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THE BERKSHIRE RECORD MAGAZINE
Welcome to the Best of what the Berkshires has to offer residents and visitors alike. The Berkshire Record, Berkshire Courier and The Berkshire View have compiled this years' awards based on reader surveys from six weeks of intensive voting as well as votes from our editors and clients' choices.

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After tallying all of the Best votes votes (from all over Berkshire County as well as neighboring New York state, Connecticut and southern Vermont), we are proud to present you with The Berkshire Record Magazine's The Best 2016.

The Best 2016
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INTRODUCTION:

Greetings

Oh, hello there traveler, have you lost your way? Well, let me tell you a little something about the place you’ve just stumbled upon. This little wonderland is the Berkshires, and as you’ll soon find out it is filled with some of the finest creatures and customs in the natural world. Even better, there’s no need to fumble down a rabbit hole or peer through a looking glass to reach this gem of a county.

I’m Alice, by the way, and I’m so glad I found you before that naughty Cheshire Cat. He can be so devilishly misleading. He really does give the town a bad name.

Having spent some time in mystical lands filled with the stuff of fairy tales (and nightmares) I can say with certainty that the Berkshires toe a fine line between fantasy and reality.

Between the beautiful forests and mountains, the wonderful characters that call the county home and the thriving music and arts scene, sometimes this place seems too good to be true. I’m always happy for any excuse to return here.

Given my knowledge of adventures and wonderlands, and my love of the Berkshires, I have gladly accepted the Berkshire Record’s call to be your guide through this handy little manuscript they’re calling the Best 2016.

You’ll soon find that the Berkshires have quite a bit to offer. Inside, you will see six main sections to organize your dive into these bustling and rolling mountains: Community, Shopping, Dining, Nightlife, Arts & Culture and Home & Design.

In each of these sections you will find the Reader’s Choice awards, where you have gone against the Queen of Heart’s tyrannical wishes and placed your own votes as to whom you think is the best in the county, as well as the Editor’s Choice awards for which the Berkshire Record staff took the initiative and did some voting of its own. You’ll also find the Client’s Choice awards in the Home & Design section, in which you’ll get to see some of our advertisers’ specialties.

I know it can be daunting to be a fresh face in a bizarre and magical world, so never fear, I will be by your side every step of this journey. So, what are you waiting for? We simply must get going before we are late for what I’ve heard may be a very important date with the very best that Berkshire County has to offer!


COMMUNITY: Editors' Choice (Return to The Best top)
Best Youth Outreach Organization
The Railroad Street Youth Project
Great Barrington
RSYP work with young people in the area to give them a safe space to learn, interact and have fun outside of school. With programs and activities focusing on helping youth find their voice and realize the benefit they can make in their communities. They have been a tireless advocate and have had hugely positive impact in the region.

Best Local Non-profit
Moments House
Pittsfield
With a bevy of local nonprofits serving the Berkshires it was a tough race. But the tremendous work done by Moments House grabbed them the top honors. Moments House brings a home-like feel to its daytime facility for residents living with a cancer diagnosis. The 501(c) 3 charity works with the patients and their families offering information and support. Working with partners throughout the community, they proved programs and services that are free and open to the public to comfort and support including therapies, dance and music, yoga, workshops, support groups, social activities and bereavement services. The Berkshires are a lucky place to have them.

Best New Law
Plastic BAG Bans
Sure, having the ability to forget your own bags at home is nice, but the fact that so many Berkshire communities are ahead of the curve on something we all now will be a state law soon enough is always a good thing. It isn’t every day that western Mass. is ahead of the curve from Boston.

Best Lawsuit
Pittsfield Police Department
By best we mean the best to sit by and watch the drama. A city police sergeant filed a suit in U.S. District Court claiming that he was improperly passed over for promotion and then retaliated against for having issues with the hiring system of the city. The lawsuit, filed by Sgt. Mark Lenihan, named the City of Pittsfield, former Mayor Daniel L. Bianchi, Police Chief Michael Wynn and Police Capt. David Granger as defendants. Lenihan claims he was passed over for a promotion three separate times. The suit alleges that he was “subjected to disparate treatment, a hostile work environment, retaliatory acts, and denial of promotion, loss of income and other benefits from his employment.”

Best Local Hero
Representative Wm. Smitty Pignatelli
No matter what the charitable event is, you can be sure that Smitty will be there. Even though being a state rep can keep you busy, he is a member of the Berkshire County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, a past board member of the Berkshire Association of Retarded Citizens, the Board of Directors of the Berkshire Visitors Bureau, the Berkshire County Red Cross and is a former president of the Lenox Historical Society.

Best Election Upset
Stockbridge Select Board
While the Board of Selectmen got the support of residents at the town meeting one day later one longtime member lost that support and her re-election campaign. Five-term Selectwoman Deborah McMenamy lost to the town’s Fire Chief, Ernest Cardillo, by 52 votes, 334 to 282. Both McMenamy and Cardillo entered the race as longtime residents who brought extensive histories of being involved in public service.

Best Town to Town Cooperation
Shared Services
From Lenox to Sheffield, 14 Southern Berkshire County towns are throwing their support behind an initiative with Gov. Baker’s office that could provide long-sought funds for a regional shared services program. At the suggestion of State Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli (D., Lenox), the select boards of each town have each signed up in the past few weeks for a joint Community Compact, a program through Baker’s office designed to develop a program for collaboration among consenting school districts. As Smitty loves to say, we should make sure that as these changes come we drive the bus, not just go along for the ride

Best Local Battle Over a Cosmic Issue
Sheffield UFO monument
The placing of a monument on town property by a man who claims to have witnessed an unidentified flying object more than 45 years ago upset many in this town and raised questions about who gave him permission to install the unwelcome addition to Sheffield’s history. In a ceremony Aug. 26, Thomas Reed and a small group of supporters gathered to commemorate the event that occurred Sept. 1, 1969, when Reed and others said they saw a UFO near the covered bridge in Sheffield.

Best Shocker of the Year
Lenox Library changes
The sudden ousting of the town’s librarian shocked many in town. Sharon Hawkes, who joined the Lenox Library as its executive director in 2010, was placed on paid administrative leave on Friday, Oct. 9. The board held a special closed-door meeting two days before that to approve the move.

Best Move of a Market
Great Barrington Farmers Market
After a rocky season at the Fairgrounds south of town, the Great Barrington Farmers Market returned to downtown. The market announced it has reached an agreement with cosmetics mogul Jane Iredale to move the market to a parking lot she owns at 18 Church Street, just off of the east side of Main Street behind the building that houses Lee Bank and Barrington Outfitters.

Best Drug Bust
Lenox Bust
A Holyoke man was arrested Feb. 19 for possession of 2,000 bags of heroin in his car with intent to distribute, after a state trooper tracked him from the Mass. Pike heading north on Route 7, a path dubbed Berkshire County’s “heroin highway”. Gabriel Cordero, 34, of Beech Street, Holyoke, was pulled over at a rest area on Rte. 7 just past Housatonic Street, where police found 50 bundles of heroin, with a street value of $20,000, along with $1,838 in cash in his car trunk.

Best Managed Town
Lenox
With an infusion of energetic and highly trained staff in the recent years, the town is running like a well-oiled clock. Town Manager Chris Ketchen and new Town Planner Gwen Miller have guided the town through a number of controversial issues in the last year and have both shined brightly in the process. Also, Lenox has stepped to forefront in the ongoing talks to regionalize for both savings and better service.

Best Elected Official
State Senator Ben Downing
As he leaves office, has anyone done more for the Berkshires to earn this honor? Downing,34, was first elected to the state Senate in 2006. In a post on his website, the Pittsfield-based politician wrote that he promised himself he wouldn’t serve for more than 10 years. Setting his own term limit alone could win an award, but his work on energy and poverty issues was his real claim to fame.

Best Dressed Politician – Male
Jon Krol
The Pittsfield City Councilman always shows up looking, as the kids would say, “fresh.” From meetings to events the suits always looks good, the tie is always straight and the smile always shines through. Krol has set the tone for elected officials’ dress in the last year.

Best Dressed Politician – Female
Pat Carlino
The Lee Selectwoman shines through as the best dressed woman. Maybe it helps that the always busy Carlino is running back from her day job as a town administrator, a job where they all seem to dress well. But either way, we like the effort. Looking good can take you a long way, kids, write that down.

Best Election Battle
Tyer-Bianchi
Whenever two people with offices across the hall from each other at work are running for the same seat it’s bound to get ugly, and in this race it did. The two fought back and forth all year long and the outcome was a surprise. It wasn’t a complete surprise that Tyer won, In the closing weeks it was expected, but the massive mandating-giving win was a bit of a shocker.

COMMUNITY: Readers' Choice (Return to The Best top)
Best Limousine
Service
Abbott’s Limousine Service & Livery
Lee
If you are trying to get where you need to go in comfort and style look no further than Abbott’s Limousine Service & Livery. This family-owned and operated business has provided high quality transportation for the Berkshires for 50 years, serving Pittsfield, Great Barrington, Lenox and everywhere in between, as well as routes to all surrounding airports. Their fleet, staffed by a team of experienced, courteous and personable drivers, includes luxury SUVs, town cars, mini vans, extended sedans, a fleet of luxury limousines and a 14-person limo bus perfect for everything from wine tours to corporate travel.

Best Storage Facility
B-Safe Storage
Lee
When you need your possessions to be safe, you turn to B-Safe. Since 2004, this local family-owned business has provided the Berkshires with a high quality, 24/7 self-storage center. B-Safe Storage offers professional service at its two Lee locations with modern facilities offering the most cost effective flexible solution with secure, fully insulated storage units to keep your possessions safe from the elements. Whether it is for moving, storage during house renovations, storage of antique cars, or more the staff at B-Safe are the best choice for you.

Best School
Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School
Great Barrington
The foundation of a successful and fulfilling life starts with education, and the best place to help your child live up to their full potential is the Rudolf Steiner school. Their programs help instill a love of learning and sense of wonder vital to a successful education and their curriculum is specially catered to work in concert with the developmental stages of human beings. Their staff of exceptional educators are committed to their own personal and professional development and are given the freedom to work creatively. As part of the tradition of Waldorf Education, The Rudolf Steiner School teaches nursery school through eighth grade as well as offering parent child courses, after school music programs and summer programs to enrich and complement the in class curriculum that has prepared thousands of students to be future leaders in their communities.

Best Garden
Berkshire Botanical Garden
Stockbridge
This year make sure you share in the beauty of the natural world at Berkshire Botanical Garden. Its public display gardens are some of the oldest in the United States, and offer a variety of plant species with collections that highlight those found in Berkshires. Called “a glistening community gem” by Virginia Small, author of the book “Great Gardens of the Berkshires”, the garden’s mission is to fulfill the community’s need for information, education and inspiration concerning the art and science of gardening and the preservation of our environment.

Best Exterminator
Braman Chemical
Great Barrington
Braman Chemical has been serving Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, eastern New York, and southern Vermont with quality pest control service since 1890. A service you always hope you never need, but this company shows their commitment to residents by offering a money-back satisfaction guarantee and offering 10-percent off to first-time customers. Bed bugs, bees, roaches, termites, mice, rats, and ants don’t stand a chance against Braman Chemical.

Best Hardware Store
Carr Hardware
Great Barrington, Lee, Pittsfield, North Adams
In an age when so many small-town hardware stores have disappeared, Berkshire residents have lucked out have Carr Hardware. With four locations throughout the county, Carr offers everything you need to tackle any project in your home. Electrical, plumbing, painting, kitchen and home— whatever the supplies, whatever the tool—Carr will have you covered. They also offer rental equipment for lawn and gardening and tent and concession rentals for weddings and events. Their friendly and professional staff is always ready with an answer and the highest quality service. They are members of the American Rental Association and offer TrueValue rewards.

Best Bowling Alley
Cove Lanes
Great Barrington
For more than 50 years the Berkshires has turned to Cove to unwind with a few frames in a fun-filled and friendly atmosphere. With a charm and look reminiscent of the golden age of bowling, Cove offers two dozen lanes, as well as an indoor miniature golf course, arcade, pool tables and more. On Fridays and Saturdays the lanes host a fun cosmic bowling night with four projection screens playing your favorite music videos and throughout the year they host leagues and clubs, as well as being the home of the Monument Mountain Spartan’s bowling team. With all of that it is no wonder they take home this award so often!

Best Building Designer
Dresser Hull Lumber and Building Supply Co.
Lee
For years Dresser Hull has been THE place Berkshire residents trust with their construction projects. Tracing their lineage back to 1883, this long-standing supply company has been a cornerstone of Berkshire business for generations. They provide kitchen planning and design services to make crafting a new room a breeze and allow you to see what your product will look like before the first nail is hammered. With a sprawling lumber yard and supply store, Dresser Hull has everything you need to build, add and improve your home or business. The friendly and professional staff has been serving the area for decades, with most working with the company for more than 15 years. Dresser Hull also has a fleet of various vehicles that offer free deliveries.

Best South County Insurance Agency
Consolati Insurance
Lee
This family owned insurer has been in business since 1942, providing customers with experienced service and advice for decade after decade. With their affordable rates, Consolati promises that clients will receive market competitive quotes for all of their home, auto, business, and life insurance policies. Located on Main Street in Lee, this trusted insurer provides unbeatable protection for local families and businesses.

Best Photography Resource
The Snap Shop
Great Barrington
Even as times have changed when it comes to photos, the Snap Shop is still the quintessential place to visit for both your analog and digital photography needs. With a retail department for equipment and supplies and a full specialty lab to process and image photos, the small store is a personable, one-stop shop for local photography enthusiasts.

Best Gourmet Treats
Chocolate Springs
Lenox
Chocolate Springs is the place to treat yourself when you just want to indulge. People come from across the country to try their gourmet, hand-crafted chocolates meticulously designed that are works of art before they are even tasted. Chocolatier Joshua Needleman has spent his life fascinated with chocolate and has created treats that offer a therapeutic escape. Along with classic assortments, they offer chocolate-dipped chocolate chip cookies, special wedding favors, chocolate-dipped pretzels, pastry and cookies and coffee and tea.

Best Maple Syrup
Ioka Valley Farm
Hancock
Rob and his wife, Melissa, revived the art of maple sugaring in 1992 with 13 taps and Mom’s kitchen stove. Today, Ioka Valley Farm has more than 10,000 taps and two modern boilers housed in the sugar house, built especially for production of the sweet treat. With years of experience and a passion for maple syrup, Ioka Valley Farm cannot be beat.

Best Florist
Jodi’s Flowers
Pittsfield
Whether you are looking to brighten up your home or the day for someone special, then look no further than Jodi’s Flowers in Pittsfield. They use only the freshest, highest quality flowers and the shop has a professional and caring staff to serve all your floral needs. If you shop here, your gift will arrive beautifully presented and personalized with a message of your choosing.

Best Appliance Service
Mike’s Maytag
Pittsfield
When Mike’s Maytag Home Appliance opened in 1992, Mike Spelman had already been repairing appliances for more than 20 years. Today, Mike’s Maytag carries a full line of major appliances including Jenn-Air, Kitchen Aid, Maytag, Whirlpool and Amana, making it the premier appliance store in the Berkshires.

Best Member Benefits
MyCom Federal Credit Union
Pittsfield
Not only does MyCom Federal Credit Union provide local high school students with scholarship opportunities among other community outreach programs, but the company also offers membership benefits that truly elevate their appeal. Being a credit union member gives customers exclusice access to discounts and benefits, including special savings from partnering businesses like Sprint, DirecTV, Chevrolet, GMC, Best Buy, Windows, Macy’s, and Sony, among others.

Best Place to Buy a Custom Pool
Aqua Pools
Berkshire County
With over 44 years of experience, Aqua Pool is here to design and build your custom dream pool. Working with you every step of the way from the planning, designing and permitting phases throughout the construction of your custom pool, the professionals at Aqua Pool are there to help and guide you every step of the way. And remember, behind every great home is an Aqua Pool. It is not just the company’s slogan, it’s how you’ll feel in your new Aqua pool.
Phone: 800-722-2782

Best Home Improvement Services
Morrison’s Home Improvement
Pittsfield
Morrison’s Home Improvement handles all parts of the home improvement process, from handyman services to refurbishing and new construction. A fully licensed and insured General Contracting Company (GCC) established in 1992 by Steve Morrison, they specialize in saving customers energy and money through the installation of energy efficient windows. They offer a large selection of products in every price range. They also guarantee quality work and customer satisfaction.
Phone: 413-442-3001

Best Roadside Assistance
Sayer’s Auto Wrecking
Pittsfield
No need to panic in the event of an auto emergency—Sayer’s Auto Wrecking earns high marks for reliable 24-hour AAA-approved roadside assistance and towing, whether you need help in the middle of a rush hour or the middle of the night.

Best Job Recruiters
United Personnel Services
Pittsfield
Finding a new job in western Mass. is not easy. Luckily, there’s’ United Personnel Services located 76 North St. in downtown Pittsfield. Each day, United Personnel connects more than 700 people with great jobs throughout western Massachusetts, and beyond. From temporary and contract work to direct hire placement, they provide clients with staffing solutions in a variety of industries and fields, including: administrative, professional, accounting, light industrial, manufacturing, medical office and hospitality. For more than 30 years, United Personnel has developed a deep knowledge of the local employment market. Their close partnerships with some of the area’s largest employers, as well as smaller, local businesses, result in great matches for employers and candidates alike. Your next great job is just one phone call away – 413-449-5050.

Best Mechanics
West Automotive
Dalton
There is a reason West Automotive boasts repeat customers of 20 years or more. The skilled mechanics at this full-service auto repair and maintenance shop have a well-deserved reputation for honesty, quality and reliability. They’ll tell you exactly what’s wrong and fix it rapidly.

Best Clock Shop
West Side Clock Shop
Pittsfield
The clocks at this city shop are more than just time keepers. They can bring your home to life like a piece of art. From a beautifully hand-carved German Black Forest cuckoo clock to modern clocks from the Westminster Time Company in Ontario, they have offered a wide selection for the past 35 years. The shop also provides repairs to bring your cherished family clock back to life.

Best Auto Repair
William’s & Kingsley
Pittsfield
This auto repair shop consistently earns high marks for friendly, knowledgeable mechanics and fair prices from customers.

Best Place to Buy an Instrument (North County)
Wood Bros. Music
Pittsfield
For all of your musical needs, visit this well established shop. Stretching as far back as 1880, Wood Bros. Music has supplied Berkshire County with musical instruments and accessories. Today, they continue to operate with the same great reputation, selling new and used guitars, drum kits, and pianos, among other instruments. They also offer a wide variety of fine rental gear and equipment, as well as lessons from reputable instructors.

Best Museum
Berkshire Museum
Pittsfield
For more than 100 years, the Berkshire Museum has served the residents of Berkshire County as the Mecca of cultural and historical artifacts and information. Described as the “window on the world,” this local museum has hosted numerous accredited collections and exhibitions, including the work of Rembrandt Peale, Pierre Auguste Renoir, and Andy Warhol. Their aquarium and special cinema make for great additions, as well.

Best Community Center
Berkshire South Regional Community Center
Great Barrington
Offering a wide variety of resources and activities, Berkshire South Regional Community Center has been providing southern Berkshire County with a sense of community and common purpose for more than ten years. As a recreational and educational establishment, the Community Center offers programs for children, teens, adults, and seniors, including ballroom dancing lessons, foreign language classes, and fitness activities. Memberships are affordable and financial assistance is available for those in need.

Best Body Repair
Carlson Auto Body
Lee
When the unthinkable happens you want the most trusted people to repair your automobile and bring it back to life. That’s when you turn to the people at Carlson Auto Body. The professionalism and hard work at Carlson Auto Body is what allows them to get any auto body repair job done on time, as expected and for competitive affordable prices. Always friendly and courteous in their service to customers, they are the go-to specialists for any auto body repair needs.

Best Market
Guido’s Fresh Marketplace
Pittsfield, Great Barrington
Born in the Berkshires, Guido’s Fresh Marketplace has served the county since 1979 with the simple idea of bringing exceptionally fresh robust produce to western Massachusetts. Since they started as a humble roadside stand, Guido’s has expanded to offer meat, fish, flowers and prepared food from vendors who came together to offer an old-world style food emporium that supports both local vendors and the community providing the highest quality foods to its customers. The market also offer special events and has an on site dietician to help guide shoppers to make the right decisions with their diet.

Best Local Philanthropist
Jane Iredale
Great Barrington
Both entrepreneur and philanthropist Jane Iredale, founder of the eponymous cosmetics company, has always found time to make the world and her community a better place. Jane Iredale’s organization supports Greenpeace, The Nature Conservancy, The Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity and has been in partnership with Living Beyond Breast Cancer for seven years. Iredale also believes in being a meaningful supporter of the community, regularly contributing to Construct, Berkshire Humane Society, Berkshire Grown, Women’s Cancer Wellness Fund, Berkshire Creative, Berkshire Botanical Gardens and Fairview Hospital. Iredale and her staff also remain active participating and serving on the boards of a number of local organizations including the Literacy Network, IS 183 art school, Berkshire Habitat for Humanity, the Elizabeth Freeman Domestic Violence center, ReStore, Shakespeare and Company, and The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. She was also instrumental in the design and construction of the Giggle Park, a playground behind Town Hall in Great Barrington.

Best Oil Supplier
Kimball Fuel Oil
Great Barrington
In the Berkshires we need a reliable way to stay warm, and Kimball Fuel Oil exists to provide that. With an expert fleet of tank trucks that has supplied the region with fuel oil for years with hard to beat prices. Their courteous and knowledgeable staff works with customers to provide payment plans for those in need and their technicians are available to fix any problem that arises from your heating system. They are on call, too, for any emergency. It’s not hard to find a Kimball truck in your neighborhood, as the county’s trusted source for fuel oil they are the Berkshires best.

Best Hospital
Fairview Hospital
Great Barrington
Fairview Hospital has provided special care for the residents of South County for more than a century. With a staff of award-winning physicians and specialists, the people who walk through its doors put themselves in the best possible care. The hospital offers primary services including cardiology consultation and testing, critical care, diagnostic imaging, endoscopy, physical therapy and rehabilitation, nutritional and diabetes counseling, the family birthplace, surgical care, dialysis and a wide variety of support groups and community programs. They are also home to the advocacy for access non profit that helps get health care access into the hands of those whose health care needs are underserved.

Best Blueberry and Apple Picking
Windy Hill Farm
Great Barrington
There’s no better way to enjoy the beauty of the Berkshires while having a fun afternoon than going blueberry and apple picking at Windy Hill Farm. With 7 acres of apple orchards and one acre of blueberry fields, the farm offers a diverse and unique horticultural experience that has served the region for 28 years. Their orchards feature 25 varieties of apples including honeycrisp, macoun and their crunchy, tart Paula Red apples and their blueberry fields are a must visit come summertime. And with their affordable prices, you’ll be able to keep your home filled with their delicious fruits all season long.

Best Co-op Market
Berkshire Co-op Market
Great Barrington
This cozy consumer cooperative’s ownership is made up of its shoppers. Berkshire Co-op Market provides customers with quality organic products that are often locally produced. The store also has a wonderful café with a hot bar that serves a variety of prepared foods that differ each day of the week. The co-op is community focused, with one-percent of Wednesday sales going to local organizations.

Best Auto Detailing
Larkin LTD.
Great Barrington
Larkin can handle any vehicle, from small cars and motorcycles to RVs and boats, for all your auto detailing needs. They can also handle window tinting, headlight restoration, sign creation/installation, graphic design, and more. Servicing all varieties of vehicles in the tri-state area from small businesses to local law enforcement, no job is too big or too minute for their dedicated and careful approach.

Best Reliable Builders
LD Builders
Lenox
The developers of such scenic properties as Barrington Brook, Devon Meadow, Pines at Bosquet, and Lenox Woods South, are known as the most dependable builders in the Berkshire area. Owner David Ward is a Lenox Commons member.

Best Help in a Heat-Wave
LePrevost Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling
Lee
Global warming has been baring its ugly fangs lately, and you may find yourself in need of some relief. LePrevost is available for help whenever you need it. Really – they offer 24-hour emergency service, with a reliable response time of 30 minutes. Whatever happens to be going wrong with your house, they will be there with the tools to fix it.

Best Gold and Silver Dealers
Pittsfield Precious Metals
Pittsfield
Whether you’re a collector of fine antique coins or just have some gold that you’d like to sell, Pittsfield Precious Metals is the place to go. They offer same day cash for all unwanted gold, silver and platinum from pins, chains, and rings to charms, earrings, and dental gold. You can browse their selection of jewelry and maybe find the perfect gift for that special someone.

Best Place to Get a Tan
Sun Capsule Tanning
Pittsfield
With the summer season fast approaching, it’s time to bring your pale winter body into the season with a tanning session at Sun Capsule. With 14 Units including a WHR Booth, Avantgarde Bed and KBL Bed you’ll get the look that you need in time for swimsuit season. And no need for an appointment, Berkshire’s largest tanning salon happily welcomes walk-ins. And for those who keep coming back, get a $25 customer loyalty discount bracelet.

Best Community College
Berkshire Community College
Pittsfield
Founded in 1960, BCC was the first community college established by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. BCC helps students overcome financial, physical, and/or social barriers and welcomes them into a college environment of academic excellence.

Best DIY Supply Store
Herrington’s
Hillsdale, NY
As a fourth-generation family-owned and operated building supplies business, Ed Herrington, Inc. is your one-stop shop for construction/restoration supplies and assistance. They offer professional repair, building supplies, and even provide architectural assistance if needed. Today the company has six locations in Chatham, Hillsdale, Hudson, Lakeville, Millerton, and Sheffield.

Best Bank
Salisbury Bank
Sheffield
Dedicated to enriching the community they serve, Salisbury Bank offers a wide swath of personal and business banking such as trust and wealth, retirement planning, personalized investment and mortgage services. Between their annual scholarship program and their frequent support to many non-profit organizations in the tri-state area, they have carved out a reputation as both a reliable banking institution and a good corporate citizen.

Best Indoor Round of Golf
Downswing’s
Pittsfield
Golf season lasts all year at Downswing’s, a local indoor golf center. The staff and owners abide by what they call the Three Es: entertaining, educational, and economical services. You can play a couple of rounds, take lessons, or purchase golf gear from top-quality brands. They even offer club repair services. All golf shots require downswings!

