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The Berkshires

The Berkshires is a world unto itself — part playground, part arts mecca, and as much a
sophisticated getaway as it is an unpretentious cluster of small towns. And all this exists
just a few hours’ drive from Boston, nestled against the Western edge of our state and set apart in attitude, pace of life and environment. Moreover, the community’s proximity to
and relations with its farmers have always been so close and symbiotic, it could be argued that area was genuinely farm-to-table long before the term had been invented — let alone become trendy.

When it comes to dining out in the Berkshires the restaurants featured below are truly the cream of the crop.

Alta Restaurant & Wine Bar

Alta Restaurant & Wine Bar joined beautiful Lenox Village in the summer of 2008. The humble creation of three passionate restaurateurs, Alta is a favorite of both locals and visitors alike. With lunch and dinner menus offering a variety of local and organic ingredients, the inspired Mediterranean cuisine is always fresh.

The extensive wine list features selections from around the world, not to mention 24 delicious wines by the glass. At Alta, we pride ourselves on providing not only delicious food and wine, but exceptional service as well. We hope to welcome you soon!

Church Street Cafe

The Church Street Café was established on May 24, 1981. In May, 2011, for it’s 30th anniversary, it was completely renovated. Many of the items used in the renovation were derived from reclaimed materials. The rustic hardwood flooring was reclaimed from shipping material, originally carrying railroad tracks to the Pacific Northwest — there are more than 70 different species of wood used to make the rustic installation. Black markings on many of the boards indicate where the iron tracks once rested. The bar and dining tables are also made from reclaimed wood, bearing the name of “fishtail oak” for its interesting grain pattern. The Emeco Navy chairs are made with 80% recycled aluminum, originally built in 1946 for the Navy, which required a durable chair to be used on their ships and submarines. Unconfirmed legend states that the seat was molded from the behind of the famous Betty Grable.

At the Church Street Café we utilize many seasonal, local and organic food products, which we believe enhance the finished product. We hope to welcome you soon!

Cranwell

Winner of the Wine Spectator Award for Excellence, Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club delivers contemporary cuisine inspired by American classics. Cranwell is a proud member of Berkshire Grown and at every opportunity supports neighboring family farms, which provide in-season produce and help preserve our open landscape.

Long renowned for its year-round Berkshire Mountain views and award-winning cuisine, Cranwell delivers culinary classics within the fabled setting of our historic Gilded Age Mansion. An extensive dinner menu is shared in both Wyndhurst and the Music Room dining areas. Select from a wide array of small plates or indulge in a hearty entrée.

Gala Steakhouse & Bistro

Williamstown is home to Williams College, the Clark Art Museum, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Gala Steakhouse & Bistro at the Orchards Hotel. A visit to Gala, like Williamstown, is an unique experience in the Berkshires with outdoor seating in a courtyard oasis in the spring, summer and fall, fireside dining in the cozy lounge in the winter, formal dining in the restaurant as well as spaces for private dining.

Executive Chef Chris Bonnivier takes true advantage of location by using produce, cheeses, poultry and pork from our backyard of the Berkshires, New York and Vermont. Chef Bonnivier’s menus are inspired by the bounty of each of the New England seasons. Chef Chris designs weekly menus that are able to best showcase the offerings of local farms and artisans.

Gala’s beverage selections are also in balance with the seasons. Many of the draft beer selections are from great local and regional breweries. The wine selections are chosen to celebrate the seasonal menu and climate. The Gala team designs a list of cocktail offerings that are fun, seasonal and delicious.

The Red Lion Inn

Since welcoming its first guests in 1773, The Red Lion Inn has earned a reputation for outstanding food and genuine country hospitality. Those traditions are continued today by Executive Chef Brian J. Alberg, whose kitchen features contemporary cuisine that is rooted in the region's history and harvests. Emphasizing the use of fresh, local ingredients and a huge proponent of buying locally and sustaining the region, Chef Alberg regularly updates the Inn’s menus to reflect the bounty of each season.

Guests choose from the elegant Main Dining Room, the cozy Widow Bingham’s Tavern, the casual Lion’s Den pub, or, in warmer months, the flower-filled Courtyard. The wine list offers over 400 selections and has received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for twelve consecutive years.

Bistro Zinc

Set in the heart of historic downtown Lenox, Bistro Zinc is a modern French bistro that boasts fine cuisine and a refined but welcoming atmosphere. Zinc, which was designed by Frank Macioge, is decorated year-round with Judith Gordon’s stunning floral arrangements. The sleek bar area contains a zinc bar and an artfully arranged gallery of photographs. Its friendly staff and delicious meals have helped Zinc become a favorite among locals and tourists alike.

Opened in 1999 by Charlie Schulze and Jason Macioge, Zinc is part of Jason Macioge’s Palmetto Restaurant Group, which also includes one of Lenox’s most beloved casual restaurants: Betty’s Pizza Shack. Since its opening, Bistro Zinc has been the place to be in the Berkshires. Lunch or dinner is available seven days a week, and the bar stays open ‘til midnight.

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