Explore the Berkshires

Lodging at the Berkshires

Williamstown is tucked into the northwest corner of Massachusetts, near both the Vermont and New York state borders; it’s named after Colonel Ephraim Williams, who died in the French and Indian War in 1755 and on whose land the town was founded.

There is so much to discover in this rich and varied area that you will feel truly spoiled for choice. And The Orchards places everything right at your doorstep. Our knowledgeable staff is on hand to answer any of your questions about the area or to offer assistance in making a reservation. Get ready to explore.

MUSEUMS

Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute (The Clark)

Founded in 1955 by Robert Sterling Clark and his wife, Francine, The Clark focuses almost exclusively on European and American painting, sculpture, works on paper, and decorative art from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century. Special exhibitions are offered throughout the year.

Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA)

MASS MoCA has become one of the most visited contemporary art institutions in the country since its opening in 1999. It is home to galleries, performing art spaces, and commercial tenants. Bang on a Can, a New York-based music organization, hosts its yearly “Summer Institute of Music” here, attracting young performers and composers.

Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA)

WCMA specializes in modern and contemporary art, photography, prints, and Indian painting, though its nearly 13,000 works span history. It contains the largest collection in the world of works by brothers Charles and Maurice Prendergast.

Hancock Shaker Village

Nicknamed "The City of Peace" by its Shaker inhabitants, Hancock Shaker Village is an exquisitely restored village, with 20 historic buildings showcasing a noteworthy collection of Shaker furniture and artifacts. The village’s Round Stone Barn is recognized the world over as an architectural icon.

The Berkshire Museum

The Berkshire Museum offers exhibitions and activities for visitors of all ages. Children will enjoy the museum’s touch tank and aquarium and collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts. Be sure to check out the Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation, an interactive exhibit that celebrates scientific, technological and cultural inventions throughout history.

FILM AND THEATRE

Williamstown Film Festival (WFF)

The Williamstown Film Festival was founded in 1998 by to honor the medium of filmmaking, both classic and contemporary. This year’s five-day festival includes screenings, Q&A sessions, and a benefit dinner.

Williamstown Theatre Festival (WTF)

Hosted on the campus of Williams College, WTF is the nation’s premier resident summer theater, and recipient of a Tony award for Excellence in Theater. Many of the biggest names in acting, directing and composing have spent time here, and some of the WTF’s recent shows have transitioned to Broadway to great acclaim.

MUSIC AND DANCE

Williams College '62 Centre For Theatre and Dance

The ’62 Center houses three theaters, dance and directing studios, and classrooms. It also hosts the CenterSeries – a full season of performances by visiting artists who also run workshops for students.

Tanglewood

Tanglewood, in nearby Lenox, MA, is the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, as well as the annual summer Tanglewood Music Festival and the Tanglewood Jazz Festival; it attracts over 350,000 visitors annually.

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

A National Historic Landmark located about 30 miles south of Williamstown, Jacob’s Pillow Dance is one of the world's most prestigious arts organizations. It hosts the country’s longest running dance festival, the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, every year during the summer months. Visitors to the festival may enjoy more than 200 free performances, talks, tours, events, and exhibits.

SPORTS AND OUTDOOR ADVENTURE

The Berkshires are a year-round haven for outdoor enthusiasts. The Orchards hotel places you close to relaxing and exhilarating activities including white water rafting, rock climbing, ziplining, and hiking among the Mohawk and Appalachian Trails. Climb to the top of Massachusetts’ highest peak, Mt. Greylock, and enjoy the views.

If tennis or golf is more your scene, we offer easy access to tennis courts throughout the area, as well as the famous Taconic Golf Course. Snow lovers will enjoy skiing and snowboarding at Jiminy Peak, Berkshire East on the Mohawk Trail, Stump Sprouts, Notchview, and Mt. Snow.

SPAS

InTouch Massage & Day Spa

Our Favorite Spa Located on Water Street in downtown Williamstown, InTouch Massage & Day Spa offers massage therapy, facials, skin care, a full service hair salon and a private outdoor hot tub.

Tsubo Massage

This Willliamstown spa offers massage services, as well as a variety of wellness therapies and acupuncture.

SHOPPING

Spring Street

Packed with locally owned shops selling art, antiques, gifts, toys, clothing and jewelry, Spring Street is Williamstown’s business and commercial epicenter. It’s a one-way street, with a municipal lot at one end offering plenty of free parking. Make sure to stop in at the Harrison Gallery on Spring Street, with its amazing assortment of handcrafted art and collectables.

North Adams, MA

Nearby North Adams, MA offers toy stores, art galleries, vintage clothing stores and locally owned eateries and coffee houses along Eagle, Marshall and Main Street.

Outlet Shopping

There are two outlet shopping malls within about an hour’s drive from the hotel: Lee Premium Outlets, in Lee, MA, and Manchester Designer Outlets in Manchester, VT.

Bennington, VT

A short 20-minute drive from Williamstown, Bennington is the home to both Bennington Potters and Camelot Village, which includes artisan galleries, antiques and unique gift ideas.

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