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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Regional Get Aways

Huson Valley, NY Sundown; Near Great Barrington, MA © Nina Buesing Corvallo

Several of my dearest friends are from Massachusetts. It is a beautiful state with good ideas. Yesterday the hubby and I went up to the Berkshires for work and spent a beautiful day in the area. Lots of antique stores everywhere. Great Barrington has an awesome health food store called The Co-op Market, where you can even buy Maple Syrup, Honey and Agave from bulk bins.
There are lots of beautiful bed and breakfasts to stay at and I hope to return soon. Great Barrington has a train station that no longer is in use unfortunately. The train is such a greener way to travel and it sure beats the bus for me. Getting out of the city by car can be maddening. Luckily Metro North has a train go from Grand Central to Wassaic during the summer (double check with the MTA please), with a shuttle bus bringing people to Great Barrington. So there is a way you can get up there without a car if you are interested.
Another place that one can easily visit by train from the city is Beacon. New York's Hudson valley is gorgeous. The sunsets are spectacular and on a warm summer day reminiscent of St.Lucia or Belize.
Beacon is home to a DIA center and makes for a good day-get-away. Parts of Beacon can still be a bit rough around the edges, but it is worth a visit.


Rona Chang said...

I <3 the Berkshires! The farmer's market up there is pretty sweet as is Berkshire Mountain Bakery, which is around the corner from where I was working. There are also tons of hiking trails.

nina said...

It's gorgeous up there. Have a great time in Scandinavia, Rona!