Things To Do

Exploring the Region

Perfectly situated halfway between Great Barrington, MA and Hudson, NY, the Inn at Green River offers both a taste of real country living and easy access to the best of the Berkshires, Columbia County and the Upper Hudson Valley.

As a 28-year resident of the area, your innkeeper is also your concierge should you need recommendations and suggestions with planning your stay– before or after you arrive. Whether you’re a couple on a romantic getaway, a family off to ski, or friends getting together for a reunion, Deborah can help tailor your visit to make the most of your time.

Begin exploring now!

Berkshires

The Berkshires, the hills of western Massachusetts that are part of the Northern Appalachian range, are famous for their beauty and have long been a second home to many city dwellers seeking pastoral repose. But the region is famous as well for its world-class arts and museums, festivals and fairs, farm-to-table fine dining (see Food Destinations) and shopping galore.

Here is just a partial list to help you begin your visit.

History & Culture / Museums & Art
Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA
Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield, MA
MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown MA
Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA

Houses & Gardens
The Mount, Lenox, MA
Naumkeag, Stockbridge, MA
Chesterwood, Stockbridge, MA
Berkshire Botanical Gardens, Stockbridge, MA

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Tanglewood

Music, Dance & Theater
Tanglewood, Lenox, MA
Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield, MA
Berkshire Theatre Group, various
Jacob’s Pillow, Becket, MA
The Mahaiwe, Great Barrington, MA
Shakespeare & Company, Lenox, MA

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Skiing at Catamount

Outdoor & Adventure
Explore the Aerial and Obstacle Courses at Catamount Aerial Adventure Park
Hike Monument Mountain, The Appalachian Trail or Mount Greylock
Enjoy scenic beauty at Bash Bish Falls at Mount Washington
Fish the Housatonic River or Bartholomew’s Cobble
Down Hill Ski and Snow Board at Catamount and Butternut
Snow Shoe and Cross Country Ski at Furnace Brook Winery

Antiques & Shopping
You will find lovely curated shopping experiences throughout the Berkshires, like Seeds, Church Street Trading Co. and Karen Allen (yes, that Karen Allen!) Fiber Arts in Great Barrington, MacKimmie Company and The Bookstore in Lenox, Baldwin’s Extracts and in West Stockbridge, and Country Curtains, Shantz Galleries and Vlada Boutique in Stockbridge.

Head here for an afternoon or a day of shopping:
Railroad St. and Main St., Great Barrington
Church St. and Housatonic St., Lenox
Elm St. and Main St., Stockbridge
Depot St. and Center St., West Stockbridge

For antiques, some of the local favorites are:
Great Barrington Antiques Center, Great Barrington, MA
Cupboards and Roses, Sheffield, MA
Painted Porch, Sheffield, MA
Charles L. Flint Art & Antiques, Lenox, MA

Special Events
Berkshire Botanical Gardens, Harvest Festival, Stockbridge, MA (mid-October)
Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF), Great Barrington, MA (late May)
Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, various (March)
Berkshires Arts Festival, Great Barrington, MA (July 4th weekend)

Columbia County & Upper Hudson Valley

To the west of the Berkshires, that part of the Appalachian range known as the Taconics begins sloping down to what becomes the Hudson Valley. In the eastern part of the county the scenery is similar to the Berkshires; further west, hills become gentler, yielding to farms and orchards, and the majestic Catskill range across the Hudson is often visible. Like their eastern neighbors, Columbia County residents have often been drawn here by the beauty of the place. Second-home owners from Manhattan live next to fourth-generation farmers; an afternoon visit to Olana, the home of Hudson Valley School painter Frederic Church, might be followed by a swing by Agway to pick up garden supplies then dinner at Fish & Game and an evening show at Club Helsinki in Hudson.

The combinations are limitless and there is something for every taste in this neck of the woods.

