Stop at the Bantam Bread Company in Bantam CT (not far from Woods BBQ mentioned above) for some great “dirt bombs” – cupcake-like muffins covered with buttery cinnamon-sugar. Nice breads, cookies, too.
John – I’ve only been to Woods once, but I have plenty of friends that rave about the place. Thats a good find, and definitely off of the beaten path.
Just yesterday we spent a few hours driving “off the map” on tiny rural roads thru the Litchfield area. We stopped for lunch at “Wood’s Pit BBQ and Mexican Cafe” ( I kid you not – that’s the name of the place). As we’d already had too big a breakfast in Farmington, we only had room enough to share a full rack of ribs at Wood’s (plus small portions of beans and coleslaw).
The ribs were meaty, juicy, falling-off-the-bone delicious. We highly recommend this joint – It is located on Bantam Lake Road in Bantam CT.
Gail took some photos – when and if she learns how to post them we will post a review on the BBQ forum.
Two places you should visit in Leox MA which is 30 miles S of Williamstown are Canyon Ranch and Blantyre. I was not able to stay at either place but they are both outstanding and worth a trip by to view the property or have lunch/dinner. They are both fine resorts with fine dining as well as outstanding spas if you are interested in a massage after a long day. Good luck.
Blantyre @ 16 Blantyre Rd., Lenox, MA 413 – 637 – 3556.
Canyon Ranch @ 165 Kemble Street, Lenox, MA 413 – 637 – 4100.
On day 8 on your way to Williamstown spend the night in W Dover VT at Inn at Sawmill Farm. I believe this is one of the top 10 places in the US I have visited and the food is world class. It’s a small B&B similar to White Barn Inn but the restaurant is world class. We were there several years ago and I have no idea what we had for dinner other than the food, service, atmosphere and wine were outstanding. I probably had lamb as I usually order lamb or seafood. You will be 40 miles from Williamstown the next day after a hearty breakfast.
Inn at Sawmill Farm @ 7 Crosstown Trail, West Dover, VT 802 – 464 – 8131.
Just N of Ogunquit is the gorgeous town of Kennebunkport. President Bush has a home there on Ocean Ave. We spent 4 nights at The White Barn Inn. I don’t like huge hotels and this one is just perfect. They only have 26 rooms and the restaurant is in my top 10 in the US. Kennebunkport is a beautiful town. It’s worth a stop for lunch and walk around shopping in the nice places there. We also ate at On the Marsh which was outstanding as well. I have no idea what all we had to eat but we ate a lot of lobster and seafood. There are some great B&B’s in Kennebunkport and other very nice restaurants. I would add Kennebunkport for one night of your trip. We went to Bar Harbor and had lunch at a place right on the water. I think it was in the Bar Harbor Inn which looked like a nice place to spend the night.
The White Barn Inn @ 37 Beach Ave., Kennebunk, ME 207 – 967 – 2321.
On the Marsh @ 46 Western Ave., Kennebunk, ME 207 – 967 – 2299.
Between Kennebunkport and Portsmouth ME is the small town of Ogunquit and the home of Arrows Restaurant which is one of the highest rated restaurants in the US. The chef is a JB winner for 2010 NE Chef of the Year. They are only open for dinner. They use only the very freshest ingredients. We were there several years ago and the food was outstanding. We both had sefood which was prepared perfectly. It’s a very beautiful restaurant in a beautiful setting.
The Arrows @ 41 Berwick Rd., Ogunquit, ME 207 – 361 – 1100.
Salerno’s Deli in Torrington, CT is my favorite Deli ever. They offer a choice of grinder roll, hard roll or Milite’s Italian bread; which is a very crusty and dense bread. I think the Italian bread is really what makes the sandwich.
I would make this a definite stop, and you can go eat somewhere outside. Pay the extra $1 for the Italian Bread. They also have fantastic soups; if the Chicken Chowder is on the menu I order it every time.
They have a fantastic list of Specialty Sandwiches, my favorite is the Diavolo.
Route 169 Try the Vanilla Bean -Good sandwiches great desserts.
In Providence area – the Modern Diner
Pittsfield MA – Teo’s
The Berkshires has many fine places to dine, high, middle and low ends. I’ve lived in south Berkshire for many years so that is my main area of expertise. There are many good restaurants in Pittsfield, but for old time Italian go to The Highland. The Lantern has won the readers poll for best burgers for years. In Great Barrington, Martin’s Restaurant and The Neighborhood Diner are good stops. A new place in town with an eclectic and vast menu is The Gypsy Joynt – lots of local produce used here, family owned and run. One of the newest dining choices in Great Barrington is the Doughnut Shoppe, right next door to Catherine’s Chocolates – what a choice! I would also recommend Cafe Adam, the chef/owner (Adam) was a student of mine some years ago and is a Culinary Institute graduate. If you stop at the Norman Rockwell Musum in Stockbridge, you can dine on food prepared by the Red Lion Inn.
I’ve left out many places, good luck and have an enjoyable trip.
Just south of Williamstown at the intersection of US 7 and US 2 (across the street from Lindley Park) is the “A Bakery” in a little A-frame with the frame painted purple and several big concrete cubes out front also painted purple. This fairly new (opened in October 2009) bakery makes the most delicious small-batch-from-scratch pastries, muffins, and cakes I’ve tasted since Greyston Bakery in Yonkers NY stopped making them. If you are anywhere in the area, it’s worth the trip to fetch some. Take-out only, they do special orders, and they do offer excellent fair-trade coffee as well.
In just a few days my Traveling Companion and I will be starting our ambitious road trip around New England: 6 states in 12 days, with major stops in Providence/Newport, coastal Maine, and the Berkshires. (We’ve already done a Boston-area trip, so didn’t include it this time….)
We’ve amassed info on quite a few places (this website/forum, “Roadfood” and “500 Places,” various guide books, etc.), and previous trips to Maine (the TC went many years ago) and Rhode Island (I went a couple of years ago) have made some of the planning easier.
However, we’re open to more ideas, particularly with respect to the Berkshires and Litchfield Hills (info/recs seems to be rather few and far between). Are there any regional specialties to look out for there?
Our general itinerary is below; clearly we’re passing through some places quite quickly, and will linger at others. Too many clam shacks, so little time.
Thanks for any leads….
Day 1: Leave Norwalk, CT and drive along coastal Connecticut to Mystic area. Drive up Rte 169 to Woodstock, then cut over to Providence area.
Days 2 and 3: Providence and Newport
Day 4: The big drive to Bar Harbor, Maine
Days 5, 6, 7, 8: Coastal Maine, Portland, etc.
Day 9: The drive from Portland to Williamstown, Mass (via south NH and VT)
Day 10: The Berkshires
Day 11: The Berkshires and Litchfield Hills
Day 12: Litchfield Hills and return to Norwalk
New England Trip: Recommendations, esp. for Berkshires and Litchfield Hills?
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