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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Families Stay & Play at Porches!

Bringing your family to Porches? Check out all that the Berkshires have to offer for families of all ages. Check out our blog for sample itineraries (indoors and outdoors) to inspire your trip!

Enjoy Art More Often: Museums and More in the Berkshires!

Day 1: Start your day off with a healthful breakfast at Porches and then make your way across the street to Kidspace @ MASS MoCA (open from 10 – 4) Check out the exhibit that’s running this summer!

Color Forms II: The Basic Utensils features works by artists Soyeon Cho and Lisa Hoke whose hallmark is making beautiful, complex and colorful installations out of inexpensive everyday materials, primarily plastic food utensils, boxes, paper cups and plates, and cardboard containers.”

After exploring the galleries, have lunch at MASS MoCA’s in house café Lickety Split, and enjoy their selection of sandwiches, soups and quiches, and don’t forget about their ice cream!

A post lunch-rest may be needed, but if you’re eager to keep your afternoon going, head south to Pittsfield to the Berkshire Museum. Their latest exhibit will be a delight future scientists and kids of all ages!

“Geckos: Tails to Toepads provides an up-close chance to view 14 different species of geckos in lush, naturalistic habitats that let you visit a gecko’s realm. A host of interactive stations offer the full gecko experience: get a first-hand look at gecko night vision, hear the many different voices of geckos, and try to spot as many camouflaged geckos as you can.”

If your group still as some energy to spend, why not an evening of bowling! Mount Greylock Bowl is less than 10 minutes away and a family of four can bowl for less than $20 (under 30 with shoe rental).


Head back to Porches for an evening in, order some pizza from one of our local eateries and check out a movie from our Blu-Ray/DVD library. What a day!

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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.


Friday, November 12, 2010

We’re proud of our digs here at Porches. We’re colorful and comfortable and totally not fussy – thanks to Porches co-developer and Red Lion Inn owner Nancy Fitzpatrick. This week, Nancy was profiled in The New York Times’ “Shopping With” column by Tim McKeough and we couldn’t be more thrilled! Nancy and Tim travel through hill and dale in Berkshire County to shop for items to make a comfortable guestroom (photo by Stewart Cairns for The New York Times taken at Thorne in West Stockbridge). Follow this link to read all about it and all the news that fit to print!


Friday, July 30, 2010

Mass Transport

One of our local art heros, sculptor and Eric Rudd, founder and operator of the Historic Beaver Mill, revitalized a vintage trolley, got some sponsors (Porches is THE major sponsor!), and is now offering Art Tours of North Adams. The first tour, which leaves the MASS MoCA parking lot at 1 p.m., is a 75-minute drive through the city’s historic neighborhoods guided by local historian Paul W. Marino. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children. A second two-hour-long “art hot spots” tour, led by artist guides, leaves the museum at 3 p.m., with a pick-up right here at the Porches Inn. The tour includes revolving stops at artists lofts, galleries at the Eclipse, Windsor and Beaver mills and DownStreet Art galleries and installations. Tickets are $10 per person and $5 for children under 12. Save some time for a trolley tour on your next visit!


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Ranking Fun

The Boston Globe just published the 1000 Great Places to See in Massachusetts and we’re on the list!  There were over 90 Berkshire-based sites that were included, including MASS MoCA, the Hairpin Turn Overlook on Route 2, and A Chapel for Humanity.  Check it out – we hope you add a few stops to your next trip to Porches!


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.


Friday, April 9, 2010

New Life in the Berkshires

After a great vacation, I came back to the Berkshires to eighty degree temps. It reminded me how lovely spring is here in our neck of the woods. The maple trees are in bloom, creating a haze of chartreuse green over our rolling hills. The waterfalls are gushing. If you’re coming up from the metro-New York area, take the scenic route as we outline on this page of our website, but fit a detour to Hancock Shaker Village as that site celebrates its 50th anniversary (note: the Baby Animals exhibit is open til April 25th and will melt your heart! ).


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!