Thousands of acres at the juncture of three mountain ranges in Northwestern Massachusetts. Williamstown attracts more than a million visitors annually, including the 520 each year who settle in for four years as Williams College students. Williamstown has been called the nation's best college town. Natural and cultural resources including mountains and ski slopes, museums and festivals, make it a magnet for interesting people.
With both Impressionist art and lush green forests, this has been called the most culture-saturated rural spot in the nation.
During the summer, Williams College is host to several conferences and youth sport camps. The Orchards Hotel is favorite of guests who prefer a hotel to campus dorm living, or parents and families who come for camp, but stay for vacation.
When a student and their family is considering a visit to Williams, be sure to plan time to explore the whole campus. In addition to taking a campus tour and attending a group information session, talk to students, attend classes, read bulletin boards, take part in evening concerts or lectures, meet faculty and coaches, and investigate facilities. Allow at least a full morning or afternoon. For additional information visit Williams College Admissions.
During March and April join our resident “Williams Dad”, General Manager, Bernie English in the morning for coffee in the living room to get the “parents perspective” on Williams College. As a Williams parent himself, he is happy to share his experience with tips and insights.
The Berkshires provide a peaceful refuge from the stresses of modern living while The Orchards Hotel offers its guests modern luxury, comfort, and convenience. With its gracious ambience and eclectic décor, The Orchards Hotel effortlessly combines luxurious lodging accommodations with modern amenities in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
The Orchards Hotel, boasts the only steakhouse in Williamstown. Gala Steakhouse & Bistro offers a variety of menu items from locally grown and organic bistro items to traditional steakhouse fare. Open for breakfast, dinner and evening bar hours let Gala treat you to a dining experience.
Most guest accommodations gaze upon a lush courtyard or offer the warmth of an elegant fireplace as an added indulgence for the ultimate lodging experience near Williams College. Many also feature a refrigerator. Our nightly turndown service will Surprise and Delight you freshly baked cookies and other special touches unrivaled by other Williamstown hotels.
"While visiting various colleges in New England with our teenager, I kept wishing every hotel could be like The Orchards. Easy, fast, and friendly check-in, huge, comfortable room with every amenity we could want, great value, and personalized attention (they somehow knew we were visiting Williams College and gave us a welcome packet with map and wonderful letter from the owner at check-in). The place feels very comfortable and inviting. If we do end up a Williams family, this will undoubtedly be our home away from home. " March 2012