The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is the largest center for contemporary visual and performing arts in the country. Housed in the former Sprague Electric Co. plant in North Adams, the 13-acre MASS MoCA “campus” includes enormous galleries with changing exhibitions.
This summer features “Oh, Canada,” the largest survey of contemporary Canadian art ever produced outside Canada. Also on view is “Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective.” MASS MoCA’s performing arts schedule includes music, theater, dance, film and video, dance parties, and cabaret.
The museum has a small café, but for creative American fare that focuses on organic, farm-raised meats and locally grown produce, try Gramercy Bistro, a chef-owned restaurant on MASS MoCA’s campus. The menu offers dishes such as seared sea scallops with fire-roasted poblano sauce and chili-rubbed pork chops with mango-citrus salsa. On Main Street, The Hub is a casual place serving tasty and affordable comfort food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Everything is made in-house, including omelets, soups, salads, quesadillas, burgers, and roasted half-chicken.
Fine arts and crafts can be found in nearby galleries. Hudson’s features a salon-type display of local artist works as well as antiques, jewelry, Persian rugs, and collectibles. On Union Street, the Eclipse Mill is a four-story former textile plant that’s home to potters, painters, musicians, and other artists. Its first-floor gallery is open weekends.
For sports enthusiasts, the nearby Mount Greylock has over 70 miles of designated trails for hiking and mountain biking, including an 11.5-mile section of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. The summit, at 3,491 feet, is the highest point in Massachusetts and offers eye-popping views of the Berkshires and beyond.