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 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.
Tourist is really a full service motel rather than hotel, but who is going to quibble about semantics. It is fairly new, Scandinavian modern, and lovely.
The rooms and furniture have the clean lines of Scandy decor; simple but upscale. There is a bar/lounge, and a restaurant that is appropriate for breakfast and lunch; not so much for dinner. There is a saltwater pool as well.
We have come to the area three or four times to go to the Clark Art Institute, and we were always disappointed with where we stayed. Tourist solved that problem.
Our room was pristine and the staff was very friendly.
It was obvious that the management cared about making the
guests feel welcome and comfortable. The grounds were lovely
and rustic and very well maintained.