Second year in a row we have spent part of the holiday season here. This is the plan: my friend visits from Paris and we do NYC shopping and dining and then we make our escape. New Marlborough is turning the volume way down. The whole Berkshires experience is kind of like going back in time. And it is not a compromise. On the contrary, you slow life down and it is indulgent. The house is charming with a fabulous eat-in country kitchen. Like living in one of the nostalgic illustrations at The Norman Rockwell Museum in nearby Stockbridge. Menus can get pretty fancy since fresh gourmet product is available at Guido's, Rubiners and Bizalions in Great Barrington. We dined on home cooked quail, rabbit, pheasant not to mention the cheeses, charcuterie and wines. Old Inn on the Green’s restaurant is excellent in a romantic atmosphere of old time New England. For a coffee break or morning pastry Southfield Store/Cafe is a 5 minute drive. Great base for day hikes and daytrips exploring parts of 4 states: CT, NY, VT, and of course MA. Everything seamless in all the arrangements thanks to ever attentive Jenny. Left our hearts in the heart of the Berkshires!