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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

Food

Forget about pie; bake these delicious fall treats instead

When fall arrives, and the first apple and pumpkin pies come out of the oven, it can be hard to remember that there are so many more things you can make with your fall harvest. To help you think outside the pie pan, we asked the bakers at King Arthur Baking in Norwich, Vt., for a few recipes to get you started …

Travel

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

Travel

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, People

Women on the Greens

Women golfers ‘make their mark’ on the course 2020, the “Year of the Woman,” celebrates the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. With this in mind, we thought it would be fitting to celebrate the women golfers of the Berkshires and Southern Vermont. We sought… Continue reading Women on the Greens

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.”

Arts, Business, People

How Grammy winner Benjamin Arrindell came to call Southern Vermont ‘home’

“[Mixing is] my most favorite portion of this process,” Arrindell said. “Especially when I get left alone, or if you leave me alone, or send me materials to work with. I love when I’m left to my own and I can do whatever I want."

Food

UpCountry sugarhouses share favorite maple recipes

MAPLE BAKED BEANS Recipe courtesy of Harlow’s Sugar House INGREDIENTS 2 pounds yellow eye or soldier beans, dried½ pound salt pork or bacon½ cup sugar2 teaspoons dry mustard½ teaspoon pepper¾ cup maple syrup, Grade A: Dark Color/Robust Taste or Grade A; Very Dark/Strong Taste DIRECTIONS Place the beans in a bowl and cover with cold… Continue reading UpCountry sugarhouses share favorite maple recipes

From the Editor

From the Editor

It seems silly to think that ski resorts once banned snowboarders from the slopes, but it’s true. Recently, thanks to the time machine that is the internet, I watched a Canadian Broadcasting Corp. news segment from 1985 about the “dangers” snowboarders posed to skiers.“Uncooperative … Smart alecs.” was how one ski patrolman in the news… Continue reading From the Editor

Family, Outdoors, Travel

Explore this frozen ice castle in New Hampshire

In this January 2019 photo, Bruce McCafferty and his son, Dougie, pause while exploring the ice formations growing at Ice Castles in North Woodstock, N.H. Photo: The Associated Press By Jennifer HuberdeauNORTH WOODSTOCK, N.H. Wish you could travel to Arendelle to visit Elsa’s castle made of ice? While a trip to the fictional icy home… Continue reading Explore this frozen ice castle in New Hampshire

Food

Funky, fun, eclectic and full of ‘Lebenslust’

Photo provided by Wunderbar. Wunderbar Biergarten brings global menu to Bellows Falls By Susan AllenBELLOWS FALLS, Vt. “Wunderbar” is German for “wonderful.” Remy Walker and Alain Martinez added new meaning to the word, creating the Wunderbar Biergarten in the heart of downtown Bellows Falls that also is funky, fun, eclectic and full of “Lebenslust,” German… Continue reading Funky, fun, eclectic and full of ‘Lebenslust’

Food

You’ll never look at an evergreen tree the same way again

The great outdoors of the Berkshires and Southern Vermont can provide us with wild foods that we can forage for our dinner plates. In the spring, we can find an abundance of ramps (wild leeks) for what seems like a fleeting moment. Summer gives way to many wild berries worth collecting, and autumn sees us scurrying through the woods for a diverse population of wild mushrooms and nuts.

Food, Outdoors, People

How a world-class athlete became a master distiller

Ski Bum Rum’s Ryan Max Riley once skied the slopes as part of the U.S. Ski Team Distiller Ryan Max Riley runs Ski Bum Rum Distillery in North Adams, which is located at Greylock Works. Berkshire Eagle File Photo By Mike WalshNORTH ADAMS, Mass. The pretty butterfly with dirty blond hair has no idea how… Continue reading How a world-class athlete became a master distiller

Outdoors

The little ski hill that could

Brattleboro’s Living Memorial Park offers $5 lift tickets and 8 decades of tradition The T-bar lift takes skiers and snowboarders up the hill at Living Memorial Park in Brattleboro. Brattleboro Reformer File Photo By Kevin O’ConnorBRATTLEBORO, Vt. Turn back history to January 1938 and you’ll see headlines as dark as storm clouds, be it about… Continue reading The little ski hill that could

