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Vivian Mandala Deisgn Studio

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Hudson Antiques Dealers Assocation

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Libations, Desserts, and Artisanal Goods
Rural Intelligence StyleShirecity Fire Cider, Pittsfield
Locally made tonic of raw apple cider vinegar and honey, sold in amber glass bottles (16 oz/ $29).

Hillrock Estate Distillery, Ancram
Field-to-glass handcrafted whiskey distilled on-site from estate-grown grain ($80).
408 Pooles Hill Road
(518) 329-1023

Berkshire Mountain Distillers, Great Barrington
Juniper, citrus,and coriander Greylock Gin ($23).
P.O Box 922
(413) 229- 0219

Rural Intelligence Style
Harvest Spirits, Valatie
The local distiller’s world-renown Core Vodka ($35 for 750 ml), Cornelius Applejack ($40 for 750 ml), and various boutique brandies and grappa ($21).
3074 US Route 9
(518) 758- 2920

Hudson-Chatham Winery, Ghent
The winery’s Blanc de Blanc ($17.95), is akin to a much higher-end sparkling beverage.
1900 Route 66
518) 392-9463

Hopkins Vineyard, New Preston
Yoga class and wine tasting for two $75: one-hour class followed by a wine, cheese, and fruit course.
25 Hopkins Road
(860) 868-7954
 
Rural Intelligence StyleMillbrook Winery and Vineyards, Millbrook
Tasting for two of six wines, guided tour of winery, samples of their house olive oil; two souvenir wine glasses, and four bottles of the Millbrook wine portfolio ($80).
26 Wing Road
(845) 677-8383

Clinton Vineyards, Clinton Corners
Wine tasting for two and a two-bottle gift set ($73.50). Tour the vineyards and pick up a bottle of their Seyval Blanc ($18.50) and a bottle of their Jubilee Méthode Champenoise ($35).
450 Schultzville Road
(845) 266-5372  

Tousey Winery, Clermont
Tousey’s highly rated Pinot Noir 2010 ($20).
774 Rt 9 Rural Intelligence Style
(518) 567-5462

Bumble and Hive, Rhinebeck
Dozens of varieties of honey, including the locally produced Catskill Ranch ($12.95) and NY Buzz ($6.85-24.95).
47 East Market Street
(845) 876-2625

Christopher Norman Chocolates, Hudson
The chocolatier’s artful Domino Box, a collection of 12 bittersweet chocolate pieces dotted with white chocolate and filled with rich caramel ($40).
PO Box 1145 Rural Intelligence Style
(518) 822- 0300

Harney & Sons Tea, Millerton
Wooden Chest of Tea Gift from the American equivalent of France’s Mariage Frères tea purveyors. Box contains a plated strainer and four (2 oz) tins of their most popular teas: English Breakfast, Hot Cinnamon Spice, Earl Grey Supreme, and Paris ($50).
1 Railroad Plaza
(518) 789-2121

Pure Mountain Olive Oil and Vinegar, Rhinebeck
Olive oils infusions of basil, Meyer lemon, Greek, blood orange, Chilean Picual, and chipotle ($17.95, 375 ml); Modena balsamic vinegars such as fig and cranberry-walnut ($17.95, 375 ml).
23 East Market Street
(845) 876-4645

Rural Intelligence StyleBarrington Coffee Roasting Company, Lee
Sustainable beans, roasted in-house by a fanatical team. Try the Berkshire Blend ($18.95 / lb.) or the Barrington Gold Espresso Blend ($17.45/lb).
165 Quarry Hill Road
(413) 243-3008

Cooking, Housewares, Candles, Scents
The Chef’s Shop, Great Barrington
Channel the seventies with a multipurpose Swissmar 11-Pc Copper Fondue Set with a ceramic insert for three different types of fondue — meat, cheese, and chocolate.
31 Railroad Street
(413) 528-0135

Rural Intelligence StyleMarx Home, Hudson
France’s coveted Le Creuset 10” skillet in quintessential flame ($99.99).
344 Warren Street
(518) 828-2805

