The Legend of the Dream Away
"... But it's more than historical glamour that draws a delightfully diverse mash up of camo-clad hunters, well-heeled weekenders and assorted Guthrie offspring who wouldn't think of piling on the cranberry sauce and stuffing anywhere else. 'It has always been a place where the locals were drinking longneck buds on the porch and Leonard Bernstein was sipping fine red wine inside,' Osman says proudly. In such an environment, where people who would never otherwise cross paths sit elbow-to-elbow, unconventional traditions take root..."
Meredith Bryan, O Magazine, November 2012
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"...But the must-try culinary experience near Jacob's Pillow is at the storied Dream Away Lodge, a restaurant, bar and music spot tucked in the woods of Becket. Visitors are welcomed by a bonfire, the warm neon glow of a Coors Light sign (though the cocktails are the thing to order) and fabulously idiosyncratic decor: chicly mismatched table settings, eclectic art and indefinable knick knacks. I enjoyed fresh strawberries and cream on a tray and a tart gin concoction while listening to folk singer-songwriter Gretchen Witt.
"It's been described as Brigadoon," said Daniel Osman, a former actor who has run the Dream Away since 1997, and who seems to know pretty much everyone - many of them artists - who walks in the door. GPS devices don't even know how to find the lodge, as its website cautions. But Amy Loveless's sophisticated menu would be at home in Manhattan."
Claudia LaRocco, NYTimes Weekend Arts 7/16/10
The Dream Away Lodge has been a Berkshire legend for more than 90 years. Rumored to have been a brothel and speakeasy during the great depression, this two hundred year old farmhouse at the edge of October Mountain State Forest is renown for its larger than life founders, Mamma Maria Frasca and her three musical daughters, and a colorful history, rich in music and local mythology.
Fine Food. Unique Cocktail Lounge.
An Atmosphere Long Remembered.
The 1975 visitation by Arlo Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Allen Ginsberg and the Rolling Thunder Review, led to the Dream Away's prominent role in Part Two of Dylan's epic film Renaldo and Clara - enhancing an already unmatched reputation as one of Berkshire County's best loved and most closely held hilltown secrets.
Since the lodge's purchase by former actor and theater maker Daniel Osman in 1997, the lodge's legend has been rather spectacularly reborn. Part restaurant, part bar, part music venue and all theater, the Dream Away features locally grown and sourced food, an imaginative and affordable menu in its own inimitable style, and a wide range of music, art, theater, cabaret and spoken word events,
Beautiful public gardens, a stunning forest Ballroom/event space, a wildflower meditation labyrinth, an outdoor stone fire pit and amphitheater, miles of trails and ponds, and nearly 18,000 acres of October Mountain State Forest across the road all help to make the Dream Away Lodge the last word in parties, weddings, birthdays, holidays and special events.