Monday, January 24, 2011
There’s nothing like a little Bollywood funk to warm your bones on a brisk January day! Check out this dance party at MASS MoCA this coming Saturday: Bhangra Funk Dance Party with Red Baraat. Melding the infectious North Indian rhythm Bhangra with brass funk, Red Baraat is one of the most explosive and joyful live bands you will ever experience. Comprised of dhol (a double-sided, barrel-shaped North Indian drum slung over one shoulder), drumset, percussion, sousaphone, and 5 horns, this NYC-based group plays fresh originals and Bollywood classics with an unstoppable energy that whips audiences into an ecstatic frenzy everywhere they play. We still have rooms available this weekend!
Thursday, December 16, 2010
It’s official! The dates for the 2011 Solid Sound Festival are June 24-26 at MASS MoCA! We wish we could tell you otherwise, but we are already sold out. Should there be any cancellations, we will make an announcement in an email blast as the dates get closer, but we’re not betting on it. There is currently some availability at our “sister” property, The Red Lion Inn. Check out this link at our local visitors’ bureau for lodging opportunities. Click here for the link to our local campground and click here for a map of nearby state campgrounds.
Thanks to Jeff Tweedy and the gang for bringing this amazing festival back to the Berkshires!
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Our friends in downtown North Adams got together to offer a shopping extravaganza, full of festive events to keep you entertained as you scour the city for everyone on your holiday list! Shop handmade jewelry, fine art, artisan chocolate, unique toys, historic gifts, books, locally made pottery and more… There are a number of restaurants where you can fuel up along the way – click here for a list. HARDWARE at MASS MoCA now features the wares of over Berkshires artisans, a great place to take home truly local gifts for the whole family. Check out Develop North Adams’ website for all the details!
Monday, March 8, 2010
Our last-minute, special one-night package treats you and a pal to a fantastic evening of cutting-edge puppetry (who knew there was such a thing, but it is and it’s wild!), superb accompanying music and a few of the usual Porches goodies. Join us on Saturday, March 13th for Shack Up with Shackleton and you’ll enjoy two tickets to Phantom Limb’s 69° South: The Shackleton Project, dinner for two at the newly re-opened Gramercy Bistro at MASS MoCA, overnight accommodations in a deluxe room, Porches healthful continental breakfast buffet and admission for two to MASS MoCA. There is limited availability for this package, available for $275 (inclusive). The performance is sold out, but we have a limited amount of tickets set aside for Porches guests who take advantage of this special offer.
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!
Monday, December 21, 2009
If you’re thinking of getting away to ring in the New Year, we still have availability – AND, our friends over at Mezze just sent us this totally tempting prix fixe menu for New Year’s Eve. Lobster Ceviche with spicy popcorn, yuzu, mint + avocado; Egg & Toast featuring a five-minute farm egg, brioche toast, local veal sausage + mornay sauce; Steamed Striped Bass with carrot puree, apple + radish salad; and Northeast Family Farm Roasted Ribeye with celeriac pave + roasted bone marrow; topped off with a Meyer Lemon + Chocolate Tart for dessert! Mezze is serving their special New Year’s menu from 5 to 9 pm for $58 per person. Please call us to reserve a getaway for New Year’s and we’ll call Mezze to reserve a table for you!
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!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Yesterday, I had such fun uploading a new gallery of wedding images to this website. I couldn’t help but smile as I edited the photos for inclusion in the gallery – the sheer joy of these folks is palpable! While admiring the skill of the photographers, Jen Huang’s in particular, I noticed how each couple created an event that was uniquely and artfully their own. Surrounded by an intimate group of family and friends, one couple chose to wed in our woodland garden amid the warm glow of lights emanating from the gazebo – followed by a gathering around our bonfire pit. Another used Porches’ porches, rowhouse architecture and colorful clapboards as the staging for a stylish set of pre-wedding images, followed by a magical ceremony and dinner at MASS MoCA. Keep us in mind if you’d like to celebrate your love in a place where there are limitless possibilities for creating an unforgettable event. Makes me want to get married all over again…
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Stevie Nicks wasn’t the only one who worked the lace-and-ruffles look. She may have embodied the ethereal-songstress-earth-mama type prevalent during the seventies, but the next decade brought us a vision of princely proportions, none other than His Purpleness himself… So, all you Prince fans, it’s time to don some lace and ruffles and head to MASS MoCA for a full-on sing-a-long to Purple Rain! Everything in the eighties was big and this film is no exception – big hair, big clothes, big music – in fact, this soundtrack won an Oscar for best Original Score, three Grammy awards and ranked number one on the charts for half a year. The album turned 25 on June 25th and deserves to be celebrated… On Thursday August 13, at 8:30 PM, MASS MoCA invites you to “come get your Prince on — we’ll have lyric subtitles, but you know the words already.” How can you resist?
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
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.