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
Passion for all that’s artistic shows itself in this delightfully whimsical inn
The name says it all: Artistic expression is one of the passions that went into the creation of The Porches Inn at MASS MoCA. Part of that is location, across the street from the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Part is architecture: The boutique inn consists of a row of exquisitely detailed 19th century Victorian row houses. Part is decor and design, with each room’s palette and artwork reflecting individual personality and the inn’s famous “granny chic” design sensibility. And part of it is just whimsy, from the vintage plates and paint-by-number artwork on the walls to quirky rugs, vintage TV lamps and visually engaging color blends throughout. With modern comforts and historic surroundings, the inn really is a work of art.
30 Main StreetStockbridge, MA, 01262Phone: 413-298-5545
Every room in this famous inn in the Berkshires tells its own artistic story
They say every room tells a story at the Red Lion Inn, and art certainly plays a role in the narratives. In each room, in every hallway, guests will find a collection of portraits, landscapes and antique objects from lamp fixtures to vintage dolls and plates that reflect the region and the inn’s proud sense of history. Every summer, the inn hosts an artist in residence, who creates work on and off site, using the Red Lion spaces as a studio and in inspiration. And of course the famous inn with its welcoming porch sits in the middle of the beautiful Berkshires, an area renowned for its art galleries and museums, from MASS MoCA to the Norman Rockwell Museum.