Floating Tower's Guidebook

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Floating Tower's Guidebook

Food scene

$$$ Closest place to us to get good quality coffee and a little something to go with— inside Mass MoCA, 3 mins by walk from us. No “real” breakfast food but in the mornings they also have a selection of tasty zucchini/pumpkin breads. Good quality ice cream in modest portions.
Tunnel City Coffee
87 Marshall St
$$$ Closest place to us to get good quality coffee and a little something to go with— inside Mass MoCA, 3 mins by walk from us. No “real” breakfast food but in the mornings they also have a selection of tasty zucchini/pumpkin breads. Good quality ice cream in modest portions.
$$ January Update: temporarily closed for relocation, stay tuned. We normally go there for coffee but they also have simple breakfast/brunch food options. Our favorites are the Mozz sandwich and the Kimchi salad.
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The Parlor Cafe
303 Ashland Street
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$$ January Update: temporarily closed for relocation, stay tuned. We normally go there for coffee but they also have simple breakfast/brunch food options. Our favorites are the Mozz sandwich and the Kimchi salad.
Grazie | Italian Cuisine | $$$ Along with the Breakroom (see below) Grazie (mysteriously mispronounced as Grazee in this neck of the woods) is the best dinner option in North Adams on the fancier side. Our two recommended dishes are Filet Mignon (medium rare will be served indeed “medium rare”) and Pesto Primavera Pasta. For your decadent pleasure, best dessert is their home-made Tiramisù. Most popular cocktail is BlackBerry margarita. Suitable for families, large parties and “young at heart.”
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Grazie
26 Marshall St
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Grazie | Italian Cuisine | $$$ Along with the Breakroom (see below) Grazie (mysteriously mispronounced as Grazee in this neck of the woods) is the best dinner option in North Adams on the fancier side. Our two recommended dishes are Filet Mignon (medium rare will be served indeed “medium rare”) and Pesto Primavera Pasta. For your decadent pleasure, best dessert is their home-made Tiramisù. Most popular cocktail is BlackBerry margarita. Suitable for families, large parties and “young at heart.”
A touch of Brooklyn in North Adams: exquisite food menu with some very good vegetarian options, on the pricy side but worth it. Cool ambience. If you are already there for dinner we usually recommend getting drinks at the distillery right next door. (See below) https://www.thebreakroomgw.com
The Break Room
508 State Road
A touch of Brooklyn in North Adams: exquisite food menu with some very good vegetarian options, on the pricy side but worth it. Cool ambience. If you are already there for dinner we usually recommend getting drinks at the distillery right next door. (See below) https://www.thebreakroomgw.com
This local bar and craft distillery screens Fellini and serves the best cocktails in Western MA. Try their various kinds of gin and rum. Highly recommended.
The Distillery at Greylock WORKS - Forager Gin & Ski Bum Rum
506 State Road
This local bar and craft distillery screens Fellini and serves the best cocktails in Western MA. Try their various kinds of gin and rum. Highly recommended.
We go here mostly for their excellent cocktails and ambience, however they also have dinner options.
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PUBLIC eat+drink
34 Holden Street
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We go here mostly for their excellent cocktails and ambience, however they also have dinner options.
Go for the whole chicken!
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A-OK Berkshire Barbeque
2601 Mass MoCA Way
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Go for the whole chicken!
Nara Sushi | Fresh Authentic Sushi | $$ o Ignore the decor, the sushi is fresh. Comes in large portions. We also recommend the seafood noodle soup and Chirashi bowls. Their only desert option, a fish-shape ice cream sandwich, is not our favorite. Service can be slow but the sushi is worth the wait.
NARA SUSHI
139 Ashland Street
Nara Sushi | Fresh Authentic Sushi | $$ o Ignore the decor, the sushi is fresh. Comes in large portions. We also recommend the seafood noodle soup and Chirashi bowls. Their only desert option, a fish-shape ice cream sandwich, is not our favorite. Service can be slow but the sushi is worth the wait.
A very popular spot, good quality sushi and more.
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Korean Garden
139 Ashland St
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A very popular spot, good quality sushi and more.

