Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Berkshires ~ An Antiquers Paradise

Visiting New England has a great write up on why check out the Berkshires

For those that want to just poke around locally using the 1896 House as a base here are 3 great local antique spots in Williamstown to go check out.

The Library Antiques (5 minutes by car)
The Library Antiques offers a variety of antiques and lifestyle accessories including furniture, lighting, jewelry, art, rare books, and more.
70 Spring Street, Williamstown, MA
413-458-3436  and 800-294-4798
OPEN Daily from 10:00 am - 5:30 pm, Sunday 11am - 5pm

Saddleback Antiques (1.5 minutes by car, about 20 minutes to walk to)
Offering a large inventory including Civil War; Western; Folk Art; furniture; books; stoneware, farm tools and much more!
1396 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown, MA 01267
OPEN Monday - Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sunday noon - 5pm

Collectors Warehouse (1 minute by car, 11 minutes to walk to)
A shop every kind of collector will enjoy
723 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown, MA
413-458-9686 ‎
OPEN Daily from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm  (hours may change please call)

Here are a few sites that list multiple antique shops in the Berkshire area for those that want to get in a full day of antique shopping:

Friday, September 23, 2011

Enjoy a Day of Family Fun at Sweet Brook Farm

When: Saturday & Sunday Sept 24-25, 10am-3pm
Where: 580 Oblong Road, Williamstown, MA
  • Watch the Green Mountain Spinners and Weavers Guild members demonstrate spinning, weaving, and knitting, and try your hand at these wonderful crafts
  • Tour the scenic farm on the horse-drawn wagon, driven by a beautiful team of Belgian horses, Bob and Babe.  They are offering special pricing for this weekend only — $4 for both adults and children! And see beautiful views of Mt. Greylock
  • Visit with and learn about the beautiful, elegant alpacas of Sweet Brook Farm
  • Shop at the farm store, fully stocked with everything alpaca — from yarns and knitting and crocheting supplies and knitting kits, to high-quality alpaca apparel for men, women, and children such as sweaters, hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, socks, and toys
  • Check out the maple syrup and maple goodies — maple candy, maple cream, maple-roasted nuts, and cream-covered cider donunts
For more information visit

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

1896 House Inn has added 2 new packages!

Kayak & Picnic
Glide over picturesque Pontoosuc Lake in your own kayak as you witness the foliage reflections in the water. Scramble over to an island for lunch, or connect your kayaks and dine in the middle of the lake!

Includes kayak rental, life vest, and freshly packed picnic.

Picnic includes a tuna salad, turkey club, or
Roast beef wrap with horseradish.
 Pickles & potato chips
Chocolate Brownie
Granny Smith Apple
Bottle of Spring Water

$39 per person

Bike & Picnic
Bike the beautiful Ashuwillticook Rail Trail along scenic Cheshire Lake.
Find a serene spot to enjoy your freshly packed picnic. 

Includes a 3-hour bike rental, helmet, and picnic.

Picnic includes a tuna salad, turkey club, or
Roast beef wrap with horseradish.
Pickles & potato chips
Chocolate Brownie
Granny Smith Apple
Bottle of Spring Water

$39 per person

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Mount Greylock

At 3,491 feet, Mount Greylock is the highest point in Massachusetts. Rising above the surrounding Berkshire landscape, dramatic views of 60-90 miles distant may be seen. It became Massachusetts' first wilderness state park, acquired by the Commonwealth in 1898, to preserve its natural environment for public enjoyment. Wild and rugged yet intimate and accessible, Mount Greylock rewards the visitor exploring this special place of scenic and natural beauty.

The roads to the summit are open seasonally from late-May through November 1; weather permitting into fall, please call ahead for current road conditions.  Following the two-year Historic Parkway Rehabilitation Project the newly restored road system offers numerous opportunities for scenic viewing along this state-designated Scenic Byway. Bascom Lodge and the Veterans War Memorial Tower are open seasonally. The Mount Greylock Campground (primitive overnight area) is accessible by hiking only.

The Massachusetts Veterans War Memorial Tower (shown at left, in winter) was built in 1932 and crowns the highest point in the state. The memorial was dedicated in June 1933 as a tribute to courage, endurance, loyalty and self-sacrifice, wherever these qualities have been shown, by the state’s men and women in the uniform of the state or nation.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Local Events at Mass Moca, Hopkins Memorial Forest Trail and area points of interest

September Local Events at Mass Moca
  • I Love Vinyl Dance Party, Sunday, September 4, 2011
  • Bureau for Open Culture: All Hands on Deck!, Friday, September 9, 2011
  • Bureau for Open Culture: Bartleby's Pen - Gauthier & Sullivan, Friday, September 9, 2011
  • Opening of The Speed Way, Saturday, September 24, 2011
  • FreshGrass: A Festival of Art + Bluegrass, Sept 24 - Sept 25
For more information and details visit:

Hopkins Memorial Forest Trail and area points of interest

Only 4 miles from the 1896 House Inn

A quiet, easy hike through an old settlement area now managed as a research forest and a cross-country ski trail. The 2,500-acre Hopkins Memorial Forest lies in the extreme northwest corner of Massachusetts. Essentially a research forest belonging to Williams College’s Center for Environmental Studies (CES), its trails are well marked and open to the public.

On your way to or from Hiking on the Hopkins Forest Trail stop and check out some of the other local spots of interest, the
Rosenburg Center, the Moon Barn, Buxton Garden and the Canopy Walkway. For more information about these attractions please visit