Porches Inn
A new Berkshires gem across the street from Mass MoCA

From the April 22, 2002 Issue of New York

Not long ago, Porches Inn, three and a half hours by car from Manhattan, was nothing more than six dilapidated Victorian row houses. But in 1999, Mass MoCA, the celebrated contemporary-art museum, opened across the street, and now Porches is a thriving, remodeled Berkshires gem. We love the vintage lamps and Mohawk Trail memorabilia filling the large, homey rooms. There's also a heated outdoor pool and hot tub that are open year-round, plus a sauna, an exercise room, free DVD rentals, DSL hook-ups, and breakfast is complimentary. Ask for a picnic lunch, and they'll prepare it for you in a cute little factory worker's lunch box. And there's plenty to do nearby: Jiminy Peak has a year-round express chairlift to the top for hiking, mountain biking, and skiing, as well as a miniature golf course; Mass moca is a stone's throw away; and Hancock Shaker Village offers a compelling glimpse into original Shaker crafts and culture.

Porches Inn (summer rates start at $160; 413-664-0400 or porches.com); Jiminy Peak (413-738-5500); Mass moca (413-664-4481); Hancock Shaker Village (800-817-1137).


Photograph: Kenneth Chen