The Porches: A Getaway to Massachusetts

by nomeatbarefeet

For a while now I have wanted to stage a little getaway with Katie. I knew it couldn’t be for long, so I opted for a trip down to The Porches Inn, which is located in the town of North Adams in the Berkshires in Northern Massachusetts. It is a truly unique “hotel”—I shouldn’t really call this a hotel; it is more like a B&B with a range of retroy, New England inspired rooms for short or extended stays. (The extended stay suites have a fire place and two floors, with a spiral staircase.)

North Adams is about a 4 hour drive south of us so we headed out early, dropped out little doggie off at Katie’s sister’s :-(, and enjoyed a beautiful drive from the top of Vermont to the bottom. Oh, and Katie had no idea where we were going. That made the drive beautiful, but, I think, a bit maddening for her. I kept trying to estimate where we would get there, but not know how long you have to be in a car was tough.

Now, I had looked at the weather the week before we left and every day was supposed to be rain and thunderstorms…

DSCF0005…but this doesn’t look like rain or thunderstorms. Turns out we had a pretty roasty day (high 80s with high humidity), and it wasn’t until later that evening that the violent storms rolled through.

The rooms are really quirky, with a mixture of retro inspired and local New England decor. Our room was a sort of purply color. Turns out you can see the one we stayed in over at tripadvisor.com (here). We also had a little porch that over looked the house with the sauna and pool. (Which we could have used…had I known it was going to be sunny and hot. Kicking myself for that one…)

DSCF0014After settling in we decided to relax for a bit and then head over to Williamstown for dinner at Spice Root. They offer some really tasty indian dishes, and they have a vegan section on their menu. Of course, the moment we got over there it began to rain, and rain, and rain. So we were stuck in the car for a bit.

DSCF0023Dinner was really good: we split an order of Garlic/Cilantro Naan, Tofu Sag and Vegetable Coconut. Afterwards we headed back to the room and sat out on our porch, sipping wine, and watching the lightning storm roll through. It was nice to just do nothing.

The next day we considered going over the Mass MOCA but it didn’t open till 11, and for $30 we would be able to spend nearly enough time there. So…we just opted to sleep in and then have some breakfast in bed.

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After prying ourselves out of bed we packed, checked out, and took some pictures of the exterior of the entire Porches.

We went around the corner for lunch at BrewHaHa, a nifty little cafe located across the street from the Mass MOCA entrance.

They didn’t have a lot of vegan fare, but the two wraps that they did have were delicious: an

Avocado Wrap with avocado, tomato, red onion, chopped red leaf, alfalfa sprouts, soy cheese and chili soy “mayo”; and a Portobello Warp with garlic and sherry glazed portobello mushroom, baby spinach, grilled onions and Dijon soy “mayo”. Yum!

After lunch we headed back through Williamstown to get a shot of the outside of Spice Root

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and to pickup a little gift for our nephew Elliot and niece Inez

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This book is hilarious. If you can find it, pick it up for any kids that you love. Or for yourself. (It’s been around for almost 20 years?! Huh?! Flew under the radar that one.)

After that it was time to head home. The getaway was short, but it was a lot of fun to abscond for even a day. Hopefully we can get down there again, and for a longer time. If you are looking for a unique place to take a vacation, The Porches fits the bill.

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