Berkshires Brrrr: Hot spots, cold weather

By Jane Larkworthy

Rubi’s Cafe

Rubi’s hits the brunch trifecta with its excellent lattes, tastiest grilled cheese offerings (I mean, they are cheesemongers) and coziest seating due to their always-on fireplace.  264 Main Street, Great Barrington


One of the town’s newest boutiques, Scout-House offers an impressive cashmere selection and enough chic home and kitchen offerings to unearth your latent Martha Stewart, but it’s their dark-but-sufficiently-lit book room that might prompt you to cancel any and all afternoon plans. 21 Elm Street, Great Barrington


In her new locale, owner Jamie Goldenberg can show off her divinely bespoke pillows and Japanese paper and cotton lampshades, as well as host classes such as Knitting for Beginners and the Mending Club. Does it get more hygge? 16 Railroad Street, Great Barrington 

The Inn at Kenmore Hall

Can’t make it to the Cotswolds? No need when it’s right here in the Berks. Each guest room blends modernity with Downton Abbey vibes, which extend outdoors, thanks to its sprawling gardens and sloping hillside beyond—both ideal for a pre-dinner walk. 1385 State Road, Richmond


The Beauty Corner: Game On, Winter!

Suddenly, everything on my body is beginning to feel dry, tight and itchy. TMI? These products will make easing into the colder months, well, easier.

The Pass Muscle Gel, $55 (plus cannabis and state tax)

Within moments of rubbing this liquidy gel in, you can feel the intense heat of its menthol beginning to work. If you don’t have the time or means for a massage after every workout, what’s in this jar is a formidable substitute.

Drunk Elephant’s Wonderwild Miracle Butter, $38

This super rich emollient formula sure lives up to its name. Use it on chapped lips or wind-burned cheeks or on your entire face if “dry” and “sensitive” are your skin’s most-Googled words.

Leland Francis Body Serum, $88

Just like a face serum, this sinks into skin more quickly than body lotion. Even better, its satin texture transfers to your limbs. Fortunately, unlike a face serum, you don’t need to use a moisturizer after. Win-win.

CeraVe Healing Ointment, $11

Whether it’s itchy arms, scaly legs, dry hands or even an oven burn, I keep a tube of this super-duper thick salve by my side once sweater weather begins.

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