Located directly across the street from the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in North Adams, Massachusetts. In the heart of the Berkshires, Porches is 120 miles from Boston (approximate 2 ½ hour drive) and 175 miles (approximate 3 ½ hour drive) from New York.
Porches Inn boasts 26 distinctive guestrooms averaging 300 square feet; 18 suites averaging 400 + square feet and three extended-stay suites featuring kitchenettes and washer/dryer. Five suites feature a loft and eight guestrooms offer private outdoor porches.
Four color schemes are featured in the guestrooms and suites. Beadboard walls are painted terra cotta, pale blueberry, celery green and sage green to complement wooden floors that have been painted olive green, red, pumpkin and buttercup respectively. Patterned, wool area rugs further highlight the floors. An extensive collection of lamps from the 1940’s and 1950’s, etched glass mirrors and vintage vinyl upholstered furniture in bright colors accent contemporary pieces in a deep taupe color. Painted bureaus and bedside tables made in Vermont are mixed with an eclectic assortment of vintage furniture.
The artwork is predominately paint-by-number paintings from the 1950’s and 1960’s. Bedspreads are a distinctive white-on-white, toned patchwork created by local designer Crispina ffrench. Window treatments of natural linen panels, featuring grommets and wire in place of rod pockets, were designed by Fitzpatrick and manufactured by Country Curtains, the catalogue company started by her parents.
Large bathrooms, measuring 75-100 sq. feet, feature either jacuzzi-style tubs or clawfoot bathtubs with separate showers. All bathrooms boast slate floors and such distinctive touches as interior windows with frosted glass and mirror frames created from the building’s original window frames. Metal wall pegs, reminiscent of the 19th century shaker design, are used to hang bathrobes and towels.
Each of the three extended-stay suites feature a bedroom with a queen- or king-sized bed, living room, and kitchenette with refrigerator, microwave oven,coffee maker, toaster oven, sink, and dining service for four. A stackable washer/dryer unit is concealed in a closet, along with an iron and full-sized ironing board. Two of the suites feature fireplaces, and one offers a pull-out sofa bed to accommodate additional guests.
The center house, painted in a vibrant yellow, serves as the reception building. It includes two living rooms, one with a fireplace, a breakfast room, a small gift shop and a meeting room (with old-fashioned blackboards) to accommodate 20 people. There is a scattering of arts & crafts furniture in the public areas and a unique collection of television lamps from the 1950’s.
Located behind the main reception building is Building Seven, housing a second meeting room with a capacity of 30, and a sauna with changing rooms. Equipped with a wall-mounted 60” plasma High Definition Television and computerized sound system, Building Seven’s technology lets Porches’ guests carry out effective maneuvers, whether on Power Point or Sony Play Station.
A 14- by 38-ft. outdoor lap pool and hot tub with heated blue-stone deck is open year-round, 24 hours a day. A sauna, shower, and changing rooms are located in adjacent Building Seven. A separate building houses a 425 square-foot Fitness Center with large, plate glass windows overlooking MASS MoCA. This well-equipped center features 3 ellipticals, 2 treadmills, one stretch trainer, one stairmaster, one recumbent bike, one universal machine, and free weights. It is open 24-hours-a-day.
A small gift shop will carry such distinctive items as custom-designed paint-by-number sets. Other items include authentic Mohawk Trail memorabilia; galvanized metal lunch pails (also used for room service) and other distinctive hotel and destination-related gifts.
Free WiFi throughout
High-speed internet connections
Selection of DVDs for guest use
Private stocked mini bar
Express check in and check out
Twice daily housekeeping service
Wall safes (hidden behind pictures) in guestrooms
Down pillows & Hypo-allergenic pillows
Complimentary breakfast buffet
Complimentary room service breakfast
Year-round heated outdoor pool and hot tub
Fire pit for evening bonfires
Gazebo & wedding glen in woods
Woodland native plant garden
A breakfast buffet is served daily from 7 to 10 a.m. The buffet features croissants, fresh fruit, cereals, yogurts, cheese and juices. Guests can also choose to have breakfast delivered to their room via a galvanized metal lunch box, a symbol of those workers who originally lived on the property.
MASS MoCA – The largest contemporary art museum in the United States, housed in the 13-acre, 27-building former Sprague Electric Company.
Mt. Greylock – The highest peak in Massachusetts (3,491 ft) and a way station along the Appalachian Trail. The Mt. Greylock State Reservation includes miles of hiking and skiing trails (including the famed Thunderbolt Trail). A paved road provides access form North Adams to the summit. Outdoor programs and guided hikes are offered during the summer, and a weekly barbecue is held at the summit’s Bascom Lodge.
North Adams – home to a growing number of web-based enterprises, numerous galleries, Heritage State Park, and the Mass. College of Liberal Arts.
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute – A world-class museum, known for its Impressionist collection, contains 36 Renoirs plus works by Degas and Monet.
Williams College Museum of Art – One of the most impressive college collections in the country, housing early 20th-century and Asian art along with the finest collection of works by Charles and Maurice Prendergast.
Williamstown Theatre Festival – Hailed by Newsweek as “the best of all America summer theater,” attracting such names as Gweyneth Paltrow, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward.
Williamstown – The quintessential New England college town, offering a multitude of interesting shops, antique stores and restaurants.
From Manhattan – Take the Major Deegan Expressway or the Henry Hudson Parkway to the Saw Mill River Parkway, and then proceed north on the Taconic State Parkway. Exit the Taconic at Rte. 295 East (East Chatham) to Rte. 22 North to Rte. 43 in Stephentown. Head north through Hancock (Mass.) to Williamstown and then east on Rte 2 to North Adams.
From Boston – Rte. 2, the spectacular Mohawk Trail, is the most scenic and direct route to North Adams. (The Massachusetts Turnpike provides convenient access to the southern Berkshires.)