Best Muddy Outdoor Fun

International Motor Sports
Rockland
IMS is a 5,000-square-foot bazaar of outdoor equipment, for both work and play. They carry scooters, dirt bikes, mowers, chainsaws, log splitters, and even trailers. There’s no better place to go to sate your desire for some outdoor power sports. And the helpful staff are all technicians who can work on and repair all the vehicles they carry. IMS is accredited by JCAHO.

Best Vape Juice
Peaselee’s Package and Variety
Pittsfield
This popular local institution has the widest selection of vape juice you’ll find anywhere, aside from maybe Brooklyn. You can get your liquor, smoking products, lottery tickets, and a satisfying deli lunch all in one go. Plus, coffee is $1 any size, which you really can’t beat.

Best Student Art Gallery
Good Purpose Gallery
Lee
Helping to connect art and education in a meaningful way, the Good Purpose Gallery works closely with students from founder Michael McManmon’s College Internship Program to showcase the importance both visual and performing arts. The “campus” provides opportunities to mingle with locals, tourists, artists, and others and exhibit art in a professional gallery space.

Best Doggie Spa – Central
Shamrock Dog Grooming
Pittsfield
Your four-legged friend will thank you for a visit to Shamrock Dog Grooming, a place suffused with owner Paula Philips’ kindness and Irish charm. She is a professional dog groomer and handler who works with a team of groomers to provide the best luxury experience for your dog. They also offer dog day-care and classes.

Best Haircut
Shear Design
Lenox
Looking a little shaggy? Come to Shear Design and they’ll fix you right up. You can get your hair cut, colored, and styled as well as treat yourself to a manicure or pedicure. They also carry a range of Aveda hair products. Who knows, your haircut may even end up featured on their Facebook page!

Best Retirement Home
Sweetwood
Williamstown
This retirement living community in Williamstown is the perfect place for your elderly loved one to begin their next phase of life. Each spacious apartment has a full kitchen, large closets, and a private patio or balcony. The warm and welcoming Sweetwood staff will make your living experience feel more akin to being in a luxury hotel than a retirement home.

Best Window Supplier
Thermo Experts
Pittsfield
For the past 20 years, Thermo Experts have been the most trusted supplier of windows and window services in the Berkshires. They have services for all types of buildings, and products from top lines such as Kawneer, Traco, and Graham Thermal Products. Whatever your building plans, Thermo Experts can help you work to realize them.

Best Anniversary Gift in a Pinch
Viale Florist
Pittsfield
It’s your anniversary and you’ve only realized it on the day of – what to do? Call up your partner’s favorite restaurant, raid their Amazon wish-list, and drive by Viale Florist on your way back home to make breakfast in bed. Viale offers high-quality floral arrangements and gifts, even silk arrangements and fruit gift baskets. They’ll be your salvation on your anniversary, but also have flowers for all other occasions.

Best Historic Museum
Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum
Lenox
This Jacobean Revival-style mansion, built in 1893, is home to the Museum of the Gilded Age — an in-depth look at American life, industry, and society during the Nineteenth Century. The museum hosts many lectures, exhibits, theatrical performances, and other events. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and declared an official project of the “Save America’s Treasures” program.

Best Community Health Organization
CHP
Berkshire County
Proud of serving Berkshire County residents for 40 years, Community Health Programs is a network of health centers and caring professionals that provide outstanding primary and preventative care for patients of all ages. What’s truly unique to CHP is its broad spectrum of support services that extend well beyond medical and dental issues to strengthen families and improve children’s well-being. Each year, CHP makes a difference in more than 15,500 people’s lives throughout Berkshire County.

Best Tattoo Shop
Crazy Chameleon
Pittsfield
From great work on tattoo design and a talented team of piercing experts Crazy Chameleon has something for everyone that needs any kind of body work in Berkshire County.

Best South County Ski Area
Ski Butternut
Great Barrington
Ski Butternut offers 110 acres of skiing across 22 downhill trails with snow making equipment to keep conditions crisp and fresh. For the 2014-15 winter season, Butternut completely overhauled their Ski & Snowboard Shop with 800 new Rossignol skis and 600 Rossignol boots. The tubing area was also upgraded, making Butternut the perfect place for tubers and skiers alike!

Best Resource for Seniors
Seniors Helping Seniors: Berkshires and Western Mass.
Lanesborough
If you are a senior looking for some in-home help, or if you have a loved one who is, Seniors Helping Seniors wants to help. This nationwide organization has a vibrant branch of staff in the Berkshires who match seniors with volunteers. They work hard to honor everyone’s personal needs, schedule, and personality to make sure they get the help they need and deserve.

Best Bowling Alley
Cove Lanes
Great Barrington
It’s no surprise how frequently Cove Lanes takes top honors as the region’s best bowling alley. For more than 50 years the Berkshires has turned to Cove to unwind with a few frames in a fun and friendly atmosphere. With a charm and look reminiscent of the golden age of bowling, Cove offers two-dozen lanes as well as an indoor miniature golf course, arcade, pool tables and more. On Fridays and Saturdays the lanes host a fun cosmic bowling night with four projection screens playing your favorite music videos and throughout the year they host leagues and clubs as well as being the home of the Monument Mountain Spartan’s bowling team.

Best Pest Control
Catseye Pest Control
Great Barrington
When you need to take back your home from pests no one does it better than the pros at Catseye. A staple in pest control for almost 30 years, the company has had a successful presence in the Berkshires helping both homeowners and businesses with their experienced, professional and top-rated team. Catseye also offers nuisance wildlife removal to trap and remove critters and rodents that wreak havoc on your property in a safe and humane manner. The company also offers CatGuard exclusion systems to help securely seal off entrance points into the home and indoor air control to reduce the amount of harmful pollutants affecting the quality of the air you breathe. With all they offer on top of their affordability, it’s no surprise why Catseye is consistently ranked at the top.

Best North County Ski Area
Jiminy Peak
Hancock
With 45 trails, 9 lifts covering its 167 acres of land, Jiminy Peak is a skier and snowboarder’s paradise. The largest ski and snowboard resort in New England, Jiminy Peak has a wide variety of trails for both begginers and experts including its longest run, the Left Bank, which stretches for 2 miles. The Peak also includes three terrain parks, hits and rails, two mogul runs and a glade trail and come summer time, the restort transforms into the the Mountain Adventure Park.

Best Insurance Agency
Bardwell Bowlby & Karam Insurance Agency
Pittsfield
Day-to-day, one-on-one, everyone at the agency makes it clear to every customer, every company representative, and every vendor that they are a valued part of the BB&K family.

Best Local Appliance Service
Alliance Appliance
Pittsfield
Need a new appliance? Or want to just get your current appliance up and running again? You will have their prompt and professional service to help you with all of your needs. You’ll find most makes, models, and parts in stock.

Best Hard Cider
Hilltop Orchards
Richmond
Award-winning Furnace Brook Wines are made from northeast varietals and produced right at Hilltop Orchards — the French style Cider’ and Johnny Mash hard cider are made from estate grown apples and are sure winners.

Best Place to Host a Party
PortSmitt’s Restaurant
Pittsfield
PortSmitt’s Restaurant, has quickly become a “Berkshire dining favorite” under the guidance and expertise, of local Chef Mike Lewis. Planning a business meeting or luncheon in the Pittsfield area? If so, let PortSmitt’s Restaurant be your choice.

Best Wine & Liquor Selection - Central
Berkshire Wine & Liquors
Pittsfield
Not only does Berkshire Wine & Liquors offer a large and varied selection of beer, wine and liquor, it is also run by some of the most helpful and knowledgeable staff in the county. You’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for and more at a great price.

Best Storage Facility
B-Safe Storage
Lee
When you need your possessions to be safe you turn to B-Safe. Since 2004, this local family owned business has provided the Berkshires with a high quality, 24/7 self-storage center. B-Safe Storage offers professional service at its two Lee locations with modern facilities offering the most cost effective flexible solution with secure, fully insulated storage units to keep your stuff safe from the elements. The company also offers 8’ x 20’ and 8’ x 40’portable storage containers that can be stored on their site or yours. Whether it is for moving, storage during house renovations, storage of antique cars, or more the people at B-Safe are the best choice for you.

Best Limousine Service
Abbott’s Limousine Service & Livery
Lee
If you are looking to get to where you need to go in comfort and style look no further than Abbott’s Limousine Service & Livery. This family owned and operated business has provided high quality transportation for the Berkshires for 50 years, serving Pittsfield, Great Barrington, Lenox and everywhere in between as well as routes to all surrounding airports. Their fleet, piloted by a team of experienced courteous and personable drivers, includes luxury SUVs, town cars, mini vans, extended sedans, a fleet of luxury limousines and a 14-person limo bus perfect for everything from wine tours to corporate travel.

Best Luxury Car Dealer
Flynn Volkswagen Audi BMW
Pittsfield
Interested in a luxury vehicle but tired of pushy sales reps? Look no further than Flynn’s Volkswagen Audi BMW, where the staff is helpful and informative without encroaching on the decision process. Browse the best of British and German auto manufacturing and know that you’re in good hands when it comes to parts and service.

Best Building Designer
Dresser Hull Lumber and Building Supply Co.
Lee
Dresser Hull is the place the Berkshires trust with their construction projects. Tracing their linage back to 1883, this long standing supply company has been a cornerstone of Berkshire business for generations. They provide kitchen planning and design services to make crafting a new room a breeze and allow you to see what your product will look like before the first nail struck. With a massive lumber yard and supply store, Dresser Hull has everything you need to build, add and improve upon your home or business. The friendly and professional staff have been serving the area for decades, with most working with the company for more than 15 years. Dresser Hull also has a fleet of various delivery vehicles that offer free deliveries.

Best Credit Union
Greylock Federal Credit Union
Williamstown, North Adams, Adams, Lanesborough, Pittsfield, Lee, Great Barrington
Prefer member-owned establishments to lending banks and other financial institutions? Greylock Federal Credit Union is the largest credit union in Berkshire County, serving the region for almost 25 years. With a Board of Directors elected by the membership, decisions are sure to positively influence account holders both individually and collectively. Their new app for Android and iOS devices makes it a breeze to deposit checks on the go, too!

Best Wireless Repair
Berkshire Wireless Repair
Lanesborough
Berkshire Wireless Repair is the place to go for those looking to fix their broken cell phones and laptops. Berkshire Wireless Repair fixes both Apple and Andriod phones. Conveniently located in the Berkshire Mall, there is no better place for your broken wireless device. Have your phone or laptop repaired within just a few hours.

Best Wellness Boutique
Renaissance Arts Center
Great Barrington
The Renaissance Arts Center’s new Great Barrington location is a place where wellness and the arts converge. The space offers courses in art, music, photography, writing, dance, and theater, as well as gallery space and art supplies for local creators. Their fitness boutique specializes in yoga, Zumba, TRX, core and toning workouts, among others, to keep South County residents both fit and cultured.

Best Swimming Pool
Berkshire South Regional Community Center
Great Barrington
When you’re looking to cool off this summer, come to the Berkshire South Community Center. Their pool is top-notch and they also offer programs for children, teens, adults, and seniors including ballroom dancing lessons, foreign language classes, and fitness activities. Memberships are affordable and financial assistance is available.

Best Appliance Store - North
Central Radio
North Adams
Central Radio is known for its excellent selection, customer service and competitive prices. Central Radio is an authorized dealer of the brands you are looking for. Based in North Adams but serving all of Berkshire County since 1933, Central Radio can help anyone choose from a selection of appliances, mattresses, furniture and electronics on any budget.

Best Orphan Outreach Program
Hearts of the Father Outreach
Sheffield
Hearts of the Father Outreach provides a noble service to orphans and abandoned children. HOF provides groups of 10 to 20 children a loving home with husband-wife couple as the houseparents. There the children receive the care and needs they deserve.

Best Propane Supplier
Carlson Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.
Sheffield
This family owned and operated full-service company began in 1979 as a one-man operation before eventually growing into what it is today: a highly competent local company providing design, fabrication and installation of heating and central air conditioning systems. Carlson uses quality materials and the most efficient systems. They offer automatic deliveries using your tank or they can supply a tank for your use.

Best Local Non-Profit
Moments House
Pittsfield
Moments House is truly a gift to the Berkshires. Their cozy, soothing daytime facility is a welcoming place for anybody living with a cancer diagnosis. They offer mind and body therapies, art therapy, workshops, support groups, social activities, and bereavement services. All of their services are free, and they’re always looking for volunteers if you would like to get involved.

Best Spa
Michele’s Salon
Great Barrington
Pamper yourself or give the gift of luxury to a loved one at this luxurious salon and day spa. You can enjoy a single service or book yourself for one of their famous spa packages. This is also a perfect place for bridal makeovers. You’ll be in very good hands here at this professional pleasure destination.

Best Local Farm
Holiday Brook Farm
Dalton
Holiday Brook Farm has 1300 acres of forest and farmland with hiking trails to enjoy and farm animals to visit, making it a wonderful place to visit for people of all ages. The farm, located in Dalton, offers maple products, grass-fed beef, pork and lamb, Guiseppe’s local honey, seasonal products as well as many others local products. Holiday Brook Farm also offers Horse-drawn carriage rides, making it a wonderful destination any time of year.

Best Service By a Bank
Lee Bank
Lee
The team at Lee Bank believes in banking that is simple, direct, and personal. The cornerstone of their success is outstanding customer satisfaction, and their customers continually provide us with feedback that they get exactly that!

Best Little League Games
Deming Park
Pittsfield
Named after one of the original settler families in the region, Deming Park is a great place to get some fresh air on those warm spring and summer days. But it is also used for a variety of youth sporting events including Pittsfield Babe Ruth – the premiere youth baseball league in the area. Come and cheer on your MVP in this welcoming family setting.

Best Yoga Studio
Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
Stockbridge
The Kripalu Center has served the Berkshires for more than 30 years, drawing celebrities and vacationers from all over the world to its peaceful atmosphere. Their expansive grounds are the site of holistic healing and study and they offer some truly enviable R&R packages. Frequent presenters and learning programs make this an epicenter for the study of yoga.

Best Tennis Courts
Wyantenuck Country Club
Great Barrington
Come unwind and get in some cardio at this local sporting institution. Wyantenuck converted three tennis courts into clay courts in 1926, yielding a beautiful red playing surface for members to enjoy. They hold a variety of daily activities and tournaments, still leaving plenty of room to practice!

Best Ski Resort
Ski Butternut
Great Barrington
A local landmark for outdoor fun, Ski Butternut offers 110 acres of skiing across 22 downhill trails. They even offer lessons for all ages with friendly, safety-minded instructors. They valiantly fought the heat until March, but will be back and going strong once again for the 2016 winter season.

Best Ski and Snowboard Shop
Butternut Ski & Board Shop
Great Barrington
Voted the number one ski shop in New England by the New England Winter Sports Reps Association, Butternut’s full service ski shop at the base of their iconic resort has earned its reputation. They have all of the equipment you’ll need to get out on the slopes, from top-quality brands such as Burton, Rossignol, Marmot, Toko, and more.

Best Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding
Twisted Terrain Park at Ski Butternut
Great Barrington
If you’re looking to test your skills on a more off-course, freestyle slope then take a jump into Twisted Terrain Park at the famous Ski Butternut. You will encounter all manner of jumps, jibs, walls, and log rides to make your trip down that much more interesting. They also host some exciting competitions, if you want to test your skills.

Best Local Hero
Will at the Paddy Wagon Chair (Ski Butternut)
Great Barrington
Will has been in the ski industry for a long time as a “liftie,” and is the best person to get kids comfortable with skiing. He greets everyone with a happy, infectious smile and focuses on teaching safety, while also encouraging independence. Parents rave about him, and people of all ages are always glad to see him. He is a great asset to Ski Butternut and to the community.

Best Golf Course
Waubeeka Golf Course
Williamstown
With its breathtaking views, excellent course conditions and wonderful service, Waubeeka Golf Links in Williamstown is the premiere golf course in the Berkshires. Waubeeka offers a number of products and services; an 18-hole golf course, driving ranges, practice facility as well as lessons, clinics and golf leagues. Waubeeka is the destination for any golfer in the Berkshires.

Best Restoration/Cleaner
ServiceMaster of the Berkshires
Pittsfield
Whatever may need fixing up around your house, ServiceMaster will be there to help you clean things up. They can handle any kind of residential cleaning and disaster restoration you may be able to throw their way. Service is punctual, thorough, efficient, and of the highest quality.

Best Craft Store
Wonderful Things
Great Barrington
Owned and operated by local residents Harry and Deborah Sano, Wonderful Things is a craft store that features an extensive selection of yarn, needlework, and handcrafted gifts, including pottery, glassware, toys, jewelry, and candles, among others. Their annual 25-percent off yarn sale has gone on for 22 consecutive years and draws crowds from all over the region.

Best Foreign Auto Repair
Bob Denley’s Foreign Car & Park St. Tire
Lee
Bob Denley’s Foreign Car & Park St. Tire is a locally owned and operated auto repair shop with more than 25 years of experience in the industry. They are also the authorized tire dealer stocking foreign tires within 70 miles of the tri-town area. The staff at Denley’s is eager to assist customers and will even help to arrange towing to get your damaged vehicle to the shop.

Best Nearby Pool Supplier
Aqua Pool & Patio
East Windsor, CT
This custom pool company offers award-winning pool and patio design, construction, and service for a reasonable price. With 100-percent financing options available, Aqua Pool & Patio equips homeowners with the tools to build or renovate an impressive pool area that’s easy to maintain. With their 10-point quality assurance guarantee, your new pool remains in good hands during each stage of the design and construction process.

Best Staffing Agency
United Personnel
Pittsfield
This employment agency has offices in Northampton and Springfield, as well as Hartford, CT, but their office in Pittsfield was established to serve the job seekers and employers in the Berkshires. Launched in 1984, United Personnel connects people with jobs in administrative, professional, accounting, light industrial, manufacturing, medical office, and hospitality positions across Western Massachusetts.

Best Pet Groomer
BowMeow Regency
Sheffield
BowMeow Regency’s all-inclusive pet resort is a professional lodging kennel that welcomes all breeds of dogs and cats. With expert staff on-hand to provide their furry guests with private outdoor recreation three times per day, the BowMeow care team is dedicated to providing your pet with a safe, healthy space while you enjoy some time away. The facility also offers a program where dogs can be dropped off to exercise during the workweek.

Best Propane Supplier
Carlson Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.
Sheffield
This family-owned and operated, full service company began in 1979 as a one-man operation before eventually growing into what it is today: a competent local company providing design, fabrication and installation of heating and central air conditioning systems. Carlson uses quality materials and the most efficient systems. They offer automatic deliveries using your tank or they can supply a tank for your use.

Best Radio Station
WSBS
Great Barrington
WSBS is the best companion you could ask for on your morning commute – or evening commute, weekend joyride, whenever you just need to drive and relax. With their commitment to local news, as well as a focus on talk shows and great music, WSBS is a dependable and versatile source. They have a strong local fanbase and continue to garner more listeners.

Best Historical Immersion Experience
Hancock Shaker Village
Hancock
Get in touch with New England’s traditional Shaker roots at the Hancock Shaker Village. This historical village, museum, and farm offers day-long tour experiences, dining, shopping, school group tours, and even hosts wedding parties. For the scholarly-minded, their research library has a fascinating collection of primary and secondary sources about Shaker life. The September Country Fair is a big draw, as well as their Discovery weekend workshops.

Best Human Services Organization
Berkshire County ARC
Pittsfield
Serving more than 600 individuals per year through a number of programs, Berkshire County ARC is a great boon to the community it belongs to. Berkshire County ARC offers services through programs such as Advocacy and Family Support, Brain Injury Services, Day Habilitation, Employment, Residential and more. Through these programs, ARC supports both individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

Best Community-oriented Bank
Adams Community Bank
Williamstown, North Adams, Adams, Cheshire, Lanesborough, Lee
With their many charitable acts, including raising more than $70,000 for Northern Berkshire United Way and a recent cash donation for a bus shelter for needy students in Cheshire, among others, Adams Community Bank is undoubtedly one of the most community-focused establishments in the region. Promoting and supporting the local community is one of their core values — and it shows.

Best Hometown Parade
Lee Founders Weekend - Lee Chamber of Commerce
Lee
The Lee Founders Weekend a must-see for both Berkshire residents and visitors alike. Complete with a Duck Derby, 5K Road Race, plenty of vendors and featuring a truly spectacular parade unlike any other in the county, the Lee Founders Weekend is a delight year after year. This year, the weekend is set for early September, so be sure to mark your calendars.

Best Community Event
Apple Squeeze – Lenox Chamber of Commerce
The highlight of New England’s Fall Season is the Lenox Apple Squeeze now celebrating its 37th year as a Harvest Festival Weekend filled with fun for everyone.  The Historic Village of Lenox will host this magical weekend on Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25th from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Handmade crafts, sculptures, and original art work fill the streets along with handmade jewelry, textiles, wood carvings, leather goods, and  hand woven clothing.

Best Nursery
Ward’s Nursery
Great Barrington
The place where gardeners grow, Ward’s Nursery has everything you need to tackle your gardening projects. Since 1957, the experts at Ward’s have served the region, expanding from 2 small greenhouses to their massive 10,000 sq ft energy efficient and sustainable space. Ward’s grows over 1,400 perennial selections and 700 different houseplants. They also carry soil, seeding supplies, tools, pottery, and fertilizer, among other garden needs. In November and December, Ward’s makes decorating for the holidays a breeze with Fontanini candles, lighting and fresh cut and permanent wreaths, garlands and greenery. Phone: (413) 528-0166.

Best Financial Advisor
Edward Jones
Adams
Edward Jones has nearly 7 million clients and 11,000 offices across the country and yet they manage to make each client interaction feel personal. The company’s Adams office has a friendly, reliable staff that illustrates the firm’s foundation of principals for sound investing. They’ve been ranked among the best advocates for clients at a national level and their Adams office is no different.

Best Landscapers
Pilling Landscaping, Inc.
Stockbridge
These landscaping specialists have been providing expert service for more than 30 years. They work hand-in-hand with clients to bring their ideas and projects to life. Whether it’s new homes, additions, or revitalize existing gardens no job is too difficult for their design team equipped with backhoes, trucks and excavators. They offer patio and stone steps building, garden restorations, tree planting annual flow garden up keep, walkways, waterfall and pond creations and maintenance services for all their completed projects. When you need plantings and stone work done right, Pilling Landscaping, Inc. is the best.

Best Auto Body Shop
Carlson’s Auto Body
Lee
Carlson’s Auto Body & Collision Services has been serving Southern Berkshire County for 59 years. This family owned, third generation repair shop works with all insurance companies to make for a more convenient, less stressful experience. Using only the highest-grade DuPont Quality Paint System, Carlson’s Auto Body services range from minor dents to major collision repair.

Best Plumbing Services
LePrevost Plumbing, Heating and Cooling
For over a decade, the Berkshire have turned to LePrevost for their plumbing needs. The nationally recognized company provides commercial and residential services in a wide range of plumbing, heating and air conditioning jobs from as small as a minor leak to a full bathroom remodel or plumbing system installation. With a 24 hour hotline to handle any emergency and 5,000 happy, repeat customers, it’s clear there is no competition that can hold a candle to the experience, service and staff of LePrevost.

Best North County Art Museum
MASS MoCA
North Adams
With a keen eye toward exciting new works that challenge contemporary ideas of art, MASS MoCA has been a flagship of the arts and culture scene in the entire region. With awe inspiring sculptures, paintings and just about every other medium you could image for artwork, MASS MoCA is an incredible experience for anyone who appreciates the arts. The museum also boasts a great resume for live performance, bringing in some of the country’s best in music, dance theater and other performance arts.

Best South County Art Museum
Norman Rockwell Museum
Stockbridge
One of the must see location in the Berkshires, the Norman Rockwell Museum is a beacon for arts in the county celebrating the life of the American icon. The collection of timeless classics that have been ingrained into the fabric of the country are within arm’s reach as you tour the halls of the works of Rockwell. The museum also embraces and celebrates the arts world outside Rockwell as well with year-round special events, rotating exhibition highlighting other great artists and a yearly student artists showcase.

Best Local Grant Organization
Berkshire Taconic Community
If you run a non-profit in the Berkshires you need no introduction to the great work this group does. Through the generosity of their donors, they provide essential funding for programs in education, health care, basic human needs, the arts, the environment and more—helping the community thrive now and long into the future. Their grants touch all aspects of life and every person in the Berkshire Taconic region.

Best Adult Educator
Empire Education Corp.
This fast growing school, which operates a career college with three locations and a separate cosmetology school, has been serving the needs of adults who want to build a new skill set in the region. Attending Mildred Elley means you not only receive a quality higher education experience, but it also means you get access to the most advanced job training available.

Best Pottery Store
Sheffield Pottery
Sheffield
Sheffield Pottery is the Berkshires’ place to go for everything and anything in ceramics or pottery related. They’ve been supplying ceramic supplies for artists, craftsmen, school and industry since 1946 and have grows over the years from a tiny kiln over six decades ago, to their 26,000-foot production warehouse today. They are also home to an extensive and exquisite retail selections in their showrooms. They’ve built a reputation for premium quality products, excellent customer service and dependability that makes them the best.

Best North County Lumber Supplier
L.P. Adams
Dalton
This family-owned business has been helping the Berkshires with their construction jobs for more than 100 years. Their fully enclosed lumber yard is the largest in the county and supplies the highest quality spruce, pressure treated and engineered framing materials offered in the industry. They have the ability to fulfill your entire order with a vast selection of spruce dimensional framing lumber under its roof. LP Adams also offers fir species engineered laminate veneer lumber, ranked among the highest quality in the market. They also offer free estimating, free designs and free delivery for their customers as well as tools and hardware, windows and doors, and kitchen and bathroom remodeling services along with a multitude of other services to help complete any construction job.

Best Ice Fishing Bait & Tackle Shop
Crea’s Bait & Tackle Shop
Pittsfield
With their own weigh station and a wonderful selection of live bait and ice fishing tackle, Crea’s Bait & Tackle Shop is the destination for Berkshire County’s ice fishing community. Everything an ice fisher could ever need, from sounder, hooks and wire leaders to augers, chisels and jigging rods, can be found at Crea’s Bait & Tackle Shop.

