Perhaps you’re asking yourself what to do in Lee while in the area for a three-day-weekend like Martin Luther King, Jr., a regular weekend, or just because you said “hey I just found the best dispensary in Western Massachusetts with the best edibles and Smash Hits cannabis and it is a dispensary near Albany NY, Hudson NY, New York City, Brooklyn, and all kinds of other places, and it’s also 300 yards off the highway and right on the way to everything else in the Berkshires…so while here I should check out what there is to do and where to go for food and drinks in Lee”.
You probably didn’t say all that, but you still want to know things. Like where the best mimosas and Sunday brunch is on Main Street. Or a great bed and breakfast in Lee that has a fireplace. Or where to go skiing and tubing and snowboarding in South Berkshire County near Lee MA, or even where you can strap on some ice skates and hit a local rink, or even a frozen lake for some ice-fishing spots in the Berkshires that go great with cannabis from the closest dispensary near NYC for recreational cannabis.
So let’s turn to the tape. And by tape we mean this quick list of things to do, where to eat, and how to have a great weekend in the Berkshires in Lee, MA.
THE ICE RINK IN THE PARK AT LEE ATHLETIC FIELDS
What to do: Head on over to the ice skating rink at the Lee athletic fields if you have a jones for strapping on some skates and cutting it up on the rink. Why you want to do it here: It’s a rink so you don’t have to worry about being stoned and falling through the ice. Also, this is a great way to meet new people in a COVID-vigilant setting (read: outside).
RELAX BY THE FIRE IN ONE OF THE ROOMS AT THE CHAMBERY INN
Never been? You’re in for a treat: A Berkshire landmark since inception, Chambery Inn offers impressive lodging in the Berkshires in that we offer the most spacious rooms in the area. At approximately 500 square feet each, with 13 foot ceilings, they are more than twice the size of any room in the Lee or Lenox area. The 8 foot windows, king canopy beds, and gas fireplaces are just some of the things to impress your significant other when you first open the door. Attention to detail is a Chambery staple and upon further inspection the largest smart tv’s, most spacious private bathrooms, and originally preserved 1885 details contribute to the elegance of your romantic night away. High quality linens, Alexa enabled alarm clocks, cruiser bikes, and the areas finest restaurants within a short walk are awaiting your leisurely stroll along wide uncongested sidewalks.
Smash Hits pairing: Relaxing and mood lifting Little Steven’s 2:1 High CBD pre-rolls
AMAZING FRENCH INSPIRED CUISINE AT CAFE TRISKELE
You need to try the food here. Really. From the team there: With over 50 years combined restaurant industry experience, Rebecca and Gilbert Clerget are more than prepared to take on the roles as co-owners of Café Triskele. French born Gilbert, started his first apprenticeship in the kitchens in France at age 15. He spent 5 seasons in Corsica before heading to Washington, DC to work in some of the top restaurants and country clubs in the area for the past 25 years. Irish born Rebecca also knew her destiny at a young age. By 14 she was apprenticing in local bakeries outside NYC, continued on to The Culinary Institute of America and spent 18 years working in Relais & Chateaux pastry kitchens as well as The White House, Fairmont Hotels and as a founding member of Dog Tag Bakery. Rebecca helped to open this non-profit for veterans in Georgetown in 2014, her last 5 years as Director of Operations a business management position that she feels has prepared her for this next step in their careers and lives. Rebecca and Gilbert are excited to create a new life in the Berkshires with their two children, Devin and Geneviève.
Smash Hits pairing: Wonka Bars for after-dinner palate cleanser.
MIMOSAS AND CREPES FOR SUNDAY BRUNCH AT THE STARVING ARTIST CREPERIE
From the mouths of babes: The Starving Artist serves freshly made sweet and savory crepes, panini sandwiches, soups, salads and baked goods, fair-trade and organic pour-over and drip coffee, organic teas and other gourmet foods using quality local and organic ingredients. All of our food is made fresh to order. The menu changes seasonally. Enjoy the free wifi internet, artwork, and comfy couch seating! We source local ingredients from High Lawn Farm, Equinox Farm, Berkshire Mountain Bakery, The Inn on the Green and more in the Berkshires.
Smash Hits pairing: Crepe and mimosa complimenting Stardawg Corey Cut preroll.