Different Drummer’s Kitchen, Lenox
Wusthof Classic’s five- piece block set for the beginner chef, including a 6” cook’s knife, 4 ½” utility knife, 3 ½” paring knife, and kitchen shears, all on a wooden storage block ($89).
374 Pittsfield Road
(413) 637-0606

Rural Intelligence StyleRed Chair, Hudson
Lavender pillow bundles ($34); travel-sized lavender pillow sets ($16); vintage grain sack pillow with down insert ($84 - $120).
606 Warren Street
(518) 828-1158  

New Preston Kitchen Goods, New Preston
Simon Pearce tabletop ($35 plus).
11 East Shore Road
(860) 868-1264 Rural Intelligence Style

Rural Residence, Hudson
Hand-forged scissors (up to 12 inches, $15-$42); a compact 6-bottle artisanal galvanized wine holder ($58); or an olive wood utensil holder ($58) and salad server ($38).
316 Warren Street
(518) 822-1061

Nest, Lakeville
Retro bamboo ice buckets ($140).
11 Brook Street Rural Intelligence Style
(860) 596-4357

Hillsdale General Store, Hillsdale
The Bromwell Copper Kettle ($98.50).
2642 State Route 23
Village Square Plaza
(518) 325-3310    

Second Home, Lenox
Hostess gifts such as Vance Kitira candles ($7.50 – $20) and Nectar triple-milled soaps with natural extracts ($10).
53 Church Street
(413) 551-7050

Rural Intelligence StylePergola Home, New Preston
Terra cotta planter with succulent ($24).
7 East Shore Road
(860) 868-4769

Element, Hudson
Hard-to-find and cult scents: Santa Maria Novella ($130), Juliette Get Your Gun L’Air du Temps ($130).
508 Warren Street
(518) 828-1686

Privet House, Warren
A varied assortment of items such as vintage Steuben glass ($50 and up) and rare kitchen salts ($26).
4 Cornwall Road – at the crossroads of routes 45 & 341
(860) 868-1800

Hammertown, Great Barrington and Rhinebeck
Wool equestrian-inspired blanket ($135).
Great Barrington, 325 Stockbridge Road
(413) 528-7766
Rhinebeck, 6420 Montgomery Street Rural Intelligence Style
(845) 876-1450

Gilmor Glass Studio, Millerton
Tabletop accent pieces including green, clear, gold-hued apple and pear-shaped paperweights ($70 - $85).
2 Main Street
(518) 789-8000

Home, South Egremont and Hudson
Silk velvet Ikat throw pillow from Uzbekistan ($120).
South Egremont, Route 23
(413) 528-5383
558 Warren St., Hudson
(413) 429 1890   Rural Intelligence Style

Kamilla’s Floral Boutique, Millerton
A wide variety of orchids ($35 plus), unusual potted plants and succulents ($15-30), and topiary-looking lemon cypress trees in bright orange ceramic pots ($25).
36 Main Street
(518) 789-3900


A night away or a quick refresher
Rural Intelligence StyleUnion Street Guest House, Hudson
Try the Library Suite for $150 and leave the kids behind. A fully furnished sitting room with private library where tea and coffee await your arrival, a separate bedroom with a King bed and private bath complete this room. It also has full package cable with two flat screens (one in the living room and one in the bedroom), and a fridge. The colors of this suite reflect the Swedish influence of Carl Larsson, an artist of the 19th century. 
345-349 Union Street
(518) 828-0958

Cranwell Resort and Spa, Lenox
Book a Classic Resort King or double room online to get Serenity Sundays (and sometimes Mondays) throughout December and January. With the reduced rate you’ll also be given 20% off spa treatments and full use of the spa facilities, including a heated indoor pool, whirlpools, saunas, steam rooms, and fitness center ($129).
5 Lee Road
(413) 637-1364

Rural Intelligence StyleThe Porches Inn, North Adams
Located steps from Mass MoCA, this colorful inn offers a Sunday through Thursday rate in their spacious deluxe standard room with queen or king-sized bed with slate-floored private bath and continental breakfast buffet included in room rate or room delivery in Porches signature retro lunchbox available ($130). 
231 River Street
(413) 664-0400

