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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).

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.

The Acorn’s Hope B & B

85 Alford Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230
The Acorn's Hope
Located just across Alford Road from the College's main entrance, the Acorn's Hope has a long history of accommodating Simon's Rock guests.

Berkshire Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott

(3.6 miles, 6 minutes)
249 Stockbridge Road, RT 7
Great Barrington, MA 01230
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

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

Holiday Inn Express

(3 miles, 6 minutes)
415 Stockbridge Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230

Holiday Inn Express Great Barrington
A modern hotel with a number of amenities, located just a few miles from campus.

Inn at Green River

(6.5 miles, 10 minutes)
9 Nobletown Road (Jct. 22 & 71)
Hillsdale, NY 12529
Award winning 7 room B&B. Guest rooms feature 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 Old Inn on the Green

(12.2 miles, 25 minutes)
134 Hartsville-New Marlborough Rd.
Route 57, on the Village Green
New Marlborough, Massachusetts 01230
The Old Inn on the Green is the centerpiece of the historic and scenic village of New Marlborough. 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

(9 miles, 15 minutes)
30 Main Street
Stockbridge, MA 01238
One of the oldest and most popular places to stay in the Berkshires, the Red Lion Inn is a world-class hotel located in downtown Stockbridge.

Thornewood Inn

(11.5 miles, 20 minutes)
453 Stockbridge Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230
A turn of the century dutch colonial inn. Fifteen elegant, antique appointed rooms with cable television, phones, and private bathrooms. Complementary breakfast.

The Wainwright Inn

(2 miles, 4 minutes)
518 South Main Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230
This authentic New England country inn is located just 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

(5 miles, 10 minutes)
684 S. Egremont Rd.
Great Barrington, MA 01258
The Windflower Bed and Breakfast is a gracious, antiques-filled country inn situated on ten acres in the heart of the Berkshire Hills; the perfect country setting.

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

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

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

John Andrew’s Restaurant

Route 23
Great Barrington, MA 01230

Serving fine New American cuisine with an Italian influence.

Martin’s Restaurant

49 Railroad Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230

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


37 Church Street
Lenox, Ma 01240

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

Prairie Whale

178 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230

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

Gypsy Joynt

293 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230

Pizza, mile-high burgers and live music.


44 Railroad Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230

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

SoCo Creamery

5 Railroad Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230

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


264 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230

Expert coffee and serious grilled cheese.


286 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).