By Nancy Macy
Looking for a unique place to stay while in the Berkshires? We have plenty of interesting options! Each of these featured spots offers a warm welcome and a distinct character, ensuring you an unforgettable experience.
Check in at TOURISTS Welcome, a 48-room hotel and riverside retreat on the scenic Mohawk Trail in North Adams, and you’ll find a classic mid-century roadside motor lodge reimagined with modern architecture and style. It seems they’ve thought of everything you might need or want for an amazing getaway. The food and drink feature locally-grown and sourced ingredients. Common areas inside and out invite you to gather for meals, cocktails, and live music. The hotel even has its own short-wave radio station, with a playlist curated by co-owner John Stirratt, the bassist from Wilco.
Another recently-restored gem on the Mohawk Trail is the Wigwam on the Western Summit. Originally opened in 1930, the Wigwam’s new cabins and gift shop offer more than a cool retro vibe reminiscent of the heyday of car travel. Set at an elevation of 2,100 feet, the panoramic views (and sunsets) here are breathtaking. Even if you’re just passing through on your way to the route’s famous hairpin turn, stop in at the Wigwam store for a pour-over coffee and a home-baked treat to fuel the rest of your journey.
Visiting the southern Berkshires? Book a stay at rustic Race Brook Lodge in Sheffield, where the Appalachian Trail and a hike to a waterfall are steps away and Berkshire cultural attractions are close by. The expansive property is dotted with a variety of tranquil accommodations. It’s also home to the historic, candle-lit Stagecoach Tavern—a favorite dining spot for travelers and locals—and the Down County Social Club, a speakeasy-style music venue. The Barn Space offers ample room for group retreats, weddings, and events.
Also off the beaten path is The Carriage House in Otis. This antique-filled, mid-1800s, four-season house rental has been completely restored by owner Margie Wilke, who lives in a separate building on the property. Minutes from Jacob Pillow’s and Otis Ridge Ski Area, you’re also a short drive to Tanglewood or to prime spots for hiking, fishing, boating, and swimming. Two restaurants and a pub are walkable from the house.
If you prefer a more central location with shops and cafes out the front door, The Barrington offers an intimate B&B experience in downtown Great Barrington. Eight suites offer luxe amenities and stylish décor. Your stay includes a complimentary breakfast prepared by Chef William Merrelle, formerly of Rouge restaurant in West Stockbridge, and afternoon tea curated by owner Carrie Chen, who is also the proprietor of Casana T House in Hillsdale, New York.
Whether you’re looking for postcard views, a romantic hideaway, or a peaceful place away from the city, lodging in the Berkshires offers you a wonderful home away from home. Come stay with us!
Nancy Macy is a freelance writer and editor based in the Berkshires.