For the most part this press trip has been a wrap-up research trip for my next book, “Resting Easy in the US; Unique Lodging Options for Wheelers and Slow Walkers”. The title pretty much describes the theme – I’m hoping to encourage folks to “think outside the box” as far as access goes, as present a wide range of accessible properties across the US.
Which brings me to the Berkshires to see a cool little project of the Appalachian Mountain Club – Noble View. Located just five miles from Russell, MA, it’s a world away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Basically they renovated a few historic cabins (circa 1900s) and added a new accessible bathouse, to make it a rustic yet doable destination for everybody.
The cabins include several bedrooms, and are meant as group accommodations, however I guess you could book a single room if you don’t mind mixing with another group. There are accessible bedrooms in both cabins downstairs, and they include a bed with a mattress (you bring your own bedding/sleeping bags). The cabins also have a large commercial kitchen, a nice public area and a large deck. There are also picnic tables around the cabins, and it’s just a great outdoor space.
The bathhouse includes a large family bathroom and shower room with a roll-in shower. It’s very nicely done access-wise. And they are adding tent platforms and developing an accessible trail.
The view from the cabin is very bucolic. I was just so relaxed there.
I just love finding these cool little accessible projects, as it shows people that there really is a world of accessible choices out there!! Kudos to the Appalachian Mountain Club for making Noble View an accessible reality!