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Friday, July 29, 2011

Pic of the Week: Sabine the Cat Relaxes (& other ways to unwind @ Porches)

Our Feline-in-Residence Sabine (or Bean, as she’s known to the Porches staff) is a quiet presence at the Inn, whether she’s keeping guests company in the lounge area or taking in the sun on the second floor walk way (where she matches the carpet!) We even caught Sabine doing some yoga poses (pictured here is the Downward-facing-Dog, obviously not her favorite). She is the queen of relaxing and we wanted to share with you a few ways to unwind while you’re at Porches:

If you enjoy yoga like Sabine, our Dharma Days package might be right for you! Spend two days practicing yoga at the nearby Frog Lotus Studio and one night in our serene digs. This package aims to rejuvenate your body and soul and includes a total of four yoga classes per package (2 per person or however you’d like to divvy them up!) along with our balanced continental breakfast in the morning.

After a day exploring the Berkshires with the gang, if you’d rather Hunker Down, retire to your guestroom for a movie and an extra large pizza with this package! Choose from our extensive movie library while we order up the pizza (or four subs) along with four sodas; we’ll make popcorn for you too!

If the outdoors are your thing, check out our (heated in the winter!) outdoor pool and hot tub. Those looking to cool off will find an array of museums, galleries, shops and restaurants to explore while you are in town!

What are some of your favorite ways to unwind while traveling? Comment on our Facebook page or Tweet us at @porchesinnmoca!

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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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!


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Welcome, Sabine!

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!


Thursday, June 4, 2009

Calling All Fashionistas!

This weekend, Porches will be welcoming the families of Williams College students for graduation weekend. We’re fortunate to be in a college town – between Williams and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, these fine institutions offer all kinds of programs for the community, many for free. The Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) is one of the finest college art museums in the US, focusing on American art, modern and contemporary art, and the art of non-Western civilizations.  

Anyone interested in fashion will want to see the two exhibitions of Edward Steichen’s photography opening June 6th at the WCMA, where 300 rarely-seen prints are now on view. One exhibition includes images from Steichen’s work during the 20s and 30s for Vogue and Vanity Fair (think Chanel, Schiaparelli, Marlene Dietrich and Gary Cooper!) and the other explores the technical and artistic issues of the artist’s career.  This is a chance to see the work of an American modernist who influenced generations of artists and photographers—Richard Avedon, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Bruce Weber are among his stylistic successors. Steichen’s work helped shift the public perception of American women from soft, romantic creatures to direct and engaging commanders of their femininity and power. 


Monday, June 1, 2009

Copy Writing

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.


George Cochranes Long Time Gone at MASS MoCA

Detail from George Cochrane’s “Long Time Gone” at MASS MoCA

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A little voice inside said “get outdoors!”

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…