Combine a weekend getaway to the Berkshires with a holiday shopping adventure. What could be more fun than exploring our favorite local shops to find the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list? Nestled among the beautiful rolling hills of the Berkshires, dozens of exquisite shops, galleries, and boutiques beckon you to discover the treasures within: chocolate confections, pure extracts, unique and challenging puzzles, and so much more. Travel the back roads of the Berkshires to find something special for all your loved ones this holiday season. Here, in no particular order, are some of our favorite places for you to consider.
An American Craftsman, Lenox, MA: Handmade items created by American crafters. Art glass, sculpture, wood puzzles and toys, ceramics, and home décor.
Dory & Ginger, Pittsfield, MA: Specializing in tabletop and bar ware, unique home décor, and bath and body products.
Hoffman Pottery, West Stockbridge, MA: Colorful creations hand built and wheel thrown. Pots, plates, mugs, and whimsical garden ornaments.
Mielke Confections, Great Barrington, MA: Hand-dipped chocolates and luscious fudge. We defy you to walk out of this delicious shop empty handed.
Out of Hand, Great Barrington, MA: Woven baskets, Peruvian alpaca wool sweaters, folk art dolls, and cotton rugs.
Mutabillity in Motion, Stockbridge, MA: Handcrafted goods by more than 50 American craftsmen with a focus on functional art for home and body.
Painted Porch Country Antiques, Sheffield, MA: Presenting the finest in English and French country antiques, including painted furniture and accessories.
Campo de Fiori, Sheffield, MA: If you’re in the market for terra cotta planters, carved stone, forged iron or cast bronze, this is definitely the place for you.
Charles H Baldwin & Sons, West Stockbridge, MA: Known worldwide for their special brand of pure vanilla extract, their products range from table syrups to cocktail mixers to meat rubs and mulling spices.
Evergreen Fine American Crafts, Great Barrington, MA: A collection of fine American crafts, including wearable art, blown glass, and garden art.
Pack up your weekender and check your holiday shopping list. There’s still plenty of time to find the perfect gift for everyone. Make it your new holiday tradition to shop local. Perhaps you’ll even find something for yourself here among our favorite shops in the Berkshires. But if you’re still stumped for a great holiday gift, a gift certificate to the Staveleigh House Bed and Breakfast is always a welcome gift for friends and family. Happy Holidays from all of us!