But the best part, other than the views from Rt. 2 coming down the mountain into North Adams, is the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, aka Mass MoCA. Cai Guo-Qiang's Inopportune—nine Ford Tauruses tumbling through a 300-foot-long gallering with pulsing light rods that look like fireworks exploding from the cars (pictured above) was the big showstopper, but there were so many in the "Becoming Animal" portion, too, that just blew me away.
And yesterday we took a trip to the Clark Art Institute in nearby Williamstown, which satisfied our need for works we could just enjoy without thinking too much about them. It has a terrific collection of impressionists, and the Jacques-Louis David (1748â€“1825) exhibition was breath-taking.
Anyway, if you have a small, upscale, art-loving group, this would be a great spot to bring them. And during the foliage season, OMG, this place would be unbelievable. It's been years since I've been out that way, but I'm coming back. Soon.
Update: The restaurant's Web site is http://www.milan55main.com.