THE BEST WAY TO BOSTON
offer nonstop service to Boston. American and Southwest offer direct service (stop, no change of plane), and
, United, Southwest, American,
, Continental, JetBlue and Delta offer connecting service (change of plane). Restricted round-trip fares begin at $378. Massachusetts' Berkshire Hills are a three- to four-hour drive from
WHERE TO STAY
Inn at Green River,
9 Nobletown Road, Hillsdale, N.Y.; (518) 325-7248,
, is a beautifully decorated farmhouse in a valley. Doubles from $149 in September and October, including breakfast.
Inn at Richmond,
802 Route 41, Richmond, Mass.; (413) 698-2566,
, is a graceful 18th century country house surrounded by a horse farm. Doubles from $210 during the week, $250 on weekends, May to October, including breakfast.
Shaker Mill Inn,
2 Oak St., West Stockbridge, Mass.; (877) 385-2484,
, is a charming lodging place near Shaker Mill Tavern. Large rooms, from $99 to $249, depending on the season.
Near The Mount:
15 Hawthorne St., Lenox; (800) 285-7638,
, 7 Hubbard St., Lenox; (800) 524-1646,
, are charming, more modestly priced B&B inns. Birchwood, from $175; Brook Farm, from $149; both include breakfast.
Emily Dickson Museum
257 Main St., (413) 253-5000,
, is a nine-bedroom Victorian B&B across the street from the Dickinson Homestead. Doubles from about $115, including breakfast.
Lord Jeffery Inn,
30 Boltwood Ave., (800) 742-0358,
, is a handsome, old-fashioned hotel run by Amherst College, scheduled to re-open this fall after a three-year renovation.
WHERE TO EAT
A few miles east of Millay's Steepletop, miniscule West Stockbridge, Mass., has excellent dining choices, including the casual
Shaker Mill Tavern,
5 Albany Road, (413) 232-8565; French gourmet
3 Center St., (413) 232-4111;
Caffe Pomo d'Oro,
6 Deport St., (413) 232-4616, for breakfast and lunch; and
Truc Orient Express,
1 Harris St., (413) 232-4202, for Vietnamese.
Lenox has some of the best restaurants in western Massachusetts, including
37 Church St., (413) 551-7183, a small spot with an open kitchen serving inventive seasonal cuisine, especially pasta; and