Best Local Community Market
Public Market
West Stockbridge
On top of your grocery needs, don’t let the corner-store-look fool you, The Public Market has some of the best sandwiches you will ever have. Not to mention it is a go-to coffee stop on your way through town if you need a little pick me up. The Public Market really has everything you need in one small little, local store.

Best Community Center
Berkshire South Regional Community Center
Great Barrington
Berkshire South Regional Community Center has been providing Southern Berkshire County with a sense of community and common purpose for more than 10 years. As a recreational and educational establishment, the Community Center offers programs for children, teens, adults, and seniors, including ballroom dancing lessons, foreign language classes, and fitness activities. Memberships are affordable and financial assistance is available for those in need.

Best One-Stop Service Station
Gulotta’s Mobil Service
Sheffield
This local, family-owned station has reasonable gas prices, its own garage and mechanics, and a convenience store with all of the necessities: coffee, soda, snacks, newspapers and more.

Best Place to Take Flight
Berkshire Aviation
Great Barrington
The pilots at Berkshire Aviation have been helping the people of Berkshire County take to the skies for generations. With services ranging from sales to sightseeing tours, you’ll be flying like an eagle in no time. Their fleet of Piper and Eagle aircraft are piloted by the area’s most skilled aviators and their grounds are home to the Great Barrington Airport. Whether you’re looking for a private or commercial pilots license, biennial flight reviews, charter service you’ll find their personal and friendly service like being at home. And being situated in the Berkshires, every flight is guaranteed to be a scenic treat.

Best Way to Start a Summer Weekend
Sheffield Farmers Market
Open every Friday afternoon from 3 – 6 p.m. at the Old Parish Church from June 5 – Oct. 9, the Sheffield Farmers Market is your one-stop shop for fabulous local, farm-fresh food, including meat, eggs, vegetables, seasonal specialties, cut flowers and more.

Best Adventure Park
Jiminy Peak
Hancock
Jiminy’s Mountain Coaster was the first of its kind on the East Coast. Popular in Europe, the Coaster is thousands of feet of twisting, turning fun through the woods and that is just one of 11 great family activities. The Alpine Super Slide takes you through tunnels, curves and dips and turns and the Soaring Eagle zipline lets you feel the thrill of flight. A giant swing, rockwall, and more activities guarantee you’ll have an action packed time.

Best Quilt Shop
Brookside Quiltworks
Egremont
Brookside Quiltworks should be the destination for every quilt lover and sewing aficionado. You are sure to find a top-quality quilt or a new sewing machine. They offer sewing machine service and cleaning on all brands, old or new, as well as repairs and restoration for vintage and modern quilts. Brookside also holds a number of classes for beginners, mothers & daughters, couples, kids and even individualized classes.

Best Advocates
Berkshire Meadows
The people at Berkshire Meadows are the advocates you want to have in your corner. The professionals working with children and young adults living with developmental disabilities create a supportive, caring environment that enriches their lives. With year-round programs offering educational, health and therapeutic services, they are in the best of care. Their individualized education plan identifies individual and achievable goals to help the children grow and make progress and help them reach their highest level of personal independence and skill development.

Best Barber Shop
Sims
Pittsfield, Great Barrington
When you need to look sharp trust in the pros at Sims Salon and Barber shop. An old school corner barbershop with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, Berkshire folks have been getting their haircuts from Sims since 1936. Open seven days a week with convenient hours, you can get the cut you’re looking for at an affordable price.

Best Hotel
Marriot Fairfield Inn & Suites
Great Barrington
This is the only Marriot hotel in Berkshire County, so the Fairfield Inn & Suites is maintained to impress. Offering free high-speed Internet and complimentary breakfasts, as well as access to an indoor heated pool, hot tub, and fitness center, this hotel is simply sensational. Situated 500 feet back from Route 7, you’re sure to have a quiet, comfortable stay at the Fairfield Inn & Suites.

Best AM Radio Personality
Jesse Stewart, WSBS
Great Barrington
Jesse Stewart’s “Let’s Talk” deals with the most prevalent issues facing the tri-state Berkshire region by inviting state representatives, town managers, and other important officials on the program as guests. A self-proclaimed “Berkshire tradition,” the show covers various topics, including health care, politics, state and town government, home repair, auto maintenance, and computers, among others. Stewart’s personality is just the icing on the cake.

Best Ski Resort
Ski Butternut
Great Barrington
Yet again the Great Barrington slope takes home the readers pick. Butternut provides 110 acres of skiing, spread across 22 trails. All ski trails are covered with snowmaking. A family oriented ski area that is ideal for those just learning to ski or learning to snowboard.

Best Stylists
Shear Design
Lenox
Shear Design’s stylists have a loyal following of clients who look forward to their appointments with the talented staff who give great cuts and are also great company.

Verizon
Countywide
With stores in Great Barrington, Pittsfield, and North Adams, Verizon provides high-speed FiOS Internet to a number of homes in the region. With quantum Internet plans starting at 50/50 Mbps and going all the way up to 500/500 Mbps, even the most rabid of Netflix streamers should be satisfied. All plans include Speedmatch, where upload speeds are guaranteed to match download speeds, putting them ahead of other cable and Internet providers.

Best Personal Trainers
Cranwell Resort
Lenox
Cranwell Resort’s fitness and recreation facilities offer swimming, skiing, golf, and many other activities for those who enjoy staying active. They also have a variety of great, certified personal trainers to assist guests with personal fitness goals. Reasonably priced for 30 minute, 50 minute, and 80-minute sessions, these trainers will motivate, support, and challenge you on your journey.

Best Yoga Studio
Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
Stockbridge
The Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health has served the Berkshires for more than 30 years, drawing celebrities and vacationers from all over the world to its pristine, holistic living facilities. Yoga classes, including yoga summer camp, hiking and yoga, kayaking and yoga, beginners yoga, and the science of yoga, offer a comprehensive exploration of the exercise as an artful physical, mental, and spiritual practice.

Best Dressed Politician
Henry “Hank” Sayers, Jr.
Lanesborough
Elected as an interim Selectman in 2013 and voted onto the board full-time a year later, Henry “Hank” Sayers is the newest member of the Lanesborough Select Board. Seen always sporting a half-zip or button-up shirt with his signature jeans, Sayers makes even the most casual event feel important. His term as Selectman expires in 2017.

Best Electrical Appliances
Henry’s Electric
Lee
Family owned and operated since 1946, Henry’s Electric is the authorized dealer of over 40 brands, which allows them to offer something for every budget. Their staff with people who have the breadth of knowledge of their selection to get you the tools you need. They also service what they sell, and have a full service department that consists of factory-trained technicians who are able to repair and maintain all the quality appliances they sell for many years.

Best Golf Course - South County
Egremont Country Club
Egremont
The Egremont Country Club, located in the beautiful Berkshire mountains of Massachusetts, features a challenging 18-hole public golf course, fully stocked pro shop, and driving range. Public tee times are available up to seven days in advance. The well maintained course is surrounded by rolling hills, beautiful views and winding streams.

Best Tennis Courts
Wyantenuck Country Club
Great Barrington
What began at Wyantenuck Country Club at Brookside in 1903 with two tennis courts has developed into their five current courts over the years. Wyantenuck converted three tennis courts into clay courts in 1926, yielding a beautiful red playing surface for members to enjoy. They club holds a variety of daily activities and tournaments and there’s still plenty of room to practice! A wonderful sporting spot, this place is a real ace if you love tennis.

Best Auto Repair Service
Williams & Kinglsey
Auto Repair
Pittsfield
Consistently earns high marks for friendly, knowledgeable mechanics and fair prices from customers.

Best Hair Salon

Hair Unlimited
Pittsfield
With 35 years of experience Hair Unlimited Hair Salon offers the best style, for each individual. Recently relocated from Lee, they look forward to greeting their long-time following or someone for their first visit, offering the best style, for each individual.


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Best Kitchen Supplier
The Chef’s Shop
Great Barrington
This kitchen store has been around, in one way or another, for more than 20 years. What began as Berkshire Cottage in Lenox has grown into one of the premier chef supply shops in the area. With numerous cooking classes, live demonstrations, and tasting experiences held in-store, the Chef’s Shop is the best place to grow your kitchen. They also offer free warranty extensions and a low price guarantee.

Best South County Appliance Store
Henry’s Electric
Lee
There is no wonder why they have been touted as “the appliance specialist of Berkshire County.” Henry’s Electric is an impressive family-owned and operated appliance store located right in the heart of downtown Lee since 1946. Authorized dealers of more than 40 brands, including Viking, Subzero, Whirlpool, Maytag, Electrolux, and Frigidaire, this full service establishment is sure to carry what you’re looking for.

Best Meats
Harry’s Supermarket
Pittsfield
Harry’s Supermarket is a locally owned, 3rd generation, hometown supermarket, making it the best place to buy your meat in Berkshire County. Voted Best Meats for the last 17 years, Harry’s Supermarket, located at 290 Wahconah St. in Pittsfield provides the area’s best and freshest meats - without exception. At Harry’s, not only will you find a wide variety of meats, but you'll also find fresh produce and just about anything you can get at the large chain supermarkets. And as the area’s premier IGA supermarket, they have built a great reputation with their loyal customers. This reputation is why the Nichols family has been able to serve their community for almost a century. Visit them today and select from their best meats and grocery items.

Best Hard Cider
Hilltop Orchards
Richmond
Hilltop Orchards' French style Cider’ and Johnny Mash hard cider are made from estate grown apples and are sure winners. Their award-winning Furnace Brook Wines are made from northeast varietals and produced on location at Hilltop Orchards.

Best Place to Buy an ATV
North’s Services
Lenox
When you are in the market for a quality all-terrain vehicle, North’s has you covered. Since 1964 they have been serving the needs of ATV and Motorcycle riders with the excellent service and a reputation for being the best. As the local, authorized dealer for Honda and Suzuki motorcycles and ATVs, North’s Services takes pride in its ever growing list of satisfied customers in the Northern Berkshire, Southern Berkshire and Central Berkshire areas.

Best Bicycle Selection
Ordinary Cycles
Pittsfield
Whether you’re looking for a Recreational bicycle, Racing bike, or a Mountain Bike you have come to the right place. Ordinary Cycles carries Road Bikes, Mountain Bikes, Cyclocross Bikes, Touring Bikes, BMX Bikes, Sport Comfort, and Children’s Bikes to suit any and all cyclists needs.

Best Custom Clothing Outfitter
Peace Train Tees
Pittsfield
Peace Train Tees is the place to go for those looking to see their t-shirt creations brought to life. Peace Train has burst onto the scene with their high quality clothing design operation located in the Berkshire Mall. Since 2010, has specialized in creating everything from custom shirts and sweatshirts to bags and mugs with heat applied vinyl that wont fade over time or through washing. From 1 to 1,000, no order is too big for the team at Peace Train. They also offer a variety of tie dye items, custom vinyl lettering for vehicles and are the largest stock of Berkshire items in the county.

Most unique Mother of the.....Dresses
Purple Plume
Lenox
From Mother of the Bride or Mother of the Groom, Purple Plume has interesting, arty, and unusual dresses for the women who want to look a cut above! Their dresses come in silk, and other delicate fabrics, some textured, others embellished for that one of a kind look. They also have a huge collection of print silk jackets to go over simple long silk dresses for that arty look.

Best Customer Service
RJ Stohr
Pittsfield
With the motto “You will NEVER be treated better elsewhere”, RJ Stohr Diamonds & Fine Jewelry, 90 North Street Pittsfield, has a lot to live up to. They deliver on that promise every day with an extremely friendly, experienced staff that makes you feel at home the moment you walk in the door. You’ll never feel pressured to buy, and they never use tactics to get you to spend more than you’re comfortable with. Downtown Pittsfield’s only full service jewelry store is in their 9th year. Store owner Rick Stohr began his jewelry career over 20 years ago. For a customer service experience that is second to none, visit RJ Stohr Diamonds & Fine Jewelry. You will NEVER be treated better elsewhere.

Best Merchandiser
Rock Business Solutions
Pittsfield
Rock Business Solutions provides 100% customer service and satisfaction for both small, medium and large retail businesses. They provide everything from computer-based Point of Sale to credit card equipment and processing. Rock Business Solutions, located at 346 North Street in Pittsfield, are licensed and trusted dealers of Digital Dining and Keystroke POS and offer Handheld POS terminals that will increase table turn and customer satisfaction. It’s clear why over 300 businesses have already turned to Rock Business Solutions. They also offer the most competitive credit card rates around. Rock Business Solutions also specializes in surveillance cameras and digital video recorders, credit cards/gift cards, and many other products and services.

Best Big City Style Collection
Circa
Pittsfield
This unique mercantile in downtown Pittsfield buys and sells vintage collectibles and Danish and mid-century furnishings. The Berkshires’ self-proclaimed “resource for Big City Style,” opened in the summer of 2012. Owner Rebecca Barnini has tapped into a thriving niche market, taking advantage of the growing opportunities on North Street.

Best Jeweler - South County
Lennox Jewelers
Great Barrington
Known for the dazzling light display atop their building during the holidays, Great Barrington’s only full-service jewelry store offers an incredible selection of diamonds, diamond jewelry, colored gemstone jewelry, gold and silver jewelry, and famous name brand watches will make sure you look your best accentuating any wardrobe. They offer on site ring sizing, diamond setting, jewelry repair watch batteries and bands and watch repairs. Or bring in a piece for a custom engraving that will turn any gift into a cherished keepsake.

Best Car Wash
Swell’s Car Wash
Winsted, Conn.
After a long winter and mud season, with salt and muck clinging to your car, you’ll need the best care you can get to make your vehicle look good as new. That’s where the pros at Swells step in. Serving the area for more than two decades Swells Car Wash will improve the look of your car with their state of the art, automatic car wash. Their staff of professionals give an extra bit of TLC to take care of your car with their top notch washing and drying equipment. Their 24-hour self serve bay allows you to get your car clean any day, any time and accept debit, credit and cash for your convenience as well as an outside self serve wash for larger vehicles.

Best Nursery
Ward’s Nursery
Great Barrington
A green destination supplying gardeners in the Berkshires, eastern New York, and northwestern Connecticut, Ward’s grows over 1,400 perennial selections and 700 different houseplants. Founded in 1957, they opened a new garden center as recently as 2010, becoming more energy efficient and sustainable in the process. They also carry soil, seeding supplies, tools, pottery, and fertilizer, among other garden needs.

Best Place to Buy Chain Saws, Grass Trimmers and Leaf blowers
West Farm Equipment
Sheffield
When you need to get yard work done, West Farm Equipment has literally all of the tools you need for the task. Whether it’s chain saws, hedge trimmers, leaf blowers or any other piece of outdoor power equipment their stockpile of the top brands is at the head of the pack. With their customer service and experienced staff, they are guaranteed to put the right equipment in your hands.

Best Luxury Auto Dealer
Flynn VW, Audi, BMW
Pittsfield
Once you become a Flynn customer, you'll be with them for life. Why? Because they are experts at meeting and exceeding the high expectations for a luxury auto dealer. Their commitment to excellence is rooted in treating each customer with paramount concern. Their organized and efficient dealership office is staffed by a friendly, knowledgeable staff who give individualized care to help you drive off with the vehicle you’re looking for with all questions answered and all concerns taken care of.

Best Mother’s Day Gifts
Karen Keenan Gifts & Home
Lee
As you step into Karen Keenan Gifts and become enveloped in the soothing candle-scented atmosphere, you know you can find something for any occasion; but especially Mother’s Day. This is your one-stop shop for all things cute, classy, and kitschy, with home décor and jewelry guaranteed to please one of the most important women in your life. They feature a selection of Alex and Ani jewelry, as well as other well-loved brands.

Best Affordable Jewelry
Nelson’s Jewelry and Gifts
Pittsfield
If you’re looking to add a little pizzazz to your wardrobe but don’t want to break the bank, Nelson’s is the place for you. This charming local shop has a wonderful selection of jewelry, scarves, and gifts for special occasions (especially bridal ones.) They’ve been around since 1949 so they must be doing something right.

Best Shoes
Barrington Outfitters
Great Barrington
Discriminating shoe-shoppers from far and near have made Barrington Outfitters the sole destination for shoes and boots in the Berkshires. With an excellent selection of great products – including great deals and steals on their outside sale rack during the warmer months – as well as helpful and friendly staff, Barrington Outfitters is the perfect place to think on your feet.
best men’s clothing

Steven Valenti’s
Pittsfield
Guys, in the never ending battle of looking good, make Steve Valenti’s your fashion arsenal. This up-beat, contemporary men’s clothing store has been providing quality menswear since 1983. From suits and sport coats and sportswear to dress shoes and leather accessories whatever you need to dress for the occasion is at your fingertips from top brands. They also will help you suit up for prom season and special occasions with an amazing formal wear section and tuxedo rentals with staff ready to outfit you to make whatever the evening is, incredible.

Best Women’s Clothing Store
Louisa Ellis
Great Barrington
Louisa Ellis’s posh boutique of women’s fashion, with an impressive selection of clothing, jewelry and handbags, is the perfect place to keep your finger on the pulse of the Fall runway shows’ iconic looks, without the hassle of shopping in NYC. It has quickly built a solid reputation with a large, loyal fan base from far and near for its convenient and high quality offerings.

Best Auto Detailing and Service
East Street Auto Mall
Pittsfield
With East Street Auto Mall, your car is guaranteed to get the maintenance and detailing it needs. The best part is, you’ll never overpay for these services. Whether you are shopping for a new or used car or just looking to get an oil change, East Street Auto Mall has you covered.

Best Vacuum Sales & Repair
Kent’s Vacuum Center
Great Barrington
Conveniently located at 267 Stockbridge Road, Kent’s offers appliance sales and services for vacuum cleaners. If you ever need repairs, give. Kent’s a call for efficient service providing the best service in south country.

Best Paint Store
Lee Hardware
Lee
Lee Hardware is the place to start a project off right, and that goes double for anything that needs a coat of paint. Since the 1950s, Lee Hardware Store, Inc. has been serving commercial, industrial and residential customers, and has earned a solid reputation through friendly and knowledgeable staff, sound advice and the best service. In their Benjamin Moore Signature Store paint section, you’ll find myriad of colors available in samples, as well as the necessary equipment and know-how to bring your paint project ideas to life.

Best Dog Food and Accessories
Ben's Dotter's
Great Barrington
Dogs love shopping at Petco. But whether your best friend is furry, feathered, scaly, or finned, Petco has everything you need to keep them happy and healthy. It also doubles as a dog spa, with full grooming salons and training classes. If you are looking to buy a pet, they also host adoption events throughout the year for you to meet that special someone.

Best Pharmacy
Price Chopper
Great Barrington
Price Chopper is one of the local shopping staples, not only for groceries but also seasonal gifts, flowers, health products, and pharmaceuticals. Their pharmacy offers online prescription refills, RxAdvantEdge saving on generic brands, pet medications, personal attention from pharmacists, and free vaccinations.

Best Bike Shop
Berkshire Bike and Board
Great Barrington and Pittsfield
Whether you are looking to buy a new bike or get a tune-up on your trusty current one, Bike and Board is the best place to go. Their professional bike mechanics offer lifetime free tune-ups on all new bikes purchased, and the store has all the accessories you need for your personal biking life. You can depend on them, for the long term.

Best Used Car Dealer- South County
Bachetti’s Auto Sales
Sheffield
Bachetti’s is the place to go for reliable, high-quality used cars. You can go on their website to browse the current selection and even fill out a form outlining the type of vehicle you’re looking for, so they can search for you! They also offer inspection services.

Best Cemetery Services
A&A Memorials
Housatonic
This family-owned and operated cemetery service company is the only full-service monument dealer in Berkshire County. They offer custom grave markers, sand-blast lettering, pet markers, repair services, and decorative stepping stones. There is no more dependable place for the kind of attention to detail your loved one deserves on their grave marker.

Best Shoes
Barrington Outfitters
Great Barrington
Discriminating shoe-shoppers from far and near have made Barrington Outfitters the sole destination for shoes and boots in the Berkshires. With an excellent selection of great products – including great deals and steals on their outside sale rack during the warmer months – as well as helpful and friendly staff, Barrington Outfitters is the perfect place to think on your feet.

Best Women’s Clothing Store
Louisa Ellis
Great Barrington
Louisa Ellis is the perfect place to keep your finger on the pulse of the fall runway shows’ iconic looks without the hassle of shopping in NYC. This fun, upscale boutique of women’s fashion carries an impressive selection of clothing, jewelry and handbags. It has quickly built a solid reputation with a large, loyal fan base for its convenient and high quality offerings.

Best Men’s Clothing
Steven Valenti’s
Pittsfield
Guys, in the never ending battle of looking good, make Steve Valenti’s your fashion arsenal. This quality, contemporary men’s clothing store has been providing quality menswear since 1983. From suits and sport coats to dress shoes and leather accessories, whatever you need to dress for that special occasion is at your fingertips from top brands. They have even opened a location for women’s clothing, on North St.

Best Car-Buying Experience
Haddad Auto
Pittsfield
Haddad is the Berkshires’ largest auto group, with top-quality new and used cars for sale from their friendly and helpful staff. They strive to keep every sale low pressure, transparent, and tailored to the needs of every customer. There is even an insurance agency onsite at the dealership.

Best Marketplace
Guido’s Fresh Marketplace
Great Barrington
What started as a small roadside produce stand manned by two brothers in Pittsfield has grown into the quality food institution known as Guido’s. Thirty years later, readers continue to vote this store as the best marketplace in the Berkshires. Famously fresh, locally sourced, and conscientious, this old-world style market has maintained its well-earned reputation and will continue to far into the future.

Best Consignment Shop
Yours Mine & Ours
Pittsfield
This consignment emporium has everything: clothes, furniture, toys, gifts, stray oddities and collectibles; so you’re willing to walk out with more than you thought you would! The owner has the grand title of The Resale Queen, and would be happy to look at any items you’re looking to pass on to someone else. Great prices and quality stock make this the best consignment shop in the region.

Best Toy Store
Matrushka Toys and Gifts
Great Barrington
Find new and retro video games at Matrushka Toys and Gifts and play your way to victory. You’ll love all of the great memorabilia offered at this great shop. Revolutionize your life with the digital devices available such as video game systems. What’s better to snuggle with at night than a cute stuffed animal? Make sure to check out what’s available. Get your hardhat on! Pretend to be a construction worker today with your kiddos and start building with a fun set from this Matrushka Toys and Gifts. Can’t beat good old-fashioned fun with board puzzles and card games. Your boundaries are unlimited when you are in control of an awesome radio control toy. Take it anywhere you want! No toy chest is complete without an action figure. Pick up one at this store to make sure you have this for your next play date! Keep your children happy and smart! A toy is not only fun but will also teach anybody a lesson or two.309 Main Street. (413) 528-6911.

Best Liquor Store
Domaney’s Liquors
Great Barrington
Since 1973, Domaney’s has supplied the widest selection of best products at the best prices in the Berkshires for beer, wine and spirits. Their eye-popping inventory, from the highly affordable to the finest discriminating tastes – their ever-present specials are tough to beat – is complimented regularly by fun community events such as wine and beer tastings as well as showcases from breweries, vineyards and distilleries from near and far. Their selection of craft beers from local breweries is unmatched, showcasing some of the best ales, stouts and lagers from the area.

Best Luxury Auto Dealer
Flynn VW, Audi, BMW
Pittsfield
Once a Flynn customer, always a Flynn customer. Why? Because they enjoy meeting and exceeding the high expectations for a luxury auto dealer. Their commitment to excellence is rooted in treating each customer with paramount concern. Their organized and efficient dealership office is staffed by a friendly, knowledgeable staff who give individualized care to help you drive off with the vehicle you’re looking for with all questions answered and all concerns taken care of.

Best Place to Buy a Truck
Berkshire GMC
Sheffield
As a General Motors ceritified pre-owned dealer for Chevrolet, Buick and GMC, Berkshire GMC is certainly the best place to go the next time you need a truck. With dozens of models to choose from, you’re sure to find the truck you’ve always dreamed of with Berkshire GMC.

Best Foreign Auto Repair
Bob Denley’s Foreign Car and Park St. Tire
Lee
Specializing in foreign auto repair, Bob Denley’s combines excellent service and a friendly approach with a deep and constantly updated body of knowledge and experience in repairing and extending the life of your car. With special equipment to evaluate and efficiently test any problems your car may have, their staff is happy to answer customers’ questions, and can also advise the ideal products to use to extend the life of your automobile. Additionally, they’re also the only authorized stocking tire dealer in the tri-town area.

Best Family Clothes Shopping
Ben’s
Lee
Amidst the depersonalized, cookie-cutter big-box clothing stores, friendly, hometown customer service makes Ben’s stand out and stand tall. Serving the Berkshires for eight decades, they offer high-quality brands to suit everyone’s needs, from toddlers’, children’s, women’s and men’s, including men’s big and tall department, as well as a generous footwear selection.

Best Pharmacy Flynn’s Pharmacy
Pittsfield
Flynn’s Pharmacy and Home Medical Equipment is a family-owned business that has been serving Berkshire County for more than 50 years. As Pittsfield’s only accredited independent pharmacy, Flynn’s provides a variety of pharmacy services, including prescription filling, direct insurance billing, free blood pressure checks, respiratory therapy, and medication counseling. They also offer respiratory care products and home delivery for those in need.

Best Auto Insurance
Viale Insurance Agency
Lee
As a third generation family company, Viale Insurance continues to follow the same mission they’ve followed for the better part of a century – to meet the insurance needs of Southern Berkshire County. Always available for a free review and evaluation of anyone’s present coverage, they’re committed to seeing their clients properly protected. Treating customers as more than just a number, they strive to offer personalized service to each individual who comes through the door, echoing their motto of “our customers, our neighbors, our friends.”

Best Country Department Store
Jack’s Country Squire
Great Barrington
Just because you’re out in the country doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice a good shopping experience. Jack’s Country Squire offers high-quality clothing and footwear for the entire family, with a huge selection of the finest name brands. Whatever it is you’re looking for, you can find here with the aid of their ever-courteous and helpful staff, who dutifully tend to the individual clothing needs of each customer.

