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Great Barrington & the Berkshires

Great Barrington & the Berkshires

Great Barrington is a small town (pop. 7,500) in the middle of the Berkshires, stocked with culture and populated by independent-minded people who care about community and build their own lives with integrity and style. You can find a few chain stores on the outskirts, but mostly this is an indie town. The movie theater, the renovated theater that hosts nationally known performing artists, the natural foods grocery, the blocks of restaurants and cafés and galleries and shops—they’re all independent. It’s not a big city, but you can get excellent sushi and gourmet pizza, see live music in a packed café, buy good used books and reasonably priced clothing, meet working artists in their studios, and bump into the supervisor of your next internship while waiting in line at the vegetarian café that makes smoothies with organic fruit.

  • Catching a movie at the Triplex

  • Crossing Railroad Street

  • Ice cream break at SoCo on Railroad Street

  • Hanging out at SoCo

  • Gypsy Joynt on Main Street

  • Open mic anyone?

  • Pizza’s here!!

  • Café seating on Main Street

  • Too nice to stay inside

  • Stocking up on art supplies

What’s it like to live in the Berkshires? Well, you’d be living in gorgeous, thickly forested mountains that stretch across western Massachusetts, so you’d have access to great skiing, hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities. You’d be a short drive from an astounding number of top-notch colleges and universities (Williams, Amherst, Smith, Mount Holyoke, Hampshire, Bard, the University of Massachusetts Amherst). And you’d be in the middle of one of the country’s premier cultural centers, home to world-class performance companies and venues.

Does it matter that we live in a fiercely independent, wildly creative town that happens to have been the childhood home of W.E.B. Du Bois, a pioneering scholar, social critic, and civil right leader who happened to finish high school two years earlier than his peers? Or that this town is in the middle of a stretch of forested mountains known the world over for their natural beauty and their ridiculously high concentration of outstanding cultural resources? Or that despite its seeming remoteness, this town is, in fact, only two and a half hours by car to Boston or New York City? We think so.