THINGS TO DO!
There is a lot of great art, food, hiking, and swimming nearby! Here are some of our favorites:
EATING / DRINKING
- Pappa Charlie's: the best sandwiches around - a Williamstown staple since 1976! Great for lunch in or to take with you on a hike.
- North Adams Farmers Market and Williamstown Farmers Market: Both are Saturday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Also great for before a hike!
- Public Eat+Drink: North Adams bistro and bar - open for lunch and dinner.
- Coyote Flaco: the local Mexican food spot - can't compare with the Bay Area, but it's low-key and they make a killer margarita.
- Purple Pub: good beer but don't tell Erica you went - it's a Williams bar (Go Wes!)
- Pangaea: about 30 minutes north of Williamstown - Henry's old stomping grounds near Bennington College.
- The Prairie Whale: if you want to take a detour on your way to or from NYC, the Prairie Whale is awesome and founded/run by our friend Mark Firth -- of Diner, Marlow & Sons, and Grand Banks fame. Also, best (always changing) signage in the bay state.
- Tunnel City Coffee: if you need caffeine before the pizza/beer brunch! Right across from Bright Ideas Brewing.
HIKING / SWIMMING
- Pine Cobble Trail: about 1.5 miles, slightly steep in places, about 1 hour. Beautiful view at the top!
- Taconic Trail State Park: lots of options and different trails to take!
- Mount Hope Park: located at Green River Road and Hopper Road. A shallow swimming hole under the Green River.
Margaret Lindley Park: located at the “elbow” of Route 7 and the Mohawk Trail (Rt 2).
ART & CULTURE
- MASS MoCA: this summer's expansion means that MASS MoCA is now the country's largest contemporary art museum. The spaces are incredible, and great shows are up now!
- Usdan Gallery: about 30 minutes from Williamstown, Bennington's museum is part of the Helen Frankenthaler Visual Arts Center. The current exhibition is Gunnar Kaldewey’s books and prints.
- Norman Rockwell Museum: about 50 minutes from Williamstown, the museum holds the largest collection of Norman Rockwell works, as well as a deep archive.