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Local Lodging and Dining

A visit to 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 a nice “Simon's Rock” page, with in-depth descriptions and information about nearby accomodations. 

During the summer and fall seasons, many places have a two-night minimum stay, and many places are booked in advance, especially on busier holiday weekends. Please keep this in mind when you are arranging your trip. Some local accommodations offer discounts for visiting students and their families. Be sure to mention Simon’s Rock when you are making your reservations.

 

Berkshire Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott

249 Stockbridge Road, RT 7
Great Barrington, MA 01230
866-276-7364
greatbarringtondesk@gmail.com
marriott.com/gbrfi

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
413-528-3150/1-800-DAYS-INN
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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.

Holiday Inn Express

415 Stockbridge Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230
413-528-1810
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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
518-325-7428
info@innatgreenriver.com
innatgreenriver.com

Located 6.5 miles, 10 minutes, from campus, this award winning 7 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% discount offered to Simon’s Rock families.

 

THE BARRINGTON

281 Main Street, Level 3
Great Barrington, MA 01230
413-528-6159
Gaetanlachance@yahoo.com
thebarringtongb.com

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
413-229-7924
info@oldinn.com
oldinn.com

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 industry) guest rooms, in addition to fine dining, rated #1 in the Berkshires by Zagat.

The Red Lion Inn

30 Main Street
Stockbridge, MA 01238
413-298-5545
innkeeper@redlioninn.com
redlioninn.com

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
413-528-3828
info@thornewoodinn.com
thornewood.com

Located 11.5 miles, 20 minutes, from campus, this turn of the century Dutch Colonial in has fifteen 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
413-528-2062
innkeeper@wainwrightinn.com
wainwrightinn.com

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
413-528-2720/800-992-1993
windflowerinn.com

This gracious, antiques-filled country inn is situated on ten acres in the heart of the Berkshire Hills; the perfect country setting, yet just 10 miles, 5 miles, 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 right in and around Great Barrington. Below we’ve listed a few of our favorites.  

Aroma Bar & Grill 

485 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230
413-528-3116

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

Baba Louie’s

286 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230
413-528-8100

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

John Andrew’s Restaurant

Route 23
Great Barrington, MA 01230
413-528-3469

Serving fine New American cuisine with an Italian influence.

Martin’s Restaurant

49 Railroad Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230
413-528-5455

Open for breakfast and lunch from 6 a.m.-3 p.m., Martin’s is a favorite among the Simon’s Rock staff.

Nudel

37 Church Street
Lenox, Ma 01240
413-551-7183

Check out the stunning creations of chef (and Simon’s Rock alum), Bjorn Somlo.

Prairie Whale

178 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230
413-528-5050

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

Gypsy Joynt

293 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230
413-644-8811

Pizza, mile-high burgers and live music.

Allium

44 Railroad Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230
413-528-2118

An upscale bistro with a focus on local, farm-fresh ingredients.

SoCo Creamery

5 Railroad Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230
413-644-YUMM

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

Rubi’s

264 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230
413-528-0488

Expert coffee and serious grilled cheese.

Fuel

286 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230
413-528-5505

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