The town of South Egremont is located between Great Barrington and the NY border, at the intersection of Routes 23 and 41. If you don’t pay attention while driving through, you might think the town is just a small collection of houses. But, this historic village actually houses a couple dozen businesses, including eating establishments and shops, and is centrally located to several historic and natural sites.

Eating

Whether breakfast, lunch or dinner, South Egremont has you covered.  Mom’s Country Cafe serves traditional breakfasts, like eggs and toast, or omelets, and soups and sandwiches for lunch.  Try their back deck overlooking the scenic Karner Brook. If you’re on the go, the Country Store next door will make a sandwich to go.

Sara’s Cafe, up the road at The Egremont Inn, is a coffee shop that serves a smaller, updated menu, and is a great place to stop for coffee with a friend, while The Egremont Barn, next door, offers pub food and entertainment in the evenings.

For a cozy dinner with a gourmet menu you might find in a big city, the Old Mill is the place to go. Chef/owner Terry Moore has been serving “rustic elegance” for over 40 years.

John Andrews Farmhouse, close to the NY border offers “upscale, locally sourced American fare” in a farmhouse setting.

Shops

South Egremont has a variety of shops, some for convenience and some specialty stores.  As mentioned, the Country Store makes sandwiches, but also has coffee to go, snacks, cold drinks, and various necessities and local goods. In the summer months you can stop for an ice cream cone after your hike. Nearby are the Spirit Shoppe, and definitely stop in to say hello to us at Devine Cannabis and CBD! For other small necessities, try The Shop, which sells greeting cards, gifts, games, puzzles, local goods, and more.

Kenver’s is a full service sporting goods store, with everything you need for you Berkshire outdoor adventure, but if crafting is more your style, you’ll be heading straight for the Brookside Quiltworks to check out their selection of fabrics, exhibits and activities.

Acorn is new to town, but this children’s clothing and toy store has been in Brooklyn since 2004. A great place to find unique handcrafted toys and goods, they fit right in with the artists and antique stores that fill in main street.

Where to stay

In addition to the Egremont Inn just over the line towards Great Barrington is the Windflower Inn. These are both charming, welcoming inns, steeped in local history.

Historic sights and Outdoor activities

The two important historical sites nearby are the WEB Dubois National Historic Site, and the site of Shay’s Rebellion. While the monument for Shay’s Rebellion is small, there is a parking area with access to the Appalachian trail, for a pleasant walk or longer hike.

Jug End State Reservation is another nearby place for a hike in the woods.