Thursday, July 23, 2015


We took a quick overnight getaway to the Berkshires in Massachusetts, Wednesday into Thursday, to attend a play at The Berkshire Theater Group.     We went to see DEATH TRAP by Ira Levin at the Fitzpatrick Main Stage in Stockbridge.   

DEATH TRAP  is my favorite stage play, and I can remember, like yesterday, seeing the original at The Music Box Theater in 1979.  And when the movie with Michael Cain and Christopher Reeve was released in 1982 we rushed right out!  It is a smart, witty and suspenseful classic mystery; full of twists and turns.  This was the first time we have seen it on stage since the original and since it was in the Berkshires, which is only an hours drive, we seized the opportunity.

 And as luck would have it Marriott Hotels has finally opened the first hotel in Great Barrington, MA.  Yes, there are wonderful quaint inns, b&b's and motels, but I need the "guarantee" of a familiar branded hotel.  Marriott has several classes of hotels, but the standards are the same.  We had bad experiences staying at other hotels and for me; a bad stay can ruin a wonderful trip.  So, we make up the "local color" in other ways. 

We decided to make it an easy getaway, we left a bit later on Wednesday, checked in and headed right out to The Big Y in Great Barrington.  I love this New England grocery chain.  So after a quick stroll around the market and picking up a few treats to bring home, we headed to dinner.  Oh, I know what you are thinking, a supermarket; but I love to pick up different things to bring home and try.
For dinner we chose Four Brothers  right across the street from our hotel.  Again, another great local New England chain and we have one in Valatie in Columbia County.  It is a great casual restaurant with great food.

We enjoyed mesclun salad with balsamic dressing and fried goat cheese, from their own farm.  And a delicious personal pita pizza with fresh mozzarella, sausage and Kalamata olives.  And for desert a Coke Float. 
After dinner we headed back to the hotel for a quick refreshing jump in the pool before the show which started at 7:00 p.m.
The next morning after a light breakfast courtesy of the hotel we checked out and headed home.  We made a few quick stops first.  First at Home Sweet Home Donut Shoppe, a mom and pop donut shop that is the home of the Berkshire Bomb (a spiced muffin dipped in butter and rolled in cinnamon sugar.)
And right next door is Catherine's Chocolates   how convenient, right?
We continued to head back to New York and just before the boarder we stop in West Stockbridge    
for lunch.  We chose no. Six Depot for a quick light lunch in this wonderfully eclectic cafe.
My lunch was a skirt steak panini with chips and mesclun with a hibiscus iced tea.
After lunch we strolled around the village.  Lovely views of the Williams River and foot bridges.
A unique sculpture garden and park.
Quaint stores on brick covered side walks.
And historic building and Shaker Mill Pond Dam.
Homeward bound!  Even tho I know my girls are well cared for by their Pet Nanny I miss them and can never wait to get home to them.  We decided to detour to a local Chinese restaurant for some take out for later.  And although I love to get away I love getting home.

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