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CHAPTER 1 - RUBY'S ADVENTURE to the BERKSHIRES! - Saturday & Sunday!

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Here I am, once again, with another adventurous blog thanks to some wonderful friends, AND of course family?

I was glad to have a visit, albeit a short one, with my cousins, Connie & her daughter Debby who live just outside of Worcester.

Connie & Debby own a mini golf place at the intersection of routes 12 & 20 in Auburn. It's called Crystal Caves, for those who may know the area.







Like I said, it was a short visit, but it was great, none the less.

For those of you who may not the Berkshires, they are a continuation of the Green Mountains of Vermont and are located through western Massachusetts (the area I went to visit) and all of northwestern Connecticut.

Unfortunately, the weather for MOST of that weekend was, in one word, CRAPPY, with rain, raw temps or cloudy & overcast. Brrrrr! We did, however have spurts of sunshine.

My friend Cindy owns a time share which she can swap from one place in the world for another, IF she can find something available when she wants to go. This time she was lucky to get a place at Oak 'n Spruce in Lee, Massachusetts.

Here's where we stayed...



...our condo being DOWN THERE...




...with an intriguing view of a cement wall from either the kitchen window, or when opening the door to leave.




Inside was fairly nice with an open concept kitchen-living-dining room and rustic decor.




...the only other drawback was that the two bathrooms were in each of the bedrooms. I slept on the couch in the living room so felt intrusive when needing the facilities in the middle of the night.

Holly's room


Cindy's room



Obviously, Cindy took the nicer of the two rooms.


After breakfast we found our way down to Stockbridge, which is where the renowned painter-illustrator, Norman Rockwell made his home for the last 25 years of his life.




The Red Lion Inn...







...link to it's history...

www.redlioninn.com/rli/h
istory.html



...and some of the buildings mentioned in the previous link...



...which help give this area behind the original inn an appearance of being it's own little village.




Their gym is located in this building.




Rear & front of the old firehouse...





Cozy little court yards




The General Store on Main Street, Stockbridge, MA.



How many of you remember going to the store as a child and buying "Penny" candy"? Guess what, the price has gone UP since we were kids. what use to be one for a penny is now one for 5, 10, 15 and 25 cents. Thanks goodness my sweet tooth didn't take a hold of me. Ha, ha, ha.


This last picture, FOR NOW, is of the counter inside the General Store.



Now, dear friends, I've been sitting at this computer ALL morning & I REALLY need to get some work done before I go to my daughter's to celebrate my grandson Kurt's 21st birthday.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read & comment on my blogs.

Stay tuned for Chapter Two in, "Ruby's Adventure to the Berkshires!"

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