Hotels with art collections enhance your pleasure with the beauty of New England

Visitors to New England often feel like they are looking at a work of art when they are simply gazing out a picture window onto boats rocking in a quiet harbor or mountain peaks slashed by dramatic gorges. Nature’s art is all around us in New England, but the work of human artists also is on display at many lodgings, and we welcome you to enjoy it. Offerings are varied: a hotel may display local antiques and fine folk art in its lobby. A restaurant’s walls maybe covered with paintings of local culture, like boats and fishermen. Other lodgings may show revolving exhibits of paintings and drawings created just days or months ago by local artists. Your hosts are always eager to display and describe the grand works of local culture they’ve chosen to enhance their lodgings and eateries.

Lodgings with Art in New England
White Room Sugar Hill Inn Sugar Hill New Hampshire
Sugar Hill Inn

116 Route 117 Sugar Hill, NH, 03586 Phone: 603-823-5621 Toll-Free: 800-548-4748

Inn owners populate walls, niches with original art from the region

Snugly situated in New Hampshire’s magnificent White Mountains, the Sugar Hill Inn is a romantic getaway noted for fine dining, stylish rooms and cottages – and a growing collection of original art. No mass-produced prints here, the inn owners, since they purchased the inn a dozen years ago, have been collecting art from all over the Northeast, including works from artists who live in Sugar Hill and neighboring towns. So guests in the Forest View Cottage will see the spectacular autumn leaves in an original oil by Sabina; Garden Cottage guests will enjoy Iosif Derecichel’s spectacular birches; Nickerson Suite guests will be soothed by a bucolic scene painted by Yvon Lenieux. Mountain views and original art: a winning combination for the inn’s guests.
Lounge Art - Ocean House Resort - Watch Hill, RI
Ocean House Resort

1 Bluff Avenue Watch Hill, RI, 02891 Phone: Toll-Free: 877-346-9442

Art plays an important part in guests’ experience at this picture-perfect coastal resort

Ocean House resort on a bluff overlooking Block Island Sound is picture-perfect in more than its stunning beachfront location. This luxurious resort also puts art front and center, from the early New England artwork in its 49 guest rooms and 20 signature suites to its artisan-in-residence series where notable artists create and talk about their work. The resort’s collection includes almost 250 works from the 19th century through the 1990s on its walls, including Ludwig Bemelmans’ original “Madeline” illustrations and works by John Rea Neill and George Edwards, among many others. Guests can take self-guided audio tours of the collection, and there’s a self-guided scavenger hunt tour for children. Watercolor lessons and painting while wine-tasting sessions are also available.

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Marianne Smith Art Gallery - Lord Camden Inn - Camden, ME
Lord Camden Inn

24 Main Street Camden, ME, 04843 Phone: 207-236-4325 Toll-Free: 800-336-4325

Much to please the senses, including an art gallery, at this picturesque inn

The scenery is lovely inside and out at the Lord Camden Inn, a AAA 3-Diamond boutique hotel located in the heart of picturesque Camden Village. Harbor-, river- and village-view rooms are pleasing to the eye, of course, especially when they come with exposed brick walls, fireplaces and stylish architectural touches. But more beauty can be found in the Marianne W. Smith Gallery, where over 50 of the artist’s still lifes and landscapes, many capturing and preserving local scenes, are showcased. Smith’s oil paintings, which feature the delicate interplay of light and shadow, like the late afternoon light on the Monhegan Lighthouse, are on display in the lobby and second-floor dining and conference rooms.

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Antiques & Art - Briar Barn Inn - Rowley, MA - Photo Credit Kim Crawford
Briar Barn Inn

101 Main Street Rowley, MA, 01969 Phone: 978-653-5323

Original artwork, inspired creative touches hallmarks of this serene country inn

Celebrating the vibrant arts community of Essex County, the Briar Barn Inn has made its interiors a showplace for the work of local artists. Each of the elegant inn’s 30 suites has individually curated original artwork, custom furnishings and antique pieces that add to the unique atmosphere of this country retreat. And, of course, the inn’s surroundings and buildings are works of art in themselves. There’s the spacious courtyard (visible from each wing of the U-shaped inn), landscaped garden paths and Grove, the inn’s farm-to-table restaurant in a post-and-beam barn, complete with two double-ring black industrial chandeliers and rustic farm tables. Even the inn’s entrance has an artistic sensibility, a bright, airy space reminiscent of a silo.
The Connecticut Yacht Painting - Griswold Inn - Essex, CT
The Griswold Inn

36 Main Street Essex, CT, 06426 Phone: 860-767-1776

Noted examples of marine art, illustrations part of this inn’s impressive collection

The historic halls of the charming Griswold Inn, one of the oldest continuously operated inns in the country, are graced with an outstanding collection of marine art and artifacts from the Golden Era of steamboating and beyond, making it the largest marine art collection in private hands today. The collection includes prints by Currier & Ives and Endicott & Co.; ship’s portraits by James Bar, Antonio Jacobsen and Charles Parsons; and illustrations by Samuel Ward Stanton and Norman Rockwell. The inn, which was established in 1776, also has an extensive collection of firearms used during the Revolution and the War of 1812 as well as weapons made by Samuel Colt and others. Check the website for information on when art tours are available.
Staircase Landing - Red Lion Inn - Stockbridge, MA
Red Lion Inn

