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WEST STOCKBRIDGE

The Town of West Stockbridge is in the western part of Berkshire County. This cozy Village settled on the banks of the Williams River which flows through the town,  is a very beautiful part of the Berkshires.  With it's many ponds, streams, wetlands and open fields, is offers excellent opportunities for fishing and boating.  It has a small, attractive downtown retail center, which serves residents, tourists and adjacent communities.

Unlike most of the towns in earlier days, West Stockbridge did not rely solely on agriculture, but on the number of quarries that began operation very early in the town's history.  Fine marble and iron ore  were found, much of which was used to build the State House in Boston, the old City Hall in New York and Girard College in Philadelphia. Other industries in the 19th century included a paper mill making manila wrapping paper, machine shop grist mill, iron furnace and lime kilns. Now most industry has vanished, but the town hosts many interesting shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants. 

West Stockbridge is  easy to get to.  It's just off Exit 1 of the Massachusetts Turnpike and five minutes from Stockbridge on Route 102.

SHOPS

Charles H. Baldwin & Sons
We raved about this in our Best of Locally Made.
Since 1888, manufacturers of vanilla extract/flavorings, old-time toys, candies, baking ingredients, miscellaneous sundries & more. 
On Center Street
www.baldwinextracts.com


Baldwin's Hardware
The oldest family owned hardware store in the Berkshires, founded in 1864. Specializing in great service, lawn and garden supplies, and Benjamin Moore paints.
On Center Street.


LODGING

The Shaker Mill Inn
A cozy bed and breakfast  all suite Inn with private entrances, outdoor decks/porches, cable TV, DVD player, local phone, WiFi, A/C, iPod station, and complimentary wine.  Healthy breakfast served to your room or deck. Pet and child friendly, no smoking.  Luxurious efficiency suite lodging at affordable prices.

2 Oak St.(behind Troy’s garage)
413 232-4600
http://shakermillinn.com



 
 DINING
 
Rouge
Contemporary French cuisine and full tapas bar offering a variety of locally grown foods.  Full bar.  Owners Chef William and wife Maggie invite you in to their friendly home away from home. Call for hours.
On Center Street
 http://rougerestaurant.com/

No. Six Depot

Inside an old Depot you can enjoy a great breakfast or lunch. Dinner is served on Friday nights. Foods are sourced from small local farms. The attached art gallery shows local and international artists with art openings, film screenings, live music and dance performances to poetry readings, lectures, book launches and pop up shops. On Center Street. 413.232.0205

http://www.sixdepot.com

Shaker Dam Coffehouse

Located along the Williams River, the Shaker Dam showcases the photographic collection of John Stanmeyer, a National Geographic photographer and co-founder of the VII Photo agency. This historic building hosts annual exhibitions of Stanmeyer’s work, photographic workshops and presentations. In addition to photography, this Shaker style house (built in 1839) expresses John’s other obsession — coffee. 2 Main St 413 232-7707

 

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