Residency Essentials

Essential information for your stay at the Studios!


Wifi Passwords

Studio:
Network Name: Artist-Guest

Password: MoCA1040@rts  

Apartment:
Network Name: Artists Residence

Password: welcomehome

Contact Information

A4A Office Phone Number: 413.664.4481 x8147

A4A Team Phone Numbers:

Carolyn Clayton — 413.320.3556
Molly Rideout — 608.630.1423
Briana Halpin  — 413.884.4834
Blair Benjamin — 413.652.9661

MASS MoCA Security: 413.441.4551

Shipping materials to yourself? Send them to:

YOUR NAME
c/o The Studios at MASS MoCA
1320 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 01247

AREA GUIDE FOR RESIDENTS

Directions to MASS MoCA

Use MASS MoCA’s website for directions from all surrounding areas: Directions to MASS MoCA

The GPS friendly address is: 87 Marshall Street, North Adams, MA 01247

Public Transportation

PLANE:

There is no commercial air service to North Adams, but you can fly into these nearby airports:

  • Albany International Airport : Albany, NY, approximately 1.5 hours from North Adams

  • Bradley International Airport : Hartford, CT, approximately 2 hours from North Adams

  • Logan International Airport : Boston, MA, approximately 2.5 hours from North Adams

TRAIN:

Amtrak: 1-800-872-7245

Offers sporadic service from Boston to Pittsfield (about 1/2 hour from North Adams) and frequent trips from New York City to Albany/Rensselaer (about 1 hour from North Adams).

BUS:

Peter Pan: 1-800-343-9999

Provides service from Albany, Boston, Hartford, and New York City to Williamstown, MA (10 minutes from North Adams).

Berkshire Regional Transit Authority: 1-800-292-2782 or 413-499-2782

Provides local bus service within the Berkshires.

CAR RENTAL:

  • Enterprise Rent a Car: 413-443-6600, 526 East Street, Pittsfield, MA

  • Hertz Rent a Car: 413-499-4158, 811 Dalton Avenue, Pittsfield, MA

  • Zip Car: Williams College

LIMOUSINE / CAR SERVICE / TAXI SERVICE:

Uber/Lyft does not work once you’ve arrived in North Adams (we have no nearby drivers).
Below is a list of local drivers who can provide transportation from nearby airports and cities:

  • Norm’s Airport & Limousine Service: 413-663-6284, North Adams, MA (reservations required)

    • Albany airport or Albany train station to North Adams: $115 ($130 for 10pm-6am, more than 2 pple, +$15/person)

    • Pittsfield to North Adams: $60 ($75 for 10pm-6am, more than 2 pple, +$15/person)

    • Pittsfield airport to North Adams: $75 ($90 for 10pm-6am, more than 2 pple, +$15/person)

  • Tunnel City Taxi: 413-662-2100 (reservations required)

    • Albany airport or train station to North Adams: $140, each additional person +$25

    • Pittsfield to North Adams: $40 (each additional person +$5)

  • Independent Drivers for Hire: https://facilities.williams.edu/cars-and-drivers/drivers/

  • RJ’s Taxi: (413) 346-4907

    • Albany Airport: $125

    • Local service around North Adams/Williamstown

Where to Eat

NB: Unless otherwise noted, all addresses are in Massachusetts, and all phone numbers begin with area code 413.

Here’s a pretty complete listing of our area eateries, with some notes in bold on our favorites.

NORTH ADAMS

A-OK BBQ: 398-5079 / MASS MoCA complex (Crazy good bread & meat. Generally open Fridays-Mondays.)

Angelina’s Sub Shop: 664-0315 / 152 American Legion Dr.

Boston Seafood: 663-8740 / 160 American Legion Dr.

BrewHaHa: 664-2020 / 437 W. Main St. (Serving breakfast and lunch, with excellent vegetarian and vegan cafe sandwiches, plus coffee. Closed Wednesdays)

Burger King: 664-4779 / 74 American Legion Dr.

Christos Famous Pizza: 662-3500 / 20 Holden St.

Desperados: 346-4664 / 23 Eagle St. (Mexican food and bar service for lunch and dinner 7 days a week)

Domino’s: 663-6363 / 1 River St.