Outdoors

2020 UpCountry Ski Guide

ALPINE SKIING In Southern Vermont Bromley Mountain 3984 Vermont Route 11, Peru, Vt.802-824-5522Bromley.com Killington Resort 4763 Killington Road, Killington, Vt.800-734-9435Killington.com Magic Mountain 495 Magic Mountain Access, Londonderry, Vt.802-824-5645Magicmtn.com Mount Snow Skiers and snowboarders ascend the slope at Mount Snow in West Dover, Vt. Brattleboro Reformer File Photo 39 Mount Snow Road, West Dover, Vt.800-245-SNOWMountsnow.com Okemo… Continue reading 2020 UpCountry Ski Guide

Outdoors

Get out there and start fat biking

5 tips to get you started Photo by Metro Creative Connection By Noah HoffenbergPITTSFIELD, Mass. One part mountain bike and one part zeppelin. Will it float or fly away? And does it bounce? It can only be one thing: a fat bike. All it takes is a quick glance at those chunky tires, checkered chevrons,… Continue reading Get out there and start fat biking

History, Outdoors

Inventions and innovation on and off the slopes

6 inventions that helped changed the course of snow sports In this March 2002 file photo, Jake Burton Carpenter, owner of Burton Snowboards, shows an early model, right, and one of the newer snowboards, left, in his office in Burlington, Vt. Associated Press Photo By Jennifer Huberdeau If you live, work or play in UpCountry… Continue reading Inventions and innovation on and off the slopes

Happenings

10 events not to miss in the new year

In Southern Vermont… Grafton Ice Bar 2020 Grafton InnGrafton802-843-2248, graftoninnvermont.com/event/ice-bar-2020Jan. 11 You’ll want to bundle up for this chilly outdoor event featuring a bar literally made out of ice. Signature cocktails are served through ice sculptures at this 21-and-older event. In addition to cocktails, there will be beer and food trucks, music provided by a… Continue reading 10 events not to miss in the new year

History

C.F. Bishop and the Autoneige that conquered Berkshires’ snowy hills

Cortlandt Field Bishop, of Lenox, was joyous to drive his Société Citroën-Kégresse-Hinstin K1 on- and off-road in the Berkshire and environs in winter. Berkshire Eagle File Photo By Bernard A. DrewLENOX, Mass. Most Gilded Age Berkshire cottagers scattered south or overseas in the cold months. Cortlandt Field Bishop, on the contrary, embraced snow. He named… Continue reading C.F. Bishop and the Autoneige that conquered Berkshires’ snowy hills

From the Editor

From the Editor

UpCountry Magazine has, for the second time in its three years of existence, been named the New England Newspaper & Press Association’s “Specialty Publication” of the Year — in other words, we’re New England’s Magazine of the Year once again! It’s a high honor and a banner achievement for which we can all take a… Continue reading From the Editor

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UpCountry wins top honor

UpCountry Magazine was named the 2019 Newspaper of the Year in the Specialty Publications category in the New England Newspaper & Press Association’s annual competition. The award was announced Oct. 10 at the New England Newspaper Awards Luncheon held at the AC Hotel Marriott in Worcester. For UpCountry, its win in the Specialty Publications category… Continue reading UpCountry wins top honor

Family, Outdoors, Shopping

The search for the perfect Christmas tree

Sophal Nhim ties down a Christmas tree for a customer at Holiday Brook Farm in Dalton, Mass. in December 2016. Berkshire Eagle File Photo Tips for picking the perfect tree from the National Christmas Tree Association Source: realchristmastrees.org Measure your space Be sure you know what size (height and width) you need before heading to… Continue reading The search for the perfect Christmas tree

Arts, Calendar, Family, Travel

10 things not to miss this winter

In Southern Vermont… 8th Brattleboro Film Festival Latchis Theatre Brattleboro802-257-2461, brattleborofilmfestival.orgNov. 1-10 The all-volunteer Brattleboro Film Festival returns to the Latchis Theatre for its eighth year with a slate of independent and award-winning productions that offer viewpoints and characters often unseen in mainstream media. The festivities kick off with a public reception Nov. 1. The… Continue reading 10 things not to miss this winter

