I have stayed at the Porches Inn twice. I went up to North Adams to see the exhibitions at MASSMoCA, a tremendous experience. The inn was filled with delightful surprises -- the rain showerhead and the huge bathrooms. I am embarassed to admit that I loved rolling around in the Frette sheets! Having drinks by the fireplace and meeting other interesting people, particularly people passionate about art was a real highlight. This is definitely the meeting place for people interested in contemporary culture.
OK. Eleven Restaurant at MASSMoCA is a cool place to have a drink, but the three meals I had there were all dissapointing. Best restaurant in North Adams is Milan at 55 Main. Fabulous cooking, decent portions, a theatrical, generous and somewhat crazy chef, an intuitive, friendly and knowledgeable sommelier, and a great welcoming time for a single female traveler.
Porches Inn is not to be missed.
Pros: decor, amenities, comfort