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Feel the flavor and history of Massachusetts through the art of objects

Enjoying the arts of a place is often one of the great pleasures of travel. Arts can include formal objects like paintings and sculptures, but art also includes beautifully crafted buildings and tools and household objects. New England lodgings and hosts love to display the artfully made things of the region’s past, like quilts, basketry, old signs, and intricately designed tools of old farms and kitchens. Along with formal art, many of these historic and artful objects of home and workplace decorate New England lodgings and places to dine, and your hosts relish the chance to tell stories of their time and use.

Lodgings with Art in Massachusetts
Antiques & Art - Briar Barn Inn - Rowley, MA - Photo Credit Kim Crawford
Briar Barn Inn

101 Main Street Rowley, MA, 01969 Phone: 978-653-5323

Curated artwork, from classic to contemporary, part of this inn’s essence

At the Briar Barn Inn, guests are not only surrounded by a relaxed country setting and elegant, rustic comfort: They are also surrounded by art. The inn’s 30 guest rooms and common areas and cozy gathering spaces are filled with curated local artwork, from contemporary pieces by Claes Oldenburg to the lush 19th century landscapes of the Hudson River School. More than 100 hand-picked artworks and furnishings help provide that enchanting and engaging experience guests are seeking, whether they are visiting the marvelous (and newly expanded) Peabody Essex Museum in nearby Salem, strolling through the galleries of scenic Rockport or visiting the vast variety of antiques and artisan shops scattered across the North Shore.
Antique Elevator - XV Beacon - Boston, MA
XV Beacon

15 Beacon Street Boston, MA, 02108 Phone: 617-670-1500 Toll-Free: 877-982-3226

Elegant boutique in landmark building takes artistic touches to new heights

Picture a grand marble staircase, mahogany paneling, a caged glass elevator. The turn-of-the-century Beaux Arts building that houses the XV Beacon is a work of art in itself. But this boutique hotel, nestled in Boston’s scenic Beacon Hill neighborhood, takes artistic touches to a new level.Each of its 63 rooms is custom designed and curated with art specifically commissioned for the hotel. The soothing, classic decor features a taupe, cream and espresso palette, with modern amenities including gas fireplaces, Frette linens and marble bathrooms. From the hotel’s convenient location, you can explore all the museums (art, science and historical) this beautiful city holds dear. Come home to dine at Mooo, a sleek, modern steakhouse. Or, relax in your whirlpool tub or four-poster bed.
Staircase Landing - Red Lion Inn - Stockbridge, MA
Red Lion Inn

30 Main Street Stockbridge, MA, 01262 Phone: 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.
Art Gallery Photography - Hotel on North - Pittsfield, MA
Hotel on North

297 North Street Pittsfield, MA, 01201 Phone: 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.
Atrium Lobby - Porches Inn - North Adams, MA
Porches Inn at MASS MoCA

231 River Street North Adams, MA, 01247 Phone: 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.