30 Main Street Stockbridge, MA, 01262 Phone: 413-298-5545

Art is in the air, and on every space imaginable, at this famous Stockbridge inn

Art is in evidence everywhere at the Red Lion Inn, where guests have been gathering to relax since Silas Pepoon established a tavern on the site in 1773. Each of the inn’s rooms and suites, and the rooms in its guest houses and village houses, has individual paintings, antiques and whimsical objects as well as luxurious linens, fluffy bathrobes and free wifi. The china in the main restaurant is antique, the pewter colonial. Historic signs and posters hang on the tavern’s walls. And there’s an artist-in-residence program, where artists spend time at the inn, offering talks and exhibitions. The Berkshires area is known for its celebration of the arts, from renowned galleries and art museums to theater companies, historic homes, Tanglewood and Jacob’s Pillow.
Antique Elevator - XV Beacon - Boston, MA
XV Beacon

15 Beacon Street Boston, MA, 02108 Phone: 617-670-1500 Toll-Free: 877-982-3226

A work of art outside, this elegant hotel has a distinguished collection inside, too

The XV Beacon, which reigns over the historic Beacon Hill neighborhood in its turn-of-the-century landmark Beaux Arts building, is more than just picture-perfect on the. outside. Inside, it takes its curated art collection very seriously. That’s why specially commissioned works by Martha Lloyd, Joe Greene, Tony Evanko and Ben Freeman hang in the boutique hotel’s 63 luxurious rooms and suites. But guests will feel the artistic sensibilities as soon as they walk into the hotel and see Jules Olitski’s joyful “Green Dot” canvas. The hotel’s distinguished collection also includes, in the restaurant wine cellar, a stunning Roman mosaic from the fourth or fifth century, canvases by iconic American portraitist Gilbert Stuart and works by contemporary artists like Maggi Brown.XV Beacon ranked 1st on Conde Nast's list of 10 Top Hotels in Boston: Readers Choice Awards 2017-20.
Atrium Lobby - Porches Inn - North Adams, MA
Porches Inn at MASS MoCA

231 River Street North Adams, MA, 01247 Phone: 413-664-0400

Artful touches bring a sense of whimsy to this inn, across from Mass MoCA

With the magnificent Mass MoCA as its neighbor, it’s no wonder the Porches Inn, in the historic community of North Adams, is a work of art itself. Each of its 47 rooms and suites is architecturally unique, some with spiral staircases, or cozy porches, or Jacuzzi-style tubs, or welcoming fireplaces, all done in rich palettes of color and texture with whimsical touches from vintage plates on the wall to retro furniture. Outside, a woodland of native plants awaits visitors, along with a heated outdoor pool. Healthy continental breakfasts are provided along with the “granny chic” atmosphere. In the area, visitors can explore art and history museums, state parks perfect for hiking, cultural venues from galleries to theaters and an eclectic assortment of places to dine and shop.
Willows Room 4-Poster - Atlantic Oceanside Hotel & Event Center - Bar Harbor, ME
Atlantic Oceanside Hotel & Event Center

119 Eden Street Bar Harbor, ME, 04609 Phone: 207-288-5801 Toll-Free: 800-336-2463

Historic estate offers guests mansion-style rooms with period art, furnishings

Sitting regally on the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel’s grounds is The Willows, an historic estate built in 1913 for Charlotte Baker, a patron of the arts. Completely restored in 2008 to its original splendor, The very romantic Willows welcomes guests with 13 elegant mansion-style suites and rooms with luxury linens, lavish furnishings, including four-poster beds, and artwork that reflect the sensibilities of its original owner. The sitting rooms in particular are furnished with exquisite period pieces. A short walk to a pretty-as-a-picture harbor, the estate also features beautiful rock gardens and stunning bay views from private balconies (ask about the deluxe penthouse).
Art Gallery Photography - Hotel on North - Pittsfield, MA
Hotel on North

297 North Street Pittsfield, MA, 01201 Phone: 413-358-4741

Berkshires hotel honors its history and its local artisans

You could say the Hotel on North has lots of surprises in store, and it would literally be true, since the boutique hotel’s two 1880s buildings once housed a menswear and sporting goods store. That might explain the tin ceilings and birdcage elevator, now the stationary site of a cocktail table for two. It also explains the hotel’s dedication to its deep Berkshire roots, which means art, textiles and furniture in each room crafted by local artisans. The accent on art also is highlighted in the Gallery on North, a rotating exhibit of art, sculpture, photography and other curated pieces just off the lobby. And then there’s the library suite, with 125 bookshelves and a rolling ladder to help make your selection.
Kipling's Study & Library at Naulahka - Landmark Trust USA - Dummerston, VT
The Landmark Trust USA

707 Kipling Road Dummerston, VT, 05301 Phone: 802-254-6868

Turn back the pages of history when you stay in Kipling’s Vermont home

Did you know that Rudyard Kipling wrote the “Jungle Books” in Vermont? Yes, dear reader, he did! Fully restored by The Landmark Trust USA, Naulakha is available to explore and enjoy – from Kipling’s library of original books to his pool table and game room on the third floor. This secluded home, a National Historic Landmark, includes a mini-museum of artifacts from Kipling’s life during the time he lived in Vermont. With all the modern amenities to make your travel back in literary time a comfortable one, you will want to return to this spacious home with accommodations for 8.