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The Porches Inn at MASS MoCA Offers Sol LeWitt-related Packages

Fall 2008

Car-less NYC-metro Residents Travel on MetroNorth Package

For immediate release (North Adams, MA) The Porches Inn at MASS MoCA is offering several packages highlighting the monumental Sol LeWitt Wall Drawing retrospective at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, the US’s largest contemporary art museum. Travelers enjoy a refreshing antidote to the winter doldrums while enjoying the Berkshires’ natural beauty and year-round arts offerings. Central to all cultural attractions and located in the midst of an outdoor lover’s paradise, The Porches Inn has been recently recommended by National Geographic Traveler, The New York Times and The Boston Globe.

Loco for LeWitt Weekend
Carless NYC-based travelers will enjoy the Loco for LeWitt Weekend and the fact that they don’t need a car to get to the Berkshire mountains! The package includes round-trip travel from Grand Central Station to The Porches Inn at MASS MoCA, where guests will be among the first to see MASS MoCA’s new Sol LeWitt installation (www.massmoca.org) over three weekends in December. North Adams is a small walkable city with many great restaurants and MASS MoCA offers performing arts events every weekend for night time entertainment as well. The guest (with or without a companion) takes the 4:38PM Metronorth train to Wassaic where MASS MoCA has arranged for a van to pick up travelers and bring them to walkable North Adams. Guests enjoy two nights deluxe accommodations at Porches, which includes the Inn’s healthful continental breakfast (whole-grain bread, cheese, hard-boiled eggs, fresh fruit, granola & other cereals, and more), along with two days of admission to MASS MoCA’s galleries including the 30,000 square foot Sol LeWitt Wall Drawing retrospective. The van will takes guests from Porches to Wassaic, where they embark on the 4:24PM train back to Grand Central Station. The price is $450 (inclusive) based on double occupancy (single rate: $375). The reservation must be made 7 business days prior to travel so that Porches’ staff may mail the rail tickets; within 7 days, an additional $11.70 charge will be applied to the bill so that the tickets may be sent via overnight courier. The package is available December 5-6, 12-13, and 19-20 and space is limited to 12 people each weekend. Reserve online or call 413 664 0400.
 
Primary Colors Package
For those who wish to spend a getaway steeped in the creative process, Porches’ provides all the basics in its Primary Colors package. The package features tickets to MASS MoCA (for a little inspiration) and a painting kit for two inspired by Sol LeWitt’s wall drawings (2 small canvases, 2 paintbrushes, 2 pencils, 1 protractor, 1 red, 1 yellow, 1 blue paint), along with deluxe overnight accommodations at the Inn including a healthful continental breakfast. This is a great package for a couple or friends looking to explore their creativity in a new place or a nice way for families to take in the exhibit and follow up with an artful activity (additional art kits may be purchased for $10 per person). MASS MoCA offers a notable array of family activities through its Kidspace program (go to

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(massmoca.org for more information). The package is available Sunday-Thursday from $180 and Friday & Saturday from just $210 per night, inclusive (price based on double occupancy; subject to availability; blackout dates apply). Guests may upgrade to a room with two queens or a suite for additional charges – please inquire when making a reservation.

MASS MoCA Package
Porches’ MASS MoCA package pairs the museum/hotel experience with dinner for two. The package includes 2 tickets to MASS MoCA, overnight accommodations and breakfast for two, and dinner for two at one of the area’s restaurants – guest’s choice. Available from $250 Sunday - Thursday; $299 Friday & Saturday (includes taxes & meal gratuity; based on availability/blackout dates apply).

Each package includes accommodations in a spacious room with a queen-sized bed, free WiFi, dual phone lines, and a DVD player. Packages can be upgraded to a suite for an additional $60 per night. Guests can choose from a continental buffet breakfast, or in-room delivery in Porches' signature metal lunchbox. For dinner packages, Porches is pleased to be collaborating with several like-minded restaurants in the area.

About The Porches Inn
Porches is an ideal home base for exploring the Berkshires wealth of cultural attractions and natural beauty. Located on the MASS MoCA (www.massmoca.org) campus, Porches is just minutes away from the Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute (www.clarkart.edu), the Williams College Museum of Art (www.wcma.org), Williams College’s 62 Center for the Performing Arts (www.williams.edu/resources/62center/) and art film house Images Cinema. The heated outdoor pool and hot tub are surrounded by a radiant-heated stone terrace for year-round enjoyment. Make a fire in the bonfire pit (weather permitting) then take a romantic evening dip. With luxurious bedding, Italian linens, and commodious bathrooms (some with clawfoot tubs), Porches’ comfortable and spacious rooms set the stage for ultimate relaxation.

Opened in July 2001, the Porches Inn consists of seven renovated Victorian-era buildings that originally provided housing for the area’s mill workers. Located across the street from MASS MoCA, Porches’ guest rooms and public spaces employ a clever synthesis of retro and contemporary designs. The inn’s 47 rooms and suites are fully wired, offering WiFi and high-speed DSL internet access, dual phone lines and complimentary DVDs. The inn features a year-round outdoor pool, hot tub, sauna, bonfire pit, fitness room and meeting rooms for retreats and special events.