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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
Staircase Landing - Red Lion Inn - Stockbridge, MA
Red Lion Inn

30 Main Street Stockbridge, MA, 01262 Phone: 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.
Antique Elevator - XV Beacon - Boston, MA
XV Beacon

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

Distinguished art collection enriches guest experiences at this elegant hotel

Inside its beautiful 1903 Beau Arts building on Beacon Hill, the elegant XV Beacon hotel boasts more than exquisitely appointed rooms, fine dining and exceptional service. It also is home to a distinguished art collection, ranging from the contemporary work of abstract painter Maggi Brown to the canvases of famed 18th century portraitist Gilbert Stuart. From Jules Olitski’s joyful “Green Dot” canvas that greets guests in the hotel lobby to the fascinating fourth-to-fifth-century Roman mosaic in Moo.... restaurant’s The Wine Cellar to commissioned artwork from Martha Lloyd Tony Evanko, Ben Freeman and others adorning guest rooms, the XV Beacon seeks to demonstrate its commitment to the past, to the future, and to its belief that art enriches lives.
Atrium Lobby - Porches Inn - North Adams, MA
Porches Inn at MASS MoCA

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