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To shop at the world’s largest Christmas store, Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, which takes up two entire football fields, you’ll have to travel to Frankenmuth. Another town with Bavarian roots, Frankenmuth also has a street called Christmas Lane decorated with hundreds of lighted displays, and businesses here go all out when it comes to holiday cheer – you’ll find the streets lined with lighted trees and garlands and other illuminated creatures. Make sure to pay a visit to the Bavarian Inn Lodge where the lobby Christmas tree is hung upside down from the ceiling. This is a very old European tradition that is not often recreated.
“Peace and quiet” means different things to different people. To some, it may be the sound of birds chirping in the morning, or owls hooting at night. To others, it might mean a charming harbor, or plenty of greenery and space to roam. Some might even find they are most at peace in a lively but friendly neighborhood. These communities across Massachusetts each offer a little something different in the way of tranquility, but they’re all places where peace and quiet are the rule rather than the exception. Read more
The historic home of one of this nation’s most beloved authors, The Mount is surrounded by stunning gardens and scenery. Guided tours are available, and the estate often hosts cultural and social events such as live jazz nights and art exhibitions.
Rent a comfortable historic 1840’s farmhouse that sits on 26 acres. Centrally located. Walk to town & swimming. 5 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths. Sleeps 12. Eat-in-kitchen. Dining Room seats 12. Fully equipped. W/D,Cable/SAT/DVD/CD/WiFi
31 Stockbridge Road
West Stockbridge, MA 01266
51 Park Street
Lee, MA 01238
7 Arts Gift Shop is an eclectic mix of vintage sounds and styles centrally located at 44 Main Street in Stockbridge, right next to the library. We offer an extensive selection of used vinyl and cds including classic rock, progressive rock, folk, country, classical, and show tunes along with turn tables and other equipment. Along with the music, we also offer a huge selection of vintage and new clothing and accessories for both women and men. As if that wasn’t enough, while browsing the music and styles, you will also find unique and funky signs and gifts to lift the spirits. Check us out on Facebook!
44 Main Street
Stockbridge, MA 01262
Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas | Home for the Holidays
They coast into the empty parking spaces like time travelers coming home.
A dusting of fresh snow powders the sidewalk in front of the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, and the Berkshires do indeed feel “dreamlike on account of that frosting,” as James Taylor sang in 1969. It’s just frosted enough for atmosphere, too; not enough to keep the vintage cars away. A pale turquoise ’55 Studebaker lumbers into place. Here comes an Oldsmobile Rocket 88, with a Christmas wreath dangling from its pug nose. A pristine ’51 Mercury four-door sports sedan looks as though it’s just driven here from the showroom.
We watch in silence, this first weekend in December, our frozen breath suspended in the air, as these elegant, multi-ton souvenirs pull into their berths. They’ve driven a long way, 60 years or more, sparking admiration and sometimes wistful memories. It’s beginning to look a lot like 1955 … a Norman Rockwell scene, if ever there was one …READ MORE
Tucked into the Berkshire Hills, Stockbridge maintains the rural village sensibility it had back in the 1950s when Norman Rockwell moved to town and painted his iconic images reflecting small-town life for covers of The Saturday Evening Post. Including neighboring West Stockbridge, four miles away down Route 102, one can easily fill a weekend with historic home and museum tours, boutique shopping expeditions, hiking excursions, and fine and casual dining. Located 130 miles west of Boston, the area is a fall foliage hot spot but worth a visit any time of year. Read more