Modern art in the Berkshires.
Northwestern Massachusetts can be explored year-round, though it’s especially beautiful in the early fall when the surrounding leaves turn deep shades of red and orange. Just a few miles east of the academic solemnity of Williams College, is North Adams, a mill town turned factory for progressive art and cooking, that stands as a destination in its own right.
A few blocks from MASS MoCa, the Gramercy Bistro specializes in Berkshires-grown, organic ingredients; the white bean cassoulet with garlic sausage is a standout.
The museum is a village in miniature spread over 13 acres, with 26 buildings dedicated to art, music, dance, film, and theater. The institution can showcase exhibits of immense proportions and is the largest center for contemporary visual and performing arts in the country. For the next 25 years, the Sol LeWitt retrospective will be on view, another draw for this remote Berkshire property.
Paint-by-number pictures adorn the 47 retro rooms at Porches Inn. The string of dignified old Victorian row houses that provided homes for foremen of the printing plant opposite it are decorated with detergent-prize plates along the tongue-and-groove walls at the inn, alongside Mohawk Trail memorabilia.