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Beautiful vistas of Mt. Greylock, Massachusett’s highest peak, 4 miles of hiking trails, a collection of modern furniture, and a 1948 Bauhaus-inspired house are just the beginning if you enjoy a stay at The Guest House at Field Farm in Williamstown, Mass.
Run by the Trustees of Reservations, the 316 acres of conserved land and amazing house can be enjoyed any season. In winter by cross-country skiing is offered. This landscape features cropland, pastures, mixed forest, marshes, and a stream and pond.
The Guest House, designed by Edwin Goodell, Jr. for modern art and furniture collectors Lawrence and Eleanor Bloedel, features modern artwork throughout the interiors and 13 sculptures by the likes of Richard M. Miller and Herbert Ferber in the surrounding landscaped gardens. Modern furnishings in the house include a Noguchi coffee table, Kagan sofas, and an original Eames chair in the living room. Breakfast is served at The Guest House in the dining room overlooking the field and the pond or, in good weather, outside on the terrace.
Venture off of the property a short distance for dinner to Mezze, where the chefs handcraft delicious meals using local and seasonal ingredients and pair them with small batch microbrews and small-production wines. The food is beautifully prepared and served in a contemporary and relaxing setting.“It’s about connecting people and building community… We are thrilled to be working side-by-side with our local farms,” says Nancy Thomas, Co-founder, Mezze Bistro.
If you plan a picnic lunch, you can go up the road to Cricket Creek Farm to pick up handmade cheese, fresh baked bread, desserts, and other goodies to fill your picnic basket. They also sell locally made gift items and the Sunday New York Times. What more do you need? You might even get to see cheese being made depending on when you visit. All self-serve and payment is cash on the honor system so keep that in mind.
There is so much to do in the Williamstown area. The Williams College Museum of Art, Clark Art Institute, Williamstown Theatre Festival, specialty shops, spas, and dining are all here.
The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) privately “hold in trust” and care for properties, or “reservations,” of scenic, cultural, and natural significance for the general public to enjoy. Founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees are the nation’s oldest, statewide land trust and one of Massachusetts’ largest conservation organizations. Properties in the organization’s care include working farms, historic homesteads and gardens, community parks, barrier beaches and mountain vistas, many of which are National Historic landscapes and landmarks – located throughout the Commonwealth. The Trustees are supported in part by members. For more information click here.
“The Trustees of Reservations preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts.”
Photo credits: Eco News Network, Mezze Bistro, Cricket Creek Farm