Eat, Drink & Explore
The little slice of Americana surrounding Jiminy Peak has been blessed with many gifts. The natural beauty of the Taconic and Berkshire mountains, along with its world-class cultural offerings, have attracted the rich, the famous, and the common man alike. News flash! This area has quietly become a hot bed of artisanal agriculture, as well.
Long ago, settlers laid claim to the surrounding land because of the fertile soil left behind by retreating glaciers. The hills and valleys provided a near perfect landscape for livestock to graze and crops to flourish. The farms in the area sustained large families that bonded into tight knit communities, with strong independent spirits.
While farm life saw a decline during the mid to late 20th century, it has experienced a renaissance in this area since the turn of the century. The land never lost its fertility, the landscape never lost its beauty, and that strong independent spirit began appealing to a whole new generation, in a post 9/11 world.
We have compiled a list of over 30 breweries, wineries, cideries, distilleries and restaurants, all within an hour’s drive or less, on our Local Food & Drink page. We encourage you to visit one (or more) of the establishments on this list. These entrepreneurs either grow their own ingredients or source them locally and produce wonderful food and drink right on their own property. Most are family and pet-friendly and offer entertainment and food options. The list is extensive, but by no means complete. As you drive to your destination, keep an eye out for farm stands, farm stores, and greenhouses not on the list. This area offers a bounty of fresh, delicious, farm products, grown by independent individuals, for you and your family to enjoy!