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  • uman Nov 17, 2006 02:28 PM
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I'll be heading to the Berkshires soon and am looking for a place to stay that would please a foodie. Any recommendations?

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  1. If you are in Lenox, neither Blantyre (pricey) nor Cranwell (less pricey) have ever disappointed me. The breakfast hostess at Cranwell, Sheila, is a delightful Irish lady.

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    1. re: thegolferbitch

      Way too expensive for my lodging budget, unfortunately...

    2. the egremont inn is beautiful and has a tasty restaurant inside. the town of egremont is very small, but has 4 other great restaurants.

      #1 john andrews- about 5 miles away
      #2 egremont inn- right there, of course
      #3 old mill- hop, skip & jump
      #4 swiss hutte- about 6 miles away
      #5 elm court inn- actually in north egremont, about 5 miles away.

      my fave is JA, but the bar/tavern area at old mill is AWESOME.

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      1. re: niccole

        Thanks - I was considering staying at the Egremont Inn.

        1. re: uman

          great! please make sure to report back on your stay/food!

          1. re: niccole

            Well, I stayed at the Village Inn which I liked and had much fun in their bar. Troy, the man about the hotel, made us feel welcomed and introduced us to the locals.
            We ate at Zinc Bistro which I would not recommend to anyone UNLESS you are just drinking at the bar and eating appetizers.
            I had the short ribs. Now, I've just recently had the short ribs at Casablanca which are delicious. These are an entirely different beast, and if I were the owner, I'd be embarassed to serve these. First thing was, well, they were swimming in brown gravy. Brown gravy? Second, they were dry, dry, dry. Third, I needed a knife to eat them. If they can't cook this right, they should just take it off the menu. I was also going to get the gnocchi, but I noticed another diner eating them and they looked like they were bound with glue. The goat cheese salad was lacking as well.
            The dressing was bland and there was a GIANT piece of goat cheese the size of a burger fried into a pattie. Now I love fried cheese, but the cheese was too large. They should have made them smaller to get a bigger fried bits to cheese ratio. Underwhelming.
            The server was very nice, the duck spring rolls were good, and the desert of creme brulee was good.
            The trip itself was loads of fun and I look forward to going to Lenox again.

            1. re: uman

              im glad you had fun...come on over to egremont next time and have some TASTY food, i promise!

      2. I think this is where we stayed 6 years ago in Easthampton (near Northampton), and the breakfast was lovely. The rooms look familiar, and the house specialities sound familiar, but the proprietors are different. http://webpages.charter.net/mckinleyh...

        (Of course, about 70% of B&Bs seem to have house specialties along the lines of "banana walnut waffles, asparagus and roasted red pepper frittata, and baked blueberry-pecan french toast".

        )

        Easthampton/Northampton may not be quite in the Berkshires enough for you, though.

        1. You might want to consider Lenox...there are several great inns, all of which serve breakfast. There is Birchwood, Rookwood, Brook Farm, Walker House.
          If money is not an issue, Blantyre is where to stay. It is a Relais Chateau. Dining there provides for an incredible experience; if dinner is that pleasurable, you could absolutely not go wrong with breakfast.

          1. The Best Western in Lee has a KILLER indian brunch buffet, Sunday only I think.

            1. I stayed the Egremont Inn last summer, and the rooms are spartan, to put it mildly, and breakfast was continental. There was cold cereal, fruit, yogurt and pre-fab muffins--not what I expected from a place that has such a good restaurant. It seemed to me that breakfast was just an afterthought--something they HAVE to do.

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              1. re: cheferella

                UGH, im sorry for recommending the egremont inn! like i said before, i have been downstairs for dinner/drinks/lounge and i always thought it was so nice & cozy....i just assumed...my fault!!!!!!

              2. Also not quite the Berkshires but I recently stayed at the Old Tavern Farm Inn just outside of Greenfield, a nicely appointed 1820's inn, and was blown away by the breakfast. The owner goes to great lengths to get his breakfast ingredients ie. sausage from a nearby smokehouse, maple syrup from a local sugar house, and does a nice job putting things together. One of my best B and B breakfasts.

                1. One place nobody has mentioned is The Village Inn in Lenox. It's located on Church Street, has a terrific restaurant, and a tavern with live music on the weekends. The weekend breakfasts this time of year are really great--we had gingerbread pancakes, sweet potato hash and scrambled eggs with fresh basil, tomato and mozzarella. Definitely several steps above the average B&B fare. We're close enough to stop in for dinner frequently--this is one of our favorite dinner destinations, along with John Andrews and The Mill on the Floss. Check it out!

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                  1. re: cheferella

                    I must (once again) respectfully disagree with the Village Inn rec.
                    The food has gone waaay down while the prices just flew up. Like they felt they could charge "Lenox" prices even though the food is mediocre at best.
                    And I really have to question if you've ever been in ANY of the rooms before you recommended them here???

                    1. re: chowrottie

                      Are you sure we're talking about the same place?? the prices haven't gone up more than a dollar or two in the 10 years we've been going there. And yes, we've stayed in 6 0r 7 rooms in that time frame. Room 7 is our favorite (with a fireplace) but we've stayed in the smaller rooms when it's summer or early fall and the rates are higher.

                      1. re: chowrottie

                        We have recently had the pleasure to visit the village inn again. Our last visit was three years ago, for my wife's birthday. We fell in love with the regional food then, and found it better this time
                        with the expanded specials. Where are you going to find a lobster strudel, which is to die for. Prices have increased less than one dollar. The wine list is the most thought of in all of Lenox; and the least expensive I may add. Chowrottie must be a competitor.

                    2. Too bad you didn't go online and check out the packages The Village Inn does this time of year--they're a great value, and I've already booked one for January--somewhere around $170 for a fireplace room, and it includes a $50 dinner credit in their restaurant. It sounds like you had a good time overall, though, and I agree that the tavern is a great time! If you go again, ask for room 7, 20 or 23, as they're the largest rooms (I've stayed in all of them). I wholeheartedly agree with you about Zinc--for some reason there's a lot of hype about them, which I find is completely undeserved. There are MUCH better places to eat in Lenox.

                      1. Check out http://guesthouseatfieldfarm.thetrust...
                        Good breakfast and very cool place to stay. Much more interesting than any of the inns.

                        1. For a different, perhaps more down to earth experience, try a night at the Red Lion Inn. Wonderful ambiance of a early American Inn experience. For breakfast, walk out of the Red Lion and go about 400 feet out back to Market Street and the little store that I think is called the Deli. They have about 10 stools that you can watch your breakfast being made and listen to the some locals as well. The cost is about six bucks and you will have experienced a bit of authentic Americana - straight out of Norman Rockwell.