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Architectural Digest
An 1830s Hudson Valley home becomes a welcoming weekend getaway.

The magnificent Columbia County home of composer Scott Frankel (“Grey Gardens” and “Far From Heaven”) and architect Jim Joseph is featured in the new issue of Architectural Digest.
Skiing areas spending millions to upgrade snowmaking

Good news for local skiers: Catamount, Ski Butternut - Great Barrington, Mass. and Otis Ridge have all upgraded their snow-making capabilities.

Architectural Digest
Hudson, New York’s Best

The magazine tours our region, concluding with a dining-and-shopping spree in Hudson.

The New York Times

For Her Next Production…
Making a film in Ghent, NY, led to the construction of an innovative, sustainable house.

The New York Observer

As Celebrities Flock to Hudson Valley, Locals Pretend Not to Care
Sam Pratt hits a home run with this piece about life in the Rural Intelligence region.

The New York Times
The Mystery Behind the Model for a Vanished Rockwell Painting
Deborah Solomon’s new biography of the great Stockbridge artist suggests her book is full of revelations.

The New York Times
To Table, From a Farm of Their Own
A glowing review of Arethusa al Tavolo in Bantam, the farm-to-table restaurant refined and redefined by the guys who also own Manolo Blahnik.


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Review: The Shelter Wine Bar

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Rhinebeck’s newest, coolest bar-cum-restaurant is The Shelter, a subterranean hideaway serving tapas-style plates and excellent drinks. Run by Wesley and Bryn Dier, the team behind The Local, another popular Rhinebeck spot, The Shelter gives off a speakeasy vibe and offers cocktails special enough to be called "elixirs," delectable small plates, aged meats like chorizo and paprika-cured pork tenderloin, and for dessert, house-churned saffron ice cream and (be still the heart) warm mole brownies. “This is an adult place to have a cocktail,” says owner Wesley Dier. “We consider it like we’re throwing a party ever night.” RI’s Andrea Pyros checks out the scene.

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10 Things To Love About Salisbury

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When the White Hart Inn closed a few years ago, many of us thought that Connecticut’s Northwest Corner might never recover. The historic hub at the crossroads of Routes 41 and 44 was a monument to New England finery. Turns out, there’s more to Salisbury, CT than an abandoned B&B. Much more. RI’s Nichole Dupont treks south into farm country, only to find a town quietly thriving on its natural assets. From flora and fauna (i.e., flowers, farms and equines) to fine bakeries and café’s to a hardcore hiking community, this quaint village offers up a hardy array of cultural staples for visitors and the steadfast.

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Alana Chernila offers a cheesecake that’s light, tangy and smells like roses. Sounds like spring. Sounds like an ambrosial dessert for Easter or (yes) Passover (as long as you don’t keep kosher). And guess what? The crust is even gluten free. Holiday or not, it’s a dessert that’s right any time of year.

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The Montessori School of the Berkshires throws a Cuban-themed fundraiser, “Havana Nights,” at Shakespeare and Company that's an oasis of hot Latin beats and Caribbean cuisine, the R.O. Blechman exhibit opens at the Hudson Opera House, and Motherhood Out Loud packs the Unicorn Theatre.

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It's spring, the last of the snow is melting, and new buds are popping up everywhere. The BBG's Brian Cruey shows us how to delicately – don't crush those new buds! – get out in the garden and the yard to assess winter damage and begin some tentative pruning of trees and shrubs.

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You may remember when Midori burst onto the international music scene as a child phenom. Still one of today’s most important violinists, she’s a gifted educator and community engagement activist. And she will be giving a free recital next week. This, and more, in Music Intelligence. (Photo: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders)

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Take a look at the photo above. You’d hardly know it was a condo. With four bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms, it doesn’t feel like one, either. But it’s got amenities and it’s practically maintenance free. There’s something to be said for condo living, and we’ve rounded up a few to prove it.

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Shopping in Great Barrington, eating out… you might not expect Chef Brian Alberg to be doing such quotidian activities. After all, he is the acclaimed chef of the Red Lion Inn and a leader in the farm-to-table movement. But, as we see, he practices what he preaches, and lives locally, just like the rest of us.

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Instant Intelligence

For even more information about upcoming events, check out our Dining, Music & Dance, Visual Arts, Shopping, Books, Theater, Movies, Kids, and Save the Date sections. Please submit your own event to

April 19, Great Barrington Simon’s Rock ThinkFOOD Conference: Three panel presentations with regional food thinkers, writers, and leaders, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Kellogg Music Center.

April 19, Clinton Corners Clinton Cheese & Provisions The Beekman Boys present a special tasting of Beekman 1802 products and a book signing. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

April 19, Pittsfield Repair Cafe Volunteers fix broken or damaged items for free. Bring non-working but repairable lamps, vacuum cleaners, small appliances, clothing and fabric items, bicycles, and blades for sharpening to the basement of St. Stephen’s Church, 67 East St., 1-5 p.m.

April 19, Great Barrington Rubi’s The Meat Market and Rubiner’s Cheese Mongers present the third annual spring lamb roast. See website for full menu. 6 p.m.

April 22, Pittsfield Berkshire Athenaeum Eyes On Owls: Mark and Marcia Wilson present a program that lets you experience live owls, up close and personal. Learn about the lives of New England’s owls and how to protect them. For ages 4 - 92. 1 p.m.

April 22, Richmond Berkshire HorseWorks Open House & Interactive Demonstration of “Team Building with Horses.” Wine, cheese and conversation will follow demo. Berkshire Equestrian Center, 4:30-7 p.m.

April 23, Great Barrington Simon’s Rock The Future of Seeds: GMO & Heirloom Seeds: A panel discussion with Dr. Abby Kinchy (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) and Dominic Palumbo (Moon in the Pond Farm). 7 p.m.

April 23, Annandale-on-Hudson Bard College My Name Is Ruth: An Evening with Bard Big Read and Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping. Excerpts from the book will be read by Neil Gaiman, Nicole Quinn and Mary Caponegro. Fisher Center, 7 p.m.

April 25, Williamstown Pine Cobble School Goats in the Woods: Meet goats being raised, enjoy a meal by chef Greg Roach featuring sub-Saharan and north African goat dishes, and hear a lecture by Dr. Peter Smallidge on raising goats. 4-8 p.m.

April 25 & 26, Hudson Basilica Hudson ECLIPSE, a multidisciplinary performance by choreographer Jonah Bokaer and visual artist Anthony McCall. 7:30 p.m.

April 27, Great Barrington Prairie Whale and Berkshire Grown present a festive brunch to celebrate the coming 2014 growing season. 11 a.m - 1 p.m.

April 27, Chatham Tannery Pond Concerts Benefit A concert with Jose Franch-Ballester on clarinet and Ran Dank on piano, performed in Aven Kerr’s barn. 3 p.m.

For even more information about upcoming events, check out our:
Dining Intelligence (Listings of Food and Drink Events & Restaurant Features)
Music & Dance Listings
Visual Arts Listings
Local Shopping Listings
Books Listings
Theater Listings
Local Movies Listings
Kids Calendar Listings
Save the Date Listings
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