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.
30 Main StreetStockbridge, MA, 01262Phone: 413-298-5545
In this picturesque town, an inn offers creative spaces for guests – and artists
In the postcard-perfect Berkshires town of Stockbridge, the Red Lion Inn combines comfort and creativity in its 82 inn rooms and guesthouses. Each room or suite at the elegant, down-home inn, with its famous porch, is individually decorated with antiques, objects and artwork reflecting the region’s people and history. If you stay at the restored Firehouse, you’ll be enjoying a place painted by Norman Rockwell. If you stay at a guesthouse tucked away on the grounds of Chesterwood, you’ll be vacationing in what was the summer studio of Lincoln Memorial sculptor Daniel Chester French. The inn also has an artist in residence, who uses the inn spaces as a studio and inspiration from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
231 River StreetNorth Adams, MA, 01247Phone: 413-664-0400
Art and a welcoming sense of whimsy are infused in this Victorian inn
You could say something artistic is always brewing at The Porches Inn at MASS MoCA, because the whimsical inn, a row of lovingly detailed Victorian houses, is steeped in art. Inside the inn, attached by a bridge to the renowned MASS MoCA, each room, with its unique color palette, is a treasure trove of retro furniture and creative collections, from vintage plates to framed paint-by-number masterpieces. (The bed and breakfast’s modern touches include Jacuzzi-style tubs, a heated outdoor pool and a charming lobby bar.) Outside, a woodland gazebo and gardens await. So does the artsy town of North Adams, with galleries, artisan shops and restaurants galore. Nearby are great theaters, museums, trails, skiing and the beauty of the Berkshires.