Best Gifts
Out of Hand
Great Barrington
From the quirky to the sophisticated, the fashionable to the fun, Out of Hand’s impressively expansive inventory has a huge selection of everything from clothes, tapestries, furniture, fine glass and just about everything else if you’re looking for a unique gift for anyone on your list, or an item to spruce up the décor of any interior.

Best Auto Detailer
Larkin LTD.
Great Barrington
Serving the tri-state area, no one beats the service, stock and affordability in detailing and sign services provided by Larkin. The one and only stop for any and all vehicle detailing needs. With 6 different detailing package options and pickup and delivery service offered, they can handle any vehicle – from small cars and motorcycles to RVs and boats In addition to their normal detail offerings, they also perform excessive pet hair and odor removal, window tinting, headlight restoration and more. Servicing all varieties of vehicles from small businesses to local law enforcement, no job is too big or too detailed for their dedicated and careful approach.

Best Unusual Jewelry
Unusual Wedding Rings & More
Pittsfield
Not only does Unusual Wedding Rings & More offer a wide range of wedding bands, diamonds, earrings, bracelets and pearls, they also offer superb jewelry repair services, professional cleaning, insurance appraisals, metal type testing and consignment on fine jewelry. Next time you’re in the market for jewelry, visit the folks at Unusual Wedding Rings & More for an array of less traditional options.

Best Beads & More Shop
Yummy Treasures
Pittsfield
The people at Yummy Treasures have a deep passion for vintage jewelry components. Yummy Treasures is a top seller on Etsy, not only serving the Berkshires, but delivering to customers across the US. With a large variety of designs, fast shipping and over 350 products available online, there’s plenty to be excited about for any arts & crafts or jewelry fanatic.

Best Camera Shop
The Snap Shop
Great Barrington
A picture is worth a thousand words, and one done with the help of The Snap Shop is easily worth a million bucks. Since 1972, The Snap Shop has been the region’s one-stop destination for everything photography. Their customer service is nearly as unmatched as their wide array of available services, with a staff that is happy to talk about cameras, pictures or even photo projects. The offer camera repair and film developing, along with old photo copying and retouching/restoration, slide scanning, printing from black and white negatives, darkroom chemicals, and basically anything else someone with a camera could possibly need.

Best Place to Buy a Used Car
Anthony’s Auto sales
Pittsfield
The most trusted pre-owned car and truck sellers in the Berkshires, Anthony’s is the place to go when you want a quality automobile at an affordable price. They offer everything from sedans to SUVs at some of the best prices in the area. Their sales associates will help you find the right vehicle from their carefully compiled selection, each meticulously inspected to ensure its quality. Their website also offers a comprehensive list of their lot including specials at hard to beat prices.

Best Pet Supplies
BensDotter’s Pet
Great Barrington
When it comes to your pets, only the best will do. That’s why owners and animal lovers of the Berkshires have turned to BensDotter’s Pet for their furry friends needs. The raw diet specialists at BensDotter’s offers carefully selected kibbled and canned foods, along with supplies, supplements, medicinal and truly natural treats and chews along with the best selection of raw diets, raw diet supplements, and freeze-dried and dehydrated foods that are high quality and nutritious. The store also offers special programs for pet owners as well as Housdtooth non-anesthetic dental cleaning clinics for cats and dogs.

Best Place to Buy Fresh Bread
Berkshire Mountain Bakery
Housatonic
Having lived as a bread maker in Canada, France, the Netherlands, and a number of other regions in Northern Europe, owner Richard Bourdon’s Berkshire Mountain Bakery is nothing short of a professional establishment. After serving South County for almost 30 years, Bourdon opened a second location in Pittsfield to bring his sourdough bread, pizza crusts, and croissants, among others, to the people up north. It’s delicious!

Best Bookstore
The Bookstore
Lenox
The Bookstore has existed in the Berkshires since 1976 and hosts a rotating schedule of live readings and events to stay resilient in the digital age. That, paired with the aptly named Get Lit win bar, located right next door, makes for an awesome local spot that owner Matt Tannenbaum calls a “community living room.” What’s better than a glass of wine and a good book?

Best Place to Learn to Ride a Horse
Bellwether Stables
Hancock
Whether you’re an equestrian or just want to learn how to ride the best place to go is Bellwether Stables. Bellwether Stables has developed riders and horses to their highest potential in a friendly and professional environment with a team of patient and experienced teachers. They offer private and group riding lessons along with instruction for all ages and riding levels with professional licensed intructors. Their facilities are top quality with an all-weather riding campus in their large indoor arena as well as a beautiful new outdoor arena to see the beautiful Berkshires on horseback.

Best Awning Manufacturer
Cheyne Awning Company
Berkshire County’s most experienced manufacturer of custom awnings, canopies, retractables and other exterior shading solutions, they have been serving the county since 1926. Owner Tim Harrigan leads a team that does it all. From knowledgable sales professionals to graphic design for your businesses logo to the manufacturing and installation of their high quality products, you can count on getting the best service whether its for a residential or commercial use. They offer annual maintenance services and repairs, project management and internal lighting. They also signage services for all types of signs to get your business looking sharp

Best Children’s Consignment Shop
Kidding Around
Pittsfield
A new consignment shop in downtown Pittsfield, Kidding Around offers top quality used items for babies and children as part of their stock. Carseats, stuffed animals and playsets, toys and games, and an eclectic mix of clothing for all different ages all with prices that are incredibly affordable. Their staff and management care about their customers well beyond the purchase in an atmosphere that is loving and supportive of families new and old. As new kids on the block, they have already made a great impact in their community.

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Best Shoes
Bbest Home Goods Store
One Mercantile
Great Barrington
If you are looking for fun, quirky and rustic home goods, One Mercantile is the place to go. With a stockpile of small production, fair trade and reproduced vintage home goods they have something for every nook and cranny of your home. From elegant and hand made cutting boards, to small and large terrariums, to specialty cookware to glasses made from craft beer bottles, you’re sure to find something great that will be the envy of your friends. Their beautiful Castle Street location showcases their love of vintage New England architecture, you may find yourself marveling at both the products and the store during you visit.

Best Supermarket
Big Y
Berkshire County
If you’re looking for the most complete one-stop shopping, look no further than the Big Y supermarkets throughout Berkshire County. They everything from the widest variety of produce, the most flavorful meats, the freshest seafood and everything that you could possible need from your local supermarket. With expanded hours for your shopping convenience, it’s no wonder why so many people prefer to keep coming back to the Big Y for all their shopping needs.

Best Town Swap Shack
Town of Monterey
Monterey
Tag sales too expensive for your taste or budget? Hit up Monterey’s swap shack. Now, you need to have the town transfer sticker, but for the grand price of $50, you can dump your trash and pick up someone else’s unwanted material goods every week, without having to dig through the dumpster. The swap shack is a veritable goldmine for books, once you get past the horrors of the 1970’s paperbacks. And who knows, you might also pick up a muffin pan while you’re at it. And, yes, it’s all free.

Best Place to Buy a Used Car
Dalton Auto Express
Dalton
When you are looking for a quality used car, turn to the professionals at Dalton Auto Express. The A+ Better Business Bureau business does everything right. They will clean the vehicles to like-new condition, give a full warranty, and give the best service to get you the best wheels.

Best Print Shop
Berkshire Print Shop
Pittsfield
Your local printing and copying center, Berkshire Print Shop is the place to handle your needs. From business cards to faxes, Greta and Galynn at the Print Shop are there to help you with whatever you need. They give it their all to be the best, because they believe they have the best customer.

Best Wine and Spirits Store
Liquors Inc.
Pittsfield
With a selection that boasts wine and spirits from more than two dozen countries, you are sure to get the right bottle when you go to Liquors, Inc. From Chardonnay to Tequila, Whiskey to mead their selection is filled with some of the best offerings from vineyards and distilleries from around the world. They also boast a massive selection of beer both domestic and import and are well stocked in both local and national craft beers. To top it all off, they offer monthly specials to go along with their almost unbeatable prices, so you’ll get to enjoy top notch alcohol that wont break that bank.

Best Jewelry and Watch Repair
Lennox Jewelers
Great Barrington
Lennox Jewelers is the place to turn for repairs to jewelry and watches. In their new location on Main Street in Great Barrington, this full service jeweler has on site services to repair any damaged piece. Their skilled staff will work with care and precision to bring your precious heirlooms in no time.

Best Organics Market
Berkshire Organics
Pittsfield
This family owned business strives to bring area residents and farms together by offering the freshest local and organic produce, meat, dairy, breads, and baked goods to customers. Berkshire Organics goes above and beyond by delivering fresh fruit and produce baskets to Berkshire homes and business on a weekly basis, allowing all of their supporters to live green and eat fresh.

Best Place to buy a vacuum - North County
Electrolux
Pittsfield
With the ice and snow beginning to melt away, it will soon be time to break out the mops and brooms and start your spring cleaning conquest. One of the most important tools in your arsenal will be a quality vacuum and your best bet is through Electrolux. These guys have everything you need to get the dirt and dust out. Vacuums in all shapes and sizes including canisters, lightweights and uprights including their Nimble and Precision lines. Electrolux also offers central vacuums built right into your home to make cleaning up a fast and painless process.

Best Consignment Shop
Re-wear Consignment Boutique
Lee
With vintage looks all the rage today you’ll get your fashion on at Re-Wear all while helping to recycling clothing and reduce waste. They carry brand-name quality clothing for women , juniors, and misses in sizes 0 – 18 and shoes in sizes 5 – 11. Re-Wear also offers a large selection of vintage, costume and fine jewelry that will have you looking great.

Best Place To Buy An Instrument (South County)
The Music Store
Great Barrington
Serving Great Barrington for 15 years, the family owned and operated Music Store offers gifts and instruments for music lovers of all ages. Fretted, orchestral and wind, percussion, and even children’s instruments. Stings, picks, and other instrument accessories are also readily available, as well as repairs for most woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. Stop in for friendly, personable service.

Best Toy Store
Tom’s Toys
Great Barrington
Tom’s Toys has been providing children of the Berkshires with joy for almost 20 years by encouraging kids to explore the creative, fun, and scientific sides of their imagination. They stock almost 20,000 different kinds of toys, games, dolls, puzzles, arts, and crafts to choose from and customers can even shop online. Check their Facebook for contents and chances to win store credit!

Best Gourmet Food & Wine Store
Locke, Stock
and Barrel
Great Barrington
The readers have spoken again, for the second year in a row, Locke Stock and Barrel is the best spot for the widest and best selection of gourmet grocery options, whether it’s natural foods, wine, regional and local foods. With a slew of foodstuff selections that are as delicious as they are unique, it’s hard to even get out of the parking lot before diving into your shopping bag and trying out what you’ve bought. Of particular note is their cheese selection, largely considered the best in Western Mass. They also make customized gift baskets so you can share their bounty with others.

Best Place To Buy An Instrument (North County)
Wood Bros. Music
Pittsfield
Stretching as far back as 1880, Wood Bros. Music has supplied Berkshire County with musical instruments and accessories for upwards of a century. Today, they continue to operate with the same great reputation, selling new and used guitars, drum kits, and pianos, among other instruments. They also offer a wide variety of fine rental gear and equipment, as well as offer lessons from reputable instructors.

Best Extracts and Flavors
Charles H. Baldwin
& Sons
Stockbridge
For more than 125 years Charles H. Baldwin & Sons have been the best at what they do. There is a reason you’ll find them in The Best year after year. Their signature Vanilla Extract hand crafted from Bourbon Madagascar vanilla beans is beloved for its sweet intense flavor, but their store also boasts dozens of delicious extracts and flavors, from coffee extract to banana flavor. They also house specialty items like pure maple syrup, vanilla cinnamon sugar, Mr. Baldwin’s “Proper” Bloody Mary Mix, and back by popular demand their Baldwin’s Worcestershire Sauce. Present owner Earl Baldwin Moffatt is the great-great grandson of the founder and has continued the businesses great tradition and success.

Best Place to Find Alex and Ani
Karen Keenan Gifts and Home
Lee
You can find a gift here for anyone on your list, whether it be a Birthday, New Home, Anniversary, baby or wedding and recipients are excited to receive one of our beautifully wrapped items. But most importantly for any guy that has desperately searched for to the hot bracelet gift item he can rest assured they have what he needs there.

Best Auto Equipment
Anthony’s Auto Electronics
Pittsfield
After this long, cold winter let them install a remote car starter into your vehicle with a 1000ft of range and two remotes and a lifetime warranty, and never wet into a freezing car again with prices starting at $179.99 installed.

Best Local Pet Store
Chez Pet
Lenox
They offer the highest quality foods and treats, beds, leashes and collars, training and grooming supplies, toys, and a wealth of information. Their mission at Chez Pet is to provide for all your pet’s needs with quality, health and safety in mind.

Best Hardware Store
Carr Hardware
Great Barrington, Lee, Pittsfield, North Adams
In an age when so many small town hardware stores have disappeared the Berkshires have lucked out to be home to Carr Hardware. With four locations across the county Carr offers everything you need to tackle any project in your home. Electrical, plumbing, painting, kitchen and home what ever the supplies, whatever the tool Carr will have you covered. They also offer rental equipment for lawn and gardening and tent and concession rentals for weddings and events. Their friendly and professional staff is always ready with an answer and the highest quality service. They are members of the American Rental Association and offer TrueValue rewards.

Best Hunting Supplies
Dave’s Sporting Goods
Pittsfield
Dave’s Sporting Goods has been serving the needs of the outdoor enthusiast since 1965. From a new compass to used guns all of your hunting needs can be met in one stop at Dave’s.

Best Cosmetics Company
Iredale Mineral Cosmetics
Great Barrington
When Jane Iredale first introduced her mineral makeup line in 1994, she pioneered the idea that makeup could also have skin care benefits. Fast forward to today and she is the name in the region for cosmetic are. With products for eye, body, lips, cheeks and more there are a multitude of the highest quality products to make you look your best with numerous benefits for your skin. Her products are world renowned and for good reason, not only was she the first but the best at cosmetic skin care products.

Best Paint Store
Lee Hardware
Lee
Lee hardware has been helping the Berkshires paint and maintain their homes since the 1950s. Their Benjamin Moore Signature Store paint section offers hundreds of colors available in samples, as well as the necessary equipment from the top brands. If their longevity weren’t enough of a sign of why they are the best, just ask around. Lee Hardware has both the inventory and staff that has earned it the reputation as one of the top hardware stores with the know-how to bring your paint project ideas to life.

Best Wallpaper Supplier
Berkshire Fabric and Wallpaper
Pittsfield
When you want to bring your walls to life, no one beats Berkshire Fabric and Wallpaper. The largest in-stock wallpaper store in Massachusetts, BFW is the place to go to spruce up your home. Offering more than a dozen brands such as York, Waverly, and Thibaut you’re sure to find the right fit for you room. They are also one of the Berkshire’s premier fabric suppliers with more than 500 home decor fabrics in-stock. The Berkshire Fabric and Wallpaper also offers custom sewing, custom pillows, upholstery, window treatments and shades and blinds services.

Best Bike Store - South & Central
Berkshire Bike and Board
Great Barrington and Pittsfield
One of the best things about the Berkshires is its beautiful outdoors and the abundance of outdoor recreations. Berkshire Bike and Board is the best place to go to get everything you’ll need before you hit the slopes or the trails. From snowboards to mountain bikes, the professionals their will help set you up the highest quality equipment to tackle any adventure. Their friendly and knowledgeable staff will be able to get the right equipment and answer any question for both beginners and experts offer. They also offer repairs and rentals, and recreational outings with the Berkshire Cycling Association.

Best place to buy a Motorcycle (North County)
Ronnie’s Cycle sales & Service
Adams
With a reputation for fair prices and excellent customer service, Ronnie’s has been the place for motorcycles for more than 50 years. With five locations and an online store packed with parts and accessories, Ronnie’s has everything you need to turn your dream cycle into a reality. With selections from the top manufacturers including Harley Davidson and Honda, they have the best selection both new and preowned to get the bike that is right for you. Ronnie’s also houses ATVs, trikes, scooters, cargo trailers, watercraft, power equipment and even light sport aircraft. Their staff is ready to answer any and all questions and their services department is home to the best mechanics around to work on your vehicle.

Best Tractor Supply Store
Pittsfield Lawn and Tractor
Pittsfield
The store has grown from a specialty shop to one of Western Massachusetts’ largest and most trusted power equipment and snowmobile dealersThey also have a complete line of rental equipment. From hand-held hammer drills right up to 80,000LB excavators, PLT has the equipment you need.

Best Place to Buy aA Hearing Aid

Advanced Hearing Aids
Pittsfield
Hearing impaired? Concerned with your hearing? Head to the Advanced Hearing Aides for comprehensive testing and service. Their staff of certified hearing aid specialist, will test customers on the spot and recommend a variety of hearing aid options for immediate pick-up. Advanced Hearing Aides provides affordable relief to the hearing impaired of Berkshire County.

Best Gold and Silver Dealers

Pittsfield Precious Metals
Pittsfield
Pittsfield Precious Metals is the place to go to sell gold silver and platinum for the absolute best price around in any shape condition or form. They offer same day cash for all unwanted gold, silver and platinum from pins and chains and rings to charms earrings and dental gold they are interested. They also pay for diamonds, antique jewelry, coins, watches, antiques, oil painting as well as full service estate buying. With the same location and owners for more than 30 years, you can expect the best service and experience from Pittsfield Precious Metals.

Best Ford Dealership
Marchese Ford, Inc.
New Lebanon, NY
Getting a great deal on a new or used Ford is as easy as visiting Marchese Ford on Rte. 22. Marchese Ford offers both new and pre-owned cars, crossovers, SUVs, and trucks at prices that cannot be beat. It’s no wonder why so many happy Ford car and truck owners in the Berkshires have bought and continue to buy their Fords from Marchese.

Best Contemporary Fashion
Casablanca
Lenox
Casablanca is the source in the Berkshires for contemporary fashion and accessories for men and women. They offer a ton of great lines and if you find the perfect outfit and need shoes to match their sister store, Shooze, is right down the street and the team there is just as eager to help you out.

Best Jeweler in South County
Lennox Jewelers
Great Barrington
Lennox Jewelers has settled well into their new location. Great Barrington’s only full-service jewelry store they offer an incredible selection of diamonds, diamond jewelry colored gemstone jewelry, gold and silver jewelry, and famous name brand watches will make sure you look your best accentuating any wardrobe. They offer on site ring sizing, diamond setting, jewelry repair watch batteries and bands and watch repairs. Or bring in a piece for a custom engraving that will turn any gift into a cherished keepsake.

Best South County Convenience Store
PJ’s Country Convenience Store
Sheffield
The deli and friendly staff elevate this small town convenience store, which offers great coffee and breakfast sandwiches in the morning, as well as other food throughout the day. Benches outside offer a place to relax in the warm weather, and its Main Street location makes it extra convenient for local residents to drop by for gas or supplies.

Best Olive Oil and Vinegar Seller
The Chef’s Shop
Great Barrington
The Chef’s Shop, already the spot to go for your kitchen supplies, has outdone itself with the addition of vinegars and oils from Oliva! out of Albany, N.Y. Their Olive oils come from around the world, which they rotate in by season for the best oils that can be found from both hemispheres, including Spain, Portugal, Greece, Italy, Australia, Tunisia, Chile, and California. They also offer balsamic vinegars, both white and dark, that are produced and imported from Modena, Italy, and aged using the Solera Method.

Best Pre-Owned Auto Dealer
Doc’s Auto Sales
Pittsfield
Doc’s Auto Sales promises the highest quality, lowest mileage, and best-priced vehicles in the area with rates starting as low as 2.49-percent. They have an extensive selection of 4x4 and AWD vehicles for almost any budget and stand behind their product with a comprehensive warranty. Browse used Ford, Nissan, Hyundai, Toyota, Jeep, and Mitsubishi vehicles, among others, online now.

Best South County Package Store
Domaney’s Liquors and Fine Wines
Great Barrington
Housed in the oldest commercial building on Main Street in Great Barrington, Domaney’s Liquors began in 1973 and has continually strived to offer the best products for the best prices. Their seemingly endless selection of beer, wine, and liquor won’t help an indecisive customer, but their selection of sale items certainly might. Domaney’s also holds regular tastings so stop by soon to sample the goods.

Best Meats
Harry’s Supermarket
Pittsfield
As a locally owned, 3rd generation, hometown supermarket for over 97 years, Harry’s Supermarket is definitely the place to buy your meat in Berkshire County. Voted Best Meats for the last 16 years, Harry’s Supermarket, located at 290 Wahconah St. in Pittsfield provides the area’s best and freshest meats - without exception. At Harry’s, you’ll not only find a wide variety of meats, but also fresh produce and just about anything you can get at the large chain supermarkets. And as the area’s premier IGA supermarket, they have built a great reputation with their loyal customers which is why the Nichols family has been able to serve their community for almost a century. Stop by today and see them for the best meats and all your grocery needs.

Best Antiques
Emporium Antiques
Great Barrington
The place to find treasures from another era. Specializing in art glass and fine jewelry, they offer an ample selection of quality furniture and art work such as paintings, lithographs, and prints. They also have a range of costume jewelry, silver items, pottery, China, stemware, books, and stacks and a great selection of used vinyl. Their staff is some of the friendliest around and is knowledgeable and ready to accommodate you and your shopping needs. Their space also serves as an art gallery, the EMP, that showcases many of the talented artists living in the Berkshires and routinely hosts artists receptions to celebrate their works and offer a space to display them.


DINING: Editors' Choice (Return to The Best top)
Best Greek Restaurant
Aegean Breeze
Great Barrington
If you are looking for an authentic Greek dining experience no one does it better than Aegean Breeze. Ownerg and Chef George Cami have prepared a menu filled with delicious entrees that blend authentic Greek cuisine with American influences in a cozy atmosphere. Some of the highlights include mouth-watering selections of fish, lamb and more from the Char-grill, traditional Greek entrees like Moussaka and Spanikopita, and stuffed seafood from the broiler. The patio seating and rustic fireplace makes their atmosphere cozy and comfortable no matter the season.

Best Smoothies
Riverbend Cafe
Great Barrington
There are a ton of things that Riverbend cafe does well, but the best may just be their smooties. Made with the freshest ingredients, you will never regret grabbing one and with 21 different flavors to choose from, and made with frozen yogurt, their smoothies offer a drink that tastes great and will make you feel great. As an added bonus, the cafe is nestled next to the Housatonic River, for which it gets its name, offering a calm and comforting atmosphere to enjoy your delicious smoothie as well as vegetarian friendly dining options for lunch and dinner and a fantastic selection at the juice bar and fresh ground coffee.

Best Burger - Central
The Lantern
Pittsfield
If you want a classic burger, with just the right amount of char, this Berkshire County classic is the place to go. Right in the heart of Pittsfield they are cooking up some of the best burgers you have ever had, not to mention the curly fries on the side.

Best Family Restaurant
Zucco’s Family Restaurant
Pittsfield
With its wide variety of Italian, Greek, and American food, Zucco’s Family Restaurant is certain to please even the most particular of customers. They offer a number of affordable specials too, like their occasional $4.99 “pasta day” and weekly prime rib dinner. Throw a party in their spacious private room or support the local community by attending one of their numerous benefit dinners.

Best Seafood
Salmon Run Fish House
Lee
Treat yourself to succulent Maine lobster or some wicked good clam chowdah at this family-owned restaurant in downtown Lee. They also offer a wide variety of pastas and meat dishes,even if fish is not your thing, and a well-stocked bar. This local institution has been open seven days a week since its founding in 1999.

Best Calzone
Cove Pizza
Cove Pizza is known for its hearty portions and fun, friendly atmosphere. If you need a comfort food fix, make sure to order one of their thick cheese calzones, or maybe a stromboli. But they also offer a wide array of burgers, pizzas, salads, sandwiches, pasta, their famous cannolis and eclairs and even breakfast food, which is served all day. Ask about their daily hot meal combinations. All food is available for pick up and delivery as well.

Best Slice of Pizza - Central
Vivaldi’s Pizzeria
Pittsfield
There’s only one pizzeria in the central Berkshires to seek out when you’re in the mood for New York style pizza. Vivaldi’s offers a delicious slice with fast preparation and delivery, so whether you are looking to eat in or dine out, they have you covered. Vivaldi’s also offers a wonderful selection of salads, burgers and desserts to pair with your perfect slice of New York style pizza.

Best French Cuisine
Chez Nous Bistro
Lee
Chez Nous is a casual French bistro offering French and American food in a friendly and warm atmosphere. With a French chef from Brittany and an American pastry chef in the kitchen eating well is a given, the added enchantment of a genuine French dining experience in the beautiful Berkshires is a bonus. Dinner is the perfect gift. Order gift certificates online. 150 Main Street, Lee MA. 413.243.6397. www.cheznousbistro.com.

Best Californian Cuisine
Baja Charlie’s California Cuisine
Lee
Baja Charlie’s offers an extensive Mexican menu with a fresh, home-made, California twist. Serving lunch and dinner, Tuesday-Saturday, dine in or take-away, outside dining available. 62 West Center Street, Lee MA. 413.243.4322.

Best Peruvian Cuisine
Alpamayo Peruvian Restaurant
Lee
Alpamayo offers authentic Peruvian cuisine in a comfortable, welcoming atmosphere. All dishes are made from scratch based on family recipes handed down through generations. Highlights of the menu include many seafood specialties, including Peruvian style paella and ceviche, as well as an assortment of delicious chicken & Angus beef dishes. Serving dinner Tuesday-Thursday, lunch and dinner Friday-Sunday. 60 Main Street, Lee MA 413.243.6000. www.alpamayorestaurant.com.

Best Slice of Pizza - South County
Manhattan Pizza
Great Barrington
Specializing in New York and Sicilian style pies, Manhattan Pizza earns its name as the best slice of pizza this side of Times Square. They’ve got a variety of specialty pies, like your standard Hawaiian, meat lovers and white pizza, but you’re better off getting creative and crafting one of nearly infinite topping combinations from their formidable list of the freshest cheese, meats and veggies. The best late-night comfort food in the Berkshires.

