In this site Kate Abbott, a longtime Berkshire writer and journalist, explores the western edge of Massachusetts and the surrounding region — north to Southern Vermont, west to New York and south to Connecticut along the border, and east to Pioneer Valley.

Road trips will come in as well, but the heart of this site is here in the hills. This is a rare place, real country with a pulse of art and culture. Whether you live nearby, whether you’ve come for a weekend, whether you drop in here because you like Wilco and want to know about their festival — this is a place to find restaurants and museums and plays, hikes and music, orange shortbread and farm cheese from a local point of view. Come on out and explore.

What would you like to know more about? I always like to talk — that’s why I do what I do. Feel free to comment on a post or drop me a line.