Planning your trip to Williamstown

 
LA Times | Travel
 

THE BEST WAY TO WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS. From LAX, nonstop service to Boston is available on American, JetBlue, Virgin America and United, and direct service (stop, no change of plane) is offered on Northwest. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $308. Williamstown is about 135 miles northwest ...


By Susan Spano // 07.10.09
 

THE BEST WAY TO WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS.

From LAX, nonstop service to Boston is available on American, JetBlue, Virgin America and United, and direct service (stop, no change of plane) is offered on Northwest. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $308.

Williamstown is about 135 miles northwest of Boston by way of Interstate 90, Interstate 91 and Massachusetts 2.

WHERE TO STAY

Williamstown has many small, mom-and-pop-style motels. Two of the nicest: the 1896 House Inn, Cold Spring Road, (888) 999-1896, www.1896house.com; doubles from $119, including breakfast. Maple Terrace, 555 Main St., (413) 458-9677, www.mapleterrace.com, close to the Williams College campus, doubles from $95.

The Guest House at Field Farm, 554 Sloan Road, Williamstown, (413) 458-3135, www.guesthouseatfieldfarm.org. A distinctive midcentury modern house with six guest rooms set on a 316-acre nature preserve. Most rooms have private porches and all have en suite baths. A small swimming pool, pond, hiking paths and large contemporary sculptures surround the house; doubles $175 to $295, including breakfast.

Orchards Hotel, 222 Adams Road, Williamstown; (800) 225-1517, www.orchardshotel.com, A modern frame and gray stone hotel set around a garden courtyard with sumptuously decorated, suite-like rooms, a small pool and a gourmet restaurant; doubles from $189.

The Porches Inn, 231 River St., North Adams; (413) 664-0400, www.porches.com, across the street from MASS MoCA. It has 48 rooms carved out of a row of 1890s factory workers' homes. There's no restaurant, but Porches has a pool and hot tub. Doubles $180 to $335, including breakfast.

River Bend Farm, 643 Simonds Road (Route 7), Williamstown; (413) 458-3121, www.riverbendfarmbb.com. In a 1770 home listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Filled with Colonial antiques and expertly restored. The B&B has four guest rooms that share two baths; doubles $120, including breakfast.

WHERE TO EAT

Gala Restaurant and Bar (at the Orchards Hotel; see above), has contemporary American gourmet cuisine in a formal dining room and more casual bar.

Hobson's Choice, 159 Water St., (413) 458-9101, is a cafe-restaurant that serves big portions of plain, old-fashioned New England fare. dinner for one about $25, not including wine.

Mezze Bistro and Bar, 16 Water St., (413) 458-0123, www.mezzerestaurant.com. Creative dishes made from local products; dinner about $50 per person, not including wine. Entrees $18 to $36.

The Mill on the Floss, Route 7, eight miles south of Field Park, (413) 458-9123, www.millonthefloss.com, is a cozy, elegant New England country eatery; specials include crab cakes and coq au vin. Entrees $27 to $34.

Pappa Charlie's Deli, 28 Spring St., (413) 458-5969, is a Williamstown tradition.

Tunnel City Coffee, 100 Spring St., (413) 458-5010, is a campus hangout with good java and baked goods.

TO LEARN MORE

Berkshires visitors bureau, 3 Hoosac St., Adams, MA 01220; (413) 743-4500, www.berkshires.org.