Best Pastries & Cakes
Cakewalk Bakery & Café
Lee
Cakewalk Bakery & Café offers a large variety of pastries, cakes, cookies and breads. Everything is made from scratch on-site, using only the freshest ingredients. Also offering a lunch menu of salads, sandwiches, soups and quiche; drip coffees and espresso drinks from Barrington Coffee and site-created chocolate sauce for hot chocolate; freshly brewed Chai and delicious loose teas from Serendipitea.

Best Bagels
Knead A Bagel
Lee
You can expect fast, friendly service and excellent quality bagel sandwiches, soups and salads for breakfast and lunch featuring hand-rolled water bagels starting at 6 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 7-1 p.m. on Sundays. Also offering catering services and “Lawn Concert” Lunch Boxes. 62 Main Street, Lee MA.413.243.0547. www.kneadafreshbagel.com.

Best Country Club Bar & Grill
Fiddleheads Grille
Lee
Fiddleheads Grille at Greenock Country Club offers tavern food and a full bar with panoramic view of the golf course (designed by legendary golf architect Donald Ross). Enjoy one of their delicious daily specials, and if planning an event the banquet room is available for larger events and parties accommodating up to 130 guests. Open for lunch and dinner, seasonally. 220 West Park Street, Lee MA. 413.243.9719. www.fiddleheadsgrille.com.

Best Vietnamese Cuisine
Pho Saigon
Lee
Serving traditional Vietnamese food, cooked to order in a homey atmosphere, Pho Saigon is a hidden treasure in the town of Lee. With an extensive menu and friendly staff this family-run restaurant is not to be missed and, according to an online review “Their jasmine tea is to die for”. Serving lunch and dinner.

Best Caterer
Smokey Sweet BBQ
Great Barrington
If you have a weakness for succulent, sweet and savory barbeque, then look no further than Smokey Sweet BBQ when planning your next event. They offer a full catering service and some very tempting menu items, like smoked wings, beer can chicken, brisket, mac and cheese, bacon-wrapped stuffed jalapenos, and much more.

Best French Fries

Ski Butternut
Great Barrington
After slaloming down the slopes, you can rest and rejuvenate in one of Ski Butternut’s lodges. The food is a big draw, and their French fries are legendary. There is also beer and wine at the Chute Café in the Upper Lodge, if that is more your speed. There is also free wi-fi at all lodges, so you don’t ever need to leave!

Best Ice-Cream Store
SoCo Creamery
Great Barrington
This micro-creamery’s 20 years of tastebud-pleasing sweets have earned them the reputation as some of the best ice-cream in the Berkshires. The key to their success is small batches, crafted with care and amazingly fresh. This allows them to deal in an ever-changing myriad of flavors, from the classics (dirty chocolate and hazelnut are two big customer favorites) to the wildly exotic (seasonal offerings like Macintosh graham cracker and hot chocolate marshmallow)

Best Coffee Spot
Juice n’ Java
Pittsfield
Since 1997 this cozy local coffeeshop has been known for their high-quality coffee, made from roasted Arabica beans. You can get a full meal here as well, with offerings like quiche, soup, sandwiches, muffins, and bagels. They have three locations to try out, two in Pittsfield and one in Dalton.

Best Early Bird Restaurant
Dalton Restaurant
Dalton
If you’re looking for the best diner fare in the area, Dalton Restaurant will take good care of you. They are known for their buttermilk pancakes, meatloaf, and homemade hash, among other tempting dishes. This friendly spot charms locals and visitors alike with their old-school, relaxed atmosphere and prompt service.

Best Hash
Flo’s Diner
Pittsfield
This classic American diner has all of your breakfast favorites, including some killer corned-beef hash. Come in for an omelet, some pancakes, a burger, or whatever your heart desires; they even have vegetarian options. The wait-staff is friendly and helpful, guaranteed to make your meal a positive experience. Breakfast served all day.

Best Polish Food
Mezzie’s Variety and Luncheonette
Pittsfield
Come get your kielbasa fix at this homey, friendly local diner. They have frequent and creative specials, everything from sausage gravy to banana nut French toast to their famous stuffed peppers. The kielbasa hash in particular is to die for. They have all your traditional diner staples while also offering new and delicious dishes to try.

Best Diner Breakfast
Joanne’s Luncheonette
Pittsfield
Looking for a place to have a great “diner style” breakfast? This is the place! It’s not Friendly’s or any chain restaurant, and it won’t set you back a huge chunk of change either. When their grill is fired up with their great eggs, hash browns, and other breakfast staples along with a hot cup of coffee you’ll be ready to start the day.

Best Tapas
Mission Bar & Tapas
Pittsfield
Do you need something to eat and want to try a few new dishes? Mission has some of the best small plates around and is right in the heart of downtown Pittsfield. Jim Benson and Rachel Parzick have a great selection of wine to try and great food to sample. Get a big group and order 10- 15 things to get a taste of it all.

Best Steak and Eggs
Ozzies Steak and Eggs
Hinsdale
We mean really, what else can you say? With steak and eggs right in the name you better serve it up right and they surely do at Ozzies.

Best Breakfast
Martin’s
Great Barrington
For the most important meal of the day, Martin’s is the place to go for the best breakfast in the Berkshires. With staples like omelets, pancakes, French toast, eggs benedict and the always-important bottomless coffee along with weekly specials that are as creative as they are delicious, you’ll be hard pressed to find something you don’t love on their menu. If you’re not am morning person, don’t fret, Martin’s serves breakfast all day. Along with their also popular lunch options and Staax burgers at night, it’s easy to see why Martin’s has been a cornerstone in the Great Barrington community for so long.

Best North County Breakfast
Scully’s Kitchen
Lanesborough
Scully’s Kitchen offers a whopping selection of omelets, egg sandwiches, pancakes, and other breakfast staples for a near-unbeatable price — with unlimited coffee to boot! Located just off Route 7 in Lanesborough, this family owned and operated restaurant is the perfect place to stop for some small town diner food in Northern Berkshire County.

Best Omelets
Otto’s Breakfast and Deli
Lee
A county favorite with breakfast and lunch options that are certain to hit the spot, Otto’s menu is highlighted by their incredible specialty omelets. From “The Reuben,” with its delicious mix of sliced corned beef, sauerkraut Swiss cheese and Russian dressing; to the “South of the Border,” salsa, jalapenos’ sour cream and cheddar cheese; to crowd favorite “Ham and Chevre,” black forest ham, goat cheese and grilled apples, Otto’s offers a collection of creative and delicious twists to the breakfast staple all at prices that will leave you and your wallet full.

Best Sandwiches
Marty and Jims
Great Barrington
With affordable breakfast and lunch options Marty and Jim’s is sandwich heaven. Owners Jim Kenefick, a retired executive chef, and Marty (Martha) Brown have over 75 years combined culinary experience and offer their own turkey, roast beef, baked ham and corned beef cook on premises. Their menu and daily specials host sandwiches that are stuffed with generous portions and extras that round out the perfect Marty and Jim’s sandwich or sub. They also offer grab-and-go meals, hearty soups made from scratch and sandwich platters and fruit and cheese platters. And if you are planning an event, Marty and Jim’s hosts off-premise catering with a menu tailored with exactly what you like.

Best Restaurant
Cafe Adam
Great Barrington
Once again Cafe Adam takes home this major honor. Cafe Adam is consistent where it counts, quality. The best restaurant in a very stacked competition, Cafe Adam continues to be the spot for dinner, lunch or brunch. Their top notch chefs, bartenders, servers and staff come together to serve incredible new American cuisine with fresh, locally sourced ingredients from Monterey, Richmond and right in Great Barrington. If you are looking to dine out, Cafe Adam is the place.

Best Diner
Neighborhood Diner
Great Barrington
For a great meal in a friendly, cozy diner atmosphere, no one is better than the Neighborhood Diner. In a town filled with great eateries, the Neighborhood Diner shines. Generous portions and good times abound in the friendly locale at any time: from a quick early morning breakfast to a late night bite. Whatever you’re craving, their extensive menus is filled with comfort food, American fare and all day breakfast — their French toast, wraps and amazing burgers are a shoo-in for some of the town’s best dishes. Their wait staff is exactly what you’d expect at a Grade A diner: warm, courteous and quick service and good for a laugh between bites.

Best Sicilian Style PIzza
Papa Joe’s
Pittsfield’s
Papa Joe’s Ristorante is most well-known for its delicious Sicilian-style pizza. This classic Italian restaurant may specialize in pizza, but it also offers a number of other delightful dishes and desserts, such as their homemade meatballs (an old family recipe), Sicilian cannoli, peanut butter cream pie and chocolate cream pie. Stop in for a buffet on Sundays or any day of the week for the lunch buffet.

Best Bagel Shop
The Great Barrington Bagel Co. and Deli
Great Barrington
Opened in 1996, the Great Barrington Bagel Company has remained a South County staple for some time. With new ownership last year, this self-proclaimed bagel institution serves as a bagel eatery and delicatessen that offers bagels, sandwiches, salads, and other traditional fare. Their homemade soups are out of this world , made from scratch with daily specials that will hit the spot, especially during cold season. Check their website for some great rotating weekly specials.

Best Quick Lunch
On a Roll Café
Pittsfield
Salads, burgers and sandwiches that all make the perfect lunch in the middle of a busy work day fill the menu at On a Roll. Born and raised in Pittsfield, chef/owner David Barile opened On a Roll Cafe in 2003 and for 12 years it has been a must visit location. Their grade food and friendly and quick service make them a must come lunchtime.

Best Retro-Themed Diner
Daddyo’s Diner
Pittsfield
Daddyo’s combines great food with a wonderful atmosphere. Travel back to the 50s with this classic diner. Choose from a menu stocked with standards for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. From omelets to pancakes and bottomless coffee enjoy breakfast served all day. Hot and cold sandwiches, burgers and fries, as well as dinner plates and vegetarian dishes round out the menu that rocks. Try the tuna melt that perfects the traditional diner fare. Don’t forget about desserts, with tasty pies and milkshakes.

Best All Natural Ingredients
Ayelada
Pittsfield
Crafting their fresh frozen yogurt day-in, day-out with ingredients straight from local farms, it’s easy to see why Ayelada is the best. Their delicious frozen yogurt with a variety of unique ever changing flavors are made with the highest quality ingredients that come together to make a nutritious meal or snack. Their fresh fruit and dried topping selection includes in season options from local farms and artisans that promote eating local and creating a sustainable environment for the area. To top it all off, Ayelada has partnered with 30 local farms and artisan producers to ensure quality ingredients and promote a stronger community.

Best Doughnuts
Home Sweet Home Doughnut Shoppe
Great Barrington, Stockbridge
A pastry paradise, Home Sweet Home has the most delectable doughnuts all hand crafted with a variety of creative and fun flavors to please your sweet tooth. Just as sweet are the friendly folks behind the counter and hard at work crafting their doughnuts. From chocolate to glazed their selections are a winner, and their apple cider doughnuts will make you wish it was fall all year long.

Best Seafood Restaurant
Salmon Run Fish House
Lee
The area’s premiere seafood restaurant since 1999, Salmon Run Fish House is a seafood lovers dream. With fresh Maine lobster, Alaskan King crab legs, baked stuffed shrimp, the fried seafood platter and of course a piping hot bowl of clam chowder to go along with their dozens of other underwater delicacies to make your mouth water. Their menu also offers char-grilled steaks and chicken, creative pasta dishes, chilled salads and the area’s largest children’s menu that make this spot a great place to bring the whole family.

Best CharBroiled Burger
The Lantern
Pittsfield
If you want a classic burger, with just the right amount of char, the Berkshire County classic is the place to go. Right in the heart of Pittsfield they are cooking up some of the best burgers you have ever had, not to mention the curly fries on the side really top the whole thing off and always leave you ready for another trip back to The Lantern.

Best Modern European Restaurant
Café Adam
Great Barrington
Café Adam serves some of the best modern European food in Berkshire County — and with sizeable portions too! With their extensive menu and wine list, featuring homemade pasta, fresh oysters, seasonal entrees, and starters, this restaurant is sure to please even the toughest area foodie. Café Adam even books private dinners and events that are popular during the summer months.

Best Bakery
Berkshire Mountain Bakery
Housatonic
Owned and operated by a man who loves to bake, Richard Bourdon opened the bakery in 1985 and hasn’t looked back since. Steeped in the tradition of European style baking, Berkshire Mountain Bakery offers artisanal sourdough breads using whole grain flour for an absolutely delicious experience packed with nutrients. They also offer “Take N’ Bake” pizzas with a variety of toppings for a treat when you want it.

Best Duck
Alta Restaurant and Wine Bar
Lenox
There’s a reason this duck dish is one of the few mainstays on Alta’s ever-rotating seasonal menu – it’s always a knockout. Pan-seared to perfection and served in hearty proportions, it’s cooked just right at medium rare for that pink in the middle, melt in your mouth finish that’s so tender you won’t even need your knife to cut it. It’s topped off with a sinfully sweet and salty caramel sauce and served atop a velvety cloud of mashed potatoes and a bed of locally sourced veggies for a near-unbeatable culinary experience.Served on a creamy cloud of mashed potatoes, it’s flanked by locally-sourced mushrooms, tomatoes and broccoli, for an earthy crunch and some added color to the meal’s delightful presentation.

Best Oatmeal
Riverbend Café
Great Barrington
Oatmeal may seem like an odd choice for a standout dish, but the folks at Riverbend give hot cereal a shot in the arm with some amazingly flavorful homemade oatmeal selections. With 14 different toppings to mix and match, the piece de resistance is their house special flavor combo. Warm, hearty oatmeal is joined with juicy slices of peace and jumbo walnut chunks for a savor that’s both sweet and satisfyingly crunchy. Add on top a dollop of melted farm-fresh butter and a sinful cinnamon-brown sugar mix, and you’ve got one of the best breakfasts imaginable. Their huge selection of mix-ins gives it great replay value - you’ll never have the same flavor combo twice of oatmeal twice, and you’ll never call oatmeal boring again.

DINING: Readers' Choice (Return to The Best top)
Mazzeo’s Ristorante
Pittsfield
If you are looking for authentic Italian cuisine prepared with the freshest ingredients in a beautiful location, then visit Mazzeo’s Ristorante. The Berkshire’s premiere family owned Italian restaurant. They are always a local favorite and that has led to them winning the reader’s choice as best restaurant.

Best Chef
Peter Platt
The Old Inn on the Green
A Chicago native, Peter Platt learned to love the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts while attending Williams College. He studied at Cordon Bleu in London and he is no newcomer to the Berkshires, in 1985 he became the Executive Chef at Wheatleigh. His restaurant consistently wins top ratings in Zagat and AAA and Open Table has named it among the 10 most romantic restaurants in New England.

Best Ice Cream Store
SoCo Creamery
Great Barrington
“One spoonful and you’re hooked,” is a good motto for this micro-creamery, whose 20 years of varied and taste bud pleasing sweet and creamy offerings have earned a deserved reputation as some of the best ice cream in the region. The key to their success is the small batches – never mass produced – to insure every cone and dish is consistent is its amazing freshness, texture and flavor. It also allows them to deal in an expansive and ever-changing myriad of flavors, from the classics (dirty chocolate and hazelnut are two big customer favorites) to the wildly exotic (seasonal offerings like Macintosh graham cracker and hot chocolate marshmallow).

Best Salads
Four Brothers
Great Barrington
Ranging from small and appetite-whetting to formidably heaping, Four Brothers has the salad market cornered. You can start your Mediterranean meal off the right way with a simple yet delicious Greek or Italian antipasto salad, or you can up the “anti” and make the salad the main attraction. Between the healthy Westport salad (field greens with cranberries, walnuts and gorgonzola), the heart Milford salad (a mouthful featuring bacon, cheddar, cheese, turkey, egg and avocado) and the Four Brothers favorite Darien salad with feta, chicken and bacon with balsamic dressing, this is one place where the salad can start and finish the meal.

Best Burritos
Hot Harry’s
Pittsfield
Looking for a real good burrito, try out Harry’s in Pittsfield. They use made-from-scratch, homemade recipes that use fresh ingredients and are prepared on site. From the fresh-squeezed oranges, lime juice, garlic, & oregano used in their Yucatan marinade for their Yucatan-style chicken and their Baja tofu to the chipotle pepper sauce for their Adobo-style chicken, they carefully marinate before grilling them fresh.

Best New York Style Deli
The Great Barrington Bagel Company
Great Barrington
Judy and Marvin Lieberman opened The Great Barrington Bagel Company in Feb. 1996 in the middle of a snowstorm. It was a great first day and has been a success ever since. Now there is new owners, but the place is still the best. It features 17 flavors of cream cheese, a large selection of smoked fish specialties, unique deli sandwiches, salads, delicious coffee and the most talked about homemade soups and chili to be found in Great Barrington.

Best Slice of Pizza
Manhattan Pizza
Great Barrington
Specializing in New York and Sicilian style pies, Manhattan Pizza earns its name as the best slice of pizza this side of Little Italy. They’ve got a variety of specialty pizzas, such as your standard Hawaiian, meat lovers and white pizzas, but you’re better off getting creative and crafting one of nearly infinite topping combinations from their formidable and varied list of the freshest cheese, meats and veggies.

Best Market
Guido’s
Great Barrington
For thirty five years and counting, Guido’s Fresh Marketplace has been the premier purveyor of quality produce in Berkshire County and neighboring areas. That kind of commitment has led to them being named, yet again, the best market in the county by our readers.

Best Caterer
The Bistro Box
Great Barrington
After bursting onto the scene as one of the most exciting new eateries in the Berkshires, the roadside stand has established itself as one of the best place to grab a bite. They are also hitting a homerun when it comes to bringing the food to you. For our readers, the friendly and hardworking crew is number one for catering events and special occasions, with their fantastic menu options of American cuisine your guests will be in foodie heaven and their personable staff will work with you to put together an amazing spread. The Bistro Box is also a great partner in the community working with local producers such as High Lawn Farm in Lee and Equinox Farms in Sheffield to bring you the freshest and finest ingredients.

Best Bakery
Madeleine’s Patisserie & Café
Pittsfield
Madeleine’s Patisserie & Café may be a newcomer to the local food scene but they are already carving out a real name for themselves. If you do make the trip over new this new bakery, make sure to grab a Ferreo Rocher cake if they have any left behind their glass cases.

Best Seafood
Salmon Run
Lee
Once again Salmon Run swam away with the title of best seafood in the county. From Fish and Chips to the Mac and Lobster meal with a cup of New England Clam Chowder everything on the menu is a true classic. For years Salmon Run has been a go to for seafood fans around Berkshire County.
Best Brunch

Zucchini’s
Pittsfield
Chef and owner Mickey Soldato prides himself on preparing outstanding food at prices the average family can afford and boy is that true with their brunch. A trip to 1331 North Street always leaves your stomach full as well as your wallet.

Best Burger
Five Guys
Pittsfield
Since they came to the area a few years ago the great burgers and long list of toppings has made this burger joint a favorite. And the Berkshires are not alone, over 20 years after Five Guys first opened, there are over 1,000 locations nationwide and over 1500 units in development. Five Guys continues to receive media attention and has grown a cult-like following around the world.

Best Cupcakes
Barrington Bites
Great Barrington
In the winter they close up shop and head to Florida, and the wait only makes the first bite even better in spring. Sherri Gorelick and Wendy Weinberg spent months refining their recipes, testing them on patrons of the Chef Shop and getting feedback from potential customers. The result is over 40 different delicious morsels of cake topped off with rich, satisfying frosting.

Best Family Dining
Barrington Brewery
Great Barrington
You might not think a brewery would be the place for family dining, that is until you step into Barrington Brewery in Great Barrington. Their menu is family friendly with an extensive kids menu that includes a small beverage and ice cream dessert for all kids under 10. They also offer a brewery price fixed menu for larger parties including three delicious options of their signature dishes, so be sure to invite the relatives. Their open space is welcoming to all larger parties and their friendly staff makes the experience feel like a home cooked meal. And who can forget their top notch beer list brewed on premises for Mom and Dad.

Best Sushi
Bizen
Great Barrington
The Berkshires love this gourmet Japanese restaurant and sushi bar in Great Barrington. Its interior is filled with rustic wooden furniture, coy ponds and booths with shoji screens give you the feel of dining in Japan but atmosphere plays second fiddle to the menu. Chef and owner Michael Marcus has brought together the best Japanese cuisine in the county, topped off with their must try fresh sushi menu. with dozens of rolls, sashimi and sushi bar specials you’ll be certain to return to try them all.

Best Coffee Shop
Fuel
Great Barrington
One of the things the Berkshire’s does best is its wealth of excellent coffee shops. With such a stacked field it speaks a lot about Fuel to put them at the top. A favorite watering hole for much of Great Barrington, they brew up the best coffee around with freshly brewed coffee from Mocha Joe’s and their specialty gourmet espressos, cappuchinos, lattes are a must try. They also are home to a huge selection of loose leaf teas and their incredible chai tea latte. But the coffee is just part of what makes them great, their menu of excellent sandwiches made with fresh ingredients are a crowd favorite and come fall, their excellent specially prepared soups will keep you warm and cozy. Top it off with a staff filled with friendly locals that makes for the best coffee shop experience around.

Best Pizza and Pasta
Baba Louie’s
Great Barrington
If making a quality pizza is an art, Baba Louie’s is Michaelangelo. Their artisan sourdough pizzas are renowned throughout the region with visitors flocking to try them. It’s not odd to see huge lines forming outside their doors come summertime. It makes sense that people go crazy for their food, their artisan bakers prepare the highest quality sourdough crusts and each pie is made with the freshest vegetables, cheeses and meats all cooked in their wood fire oven. Their chefs also prepare and create special pasta dishes each night made with the freshest ingredients that include ingredients from local farms made with seasonally harvested crops.

Best Early Bird Special
Joanne’s Elm Street Luncheonette
Pittsfield
Joanne’s has been feeding the Berkshires for decades with delicious meals in the style of a classic American diner. Owner Joanne Longton has created a great atmosphere that brings in many happy customers, especially for its early bird specials. Their business has plenty of regulars for a good reason with a menu fill with a delicious selection a great, no frills, comfort food. Best of all their foods come at a fantastic value with food piled high for incredibly affordable prices.

Best French Fries
Ski Butternut
Great Barrington
Ski Butternut brings in thousands of people every year for their world class skiing experience, but another one of their one of their not so secret strengths is their snack bar. After a long day on the slopes you’ll build up a huge hunger and that’s when you are in for a treat when you sample their French Fries. The crunchy, salty and oh so delicious fries will hit the spot and have you craving for seconds, it’s the perfect treat after a day of snow adventures at the areas premier ski resort.

Best Restaurant with a View
Cork N’ Hearth
Lee
On the shores of Laurel Lake in Lee, take in the breath taking beauty of the Berkshires while enjoying a world class meal at Cork N’ Hearth. The restaurant’s Lake Room offers elegantly structured windows with breath-taking views of the lake to compliment the rooms indoor floral rock garden and fireplace. Their menu is packed with delicious mix of American cuisine, seafood and Italian selections that offer a fine dining experience as pleasing as the view.

Best Chocolates
Catherine’s
Great Barrington
Great chocolate runs in the family at Catherine’s Chocolates. The family owned and operated shop has been making chocolates since the uncle of the shops namesake was crafting homemade chocolates in New York City in the 1920s. Catherine moved the operation to the Berkshires some 50 years ago and they’ve been a fixture ever since. Now grandson Matthew and his skilled staff have customers coming back for more with their delicious sweet, silky chocolates. From their exquisite truffles and fudge selection to their hand-made chocolate covered fruits, nuts, coffee and just about anything else you can dip in their delectable chocolate. Their best selling Berkshire assortment is sure to please the chocolate lover in your family along with a great selection of low to no gluten and sugar-free assortments that everyone can enjoy.

Best Guacamole
Xicohtencatl
Great Barrington
Our readers agree. One of the finest Mexican food restaurants around, Xicohtencatl might be hard to say but you’ll be busy chowing down on their amazing guacamole anyway. Made to order and served in a stone molcajete their Guacamole Especial de Molcajete includes a mix of fresh tomato, onion, jalapeno, garlic, cilantro, lime and salt as well as any special requests. It’s the perfect addition to any of their delicious entree options.

Best Beer
Barrington Brewery
Great Barrington
Over the last decade, the Berkshires have been blessed with a renaissance of craft brewing, with breweries sprouting up throughout the county. At the head of that wave are the people at Barrington Brewery who have been making their “solar brewed beer” since 1995 and haven’t relinquished their spot as top brews since. Whether you light beers or dark, hoppy or sweet you’ll be pleased with a pint from Barrington. From their Berkshire Blonde to the Black Bear Stout their hand-crafted beers, brewed using their unique solar powered brewing system. They also have a delicious roster of seasonal beers and a cask conditioned IPA that are must try.

Best Butcher
Red Apple Butchers
Dalton
This nose-to-tail butcher shop, located within Berkshire Organics, sources pasture-raised animals from farms in Williamstown, Cummington, and New York State, among others. Their featured products include cured meats, deli items, stocks, and rendered fats, as well as traditional cuts of pork, beef, and poultry. Co-owned by two former chefs, it’s hard to go wrong with their fresh selection.

Best Bread Bakery
Berkshire Mountain Bakery
Housatonic
Since 1986, the artisan sourdough bread at Berkshire Mountain Bakery has been a delight for the Berkshires. Owner and baker Richard Bourdon brought his love of European style baking with its traditional techniques of sourdough fermentation and hand shaped loaves to create the bakery’s signature delicious and nutritious breads. Their creative loaves include a bread and chocolate swirl, cheese and herb, cherry pecan, olive and rosemary and more along with baguettes, multi grain and ciabatta bread just to name a few.

Best Appetizers
The Brick House Pub
Housatonic
One of the best spots to grab a pint in the county, the Brick House Pub also excels in its amazing food options. Their mouth-watering appetizer options are so good you might not make it past the first page of the menu. They offer fried pickles, homemade hummus, house nachos piled high with Monterey jack, jalapenos and scallions, loaded potato skins and Poutine. You can also gorge yourself on their fantastic chili cheese fries and crowd favorite truffle fries made with parmesan, parsley and truffle oil. They also offer pub classics like chicken tenders, mac n’ cheese, their Brick House Clam Chowder and their signature wings smothered in a variety of sauces. But try and save some room as their menu is also packed with delicious entrees, sandwiches and burgers.

