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
Not your ordinary roadside motel, this hipster newcomer is super comfortable. Creatively designed interiors feature a lot of plywood. Bathrooms are spacious with lux amenities. Plenty of plush towels, nice robes, pretty pool towels, folding chairs, flash light lanterns, retro radio and lamps....all tastefully integrated in a modern minimalist interior. Small porches replete with outdoor showers. Also, lovely landscaping leading to an outdoor pool, suspension bridge, and hiking trails beyond. Another creative touch is the stack of pseudo vintage postcards on the bedside table. Finally, I thought the little booklet on the history of the hotel and surrounding area was very well done. I want to come back and explore the Blackington Mill neighborhood.
I had a fabulous stay here. Everything was perfect. The hotel coffee is exceptional. I could not have asked for a more comfortable mattress. Every place you look is something to please the eye. Plain, Simple, comfortable.
Stayed at Tourists for second time and was very impressed. They definitely have worked through any of the opening issues and the room was still awesome and fresh. Staff was a well oiled machine and super responsive with cleaning and room service requests. Could sit outside on the room deck and hear the sounds of the nearby river. Went running over the bridge and on the extensive trail network. Views of the mountain range behind the complex are amazing.
Had a fabulous dinner at Tourists. Interesting, hearty menu, all done "with a twist." Tip included. Wine a little pricey. But overall good value. Can't wait to go back in the summer and eat outside. The fireplace during our cold April was perfect.
We have been traveling together for 30 years and never experienced a getaway quite like this. Everything about this place: the journey there and the location, the simplicity of it's design, the welcoming staff, the lodge and the food - is as close to perfect as we have ever found. In 30 years, we have never had all our meals at the hotel, and we did this at TOURISTS. Bravo to them. And we can't wait to go back.
Peace. Food. Music. TOURISTS was a sensual relief to all our senses.