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Summer Fun In The Berkshires

Spring 2008

The Porches Inn Offers White Water Rafting, Geocaching, Museum Hopping, Theater Going and Blissfully Relaxed Packages in Massachusetts’ Scenic Berkshire Hills

North Adams, Mass (May 2008) -- Head to The Porches Inn for an active, cultural or just plain fun weekend or weekday retreat. Featured in National Geographic Traveler’s 2008 STAY LIST, this funky New England inn is conveniently located across the street from the internationally renowned MASS MoCA (the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) and in the midst of an outdoor lover’s paradise. This summer, The Porches Inn is offering eight thoroughly fun packages – incorporating yoga, river rafting, theater-going and more – that will appeal to any leisure inclination.

The Great Outdoor Packages at The Porches Inn

Guests join in the global cybersport called Geocaching with The Porches Inn’s Berkshire Geocaching Vacation. Armed with a global positioning satellite device (GPS), a collection of cache coordinates and a boxed lunch, package guests traipse through the hills and woods searching for hidden stashes left by other participants of this hi-tech sport – think of it as a scavenger hunt for adults. This package features two nights’ accommodations, breakfast each morning and instruction in and use of a GPS device for the day. Boxed lunches are also included. The package is priced at $339 from Sunday through Thursday and $439 on weekends.

More adventurous guests will enjoy Rafting the Rapids, which includes white water rafting through the Deerfield River’s “Zoar Gap.” Zoar Outdoor provides trained guides to ensure an extremely exhilarating, yet safe, experience. This package includes rafting for two at Zoar, a Mohawk Trail book to use while explore on your own and two nights accommodations. Priced at $529 Sunday – Thursday, $629 Friday & Saturday.

The Great Indoors Packages at The Porches Inn

For those culturally inclined, the MASS MoCA Package features tickets to the internationally acclaimed Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, breakfast, dinner at a nearby restaurant and overnight accommodations. The package is priced at $295 and is available Sunday through Thursday.

Just a 10-minute drive from The Porches Inn is the “Williamstown Theatre Festival,” hailed by Newsweek as “the best of all American summer theaters.” This world-class festival has featured such well-known actors as Gwyneth Paltrow, Blythe Danner, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. The Porches Inn’s Williamstown Theatre Package includes two tickets with preferred seating, breakfast and overnight accommodations. Available from Sunday through Thursday (July 6—August 27), the package is priced at $289. Opening night performances are not available.

For the ultimate in pampering, indulge in the Blissed Out Package. Featuring a total of four spa services at the nearby In Touch Spa and lunch for two overlooking the Green River, this relaxing retreat also includes two nights’ accommodations in a deluxe room with continental breakfast at The Porches Inn. The package is priced at $679 for two people from Sunday-Thursday and $779 on weekends.

The Weekend Romp is a two-night package featuring dinner one evening, daily breakfast, two one-hour massages and a welcome gift from The Porches Inn. The package is priced at $675 on weekdays and weekends.

For those who wish to snuggle with their sweetie while watching cutting edge cinema, the Date Night package is perfect. Guests enjoy a delicious dinner for two at one of the fine restaurants near Porches and get two tickets to Images Cinema in Williamstown, the local hotspot for independent films. A ½ bottle of Veuve Cliquot is delivered to the room for a post-cinema night cap. The Date Night package also includes overnight accommodations in a standard room and Porches Continental breakfast for $329 Sunday through Thursday.

Spend two days practicing yoga at the nearby Frog Lotus Studio and two nights in our fabulous digs with the Dharma Days Package. This package aims to rejuvenate your body and soul and includes a total of 4 yoga classes per package (2 per person or however you’d like to divvy them up!) along with our healthful Continental breakfast each morning. This is priced at $359 Sunday – Thursday and $479 Friday & Saturday.

Available through November 8, 2008 (some restricted dates may apply), The Porches Inn’s summer packages are priced for two and include all taxes and gratuities. Upgrade any of these packages to a suite for an additional $60 per night. Single pricing is also available. To make reservations or request further information contact The Porches Inn at 413 664 0400 or reservations@porches.com

The Porches Inn employs a clever synthesis of retro and contemporary design, with six Victorian row houses turned out in appealing shades of marigold, blue, salmon and sage. The property includes 47 fully wired rooms and suites, offering free WiFi, dual phone lines and complimentary DVDs, and a bonfire pit, woodland garden, year-round outdoor pool, hot tub and sauna and meeting rooms for special events and retreats.