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Breakfast Along the Mohawk Trail

Nothing is more fun than stopping on your way to a new adventure for a hearty breakfast.  After Route 2 becomes the Mohawk Trail, a variety of restaurants on or close to the highway offer a morning meal.

French King Restaurant, Erving

Wagon Wheel, Gill

Denny's Pantry, Greenfield


Not to be confused with the Denny's restaurant chain, Denny's Pantry is a spacious family restaurant a couple blocks into Greenfield on Federal St., just off Route 2.  It serves breakfast all day, every day except Monday and Tuesday from 6-3 and offers a long list of breakfast possibilities, including several variations on eggs Benedict.  Ingredients taste very fresh and the hash browns, which come with most of the offerings, are outstanding.

 Hager's, Shelburne 


Right on Route 2 after you leave Greenfield, Hager's Farm Market is a popular stop for produce and baked goods. Don't expect elegance, but most of your breakfast will have been sourced from Hager's own farm (eggs, meat, maple syrup) or other local farms.  The menu includes many breakfast sandwiches as well as a limited number of plates (omelettes, eggs Benedict, etc.).  Order your food at the counter.

The Foxtown Diner, 25 Bridge St, Shelburne Falls


Located on the main drag (Bridge St.) in downtown Shelburne Falls, Foxtown, under new management, offers mainly breakfast sandwiches.  If you want the traditional eggs, meat, and potatoes, you'll have to order a la carte. The Foxtown is open every day from 5:00 am to 2:00 pm (6 am on weekends).  No credit cards.

I won’t rehearse the entire list of attractions in Shelburne Falls; suffice to say that Foxtown is only minutes from a charming stroll across the Bridge of Flowers.


Baked, Shelburne Falls


Baked, as the name implies, started as a bakery, but has expanded to include breakfast, and offers a varied menu, including eggs Benedict, and a wide variety of homemade breads for your toast.  Located around the corner from Foxtown on Deerfield St., next to the potholes, Baked is open every day 9-3.

Wells Provisions, Charlemont

A popular store/restaurant with a New Orleans twist, Wells has a limited selection of gourmet breakfast dishes, which are tasty but pricey.  Order at the counter.

Heritage Diner, Charlemont

Located next to the Charlemont Post Office, the Heritage Diner is a one-man show that delivers hearty breakfasts at reasonable prices, serves you at the table and is open every day from 6am to 2pm.

Cold River Cafe, Charlemont

The Cold River Cafe has reinvented itself several times since it originally opened c. 2012. At present it is open for breakfast only on Saturday and Sunday.  The fare is creative and tasty but a little pricey.  The service is good and the interior is pleasant.

In 2012 the New York Times Travel section featured the Mohawk Trail, describing its history and some of its wonderful attractions as well as more upscale eateries than those described here!  Check it out at:












Morocco 2022

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    In 2018, a friend from London told me he had purchased a riad (row house) in Marrakech. Enthusiastically, I promised to visit. I had never given a thought to visiting Morocco, to Morocco as a country, or anything about Morocco. Maybe I associated it vaguely with the film Casablanca or the French Foreign Legion, but certainly not with a modern Muslim society. Morocco had not even come up in news about the Arab Spring of 2010, but I wanted to be supportive. So in 1919 Steve and I made plans to visit my friend in Marrakech during his fall vacation the following year. However, by the time our plans had shipwrecked on the shoals of Covid, not once but twice, I began to seriously question my loyalties. Nevertheless, finally, serendipitously, in the spring of 2022, it all came together. The specter of Covid tests still hung over us, but we started out gamely and discovered a world of gracious people, amazing art and architecture, delicious food, and a fascinating history (that I am far from mastering). After visiting my friend and his beautiful riad in Marrakech, we joined a guided tour of Morocco’s “Imperial Cities,” i.e. those that had served as capitols to different rulers and dynasties from Roman times to the present. The following album contains the best of Steve’s photos from the trip.

The Best of Sandy and Rocky

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    Sandy was a year old when he came to us in 2013 as a scrawny stray with one misshapen eyelid. A few months of hearty eating transformed him into a sandy-haired beauty, extraordinarily gentle and extremely fond of cuddling and schmoozing. About that time we adopted three-month-old Rocky, mischief-maker and comedian-in-chief. Where Sandy never saw a lap he didn’t like, Rocky never passed up a box or a bag if he could possibly get in it. When, in 2015, our permanent move to Mill Brook House enabled the cats to go outside, Sandy proved himself a fearsome hunter while Rocky fell in love with wild turkeys and domestic chickens. Sadly, at the end of his first outdoor summer, Sandy disappeared. Days of calling, searching and alerting neighbors turned up nothing. Devastated at first, Rocky eventually recovered his moxie, and he continues to romance the chickens across the street, play pirates in the claw foot tub, and fall asleep on the hand-hewn beams in the attic. This album commemorates our “cat years.”

Charlemont at 250

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    This year marks Charlemont's 250th Anniversary (incorporated 1765). See photographs here and read more at: For permission to reproduce any of these photographs, please contact Steven Sternbach: [email protected].

Shelburne Falls' Bridge of Flowers

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    The Shelburne Falls trolley bridge, connecting the villages of Buckland and Shelburne, was built in 1908 to carry freight and passengers on a 7.5 mile line to Colrain. With the advent of the automobile, however, trucks began hauling freight, and in 1927 the company that built the bridge went bankrupt. Turning the abandoned bridge into a flower garden was the brainchild of Antoinette and Walter Burnham, who, with the Shelburne Falls Women’s Club, raised $1000 for loam, fertilizer and plants, and made this unique, historic landmark a reality in 1929. Then, as now, all the labor to start the garden and keep it going was donated. This album is a month by month chronicle of the ever-changing spectacle the bridge presents to tourists and residents every year from April to September.

Western Mass.


  • MassMoCA, Exterior
    The photographs in this album record exhibits at MassMoCA in North Adams, MA, on January 1, 2011. All of these photographs are copyrighted by Steven Sternbach; for permission to reproduce them, contact the photographer at [email protected].
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