30 Main StreetStockbridge, MA, 01262Phone: 413-298-5545
Art is in the air, and on every space imaginable, at this famous Stockbridge inn
Art is in evidence everywhere at the Red Lion Inn, where guests have been gathering to relax since Silas Pepoon established a tavern on the site in 1773. Each of the inn’s rooms and suites, and the rooms in its guest houses and village houses, has individual paintings, antiques and whimsical objects as well as luxurious linens, fluffy bathrobes and free wifi. The china in the main restaurant is antique, the pewter colonial. Historic signs and posters hang on the tavern’s walls. And there’s an artist-in-residence program, where artists spend time at the inn, offering talks and exhibitions. The Berkshires area is known for its celebration of the arts, from renowned galleries and art museums to theater companies, historic homes, Tanglewood and Jacob’s Pillow.
297 North StreetPittsfield, MA, 01201Phone: 413-358-4741
Berkshires hotel honors its history and its local artisans
You could say the Hotel on North has lots of surprises in store, and it would literally be true, since the boutique hotel’s two 1880s buildings once housed a menswear and sporting goods store. That might explain the tin ceilings and birdcage elevator, now the stationary site of a cocktail table for two. It also explains the hotel’s dedication to its deep Berkshire roots, which means art, textiles and furniture in each room crafted by local artisans. The accent on art also is highlighted in the Gallery on North, a rotating exhibit of art, sculpture, photography and other curated pieces just off the lobby. And then there’s the library suite, with 125 bookshelves and a rolling ladder to help make your selection.
231 River StreetNorth Adams, MA, 01247Phone: 413-664-0400
Artful touches bring a sense of whimsy to this inn, across from Mass MoCA
With the magnificent Mass MoCA as its neighbor, it’s no wonder the Porches Inn, in the historic community of North Adams, is a work of art itself. Each of its 47 rooms and suites is architecturally unique, some with spiral staircases, or cozy porches, or whirlpool tubs, or welcoming fireplaces, all done in rich palettes of color and texture with whimsical touches from vintage plates on the wall to retro furniture. Outside, a woodland of native plants awaits visitors, along with a heated outdoor pool. Healthy continental breakfasts are provided along with the “granny chic” atmosphere. In the area, visitors can explore art and history museums, state parks perfect for hiking, cultural venues from galleries to theaters and an eclectic assortment of places to dine and shop.