Friday, March 19, 2010
Today and tomorrow – 66+ degrees and sunny. ROAD TRIP!
If you’ve got kids, check out Kidspace @MASS MoCA’s 10 Anniversary Celebration. Or, bring a babysitter and send them off to MASS MoCA so you and your sweetie can steal a few hours alone sunning by our heated outdoor pool and hot tub! At the Clark, catch Material Witnesses before it closes in a few weeks – photography used for documentary purposes.
C’mon over to our place!
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
If you haven’t checked out RuralIntelligence.com, please do. I know I’m cutting-and-pasting here, but I couldn’t say it better myself: RuralIntelligence.com was created for folks “who routinely do business and seek recreation and entertainment in four counties—Berkshire, Columbia, northern Dutchess and northern Litchfield—that are spread over three states,” an area ”not well-served by mainstream media.” The talent behind this site, Marilyn Bethany and Dan Shaw, “have taken their combined forty years of experience in print journalism [New York Times & New York magazine! - my exclamation point] with the technology of the day to create this Rural Intelligence, which treats this uniquely sophisticated region as one big neighborhood.” It is an incredibly insightful and sophisticated resource, totally lacking in snobbery! We’re honored that Dan wrote about our Get-a-Waypoint package! Follow this link to read what he said – and make your reservation soon, as there is limited space for this package!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
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, October 6, 2009
We welcomed a new member of our staff about a week ago… She is assigned to the Reception area – adding a bit of warmth and whimsy to the scene. Sabine decided to get out of the concrete jungle of New York City and head to the Berkshires for a quiet life in the country. Little did she know that she was going to be a part of the team at Porches! She is warming up to the idea and loves attention, so please save a little petting time on your next trip for this rather regal fluffball!
Monday, June 1, 2009
Attendees at MASS MoCA’s Tenth Anniversary Ball were treated to a first look at George Cochrane: Long Time Gone, one of three new exhibitions to open last month at the museum. Brooklyn-based painter George Cochrane is creating a graphic novel with his six-year-old daughter Fiamma and shares the first two chapters of that work with MASS MoCA audiences this summer. Fiamma’s nightmare ignites Cochrane’s interpretation of the 24 hour period that he is presenting in the novel… and the resulting illustrations are at once sweet and whimsical while beingintense and, at times, moody. Not to be missed! For more info, go to www.massmoca.org.
Detail from George Cochrane’s “Long Time Gone” at MASS MoCA
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
A little voice inside said “get outdoors!” Needing a break, it seemed like the perfect time to hike up the path of Porches’ woodland garden to see what’s in bloom.
Those who garden know what a challenge it can be to grow in the shade. Well, we thought we’d let Mother Nature help out, so we hired a local firm, Project Native, that specializes in native plantings. Project Native (projectnative.org) helped us reclaim the forest with plants indigenous to the northeast by planting over 10,000 woodland perennials. So, I walked past the bonfire pit, where I saw purple phlox guarding the woodpile, then headed uphill.
At first, I didn’t see much. Native plants are not showy things – their beauty is subtle and begs a closer look. So, I slowed from my hiking pace to my strolling pace. Splashed with bits of sunlight were columbine, false Solomon’s seal, violets, and another little plant, the name of which escapes me (can I help it if I have spring fever?!). Ah… the artistry of Mother Nature!
It’s amazing the effect a jaunt in the woods can have: I feel relaxed and renewed. Next time, I’ll bring my MAC and work up in the fully-wired gazebo so I can soak up the serenity for just a bit longer. Until then, I’ll see what’s blooming elsewhere in Berkshire County…