Dunkin’ Donuts: 662-2274 / 5 Union St.

Empire Cafe: 398-5666 / 55 Main St. (Great coffee and crepes, but slow food service)

Freight Yard Restaurant & Pub: 663-6447 / Heritage State Park

Golden Eagle Restaurant: 663-9834 / Rt. 2, 1935 Mohawk Trail (Perched on the hairpin turn on route 2, looking down into the valley that contains North Adams and Williamstown. Amazing view!)

Gramercy Bistro: 663-5300 / MASS MoCA Complex (Pricey, but very good food, mostly locally sourced. Serves dinner. Closed Tuesdays.)

Grazie: 664-0044 / 26 Marshall St.

Jack’s Hot Dog Stand: 664-9006 / 12 Eagle St.

Korean Garden: 346-4097 / 139 Ashland St. (A short walk from the apts and famous for their 30% off sushi Wednesdays. Closed Mondays and open until 10pm Tuesday - Saturday.)

Lickety Split: 663-3372 / MASS MoCA lobby (The café in MASS MoCA’s lobby. Serving coffee, snacks and lunch. Closed Tuesdays.)

Linda’s Cafe: 663-8003 / 178 Union St. (A thoroughly local spot. Apparently Justin Vernon’s favorite hangout when he was in town for a show.)

Meng’s Pan Asian: 664-9388 / 45 Main St.

McDonald’s: 664-7272 / 17 Union Dr.

Mingo’s Bar & Grill: 346-4067 / 41 Roberts Dr.

Papa Gino’s: 664-7811 / 36 American Legion Dr.

Papa John’s: 663-7272 / 856 State St.

The Parlor Cafe: 346-4674 / 303 Ashland St.

Pedrin’s Dairy Bar: 664-9540 / 1360 Curran Hwy.

Public Eat+Drink: 664-4444 / 34 Holden St. (Serves lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Reasonably priced with a creatively prepared menu, featuring many local ingredients. 1 block from residency housing. Good beer selection.)

Subway: 664-8020 / 1 Main St.

Sushi House: 664-9388 / 45 Main St.

Supreme Pizza and Wings: 664-6279 / 117 Main St.

Tunnel City: 398-5304 / MASS MoCA complex

Village Pizza: 664-4134 / 51 Eagle St.

WILLIAMSTOWN

Berkshire Palate: 458-6304 / Colonial Plaza

Chef’s Hat: 458-5120 / 905 Simonds Rd.

Chopsticks: 458-5750 / 412 Main St.

Coyote Flaco: 458-4240 / 505 Cold Springs Rd. (Good quality Mexican & Spanish cuisine. Closed Mondays.)

Cozy Corner: 458-3854 / 850 Simonds Road

Hot Tomatoes: 458-2722 / 100 Water Street

Mezze Bistro: 458-0123 / 777 Cold Spring Rd. (Generally considered the best restaurant in the area. Pricey, but everything tends to be made from the best local ingredients. Dinners 7 days a week.)

Moonlight Diner & Grille: 458-3305 / 408 Main St.

Olympic Pizza: 458-0055 / 460 Main St.

Pappa Charlie’s Deli: 458-5969 / 28 Main St.

Pera Bistro: 458-8676 / 60 Spring St. (Pera serves Mediterranean food for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week.)

Purple Pub: 458-0095 / 65 Spring St.

Spice Root: 458-5200 / 23 Spring St. (Spice Root serves good quality Indian food for lunch and dinner. Closed Mondays.)

Sushi Thai Garden: 458-0004 / 27 Spring St. (Excellent Japanese and Thai food, serving lunch and dinner 7 days a week.)

Water Street Grill: 458-2175 / 123 Water St.

Williams Inn: 458-9371 / 101 Spring St.

‘6 House Pub: 458-1896 / 866 Cold Spring Rd.

ADAMS

Adams Ale House: 743-2161 / 8 Hoosac St.

Bascom Lodge: 743-1591 / 1 Summit Ave. (Located at the top of Mt. Greylock, Bascom Lodge is the highest restaurant in Massachusetts! Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner 7 days/week, July - October.)

