What We Love
- A cutting-edge circulation system that brings fresh mountain air into each room
- Outdoor spaces for all guest rooms, including semi-private patios or private decks with outdoor showers
- A boardwalk that leads to the Hoosic River
- An 1813 farmhouse is site of the hotel’s cocktail lounge and live music venue
What To Know
- Until the forthcoming restaurant opens, the hotel will serve breakfast and all-day picnic fare
- Some guest rooms have bunk beds for families
- The hotel’s investors include John Stirratt, bassist for the band Wilco
- The property sits on the site of a former mid-century motor lodge
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Pet Friendly
- Room Service
This Berkshires eco-lodge brings modernity and a James Beard Award-winning chef to the mountains
Boston-based lead designer Ben Svenson (whose portfolio includes a long list of fixer-uppers) is to thank for the transformation of this former one-star roadside motel into a sleek adult summer camp. If the 48 rooms seem unabashedly austere—save for a few vintage postcards and woven rugs, the cabins are lined with untreated local white oak and largely uncluttered—it’s totally intentional. One peek through the expansive picture windows (bonus points for the built-in window seats) will assure you that the real visual feast lies outside. Here, it’s all about the charming communal spaces, including a yoga pavilion and a 1960s-era ranch house clad with a patio and a fireplace, that strike a sublime indoor-outdoor balance—inspired, no doubt, by the Berkshires’ long legacy as a popular summer destination. (The nearby Mohawk Trail, which opened to cars in 1914, is considered New England’s first official scenic tourist route.)
In the Area
North Adams, a former mill town, is a scenic 3.5-hour drive from New York City. Guests are fifteen minutes from the MASS MoCA, a 19th-century factory building turned contemporary art mecca containing 250,000 square feet of gallery space. Long-term exhibits include a display of over 200 avant-garde musical instruments handmade by Vermont-based Gunnar Schonbeck and wall-size drawings by the late minimalism guru Sol LeWitt. In the summer months, crowds descend on nearby Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra where a lively music festival stretches into Labor Day weekend.
How to Get There
We had a relaxing 4 days here. Comfortable bed & sheets. Great towels. Appreciated the conservation consciousness throughout. I found the music in the great room very soothing and relaxing. Good, if limited breakfast. The front desk was very helpful with suggestions for trail walks and restaurants. Great location between No. Adams and Williamstown,
I treated myself and my dog to a spontaneous night here to celebrate my birthday. I LOVE that you can text the front desk and that the $20 dog fee is donated to a Berkshire animal rescue. It is truly a dog-friendly hotel where they seem welcomed and not simply tolerated. It was too late in the season for the pool and outdoor shower, but the outdoor spaces the rooms overlook are simply stunning. Between the hammocks, chairs on every deck and windowseats, there are endless places to kick back with a book.
The indoor decor is very 2019 - a combination of mid-century and present day hipster, but all very warm and inviting. The food was not spectacular but I appreciated the vegetarian options available at each meal.
I really appreciated the on-site trails and access to the Appalachian Trail. It was clear the staff was familiar with the local hiking and had actually done many of the hikes they suggested rather than just passing on second hand information. I would love it if they set up winter snow shoe excursions! When I checked in, the staff showed me to my room and gave me the lay of the land rather than just handing me a key and leaving me to find it on my own.
The only downside is the train as some people have mentioned (not a huge deal to me as a city dweller) and my next door neighbors seemed to be slamming doors for about 40 minutes around 11pm. Voices didn't carry but it sounded like they were going in and out repeatedly (and bowling or something when they were in there). I really think this was limited to the particular people I was next to because I didn't hear anything on the other side of my room and no sounds during the daytime.
We were delighted by our stay at Tourists. The rooms are amazing - so well appointed and relaxing from the minute you walk in. I wish I could have taken the bed and pillows home with me - the best night's sleep I've had in a long time!
We loved the little touches of the interesting soaps in the bathroom, and the shower was perfect.
The grounds are gorgeous...we were surprised by the salt water pool - how different for a mountain resort. We loved the bridge over the river, and the whole feel of the place.
We enjoyed having drinks outside on the porch, and then inside in the renovated main room. Our snacks were delicious.
We would highly recommend a stay at Tourists - it's a destination by itself, but also close to so many wonderful museums and walking/hiking trails.