No trip to the Berkshire’s is complete without a stop into the Monterey General Store. A main anchor in the picturesque little village of Monterey, the store has a rich history, dating back to 1780.
The large post and beam structure has a welcoming front porch and inside is oozing with charm. The store, which had been a mercantile hub for three centuries, underwent a total renovation and the store reopened in autumn of 2012. Now under the leadership of restaurateur Scott Edward Cole, the Monterey General Store is again a buzz of activity with locals and visitors flocking through the doors to purchase specialty food items, vintage wares, quirky items such as yoyos, soaps and household goods, and exceptionally good lunches.
Monterey General Store taps local growers and producers for many of its food and artisanal items, so it’s a great place to shop for things such as maple syrup and honey, goat cheese, veggies, meats, and more. Need a cool gift? Chances are you’ll find it here.
One thing you won’t want to miss is the store’s pastries, especially the home-baked pies (owner Scott was also a well-known baker). Lunch specialties include from-scratch soups and made-to-order meat and veggie sandwiches.
Monterey General Store
448 Main Road, Monterey, MA (about a 25-minute drive from Sheffield)
Monday – Saturday, 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
You’ll find that the Staveleigh House is a great base for visiting this, and all the other pretty little spots in the Berkshires. Give us a call and plan a stay soon!