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Massachusetts Best Attractions 2010

Massachusetts Best Attractions 2010
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by in May 2010

Best Men’s Sportswear
THE BROWNS, Williamstown
From durable U.S.-made Bills Khakis to Jack Victor sportcoats and a lot of quietly cosmopolitan designer clothing in between, this attractive, friendly shop will help redefine your wardrobe without breaking the bank. 16 Water St. 413-458-1618;

Best Mountain View
STONY LEDGE, Williamstown
Stony Ledge, accessible from Mt. Greylock’s summit road, combines a vertiginous 1,400-foot view into the Hopper, a steep-sided bowl notable for old-growth woods, with a majestic panorama of the Bay State’s highest peaks. 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough (Mt. Greylock Visitor Center). 413-499-4262;

Best Melville Primer
ARROWHEAD, Pittsfield
Named for the artifacts he plowed up in the surrounding fields, this rambling 18th-century farmhouse was home to Herman Melville for 13 years. Most of his best work was written here, including Moby-Dick. 780 Holmes Road. 413-442-1793;

Best Place to Soar
Enjoy a series of thrilling descents across the forested flanks of Mount Warfield and finally see things from a squirrel’s point of view. 7 Main St. (Route 2). 800-532-7483, 413-339-4010;

Best Handmade Gifts
This downtown cooperative brings together crafts and fine art from more than 50 members in one fun-to-browse storefront in a picturesque town known for its artisans. 26 Bridge St. 413-625-9324;

Best Urban Bike Path
From crossing the Connecticut River on an old railroad bridge to its northern terminus near the fish ladder, this paved path offers intriguing sights along its 4-mile route through a historic mill town. Easy links to the more rural 44-mile Franklin County Bikeway. Open dawn to dusk. 38 Avenue A. 413-863-3221 (Great Falls Discovery Center); 413-230-9910,

Best Touch of Whimsy
FACES, Northampton
Looking for a gift to brighten someone’s day? This two-floor shop overflows with whimsical wares. Go in looking for the latest footwear and leave with a plastic lawn penguin and a clever kitchen gadget. Browsing heaven. 175 Main St. 413-584-4081;

Best Selection of Distilled Spirits
From cognac-quality rums and scads of single-malt scotches to hard-to-find gins and the latest herbal liqueurs, this is your one-stop home bar improvement shop. 376 Main St. 508-347-2231;

Best Glassware
TROVE, Weston
Wares from the workshops of John Derian, a leader in the revival of a venerable craft: decoupage of functional glassware. 542 Boston Post Road. 781-642-0484;

Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

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