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Hot Car Flash Mob

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Cruise nights are a fun event in this neck of the woods. The summer nights bring out all kinds of cars: vintage, unusual, fun, rare, silly; all cherished and shiny, and some park with the bonnet up so you can see an engine so pristine you could eat off it.

We went to one in near  the New England Air Museum the other night. The evening air was redolent with petrol fumes, revving, tooting, and – rather delightfully – a whole field of snickering mules and horses leaning over their fence on the other side of the action.

We thought a cruise night and Old Deerfield would be a great match. We are definitely at least four of those adjectives above! I think we will shoot for Saturday, September 14th, 5-8.

Royal Rewards

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

We have a royal reward to deliver to you – if your name is George, Alexander, or Louis; if your name is Elizabeth, Philip, Charles, Anne, Andrew, Edward, William, Catharine, Henry; if you live in Cambridge; come and stay with us any two nights Monday-Wednesday from July 29-August 28, and your second night will cost the princely and weighty sum of $8.60royal delivery

Good for reservations made after July 22, 2013

Jim Antone, Zamboni Man & More

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013
The brass plate says JIM ANTONE, Never Lose the Kid in You

The brass plate says JIM ANTONE, Never Lose the Kid in You

Jim Antone has his own chair at the bar because he just retired after 39 years at Deerfield Academy, but will never retire from coming to the inn. He remembers when the zamboni didn’t pick up and all the ice scrapings had to be shoveled out by hand. Now a new machine costs $120,000 and is a smooth and perfect ride that gets the ice rink as smooth as a pane of glass in a fraction of the time. Jim is in the Zamboni Hall of Fame with the “Z” on his arm to prove it!

We are all glad he lives in the village – right across from us, because he is one of the kindest and most generous of people – of time, heart, and hand, and the stories he can tell …. well! He is a great one to run into in Champney’s!


Vegetarian Nirvana

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Our herb garden has taken off with the dry heat interspersed with downpours. The adage about changeable New England weather and just waiting five minutes if you don’t like it seems to be true! The colorful, peppery nasturtiums can decorate anything from salads to desserts, and they are not just pretty but they take away garlic-breath better than the Listerine in our restrooms.


The Happy Valley is bursting out all over with the most wonderful produce from the sweetest corn to early lowbush blueberries and heirloom tomatoes. Chef Erik made the most delicious and delightfully simple salad with tomatoes from Atlas, microgreens from Red Fire, and fresh no-hormones mozzarella from Maplebrook. A circle of balsamic and apple cider reduction, and I was in heaven – with garden nasturtiums on top, of course.


Franklin Festivals for the Family

Monday, July 8th, 2013

large_butterflygirlSIZEDThe Green River Festival on July 20th and 21st, is the summer music event in western Massachusetts, with hot air balloons, two stages of music, a dance tent, local arts & crafts, food stalls, and special events for children (free admission under 12).


On stage this year, among many others, Brandi Carlisle, Gogol Bordello, The Skatalites, and the Bernie Worrell Orchestra. Everything from blues, country, rock, gypsy swing, zydeco, punk and folk, it is fab foot-stomping fun, and absolutely family friendly.

And the following weekend is Charlemont’s turn to shine with their annual Yankee Doodle Days, on July 26-28, another family-friendly fun time with the famous Atlas firework show, a bang-up demolition derby, petting zoo, chainsaw sculptures, arts & local crafts, good food, zydeco, line dancing, sheep, oxen, horses! A real rarity of the kind of country fair that is hard to find nowadays, where it is all about the land and the community.


450 Years of Artisan Cheese in New England

Friday, July 5th, 2013

cheesebeerCheese expert and author Jeff Roberts from NECI came to give a wonderful scamper through four centuries of American cheese.

We just wanted to give a shout-out to the cheese-makers and the microbreweries that provided such beautiful pairings.

Renaissance Ricotta from Pattie & Mark Federico of Narragansett Creamery in Providence, RI with Narragansett Brewing Company’s American-style light lager
Stracciatella from Lourdes Fiore Smith of Fiore di Nonno in Somerville, MA with Allagash White, a Belgian-style wheat beer from Allagash Brewing Company in ME

Danse de la Lune from Paul Trubey at Beltane Farm in Lebanon, CT with Finest Kind India Pale Ale from Smuttynose of Portsmouth, NH

Summer Snow from Gari & Mark Fisher of Woodcock Farm in Weston, VT with Extra Special Oak, a strong ale from Element Brewing Company in Millers Falls, MA

Landaff from Debbie & Doug Erb of Landaff Creamery, Landaff, NH with Stovepipe Porter by Otter Creek Brewing Company in Middlebury, VT

And an encore with Jeremy Stephenson’s Tarentaise. Jeremy’s Spring Brook Farm is in Reading, VT

New England is seventh heaven for cheese-lovers and microbrew aficionados like us!

What cheeses will you get if you order a plate for your room on arrival?cheese plate

Mutton & Mead – mmm-mm!

Monday, July 1st, 2013

In nearby Montague on the third weekend in June, there is this splendid Medieval Festival & Fair. Carousing, fighting, hawkers, wares, wenches, knights, jesters, music – all good, high spirits fun and to collect for The Food Bank. (Check out our Dine at Nine if fun and food sound like a good match.) Robin Hood is ready to swoop in with his Merry Men if the Sheriff tries to exact tax on the collected food!


To…See the a full armored joust on horseback  To…Be entertained by sword fighters, mud beggars, wenches, belly dancers, singers, minstrels, jugglers and More! To…Shop the shire’s market and adorn yourself with gifts from over 65 merchants and artisans selling fantastic leather work, jewelry and other treasures! To…Play with the faeries and wood sprites of the enchanted Sherwood Forest. To…Partake in the shire’s fine mead, smoked turkey legs and other tasty victuals of the land! To…Meet the wonderful people of our shire, including Robin Hood, his Merry Men, and Maid Marion as the legendary tale unfolds around you.