Family, Travel

Winterlights shines bright with holiday spirit (and 240,000 twinkle lights)

Naumkeag’s Linden Walk will be transformed into “Rainbow Road” for Winterlights. “Rainbow Road” is one of several popular displays returning to the holiday light festival at the historic estate and gardens. Berkshire Eagle File Photo Walk through a twinkling wonderland at Naumkeag By Jennifer HuberdeauSTOCKBRIDGE, Mass. Winterlights is back, and it’s bigger and better than… Continue reading Winterlights shines bright with holiday spirit (and 240,000 twinkle lights)

Shopping

This store celebrates Christmas every day of the year

A glass ornament resembling a stick of butter commemorates a comical Christmas moment for the McKeever family. Photo by Anne Archer By Anne ArcherSunderland, Vt. With a smile that defines joy, Linda McKeever recalls the wintry day when her daughter, Megan, then 2 years old, was standing in the hallway of their house with an… Continue reading This store celebrates Christmas every day of the year

Family, Travel

Santa’s Land, U.S.A: A ‘New England tradition’ since 1957

Southern Vermont’s North Pole a nostalgic step back to simpler times Santa’s Land, U.S.A. has been called a “time capsule of far more innocent days.” Photo by Kevin O’Connor By Kevin O’ConnorPUTNEY, Vt. Log on to the website for Santa’s Land in the Vermont town of Putney and it might seem that Saint Nick has… Continue reading Santa’s Land, U.S.A: A ‘New England tradition’ since 1957

Arts, History, People

‘Alice’s Restaurant’: A song, turned movie, lives on as anti-war anthem

By Heather BellowSTOCKBRIDGE, Mass. The police chief sure taught those two teens a lesson. He arrested them for litterin’, threw them in a cell, fined them, and made them haul the trash up the hill after heavy rain. “Police Chief William J. Obanhein of Stockbridge said later the youths found dragging the junk up the… Continue reading ‘Alice’s Restaurant’: A song, turned movie, lives on as anti-war anthem

People

A Guthrie Center tradition

A warm and comfy Thanksgiving meal for those who need one In addition to the annual Thanksgiving Day meal, The Guthrie Center offers a free weekly lunch provided by donations from local farms and stores. Berkshire Eagle File Photo By Heather BellowGREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. The week of Thanksgiving, Michael Roller and his staff at Samel’s… Continue reading A Guthrie Center tradition

Essay, Food, History, UpCountry Kitchen

Gather in gratitude

Contemporary Thanksgiving prep pales in comparison to past celebrations Metro Creative By Robin Anish Historians tell us that the first Thanksgiving feast celebrated by the Pilgrims bears little in common with the Thanksgiving feasts of today; but, what they do share in common is the reason for the feast. Then, as now, families and friends… Continue reading Gather in gratitude

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Bring on the cookie swap!

A sweet way to gather with family and friends At the end of the cookie swap, each guest goes home with a sampling of every cookie at the party. Berkshire Eagle File Photo By Jennifer Huberdeau If you’re like the rest of us, the holidays are not only the “most wonderful time of the year,”… Continue reading Bring on the cookie swap!

From the Editor

Hit the road this fall

I’ve rediscovered my love for the day trip. Over the past few years, our family abandoned the day trip in favor of an overnight stay of at least a night, if not two or three. The overnight stay, for us, meant we didn’t have to try to “beat the traffic” and could take more time… Continue reading Hit the road this fall

Food, People

Hard cider bursting with Berkshire flavor

Locally sourced apples fuel the Berkshire Cider Project The Berkshire Cider Project is currently offering three hard ciders: its flagship dry cider, Orchard Blend 2019; a rosé; and a special limited release cider made with apples from Hancock Shaker Village’s historic orchard . Photos provided by Berkshire Cider Project By Mike Walsh NORTH ADAMS, Mass.… Continue reading Hard cider bursting with Berkshire flavor

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A is for Apple

6 regional apples to add to your table this fall By Margaret Button Macoun and gala and McIntosh, oh, my! It's apple season, and with so many delicious varieties to choose from in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont, it's difficult to know what you're picking and what that apple is best used for (besides taking… Continue reading A is for Apple