The Side Trek

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BACK ROADS THOUGHTS

~ Ditching navigation maps and apps, Carol Colitti Levine’s aversion to driving on highways steered her to explore and write about hidden gems along the scenic byways of Western New England for a local magazine, Fuel / Valley Living. Carol convinced the talented Dr. Husband to collaborate as her photographer. She named this quarterly travel column ~

The Side Trek
2006 – 2010

Click to see a few of them:
Shelburne Falls
Salem Cross Inn
Lobster Roll
Foliage Fore-ays
Berkshire Loop

TheSideTrek.com
2010 – 2016

Carol created The Side Trek blog in 2010. Her quirky take on politics, current events, books, and bizness. But, its Travel Treks page remained focused on hidden gems along the back roads of Western Massachusetts as photos below show.

 

Signs of the Times. Hatfield.
May 2016.

The “Valley” has gorgeous vistas and architecture. It also has many colleges, farms and factories. Conservatives and liberals living together. Sometimes in the same house!

Epitomized by these yard signs during the presidential primaries of 2016. As we stopped to take a photo, the woman homeowner opened her door and yelled, “Do you think we will still be married after the election?” Hmmm. Wonder if they are.

 

So Long Side Trek!
Western Massachusetts.
July 2016.

Carol and photographer Dr. Husband said goodbye to Western Massachusetts in July of 2016, moving on to SideTrek . NYC. 

They loved their many years of Side Treks along the country byways.

 

Last Peak. Route 5.
October 2015.

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Historic Deerfield.
October 2015.

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Autumn Sojourn with Jean Jean.
Ashfield. Conway.
October 2015.

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Williams College. Williamstown.
July 2015.

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Clark Art Institute. Williamstown.
July 2015.

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Special trek to see Van Gogh and Nature, a limited exhibition. Vincent’s study of the impressionists in France. Arles. Auvers.

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Super Bowl bonus. Since the Patriots beat the Seahawks, the Seattle Art Museum loaned The Clark Albert Bierstadt’s wall-sized masterpiece Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast.

North Adams.
July 2015.

On the way back, saw a sign for Susan B. Anthony’s birthplace. Who knew?

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Strawberry Picking Polka Dots. Hatfield.
June 2015. 

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Sprouting Spring. Sunderland.
May 2015. 

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Turn of the Calendar. Shelburne Falls.
December 2014. 

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Half Autumn. North Hadley.
October 2014. 

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Quonquont Farm. Whately.
August 2014.

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Spring in the Valley. Sunderland.
May 2014.

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Photo Contest. Pioneer Valley.
October 2013. 

mAdBen vs. Dr.Dad. Who took which?

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Winter Hilltown. Shelburne Center.
January 2013. 

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Autumnal Still Life. Cummington.
November 2013. 

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Mystery of Blue Hill. Great Barrington.
April 2013.

Mid-summer night’s dinner at Blue Hill restaurant in Greenwich Village. Famous for fresh produce from its farmLocavore award. James Beard winner. Alas. Our dinner’s vegetables disappeared. They never appeared on our plates. So, we decided to search Blue Hill Farm, the eatery’s namesake to investigate. Up the road on a pristine day, we found the culprit, overlooking the Housatonic River. We didn’t spy a stalk of corn or a wandering squash. Just a Jewish cow family. The Holsteins. Way down the hill. A view. To a kill?

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Gorge-ous Trek. Chesterfield.
April 2013.

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Farm Foliage. Connecticut River Valley.
October 2012.

 
Shelburne Falls.
2012.

Favorite SideTrek along a byway which must have seen its share of Indian skirmishes along the Mohawk trail. Recent fims set in Shelburne Falls: The Judge, starring Robert Downey, Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga. Labor Day, Jason Reitman’s movie set here, starring Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet. Based on J.D. Salinger’s paramour’s book.

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Original Williams House. Goshen.
2012.

The Good Time Stove Company. Goshen.
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Indian Summer. Bernardston.
October 2012.

Northfield.
October 2012.

Weekday Trek. Hatfield.
Spring 2012. 

William Cullen Bryant Homestead. Cummington.
2011.

Where he retreated to pen pastoral poetry and think Thanatopsis thoughts.

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