Chee’s Chinese: 742-7270 / 13 Columbia St.

Daily Grind: 743-9577 / 57 Park St.

Firehouse Cafe: 749-7104 / 47 Park St.

Haflinger Haus: 743-2221 / 17 Commercial St.

Red Carpet: 743-9781 / 13 Victory St.

PUBS/RESTAURANTS WITH LIVE EVENTS

Freight Yard Restaurant & Pub (weekends): Western Gateway Heritage Park, North Adams, (413) 663-6547. Live music in a friendly pub atmosphere.

The Lion’s Den at The Red Lion Inn: Main Street, Stockbridge, 298-1654. Live music 7 nights a week in a friendly, smoke free environment. Pub fare, draft beer & wines by the glass.

Parlor Café: 303 Ashland Street, North Adams, 346-4279. Open mic poetry, comedy, live music.

Water Street Grill: Water Street, Williamstown, 458-2175. Live music on Fri & Sat nights.


Where to Drink

Airport Rooms: 346-4933 / 779 State Rd., North Adams

Bright Ideas Brewing: 346-4460 / MASS MoCA complex

Hot Tomatoes Back River Bar: 458-2722 / 100 Water St., Williamstown (Summertime outdoor seating by the Green River)

Mohawk Tavern: 346-4052 / 30 Marshall St., North Adams

Pitcher’s Mound Pub: 663-3830 / 218 Ashland St., North Adams

Public Eat+Drink: 664-4444 / 34 Holden St., North Adams

Purple Pub: 458-0095 / 65 Spring St., Williamstown

State Street Tavern: 664-9151 / 167 State St., North Adams (Karaoke night on Fridays!)

The Log: 884-6073 / 78 Spring St., Williamstown

TOURISTS Lodge: 346-4933 / 779 State Rd., North Adams

Williams Inn: 458-9371 / 101 Spring St., Williamstown

We recommend AVOIDING Key West Lounge on State St., North Adams. Past residents have received unfriendly treatment there.

Outdoor / Recreation Areas

*Note: Some MA parks/forests require a parking fee. Bring cash!

Clarksburg State Forest: 1199 Middle Road, Clarksburg, MA, 413-664-8345
Hiking, camping, and picnic area. 3-4 miles from MASS MoCA.

Hopkins Forest: Northwest Hill Road, Williamstown
The property is owned by Williams College and used for public recreation and ecological research. Various trails for hiking.

Mt. Greylock Reservation: Notch Road, North Adams, 413-664-8345
The highest point in Massachusetts, Mt. Greylock has many hiking trails and an access road that is open during the summer months.

Mohawk Trail State Forest: 175 Mohawk Trail, Charlemont, 413-339-5504
On Route 2 East. One of the most scenic woodland areas in Massachusetts. Seasonal camping.

Natural Bridge State Park: McCauley Road, Route 8, North Adams, 413-663-6392
Two miles from MASS MoCA. Hiking short marked trails, picnic area. Be sure to visit the sound art installation at quarry.

Savoy State Park / North Pond: 260 Central Shaft Road Florida, 413-663-8469
Hiking trails, swimming lakes, camping. Follow Route 2 East and signs for Savoy Forest.

Stone Hill: 225 South Street, Williamstown.
Stone Hill is a short walk located behind the Clark Art Institute. Trails start at the main building and at the Stone Hill center.

Windsor Lake: Bradley Street & Kemp Avenue, North Adams, 413-662-3000 x3047
A picturesque lake you can enjoy for swimming, canoeing or just to have a picnics.

