Family, Food, Shopping, Travel

Pick-your-own fun still is possible

Dwight Miller Orchards, East Dummerston, Vt. Brattleboro Reformer File Photo What to know before you go … Before heading out to a local orchard or farm for an afternoon packed with “pick-your-own” fun, there are a few things you should know. COVID-19 has changed how pick-your-own farms and orchards are operating. You might need to… Continue reading Pick-your-own fun still is possible

Family, Food, Shopping, Travel

Apple orchards prepare for an unprecedented pick-your-own season

Overcome COVID-19 cabin fever at your local apple orchard Ashley Howe picks Cortland apples at Terry's Orchard in Bennington, Vt. Bennington Banner File Photo By Bob Audette Across Southern Vermont orchard managers are preparing for an unprecedented pick-your-own apple season. "Consumers are looking for local food and they also are looking for fun experiences," said… Continue reading Apple orchards prepare for an unprecedented pick-your-own season


You don’t need to leave town for a change of scenery

5 weekend getaways in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont By Kimberly Kirchner Self-isolation, Week Two: For the first time, you notice a strange pattern of knots in the wood of the coffee table. Week Seven: You’ve determined the knots resemble an antelope with a pelican on its back. As a courtesy, you avoid them when… Continue reading You don’t need to leave town for a change of scenery

Outdoors, Travel

5 hikes to take before the snow flies

Mount Greylock. Berkshire Eagle File Photo By Meggie Baker We’re all spending more time outdoors lately, and with colder weather not too far off, take advantage of the last of the warm days and hit the trails. Fall in UpCountry means hikers can enjoy a break from stifling heat and humidity and enjoy the best… Continue reading 5 hikes to take before the snow flies


5 scenic drives with breathtaking fall views

By Meggie Baker Could there possibly be a better social distancing activity than a family road trip tour of fall foliage in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont? As New Englanders, we all know peak season for leaf peepers is Columbus Day weekend, (in Vermont, Indigenous Peoples Day), but the leaves don’t always wait for our… Continue reading 5 scenic drives with breathtaking fall views

Outdoors, Travel

The UpCountry Golf Guide 2020

Please call ahead/check the website of the individual golf sites for the most up-to-date information and COVID-19 guidelines. The golf course at Wyndhurst Manor and Club, formerly known as Cranwell Spa and Golf Resort, in Lenox. Eagle File Photo. The Berkshires’ 18-hole courses Bas Ridge Golf Course LOCATION: 151 Plunkett Ave., Hinsdale, Mass.TYPE: Public, with… Continue reading The UpCountry Golf Guide 2020

Outdoors, Travel

Ready, Set, Get Outside! Where to hike, bike, kayak and more …

The Berkshires and Southern Vermont, as we know it, won’t be the same this summer. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do. We came up with 7 activities — from bird-watching to kayaking — and some suggestions as to where you can do them, to keep your summer full.

Arts, Family, Food, History, Outdoors, Travel

20-20 Hindsight

Canceled, postponed and streaming: UpCountry cultural venues are missed, not forgotten Compiled by Jack Lyons and Christopher Parker Change does not come easy in New England. We, as a people, take pride in our traditions, our celebrations and our festivals. Our weather might change at the drop of a hat, but a true New Englander… Continue reading 20-20 Hindsight

Books, History, Travel

Travel the ‘forgotten highways’ of New England

These early turnpikes faded into memory, becoming better known as backroads used for scenic drives — roads that Robert Geake highlights in his latest book, “The Road Less Traveled: Forgotten Historic Highways of New England.”