Mike Valletta


What is it about small town U.S.A? They just get everything right. The charm of the people. The perfectly lined streets decked out ever so vividly for the holidays. Visions of yesteryear floating through your head instead sugarplums. What are sugarplums? The nearby town of Stockbridge, MA is perhaps center stage for all small towns. Nestled in the Berkshires, it is surrounded by foothills and with very little cell phone coverage. The… Read More

With so many hotel options on the table this time of year in preperation for the Valentines Day holiday, many find it difficult to choose the right location. As they say in real esate, location is everything, and that couldn’t be any more true for the travel industry. Luckily, the fine folks over at Jetsetter have got us covered with an array of fine hotels for a couples retreat weekend. Maybe your… Read More

Summer brings with it many possibilities. For starters, you’re not trapped inside of your house staring at four walls begging to run outside and scream out for attention. During the summer, you can be a free spirit as you go where you want and do as you please without the worry of getting trapped in a sudden blizzard, which we all know happens rather often here in New England. What was that… Read More

This past weekend, while searching for new places to explore, I decided after hearing so much about it, that it was time to head on up to the Berkshires of western Massachusetts and explore the infamous Hancock Shaker Village, located right in Pittsfield. It’s a village that is known as the city of peace, and for good reason. If you’re a fan of the Amish in Pennsylvania but don’t want to make… Read More

This past Saturday, while thinking of where to enjoy the fireworks this weekend, I decided on making the trek up to Salisbury to enjoy the fireworks spectacular that took place at Lime Rock Park. I’ve only been to Lime Rock a handful of times, but never at night, and I must say its a rather amazing place in general. Tucked in the southern Berkshire Mountains lies this track that zig zags it’s… Read More

There’s just something about summer and ice cream that makes the world seem like a better place. Maybe it’s that perfect combination of a delectable frozen desert on a warm New England summer day. Maybe it’s the fact that it’s the treat that brings many back many childhood memories for so many of us as we playback images in our minds of running around on the farm or our neighborhoods in the… Read More

Quick Note: With so many people looking for great getaways that don’t involve costly gas purchases, the new Day Trip columns are a new series of columns designed to get you up and out this summer without putting a burden on your wallet. These columns will be focused on fun finds that are usually within an hour traveling distance. If you have suggestions or would like to provide feedback, send an e-mail… Read More

When we think of the Berkshires in western Massachusetts, almost everything nostalgic comes to mind. With its rural, yet sophisticated landscape, you can’t help but to find yourself basking in memories of days gone by. This past Sunday, January 16, 2011, many found themselves to be doing just that as the Winter Classic Sleigh Rally was held on the grounds of Orleton Farm in Stockbridge. Stockbridge, best known for their famous artist Norman Rockwell, was indeed… Read More

Have you been searching for a unique place where you can go and just unwind without the hustle and bustle of everyday life in the real world? We have a variety of those locations across the Litchfield Hills but one in particular stands out from the crowd. Dennis Hill, located in Norfolk, is a quick escape, and a short drive to it’s 1,627 foot summit will have you head over toe as you… Read More