restaurants, then look no further than the beautiful Berkshires. The quaint towns in America’s countryside full of outdoor adventures, arts and culture festivals, and growing hot spots for foodies with everything from “adventurous smoothies” to a lobster roll (it is Massachusetts after all).

If you’re a big cheese fan (ah, wine and cheese), then stop by Rubiner’s. Matt Rubiner opened his specialty shop in a former bank in Great Barrington. Or you can visit the Cricket Creek Farm in Williamstown, tour the farm and pick up some award winning “Maggie”- a bright, earthy raw-milk cheese reminiscent of an Italian Toma.

To go along with that cheese, drop by Salisbury Bread where you can pick up some fresh baked breads, quiches and pies (which change seasonally). The Berkshire Mountain Bakery, located in Housatonic, is a European style bakery, which now sells not only breads, but also spelt, wheat pizza crusts, and cookies distinguished by the flour.

Just hint at farm-to-table in the Berkshires and the list of restaurants and pubs to visit grows immediately. At the Allium in Great Barrington, patrons are served a contemporary American cuisine with a varying seasonal menu focusing on local, farm-fresh ingredients. Public Eat+Drink in North Adams, is a farm-fresh gastropub with eleven craft beers on tap (11!!!). So if you want to wash down that pulled pork sandwich, or one of several varieties of burgers, or the mac and cheese (with pancetta, cause bacon makes everything betta), do stop by this pub. As a bonus, Public hosts local and traveling musicians during the late hours – SCORE!

We can’t forget dessert now, can we? The South Country Creamery (or SoCO for short) in Great Barrington, is a family owned micro-creamery. Their ice cream is handmade in small batches to ensure the perfect flavor and texture using the best ingredients in the Berkshires.

Drooling yet? Why not plan that weekend trip right away…