Best Smoothies
Riverbend Cafe
Great Barrington
Of all the things that Riverbend cafe does well, their smooties are the best. Made with the freshest ingredients, you’ll be happy to try one of the patron favorite smoothies. With 21 different flavors to choose from, and made with frozen yogurt, their smoothies offer a drink that tastes great and will make you feel great. As an added bonus, the cafe is nestled next to the Housatonic River, for which it gets its name, offering a calm and comforting atmosphere to enjoy your delicious smoothie as well as vegetarian friendly dining options for lunch and dinner and a fantastic selection at the juice bar and fresh ground coffee.

Best Brewery
Big Elm Brewing
Sheffield
With a spoil of riches in the Berkshires for beer, there is plenty to drink in the county. But when you are planning your brewery tour the top of the must-visit list is Big Elm. Brewers and owners Bill and Christine brought their love of beer to their Sheffield home in 2012, renovating and revitalizing the former site of a plastic molding company, with an American made 15 barrel brewhouse. Heaton They’ve expanded their operation to include a large canning system and haven’t looked back since. They offer tours every Saturday with brewers on hand to talk beer and let you sample their entire stock of incredible beers.

Best GastroPub
District
Pittsfield
Relatively new to the neighborhood, District has already impressed big time with its carefully crafted and delicious menu options and high-end beer selection. Their menu is broken down into sections of “smalls, mids, and bigs” depending on how hungry you are, but regardless of what category you choose you will leave happy. Be sure to try their Sausage Risotto, a delicious mixture served with kale, walnuts and apples or if you’re a bit hungrier, go for their dry rubbed strip steak with mash potatoes and brocolini. And don’t forget to try one of there amazing beers on tap or in bottles both from some of the best breweries in the country including a large number of local brews.

Best Vegetarian Dish
Twisted BLT
Starving Artist Cafe
Lee
Your first thought might be, “Wait how can a vegetarian eat a BLT? The first part of that is bacon!” But the folks over at the Starving Artist cafe have crafted an excellent spin on the classic American sandwich that is friendly for those who don’t eat meat. The Twisted BLT uses vegetarian Canadian Bacon a meatless alternative that will give the same fulfilling taste. The dish also includes fresh mozzerella, spinach, tomatoes and scallions in a horseradish sauce for one unbeliveably great sandwich that might have any non-vegetarian considering making the switch.

Best Indian Food
Aroma
Great Barrington
This place is dynamite. Easily one of the must try places in Great Barrington, Aroma has a menu of pure Indian delights. From sweet to spicy you’ll be begging for seconds after your first meal. Their menu boasts mouthwatering options like their Chicken Tikka Kadai, baked in tandoor and the Lamb Shahi Korma gently simmered in a delicious sauce. Goat, seafood and lunch and tandoori specials round out their list of fantastic meals and their specialty nans are a perfect complement to their meals.

Best Chicken Wings
Manhattan Pizza
Great Barrington
Keeping the tradition of a great New York pizza place in the heart of the Berkshires, but Manhattan Pizza doesn’t just stop at the slice. Their menu also boasts juicy, delicious chicken wings to take you to finger food heaven.

Best Hog Dogs - Central/North County

Hot Dog Ranch
Pittsfield
Come one, was there ever going to be another winner? The Ranch has been the place to grab a dog in Pittsfield forever. Grab some dogs with everything and some chessy tots, trust us you’ll love it.

Best Hog Dogs - South County

East Lee Package
Lee
Everyone knows about the great grinders you can find at East Lee Package but they are also serving up some of the best hot dogs in the whole county, not to mention that you can grab a bottle of wine or 6-pack of beer to bring home at the same stop.


ARTS AND CULTURE: Editors' Choice (Return to The Best top)
Best Actress - Serious Play
Tina Packer
‘Mother of the Maid’ at Shakespeare and Company
Tina Packer as Isabelle Arc, mother of St. Joan of Arc in Shakespeare and Co’s ‘Mother of the Maid’. This veteran actor gave an excellent insightful human interpretation with a spellbinding soliloquy at the end. Runners up: Chester Theatre’s Therese Plaehn as Sophie in ‘Blink’ was splendid as the ‘cold fish’ computer lover. And Angel Desai was delightful as the reluctant lover in Berkshire Theatre Group’s two character play, Frankie and Johnny.

Best Actress - Musical
Kate Baldwin
‘Bells Are Ringing’ with Berkshire Theatre Group
Hands down this year’s winner was Kate Baldwin as Ella Peterson in Berkshire theatre Group’s production of ‘Bells Are Ringing’, music by Jule Styne. As the night shift phone answering girl. Ms. Baldwin captured hearts and minds as she paired unseen clients as partners and lovers. It was a memorable performance by an established Broadway star in a happy mad cap musical.

Best Actor - Serious play
Joel Ripka
‘Blink’ at Chester Theatre
Very close this year, but the standout was Joel Ripka’s nerd like farm boy lover, Jonah, in Chester Theatre’s ‘Blink’ . Joel has acting chops aplenty and was very good. Runners up : Christopher Invaar as the handsome newsman, in John Guare’s adaptation of Ben Hecht’s ‘The Front Page’ renamed ‘His Girl Friday’ at Barrington Stage in Pittsfield. And David Adkins in his own one man play, an adaptation of the life of Thoreau at BTG’s Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge.

Best Actor - Musical
Jeff McCarthy
‘Man of La Manche’ at Barrington Stage Company
Jeff McCarthy, as Don Quixote in ‘Man of La Mancha’ at Barrington Stage. With his stentorian flexible and lovely baritone voice Jeff excelled in Mitch Leigh’s music giving a magnificent and memorable performance. Runner up : the fine performance of Graham Rowat playing Jeffrey Moss, the dashingly handsome writer who finds his way to success by the overly helpful ‘telephone girl’ in Berkshire Theatre Group’s ‘Bells Are Ringing’at The Colonial.

Best Supporting Actress - Serious play
Elizabeth Aspenlieder
‘Mother of the Maid’ at Shakespeare and Company
Elizabeth Aspenlieder as the Lady of the French Court in Shakespeare and Company’s ‘Mother of the Maid’. Elizabeth caught the character’s high born dizziness and compassion with a nice personal touch, especially in her interactions with Tina Packer as the Mother. Riveting acting from Elizabeth as she switched moods so adroitly and with such charm. Runner up: Debra Jo Rupp in Chester Theatre’s ‘Memory House’ for her work as a good mother showing it isn’t easy’ raising a precocious teenage daughter.

Best Supporting Actor - Serious Play
Rocco Sisto
‘His Girl Friday’ at Barrington Stage Company
Rocco Sisto as the Sheriff in Barrington Stage’s ‘His Girl Friday’. Rocco’s overbearing characterization of the politically savvy Chicago Sheriff was excellent. His strong diction and subtle line delivery stole the show. Runner up: Southern gentleman Darren Petitte , who gave relentless pursuit to his gal pal ‘Frankie’ in Berkshire Theatre Groups , ‘Frankie and Johnny’.
He stole a few hearts too playing in the buff, hiding his masculinity for the length of the play wearing tighty whities!

Best Suppoting Actress - Musical
Felicia Boswell
‘Man of La Mancha’ at Barrington Stage Company
Felicia Boswell as Dulcinea in BSC’s ‘Man of La Mancha’. She gave her all to the performance with an intensity that was full of conviction. And the runner up has to be Cheryl Stern as Sue Summers, owner of Sue’s Answerphone in BTG’s ‘Bells Are Ringing’.

Best Supporting Actor - Musical
James Ludwig
‘Bells Are Ringing’ at Berkshire Theatre Group
James Ludwig, as the Dentist, turned inventor in BTG’s ‘Bells Are Ringing’. For his versatility and humorous interpretation of the role. Runners up: Ed Dixon as the Innkeeper in BSC’s ‘Man of La Mancha’, for his clever handling of the delusional knight, Don Quixote’ in his many flights of fancy. And Tom Alan Robbins as Sancho Panza, the manservant in the same musical whose acting gave an anchor to the wild things happening on stage.

Best Director
Daniel Elihu Kramer, Matthew Penn, Ethan Heard, Julianne Boyd
Spreading the accolades one must take into account the differences in producing two person shows with huge casts this past summer. Here goes in no particular order. Daniel Elihu Kramer for his subtle and clever work on Chester Theatre’s ‘Blink’. Daniel now takes over as Artistic Director there. Matthew Penn for his smooth account of Shakespeare & Co’s ‘Mother of the Maid’ with its many shifting scenes. Ethan Heard for his sparkling direction of BTG’s ‘Bells Are Ringing’. And Julianne Boyd for her attention to detail in Barrington Stage’s ‘Man of La Mancha’.

Best Opera
Berkshire Lyric Chorus
Actually it was a grand opera spectacular given by Berkshire Lyric Chorus. Featuring four Metropolitan soloists ; Maureen O’Flynn, soprano; Marjorie Dix, Mezzo; Raul Melo, tenor and John Cheek, bass. It played to a sold out house at Pittsfield’s Colonial Theatre on May 31st. And had about twenty excerpts from operas by Verdi, Delibes, Bizet, Gounod, Johan Strauss, Wagner, Humperdinck, Mozart, and Donizetti. A little stage direction would have helped in the many turnovers. Artistic Director Jack Brown was inspiring in his leadership.

Best Pit Band
Berkshire Theatre Group and Barrington Stage Company
It’s a toss up! BTG’s 9 players made smooth transitions almost imperceptibly in ‘Bells Are Ringing’ as each singer broke into a favorite melody, My favorite: ‘Long Before I Knew You’ sung by Kate Baldwin. The other band, the 11 members of BSC’s ‘Man of La Mancha’ so effective in driving home the drama of every tune they accompanied.

Best Scenic Design
James Kronzer
‘Man of La Mancha’ at Barrington Stage Company
The impressive magnitude of the scenery designed for ‘’Man of La Mancha’’ by James Kronzer for Barrington Stage’s Pittsfield main theatre. He conjured the mysteries of the Spanish Inquisition with high iron bars and secret doors, and a flight of compelling dramatic stairs that took unwilling prisoners to their deaths. Runner up is Travis George for his skillful use of limited space to create four different locations in Chester Theatre’s excellent production of ‘Blink’.

Best Newcomer
Joe Tapper
‘Red Velvet’ at Shakespeare and Company
Actor Joe Tapper for his unrelenting drive in Shakespeare & Co’s ‘Red Velvet’ . As Pierre Laporte, actor manager of London’s Covent Garden Theatre in 1833, he had to prepare the cast to accept the first black American actor, Ira Aldridge, to play Othello ; a substitute for the ailing Edmund Kean. In Tapper’s final exchange with Othello played by John Douglas Thompson as the American, Laporte has been asked to fire him : Tapper was superb in his handling of this distasteful episode. Kudos to Mr Tapper as best newcomer.

Best Orchestral Performance
Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra
Tanglewood
The Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, who on July 27th in Ozawa Hall gave the final concert in the Festival of Contemporary Music Series playing : Aaron Copland’s ‘Orchestral Variations ; Lukas Foss’s ‘Quintets for Orchestra’ ; Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Prelude, Fugue and Riffs’ and the massive Charles Ives symphony called ‘New England Holidays’. Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas led an evening shot through with brilliant insights. Kudos to the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Chorus who sounded wonderful in the Charles Ives symphony.

Best Ensemble Acting
Cast of “Red Velvet ‘
Shakespeare and Company
Shakespeare & Co’s excellent cast in the Berkshire Premiere of ‘Red Velvet’ by Anglo-Indian playwright Lolita Chakrabarti. It’s about a black American actor, Ira Aldridge who appeared in Othello in England in 1833. He broke their established acting techniques, habits and mores. Standouts were John Douglas Thomson, Joe Tapper, Kelley Curran, and Christianna Nelson whose transformation in acting three roles was unrecognizable from role to role. An amazingly talented actress Ms Nelson. Ben Chase was good too.

Best Historic Museum

Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum
Lenox
Get in the Edith Wharton spirit (a Lenox local!) with a trip to this 1893 Jacobean Revival-style mansion. It is home to the Museum of the Gilded Age, offering an in-depth look at American life during the Nineteenth Century. The museum hosts many lectures, exhibits, theatrical performances, and other events. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and declared an official project of the “Save America’s Treasures” program.

Best Americana Experience
Norman Rockwell Museum
Stockbridge
Few artists are as integrated into America’s cultural identity as Norman Rockwell. This monument to his work has been a must-see attraction since its foundation in 1969, and curates 998 original pieces. Rockwell was a local in Stockbridge for the last 25 years of his life, and many of his portraits from that time were inspired by the colorful locals! The museum continues its history of community involvement by hosting exhibitions, events, and classes.

Berkshire Museum
Pittsfield
For more than 100 years, the Berkshire Museum has served the residents of Berkshire County as the Mecca of cultural and historical artifacts and information. Described as the “window on the world,” this local museum has hosted numerous accredited collections and exhibitions, including the work of Rembrandt Peale, Pierre Auguste Renoir, and Andy Warhol. Their aquarium and special cinema make for great additions, as well.

Best North County Venue
The Colonial Theatre
Pittsfield
This gorgeous venue was built in 1903 and later named a National Historic Treasure by Hillary Clinton in 1998. A $22 million restoration project spearheaded by the Allegrone Companies was completed in 2006, allowing for this beautiful space to reopen to the public. Since then, the Berkshire Theatre Group has arranged a special blend of theater, music, and comedy for guests of the Colonial.

Best South County Venue

The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
Great Barrington
With a reputation as one of the region’s best theaters and a long history of bringing the top names in theater, dance and music the Mahaiwe is the top venue in South County. The theater also is host to a number of community-based programs and events.

Best Student Art Gallery
Good Purpose Gallery
Lee
Helping to connect art and education in a meaningful way, the Good Purpose Gallery works closely with students from founder Michael McManmon’s College Internship Program to showcase the importance both visual and performing arts. The “campus” provides opportunities to mingle with locals, tourists, artists, and others and exhibit art in a professional gallery space.

Best Venue Across the Border
Club Helsinki Hudson
Hudson, N.Y.
We know this is a sensitive subject for the Berkshires with the loss of such a great venue still fresh on many people’s minds, but it doesn’t take away from how exceptional this spot is for music in the region. Over the last 5 years, they have drawn some of the top talent in the music industry to perform in their intimate but accommodating venue on Columbia Street in Hudson. They are also a great supporter of local musicians showcasing some of the best local talents in main performances and during their entertaining open mic nights. Add their superb bar and restaurant and you have a must see local when you’re in the Empire State.

Best Classic Music Festival
Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
Norfolk, CT
The Norfolk Chamber Music Festival is the oldest summer music festival in North America — and for good reason. Overseen by the Yale School of Music, this festival hosts more than 30 concerts each season, with past performers having included the Tokyo String Quartet, Percy Grainger, and Dave Brubeck, among others. This summer will kick off with a gala event to benefit the restoration of the music shed.

Best Arts Festival South County
Berkshire Arts Festival
Great Barrington
Come summer time, thousands flock to Ski Butternut not to hit the slopes but to celebrate the arts.The resort transforms into an art mecca for a weekend, with booths filled with local artists offerings in almost every medium conceivable. If you love the arts you have to check it out.

Best Arts Festival North County
Upstreet Arts Festival
Pittsfield
A truly amazing event bringing together some of the most talented artists in the region at all of Pittsfield great cultural centers for two weeks of arts celebration. It’s a bucket list event to attend.

Best Movie Theater
The Beacon Cinema
Pittsfield
Offering critical acclaimed and limited releases that don’t make it to the bigger chains as well as the big block busters of the month, this is a great spot for all lovers of film. They are also an affordable venue with special discount ticket evenings. The Cinema also offers special screening events like a live telecast of The Academy Awards, the series finale of Breaking Bad and New England Patriots playoff games as well as telecast of the Metropolitan Opera that set them apart.

Best Poet
Michael Houlihan
Great Barrington
Once again we cast our vote to Houlihan for his fantastic poetry. Known as “The Bard of Barrington,” Michael Houlihan’s personal poetic style and dedication to the medium has earned him a reputation as the poet laureate of South County. Landing for a third year on our list for Best Poet, he has pursued his mission—to bring poetry to the community he lives in—with commitment and vigor, hosting many poetry nights and groups as well as inspiring young poets across the county since becoming a Berkshire native in the 1960s.

Best Gallery Across the Border
The Hotchkiss School Tremaine Gallery
Lakeville, Conn.
A great student and community resource the space is museum-quality and free and open to the public, the gallery hosts six shows a year, encompassing a wide range of artists, media, and styles. Featured artists routinely attend the opening reception, present a gallery talk, and frequently are in-residence as visiting artists for Hotchkiss students.

Best Local Music Event
Summerfest
Great Barrington
One of the best summertime events in the Berkshires, Summerfest is an amazing chance to see some incredibly talented musicians perform. Throughout the town, stages are set up with line-ups featuring the best emerging artists and local favorites from all different types of musical genres. Add the beautiful weather and the bustling downtown of Berkshire County in the summertime and you have a really great event that is a can’t miss for Berkshire residents.

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Local Dance Company
Olga Dunn Dance Company
Great Barrington
It was a busy year for the Olga Dunn Dance Company, which included a big move  to a new location at the former Great Barrington train station. But it was business as usual for the company that continues to put out incredible shows with its talented roster. Along with their year long productions throughout the county, the dance company also offers a school with professional level dance training and artistic opportunities for children, teenagers and adults. 

Best Artist
Caren Kinne
Lee
The arts are beloved in Berkshire County, with a wealth of institutions and residents that celebrate and are inspired by this unique cultural hot bed. Caren Kinne has been enveloped in this artistic culture scene her whole life, being born and raised in the Berkshires and where she creates her artwork. Describing her current body of work as “playful, peaceful and exuberantly-whimsical abstractions,” Kinne’s oil paintings, sculptures and prints are beloved for their vibrant colors and unique interpretations of everything from fruit to robots to abstract designs.

Best Museum
MASS MoCA
North Adams
A beacon for arts in the North East, MASS MoCA is a world class arts museum that has offered a space for some of best contemporary visual and performance artists since its opening in 1999. Attracting thousands to their galleries every year, the museum has never been afraid to present bold works and has championed artistic expression in all media. They’re also renowned for their musical offerings including the Freshgrass Music Festival and Wilco’s Solid Sound Music festival along with stand alone performances for those making a serious impact in the music world. The museum is also a close partner with the community the museum has worked to preserve and expand the arts and socioeconomic development in the region with free museum days, educational offerings and economic opportunities for the Berkshires.

Best Arts Supply Store
JWS Art Supplies
Great Barrington
With the Berkshires bustling with artists, the county needs a great art supply store to keep up with the demand, luckily there is JWS Art Supply here to help create the next masterpiece. Whether you need oil paints, acrylics, water colors, pastels, brushes, canvases and more they are always in stock of the top brands for your next work of art. The shop is also home to funky office supplies, photo albums, journals, stationary, and unique cards for all occasions. The store also serves as an informal gallery highlighting local artists and featuring a new artist every month.

Best Bookstore
The Book Loft
Great Barrington
Every literature lover in the Berkshires should visit the Bookloft at least once. Filled stacks and stacks of books from the best authors both contemporary and classic. Best of all their staff is made up of people who love to read and can point you to your next favorite.

Best Poet
Nathan Smith
Egremont
Nathan Smith has been a artistic force for protecting and celebrating nature. His works have been published in a multitude of compilations as well as his own personal collections including “Temple Sonnets.” His texts have been incorporated into original choral pieces from Newell Jenkins and Larray Wallach’s piece “River Hymn,” celebrating the Housatonic River.

Best Family Entertainment
The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
Great Barrington
Experiencing the arts is a great family activity and many a parent has brought their child to the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center to experience their first play or musical event. Last year’s season included many events catered toward a family friendly atmosphere including special children’s theater performances such as the Very Hungry Caterpillar and family friendly movie screenings including the 75th anniversary of the Wizard of Oz and the Muppet Movie. The performing arts center has also included special educational summer programs that help get kids involved in the arts.

Best Anticipated Event
Mass Gathering Music Festival at Ski Butternut
Great Barrington
Music! Racing! Camping! Food trucks! Come revel in a summertime Berkshires tradition at the Mass Gathering Music Festival this May. This year’s fantastic lineup includes Gin Blossoms, Deer Tick, Madaila, Strange Machines, DJ BFG, Whiskey Treaty, West End Blend, and more. And, equally importantly, the lineup of vendors includes local staple Big Elm Brewing.

Best Cover Band
The Lucky 5
In the tradition of the great Jazz musicians of the early 20th century, the Lucky 5 performs a blend of gypsy Jazz and swing to create a concentrated blast of the roaring twenties. Don Mikkelsen, Matt Downing, Jonathan Talbot, Kip Beacco and Brian Kantor make up the group along with frequent contributions from local and regional talent. The band performs their distinct take on Jazz standards that are sure to get feet stomping as well as original compositions that reignite the flame of tradition Jazz.

Best Dance Performance
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival
Becket
Every year, the Berkshires are treated to some of the worlds greatest dancing companies at the Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival. Celebrated as one of the country’s best cultural centers and the “hub and mecca of dancing,” people worldwide have traveled to see the companies performing at the festival’s grounds in Becket. 2014’s festival saw a series of incredible performances including Carmen DeLavallade, Hong Kong Ballet, Trey McIntyre ProjectDorrance Dance and Pacific Northwest Ballet just to name a few.

Best Private Gallery
St. Francis Gallery
Lee
With an eclectic mix from some of the areas most talented artists, the St. Francis Gallery offers visitors a fantastic look at the local arts scene. Inside a former church, the gallery itself is an impressive sight to see along with the beautiful and inspiring paintings and other artworks adorning its walls. The gallery is also an active charitable organization supporting the Sawa Sawa Foundation which partners with citizens of Kenya to improve the lives of their fellow citizens and create relationships and partnerships with people in Berkshire County.

Best Band
Bella’s Bartok
Northampton
Bella’s Bartok is made up of six extraordinary musicians from Northampton. Their circus-esque style and folk approach to pop make them one of the more unique bands around. The band is made up of Asher Putnam on vocals, Jesse Putnam on accordion, mandolin and guitar, Chris “Fancy” Kerrigan on guitar and clarinet, Dan Niederhauser on bass, Amory Drennan on trombone and Crisco on drums and trumpet. All members of the band sing. Daring you not to dance with their up-tempo folk pop, they are a band you have to see live.

Best Place to Buy a Work of Art
Charles Flint Fine Art & Antiques
Lenox
From stunning paintings to fine antiques, Charles Flint has served the Berkshires since 1965 turning homes into museums. Their collection includes works from more than 40 artists from 18th century fine art pieces to modern works to folk art. They also house a large collection of antiques from glass and bottles to Native American objects they host an eclectic mix of past treasures. Charles Flint also offers appraisal services, broker art sales and purchasing art and antiques for their own gallery.


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Best Pub (North)
Freight Yard Pub
North Adams
If you’re looking to have a good time out in North Adams, the Freight Yard Pub needs to be involved. A traditional American pub, the Freight Yard has been serving up good times since 1986. With great buffalo wings, fantastic fajitas, and their renowned burgers piled high with a variety of creative and tasy topping combinations. Their menus also feature specialty entree options for dinner and lunch and their family friendly environment includes a full kids menu. And being a pub, they host a fantastic selection of beers, spirits and wines including selections from the area’s best craft breweries.

Best Sports Bar (Central)
Cim’s Tavern
Pittsfield
What pairs best with sports and beer? Wings. Cim’s Tavern offers some of the best chicken wings in Berkshire County, with both their saucy, classic take on traditional hot wings and their brandy-glazed Cim’s Wings winning multiple Wing Fling awards in the past. Multiple, massive flat screen TVs make it easy to enjoy the game and a variety of draft and bottled beer certainly doesn’t hurt either. Yum!

Best Sports Bar (South)
Locker Room Sports Pub
Lee
When the game is on, the Berkshires heads to the Locker Room. With 12 HD flat screen TVs throughout the pub, you won’t miss a second of the action. The Locker Room gets all MLB and NFL games so you won’t miss out on your favorite team and with WIFI, you’ll be able to check up on your fantasy team quickly and easily under its roof. The pub has a delicious menu with pub food staples as well as full entrees and lunch specials as well as $.50 wing Sundays. They also have a bounty of craft beers on tap, including locally crafted beer from Big Elm, Glass Bottom Brewery, Berkshire Brewing Company and more. The Locker Room is a championship quality establishment that is sure to be you home field come game time.

Best Gay Friendly Bar
Rumpy’s Tavern
Lenox
The Village Inn’s Rumpy’s Tavern hosts regular live music, karaoke, and late night dancing, as well as their ever-popular drag bingo events. It’s a lively, welcoming nightspot that offers starters and tapas for food and a plethora of fun mixed drinks and beer. It’s also open late, making it one of the best and often only spots in the Berkshires to end your night of fun on a high note.

Best Place to Meet Men
Patrick’s Pub
Pittsfield
With its rotating tap list and traditional pub fare, Patrick’s Pub is sure to attract even the most particular of male customers. Located conveniently in downtown Pittsfield since 1985, the warm, casual environment is the perfect place to unwind after a long day and watch the game. Patrick’s Pub also offers a private party room for formal gatherings of up to 50 people. Now that’s a party!

Best Place to Meet Women
The Heritage
Lenox
The Heritage is the local bar to rule all local bars and therefore attracts plenty of local women that enjoy its warm, casual atmosphere. It’s especially busy during the warmer months, with dining available both inside and outside. Come to watch the game and get to know the (mostly female) staff. Live music is played Thursday nights from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. as well.

Best Place For an Intelligent Conversation
Brava
Lenox
During the summer, Brava is often the spot where musicians with the Boston Symphony Orchestra come to unwind. Their large beer selection and delicious, artisanal food are simply no-brainers for the best and brightest men of Berkshire County to indulge in. The cozy, classy atmosphere only adds to the charm!

