The Berkshires is fun, funky, and undeniably cool. If you want your lodging to reflect that aesthetic, there's no better place to stay with your family than The Porches Inn in North Adams (porches.com).
Located across the street from Mass MoCA, the 47-room hotel was upcycled from six 19th-century rowhouses that housed the previous generations who worked in the former mill complex that now houses the contemporary art museum. The Inn commands an entire block and was named after its signature verandas, replete with rocking chairs and swings, which link the six buildings. (Make sure you take time to just sit and rock with your kids, watching the world pass by.)
A member of the Historic Hotels of America, the inn is a distinct blend of old and new styles it describes as "industrial granny chic." Hallways are lined with a mix of contemporary art and ceramics, knickknacks, signs, and homey regional souvenirs and tchotchkes you would find in your grandmother's home, as well as the original sturdy staircases that lead to the second floor.
Guest rooms sport paint-by-number artwork from the 1950s and '60s, beadboard walls, and wooden floors, alongside modern-day amenities like Wi-Fi and HDTVs with built-in Netflix and DVD players (guests can borrow movies at the front desk). Clawfoot or jacuzzi tubs sit on slate floors next to modern glass showers, and the bathrooms feature distinctive touches, such as interior windows with frosted glass and mirror frames created from the building's original window frames.
Five loft suites feature iron spiral staircases twisting to a separate level, featuring its own bathroom, TV, and more (a perfect spot for the kids), and eight guestrooms offer private outdoor porches.
Children will love the year-round heated pool and hot tub, while adults will also enjoy the fitness area and sauna (both open around the clock). And the whole family will remember an evening around the fire pit, which the staff will build and light. They will also provide a basket of s'mores ingredients for extra fun. A free breakfast buffet is offered each morning, which can be enjoyed in the Breakfast Room in the center house or delivered to guest rooms via retro galvanized metal lunchboxes, reflective of the mill workers who once lived onsite. There's a hotel bar in the front lobby for adults, and a selection of board games to play with the kids if Netflix fails to entertain them.
Outside, families can enjoy the playground and woodland gazebo or take the short walk to Mass MoCA or into town for a multitude of dining options and sightseeing.
The Porches Inn is a truly unique family-friendly hotel your family will never forget.
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