Saturday, June 26, 2010

Anniversary 2010

This post originally took place on June 18-23, 2010.

Our car broke down while in the Berkshires for our fifth wedding anniversary. We were on our way to the summit of Mount Greylock.

We were stuck in North Adams for a few days while the mechanic was working his magic. We made the most of it by hiking to the Cascades waterfalls.

A simple walk from the Holiday Inn, North Adams. It was the first time either of us had seen the falls, courtesy of a broken alternator. Our mechanic said that he used to go fishing here as a kid.

Forced to extend our vacation. It was like a second honeymoon.

I proposed at the top of these steps.

We eventually got back the car and made a safe return trip. In the meantime, we did some hiking on the Appalachian Trail, saw a Sol Lewitt show at Mass MoCA, ate, and just relaxed.

A list of places where we ate, almost of them are old favorites from our college days.

Spirit Shop & Deli Station
280 Cole Ave
Williamstown, MA 01267
(413) 458-5511

Our primary source for Berkshire Brewing Company Beer (best beer ever) which we substituted for champagne on this trip.

Super Stop and Shop
876 State Road
North Adams, MA 01247
(413) 664-8100

Mount Greylock in the background. This was our supermarket for 4 years.

412 Main St
Williamstown, MA 01267
(413) 458-5750

The local Chinese/Korean/Japanese restaurant. Mabel was feeling especially nostalgic for the place.

Pappa Charlies
28 Spring St
Williamstown, MA 01267
(413) 458-5969

The local deli with named sandwiches. The Maria Tucci--turkey, avocado, and sprouts--is one of my favorite sandwiches here.

777 Cold Spring Road (Routes 7&2)
Williamstown, MA 01267

A really good American restaurant in its third incarnation. Took over the restaurant which took over the restaurant where we had our wedding reception.

Blue Benn Diner
102 Hunt St (314 North St) (Route 7)
Bennington, VT 05201

A cute diner in Bennington, VT. The line for a booth can be ridiculous. We sat at the counter. Gwyneth is known to eat here with her mom at times. No sightings on this trip.

Hot Tomatoes
100 Water St, Route 43
Williamstown, MA 01267

I love this pizza. I didn't know how good I had it until after I left college. We told them our sob story and convinced them to deliver to our hotel in North Adams.

20 Marshall St
North Adams, MA 01247

Mabel loves this place. The perfect coffee shop. I wish there were a place like it in New York City.

Ye Old Forge
125 North Main St
Lanesboro, Massachusetts, 01237

Best wings in Western Massachusetts. Awesome beer selection. Sat on their porch overlooking the hills. You can obtain a card that gets stamped everytime you drink one of their beers (it has to be a different beer each time). When you fill the card, you get a stein. If you fill out a certain number of cards, rumor has it that you get your own stool. If someone is sitting on it, you can tell them to get off because it is your stool.

Sushi Thai Garden
27 Spring St
Williamstown, MA

Mabel and I overdosed on this place while we were in college. They keep expanding into adjacent lots and recently added the "Sushi" to their name so they seem to be doing well.

Freightyard Pub
1 Furnace St
North Adams, MA 01247

Outdoor seating, saw a freight train go by and got lots of mosquito bites. Service is pretty awful, but the only decent place in town open on a Monday night.

Bascom Lodge
Summit of Mount Greylock, MA

Working on their liquor license. There was a fridge full of Berkshire Brewing Company beer literally under lock and key, just waiting for their license to go through. Had a surprisingly satisfying lunch of grilled cheese and BLTs here on our hike. The guy in the kitchen really knew what he was doing, and we were really hungry.

460 Main St
Williamstown, MA 01267

Never came here together while in college, but this is a good spot. The old founder was related to Pappa Charlie. Good homecooking, Greek and Italian.

245 State Rd
North Adams, MA 01247

Very unfriendly the night we stopped by. Our wedding photographer uses this place as a meeting spot for his customers. I have good childhood memories of their lime ice cream which rarely shows up (none on this trip).

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