Best Live Music- UPDATED
Gypsy Joynt
Great Barrington
Now closed as of April 2016, the Gypsy Joynt was your source for alternative, quality everything: drinks, food, clothing, jewelry, baked goods, new friends, and live music. They had shows every weekend by local and regional acts, earning them the enviable reputation as one of the best small, intimate venues around. The décor looked like a hippie caravan and the atmosphere is appropriately laid-back and cool. It will be missed

Best Little Bar
Sullivan Station Restaurant
Lee
This extraordinary restaurant and bar is housed in an 1893 railroad passenger depot. Now it’s a family-style dining experience with hearty American fare: pasta, soup, sandwiches, fresh seafood, and homemade desserts. They’ve been creating happy memories for customers since 1981, with excellent service and an ever-changing variety of delicious food.

Best Place to Talk World Issues
Green Drinks
Pittsfield
In the Berkshires, what’s better than chatting with someone who cares about the environment? Hosted by the Berkshire Environmental Action Team, Pittsfield Green Drinks starts at 5:15 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. While the location changes, the conversation topics of wind and solar energy, clean water, and wildlife conservation, among others, does not! They occasionally show a film or have a speaker, as well.

Best Open Mic
Mission Bar & Tapas
Pittsfield
Local resident Jordan Franklin hosts open mic at Mission Bar + Tapas every Tuesday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Musicians of varying levels of expertise from around the county have been known to attend this popular open mic night, providing entertainment for patrons looking for something to do during the week. Don’t be afraid to come out and show your skills!

Best Bar Food
The Well
Great Barrington
Homemade guacamole, award-winning chicken wings, nachos, quesadillas, burgers, sandwiches, and pizza make up only a portion of The Well’s extensive food menu. Their self-proclaimed “locally sourced comfort food and drink” is great for anyone looking for some delicious, affordable food late into the night. The Well is open from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. most nights.

Best Atmosphere
Moe’s Tavern
Lee
Moe’s feels like a ski tavern on steroids, with the electric glow of neon signs highlighting their extensive beer options to set the mood. Enjoy some blues or southern rock from the satellite radio while sipping on American beer and whiskey, some rare or hard to find. It’s the perfect place to relax any night of the week, with an enjoyable atmosphere that makes it easy to catch up with a group of friends.

Best Place for Dirt Cheap Drink Deals
The Sheffield Pub
Sheffield
Try as you might, you just can’t beat this place’s deals. Once again, the spot to get your dirt- cheap drinks is The Sheffield Pub. One of Sheffield’s best-kept secrets also happens to be the best place to pay for a beer in pennies. With draft beer prices as low as $1, it’s a great place to sit back and relax or shoot some pool. You don’t really see a whole lot of bars with “No Cussin’” signs any more (the actual enforcement rate of this rule notwithstanding), but it adds to the downhome feel of this no-frills establishment. They’ve got a couple of pool tables, which you should have plenty of quarters for given how thrifty the drink prices are.

Best Place to Meet Singles
Berkshire Flirt
Berkshire County
While lamenting the sometimes stale dating scene, Julia Dixon, Stephanie Mendoza and a few of their friends hatched a plan to change the direction of the area and offer a space for the young single people of the Berkshires to commingle and, just maybe, find Mr. or Mrs. right. Hosting events at venues across the Berkshires, the ladies of Berkshires Flirt have created a safe space for not only single residents to date but also for fellow single men and women to meet other single men and women and build a more vibrant social scene in the process. With a successful innagural event this recent Valetnine’s day, they’ve already gained attention for their fun events. This group is definitely “the one,” for the Berkshires.

Best Place to Bring a Date
Mission Bar & Tapas
Pittsfield
With its relatively subdued atmosphere, ongoing weekly music events, and popular tapas offerings, Mission Bar + Tapas is the perfect place to bring that special someone any night of the week! Jazz night with local musician Andy Wrba takes place every Monday at 8 p.m. and The Picky Bastards, a popular local folk collective, perform every Thursday. Their extensive wine list and local beer options make for a winning combo, no matter what your taste.

Best After Work Bar
Moe’s Tavern
Lee
When the clock strikes 5 and you’re headed out the door looking for a nice cold beer to relax after a long day of work, the guys at Moe’s have you covered. With an amazing selection from the top breweries in the country, you’ll be able to have a nice cold pint at a low price to slip into the post work hours. Plus Moe’s opens at 3 p.m. so if you’re brave enough to sneak out there will be a frosty pint waiting, just don’t tell them we told you.

Best Place to Munch off a Buzz
Empire Pizza
Pittsfield
Open until 2 a.m. on the weekends, Empire Pizza is a late-night food favorite in Berkshire County. Perfectly placed in the middle of North Street, Empire is centrally located to all of downtown Pittsfield’s nightlife. Their pizza is strong, and we highly recommend the steak fries with cheese sauce to really soak up your night’s beverages. Large group on a night out? No problem, just call up and order a great party-sized pizza.

Best of All Worlds Bar
Mazcots
Lenox
Not sure what you’re looking for in a night out? Make the trek to Mazcots in Lenox. Mazcots is a brilliantly designed sports bar, with great atmosphere, decor, televisions and a billiards table. However, this place is more than a place to catch the game. Mazcots boasts great food, cocktails and an extensive list of craft beers that you’d only find at one of the specialty beer bars in Berkshire County. This still-new spot was opened by the people behind Mazzeo’s, so you can trust the ownership and the food.

Best Specialty Drink
Beer Shakes
Wahconah Park - Pittsfield Suns
Pittsfield’s summer baseball team, the Suns, who play at historic Wahconah Park, introduced a new beverage to their concessions last summer. The Beer Shakes came in three different varieties, including Guinness Chocolate and Blue Moon Creamsicle. Drop by the first-base stand and pick one of these up to cool you off during one of their infamous sun delays, they are heavenly and a great addition to the ballgame this summer.

Best Place to Dance/Sing
Fairways at the A
Pittsfield
Fairways provides Berkshire County residents with a place to let loose and move to the music. A solid bar is backed up by a big banquet room, where the Fairways staff often hosts live music on the weekends and the occasional weeknight. Fairways is common home to local talent such as Whiskey City and Blackwater. They will also host popular DJs and karaoke nigts.

Best Open-Air Spot
Hops & Vines Beer Garden & Brasserie
Williamstown
If you find yourself in north Berkshire County this summer, be sure to check out the “Hops” beer garden at Hops & Vines. Their outdoor patio area provides a classic beer garden experience with an approachable, casual environment perfect for family style seating or group dining. Enjoy that beautiful Williamstown air while drinking a nice craft brew in the sunshine.

Most Underrated Spot
Friends Grille
Pittsfield
Often left out of the nightlife conversation in Pittsfield’s crowded downtown area, Friends Grille is tucked just off of North Street on Seymour, behind Berkshire Medical Center. Friends is a solid sports bar that is capable of masquerading as an inexpensive dinner spot or night club. Enjoy a bunch of TVs, DJs on the weekends and sign up for their text alerts for great weekday food deals and trivia clues. In the summer, check out their backyard tiki bar patio.

Best Bar Celebration
Fairway’s at the A Halloween PArty
Pittsfield
On October 31 all the ghouls come out to party at the Fairways at the A Halloween Party. With cheap drink specials, live music and a costume contest to brings out some of the scariest, funniest and most creative costumes in the Berkshires its a great time that should be on everyone’s list for Halloween fun.

Best Speakeasy
Down County Social Club
Sheffield
A great secret in the Berkshires, this awesome joint can be found below the Stage Coach Tavern. Feel like you are back in the age of Prohibition with their hidden bar selection of local beers, wine and more. Best of all, the Down County Social Club plays hosts to some of the region’s most talented performers with shows in an incredibly intimate setting. It’s an unforgettable space, if you can find it.

Best Wine Selection
Greenridge Variety
Dalton
Greenridge Variety offers the best variety in wines, so whether you’re a connoisseur or just beginning to acquire the taste for wine, Greenridge will have what you need. From Cabernet Sauvignon to Riesling and everything in between there is sure to be a bottle for you on their shelves. With selections from the country’s finest vineyards you’ll find the perfect wine to accent your meal or unwind after a long day. They also boast an impressive selection of beers and spirits from both national and local breweries and distilleries. At Greenridge, you’ll find the best deals with great weekly discounts so you can save big.

Best Local Bar
Olde Heritage Tavern
Lenox
In the hustle and bustle of Lenox, the Tavern is known as a place where locals can just sit back and enjoy a drink and some good company. Beer as cheap as $2 and great food deals like $5.99 burger night make it the kind of place you can hangout at any night of the week and all year long.

Best Margaritas
Panchos
Pittsfield
Paradise in a glass, the Panchos Margaritas are a satisfying way to unwind. Made with freshly squeezed lime juice you’ll be transported away to a tropical wonderland after one sip. Best of all, their delicious drink pairs well with their excellent selection of authentic Mexican cuisine.

Best Way to Get Home Safely
Transport the People
Pittsfield
No need to curtail your evening—you can have fun and still be responsible thanks to the service Transport the People. Operating both luxury limousines and multiple passenger vans, their services are ideal for those special nights out; a limo for luxury, a van for a designated driver after parties. Transport the People has your back when you need to get home safely.

Best Place to see Comedy
The Garage at the Colonial Theater
Pittsfield
Run by the Berkshire Theater Festival, this intimate venue on the Colonial Theater campus has hosted many great acts and been a starting ground for local comedians and musicians to perform. Its seating brings you face-to-face with performers for a unique experience. The Garage is keeping the torch lit on the Berkshire Comedy scene.

Best Bar Food
The Well
Great Barrington
If you’re looking for an affordable evening out and some tasty grub, try the Well. Homemade guacamole, award-winning chicken wings, nachos, quesadillas, burgers, sandwiches, and pizza make up only a portion of their extensive food menu. Their self-proclaimed “locally sourced comfort food and drink” is great for anyone looking for some delicious, affordable food late into the night. The Well is open from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. most nights.

Best Sports Bar - South
Locker Room Sports Pub
Lee
When the game is on, the Berkshire people in the know head to the Locker Room. With 12 HD flat-screen TVs, you won’t miss a second of the action. There’s even free wi-fi, so you’ll be able to check up on your fantasy team along with your “real” one. They have all the staples: pizza, pub food, 12 beers on tap (including local brews!), and even $.50 wing Sundays. Visit their website for a free coupon.

Best Little Bar
The Well
Great Barrington
The Well may be the best little pub around, but it’s a big draw for a reason: A quality selection of affordable drinks and grade-A bartenders pouring them – it’s as simple as that. Even when it’s inevitably packed every Friday night, the friendly and more-than-competent staff make sure every customer is satisfied. So whether you’re there for the best Guinness pour in town, a specialty “Well-tini,” or if you brought your appetite for their oft raved-about pesto pizza or award-winning wings, you’ll quickly see why The Well is the place for a low-key night on the town.

Best Sports Bar
Mazcots
Lenox
Since they opened only a few years ago Mazcots has already become the people’s favorite place to watch the big game. With great drinks and food and plenty of flat-screens there is everything the sports fan need to enjoy a game with friends. The walls covered with sports magazines only adds to the great athletic feeling of the place.

Best Local Hangout
The Gypsy Joynt
Great Barrington
This place is the most hoping spot in Great Barrington. You see the regulars week-in week out in their funky atmosphere that always leads to a good time. With a bar stocked with great beer including brews from Glass Bottom Brewery in Lee, Wandering Star in Pittsfield and other great local breweries. They also offer spirits that include a great selection of Sheffield’s Berkshire Mountain Distillery offerings and a huge chalkboard full of mixed drink options some standards and some as unique and quirky as the place that serves it. Their menu is packed with delicious offerings from sandwiches to burgers to pizzas all made with ingredients as local as possible. As for entertainment, the Gypsy Joynt is THE place to see local bands in Great Barrington. Every month the Joynt hosts a schedule packed with great regional and local bands with no cover to get in and on Wednesday they open up the stage to everyone for a great open mic night.

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Best Restaurant/Lounge

Best Spot for Late night grub
J Allen’s
Pittsfield
When you are out on the town you’ll need to refuel at some point, making the need for a late night eatery vitally important. J Allen’s has what you need for that midnight snack in Pittsfield. Open until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays their menu boasts pub favorites including out of this world boneless wings in a variety of delicious sauces and their soft pretzel bites with a mustard ale sauce for dipping that well quell any hunger. J Allen’s also hosts pool tables, arcade games, karaoke and a healthy list of craft beers from in and around the area so you may find yourself sticking around after your meal.

Best place to See Live Music
The Lions Den
Stockbridge
It’s a tough choice to pick where to see live bands in the Berkshires. But no one does live music like the Lions Den. Every night, that’s right every single night, you can see a live band or musician take the stage. Their shows include some of the best acts in the region and are always without a cover charge. Top it off with a great drink menu and kick back in there comfortable lounge that has been a part of the Berkshires since before the Revolutionary War.

Best Place to Boogie Down
Berkshire Contra Dances
Sheffield, Lenox
A key part of going out on the town is getting out to dance, and luckily for the Berkshires, there is a wealth of great dancing groups ready to get you on the floor. The Lenox and Sheffield Contra Dance groups have been offering a space for people to learn, practice and partake in Contra dance for years. With a special guest each month providing the call, everytime is guaranteed to be a unique and exciting event. The dances are opened to everyone of any skill level and for begginers, they offer lessons prior to the start of the actual dance event along with a potluck dinner to socialize.

Best Place to See Comedy
The Garage at the colonial Theater
Pittsfield
Berkshire Theater Festival hit a home run with the Garage. An intimate venue on the Colonial Theater campus, this spot has hosted many great acts and been a starting ground for local comedians and musicians to perform. It’s seating brings you face-to-face with performers for a unique experience. The Garage is keeping the torch lit on the Berkshire Comedy scene.

Best Restaurant/Lounge
Alta
Lenox
Any great lounge needs a great atmosphere and even better drinks, Alta has both. The sleek look combined with some of the more creative and tasty drinks around make this place a must see. Here’s a hint, try the Maple Leaf made with Maker’s Mark, Maple Syrup, Wormwood Bitter and natural cherries.

Best Band
Bella’s Bartok
North Hampton
Bella’s Bartok is made up of six extraordinary musicians from Northampton. Their circus-esque style and folk approach to pop make them one of the more unique bands around. The band is made up of Asher Putnam on vocals, Jesse Putnam on accordion, mandolin and guitar, Chris “Fancy” Kerrigan on guitar and clarinet, Dan Niederhauser on bass, Amory Drennan on trombone and Crisco on drums and trumpet. All members of the band sing. Daring you not to dance with their up-tempo folk pop, they are a band you have to see live.

Best Local Bar
Olde Heritage Tavern
Lenox
In a town known for tourist this is a place that locals can escape the bustle of the town and just sit back and enjoy a drink and some good company. Bargain drinks (beer as cheap as $2) and great food deals like $5.99 burger night make it the kind of place you can hangout at any night of the week and all year long.

Best Frozen Drinks
Xichotencatl
Great Barrington
This is the place that you probably know from their great guacamole, but the frozen drinks they are serving up are even better. Once summer comes around, who wouldn’t want to enjoy some chips and a tasty, frozen drink from one of the best Mexican restaurants in the entire county?

Best Bartender
Leia, Olde Heritage Tavern
Lenox
In a place full of experienced hands behind the bar, the readers had a tough time picking just one from the ‘Taj alone. Multiple bartenders got votes from the Olde Heritage, but Leia came out on top. Her bubbly personality and skill mixing up a great cocktail keeps local and tourists alike coming back for more.

Best Club
The Underground Pub
Pittsfield
If you want to get down you have to go underground. The fantastic bar at the Crowne Plaza, this place hosts a ton of awesome events throughout the week that will get people jumping. Along with a varying schedule of live events, the Underground Pub also hostweekly music events that are sure to please anyone regardless of their music taste. On Fridays, check out DJ Stylus and DJ Sen-Gee, two local DJs who spin the best in hip hop, reggae and more and if country is more your speed, check them out on Thursday nights with Country night with Randy Cormier.

Best Pool (North)
Casey’s Billiards
Pittsfield
This place is the mecca for pool sharks. With a room filled with top of the line pool tables you’ll be sure to rack ‘em up in no time. Casey’s also routinely host local bands and has a well stock bar with absolutely great prices and specials to keep you night in high spirits even if you scratch on the 8 ball.

Best Pool (south)
Bogies
Great Barrington
A classic American pool hall, Bogies is one of the best places to play in a relaxed and fun environment. Bogies offers free pool nights on Monday’s and Tuesdays from 7 to close and are host to tournaments every Thursday. Bogies also has the benefit of being a great steak and ale house, so you’re sure to get a great meal all while showing off your pool shark skills.

Best Thursday Night Hangout
Mission Bar and Tapas
Pittsfield
Mission Bar and Tapas is a great place to go most nights of the week already, and on Thursday Nights they offer one of the best live acts in town for a lively show to go along with their great atmosphere. The Picky Bastards perform every Thursday to an always packed audience. The Picky Bastards are a collective of rotating local musicians playing Folk, Rock, Americana tunes and everything in between. The nights are hosted by Dave Brown and Chris Merenda. As always you can also enjoy their stacked menu of craft beers and Spanish wines as well as there great selection of tapas to go along with a great musical evening.

Best Ladies Night
Bogies
Great Barrington
Our readers loved Bogies in 2015. Another great reason to visit this place is the Ladies Night. One of the premiere nightlife events is Ladies night and you’ll get a great deal at Bogies. With Drink specials all night on Ladies Night Bogies Pub & Grill including $1 off all glasses of wine. They also host live entertainment with DJ Seduction spinning some of the best music in town. Also on
Wednesdays, they offer $6.50 Pint Bombs, which includes a pint of domestic beer with any bomb you want.

Best Place to Enjoy a Whiskey
Thistle and Mirth
Pittsfield
Thistle and Mirth are well known for their incredible beer selection, but a trip there can also get you you a nice glass of whiskey. Whether you drink bourbon or scotch their top shelf selection will be prepared either neat or on the rocks for a smooth night cap. From Knob Creek to Berkshire’s Own Berkshire Mountain Distillery, the people at Thistle have a great appreciation for a fine glass to sip and enjoy.


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Best Selling Broker in the Berkshires 2013, 2014, 2015

Chapin Fish
Brockman Real Estate - the Berkshires
Great Barrington
In the Berkshires, there is only one Best Selling Broker - Chapin Fish. As the principal broker and President of Brockman Real Estate, his total dollar volume in annual sales of residential real estate consistently place him at the very top of all other Berkshire brokers and agents, and in the last ten years he has sold over $130 million in Berkshire real estate. Whether you’re currently in the market for a first or second home or a multi-million dollar estate, Chapin’s extensive experience and real estate expertise is why he continues to be named the best selling broker in the Berkshires — year after year. His creative and innovative marketing techniques combined with honest advice assure success in buying, selling or renting real estate throughout the Berkshires. Chapin says “What is best? At Brockman, my team and I believe it is custom-tailored every time, to every client and every experience - where achieving your goals is what we do best and your satisfaction is our only measure of success.” Give Chapin a call today! Address: 276 Main Street, Great Barrington Web: berkshiresforsale.com
Phone: 413-528-4859

Best Trusted Real Estate Company
Wheeler & Taylor Realty
Doug Goudey
Great Barrington
As a keystone to Berkshire County real estate and a well-trusted and well-respected institution since 1871, Wheeler & Taylor Realty remains and continues to be an expert at redefining the local real estate industry standard. For now, more than 144 years later, Wheeler & Taylor Realty has been assisting buyers and sellers with their ideal property(s), homes, farms, lands and businesses, throughout Berkshire County. With an unfaltering commitment to general excellence and expansive knowledge of the local real estate market, the real estate professionals at Wheeler & Taylor are the best at providing over-the-top service to all their clients, no matter the budget. Doug Goudey, president of Wheeler & Taylor, says, “Our agents truly love working with our clients. This translates into passionate and professional agents that provide excellent service. This creates a client base that returns generation after generation back to Wheeler & Taylor”. The Berkshires best trusted real estate company, Wheeler & Taylor – a tradition since 1871.
Phone: 413-528-1006

Best Real Estate Company
Berkshire Property Agents
Great Barrington
Under the successful leadership of Tim Lovett and Jen Harvey, Berkshire Property Agents has become the preeminent force in South County real estate. Helping lead the growth in both first and second home sales, Berkshire Property Agents continually sets the standard in South County by providing premier real estate services matched with a commitment to help buyers and sellers get the most out of their real estate transactions. Whether you’re in the market for a first or second home, rental or a luxury estate, Berkshire Property Agent is well versed in every facet of the local real estate market. They understand even the most discerning clients’ needs.
Phone: 413-528-6800

Best Realtor for Land Use, Conservation & Development
Dale Abrams
Wheeler & Taylor Realty
Great Barrington
Awareness, expertise and experience is what really sets Dale Abrams apart from all the other Realtors in South County when it comes to land use, conservation & development. Abrams has been working with clients for over 11 years throughout the county in pursuit of finding the perfect spot to develop their future home. Don’t make a costly mistake when it comes to building your dreams. The first correct step is choosing the right Realtor for the project. Put Abrams to work for you and you’ll get the attention and expertise you require and the satisfaction you expect.
Phone: 413-528-1006

Best Location for a Real Estate Office
Barnbrook Realty
Great Barrington 
Conveniently located in the heart of Great Barrington at 271 Main Street, Barnbrook Realty’s beautiful, well-designed and state-of-the-art office offers the best location for a real estate office—bar none. Whether you’re buying or selling real estate in the tri-state area, you’ll take comfort in a stress-free visit to their perfectly situated locale. Thanks to ample off-street parking in their adjoining parking lot, finding a parking space is never a hassle. And with their full window display of the area’s most attractive listings, even after hours you can browse all types of Berkshire County listings. Stop in, or stop by today to experience why Barnbrook is considered the best located real estate office in South County.
Phone: 413-528-4423

Best Historic Home Specialists
Elyse Harney Real Estate
Salisbury, Conn.
The tri-state area features some of the most beautiful historic homes in all of New England. However, finding just the right one is no easy task. Luckily, Elyse Harney Real Estate is always there to help. Their knowledgeable staff of hard-working and seasoned real estate professionals consistently demonstrates an unparalleled understanding and appreciation of the area’s historic homes. Elyse Harney Real Estate can help even the most discerning buyers find the perfect historic home while keeping budget and location always in mind. Stop by or give them a call today and learn why they consistently exceed their customers’ expectations and why they’ve earned the reputation as the best historic home specialists in the tri-state area. And when, or if, the time comes to sell your historic home, Elyse Harney Real Estate will help you find the right buyer.
Phone: 860-435-2200

Best Second Home Specialist
Rose Baumann
Wheeler & Taylor Realty
Great Barrington
Rose Baumann beats the competition when it comes to finding ideal second homes in the Berkshires. Her dedication and goal-orientated approach helps out-of-state buyers find their ideal second home no matter what the size of their budget. She is focused on always keeping her clients property attributes on the forefront of her search. While the creed of real estate has always been location, location, location...Baumann fully understands that price, style, square footage are all just as important to her clients’ needs as the property’s location. She has a well proven track record with second home buyers and would love the opportunity to help you find your Berkshire second home.
Phone: 413-528-1006

Best Real Estate Broker in New Marlborough
Mary White
Barnbrook Realty
Great Barrington
With diverse expertise in New Marlborough commercial and residential real estate, Mary White has earned her merits. White’s keen knowledge of the market and decades of experience helping people buy and sell real estate in the five villages that make up New Marlborough clearly demonstrates that there is no other Berkshire County broker more qualified to help you buy and sell your next home in New Marlborough. It’s no wonder why so many people list their properties with Mary White and Barnbrook Realty in New Marlborough. “I moved to New Marlborough in 1971; it immediately became my home. I just love it here,” Mary White said. If you’re looking for a hard-working, dedicated and success-driven broker in New Marlborough, Mary White is your answer.
Phone: 413-528-4423 

Best Boutique Real Estate Company
Berkshire Country Homes, LLC
Great Barrington
Berkshire Country Homes Real Estate is the area’s premier boutique real estate company. As the owner and principle broker of Berkshire Country Homes Real Estate, Marlene Goldstein has built her successful boutique real estate company on a strong foundation of customer driven service, integrity, creativity and relentless hard work. Whether you’re in the market to buy, sell, rent or you’re looking for a vacation or investment property, Berkshire Country Homes Real Estate offers the close customer relationship you’d expect from the area’s top boutique real estate company “Helping you realize your Vision For Living is at the heart of everything we do!” Log on today and enjoy their award winning website at berkshirecountryhomesrealestate.com.
Phone: 413-717-0773

Best Real Estate Broker/Owner
Maureen White
Barnbrook Realty
Great Barrington
What does it take to be the best broker is South County? It takes hard work, determination, leadership and a proven track record in this highly competitive market. These are all principal acumens of Maureen White. As the co-owner of Barnbrook Realty, White has a penchant for success and an extensive knowledge of commercial and residential real estate throughout the tri-state area. With over 26 years experience in the Berkshire County real estate market, Maureen White continually stands out as the best broker/owner, and she is a role model to her entire staff as well as other brokers throughout the area. She has also led her company into one of the top real estate companies in South County.
Phone: 413-528-4423

Best-Up & Coming Realtor
Joe Furgal
Wheeler & Taylor Realty
Great Barrington
Joe has lived in Lee for over 50 years and, while relatively new to real estate, he has been in marketing and sales his entire life. After graduating from the University of Vermont, he headed up the Field Training & Special Events Department @ Berkshire Life Insurance Co. that has operations nationwide. Joe, in his business travels, became acquainted with many areas of our country and always found the Berkshires most appealing to both full-time and part-time residents. After a full year in real estate he has found his past experience in a service oriented business to be a valuable asset in the real estate industry. Joe applies these past travel and service experiences to his everyday real estate activities in Berkshire County and this has proven rewarding.
Phone: 413-496-0378

Best Commercial Real Estate Agent
Deborah Levinson
Berkshire Property Agents
Deborah Levinson knows local real estate. She’s been helping clients buy and sell both residential and commercial real estate for many years. Whether you’re looking for a home or a business, she has the unbridled enthusiasm, appreciation to working with and listening to clients and success that any discerning buyer or seller looks for in a top producer. “It never ceases to amaze me that generation after generation of energetic, talented and diverse people are continually discovering the allure of the Berkshires for the first time. Working with them to launch a business or find their dream country home never gets old...or boring,” Levinson pointed out. She knows how to cater to practically any client, whether residential or commercial, first time, luxury, local or international buyers.
Phone: 413-528-6800

