Berkshires – Gingerbread, Cobble, and Bidwell – 6/5/15

So much to see and do in the southwest corner of Massachusetts. Heading towards Great Barrington, and we have to stop to check out this “Gingerbread House.” It’s a private property, but available for weddings, etc.

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From Tyringham’s gingerbread to its Cobble – a Trustees of Reservations site that hikes through gorgeous meadows into woods that climb a double peak of rocky formations, created by a collision of tectonic plates. There are areas where you can see exposed rock strata. And the views from the summits are delightful. There’s also a strange rock formation call the Rabbit. About a 2-mile, almost 2-hour round trip, with all the stops to admire the scenery.

Here’s the Rabbit:

Rabbit Rock

Rabbit Rock

that's a big rabbit

that’s a big rabbit

From the Cobble to the Bidwell House Museum in Monterey, built by Reverend Adonijah Bidwell, the first minister in the area, around 1750. Beautiful saltbox colonial – a mansion for its time – with 6 rooms and 4 fireplaces, down a long dirt road to what used to be the center of town. Great history of the house and its restoration. Even a pair of men’s shoes from the period – they were interchangeable! No left or right!

Off to our AirBnB cabin in the woods, after waiting for two chickens to cross the road. Really.  Lovely spot, not-so-lovely mousetraps! But great company, nice hiking trails in the back yard and grilled cod on the deck.

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