A hot drink to keep out the sleet — #berkshireweekend

Today I walked out of the cold drizzle into Dottie’s Coffee Lounge and thought it must be about the warmest place in Pittsfield. I was downtown between errands and feeling bedraggled in the drizzle, and it was soothing, coming into a room full of music and conversation.

Mid-winter can feel quiet here, especially now, when we’re all trying to find our feet. On a wet, raw day, when January is pretending to be April, where can we go to thaw out?

I’ve always liked Dottie’s sense of color and humor. And they’re still one of the few places I know of where I can get a real, strong Americano. (It goes well with a cheese biscuit that comes with a tang of chives.)

This can be a good time of year for quiet comforts. When I have time to sit over a book or a talk, I might be cupping melted thick-enough-to-stand-up-a-spoon hot chocolate at Chocolate Springs, or cocoa at Lenox Coffee … or grinding beans from No. 6 Depot, or brewing hot herbal tea from Wild Soul River, with a feel of roots in the earth.

Or maybe I’ll share a muffin at BrewHaHa, molasses cookies from Bohemian Nouveau Bakery, chocolate bread at Berkshire Mountain Bakery, croissants at the Lost Lamb in Stockbridge …

Sip and stretch


Coffee shops and bakeries give warmth on cold afternoons, from Dottie’s Coffee Lounge in Pittsfield (above) to the Lost Lamb Bakery and Chocolate Springs.

Events coming up …

Find more art and performance, outdoors and food in the BTW events calendar.

Notchview in Windsor grooms miles of trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Jan 31 2023 @ 8:30 am
Now that snow is falling, the cross-country ski and snowshoe trails are open at Notchview, up on the ridge in Windsor.
Notchview in Windsor grooms miles of trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Feb 1 2023 @ 8:30 am
Now that snow is falling, the cross-country ski and snowshoe trails are open at Notchview, up on the ridge in Windsor.
Mass MoCA presents Distanced Together, composed by MindTravel creator Murray Hidary, a live performance turned into an immersive sound installation.
Feb 1 2023 @ 10:00 am
Mass MoCA presents Distanced Together, composed by MindTravel creator Murray Hidary, a live performance turned into an immersive sound installation.

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