Best Luxury Broker
Barbara Schulman
Berkshire Property Agents
Great Barrington
If you’re looking to drop seven or more figures on your next Berkshire County property, there’s one attractive figure you have to see first: Barbara Schulman. She’s known as the queen of Berkshire County luxury real estate. She knows every aspect of Berkshire County luxury properties and has a superabundance of experience in high-end home purchases and sales. She’s a powerhouse luxury broker with Berkshire Property Agents with many years of experience helping guide many local and out-of-town home buyers and sellers with their luxury property transactions throughout her highly successful career. “When working with clients in the Berkshires and New York, it is very important that I show them value. My clients have a lot of options. They are extremely business savvy and smart. I need to be on my ‘A’ game and I am always honest to a fault!” she said. Let her experience, knowhow and past successes guide you through your next luxury real estate purchase or sale here in the Berkshires. 
Phone: 413-528-6800

Best Realtor in Central Berkshire

Trish Petricca
Wheeler & Taylor Realty
Great Barrington
Born and raised in Lenox MA, Trish is now residing in Pittsfield, MA, she is extremely familiar with Central Berkshire. She loves working with clients looking to upgrade or downsize. Trish is sincerely passionate about caring for her clients, listening to their needs and putting in the extra effort to help them sell their home or find exactly what they are searching for. “It is extremely important to me to get to know my clients on a more personal level, so that I can help them with the perfect fit.“ Trish feels that she has built new friendships based on the bond that was created with her clients!
Phone: 413-822-6178

Best Commercial Real Estate Agent
Kim Wilder
Barnbrook Realty
Great Barrington
Who’s the top commercial realtor in South County? Simple. Kim Wilder. Wilder is a local powerhouse and proven commodity when it comes to helping her clients buy and sell Berkshire County commercial real estate. As a commercial specialist with Barnbrook Realty, Kim knows and fully understands all aspects of commercial real estate within the tri-state area.  She offers everything from buying, selling and developing commercial property in Berkshire County as well as New York State and Connecticut. Whether your commercial project is large or small, Kim is your contact here in South County for commercial real estate throughout the area.
Phone: 413-528-4423

Best Top-Producer
Christian Deckert
Berkshire Property Agents
Great Barrington
Christian Deckert is one of the area’s preeminent top producing Realtors. His annual sales consistently place him at the top of not only his company, Berkshire Property Agents, but he has earned his position in the top 1% of all Realtors in Berkshire County. Whether you’re currently in the market for a first or second home, condo or even a magnificent estate, Deckert’s experience, drive and penchant for success will help you find the property of your dreams. Find out today why more clients turn to Christian Deckert when it comes to buying or selling their home.
Phone: 413-528-6800

Best Relocation Specialist
Russ Stein
Berkshire Property Agents
Great Barrington
Are you relocating to, or from the Berkshires? Russ Stein is here to help you through every step of the process. Having owned a second home in the Berkshires region for over 20 years, and then eventually moving with his family here 5 years ago as a full time resident, Russ has deep personal knowledge of the relocation process. He has successfully helped people as they transition into or out of the Berkshires. “Nothing makes me happier than finding someone the perfect home,” add Stein. He helps make the buying, selling and moving process more manageable and helps reduce the stress of this life changing event. Together with his support team at Berkshire Property Agents, Russ can guide you through the re-location process with maximum efficiency, and minimum stress.
Phone:413-528-6800

Best Realtor for New Marlborough
Freddy Friedman
Wheeler & Taylor Realty
Great Barrington
Welcome to New Marlborough. It’s small, but it’s a great place that many first and second homeowners love to call home. Friedman is passionate about his community and is keenly knowledgeable about almost every aspect of real estate throughout New Marlborough. A resident and renowned expert in New Marlborough real estate, he knows the local real estate market like the back of his hand.  No matter the size or type of property, he can help almost any buyer with small, medium or large budgets find the ideal New Marlborough property.
Phone: 413-298-3786

Best Real Estate Company for Social Media
Kristin Piasecki
Barnbrook Realty
Great Barrington
Social media has become such an integral part of marketing real estate online. Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or other social media platform sellers need these 21st century tools in order to give them the extra advantage to list and sell properties. Creating the buzz is the end result, but successfully implementing techniques to popularize properties utilizing all the aspects of social media marketing is a true art form. Kristin Piasecki at Barnbrook Real Estate is the area’s premier social media marketing maven. Call her today or go online and she how she can help you give your property the social media edge it needs to sell.
Phone: 413-528-4423

Best Realtor for Stockbridge
Jessi Meagher
Wheeler & Taylor Realty
Great Barrington
When Jessi first starts working with buyer clients she always warns them “I am going to try to get you to move to Stockbridge!” With a deep love for her home town, her enthusiasm is real. In addition to working full time as Realtor, she also is a Member-at- Large for the Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce and volunteers her time with the Stockbridge Cultural Council. Jessi loves the diversity of properties to be found in Stockbridge. So for those who know time to sell their property, she provides a deep understanding of the town and the current real estate market. From a cottage by the Bowl or a historic home walking distance from town, Jessi wants to see a Wheeler &Taylor sign with her name on it! 413-519-7873.
Phone: 413-519-7873

Best Social Media
Samantha Homeyer
Barnbrook Realty
There’s no doubt that social media continues to be such an integral part of marketing real properties. On Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or other social media outlet, sellers need social media to list and effectively sell properties. By fostering “the buzz”, a successful social media marketer can help build popularity for properties. In the Berkshires, Samantha Homeyer at Barnbrook Real Estate is perhaps the area’s premier social media marketer that fits the bill. Call her today, or contact her online to see she how she can give your property the social media edge it deserves.
Phone: 413-528-4423

Best Agent in West Stockbridge
Kristin Piasecki
Barnbrook Realty
West Stockbridge is a great place for your next home. As one of Berkshire County’s most quaint communities, West Stockbridge is a true hidden gem for both first and second home buyers. If you’re looking for a great property, whether it is residential or commercial, it takes a keen eye and a qualified professional who really knows the West Stockbridge marketplace. It’s no wonder why so many people have turned and keep turning to Kristin Piasecki to find their dream home in West Stockbridge. If you’re in the market for any type of property in West Stockbridge, give Kristin Piasecki a call today.
Phone: 413-528-4423

Best Agent in Richmond
Pam Glass
Barnbrook Realty
Nestled in between West Stockbridge, Lenox and Pittsfield and abutting the New York State line, Richmond is a wonderful rustic Berkshire town. Richmond offers a seclusion and beauty to the residents that call it home that is rivaled by few in Berkshire County. Despite a small commercial business base, Richmond offers an ideal sense of community among its first and second homeowners. Finding the “perfect” property here onlt takes one name – Pan Glass. Pam Glass, a successful agent with Barnbrook Realty with many years of experience in selling properties in and around Richmond, is your go to Realtor for either buying or selling a property in Richmond.
Phone: 413-528-4423

Best Internet Marketing
Jen Harvey
Berkshire Property Agents
Great Barrington
When it comes to successfully marketing your home online, you need an expert. Jen Harvey is an expert at designing, developing and implementing cohesive and effective internet marketing campaigns and strategies. Backed by a strong and seasoned IT support department at Berkshire Property Agents, she has successfully mastered the art of developing effective online marketing campaigns to reach buyers throughout the world. Harvey can target realistic prospects and deliver what clients ultimately want – results!  “93% of buyers find their home online! We cast the largest net we can to capture and hold the attention of these prospects by having the best photos, understandable and smart copy and the tools needed to answer immediate questions at your fingertips,” said Harvey.  By giving her clients the best and most effective internet marketing tools and strategies available on the market today, she continuously exceeds client expectations and gets the global exposure that properties need to sell.
Phone: 413-528-6800

Best Interior Designer
Sue Schwarz
Sheffield
As principal of Gallery 315 Home in Sheffield, Sue Schwarz is committed to helping her clients to transform their living spaces into comfortable uncluttered homes that meet their needs. Her beautiful clean designs for both modern and traditional homes reflect a wide diversity of style and scope. In fact, Sue Schwarz has already been voted “Best Interior Designer in the Berkshires 2014,” (Berkshire Record) and “Best in Houzz Service Award 2015.” Rave reviews on Houzz support Schwarz’s philosophy of partnering with clients and interpreting their vision, a collaboration that results in a far less daunting process and a successful outcome. In addition to her Gallery315 Home showroom’s collection of antiques, Sue makes scheduled trips to resources in NYC with individuals and small groups of area residents to provide wholesale access and expertise. Clients get help sourcing furniture, fabric and lighting, re-upholstering furniture that feels “dated,” and integrating the old with the new. Provided Sue is not out “on the hunt.” she is at the showroom Thursday-Sunday, 11-5.
Phone: 917-701-3841

Best Realtor for Tri-Town Properties
Chuck Gillett
Wheeler & Taylor Realty
Great Barrington
Specializing in Stockbridge, Lenox and Lee is a well- known resident in this local community triad. Working out of Wheeler & Taylor Realty’s Stockbridge office gives him the perfect locale to apply his many years of experience and connections to buyers and sellers who wish to find and/or sell properties throughout the Lee, Lenox and Stockbridge markets. “What real estate is about,” he says,“is putting my client’s best interests first.”If you’re looking to buy or sell in Lee, Lenox or Stockbridge, you need only one point of contact - Chuck Gillett.
Phone: 413-496-0030

Best Second Home Realtor
Tom Lynch
Berkshire Property Agents
Great Barrington
If you are looking for a second home in the Berkshires, Tom Lynch is your local Realtor. As an Associate Broker with Berkshire Property Agents, he’s familiar with what out-of-town buyers want in a second home since he was a weekender for many years before moving here full-time 12 years ago.  Whether it’s a waterfront home, a secluded cabin, or a more modern homestead,  Tom Lynch can help you find what you’re looking for.  Tom believes: “Listening carefully to what buyers want is key to helping them find their dream home.
Phone: 413-528-6800

Best Realtor for Land Sales
Claudia Crane
Berkshire Property Agents
Great Barrington
Claudia Crane is a Berkshire County land sales experience with a lot of experience. Her creative approach and time-tested methodology of land sales can help even the most stubborn parcel or parcels of land sell. She can get the exposure your property(s) need to qualified and realistic buyers through her vast contact database at Berkshire Property Agents. Give her call today to setup an appointment and let her help you get that property sold.
Phone: 413-528-6800

Best B&B Sales Specialist
Jim Conroy
Barnbrook Realty
Great Barrington
Looking for a great Bed and Breakfast in the Berkshires? Jim Conroy is your man. Born and raised in Boston, Conroy is a former contractor, chef and as a Bed and Breakfast owner himself, he knows every facet of B&Bs. As a creative problem solver, and an excellent listener, he can help you find the right B&B to meet your needs and expectations. He can also help you market it for you when it’s time to sell. Currently, Conroy serves on the board of the Brien Foundation as chairman of the Building Committee and on the board of the Lenox Club as head of Building and Grounds. It’s no accident that “Building” is in his titles, and he is here for you as your B&B specialist.
Phone: 413-528-4423

Best Realtor for 1st Time Homebuyers
Marji Keefner West
Wheeler & Taylor Realty
Great Barrington
So you want to buy a home in the Berkshires and it’s your first time. First, relax. Second, call Marji Keefner-West. She has over 20 years of experience selling Berkshire County residential real estate to new homebuyers. As one of the area’s most experienced Realtors, she specializes in working directly with first-time homebuyers throughout Central and South County. Marji knows exactly what it takes to help first-time homebuyers comprehend all of the aspects of buying their first home. Find out today why more first-time homebuyers feel comfortable throughout the process and fully satisfied with the end results that Marji delivers. She also specializes in selling properties in Great Barrington in the area known as ‘the Hill’.
Phone: 413-528-1006

Best Real Estate Agent in Monterey

Dagmar Kubes
Barnbrook Realty
Great Barrington
While getting to Monterey is not that difficult, buying and selling property there is no easy task. You really have to know and understand the market. That’s why more and more people are turning to broker-associate Dagmar Kubes to buy, rent and sell Monterey properties. Kubes was born and raised in Prague, Czech Republic, and has extensively traveled the world before she and her husband settled in Monterey herself. With over 15 years of real estate experience in Berkshire County real estate, she continually provides superior services to her clients and buyers and sellers in Monterey as well as throughout South County.
Phone: 413-528-4423

Best Website
Elyse Harney Real Estate
Salisbury, Conn.
Looking for the best designed, maintained and updated website that has access to the finest listings throughout the tri-state area? It’s simple; Elyse Harney Real Estate’s website - harneyre.com. Professional designed and easy to navigate, harneyre.com is user friendly and also features mobile and smart device friendly versions.  Once you enter harneyre.com, you’ll be able find the area’s best and most up-to-date listings including residential, commercial, land, condos, multi-family, and rentals, as well as have access to MLS listings throughout the tri-state area.”Since the launch of our new web site in May, 2014, we have received much praise on the thorough information provided, and the ease of navigation. Traffic to our site has doubled, with longer sessions, and a greater amount of page views,” said Scott Morris of Elyse Harney Real Estate. Find out today why more and more people are searching for tri-state area’s listings on harneyre.com.
Phone: 860-435-2200

Best Service In Real Estate
Brockman Real Estate - the Berkshires
Great Barrington
If you’re looking for your next home in the Berkshires, or need help selling your current property, Brockman Real Estate offers service that is unparalleled. For nearly 40 years, this premier real estate firm has been providing the Berkshires with a full line of services that you not only want, but need when buying or selling your home. Led by powerhouse broker and President, Chapin Fish, his experienced team of brokers and sales associates is committed to providing ultimate 5-star personalized service, backed by decades of experience and success. For a complete and comprehensive solutions-based approach to your next real estate transaction, call Brockman Real Estate today at 413-528-4859 or visit them at 276 Main Street in downtown Great Barrington, or on the web at berkshiresforsale.com.
Phone: 413-528-4859

Best Real Estate Agent for Garden Properties
Judith Owens
Barnbrook Realty
Great Barrington
The Berkshires real estate landscape is adorned with some of the most spectacular gardens. Finding the perfect home with these luscious and beautifully landscaped gardens takes a keen eye and a lot of insight. If your desire is garden properties, Judith Owens is the only name you need to remember. A an active member of Berkshire Botantical Garden as well as a member of the Berkshire County Board of Realtors and a Certified Buyer’s Representative (CBR), she has broken records for the largest residential and condo sales in the Berkshires. A graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Speech, Owens enjoyed careers in New York as fashion/beauty editor with Vogue Children and Glamour. Her understanding, interpreting and communicating consumer ‘lifestyle’ gives her the precise credentials you’ll need for buying and selling garden properties in the Berkshires.
Phone: 413-528-4423

Best Fuel Company
Kimball Fuels
Great Barrington
You won’t get left out in the cold next winter with Kimball Fuels, a leader in home heating oil, diesel fuel, propane and heating services. Kimball Fuels has been warming homes and businesses for many years. Built on the strong tradition of providing excellent products and first-rate customer service, it is no wonder that Kimball Fuels is a leader in providing Berkshire County full and part-time residents with heating fuels. They also have a 24-hour service department that can repair, maintain and install a full range of boilers, tanks and other home heating related products.
Phone: 413-528-1410

Best Real Estate Agent who Gives Back to the Community
Suzann Ward
Barnbrook Realty
Great Barrington
While there are many Realtors in the Berkshires who give back to their communities, there stands one above the rest for her steadfast determination and dedication to giving back. In South County, that person is Suzann Ward. She was recently awarded the Good Neighbor Award from the Berkshire County Board of Realtors for her steadfast work and direction of Breaking Bread. As the organizations co-chair, she oversees the day-to-day operations of Breaking Bread which serves meals to less fortunate families throughout Berkshire County. She has practiced real estate for the past 15 years and truly loves every facet of her job. Suzann has designations for CBR as well as ABR and has been a top-producer at Barnbrook Realty in previous years.
Phone: 413-528-4423

Best Real Estate Agent for Condominiums
Christina Stewart
Barnbrook Realty
Great Barrington
An experienced and successful businesswoman with several years of real estate experiences in condominium sales, Christina Stewart has had a well respected career in the sales and rentals of resort and condominium properties throughout the area.  With her diverse expertise and connections in the Berkshire County condo scene and knowledge of the overall market (North, Central or South Berkshire County), Stewart will provide you with the know-how you’ll need to find just the right condominium. If you’re looking for either a primary, secondary or investment condo, or you need help selling your current property, give her a call today to get started.
Phone: 413-528-4423

Best Agent for Those Looking to Rent Their Homes
Claudia Laslie
Barnbrook Realty
Great Barrington
Renting a home in South County can be daunting task – to say the least. While there are many who offer the service, there is one Realtor that more and more people turn to rent their homes – Claudia Laslie. As a Realtor-associate with Barnbrook Realty and her highly successful business, Berkshire Property Rentals, she sells and rents properties of all different price ranges throughout the Berkshires, she has succeeded where others have failed. Put the power of Laslie’s expertise and market knowledge to work for you today.
Phone: 413-528-4423

Best Real Estate Agent for Those Looking to Develop
Brian Killeen
Barnbrook Realty
Great Barrington
An historical gem or a modern masterpiece? It’s hard to decide when you’re looking for a piece of property to develop in Berkshire County. Luckily, Brian Killeen is here to help. With 12 years of experience in developing property in Berkshire County, he can assist you in finding just the right piece of land to building your new home on. Once you’ve selected your parcel(s), Killeen will help walk you through the processes of development and facilitate the endeavor by working with the architects, construction team, permitting, etc. until your dream home comes to fruition.
Phone: 413-528-4423

Best Nursery
Ward’s Nursery
Great Barrington
Supplying gardeners in the Berkshires, eastern New York, and northwestern Connecticut, Ward’s grows over 1,400 perennial selections and 700 different houseplants. Founded in 1957, they opened a new garden center as recently as 2010, becoming more energy efficient and sustainable in the process. They also carry soil, seeding supplies, tools, pottery, and fertilizer, among other garden needs.
Phone: 413-528-0166

Best Real Estate Team
The Kinderhook Group Inc.
B-Mile Team
Pittsfield
The B-Mile team at the Kinderhook Group in the Pittsfield office of The Kinderhook Group are a helpful and welcoming team, making the search for your next home a smooth and pleasant experience throuhgout central and northern Berkshire County. Led by Beverly Milenski, aka B-Mile, who has been a full-time realtor for 20 years, earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management with Honors from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She has also earned the following real estate designations: ABR, CBR, GRI, and CRS. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more dedicated and knowledgeable real estate team than B-Mile’s team. Whether you’re looking for a home in North, Central or South county, The B-Mile team at TGK has you covered.
Phone: 413-499-7490

Best Sheffield Realtor
sandra preston
Sheffield
Sandra Preston has been selling homes in Berkshire County, MA, Litchfield County, CT and Columbia County, NY for almost four decades. She is known for giving personal, confidential service to her clients. Sandra Preston says she gets great pleasure from finding the right home for each potential buyer. Another important attribute of Sandra Preston Real Estate is that it keeps current on all technology features of the real estate business and is up-to-date on all new rules and regulations. Its specialties are second home buyers, condos, estates, land as well as working with sellers to find their next home.
Phone: 413-442-3001

Best Home & Design Store
farm & home
Great Barrington
Have you ever walked in a home furnishing store and wanted everything? It rarely happens and when it does it’s usually in a major metropolitan area like New York, Boston, Chicago, or Los Angeles. Luckily, in the Berkshires we now have Farm & Home. The brainchild of Chapin and Kevin Fish, this impressive retail store compliments their premier real estate firm, Brockman Real Estate, and features unique and beautiful American-made goods and furniture for your home and garden including custom-made wood and upholstered furniture; home furnishings; table and serving pieces; garden wares, personal accessories; gifts; and select vintage items. “We believe that the best things are made by people; that “flaws” can make things more special; that stories count; and that life is better when we surround ourselves with things we love and use,” says Kevin Fish. If you’re seeking stunning home furnishings in a variety of styles that appeal to even the most discerning tastes, visit Farm & Home today at 276 Main Street in the heart of downtown Great Barrington – you’ll be glad you did! Web: farmandhome.us Phone: 413-528-9100 Web: farmandhome.us
Phone: 413-528-9100

Best Pool Construction Co.
Aqua Pools
Berkshire County
When it comes to designing and building your custom dream pool, Aqua Pool is your total pool construction solution with over 44-years of experience. Working with you every step of the way from the planning, designing and permitting phases throughout the construction of your custom pool, the professionals at Aqua Pool are there to help and guide you every step of the way. And remember, behind every great home is an Aqua Pool. It is not just the company’s slogan, it’s how you’ll feel in your new Aqua pool.
Phone: 800-722-2782

Best Place for Vintage Furniture
Circa
Pittsfield
Circa, the Berkshires’ self-proclaimed “resource for Big City Style,” is a unique mercantile in downtown Pittsfield that buys and sells vintage collectibles and Danish and mid-century furnishings. Opened in the summer of 2012, owner Rebecca Barnini has tapped into a thriving niche market, taking advantage of the growing opportunities on North Street.
Phone: 413-445-7200

Best Lenox Townhouses
Lenox Woods at Kennedy Park
Lenox
Lenox Woods at Kennedy Park is only 5 minutes to Tanglewood and close to all Berkshire attractions, including cultural venues, shopping, dining, golf and a full service hospital. These two floor units are approximately 1,800 square feet and each have a large first floor Master Bedroom with a 10-foot ceiling with crown molding. The spacious Great Room has a gas fireplace, 10-foot ceiling and connects to an open kitchen.
Phone: 413-637-0843

Best Pittsfield Townhouses
The Pines at Bousquet
Pittsfield
A luxury townhome community comfortably nestled at the foot of historic Bousquet Mountain Ski Resort. Centrally located near golfing, hiking, boating, cultural and historic destinations, shopping, hospital care, schools and major employment centers. In the summer, Bousquet is transformed into an adventure and water park.
Phone: 413-637-0843

Best Plumbing
LePrevost
Lee
Over 5,000 satisfied customers are reason enough to flush your worries down the drain when you’ve got the professionals at LePrevost handling your plumbing needs. For the past 16 years, they’ve been offering nationally-recognized oustanding service to seasonal and year-round Berkshire residents
Phone: 413-243-1777

Best Stone and Masonry Supplies
Herrington’s
Hillsdale
As a fourth-generation family-owned and operated building supplies business, Ed Herrington, Inc. is your one-stop shop for construction/restoration supplies and assistance. For your next DIY stone or masonry project, they have everything you’ll need. They offer professional repair, building supplies, and even provide architectural assistance if needed. Today the company has six locations in Chatham, Hillsdale, Hudson, Lakeville, Millerton, and Sheffield.
Phone: 518-325-3131

Best Home Insurance
Frank Consolati Insurance, Inc.
Lee
Serving Berkshire County families since 1942, Frank Consolati Insurance is a family-owned independent insurance company with a small, efficient staff that focus on providing personalized service to each individual client, allowing customers to work with the same experienced agent throughout the process from start to finish. They offer homeowners insurance, mobile home insurance, renters insurance and floor insurance, and bring their 71 years of experience to meeting the home insurance needs of Berkshire families.
Phone: (413) 243-0105

Best Architectural Parts Warehouse
Historic Albany Foundation Architectural Parts Warehouse
Albany
The Historic Albany Foundation Architectural Parts Warehouse is the Capital District’s only not-for-profit architectural salvage warehouse. The Warehouse accepts donations as part of its mission to preserve all historic buildings.
Phone: 518-465-2987

Best Furniture Store - North
Standard Furniture & Mattresses
Adams
Standard Furniture & Mattresses has been furnishing homes in Berkshire County since 1919, making it the oldest furniture store in the county. Owner Marc Mularski provides customers with a number of high quality brands and products. Whether you’re on the hunt for home office supplies, living room furniture or mattresses, Standard Furniture has exactly what you need to furnish your home.
Phone: 413-743-0960

Best Furniture Store - Central
Paul Rich & Sons
Pittsfield
Paul Rich & Sons has been a family owned and operated full-service home furnishings and design store for over thirty years, with a stunning 30,000 sq. ft. showroom located in an historic building in Downtown Pittsfield. Representing the finest names in the industry, most manufactured in the USA. Living and dining room, bedroom, youth furniture, home office and media furniture, as well as top-quality mattresses, genuine oriental rugs, accent furniture, lamps and accessories, and a beautiful hand-picked selection of heirloom quality handcrafted furniture, made to last and age with beauty. Plus, the largest selection of Outdoor Furniture in the area. Classically inspired, practically designed, rustic or industrial refined, in every style, finish and fabric! Complimentary in-house design services and a Paul Rich & Sons delivery team that provides exceptional customer service delivering throughout the Northeast and beyond!
Phone: 413-443-6467

Best Tractor Parts and Service
Columbia TractoR
Hudson, NY
Their mission has always been to offer top quality lines of farm and home equipment to an ever expanding customer base, along with quality parts and service to back it up. Columbia Tractor is a very well-known and highly respected dealer for Kubota and Case tractors as well as Gehland, Kuhn and Echo equipment. The great service makes it worth the trip over the boarder to New York any day.
Phone: 518-828-1781

Best New Furniture Store
North Elm Home Furnishings
Millerton, NY
Their 12,000 square feet of showspace is now open in nearby Millerton and they have all the best from Norwalk Furniture, Four Seasons, Bassett and sleep sets by Beautyrest. The big names, combined with small town service, make this the perfect new furniture store.

Best Flooring and Design
Best Impressions Upholstery
Pittsfield
Best Impressions Upholstery offers the top flooring and design services available in the Berkshires. Dedicated to delivering products sensitive to both the health of their loyal customers and the health of the environment we all share, Best Impressions Upholstery is the destination for those looking for safe, high quality flooring. Best Impressions offers all kinds of flooring, including wood, cork, laminate, bamboo, rubber, carpet, linoleum and vinyl. Next time you’re searching for a high quality designed floor that’s health conscious and environmentally friendly, visit Best Impressions Upholstery.
Phone: 413-442-6338



The Best 2017

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