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May 5, 2004
Outside Magazine

Offbeat Berkshires:
Old Inn
Gedney Farm

Lodgings are actually spread out over two distinct locations: The Old Inn itself, a 1760 colonial home, former stagecoach station, post office, and general store with a double-decker veranda overlooking New Marlborough's village green; and Gedney Farm, a funky converted turn-of-the-century dairy situated a quarter-mile down Route 57. If you appreciate the offbeat, stay in one of Gedney's Normandy-style barns, where Turkish kilims and wrought-iron beds adorn the 16 guest rooms and two suites. For boilerplate New England, try The Old Inn, where eighteenth-century antiques grace the porch-endowed guest rooms. Rates range from $135 for an Inn room with a shared bathroom to $285 for Gedney Farm's master suite, complete with fireplace, hand-tiled whirlpool bath, and pasture views. Call 800-286-3139 for reservations.

After a breakfast of fresh fruit and zucchini quiche, grab your bike and head 15 miles north to 16,127-acre October Mountain State Forest, where doubletrack snakes through dense forests of oak, hemlock, spruce, and birch. Or hike Mount Everett, one of the Berkshires' tallest, via the vigorous 7.5-mile circuit from the Berkshire School in Sheffield. Follow the Elbow Trail until it meets the Appalachian Trail for the final scramble up the rocky summit ridge and a vista of some of the highest peaks of the Taconic Range—Mount Race, Bear Mountain, and Mount Undine. Pick up the Race Brook Trail for the descent. —BRENDAN VAUGHAN

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