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The Dream Away Lodge is a road house, a locally sourced restaurant, a lounge and a labyrinth … Dream Away is a 200-year-old farmhouse on the edge of October Mountain State Forest in Becket. And it has been a center of folk, rock and live music for decades.

It was rumored to be a speakeasy in the 1920s, and locals repeat the legend now with relish. In the 1970s, musicians like Arlo Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Allen Ginsberg and the Rolling Thunder Review played the Dream Away. Today musicians come from Boston, Brooklyn and farther come to play for their dinner, and nationally known Berkshire musicians stop in too.

Daniel Osman, an actor, bought the Dreamaway in 1997, and Berkshire chef Amy Loveless joined him in 2008 to create a seasonal menu with a sense of humor. Oyster bar? Tequila pairings? Dream Away’s menu changes with the seasons and celebrates holidays from Passover to Thanksgiving.

The music begins in the spring, heats up in warm weather and runs on weekends into the fall. The restaurant closes in deep winter, but now, in fall, it’s open Wednesday to Sunday at 5 p.m. for dinner. Music begins around 8 on concert nights, and the bar stays open late. Outside, the grounds have their own personality. Dreamaway has its own gardens and a forest ballroom, a stone fire pit and outdoor ampitheater, a wildflower labyrinth … and a mountain across the way.

Light plays over an acoustic guitar. Courtesy photo by viinzography.
Photo by viinzography

It's a place of its own

So much so that it confuses even GPS directions, according to the Dream Away. From Route 20, turn onto Becket Road across from LuJohn's Auction Gallery. In about three miles, turn left onto County Road. Take it for a mile and a half, and the Dream Away will be on your right.)