NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Porches Inn, a 50-room property contained
within six row houses dating from the 1890s, opened in this small
city in the Berkshires region of the state of Massachusetts.
Owned and renovated by Berkshire Hills Development, a private
firm, the inn is an example of what some see as a cultural
renaissance blossoming in the small city, which is located about
two hours west of Boston.
The redevelopment of the row houses, which were home to North
Adams' mill workers 100 years ago, comes on the heels of an
economic resurgence spearheaded in 1999 by the opening of the
Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.
"The museum is the reason for [the property's] inception," said
Brooks Bradbury, general manager of the Porches Inn.
In recent years, the North Adams area has become a home to the
technology industry and dot-com companies, and those businesses are
seen as a major source of potential clientele.
To appeal to that clientele, Porches Inn offers several
amenities, such as high-speed Internet access, data ports and
cordless speaker phones in all rooms as well as cellular phone and
laptop rentals at the front desk.
Porches Inn is an atypical lodging option for this area, as the
hospitality industry here consists mostly of motels,
bed-and-breakfasts and a Holiday Inn. "There is a shortage of
quality guest rooms in the northern Berkshires," said Bradbury.
He added that Porches Inn hopes to blend the best elements of
these types of accommodations in an attempt to please the area's
"We want to offer the amenities of a hotel while retaining the
informality and charm of a bed-and-breakfast," he said.
Each of the exteriors of the six row houses are painted a
Two porches, lined with rocking chairs, give the property its
A separate building houses a game room and a sauna. Outside are
a heated pool and a hot tub, surrounded by a heated stone patio
that can be used year-round.
Public areas include a living room with fireplace, a den, a
breakfast room and a meeting room that accommodates up to 20
Porches Inn contains 29 guest rooms and 21 suites.
All rooms feature a DVD player and a minibar; a king- or
queen-size bed and a private bath with a tub and separate shower.
Eight guest rooms have private porches.
Suite accommodations feature a queen-size bed, a separate living
room with a sofa bed and a Jacuzzi in the bathroom.
Two-level, two-bedroom suites feature a loft, queen-size beds,
two baths with Jacuzzi tubs and a living room with a sofa bed.
All guests receive continental breakfast with optional in-room
delivery -- in a galvanized metal lunchbox that recalls the days of
the mill workers. Interior decor features oversized table lamps
from the 1940s and 1950s.
"First and foremost, we want our guests to feel comfortable and
at home," said Bradbury. "Secondly, we want them to leave with a
sense of the history that we went to an effort to preserve."
Room rates range from $150 to $260 through Nov. 10 and from $125
to $209 from Nov. 11 to May 23; suite rates are from $225 to $295
and $175 to $239, respectively, and two-room suite rates are $295
to $430 and $235 to $329, respectively.
Rates are commissionable at 10%.
For more information or reservations, call (413) 664-0400; fax
(413) 664-0401; e-mail [email protected], or visit the property's Web site at