Fodor's Expert Review Wainright Inn

518 S. Main St., Great Barrington, MA 01230, USA See on Map

Built in 1766 as the Troy Tavern & Inn, this well-run B&B with plenty of personal services has wraparound porches on two levels; the ground-floor porch leads into an antiques-filled parlor and a dining room with flowers on the sideboards. The bedrooms are large and breakfast is served in a delightfully light-filled dining room.


The guest rooms, many of which have fireplaces and four-poster beds, contain a mix of contemporary and period furnishings as well as big windows and plenty of space. The two rooms in the carriage house have kitchenettes.

Traveling as a small group or with the kids? Call ahead to book the Family Wing suite with two rooms and three beds (one king and two twins).

Mr. Pope room, queen bed
Photo: Mr. Pope room, queen bed
Anna room, two double beds, Carriage House
Photo: Anna room, two double beds, Carriage House
Meta room, queen bed, in the Carriage House
Photo: Meta room, queen bed, in the Carriage House


Bathrooms are comfortable and roomy. Like the rest of the inn, some features like tubs, have been updated with average, contemporary models. Don't expect claw foot tubs or large soaking baths.

Bathroom, Anna room in the Carriage House
Photo: Bathroom, Anna room in the Carriage House
Bathroom, Garden room
Photo: Bathroom, Garden room
Federal room, queen bed
Photo: Federal room, queen bed
Main Hallway
Photo: Main Hallway


The living room is a grande dame of a space with velvet sofa, armchairs, and a roaring fires in cooler temperatures. Relax with a glass of brandy or read a book when the weather is too inclement to sit on the porch.

Main Hallway
Photo: Main Hallway
Breakfast room
Photo: Breakfast room


A large breakfast buffet is served in the light-strewn, tastefully-decorated dining room. Expect homemade muffins, fresh fruit, and plenty of eggs and heartier dishes.

Breakfast room
Photo: Breakfast room
Common area in the Carriage House
Photo: Common area in the Carriage House


The hotel doesn't have a bar or lounge space. Ask the innkeepers for recommendations and they will point you to one of the many options in Great Barrington.

Common area in the Carriage House
Photo: Common area in the Carriage House


Getting Around

You'll need a car to wind around the small towns and mountains of the Berkshires.


Allium (3-minute drive) is a buzzing locale that brings everything you love about city hotspots to the country--a farm-to-table menu, seasonal cocktails, and a hip but mature dining room vibe. Prairie Whale (3-minute drive) is located in a restored old colonial home and serves locally-sourced, contemporary American classics and craft cocktails. Thin crust, gourmet pizzas are the specialty at Baba Louie's (3-minute drive). You'll also find sandwiches, salads, and entrees at the bistro-style eatery. Fuel (3-minute drive) is a coffee shop and bistro that also offers a great selection of wine, beer, and a full bar. The exposed brick and funky decor make it an ideal choice to watch the world go by.</p>


Known for its extensive Whiskey selection and upscale bar bites (think mac + cheese or nachos), The Well (4-minute drive) provides food and drink options from late afternoon until after midnight in a sleek setting. 20 Railroad Public House (3-minute drive) serves up regional and imported draft beer, wine, and artisan cocktails alongside a refined American menu in a restored pub with lots of architectural detail.


Close to bars and restaurants, but on a slightly quieter patch of road, this Victorian charmer checks all the boxes for an ideal Western Massachusetts B&B experience.


9 roooms
Breakfast Yes
Free Parking


Phones: 413-528–2062

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