Fly into Albany airport if you’re coming from US cities like Chicago, Atlanta and Denver; it’s just over an hour’s drive from the hotel. Flights from the UK and Europe go to Boston (three hours’ drive) and New York (three-and-a-half hours’ drive); Norwegian airlines land at Newburgh-Stewart airport, too, which is two hours and twenty minutes away by car. Call the Smith24 team for help arranging all your travel.
Take the Amtrak train to Albany/Rensselaer station, which is two-and-a-half hours from New York’s Penn station. From here, it’s around an hour drive to the hotel.
A car gives you the freedom to explore the arty towns and rolling hills of Berkshires, and pop into Vermont and Upstate New York. Besides, it’s the natural way to arrive at a motel. Hire from the airport, and park up for free.
If you’ve got your own jet, you can land it at Harriman & West airport, a small airfield that’s just across the road from the hotel. How handy.
Worth getting out of bed for
There’s nothing wrong with whiling the days away on your terrace, but in the steamy summers you’ll want a dip in the pool. Then explore the estate. Cross the Hoosic River on the suspension bridge and fork right to an eerie wind-chime sound installation, or left to an abandoned textile mill that once produced uniforms for Union soldiers in the Civil War. The timber cottage by the road has been transformed into an antique-laden speakeasy, which opens for special events. In-room massages can be arranged on request, and in the warmer months guests can limber up with sun salutations on the yoga deck.
You’re at the junction of two major trails – the Appalachian and the Mohawk – so buckle your boots and pick a section to hike, or jump in the car and drive the scenic route. From Massachusetts’ highest point on Mount Greylock (3,485ft) you can see five different states… and a whole lot of forest. See what you catch with Berkshire Rivers Fly Fishing, or stop by Berkshire Outfitters for all the gear you need for kayaking, biking and more. The band Wilco come to town for their very own Solid Sound Festival each June (expect plenty of groupies at Tourists, the bass player’s hotel), and Williamstown Theatre Festival runs all summer long.
Mass MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) is not just the blockbuster attraction of North Adams, it’s an internationally revered institution. At the very least, visit the exhibitions at the sprawling converted factory; better still, catch an avant-garde performing arts show.
Public Eat+Drink (34 Holden Street) has you covered for American comfort food in an industrial-styled space, while Brewhaha (437 W Main Street) takes itself more seriously than you’d think, especially when it comes to coffee. In nearby Williamstown, Mezze is a cottage dining room serving seasonal produce and small-batch wines.
The finest cocktails for miles around are shaken behind the Lodge bar at Tourists, but for a feisty craft ale go to the pride of North Adams, Bright Ideas Brewing (111 Mass MoCA Way).