Services

POST OFFICE
North Adams Post Office: 67 Summer Street, North Adams / 664-4554

HEALTH CARE SERVICES
24-hour Emergency Care / BMC North: 1 Hospital Ave, North Adams / 664-5000

Berkshire Medical Center: 725 North St., Pittsfield / 447-2000

510 Medical Walk-In: 510 North St, Pittsfield, MA / 499-0237

BANK / ATM LOCATIONS

Adams Co-op Bank: 31 Eagle Street, North Adams / 664-4571

Berkshire Bank: 37 Main Street, North Adams / 664-4061

Citizen’s Bank: 876 State Road, North Adams / 662-2166

MountainOne Bank: 93 Main Street, North Adams / 663-5353

MountainOne Bank: 795 Main Street, Williamstown / 458-8191

NBT Bank: 331 State Road, North Adams / 800-292-6634

TD Bank: 90 Main Street, North Adams / 663-6561

TD Bank: 57 Spring Street, Williamstown / 458-8321

BOOKSTORES

Barnes & Noble: 555 Hubbard Avenue, Pittsfield / 496-9051

Chapter Two Books: 37 Spring St., Williamstown / 884-6322

Grover Askins, Bookseller: 243 Union St., Eclipse Mill Loft 108, North Adams / 664-6493

The Williams Bookstore: 81 Spring St., Williamstown /458-8071

LAUNDERETTES

After Hours Laundromat: 15 Ashland Street, North Adams / 346-1054

Patriot Laundromat: 315 Commercial Street, Adams / 743-7206

Thrifty Bundle: 225 State Road, North Adams / 664-9007

HAIR AND NAILS

Clip Shop: 49 Spring Street, Williamstown /458-2411

Man’s World Styling Salon: 20 Marshall Street, North Adams / 663-7741

Nail Design: 62 Main Street, North Adams / 662-2708

Newwaves Unisex Hair Salon: 79 Park St. Adams / 743-0600

Shear Madness: 77 Main St. North Adams / 662-2444

Snips Hair Salon: 61 Main St #225, North Adams / 662-2255

U…A Fine Hair Studio: 173 Water St, Williamstown / 458-5577

PHARMACIES

CVS Pharmacy: Big Y Plaza, North Adams / 664-8712

Rite Aid Pharmacy: 60 Lincoln Street, North Adams / 663-5270

Stop & Shop Pharmacy: 876 State Rd, North Adams / 664-8100

SUPERMARKETS

Big Y Foods: 45 Veterans Memorial Drive, North Adams / 663-6549

Stop & Shop: 876 State Road, North Adams / 664-8100

Wild Oats Food Co Op: Colonial Plaza, Williamstown / 458-8060

LIQUOR STORES

Spirit Shop: 280 Cole Avenue, Williamstown / 458-3704

West Package & Variety Store: 36 State Road, North Adams / 663-6081

Whitney’s Beverage Shop: Oasis Plaza, North Adams / 663-8881

V & V: 76 Main St, North Adams / 663-2860

GYMS

Northern Berkshire YMCA: 22 Brickyard Court, North Adams / 663-6529

Planet Fitness: 80 Main Street, North Adams / 664-7300

MASSAGE / YOGA

Frog Lotus Yoga: 189 Beaver Street, North Adams / 664-8686

In Touch Massage Therapy: / 136 Water Street, Williamstown / 458 3235

Mythical Massage: 18 Beaver Street, North Adams / 663-7813

Tsubo Massage: 173 Water Street, Williamstown / 458-0321

MOVIE THEATERS

Regal Cinemas: Berkshire Mall, Lanesborough, MA / 413-499-2558

Beacon Cinemas: 57 North Street, Pittsfield, MA / 413-358-4780

Images Cinema: 55 Spring Street, Williamstown, 413-458 5612 (Non profit cinema showing the best independent films around.)

North Adams Movieplex: 80 Rear Main St, North Adams / 413-663-5873. Offering 2 deals: Monday: Student Night - Student ID $5. Tuesday: $5 for movies and $6.50 for 3D movies.

