More in the continuing best of WMa wrapup...
Best coffee: Barrington Coffee is some of the best small-producer coffee I've ever had. Given that I have a bit of a caffiene dependency, the cafe they run on Main Street in Lenox is a constant pitstop for me. The seating and hours are whack, so you may want to take your extremely delicious coffee to go. (Secret: I also like that it's close to my least favorite yarn store ever because when I walk by, I can stick out my tongue at them! Because I am rilly mature.) I would give JavaNet in Northampton some love, but last time I was walking through Noho, I saw that they had some crackass sign on the window, informing both customers and employees (!) that they had decided to close down! Scandal!
Best dinner spot: Church Street Cafe in Lenox is reliably wonderful. I suspect that there are better local places to eat (almost surely Wheatleigh is superior, although I have yet to meet even one single person who has dined there -- anyone want to take me before I jet?), but Church Street is just plain good, quality food in a pleasant atmosphere. I am almost ashamed to bring up my honorable mention, I confess, because it's located on the surreal campus of Yankee Candle's flagship store in South Deerfield...but Chandler's Restaurant has a good wine selection (at least for my highly uneducated eye) and prepares fish very competently and creatively (a fucking Godsend, I am always having issues with fish prep when I dine out).
Best weatherman: there can be only one! The sublimely unhinged Steve Caporizzo from WTEN (out of nearby Albany, NY) conveys his disgust with pleasant, settled weather by ominously remarking, "Who knows how long it will last..." and he breaks into the ABC primetime schedule to talk about how it's really, really windy outside. One of my fondest memories of living here will surely be the time he was doing an "emergency" live feed during a fairly mild spring thunderstorm and he opened up the phone lines to callers so they could report the horrors wrought by nature...and sure enough, his fans started calling in to report that the wind was "blowing cars down city streets!" and had "blown over the Bennington Monument!" Then, alerted by an amused producer, no doubt, Caporizzo discovered that none of it was true, and he looked straight into the camera and said, "I don't know what kind of SICK PERSON would think that weather is a JOKE!" He would be so much happier reporting in tornado country, and that gives his whole doomsday persona a little bit of pathetic, wistful charm. Like, he's the Willie Loman of teevee weather. Also, tipping the scales even further to his favor, he hosts a very weird little pet show on the same channel, clearly just out of animal love! Aww, Caporizzo, we'll miss you!