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Make the best of winter and retreat for a weekend in the Berkshires

What to Bring

Hiking boots   Fleece
Gloves   Hat
Weatherproof
jacket
  A good book
 

Specs

  Directions
 
From Boston to Field Farm:
Take the Mass Turnpike (I-90) west to Exit 2, Route 20 toward Lee/Lenox/Pittsfield
Follow Route 20 until it merges with Route 7 north
Follow Route 7 north to intersection with
Route 43 in Williamstown
At intersection with Route 43, pick up Route 43 south and immediately take a right onto Sloan Road
Proceed one mile to entrance on right of
Field Farm
  Good to know in advance
 
Field Farm open year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset; free access

Trail map available online at:
www.thetrustees.org/

Guest House at Field Farm open Thur.-Sun. nights from November through April (open daily remainder of the year)
Two-night minimum stay on weekends;
check in time is from 3-8 pm (call for late
arrival arrangements); children 12 and older welcome; rates $150-$250 depending on
the room
For more information on the Guest House
and special offers, check:
www.guesthouseatfieldfarm.org/
For reservations, call 413.458.3135
Field Farm: 554 Sloan Road, Williamstown, 413.458.3135
Williams College Museum of Art open Tue-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5; free admission is free. The museum is located on the Williams
campus on Route 2 (Main Street) between Spring Street and Route 43 (Water Street), across from Thompson Memorial Chapel.
Phone: 413.597.2429
Clark Art Institute open Tue-Sun (closed
Mondays), 10-5; free admission from
November through June 4, 2005. The
museum is located on South Street, one-half mile south of the junction of Routes 2 and 7 in the center of Williamstown. Phone:
413.458.2303
MassMOCA open Wed-Mon (closed
Tuesdays), 11-5. The museum is located at 87 Marshall Street in North Adams. Phone: 413.662.2111
  Etiquette
 
Dogs on leash at all times in the Field Farm
The Guest House does not accommodate pets
 
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Make the best of winter and retreat for a weekend in the Berkshires
 
 

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Difficulty: 1/5
  Time from Boston: 3 hours
  Duration: Weekend/ Overnight
  Cost:

Rooms from $150/night

  Main activity:

Relaxing

 
 
 
 
What about a weekend escape that combines a very relaxing B&B and a walk in the Berkshires? The Guest House at Field Farm is a luxury retreat from where you can explore nearby fields and meadows on foot or on skis. For art lovers, the Berkshires also boast several art museums, including MASS MoCA in North Adams, the Clark Art Institute, and the Williams College Museum of Art in Williamstown.

Introducing your new favorite home away from home: the modernist Guest House at Field Farm. Featuring an unparalleled view of Mt. Greylock, Massachusetts' highest peak, the Guest House at Field Farm is a refreshing change from your usual bed & breakfast. Edwin Goodell, Jr. designed the 1948 Bauhaus-inspired house for Lawrence and Eleanor Bloedel, avid modern art and furniture collectors of the time. Modern artwork adorns the interiors, and the surrounding landscaped gardens boast thirteen sculptures.

The Guest House is situated in the middle of Field Farm, 316 acres of conserved land with four miles of trails that can be enjoyed by foot or cross-country ski. This patchwork landscape features cropland, pastures, mixed forest, marshes, and a stream and pond. The trail network is made of several loops, two north of the Guest House, the North Trail (hayfields and pasture) and the Oak Loop (forest), and one south of it, the South Trail (wetlands and forest).

If you are an art lover, the Guest House is also a convenient base to explore the many nearby museums and art centers:
The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown. This museum welcomes visitors year-round to experience its outstanding collections of European and American art in an intimate setting of profound natural beauty. Surrounded by 140 acres of expansive lawns, meadows, and walking trails, the Clark is home to exceptional examples of European and American painting and sculpture, master prints and drawings, English silver and porcelain, and early photographs. The museum is best known, however, for its extraordinary collection of French Impressionist paintings.
Down the road, the Williams College Museum of Art houses 12,000 works that span the history of art. Within the broad range of time periods and cultures represented, the collection emphasizes modern and contemporary art, American art from the late 18th century to the present, and the art of world cultures.
Just a few miles east of Williamstown in North Adams is MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art). The 13 acres of grounds encompass a vast complex of 19th-century factory buildings and occupy nearly one-third of the city's downtown business district. Listed in the National Historic Register, the site's 26 buildings form an elaborate system of interlocking courtyards and passageways rich with historical association.
Whether you visit some of these museums or just take walks across the meadows and pine forests, a weekend at Farm field is sure to be a very, very relaxing experience. The Guest House has only 5 rooms, so book early.

Field Farm is one of 95 properties owned by The Trustees of Reservations – a conservation nonprofit organization that works to save the landscapes and landmarks of Massachusetts.