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Vintage Santa at The Porches Inn 

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Escape to the Berkshires

Do you need a quick re-charge during the madness of the holiday season? Our gift to you: an extension of our super popular Vintage Suite special! This deal includes overnight accommodations in one of our spacious one-bedroom suites, along with a bottle of red wine for you to enjoy and our healthful continental breakfast the next day. This offer is available for just $140 Sunday through Thursday and for $175 on Friday and Saturday, during the month of December (based on availability; blackout dates apply). Please call us at 413.664.0400 or email us to take advantage of this offer! Please call 413 664 0400 or email us to reserve.

Weekend Special !

Extend your getaway with this simple, thrifty offer... Join us for a Saturday night stay and add Friday or Sunday night at just $69 plus tax. The fine print: blackout dates apply; guest must stay two nights in order to take advantage of this offer; offered November 1st through January 31st. Please call 413 664 0400 or email us to reserve.

New Art at Porches

We're featuring work by the North Adams Artists Cooperative in our Reception area... carve out a bit of extra time to see what our local artists are up to. PS - their gallery is a great place to find a gift for that special someone - click here fore more info.

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Jiminy Peak Chair Lift

Ready to hit the slopes?

Come Ski-n-Stay with us at Porches. After a day of skiing, head back to the Inn for apres ski hot chocolate and freshly baked cookies. Ski-n-Stay includes overnight accommodations and two lift tickets to Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort and our hearty and healthful continental breakfast buffet. Priced from $225 Sunday - Thursday and $280 Friday & Saturday.

Update on the Thunderbolt Run

Winter sports enthusiasts may be knee-deep in preseason conditioning regimens (likely hitting the gym, yawn), while enjoyable pursuits among the great outdoors are scarce. But though hikers have mostly abandoned footpaths until spring thaw, the big, bad granddaddy of trails - the legendary Thunderbolt Ski Run in Adams, Mass. -  is just now starting to gear up for its time to shine. And just like an alpine enthusiast's tight hamstrings, the notoriously steep backwoods chute on the eastern face of Mount Greylock needs nudging into shape. Read all about it in Berkshire Living.

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Katharina Grosse at MASS MoCA

Katharina Grosse
Recognized for her vibrant, nearly explosive installations which transform her exhibition sites into animated, three-dimensional paintings and draw comparisons to the Expressionists as well as graffiti artists, Berlin-based painter Katharina Grosse will present her most significant and ambitious project in the United States to date in MASS MoCA's massive Building 5 gallery. The artist will install several of her signature mounds of painted soil (reminiscent of giant piles of pigment) within the gallery, reimagining the architectural landscape with playful shifts of scale that emphasize the building's uncanny ability to visually expand and contract. Learn more...


Virtually from birth when they are issued skull caps to keep their heads warm in the nursery, girls are associated with the color pink and boys with the color blue. In her exhibition at Kidspace at MASS MoCA artist Portia Munson focuses on how the colors pink and blue help to shape and reinforce gender roles. Running now through February 27, 2011, Color Forms I is the that explore how color can become exhibitions that explore how color can become form and how it can be connected to social constructions of meaning such as gender.

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Cindy Sherman - at WCMA

Art Re: Art

Williams College Museum of Art

Art Re: Art features 30 works from the museum's collection which take art as their subject. The works on view include examples ranging from subtle visual references to overt appropriations of iconic artwork. This exhibition includes an array of artists-from Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol to Cindy Sherman and Wang Qingsong-and explores repeated motifs, such as depictions of the artist in the studio and the artist and the model. Art Re: Art offers viewers an opportunity to re-consider the difference between re-interpretation and re-production in art and the ways that meaning shifts as a theme is re-presented in different media, such as when a painting is translated into a print.

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elast chance to view constable & contemporaries @the clark !
Constable at the Clark

Landscapes that were radical for their time...

John Constable's use of sketchy brushstrokes of color and his focus on rural landscape were considered radical in an age when paintings were expected to have a high degree of finish, and historical or religious subjects were in favor. Official recognition came only later in his career, but Constable's innovative approach to landscape painting-working in the open air to capture the changing effects of light and the movement of clouds-earned him many admirers and followers, both amateur and professional. Painters such as Alfred Vickers, Thomas Churchyard, James Gubbins Archer-Burton, and Lionel Constable, son of the artist, imitated his style so closely that their works are often confused with those of the elder Constable. Later, Constable was heralded as a precursor to the Impressionists, who were said to have adopted his practice of open-air painting to create their own innovative style.


The strange world of Albrecht Dürer populated by monsters, witches, hybrid animals, and marauding soldiers is also on view...

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MASS MoCA's Hardware Sells Local Artisan Wares

Mass MoCA's two retail stores have been scooping up gifts made by local artisans - stoneware mugs and bowls, woodcut boxes hewn from trees in Clarksburg and leg warmers crafted from repurposed wool sweaters - all items made by the 17 winners of the latest Berkshire Creative Challenge. There?s a ton of stuff to choose from, for both kids and kids-at-heart. More info here...

Keepin' It Local in North Adams

Our friends in downtown North Adams got together to offer a shopping extravaganza, full of festive events to keep you entertained as you scour the city for everyone on your holiday list!  Shop handmade jewelry, fine art, artisan chocolate, unique toys, historic gifts, books, locally made pottery and more?  There are a number of restaurants where you can fuel up along the way. Check out Develop North Adams' website for all the details!

Berkshire Grown's Local Holiday Marketplace

Berkshire Grown will present more than 75 regional farmers, food producers and artisan crafters to the Berkshires at the last Holiday Farmers' Market of the season, scheduled for Williamstown and Great Barrington on December 18, the Saturday before Christmas. The Williamstown market will include cordials, traditional dyeing, spinning and felting (plus a spinning demo), handmade herbal soaps, gingerbread and canned goods, glassware, award-winning sheep's milk cheese, handmade bags, floral designs, jewelry, and more. Many vendors will be offering items only available at this time of year or that have been created for these markets specifically. There will be entertainment for the whole family and lunch items will be available for purchase. The Williamstown Holiday Farmers' Markets will take place at the Williams College Towne Field House on Latham Street in Williamstown (10 am - 2 pm).  For additional details click here or call 413.528.0041.

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