SHOPPING FOR ALL YOUR WINTER GEAR AT BEN’S CLOTHING ON MAIN STREET
From their own history: Ben Slaminsky told that to his daughters, Jane and Marcia, many years ago. He knew better than to have customers walk out of their Main Street store with something they wouldn’t like. The women have continued their father’s insistence on personalized service, that has kept Ben’s going for 83 years. The store opened as an Army/Navy Store in 1932, the year of FDR’s election, a year lodged between the stock market crash of 1929 and the impending war in Europe. When the store opened, older brother, George was the owner and Benny was his employee. After the war, Ben who had enlisted in the Army and fought in the Battle of the Bulge married Ruth from New Jersey and bought out his brother…George opened another Army/Navy Store in Great Barrington. Ruth encouraged her husband to take the bold step and she remained an important partner in the business until her death in 2011. In 1970, Ben doubled the size of the store and changed the name to “Ben’s”. He came to the store everyday until his death in 1985. Daughters, Jane and Marcia have continued the family tradition ever since. In 2016, the store was bought by Sean and Tracy Stephen of Stockbridge, MA. They have kept the small town feel and connection with locals and have enlisted the help of their daughters to keep the store in the family.
SKIING AND TUBING AROUND BOUSQUET
From their own history: Established in 1932, Bousquet Mountain is the oldest existing ski area in The Berkshires. Before it was a ski area, the property was a mink farm belonging to Clarence J. “Clare” Bousquet. After his mink farming operation failed during the Great Depression, Bousquet allowed the Mount Greylock Ski Club to cut a 750 foot ski slope up to the northern summit, and Bousquet’s Ski Grounds was off and running. The installation of Bousquet’s first rope tow in1935 brought more visitors, and prompted Clarence to increase the ticket price from 25 cents to one dollar. Bousquet was also the inventor of the rope tow gripper, which protected the arms and hands of the skiers using the lifts. Bousquet marketed and subsequently sold 500,000 of his grippers. He was also the first to introduce night skiing, having floodlights installed on poles in 1936 to light the runs, thanks to a local partnership with General Electric. By 1938, Bousquet had installed four rope tows, and The Hartford Courant declared the area “one of America’s finest ski developments,” with the longest rope tow in the world.
Smash Hits pairing: Body loosening Chem’s Fruit Stand or Tropfetti prerolls
GRAB SOME CLASSIC SMALL-TOWN DINER VIBEZ AT JOE’S DINER, INSPIRATION FOR FAMOUS NORMAL ROCKWELL PAINTING
From the 60th anniversary story in the Berkshire Eagle in 2015 about Joe’s history in Lee: At the top of Main Street in Lee, where the road turns left at the railroad crossing, Joe’s Diner sits so close to the tracks you could touch passing trains from the back window. On coffee mugs, under a drawing of former owner Joe Sorrentino, are the words “Since 1955,” marking 60 years of serving the community. Customers far and wide know the diner as the backdrop for Norman Rockwell’s iconic 1958 Saturday Evening Post cover “The Runaway.” On a warm fall day, business is brisk. Well-heeled tourists pose for photos on stools, mimicking Rockwell’s painting. A schoolboy perches at the counter beside some workmen, chemistry textbook jutting from an open backpack. Wearing a Harley Davidson T-shirt, a biker sits at a nearby table, her motorcycle jacket slung over the wooden chair back…
Smash Hits pairing: Bacon-egg-cheese breakfast sandwich ready Mac 1 (Caps Cut)
CATCH A GAME AND SOME BANTER AT THE LOCKER ROOM
Not a lot to explain. This is a sports bar. With beer and bar pizza. And wings. And lots of stuff. And colorful locals, and owners who aren’t asshole dive bar owners (you know the ones). These are all things you want when looking for a great sports bar in Lee Massachusetts, a place that loves the watering holes and hot wings emporiums that love them back.
ICE FISH AT LAUREL LAKE
From Mass Scenic Byways: Laurel Lake (technically a great pond rather than a lake) lies at the western end of the Jacob’s Ladder Trail, and offers a wealth of outdoor activities, including a boat launch. The lake is regularly stocked with trout and is one of only a few lakes in the region that is stocked with broodstock salmon. In the winter, it’s a popular location for ice-fishing and offers a scenic, ungroomed ice-skating experience. Edith Wharton’s historic estate, The Mount, with its restored formal gardens, is on Laurel Lake’s western shore.
Other: Tea-improving Nova Blueberry Honeysticks
WARM UP WITH SOME AMAZING INDIAN FOOD (BEST YOU’LL FIND AROUND) AND BEAUTIFUL WINTER VIEWS DINING LAKESIDE AT MINT
Cannabis, Indian food (veggie samosas, rack of lamb, and chicken tandoori please…) and lakeside views? C’mon. What else do you need to hear, besides which Smash Hits strain to go with the palak kofta (spinach and cheese dumplings in a tomato and honey sauce)? For that, see below, it’s one of the best.
Smash Hits pairing: Da Funk
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