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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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.
Bronze Bears - Point Lookout Resort - Northport, ME
Point Lookout

67 Atlantic Highway Northport, ME, 04849 Phone: 207-789-2000

Wildlife in bronze welcome visitors to resort overlooking Penobscot Bay

Wildlife comes in a variety of forms at Point Lookout, the perfect combination of an outdoor camping experience and resort-style amenities in coastal Maine. Guests marvel at the beauty of the resort’s 387 picturesque mountainside acres overlooking Penobscot Bay – and at the series of magnificent wildlife-in-bronze sculptures by Forest Hart. The 10 lifelike sculptures, which draw tourists every year, include bears, moose, deer, stags and a bobcat. They are all at home on this beautiful property, reminiscent of a nature reserve, where guests in comfy cabins can ski and snowshoe in the winter and sail in warmer weather. Miles of hiking trails, a private beach, tennis courts, a fitness center: You’ll go wild for this resort.
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.
Atrium Lobby - Porches Inn - North Adams, MA
Porches Inn at MASS MoCA

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

Art and a welcoming sense of whimsy are infused in this Victorian inn

You could say something artistic is always brewing at The Porches Inn at MASS MoCA, because the whimsical inn, a row of lovingly detailed Victorian houses, is steeped in art. Inside the inn, attached by a bridge to the renowned MASS MoCA, each room, with its unique color palette, is a treasure trove of retro furniture and creative collections, from vintage plates to framed paint-by-number masterpieces. (The bed and breakfast’s modern touches include Jacuzzi-style tubs, a heated outdoor pool and a charming lobby bar.) Outside, a woodland gazebo and gardens await. So does the artsy town of North Adams, with galleries, artisan shops and restaurants galore. Nearby are great theaters, museums, trails, skiing and the beauty of the Berkshires.
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.
Staircase Landing - Red Lion Inn - Stockbridge, MA
Red Lion Inn

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

In this picturesque town, an inn offers creative spaces for guests – and artists

In the postcard-perfect Berkshires town of Stockbridge, the Red Lion Inn combines comfort and creativity in its 82 inn rooms and guesthouses. Each room or suite at the elegant, down-home inn, with its famous porch, is individually decorated with antiques, objects and artwork reflecting the region’s people and history. If you stay at the restored Firehouse, you’ll be enjoying a place painted by Norman Rockwell. If you stay at a guesthouse tucked away on the grounds of Chesterwood, you’ll be vacationing in what was the summer studio of Lincoln Memorial sculptor Daniel Chester French. The inn also has an artist in residence, who uses the inn spaces as a studio and inspiration from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Antique Elevator - XV Beacon - Boston, MA
XV Beacon

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

Distinguished art collection enriches guest experiences at this elegant hotel

Inside its beautiful 1903 Beau Arts building on Beacon Hill, the elegant XV Beacon hotel boasts more than exquisitely appointed rooms, fine dining and exceptional service. It also is home to a distinguished art collection, ranging from the contemporary work of abstract painter Maggi Brown to the canvases of famed 18th century portraitist Gilbert Stuart. From Jules Olitski’s joyful “Green Dot” canvas that greets guests in the hotel lobby to the fascinating fourth-to-fifth-century Roman mosaic in Moo.... restaurant’s The Wine Cellar to commissioned artwork from Martha Lloyd Tony Evanko, Ben Freeman and others adorning guest rooms, the XV Beacon seeks to demonstrate its commitment to the past, to the future, and to its belief that art enriches lives.
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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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.
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).