Archive for the ‘outdoor rec’ Category

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Play Hooky

Here are a few reasons to play hooky this month! Huckleberry Delsignore: New Concepts in Crochet at The Berkshire Museum through June 21st – inspired by geometry, geodesic domes, rocks, zomes, platonic solids and Lou Reed, this artist creates small spaces to sit inside and ponder. The Harrison Gallery has a show of American Realist paintings running the entire month of June – above, we’re sharing an example of the work – this one by Hale Johnson. If you’d rather grab a beer and watch a ball game, the North Adams SteepleCats is a collegiate summer baseball team that brings the best college baseball players from across the country to play summer baseball right here in North Adams - here’s the schedule of games for your consideration…


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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Higher Power

Mount Greylock is the highest peak in the state of Massachusetts. It’s not a four-thousand-footer like in the Adirondacks or Presidential Range, but it’s a beauty any time of year. This vintage postcard shows the mountaintop and monument under a moonlit sky – a pretty romantic spot, isn’t it? Check out this page of activities that include year-round fun for the whole family. You’ll find information on varying types of terrain to explore, whether your interested in birds or a rigorous hike. If the weather isn’t promising for your visit, plan a visit to the Western Gateway Heritage State Park.  Their spring programs include Trains Gone Wild! and Spring Equinox Astronomy Sky Theatre | Is Earth Life Unique? - click here for more details.


Monday, May 31, 2010

On Top of Mt. Greylock

Whether you hike or drive to the top of Mount Greylock, a fantastic culinary experience awaits… The folks at nearby Bascom Lodge serve three meals a day and a host variety of events at this rustic stone and wood Lodge that was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s. On June 2 at 6PM, enjoy a night of Celtic Music as Rakish Paddy performs foot stomping, heart throbbing Celtic style music; the performance is followed by a prix fixe meal  ($25, tax and tip not included. Reservations required for dinner. ). On Tuesdays, June 8, 15, 22 & 29, 5:00 – 6:30PM, students and experienced sketchers alike are invited to enjoy the highland evening beauty found at the summit of  Mount Greylock, taught by artist Karen Arp-Sandel (who was commissioned to produce a collage in one of The Red Lion Inn’s guestrooms). Watch for events all summer long at Bascom Lodge – just a short drive from Porches.


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Fresh Powder!

Despite a fresh coating of primo powder yesterday, the historic Thunderbolt Ski Race (photos of past racers above) was postponed from this Saturday, February 20, to March 13th. Organizers had to make the call because, in typical New England fashion, the weatherfolks weren’t sure just how much snow we were going to get. We got almost a foot and it’s glorious powder! Make plans to watch the race in March, but if you’re free this weekend, grab your skis/board/snowshoes and come pay us a visit! You’ll be glad to you did!


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Happy Trails

We’ve been getting a fresh layer of powdery snow almost every day – there’s now enough of a base to have a lot of fun snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Notchview is offering free snowshoe lessons and a trek as well as XC skiing lessons and a waxing clinic. If you’ve ever wanted to try either sport, this is a great time! Notchview is a beautiful place to play in the snow – follow this link to learn more. See you on the trails…


Thursday, December 17, 2009

Hit the Slopes!

Great news! Jiminy Peak has opened the entire mountain to skiing and snowboarding! After a few flurries here and there plus snowmaking, there’s a nice base to play on. Consider our Ski-n-Stay package, which includes overnight accommodations and two lift tickets to Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort and our hearty and healthful continental breakfast buffet; the package is available both midweek and weekends. Click here to check availability on the Select a Room Inclusive Package tab. Apres ski, we’ll treat you to freshly baked cookies and hot chocolate - liquids for “spiking” your beverage are available at our microbar!


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Secret is Out!

National Geographic Traveler is the gold-standard for measuring tourism destinations and what makes them special. We were thrilled last year when this publication selected both Porches and sister property The Red Lion Inn for inclusion on their first annual STAY LIST. Now, we’re equally excited about the Berkshires being recognized in the magazine’s latest assessment of destinations’ authenticity and stewardship. The Berkshires ranked with a pretty high score and was noted for “‘the right balance’ of picturesque towns, arts offerings, and well-protected natural beauty.” The secret is out!


Saturday, September 12, 2009

Take the Scenic Route

If you’re headed to Porches from Boston, try the scenic Mohawk Trail (Route 2) for a drive on a classic auto road. Take some time for a few stops along the way for a picnic or a quick hike to a view. One of the best views of the Hoosac River Valley is at the Wigwam, just above the famous Hairpin Turn overlooking North Adams – where there is one of the most fun gift shops around, complete with westernwear, Elvis tchotchkes (why not?), and souvenirs galore! This is the place for all you “kids” who eat up travel nostalgia – if you’re like me, allow for extra browsing time and save room for the homemade fudge.


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Longest Days of the Year

A massive thunderstorm is blowing through the Berkshires as I write this – for about an hour, it was almost pitch black during a time when we usually swoon over the ever-lasting daylight. The tempest forced me to discontinue my brief putter in the garden and instead just think about being outside. Each week, I try to hike a different Berkshire vista; so I decided to use my time sequestered indoors searching for a new spot to explore. Surfing around on the ‘net, I came across a couple of fun things to do outdoors next week. Natural Bridge State Park and Western Gateway Heritage State Park, both in North Adams, offer great programs and hikes for nature and history  buffs. The WGHS is celebrating the longest day of the year with Summer Solstice Astronomy Sky Theatre (constellations & flying saucers!) on June 19th beginning at 7pm. At the Natural Bridge State Park, there are a couple of informative walks taking place on June 24th — this one exploring the history & geology of the park and on June 25th, a morning stroll observing Mother Nature… Please click here and scroll to the bottom to see links to events at these sites.