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GREAT BARRINGTON — Nick Joseph is fond of saying: "Take it to the next level."He and his wife, Birdie, have done just that with The Bistro Box, the seasonal roadside eatery they opened in 2014 …

It might feel like summer is almost over, but there is still plenty of time to enjoy an afternoon or evening out in the Berkshires. Try one of these outdoor spots before it gets too chilly and we're …

Drink Outdoors

RICHMOND — It all began when Christian Hanson decided to try making wine in the basement."I had tried making beer and decided to try making wine," he said Wednesday afternoon. "We made a couple …

NEW MARLBOROUGH — Wayne Eline spent 19 of his 34 years in education as a chemistry teacher. But today, you can find him studying the molecules of a specimen you won't find in a high school classroom: wine.On a recent afternoon, Eline held a …

Eat Local

At Mezze Bistro + Bar, chef Nicholas Moulton and company don't just cook the pork that is a staple of the Williamstown restaurant's regularly changing menus. They feed it.Mezze staffers often bring …

These local landmarks filled our bellies, hearts and towns with more than food — some are where couples marked every wedding anniversary, others gave neighbors a good spot to land on Friday nights to catch up — they also gave us a collective sense of what makes the Berkshires. From farm-to-table fare, to killer French fries, extra-large omelets and homemade dumplings, these are the dishes we'll miss, from the places we loved. Here, restaurant owners aren't just names, but the people who greet you at the door, or cook your meal to order in a small kitchen. They know your name, your regular order and your community. 

We raise a glass to all those who turned off the lights this past year, poured their last pint and flipped their last burger. Cheers — here's to better days ahead, we hope.

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