The Grossly Biased Guide to the Berkshires

An opinionated guide to the wonders of Berkshire County, MA

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About the Grossly Biased Guide

August 1st, 2007by Ethan Zuckerman · 4 Comments

I’ve lived in Berkshire County, Massachusetts for the past 18 years, but I often feel like I need a guidebook. Our county - like many, I’m sure - is filled with secret wonders, places you must be guided to before they can become your favorite places.

The Grossly Biased Guide is our attempt to build a guide to those favorite places, an incomplete, opinionated, non-authoritative guide to what’s worth discovering in and around Berkshire County, Massachusetts. Since the guide is a collection of favorites, it’s far from objective. Because it’s written by people who live and work in and around Western Massachusetts, it’s light on places to sleep and heavy on places to eat. If it’s not for you, that may be because it’s less for tourists and more for natives.

The Grossly Biased Guide to the Berkshires - colloquially known as “GBGB” - started to take shape in 2003, but was never “finished” to a point where it was posted online. The 2007 edition of the guide is a much less formal affair, a work in progress which we’ll try to produce before your eyes.

If you’ve got a suggestion for a destination we should visit, please send a note to ideas AT grosslybiased DOT com. Please do likewise if you’re interested in writing for the site - since we’re not making any money, there’s none to share, but there’s the pleasure of introducing your neighbors to your favorite places.

If you’re interested in building the Grossly Biased guide to somewhere else, feel free to contact us as well. This is an experiment in group blogging, and we’re likely to focus on our beautiful little corner of the world for a while… but please don’t let that stop you from collecting your favorite places and pitching us on hosting your grossly biased guide to Taiwan, Timbuktu or Toledo.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Virginia Drewry (Williams '75) // Aug 11, 2007 at 2:21 pm

    Ethan -

    These pieces are just all so lovely. I want more and always hope it will be there when I visit…

  • 2 jamie stringfellow // Aug 17, 2007 at 3:40 pm

    i’m a writer doing a story for the mass office of tourism and travel’s 2008 guide. i’m trying to find local characters–everyday people who are memorable and colorful, who can express what they love about their hometown, someone that a traveler to the region might encounter in a restaurant or farmstand, for instance. do you know any really memorable waitresses or diner cooks or farmers,….?

  • 3 Jude // Sep 8, 2007 at 7:09 am

    I love the picture on this page of the boarded-up, red/purple structure.

  • 4 Ann S. // Oct 15, 2009 at 8:41 am

    Do you have a picture of the North Hoosick Post Office? It is supposed to be the second smallest in the US?
    Enjoyed the blog.

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