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Local Lodging and Dining

A visit to Bard College at Simon’s Rock is a visit to the Berkshires, an idyllic and culturally rich area in Western Massachusetts.

The area has long been a resort and retreat destination, so you’ll find you have a good number of fantastic options for nearby lodging and dining.

Places to Stay

The Berkshire Visitors Bureau (800-237-5747) maintains an up-to-date and comprehensive list of accommodation and dining options in the area, and additional listings are offered by the Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce (800-269-4825). TripAdvisor also has in-depth descriptions and information about nearby accommodations.

Berkshire Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott

249 Stockbridge Road, RT 7
Great Barrington, MA 01230

Located 3.6 miles, 6 minutes, from campus, this modern hotel offers 93 guest rooms and a complimentary full hot and cold breakfast. Other amenities include free wireless high-speed internet access and local calls, a large indoor heated pool, and a hot tub.

Days Inn

372 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230
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Located 1.5 miles, 2 minutes, from campus, The Days Inn is the closest non-B&B lodging to the campus.

East Rock Inn

Just three miles from Bard’s College at Simon’s Rock, the newly renovated East Rock Inn is the perfect home base for your family’s celebrations. We offer stylish comfort and a convenient location for all of the scheduled festivities at the college, as well as downtown Great Barrington restaurants and shops. We are excited to extend a special offer of 15% off our standard rates, plus free early check-in and late check-out when available, to Bard College at Simon’s Rock families and alumni. Use code SimonsRock24 on our website,

Holiday Inn Express

415 Stockbridge Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230
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Located 3 miles, 6 minutes, from campus, this modern hotel has a number of amenities.

Inn at Green River

9 Nobletown Road (Jct. 22 & 71)
Hillsdale, NY 12529

Located 6.5 miles, 10 minutes, from campus, this award winning seven room B&B features guest rooms with gas fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, WiFi, cable TV. Grand gourmet breakfast described as “a feast” by The New York Times. 10 percent discount offered to Simon’s Rock families.

Inn at Sweet Water Farm

1 Prospect Lake Road
North Egremont, MA 01230

Located 3.4 miles, 7 minutes from campus, our historic post and beam, 6 room, farmhouse inn is a relaxing retreat. All rooms have private baths, some with soaking tubs and all with 1000 TC 100 percent Egyptian cotton, line-dried sheets. Common spaces include a spacious living room with a fireplace. All rooms have WiFi/HDTV. Enjoy a unique foodie lovers' breakfast made to order with eggs from our hens, wonderful fresh baked scones and more. Twice featured in Yankee Magazine. Read about us on TripAdvisor. Mention Simon's Rock for a discount when you call to make your reservation.

The Barrington

281 Main Street, Level 3
Great Barrington, MA 01230

1.6 miles, 5 minutes from campus, this 1880’s building is located in the heart of historic downtown Great Barrington, this eight-room B&B offers large individual climate-controlled salon suites with beautiful décor, and views of either Main Street or the Berkshire Hills. The town’s shops, restaurants, and theaters are conveniently just an elevator ride away, and the Simon’s Rock campus is a short drive up the hill.

Owners speak Arabic, Russian, French, German, and Spanish.

The Old Inn on the Green

134 Hartsville-New Marlborough Rd.
Route 57, on the Village Green
New Marlborough, Massachusetts 01230

The centerpiece of the historic and scenic village of New Marlborough is located 12.2 miles, 25 minutes, from campus. In 1760, the inn was built to serve as a stagecoach relay. Today, the inn offers 11 authentically restored (yet state of the art) guest rooms, in addition to fine dining, rated #1 in the Berkshires by Zagat.

The Red Lion Inn

30 Main Street
Stockbridge, MA 01238

One of the oldest and most popular places to stay in the Berkshires, the Red Lion Inn located 9 miles (15 minutes) from campus, is a world-class hotel located in downtown Stockbridge.

Thornewood Inn

453 Stockbridge Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230

Located 4.2 miles, 10 minutes from campus, this turn of the century Dutch Colonial in has 15 elegant, antique appointed rooms with cable television, phones, and private bathrooms. Room includes complementary breakfast.

The Wainwright Inn

518 South Main Street

Great Barrington, MA 01230

This authentic New England country inn is located just 2 miles, 10 minutes, south of the Simon’s Rock campus, centrally located on Route 7 for easy access to all the Berkshires has to offer.

Windflower Inn

684 S. Egremont Rd.
Great Barrington, MA 01258

This gracious, antique-filled country inn is situated on 10 acres in the heart of the Berkshire Hills; the perfect country setting, yet just 10 miles, 5 minutes, from campus.

Places to Eat

While you’re here, you’ll need to eat. Our dining hall has an array of delicious options while you’re on campus, but what to do when you’re in town? Lucky for you, there’s no shortage of foodie favorites in and around Great Barrington. Below we’ve listed a few of our favorites.

Aroma Bar & Grill

485 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230

Perhaps the best Indian Cuisine in the southern Berkshires, Aroma is a frequent host to students and faculty.

Baba Louie’s

42 Railroad Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230

A local favorite, Baba Louie’s specializes in organic sourdough bread pizza.

John Andrew’s Restaurant

224 Hillsdale Road (Route 23), at the corner of Blunt Road
South Egremont, MA 01230

Serving fine New American cuisine with an Italian influence.

Prairie Whale

178 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230

A cozy, hip spot with a farm-to-table menu and a warm neighborhood vibe.

SoCo Creamery

5 Railroad Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230

Best handmade local ice cream in town — or, arguably, anywhere.

Fuel Bistro & Coffee Shop

293 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230

This community spot serves up coffee by Barrington Roasters (a local venture started by bean enthusiasts and Rocker alums, Gregg Charbonneau and Barth Anderson).