Art Lovers Getaway in the Berkshires

Are you an art lover and thinking about a trip to the Berkshires? We've put together a sample itinerary featuring exhibitions, flowering gardens, scenic vistas, and a cozy inn.

Day One

Book your stay at Field Farm Guest House in Williamstown MA, an authentic mid-century-modern Bed & Breakfast.

Currently we are running a spring weekday special:  Stay 2 nights and receive 50% off the second night (Promo Code- SpringSpecial) or stay for 3 nights for the price of two (Promo Code- SpringSpecial). This special is valid from Monday night through Thursday Night and includes our full Breakfast.  Offer valid until 6/23/2022.

Naumkeag

Naumkeag

Naumkeag

Experience Gilded Age style and splendor at this marvelous estate renowned for its elegant gardens and rare Berkshire “cottage.”

Now is the perfect time to visit Naumkeag to experience the George Rickey Sculpture exhibit.

This 48-acre architectural masterpiece is, at its heart, a family home. In 1884, Joseph Choate, a prominent New York attorney and U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain, and his wife, Caroline, hired the famous architectural firm of McKim, Mead & White to design a summer retreat. The result was a 44-room shingle-style home, where several generations of the Choate family lived until daughter Mabel Choate bequeathed it to The Trustees in 1958.

When you visit this National Historic Landmark, carve out time to explore the superlative gardens created by Mabel Choate and noted landscape architect Fletcher Steele. Take in the Blue Steps, a series of deep blue fountain pools, flanked by four flights of stairs and a grove of white birches. Elsewhere walk through the stunning beautiful Afternoon Garden, Tree Peony Terrace, Rose Garden, Evergreen Garden, and Chinese Garden, each of which evinces beauty while revealing the playful, inventive spirit of collaboration between Ms. Choate and Mr. Steele, which played out over the span of 30 years.

George Rickey Sculpture at Naumkeag

George Rickey Sculpture at Naumkeag

ViewEscapes: George Rickey Kinetic Sculpture:

The exhibit, entitled ViewEscapes features twelve large, outdoor sculptures that will be placed throughout the designed landscape. Inside the 44 acre “cottage” find eight more sculptures and three works of art, including Rickey’s interior tabletop works, hanging pieces, artwork, and archival documents.

While at Naumkeag take the George Rickey Walking Tour which guides you through the sculptures.

When you visit this National Historic Landmark, carve out time to explore the superlative gardens created by Mabel Choate and noted landscape architect Fletcher Steele. Take in the Blue Steps, a series of deep blue fountain pools, flanked by four flights of stairs and a grove of white birches. Elsewhere walk through the stunning beautiful Afternoon Garden, Tree Peony Terrace, Rose Garden, Evergreen Garden, and Chinese Garden, each of which evinces beauty while revealing the playful, inventive spirit of collaboration between Ms. Choate and Mr. Steele, which played out over the span of 30 years.

 

Ashley House from the side

Ashley House

Ashley House interior

Ashley House Interior

Ashley House

In the mood for more historic houses? Check out the nearby Mission House, also in Stockbridge, and the Ashley House just south in Sheffield.

Once the center of white political and social life in colonial Sheffield, today the Ashley House is remembered for its connection to Elizabeth Freeman, who was enslaved there before winning her freedom and dealing a deathblow to the institution of slavery in Massachusetts.

Re-experience these important historical events on a tour of the Ashley House. Along with a selection of 18th- and 19th-century furniture, tools, and redware, you’ll learn about the American Revolution, the region’s history of slavery, and the lives and legacies of Col. Ashley and Elizabeth Freeman.

Rose B. Simpson Counterculture

Day Two

Wake up at the stunning Field Farm in Williamstown and spend the morning hiking around the property, while taking in art and nature.

Rose B. Simpson Counterculture Exhibit

If you book your stay after June 18th, you will also get to experience the Rose B. Simpson “Counterculture” exhibit that will be installed at Field Farm.

The exhibition will be installed along the horizon line of a Field Farm meadows that is visible from Sloan Road. The sculptural artwork consists of twelve cast-concrete figures supported by steel-gauge wireframes that stand approximately nine feet tall. The figures are covered with a dry concrete spray, adorned with ceramic and found objects, and include steel-posts rooted into the ground with cement.

After a morning spent exploring, make your way over to North Adams to visit the Mass MoCa and grab a bite to eat. On the way don’t miss the another George Rickey sculpture located at Williams College. 

And finally you can round out your day of art at the Clark Museum, which is just 10 minutes away from Field Farm. Depending on the day, you can explore their trails outside or their art exhibits.

Morning view at Field Farm

Field Farm Guesthouse

Field Farm View

Field Farm View

Field Farm Room

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