Author: Jesse Stewart

If you live, work, and/or visit Great Barrington you know how limited parking options can be at times. We tend to hear about parking issues in Great Barrington...a lot. Whether it's reading/hearing media stories, speaking with guests, visitors, and/or town employees the topic of limited parking in Great Barrington tends to be a popular one.

I have experienced Great Barrington parking limitations myself whether it be attending a show at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, running into Carr Hardware to grab supplies or, dining at a downtown restaurant. Oftentimes, parking a distance from my destination is normal in downtown Great Barrington.

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There is good news for folks who want to experience all that Great Barrington has to offer during the holiday season. According to a press release that was sent to us from the town, from Nov. 26-Dec. 31, Great Barrington will suspend daytime parking time limitations downtown. To borrow a phrase from Larry David, that's pretty, pretty, pretty good. This change will bring more flexible parking to encourage downtown shopping and dining during the holiday season. Yes, shopping local is a big key to supporting the town and making it thrive.

If you're planning to make a visit to one of Berkshire County's wonderful gems within the next month, your parking experience will be a little less stressful and as a result, you'll have more time to enjoy all Great Barrington has to offer and less time worrying about parking hiccups. Seasons greetings and thank you for shopping local.

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