BOWLING

Mt. Greylock Bowl: 41 Roberts Drive, North Adams, 413-663-3761

Valley Park Lanes: 1274 Curran Highway, North Adams, 413-664-9715

MINIATURE GOLF

Bakers Driving Range Miniature Golf: 658 South Main Street, Lanesboro / 413-443-6102

Par 4 Family Fun Center: Route 7 Lanesboro / 413-499-0051

The Range Miniature Golf Course: 1190 South State Street, North Adams / 413-663-3030

GOLF

Bas Ridge Golf Club: 151 Plunkett Avenue, Off Route 8, Hinsdale, MA 413 655 2605

Pontoosuc Lake Country Club: Kirkwood Drive, Pittsfield, MA 413-445-4217

Stamford Valley Golf Course: The Lane, Stamford, VT / 802-694-9144

Waubeeka Golf Links: Rt. 7, Williamstown / 458-8355

VINTAGE / THRIFT / CONSIGNMENT / ANTIQUE STORES

Mia’s Exchange: 11 Eagle Street, North Adams / 663- 9800

Goodwill: 166 State Street, North Adams / 749-8999

Experienced Attire: 79 Park Street, Adams / 743-7875

Linda’s Antique Clothing Loft: 39 Park Street, Adams, 884 2064

Sanford & Kid: 160 Houghton Street, North Adams, 663 48

Berkshire Emporium & Antiques: 59 Main Street, North Adams, 664 4032

SWIMMING

Sand Springs Spa and Pool: 158 Sand Springs Road, Williamstown, 458-5205
Site built 100 years ago offering the opportunity to enjoy a large pool filled with natural spring water, plus two hot tubs.

Savoy State Park / North Pond: 260 Central Shaft Road Florida, 413-663-8469
Hiking trails, swimming lakes, camping. Follow Route 2 East and signs for Savoy Forest.

Windsor Lake: Bradley Street & Kemp Avenue, North Adams
A picturesque lake you can enjoy for swimming, canoeing or just to have a picnics.

ICE SKATING

Veterans Memorial Skating Rink: 1010 South Church Street, North Adams / 413-662-5112

Churches / Synagogues

All Saints Episcopal Church, 59 Summer Street, North Adams, 663-8998

Congregation Beth El, 225 North Street, Bennington, VT, 802-442-9645

Congregation Beth Israel, 53 Lois Street, North Adams, 663-5830

First Baptist Church, 131 Main Street, North Adams, 663-3780

First Congregational Church, 134 Main Street, North Adams, 663-9940

Mount Greylock Baptist Church, 35 Notch Road, North Adams, 662-2107

Northern Berkshire Christian Church, 55 Harding Ave, North Adams, 663-8998

Notre Dame Catholic Church, 21 Maple Street, Adams, 743-0577

St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish, 70 Marshall Street, North Adams, 663-5316

St. Patrick and Raphael Parish, 63 Southworth Street, Williamstown, 458-4954

St. John’s Church, 35 Park Street, Williamstown, 458-8144

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 108 School Street, Bennington, VT 802-440-9816

Gardens and Sanctuaries

Berkshire Botanical Garden: Routes 102 & 183, Stockbridge / 413-298-3926
Intimate country landscapes and display gardens, educational programs, special events, gift shop. Open May - October, 10-5 daily.

Bridge of Flowers: Mohawk Trail, Shelburne Falls
World renowned arched trolley bridge transformed into a lavish garden from spring to fall.

The Mount: Edith Wharton Restoration, Plunkett Street, Lenox / 413-637-1899
Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Age of Innocence , Edith Wharton planned this 1902 American classic mansion and gardens.

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary: 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox / 413-637-0320
This Audubon Society Sanctuary consists of 1,000 acres of beaver ponds, meadows and hills.

Outdoor Adventure

Crab Apple Whitewater Rafting: Charlemont, 800-553-RAFT
Crab Apple offers a wide variety of trips from fun, easy rides to big, challenging whitewater.

Zoar Outdoor: Charlemont, MA, 800-532-7483
Rafting, kayaking, and canoeing on the Deerfield, Millers, West, and Houstonic rivers, as well as rock climbing. Trips are suitable for beginners through advances rafters.

Skiing & Snowboarding

Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort: Routes 7 and 43, Hancock, 413-738-5500

Ski Butternut: Route 23, State Road, Great Barrington, 413-528-2000

Bromley Mountain: Route 11, Peru, VT, 802-824-5522

Stratton Mountain: 5 Village Lodge Road, Stratton Mountain, VT

Magic Mountain: Londonderry, VT, 802-824-5645

Berkshire East: Off Route 2, Charlemont, 413-339-6617

Bosquet Mountain: 101 Dan Fox Drive, Pittsfield, 413-442-8316

Notchview Reservation: Route 9, Windsor, 413-684-0148
30 km of cross country ski trails, geared both for beginners and advanced skiers.

