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Wedding Fair Season 2014 : Deerfield Inn is Ready to Host Massachusetts Weddings Once Again

Friday, January 31st, 2014

This past Saturday, January 25th, Alicia Graves who is in charge of private dinners and special events attended a bridal show with Poliane Paniago to get the word out that we are back open and that the Deerfield Inn is a fabulous place for elopements, intimate Massachusetts weddings, rehearsal dinners, re-commitment ceremonies, and even larger weddings in fine weather in the Terrace that leads out onto a patio. We have a tent lawn in the gardens, and the Beehive Parlor is a favorite spot for smaller ceremonies with a Justice of the Peace or other officiate.

The Terrace has its own bar and restrooms, and French doors open onto the patio which can also be tented and is a sweet spot for couples wanting a more informal gathering – maybe a barbecue or a clam bake. Children can hurtle all around the gardens and keep happy!

Poliane was wearing one of her own jewelry creations, and Alicia wore a pearl pendant that she commissioned Poliane to make for her when she was married last year.  (Everybody is always so much more than they seem and everybody here has such interesting stories about who they are and what they do in their other lives away from working at our Deerfield, Massachusetts bed and breakfast.  It is part of their engaging charm.)

You certainly would not go wrong with Alicia’s perceptive and sensitive guidance and knowledge if you are looking for a special and beautiful place to celebrate a special day! Call her at 413-774-5587, ext 173, or email


Renovating Two Guestrooms

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Our 24 rooms at our bed and breakfast near Greenfield, MA are all named after folks connected with Deerfield’s history, and we have a calendar for constantly refreshing them  so they look bright and clean and inviting. This winter it is the turn of room 144 and 146, with 141 and 145 slated for later in the year.

Room 144 is named after Consider Dickinson. He was born in 1761 and for much of his life this colorful man owned the reputation of the “town character”. Uncle Sid was apparently the supplier of endless humorous anecdotes and songs. He was revered as a man of industry, good judgment, and sound economy in a small village where everyone knew everyone else. Consider Dickinson’s house stood on the site of the present Deerfield Academy main building on the town common. His large family filled it to the rafters during their frequent and noisy gatherings.

Room 146 in our bed and breakfast near Greenfield, MA is named after Samson Frary, who was a “professional” pioneer and as such, became the first settler in Deerfield. George Sheldon’s History of Deerfield  lists Samson as being in Deerfield as early as 1669. He lived in a small shelter of some sort at the north end of the village and most certainly sustained himself by tilling and planting a small piece of land. Sheldon records that Samson Frary built a house on Lot 29 across from the town common some time around 1683. This is the site of the present Frary House/Barnard Tavern and archaeological exploration there is helping to reconstruct the life and surroundings of this early Deerfield resident. Samson met his death on that terrible night on the 29 February 1704 during the French and Indian attack on Deerfield.

Be sure to drop by our bed and breakfast near Greenfield, MA and take a peek at all the activity!

Deerfield’s Snowy Owl

Thursday, January 9th, 2014
feathered friend at our Deerfield, MA lodging

Meet our feathered friend!

Our Deerfield, MA lodging has its own #snowy owl for the time being! These beautiful birds have been coming far south of their boreal range and delighting the gang of ornithologists who are wrapped up in scarves and tea cozy hats with their powerful lenses aimed at this young owl.

One bird watcher told me these owls were heading south because the plethora of lemmings meant more birds had survived and young ones were heading out of spaces too crowded to let each owl have its own territory, and another said, “Nonsense!” It was because there was a dearth of lemmings, meaning they had to roam farther afield, so I left them to it.

This snowy owl crossed the corner of my vision as I was walking the dogs at dusk in the meadows near our Deerfield, MA lodging and made my heart skip a beat – it was so silent and sudden and surprisingly large. I watched it swoop low and then ride up in a long, slow, smooth loop like someone on a roller coaster before it headed back to the old tobacco barn by the field where our inn cattle are raised. I felt so privileged!

If you’ve chosen our inn as your Deerfield, MA lodging, make sure to ask one of us about it. We’ll try to help you find our feathered guest!