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NEW MARBOROUGH

New Marlborough is situated on uneven and hilly terrain on an elevated plateau in the southern Berkshires. It contains a part of scenic Lake Buel,  Campbell's Falls where the Whiting River pours down an 80' drop, and Tipping Rock are there. The Rock, a huge 40-ton boulder left behind by retreating glaciers in the ice-age, balances so delicately that one finger can tilt a weight that a bulldozer couldn't move.  New Marlborough has a lovely village center clustered around  a central green.  There are beautiful old inns and restaurants  in New Marlborough which is located in southwestern Massachusetts, bordered by Monterey on the north; Sandisfield on the east; Norfolk and North Canaan, Connecticut, on the south; Sheffield on the west; and Great Barrington on the northwest..  New Marlborough includes the communities of Clayton, Hartsville, Mill River, New Marlborough and Southfield.  It was once  a stop on the Red Bird stagecoach line

LODGING/DINING

We raved about the following places in our Best of the Berkshires Hotels, but here are the details.
 
Gedney Farms, The restored Normandy style barn,  features 16 innovative guest rooms and suites in a former cattle barn, many with granite fireplaces, some with large tiled whirlpool tubs.  Beautiful rooms, spectacular site for weddings, special events.
www.gedneyfarms.com
   
Mepal Manor & Spa, a gracious, turn-of-the-century country house hotel with 12 elegantly appointed guest rooms on the upper two floors, as well as a dining room, great hall, and library on the ground floor.  The spa, in a separate building, offers the latest in all spa treatments, yoga, pilates and outdoor adventures.  Overlooking 230 scenic acres.
www.Mepalspa.com

One more place of special interest is The Old Inn on the Green.  The Old Inn, once a stagecoach relay, offers authentically restored guest rooms, fine dining in intimate candle lit dining rooms and seasonal al fresco dining on the canopied garden terrace off the taproom.
www.oldinn.com

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES


Check out the North Road, which starts at the back of the Old Inn on the Green.  For those who want a nice country walk without going into a forest it's wonderful.  There are no cars or people, just gorgeous vistas.    It's a perfect walk any time and in the winter, a great place to cross country ski.  It's not listed in any travel books.

Also look for the part of Lake Buel that's in New Marlborough.

BERKSHIRE FISH HATCHERY

Nourished by an aquifer that sends 200 gallons per minute of chilled water coursing through its fish pools, the hatchery dates to 1914. The 148-acre property was entrusted to the federal government by the family of trout fisherman John Sullivan Scully, and served to cultivate trout, smallmouth bass and later Atlantic salmon until budget cuts led to the hatchery's 1994 closing until 1999 when a restoration was started.
Ten 3,500-gallon fish tanks have been refurbished and are operational.  Three tanks are currently stocked with Atlantic salmon, rainbow and brown trout brood stock. The egg hatch house has been retrofitted with new equipment for hatching and currently houses 5,000 Rainbow and 30,000 Brown trout hatched from the fall spawning season.

There are over 7 miles of nature trails through wildlife and wetlands habitats. Signage identifies species of flora and fauna. Visitors are welcome to take self-guided tours.  In the winter the area , though hilly and  wooded  is good for snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing.

On Hatchery Road in the village of Hartsville, New Marlboro.
(The road that runs between Route 23 to the north and Route 57 to the south is called River Road on its northern end and Hatchery Road on the southern end.)

http://www.berksfish.org/

 

 

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