The SpaceWe are situated on the Eastern slope of Mt. Greylock. The road to the summit lies directly behind the house.
The house is built snugly into the side of the mountain. The Garden Suite is at ground level on a slope overlooking the Mohawk Trail and the City of North Adams.
We are a ten minute walk to Mass MoCA and a five minute drive to the trails on and around Mt. Greylock. (15 to the summit)
The apartment is quiet, clean, cozy and private. Mid-century modern decor with vintage fittings chosen to suit the space. Old-school cable TV and DVD player. Quiet. The house has one apartment on every floor.
The suite resembles an earth sheltered home, the house is built snugly into the side of the mountain - comfortable in temperatures ranging from below freezing to 90F.
We do have a pull-out bed in the living room and we are happy to offer it to families of four or five who are passing through town for a night and need the space for their older children. Except in the case of twins, we do not host families with multiple toddlers, Sorry.
The exterior of the house is the last thing we will be renovating. The house is like a geode, very humble outside and lovely inside. There is no curb appeal.
Please read our reviews to see what our guests love about staying here but please read our listing to see if you will feel the same way.
We have restored and renovated the apartment in keeping with how it would have been used during the peak of its lifetime. That means, decor is quirky, fifties inspired with 1960's touches. However, we are tech-dependent so there is also a Bose bluetooth speaker and excellent wifi.
The bathroom is a full bathroom with a good shower, very hot water, not suitable for children or the absent-minded, great water pressure, a dedicated hot water tank which means plenty of hot water. Plumbing has been updated, the sink and toilet are new.
We have kept the old tub. It's a deep, rough, porcelain tub and we like it. Please leave the root touch up kit at home, the tub can't take it.
Typical of the area. Vintage style. Cozy, small but fully equipped, kitchen, bathroom, living room, indoor porch, large outdoor porch. Bedrooms are small. No microwave. (there will never be a microwave - please don't ask.) No dishwasher. Please don't fry food like fish and bacon or sausages in the apartment - the smell is very difficult to eradicate and what may smell delicious to you can be a problem for others.
If you need something in the apartment and cannot find it, call us. We can't help you if you don't ask. The time to ask is while you are in residence, not after your trip.
NO SMOKING NO SMOKING NO SMOKING NO SMOKING
No Vaping either. Guest AccessAccess is via a steep, grassy path. There is also a flight of concrete stairs coming up from the street in front of the suite but as there is no parking on that street, we use the path.
You have full use of the suite, there is also a shared laundry room available.
Around the house you will see traces of an abundance of wildlife. We live with them, they are part of our extended family, please show them the respect you would show any other resident. They are part of the package.
We are on the edge of the forest, animals make their homes in our neighborhood. Please do not feed the wildlife. Everything is in balance here and we'd like to keep it that way - they have their own food and it is better for them.
We are entirely pesticide and herbicide free. The garden sometimes looks shaggy. You may catch a glimpse of the bunny who lives under the porch or the possum family that comes and goes from around the mountain or the resident skunks who forage for moles and ticks at night. There are deer, there are occasionally bears. Please be kind to them, give them their space and they will not bother you. Interaction with GuestsWe use a passcode lock system. On the day of your arrival, at check-in time, you will receive your unique passcode. It will work on all of your doors until check-out time on the day of your departure.
Check-ins are usually self-check. We are available to answer any questions via the Airbnb app on your phone or tablet. We are often around the house but it is doubtful you will see us unless we plan to meet each other.
Sometimes we meet our guests upon arrival. That is generally the first and last time you'll see us but we're always available by text.
Children are people. All children at every age. Children count as guests. Please include them in your guest count.
This is a humble but magical place to stay, we want to share it with folks who can appreciate both aspects. The NeighborhoodNorth Adams is unlike any other town in the Berkshires.
We are tiny and humble. We're awkward. The nature around our town is gorgeous but the city itself has been depressed for the last 30 years. However, the population and the energy in Northern Berkshire county is the youngest in the area. We're the locus of new energy in the Berkshires. The opposite of Lenox.
We have the hottest, hippest music scene in the County, and maybe in the whole region - better than Northampton, South County, Vermont, Connectiucut and most of upstate NY. Bands love to come here. Solid Sound takes place here every two years. We have more visual arts and performance events in North Adams than cities ten times the size.
Upcoming concerts include Magnetic Fields, Eisa Davis, Big Thief, Dinosaur Jr, and Juarez at Mass MoCA.
We are Greylock adjacent, there are 70 miles of hiking trails on our doorstep, literally. J.K. Rowling recently set the North American School for Magic here - there is good reason for that.
This used to be the Italian/Jewish quarter when North Adams was a larger city, we're not fancy. We're old school funky. We prefer it that way.
Please be sure you are comfortable with a community built on diverse economic profiles before you decide to come to North Adams. We are not South County. Getting AroundPublic transport is spotty but possible. Check our reviews for details.
If you bring a bicycle, please leave it in the three-season porch. Other Things to NoteThere are two ways to get to the Summit of Mt. Greylock, one is in Lanesborough and the other is on our doorstep. If Ilvamorny were a real place, this would be the gatekeeper's house.
The footpath to Mass MoCA is at the end of Furnace Street. It leads directly to Main Street, MoCA is around the corner. You cannot drive there as easily as you can walk.
Local visitor information and North Adams Museum are just down the hill in the Western Gateway Park.
Feel free to email us about anything you'd like to know. We prefer the Airbnb app for guest communication. Please bear in mind, we are on Eastern Daylight Time, unless you have a catastrophe that only we can solve, please message us during civilized hours. (that is, between 8:00 a.m. and midnight Eastern Daylight time - same time zone as Boston, New York and Philadelphia)
Phone calls for emergencies only please.