Enjoy a drink ... with a view

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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 forced indoors.

Meet you at the top

For a limited time, Bousquet Ski Area is offering a "Wine, Cheese and Trees" event Friday and Saturday evenings (at least through Sept. 14) where visitors can take a chairlift up to the top of the mountain and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and hors d'oeuvres. The special access to photo-worthy views will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. and tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children. For more information, visit bousquets.com.

Grab a pint and some sun

Wandering Star Craft Brewery in Pittsfield has a Beer Garden located outside its tasting room on 11 Gifford St. Grab a drink from their selection on tap and head outside where there is bocce and cornhole, board and card games, an extensive beer library for homebrewers and beer geeks alike and pool and ping pong. Open noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, with occasional extended hours on holidays. Search for Wandering Star Craft Brewery on Facebook for more information.

Music, wine and a good time

Balderdash Cellars in Richmond has been hopping all summer long at its newly expanded tasting room along State Road. Stop by 4 to 8 p.m. Fridays, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and grab a glass of wine. Patrons are encouraged to bring a picnic and stay to enjoy live music that is often held in the Tasting Room. On Friday, a special Harvest Concert will be held with music by Misty Blues Band. Bounti-Fare food truck will be on hand 5 to 8 p.m. There will be a $20 per car donation with proceeds benefiting Richmond Pond maintenance and upkeep. For more information, visit balderdashcellars.com.

Have your coffee, and your spirits, too

Stanmeyer Gallery & Shaker Dam Coffeehouse in West Stockbridge expanded its business hours this summer to include a cozy outdoor garden cafe with live music offerings. From 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays, beer and wine can be purchased at the Main Street mainstay, along with pizza and light fare. Check the coffee shop's Facebook page weekly for updates on drink specials and who will be performing: facebook.com/ShakerDamCoffeehouse.


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