Williamstown, high in the Northwest corner of Massachusetts, is unique in its mix of extraordinary art, theater, ideas, history, and nature.
Home to Williams College ? which ?U.S. News & World Report regularly ranks as the No. 1 liberal arts college in the country ? the town has grown a deep community of thinkers and makers, theater, music and art.
Visitors cross the globe to take in The Clark Art Institute?s collections and architecture by Pritzker prize winner Tadao Ando, with its tiers of reflecting pools and gently mazelike walls of local granite. The Williams College Museum explores Modern, contemporary, American and international art.
In summer the Williamstown Theatre Festival presents Tony award-winning summer theater, celebrated designers, composers, directors, choreographers and actors on two stages at the state-of-the-art ?62 Center at Williams, all in a setting of great natural beauty.
And during the fall and spring semesters the college brings in internationally known artists dancers, musicians, actors, writers and activists to share their work and their lives in performances open to the community and very often free.
Williamstown?s cultural assets run deep, from historic homes to family-owned farms, four outstanding libraries and one of the few remaining single-screen independent movie theaters still in operation in the country.
Spring Street, the commercial center, contains galleries, fashion shops, a coffee shop that roasts its own beans and a ?restaurants busy with college students and locals.
And at the foot of the Appalachian Trail and Mount Greylock, Massachusetts? highest peak, the town is rich in hiiking and biking trails, cross-country skiing, back-country exploring and quiet rivers. At the top of Berkshires, it is a vibrant cultural and outdoor destination all year long.