The Porches Inn at MASS MoCA (North Adams, MA; www.porches.com), have been selected by the editors of National Geographic Traveler magazine to be featured in its first-ever, annual “Stay List.” The list debuts in the April 2008 issue and includes 150 properties in the US, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean – of the four Massachusetts hotels selected, two are ours! According to Traveler Senior Editor Sheila Feldman Buckmaster, “the hotels and inns that made it onto the list give back to the community, work to conserve and sustain, and — day in and day out — celebrate the very best that their destinations have to offer.”
A writer gushes about Porches in The Boston Globe, claiming that she and a guest’s “lofty cultural intentions were sidetracked by the amenities at the inn. The choices were many, and -- we had to admit -- perfect.” Circulation: 562,000+
The Porches Inn is one of 39 hotels profiled in Hip Hotels USA, the latest volume in the Hip Hotels series by travel writer and photographer Herbert Ypma. The book describes Porches as “funky accommodation the likes of which the Massachusetts countryside has never known,” with a “kitschy flavor that is at once appropriate, authentic and fun.”
“The Porches Inn is worth a visit just to ogle the creative design and use of color… pulled together with a sense of humor and thoughtfulness. The Porches is ideal for design aficionados and art lovers … the service is excellent, and small touches such as a huge DVD library, high speed Internet connections and conference rooms will appeal to the business traveler.”
The British edition of Conde Nast Traveler names The Porches Inn to its annual “Hot List” of the world’s most distinctive new hotels. Porches is extolled for its use of “ingenuity and wit to make the most of its blue-collar environs,” with “smartly appointed guest rooms” and “state of the art bathrooms,” according to the editors.
Porches is recommended as a weekend destination for New York magazine’s 2002 spring getaways feature in the 4/22/02 issue. “Porches is a thriving, remodeled Berkshires gem. We love the vintage lamps and Mohawk Trail memorabilia filling the large, homey rooms.” Circulation: 500,000+
Porches is accepted for membership in Historic Hotels of America, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Inn is cited for its commitment to historic preservation and effort to maintain the historic integrity of the buildings.
“…Porches is a welcome arrival. Here's an inn that's both earnestly homey and at home with irony. Guest rooms blend contemporary polish (glowing white linens, slate-floored baths with glass-enclosed shower stalls) and nudge-nudge-wink-wink details (fifties kitsch lamps purchased on eBay). And let's not forget those essential 21st-century acronyms: DVD players and DSL ports are standard. This in a town that a decade ago didn't have Touch-Tone phone service.” Circulation: 1 million+