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Williamstown
Travel Guide

With culture, small-town charm and beautiful mountain scenery, this lively college town in the Berkshires is a very popular destination.

Surrounded by mountains, farmland and forest, picturesque Williamstown is known as "The Village Beautiful." Along with enjoying the area’s natural beauty, check out fine art and performances at the town’s esteemed institutions and festivals.

Williams College, a top American liberal arts college, was founded here in 1793. Williamstown life still revolves around the school and its elegant buildings. The town was named after Colonel Ephraim Williams, who funded the college’s construction. Check out the Williams College Museum of Art, one of the country’s best college art museums. Admire the diverse permanent collection, which spans many eras and cultures.

See significant works of fine art at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, often referred to as The Clark. This museum is noted for its collection of French impressionist paintings.

After your cultural exploration, stop for lunch or coffee in one of the town’s cafés or bistros. If the weather is good, eat at an outdoor table and soak up the cheerful atmosphere of this sophisticated college town.

Enjoy one of countless hikes in the Williamstown area. A popular one is the picturesque Pine Cobble, where a 1-hour-long hike provides views over the Purple Valley and ends at an expanse of quartzite rock exposed by ancient glaciers. Hikers of all ability levels can tackle the Ridge Walk through nearby parts of sprawling Hopkins Memorial Forest, which spans three states. Trek along the scenic route, which provides spectacular views of the Taconic Range, the Berkshires and the nearby Green Mountains. Experienced cross-country skiers enjoy this trail in winter as well.

Though this is a year-round destination, Williamstown is arguably at its best in summer, when the surrounding nature and the town’s cultural life are in full bloom. During sultry nights from mid-June through August, the town hosts a Theatre Festival, which often features Broadway and Hollywood actors.

Williamstown is located in northern Massachusetts, just south of the Vermont border. The town itself is walkable, but rent a car if you plan on visiting other parts of the Berkshires.

The Williams Inn
The Williams Inn
4 out of 5
101 Spring Street, Williamstown, MA
The price is £172 per night from 12 Apr to 13 Apr

Situated in Williamstown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Chapin Library of Rare Books and Manuscripts and Williams College. Williams College Museum ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (95 reviews)

"Very nice and clean. No frills"…"

Reviewed on 2 Apr 2021

The Williams Inn
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Williamstown
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Williamstown
2.5 out of 5
430 Main St, Williamstown, MA
The price is £92 per night from 18 Apr to 19 Apr

Situated in Williamstown, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hopkins Observatory and Williams College. Williams College Museum of Art and Chapin Library of ...

4.3/5Excellent! (36 reviews)

"So clean with beautiful views. Spacious, updated. Comfy bed! Very happy and would return"…"

Reviewed on 7 Apr 2021

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Williamstown
Maple Terrace Motel
Maple Terrace Motel
2.5 out of 5
555 Main St., Williamstown, MA
The price is £64 per night from 12 Apr to 13 Apr

Situated in the historical district, this motel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Williams College and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (233 reviews)

"Very clean room and very nice grounds. The staff was super pleasant as well."…"

Reviewed on 28 Mar 2021

Maple Terrace Motel
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Hancock Log Cabin Retreat: 2 Miles to Jiminy Peak!
Hancock Log Cabin Retreat: 2 Miles to Jiminy Peak!
21 Rathbun Road, Williamstown, MA

Situated in Williamstown, this holiday home is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort and within 6 miles (10 km) of Pittsfield State Forest and Mount ...

5/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Wonderful experience

"The house was adorable.. comfortable ..immaculate! Well appointed home! Great mini vacation!"…"

Reviewed on 8 Mar 2021

Hancock Log Cabin Retreat: 2 Miles to Jiminy Peak!
Get Away to the Berkshires: 1 Bedroom Luxury Condo With Outdoor Pool
Get Away to the Berkshires: 1 Bedroom Luxury Condo With Outdoor Pool
276 Brodie Mountain Rd, Williamstown, MA

Situated in the mountains, this condo is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort and within 6 miles (10 km) of Mount Greylock State Reservation and ...

Get Away to the Berkshires: 1 Bedroom Luxury Condo With Outdoor Pool
Walk to downtown & museums. Ski, sun & fun!
Walk to downtown & museums. Ski, sun & fun!
1120 Main St, Williamstown, MA

This family-friendly Williamstown holiday home is within a 15-minute walk of Williamstown Historical Museum and Williams College. 62 Center for Theater and Dance ...

5/5Exceptional! (12 reviews)
Great weekend getaway

"This was a great house, perfect for a weekend getaway with friends. Everything was exactly as posted, and Tim took good care of us making sure we were well situated when we checked in. Thank you!"…"

Reviewed on 16 Mar 2020

Walk to downtown & museums. Ski, sun & fun!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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