While my dog and I were on our road trip through the Berkshires, we had the pleasure of staying at The Porches Inn and it went straight to the top of my list of favorite places to stay. This row of Victorian houses were beautifully restored so that the masses coming to visit the Mass MoCA had a place to stay. This world famous museum is just a 5 minute walk from the inn. Although the inn is newly restored, there is nothing contemporary about it. It is a cozy boutique hotel and each room is as unique as the next. I laughed when I heard it described as “granny chic” because that is perfect. As I walked past the rocking chairs on the front porch, I was greeted with a plate of warm chocolate chip cookies and it reminded me of visiting my Grammy when I was a little girl.
The Inn was very dog friendly and Katouche was welcomed with a note from their kitty mascot, Sabine, who told him about great places to walk his human while he was visiting the area. Two bowls, dog biscuits and a plastic doggie bag were all provided for him. There was even a tag to put on the door to notify the cleaners that there was a pet inside. I stayed in the dog building, but the four-legged guests were very well behaved and I never heard so much as one bark while I was there.
I had a room with an upstairs porch, which meant that I got to cross a little catwalk to get to my room. It was so nice to have a cup of coffee on the porch in the morning with my dog lying at my feet enjoying the fresh mountain air.
The slate pool and hot tub were so nice to enjoy at the end of a day of hiking. The pool is heated to 85 degrees and open 24 hours a day. There was also a nice fit pit at the top of the hill and a wooded trail to walk behind the property. It is even lit up at night in case your pup needs a late night potty break.
A continental breakfast was included and it was delicious. I had a fresh lemon poppy muffin, a hard boiled egg and a grapefruit.
There was so much to do with my dog in the Berkshires, I wrote an entire post about our trip which you can read here. It is such an artistic community, and there are hints of that artistic flare hidden throughout the town.
I loved everything about this place. From the fresh cut flowers in my room to the plate of warm cookies in the lobby, The Porches Inn feels like home.