(July 19, 2002): It's no wonder that The Orchards Hotel in Williamstown, MA, was chosen by the producers of Nicole Kidman and Anthony Hopkins' newest film, "The Human Stain,' to be home to the stars and cast during the filming which took place in the town and at Williams College. And it's no accident that this elegant hotel, built in the style of an English manor home, was chosen to host the theatre season's opening gala dinner celebrating the Tony Award won by Michael Ritchie, on behalf of the Williamstown Theatre Festival, for Best Regional Theater. The Orchards Hotel provides the dramatic aura of a fairytale experience about to unfold at its stonegated entryway complete with European-style fountained outer courtyard and intimate interior courtyard complete with reflecting pool, sculptures, gardens and surrounding Berkshire Mountains.

. With attention paid to every detail and anticipation of every guest's needs the norm at The Orchards, the film's producers were confident that every accommodation necessary to ease the pressures of film-making would be taken in stride by the onsite owner-management and their European-trained staff.

When asked why The Orchards was selected to host stars of the magnitude of Nicole Kidman and Sir Anthony Hopkins, the film spokesperson remarked that The Orchards was the obvious choice. The filmmakers were impressed with the luxury-level hotel service provided by the European-trained staff at this AAA Four Diamond Award winning hotel. Additionally, the spacious rooms and suites are warm, welcoming, and cheerfully decorated, abound with European antiques, boast oversized marble bathrooms, in-room fireplaces, and a sense of serenity and intimacy created from the hand-tooled woodworking and architecture which provides the accommodations with views of the interior courtyard and the enveloping Berkshire Mountains.

While the hotel's guests, and theater and museum goers, appreciate casual dining on the patio of the interior courtyard,The Orchard's Yasmin's Restaurant and wine cellar are world renown, making it an easy choice for the Williamstown Theater's celebration of the season's opening where its prestigious Tony Award was proudly displayed. The Orchards is the choice of many of the celebrities who perform at the local theatre. It is not unusual to see such famous and talented people as Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward staying at The Orchards.

Guests often express surprise at finding the level of service and appointments that one would expect in London, Paris, or New York here on the Vermont border three hours drive from New York and Boston," The Orchards owner explains. "We have created a haven for the most sophisticated traveler with excellent accommodations and exquisite dining. And it's always wonderful when the compliments we get are from people who have been pampered by the very best! It makes our dedicated staff very proud."

Stephanie B. Abrams