Family Travel: Berkshires Bounty
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Geocaching will eventually lead you to the original upside-down trees at the nearby Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts in North Adams (www.massmoca.org). Trees planted in pots are hung so the soil is on top and the trees point towards the ground. MASS MoCa is in a former mill complex and the buildings also include a restaurant, shops, and offices. At MASS MoCa, the first stop for families is usually Kidspace, a 3,200-square-foot gallery and workshop for children, but kids also love exploring the rest of the museum's bridges and unusually large art. You can start your day with a free gallery tour; there are also concerts, dance performances, and movies.
The Victorian row houses across the street from MASS MocCA, where mill workers once lived, have been transformed into the chic Porches Inn (www.porches.com). The hotel has a heated outdoor pool, a playground next door, and a locally-sourced free breakfast (delivered to your room if you wish). Kids under 12 stay free with their parents.
You can also stay at the Ingalls Crossing Farm Bed & Breakfast in Williamstown (www.ingallscrossing.com). This working dairy farm has two bedrooms; if you are traveling with more than one child, you will need to rent both rooms. Kids can explore the farm and pet the llama and the cows.
For more information, visit www.berkshires.org.