A week or so ago we took a ride up U.S. Route 44 to the Connecticut border town of Canaan. This is an area I know a little about for I have fished a few streams in the area. But today this was a day to focus on some old family doings. The diner you see is the Collin's Diner. It has been in operation since 1940 and is still in the same location. As a kid I can remember going to the Great Barrington Fair every fall with my parents and the Collin's Diner was on the way. We would stop for breakfast on the way up, and when we left the fair around 8 or 9 PM we would stop for coffee on the way home. My friends that was back in the 50's. Well we stopped in the Collin's Diner this day in May of 2015 and the place is as I remembered it in those early years.
The interior of the diner is original 1940. Of course the stool covers and booth covers have been replaced as well as a few other things but it's pretty much the same. The waitress was friendly and the owner/cook also is quite friendly. He told me the diner has been in his family since 1970. The menu was typical diner fare and the prices were seemingly from the 70's.
As you can see the diner is not large, everything has a purpose and it's functional. Local patrons still enjoy coffee and the daily news, in the form of an actual printed paper. The cook still does is stuff on a heavy steel grill.
The diner is very clean. The stainless steel shines as does the glass.
The breakfast we were served is just as we ordered. The only surprise was the prices.
All of the above, which included the bottomless cup of coffee, which was very good. The total for us both is $7.29.
Leaving the diner we headed up U.S. route 7 to the Massachusetts town of Stockbridge. A typical New England town with lots of history.
It's in a little alley, and just a half a mile from the railroad track.