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If you’re looking for a destination to escape to this fall – whether it be for leaf-peeping or taking a digital detox – look no further than the Berkshires region of Massachusetts.

STAY:  Hotel on North

A blend of classic Berk feels and cosmopolitan style. Hotel on North is a boutique hotel located right smack in the center of the Berkshires region. It’s a restored and transformed building from the 1880s featuring an art gallery, a quirky eatery and individually decorated guest rooms, so you get a custom experience down to the very last detail.

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EAT: Local

Mezze Bistro + Bar is exquisite. Executive Chef Nicholas Moulton and the Mezze Group commit to sourcing and using only local ingredients. Everything from the apples to the eggs, your complete meal is literally from farm to fork.

The quirky eatery inside Hotel on North is not one to be skipped. Eat on North serves breakfast (incredibly buttery croissants should not be skipped), lunch and dinner featuring a globally inspired and locally sourced menu.

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On the trend of farm-to-table restaurants and those that use locally sourced ingredients, it’s only right that you check out the brewery in the region that follows a similar trait. Bright Ideas Brewery uses hops from, you guessed it, the Berkshire area. Go in for a tasting flight of four brews (for only $12) and sample a little of everything. Go with the Bumpkin beer (far right)!

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PLAY: Outside

Climb the Monument Mountain Hiking Trail for amazing views of the Housatonic River Valley. Breath the fresh mountain air and enjoy some natural, eco-friendly fun.

Living that sustainable life, you just can’t escape the plethora of farms, orchards and markets in the Berkshires. Cricket Creek is just one of many farms that enable you to taste the sweetness of sustainable living. For some organic, locally made products – including a variety of cheeses, jams, honey and rustic breads – Cricket Creek is a must-visit.

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