Prospect Mountain Ski Area: Route 9, Woodford, VT, 802-442-2575
An exceptionally beautiful site for cross country skiing.

Area Lodging

For friends coming to visit, check out the list of hotels and bed & breakfasts in and around North Adams and Williamstown.

Key to Codes: $ = up to $99/night…$$ = $100+/night…* = Handicap Accessible…**= Bed & Breakfast

NORTH ADAMS

Blackinton Manor* $$ / 413-663-5795 / 1391 Massachusetts Ave
3 miles from MASS MoCA. 5 rooms in a beautifully restored historic home.

Holiday Inn Berkshires* $$ / 413-663-6500 / 40 Main Street
Located two blocks from MASS MoCA. 87 rooms, restaurant and bar on premises, indoor pool, sauna, jacuzzi and steam room & in-room coffee.

The Porches Inn * $$ / 413-664-0400 / 231 River Street
Located a half block west from MASS MoCA, 50 room inn transformed from six refurbished Victorian era row house.

Inn at East Main Street* $$ / 413-664-2099 / 182 East Main Street
3 miles from MASS MoCA. 5 rooms in a beautifully restored historic home.

TOURISTS* $$ / 413.346.4933 / 915 State Rd. (route 2)
Hotel and riverside retreat inspired by the classic American roadside motor lodge.

WILLIAMSTOWN

1896 House $ / 413-458-8125 Route 7
Located 7 miles from MASS MoCA. 29 rooms near enchanting brook and pond. Full service restaurant lounge on premises complimentary continental breakfast. Outdoor pool open during summer months.

Berkshire Hills Motel $ / 413-458-3950 or 800-388-9677 / 1146 Cold Spring Road, Route 7
Located 8 miles from MASS MoCA. A lovely motel that comes close to being a Bed & Breakfast. Complimentary breakfast, tastefully decorated rooms & outdoor pool open in summer.

Cozy Corner Motel $ / 413-458-8006 / 284 Main Street Route 2
Located 4 miles from MASS MoCA. All rooms have air conditioning, telephone, cable TV, remote control and HBO. Restaurant and picnic area nearby.

The Guest House at Field Farm $$ / 413-458-3135 / 554 Sloan Rd.
Located 11 miles from MASS MoCA. Full breakfast, great views, contemporary artwork, and modern decor featured. Fireplace and private deck available in some rooms.

Howard Johnson* $ / 413-458-8158 / 213 Main St.
Located 4 miles from MASS MoCA. Includes continental breakfast, wi fi, outdoor pool.

Maple Terrace Motel $$ / 413-458-9677 / 55 MainStreet
Located 4.5 miles from MASS MoCA. Within walking distance of the Clark Art Institute and Williams College. A reputation for country charm and warm Swedish hospitality has attracted guests from around the world.

The Orchards Hotel $$ / 413-458-9611 or 800-225-1517 / 222 Adams Road
English country inn located 6 miles from MASS MoCA. 47 rooms. All rooms have telephone, TV, air conditioning. Outdoor pool, inside hot tub, sauna, and environmental chamber, exercise room. Restaurant and pub located inside the hotel. Complimentary coffee in the morning and tea in the afternoon.

Williams Inn* $$ / 413-458-9371 / 101 Spring St
Located 6 miles from MASS MoCA. Newly opened, walk to Williamstown, Williams College. Restaurant & tavern on premises, climate control, indoor pool.

Willows Motel $ / 413-458-5768 / 480 MainStreet
Located 4 miles from MASS MoCA. Walking distance to nearby restaurants cable TV, refrigerators available & in room coffee.

ADAMS

Topia Inn* $$ / 413-743-9600 / 10 PleasantStreet
The Berkshires experience in sustainable lodging. LEED certified inn with themed rooms, all non toxic furnishings, organic breakfast, and a range of spa services available.

For more information on what North Adams and the Berkshires have to offer, visit www.berkshires.org