Canyon Ranch, Lenox
There’s no need to splurge on a week off and hideout at Canyon Ranch when you can pop in for a tune-up like the Total Elegance Facial. (50 minutes for $135). Facials for men (50 minutes for $135).
165 Kemble Street
(413) 637-4100

Rural Intelligence StyleThe Spa at Litchfield Hills, Litchfield
The Spa at Litchfield Hills boasts a Stop the Clock! 90-minute Anti-Aging Rejuvenating Facial ($110) and a 60-minute Back to Basics! Basic European Cleansing Facial ($90).
407 A Bantam Road
(860) 567-8575


Clothing, Accessories
Church Street Trading Company, Great Barrington
The Wiggens boiled wool cap for men, in an assortment of patterns from checkered to plaid to hound’s tooth ($90 - 145). For women, the popular fleece-lined leggings Ilux ($35).
4 Railroad Street
(413) 528-6120

Rural Intelligence StyleTivoli Mercantile, Red Hook
The store’s best-selling Baggu canvas bags ($25.50-$80), as well as a complete selection of Hudson Paint’s colorful chalkboard paints ($10-$75).
5 E. Market Street
(845) 758.3229  

The Cashmere King, Hudson
Seasonal pop-up shop, featuring top-of-the-line cashmere clothing and accessories at deep discounts, like texting gloves ($30).
613 Warren Street
(518) 965-4412    

Rural Intelligence StyleHaldora, Rhinebeck
Slouchies caps, handmade in the Hudson Valley by “Libelle” ($62 - $98).
28 East Market Street
(518) 876-6250


Give the gift of learning
Jiminy Peak, Hancock
First-time skier or snowboarder packages include a beginner all-day lift ticket, 90-minute lesson, and rental equipment. Ages 8 + ($79).
37 Corey Road
(413) 738-5500

The Cooking School at Winvian, Morris
Winvian Classic Classes two-hour pasta class ($150 per person).
155 Alain White Road
(860) 567-9600

Catamount, Hillsdale
Skiing or snowboarding lessons includes a 1 ½ hour class, rental equipment, and lift ticket for the Wonder Carpet and the Meadows Triple Chairlift. Ages 7 + ($75).
3290 State Hwy 23
(518) 325-3200

Mohawk Mountain, Cornwall
Private lessons in skiing, snowboarding, and telemark skiing. Ages 12 + ($95).
45 Great Hollo Road
(860) 672 -0161

Bousquet Mountain, Pittsifeld
First Timers Package includes lift ticket, group lesson, and equipment rental ($70).
Ages 5+.
101 Dan Fox Drive
(413) 442-8316

Ski Butternut, Great Barrington
Beginner ski or snowboard package includes a lift ticket, group lesson, and equipment rental. Ages 7+ ($75 - $100).
380 State Road
(413) 528-2000

Art and Cultural Memberships
Rural Intelligence StyleTerenchin, Hudson
Lithograph by Albert Sway from 1937 ($95).
533 Warren Street
(518) 828-0508

The Mount, Stockbridge
A historic site and a center for culture inspired by the passions and achievements of Edith Wharton. Dual Membership ($75), Friend Membership ($125).
2 Plunkett Street
(413) 551-5111

MASS MoCA, North Adams
Dual memberships include unlimited free gallery admission for two, 10% discounts for performances, the cafe, all MASS MoCA stores, and The Porches Inn; free admission to exhibition openings ($95).
87 Marshall Street
(413) 662-2111

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown
Sustainer-level membership includes free admission to various museums, shopping, and café discounts as well as participation in the North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) Program, encompassing more than 600 museums in the United States and Canada ($150).
225 South Street
(413) 458-2303

Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge
A conservancy membership includes unlimited free admission, cuttings, and reciprocal admission to more than 240 botanical gardens, conservatories, and arboreta across the United States and Canada. Individual Membership ($50),  Family/Dual Membership ($75).
5 West Stockbridge Road
(413) 298-3926

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