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
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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The Connecticut Yacht Painting - Griswold Inn - Essex, CT
The Griswold Inn

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

Historic inn’s popular art tour a voyage into the maritime past

Over the years (and, as one of the oldest continuously operated inns in the country, it’s a lot of years), the staff at the Griswold Inn received so many questions about all the maritime art displayed in its public spaces that it organized a tour. The free session is led by an expert on the inn’s museum-quality collection, who not only points out significant and interesting pieces but tells the fascinating stories behind them. Afterward, head for the inn’s historic dining rooms and enjoy some fine New England cuisine – and show off your new-found appreciation for the marine art that surrounds you.
Antique Elevator - XV Beacon - Boston, MA
XV Beacon

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

Elegant boutique in landmark building takes artistic touches to new heights

Picture a grand marble staircase, mahogany paneling, a caged glass elevator. The turn-of-the-century Beaux Arts building that houses the XV Beacon is a work of art in itself. But this boutique hotel, nestled in Boston’s scenic Beacon Hill neighborhood, takes artistic touches to a new level.Each of its 63 rooms is custom designed and curated with art specifically commissioned for the hotel. The soothing, classic decor features a taupe, cream and espresso palette, with modern amenities including gas fireplaces, Frette linens and marble bathrooms. From the hotel’s convenient location, you can explore all the museums (art, science and historical) this beautiful city holds dear. Come home to dine at Mooo, a sleek, modern steakhouse. Or, relax in your whirlpool tub or four-poster bed.
Staircase Landing - Red Lion Inn - Stockbridge, MA
Red Lion Inn

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

Every room in this famous inn in the Berkshires tells its own artistic story

They say every room tells a story at the Red Lion Inn, and art certainly plays a role in the narratives. In each room, in every hallway, guests will find a collection of portraits, landscapes and antique objects from lamp fixtures to vintage dolls and plates that reflect the region and the inn’s proud sense of history. Every summer, the inn hosts an artist in residence, who creates work on and off site, using the Red Lion spaces as a studio and in inspiration. And of course the famous inn with its welcoming porch sits in the middle of the beautiful Berkshires, an area renowned for its art galleries and museums, from MASS MoCA to the Norman Rockwell Museum.
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.
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 is at the heart of this charming Watch Hill resort

It is no exaggeration to say that a stay at the Ocean House will give you the opportunity to get up close and personal with art. And artists. Seasonal exhibitions feature the work of local artists. Then, those same artists are invited to paint on the spacious grounds (a work of art in itself) of the hotel during summer weekends. While enjoying wine and cheese, guests can talk to the artists about their work. Even more personal is the opportunity to talk to the resort’s artisan in residence. The Ocean House also features a tour of its permanent collection of 250 works and offers private watercolor lessons as well as “cork and canvas” events where guests can create art while enjoying wine.

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

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

Curated artwork, from classic to contemporary, part of this inn’s essence

At the Briar Barn Inn, guests are not only surrounded by a relaxed country setting and elegant, rustic comfort: They are also surrounded by art. The inn’s 30 guest rooms and common areas and cozy gathering spaces are filled with curated local artwork, from contemporary pieces by Claes Oldenburg to the lush 19th century landscapes of the Hudson River School. More than 100 hand-picked artworks and furnishings help provide that enchanting and engaging experience guests are seeking, whether they are visiting the marvelous (and newly expanded) Peabody Essex Museum in nearby Salem, strolling through the galleries of scenic Rockport or visiting the vast variety of antiques and artisan shops scattered across the North Shore.
Atrium Lobby - Porches Inn - North Adams, MA
Porches Inn at MASS MoCA

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

Passion for all that’s artistic shows itself in this delightfully whimsical inn

The name says it all: Artistic expression is one of the passions that went into the creation of The Porches Inn at MASS MoCA. Part of that is location, across the street from the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Part is architecture: The boutique inn consists of a row of exquisitely detailed 19th century Victorian row houses. Part is decor and design, with each room’s palette and artwork reflecting individual personality and the inn’s famous “granny chic” design sensibility. And part of it is just whimsy, from the vintage plates and paint-by-number artwork on the walls to quirky rugs, vintage TV lamps and visually engaging color blends throughout. With modern comforts and historic surroundings, the inn really is a work of art.
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.
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).