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We Are All Lit Up At The Deerfield Inn!

Monday, August 19th, 2013


We don’t mean we have been testing the #microbrew beer before the Brewskis and Brats on September 1stDeerfield B&BWe have beautiful lights up along the old pillars that let folks know, “We are back open! Come on in!  All are welcome at the Deerfield Inn!” Working on the Deerfield Inn




First Paul removed the turf and soil and scooped out the most perfect trenches. Passers-by stopped to peer into them. People seem to love holes in the ground.Lighting project at Deerfield Inn


Then Caleb and Steve came by to bend and install piping and electricity leads to the lights – stage lights with a narrow but brilliant beam.





They all shoveled back in the dirt, and Paul and his sidekick Watson tamped back and watered the sod.

Project at Deerfied Inn

The lights went on as dusk fell, and guests arrived out of the blue, so to speak, having seen the Champney’s sign lit up.

Dinner at Champney's

Thank you, gentlemen, for the wonderful job you did, for being so efficient and so cheerful in the heat of the day.

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Thank you, Watson, for your great assistance in your on-site supervisory capacity.

Brewskis & Brats on the Valley Beer Trail

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Join us for the Valley Beer Trail

On Sunday, September 1st, get a jump start on #Oktoberfest.  Put on your boots, your birks, and bandanas, and join us on the lawn from 2-6 pm for this section of the fun and fabulous Valley Beer Trail.

Live music, “outdoors” food such as barbecue, bratwurst,  beans, and much more, and barrels and barrels and buckets and  buckets of beer from our local breweries –BBC, People’s, Lefty’s, Element – the newlocal farms local beer seasonals and classic favorites.

$25 for tickets bought in advance

$28 for tickets on the day
$3/8oz beers

Call 413-774-5587 for will-call tickets, or pick up ahead from the inn’s front desk

  • Keepsake Champney’s pilsner glass for the first 100 on the day!
  • A chance to win one of two Mug Club memberships – a $50 basic value before membership benefits

Listen to 93.9 The River out of Northampton, MA for the chance to win tickets to the event, and on the Valley Beer Trail day you might win tickets to the Stowe Oktoberfest, or some other similarly awesome beer event, courtesy of The Riverlution!

On Your Bike!

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

For the past seven years, Glen has organized the #cycling Farm Ride that brings cyclists of all skill levels to the Happy Valley to enjoy our bucolic landscape, fields, farms, tobacco sheds, rivers, and local hero restaurants. Cyclists come from all over New England, New Jersey, New York. Deerfield Ted tried to get in on the action with this couple from New York.

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Cyclonaut from Astoria, NY blogged about last year’s Farm Ride: “At about the 22 mile mark I reached the first rest area in Historic Deerfield. I fed myself, and filled my water bladder, all the while drinking cups of sports drink for electrolytes. Here I spoke with Brian for the first time, a friendly and knowledgeable ride marshall from New Jersey.

The homes in this section of Deerfield are beautifully preserved historic sites featuring old family homes interspersed with houses containing museum exhibits as an example of how life was in a bygone age. Thoroughly enjoying the sites, sounds, and smells, of rural Massachusetts I rode further along the route looking forward to more of the same.”

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Deerfield is one of the pit stops, and it is always a pleasure to see the reaction of people who have never known of or seen Deerfield. They slow up as they pedal down Old Main Street, heads swiveling, absolutely charmed by this hidden gem just off Rtes 5&10.

You don’t have to cover all 100 miles! Some cyclists take a break on day two and enjoy messing about in boats – kayaking, canoeing, rafting. There is plenty of that in this most rural part of the state.

The other big cycling event here is the Deerfield Dirt Road Randonee (D2R2) – a number of rides of differing lengths and difficulty along the narrowest, oldest, twistiest, quietest, and most-scenic roads available, all to benefit The Land Trust to support its work of conserving the rural culture of western Mass by protecting its fields, woodlands, and villages.