Bookworms, rejoice! The forward march of e-reader inspired progress has not yet killed the European bookshop. The Continental bookstore is alive and well (and not just living in Paris). Whether you crave a classic, musty warren or a grand and gleaming boutique, these five unusual, magical shops are sure to delight your inner bibliophile.
From the lowlands of the Connecticut River Valley to the famous rolling mountains—OK, hills—of the Berkshires, Western Mass. is an attractive destination for that weekend getaway. Small towns sprinkled throughout the region offer homemade ice cream, country stores, and scenic rural drives as well as picturesque colleges and spas.