History & Culture / Museums & Art
John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY
Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY
Art Omi, Ghent, NY
FASNY Museum of Firefighting, Hudson, NY
Shaker Museum Mount Lebanon, New Lebanon, NY
Jack Shainman Gallery’s The School, Kinderhook, NY

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Olana | Photo: B. Docktor

Houses & Gardens
Clermont, Germantown, NY
Olana, Hudson, NY (My #1 must see)
Steepletop, Austerlitz, NY
Open Days, The Garden Conservancy

Music, Dance & Theater
Basilica Hudson, Hudson, NY
Cafe Helsinki, Hudson, NY
Mac-Haydn Theatre, Chatham, NY
PS21, Chatham, NY
Stageworks Performing Arts Theater, Hudson, NY
The Theater Barn, New Lebanon, NY
Time & Space Limited, Hudson, NY
Walking the Dog Theater, Hudson, NY

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Bash Bish Falls | Photo: B. Docktor

Outdoor & Adventure
Aerial and Obstacle Courses Catamount Aerial Adventure Park, Hillsdale, NY
Hiking Bash Bish Falls in Copake Falls, NY
Grounds of Olana
Harlem Valley Rail Trail
Taconic State Park
Fishing on the Hudson or tributaries
Skiing at Catamount

Antiques, Auctions & Shopping
Beginning in Hillsdale at the Hillsdale General Store, C. Herrington Home + Design and Passiflora, one could make several days nice work out of shopping in this part of Columbia County. Head to Warren St. in Hudson for the best curated shopping around, from Face Stockholm and Verdigris Tea to art and antiques that draw people from a distance. A side trip to Main St. in Chatham will yield eclectic independent stores and businesses, including the beloved, c. 1926 Crandell Theater to catch a film.

For antiques and auctions, a few favorites are:
Copake Auction, Copake, NY
Hillsdale Barn Antiques, Hillsdale, NY
Hudson Antique Dealers Association, Hudson, NY
Stair Galleries, Hudson, NY
Lili and Loo, Hudson, NY
Ida’s Eye & Corduroy Shop , Hudson, NY
Finch, Hudson, NY
Red Chair on Warren, Hudson, NY
Lindowens American Country, Kinderhook, NY

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Winter Walk in Hudson, NY | Photo: B. Docktor

Special Events
ArtsWalk, Hudson, NY (October)
Blueberry Festival, Austerlitz NY (July)
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Hillsdale, NY (August)
FilmColumbia, Chatham, NY (October)
Pumpkin Festival, Hillsdale, NY (October)
Winter Walk, Hudson, NY (December)

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Photo: B. Docktor

Food Destinations

Increasingly, visitors coming to the Berkshires and Columbia County are planning their time around one critical activity: eating!

The Hudson Valley and Berkshires are both known for their passion for fresh food, locally sourced, and there is a density of high-quality, farm-to-table establishments in the region that must be one of the highest in the nation.

Your amazing fresh, home-cooked gourmet breakfast is taken care of while you stay at the Inn at Green River, but for lunch, dinner, and in between, here are some ideas for the array of amazing choices that await you. Deborah will be happy to help with reservations.

There are also a growing number of excellent breweries, wineries, and distillers in the region, a visit to which could easily be part of your relaxing stay.

Berkshires

Restaurants

South Egremont
John Andrews
Old Mill

Great Barrington
Allium
Baba Louie’s
Bizen
Café Adam
Prairie Whale
Castle Street Cafe

Lee
Chez Nous

Lenox
Nudel
Bistro Zinc
Church Street Cafe

Lunch & Snacks

Great Barrington
Bizalion’s
Pâtisserie Lenox
Rubiner’s Cheesemongers

Lenox
Chocolate Springs Café
Nejaime’s

Stockbridge
Nejaime’s
Stockbridge Coffee & Tea

Columbia County

Restaurants

Hillsdale
CrossRoads Food Shop
Swiss Hutte

Hudson
Baba Louie’s
Ca’ Mea
Café Le Perche
The Crimson Sparrow
Fish & Game
Mexican Radio
Swoon Kitchenbar
Vico Restaurant & Bar

Philmont
Local 111

Lunch & Snacks

Chatham
Daily Bread (gluten free and gluten)
Ralph’s Pretty Good Cafe
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Hillsdale
CrossRoads Food Shop
The Village Scoop

Hudson
Café Le Perche
Lick Ice Cream
Olde Hudson
Verdigris Tea & Chocolate Bar

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Breweries, Wineries, Distillers

Berkshires
Barrington Brewery & Restaurant, Great Barrington, MA
Furnace Brook Winery at Hilltop Orchards, Richmond, MA
Les Trois Emme Winery, New Marlborough, MA
Berkshire Mountain Distillers, Sheffield, MA

Columbia County
Harvest Spirits, Valatie, NY
Hillrock Estate Distillery, Ancram, NY
Hudson-Chatham Winery, Ghent, NY
Tousey Winery, Germantown, NY
Sundog Cider, Chatham, NY
Chatham Brewing, Chatham NY