Travel: Travel With a Passion: North Adams, MA
* What to do:
The largest center for contemporary art in the U.S., MASS MoCA specializes in provocative visual and performing-arts pieces—like Dave Cole’s Memorial Flag of 18,000 red, white and blue toy soldiers (1040 MASS MoCA Way, 413-662-2111; massmoca.org).
* Where to stay:
Porches is a casual-chic Travel & Leisure Top 100 inn (231 River Street, 413-664-0400, porches.com; rooms from $175).
* Where to eat:
Mezze in nearby Williamstown is a cool spot for dishes such as scallops with cauliflower puree (16 Water Street, Williams-town, 413-458-0123; dinner for two, $75 with wine).
* What else to do
Drive up Mount Greylock, Massachusetts’s tallest peak, for panoramic views, leaf-peeping and hiking.