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MONTEREY

Monterey is a small town in the Berkshires on the Mill River.  Part of the Beartown State Forest is in Monterey and the vista from Monterey of Lake Garfield is considered one of the great views of the Berkshires.  It's bordered by Tyringham on the northeast, Otis on the east, Sandisfield on the southeast, New Marlborough on the south, and Great Barrington on the west and northwest.  The Montery General Store is the hub of this charming little town. 

One can swim in Lake Garfield, where there is a small town beach, or Benedict pond, with life guards and changing rooms, in the Beartown Mountain state forest. One can hike from there on a section of the Appalachian trail through the state forest, across the Tyringham Cobble.  For easier walks  The Bidwell House has many trails, Gould Farm has Diane's trail and the Berkshire Fish Hatchery is open for tours and also has extensive trails for hiking, nature walks and cross country skiing.

DINING

The Roadside Store

This store and café, is right on  the road.. You can get healthy organic foods made with their own produce from Gould Farm, house made sausage and other locally made products including, local  milk from Highlawn Farm, bread from Berkshire Mountain Bakery, and goat cheese from Rawson Brook Farm.  The pancakes can't be beat.

On Gould Road
www.Gouldfarm.org




The Monterey General Store

This store has been in operation since 1780.   It's the center of Montery and you can't miss it as you drive through town…..and you shouldn't miss it.
You can get just about anything you want there, from a great cup of coffee to fresh baked goods, homemade sandwiches, soups and salads .  There's more than food though.  There are locally made greeting cards, photos, drawings and paintings for sale.  And even more.  They have live music.  This place is the epitome of what a small town store should be.

On the Main Rd in the middle of Montery
Tel:  413- 528-4437
www.montereystore.com

Rawson Brook Farm

There's a treat in store for you when you go to Rawson Brook Farm.  Iin business over 18 years, they produce fresh cheese from their herd of 50 Alpine goats. The Chevre-style goat cheese features, in addition to plain, herbed varieties of Chives and Garlic, and Thyme and Olive Oil. The public is welcome to come to the farm and can buy the cheese there as well as in many stores in the area.

OUTDOORS

Beartown State Forest

Here is a beautiful forest gem in the southern Berkshire Mountains.  12,000 acres with everything for the outdoor enthusiast and those who simply want to relax.
In the summer there's hiking, swimming, paddling, and  mountain biking.  In winter one can snowshoe, cross country ski, ride snowmobiles, and go hunting.(be sure to check when hunting season is)
There is a beautiful campground with 12 campsites along the shores of Benedict Pond.   Camping is by reservation only, so  call ahead to try to get one of the spectacularly secluded and superbly scenic pondside sites. The Appalachian Trail passes right through the forest for a few miles and next to the campground.  Try first for site 11.
The ranger's station is a good place to get maps and find out if there have been any bear sightings.  This is important because you will need to know what to do if you do see any bears.

If you don't have a lot of time just pull off the road and walk in a little ways.  Take in the serenity, the beauty and the peace, then go on your way with a new outlook.

Off Rte. 23 in Monterey about halfway between downtown Great Barrington and the town of Otis.


HISTORIC SIGHTS

The Bidwell House and Gardens

The Bidwell House celebrated its 250th anniversary and 10th as a museum in 2000. The house was originally built circa 1750 as the parsonage for the first minister to the area of what are today the towns of Monterey and Tyringham.
Surrounding the house are terraced stone walls brimming with perennial beds. Installed in the 20th century when the house was restored, these provide a fabulous setting for this gem of a Georgian saltbox. The remaining acreage is woodlands laced with hiking trails and foot paths leading to historical landmarks throughout the property.
It's a beautiful place to go  in all seasons, but in the summer you can see The Kitchen Garden, which shows the early colonial style and variety of plants and

 

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