October 10 - 12, 2014
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Jacob’s Pillow (Becket, MA)
Wedding Ceremony, start time TBC (late afternoon/early evening)
Party will end by midnight
Fall Festive Attire
WHERE TO STAY
The towns of Lee, Lenox, and Stockbridge are the most conveniently located to all wedding events (15 - 25 minutes). The towns of Great Barrington, Monterey, and West Stockbridge are other good options, but farther away from wedding events (25 - 40 minutes).
Rent homes for the weekend via:
OUR FAVORITES THINGS TO DO/EAT/SEE
- Barlett’s Orchard (Richmond, MA) - Apple picking, fresh cider donuts, tractor ride up to the top of the hill and wine tasting all in one place. It’s the best.
- Windy Hill Farm (Great Barrington, MA) - more apple picking! Can’t go wrong here either.
- Monument Mountain - It’s a climb, but worth it! You can see three states from the top.
- Rubi’s Coffee & Sandwiches - Our regular stop for coffee, sandwiches, pastries, etc.
- Rubiner’s Cheesemongers & Grocers - Stock up on cheeses, meats, snacks, etc.
- Baba Louie’s - Delicious, fresh, seasonal pizza. Even by NYC standards.
- Farmer’s Market - Saturday, from 9 am to 2 pm. Get a falafel or a sausage for lunch, and just taste your way through the local vendors.
- Prairie Whale - Brooklyn folks: this is the same owner as Marlow & Sons. Great food and cocktails. Solid option for brunch, lunch.
- Guido’s Fresh Marketplace - Great Barrington location of the best organic supermarket in town. Pick up snacks or lunch for a picnic here.
- Route 7 - Drive south past Guido’s on Route 7, and for the next few miles stop in to all of the great little antique shops on this stretch.
- Stagecoach parade - you’re in luck! The annual coaching weekend will take place on TBC. People dress up and drive old stagecoaches through town. Sit on the side of the road and watch them go by for old-timey fun.
- Nejaimes - Our favorite wine/cheese shop.
- Lenox Coffee - Get your caffeine fix here, and sit in Lilac Park across the street to enjoy.
- Tanglewood - Summer home of the Boston Symphony orchestra, but a really nice lawn to picnic on in the Fall.
- Undermountain Farm - Jess took horseback riding lessons here in the summers; you can sign up for a trail ride through the Fall foliage.
What are The Berkshires?
We’d probably just plagiarize Wikipedia if we were to describe it for you, so for the sake of our editorial integrity you can read up here.
Why The Berkshires?
It’s our happy place!
How do I get there?
- From NYC:
- Driving: Take the Taconic State Parkway North to the Mass Turnpike (I-90) East toward Boston. Get off I-90 at Exit 2, which is Lee. DO NOT MISS THIS EXIT! You won’t be able to turn around for 30 more miles. But no pressure.
- Rental car options:
- Hertz (up to 25% off, discount code: 77694)
- Avis (up to 25% off, discount code: A177232)
- Bus: Peter Pan runs a few routes a day into Lee, MA or Lenox, MA.
- Train: You can take Amtrak to Hudson, NY (which is still about an hour away) or Metro-North to Wassaic (which is also still about an hour away).
The closest airports to the area are Bradley International (in Hartford, CT; about 60 miles away) and Albany International Airport (in Albany, NY; also about 60 miles away). There may be buses or car services from there, but your best bet is to rent a car at the airport.
Rental car options:
Hertz (up to 25% off, discount code: 77694)
Avis (up to 25% off, discount code: A177232)
OK, so I’ve gotten to the area but how can I get around once I’m there?
Unless you really love hitchhiking or distance walking/biking up and down mountains, you’ll need a car or a ride for the weekend. There are a few taxi services in the area, but they’re not abundant. Here’s more info on local taxis, rental car services, etc.
Damn, The Berkshires are hard to get to and pretty spread out.
Um, that’s not a question, but yeah... it’s true. We know our wedding location is out of the way. We really appreciate you traveling to the area, and then driving around the Berkshires some more. We’re hoping the beautiful views, the Fall colors, an open bar, and lots of fancy cheeses and meats will make up for all of the schlepping you’re doing for us.
What’s the weather going to be like?
Who do we look like, Al Roker?
How do I get to/from the wedding (a.k.a. how much can I drink)?
What’s the wedding dress code?
We’re saying the attire is “Fall Festive”...whatever that means! Just look good, feel good, be comfortable, and you’ll be all set. You will have to do some light walking on outdoor terrain, and it could get chilly at night, so stilettos and bikinis are probably ill-advised.
Can I make a song request for the party?
What, you don’t trust us? We’ve got you covered!