It’s been a while since I’ve posted here but I’m back with some photos of our weekend getaway in the Berkshires! We’re definitely counting down the days until the 2019 Tanglewood season starts up and we can be back in the Berkshires full-time for another summer of classical music on the lawn, picnics, hiking and all of the things we love so dearly about Western Massachusetts. Until then, we’re always looking to escape our fast-paced city lives and slow down in the Berkshire hills any chance we can get.
We spent two nights at Tourists Welcome, a very cozy and hip, dog-friendly hotel in North Adams. This was our second time staying here and since our first visit last fall was so comfortable and enjoyable, we knew we would be back. Elsie gets the royal treatment from the staff with treats every time she’s greeted in the lodge so she’s also a huge fan. We love waking up and going straight to the lodge for some espresso drinks and breakfast. Tourists has great food options so we like to linger in the lodge with our coffees and bites before going on a hike with Elsie. I was especially excited to check out the Appalachian Trail that’s not too far from the hotel and wander in the woods for a while after not being able to walk or hike all of last summer with my broken foot. I laughed when we saw a sign on the trail that said, 4 miles to Vermont. I always forget how close Vermont is from this part of Massachusetts.
We often forget how big the Berkshires are and North Adams has a lot to offer. Some of our favorite things to do in the N. Adams area are spend a day wandering around Mass Moca and/or The Clark but on this particular trip we didn’t really feel like leaving the hotel much. It’s such a cozy space with plenty to entertain us, plus it was still a little cold out. We even woke up to snow in April! We watched movies in bed, raided the mini-bar, and got take out from A OK Barbecue. This was a rare 3 day weekend for Adam so we really needed to relax and Tourists was a great place to do just that. We were craving time outdoors in nature after a long winter in Boston. We even had our Monday night date night at the newly opened Airport Rooms next to the hotel. Hello, wedge salads, frites and wine! What else could we ask for?
On our second day we visited Cricket Creek Farm in nearby Williamstown. They have a great little farm store with raw milk, local meat and it’s where they produce all of their delicious cheese! I’ve been buying their cheese for years so it was really nice to see where it all comes from. There are lots of farm animals and the view and landscape is so pretty. You can walk around and learn about the history of the farm all while stocking up on local foods.
After that it was back to the hotel to read books, drink tea and take a relaxing walk across the suspension bridge and through the woods. Life always feels like it’s happening at a slower pace in Western Mass and I can’t wait for us to return.
Thank you for the wonderful stay, Tourists! We know we’ll be back soon.