Sightseeing

When weather permits we highly recommend driving about 8 minutes up the mountain to see the HairPin Turn and the outlook right above it. (For the outlook it is easiest to navigate to Wigwam Western Summit.) Views are breathtaking. The place also has a souvenir shop for tourists with plenty of delightfully overpriced tchotchkes and drip coffee. The sign “America’s Switzerland” is a nod to how the Berkshires were perceived nearly a century ago.
Wigwam Western Summit
When weather permits we highly recommend driving about 8 minutes up the mountain to see the HairPin Turn and the outlook right above it. (For the outlook it is easiest to navigate to Wigwam Western Summit.) Views are breathtaking. The place also has a souvenir shop for tourists with plenty of delightfully overpriced tchotchkes and drip coffee. The sign “America’s Switzerland” is a nod to how the Berkshires were perceived nearly a century ago.
Tour an abandoned marble quarry and check out a man-made white marble dam--the only one in North America. The Park is home to the only natural white marble arch in North America.
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Natural Bridge State Park
McAuley Road
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Tour an abandoned marble quarry and check out a man-made white marble dam--the only one in North America. The Park is home to the only natural white marble arch in North America.
The road that goes up to Mount Greylock has been closed as of November 8th but you can still hike the trail. A heads up: it is about 6 miles long!
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Mount Greylock
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The road that goes up to Mount Greylock has been closed as of November 8th but you can still hike the trail. A heads up: it is about 6 miles long!

Art Scene

Mass MoCA and beyond
Criticized at its beginning as “long on hype and swagger and short on substance” Mass MOCA--the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art— began thirty years ago as somewhat of a public-relations fantasy. It promised to bring to one of the most woebegone areas of the depressed New England economy the biggest (in size) and most parochial (in aesthetic outlook) museum of contemporary art in the world. Today, the museum aims to unite high art and pop culture with what is marketed as a growing awareness of socio-economic trends. The experience itself is riveting: an open minded visitor will enjoy the labyrinthine maze of galleries and passageways of what used to be a gigantic factory complex, now filled with visual art and/or sound installations.
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Mass MoCA Way
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Criticized at its beginning as “long on hype and swagger and short on substance” Mass MOCA--the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art— began thirty years ago as somewhat of a public-relations fantasy. It promised to bring to one of the most woebegone areas of the depressed New England economy the biggest (in size) and most parochial (in aesthetic outlook) museum of contemporary art in the world. Today, the museum aims to unite high art and pop culture with what is marketed as a growing awareness of socio-economic trends. The experience itself is riveting: an open minded visitor will enjoy the labyrinthine maze of galleries and passageways of what used to be a gigantic factory complex, now filled with visual art and/or sound installations.
An heir to the Singer sewing machine fortune—Sterling Clark began to build his art collection after settling in Paris in 1910. (His collecting interests did not extend into the 20th century.) The Clark is mostly known for its collection of John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Edgar Degas, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. A place your grandparents would enjoy.
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Clark Art Institute
225 South Street
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An heir to the Singer sewing machine fortune—Sterling Clark began to build his art collection after settling in Paris in 1910. (His collecting interests did not extend into the 20th century.) The Clark is mostly known for its collection of John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Edgar Degas, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. A place your grandparents would enjoy.

Skiing

Highest base elevation of any ski area in the north east, Prospect mountain is about 35 minutes away from us by car.
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Prospect Mountain Ski Area
204 Prospect Access Road
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Highest base elevation of any ski area in the north east, Prospect mountain is about 35 minutes away from us by car.
Another great resort, a bit further away than Prospect Mountain. The updated photos courtesy of one of our guests Mahmud and his friends!
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Mount Snow
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Another great resort, a bit further away than Prospect Mountain. The updated photos courtesy of one of our guests Mahmud and his friends!

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Turrell at Dawn / reserve well in advance!

Limited Thursday-Sunday reservations for James Turrell’s installation at Mass MoCA titled C.A.V.U. (Skyspace) at dawn and dusk, are now open up until December 31. Space is very limited. Thursday dusk experiences are reserved for MASS MoCA members.
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Sanford & Kid antiques on weekends

One of the most famous antique/vintage store in the East Coast is a local attraction, and located right here at the foot of Chase Hill. Open on selected weekends only. On Fridays, the line forms on the parking lot starting 7AM, three hours before their official opening. You can get incredible deals for furniture, art work etc., for under 10$. If in line, bring along “SOLD@ stickers with your name. Usually first 15 minutes after Friday opening is quite chaotic. Not for the frail of heart!
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Grover Rare Books, Manuscripts

This is not a bookstore in the usual sense of the word, but more of an immersive experience. You will find rare books, collector’s items, manuscripts, music scores, opera libretti and a vast collection of art books. Open on weekends only. Inside the Eclipse Mill.