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Location

Where We Are:

Cherry Press is located on ten beautiful wooded acres set in the rural, rolling hills of Rutland, Massachusetts (85 Campbell Street, Rutland, MA 01543).  Cherry Press is a quiet, scenic haven to relax in and enjoy while focusing on your printmaking projects.  Take some time to explore our trails or take a hike, bike or ski on the Mass Central Rail Trail or Midstate Trail, just a couple of miles away.  Within five miles are ponds to kayak, canoe and fish in, swimming holes, Rutland State Park, Barre Falls Dam (gorgeous trails), hiking, cycling and horse-backriding trails and the remains of the farmhouse where social reformer Jacob Riis retired from New York.

Transportation:

We are 10 miles from the picturesque town of Barre, 15 miles from Worcester, 25 miles from Athol and Orange, 45 miles from Greenfield, 49 miles from Northampton, and 61 miles from downtown Boston (approx. 1 hr. 20 min. driving time to the latter 3 locations).  Worcester is easily reachable by Amtrak, commuter rail and bus. A cab ride to Rutland costs approx. $32 plus tip. Zipcars are available in Worcester, Amherst, Northampton, Boston and other MA locations.  There are daily buses and trains to and from New York City, the drive to Rutland is approximately 3.5 hours.  A bicycle will be available for resident artists.

Accomodations:

We plan to build a log cabin guest house located on our ten acres for our resident artists, available to rent for a night, a couple of days, a long weekend or in longer residency blocks (a week, two weeks, etc.).  In the meantime, there are several scenic guesthouses near by: One of our visiting artists enjoyed her stay with her husband near by at the The General Rufus Putnam House in Rutland. There are also these options: Hartman's Herb FarmJenkins Inn & RestaurantWholesome Hearth,   Harding Allen Estate B&B Inn,  Clamber Hill Inn & Restaurant  and you could always try AirBNB.

Food and Drink:

Nearby we have a couple of diners, the French Quarter Vietnamese cafe, a Chinese food take-away and in the summer, the Still Four Corners restaurant with outdoor seating.  Worcester has a variety of restaurants, including Indian, Mexican and Thai food and some atmospheric establishments to drink (and eat) at - including the Armsby Abbey with it's fantastic craft beer selection and locally-sourced food; it's brother, the Dive Bar (same excellent beer selection, large outdoor patio, no food), Nick's (cabaret bar with German food and outdoor patio), Vincent's (beer garden, interesting taxidermed animals, limited food selection) and Ralph's Rock Diner (live music, drinks and burgers).  Nearby to the north, the Gardner Ale House has pub food and fresh-brewed German beer and the Blind Pig in Athol has an excellent menu and craft beer on tap.