Right here in town
Historic Deerfield on Old Main Street off Rtes 5&10, Deerfield, MA A museum of New England decorative arts opening doorways to the past in twelve perfectly preserved, original 18th and 19th-century houses. Deerfield Inn house guests receive a discount of 10% in the museum store, and $4 off each adult admission ticket to view the houses and the Flynt Center of Early American Life with its changing exhibitions and fascinating visible storage in the museum attic.
Memorial Hall Museum on Memorial Street off Rtes 5&10, Deerfield, MA Our children loved this place when they were little. Nineteen exhibition rooms on three floors full of local antiquities, quilts, and Native American artifacts. A charming museum that is home to Bangwell Putt, the oldest rag doll in America, the world's largest pumpkin pie pan, tombstones, and other delights.
The Shelburne Museum Rte 7, Shelburne, VT Vast repositories of folk art, paintings, and fine and decorative arts collected within historic New England structures, as well as carriages, dollhouses, and a steamboat!
Billings Farm and Museum Rte 12 & River Road, Woodstock, VT A living museum of Vermont's rural past and a working dairy farm. A Jersey herd, draft horses, and blocky Southdown sheep like rectangular boxes on legs.
To the West
Hancock Shaker Village Junction of Rtes 20 & 41, Pittsfield, MA This museum of Shaker life includes twenty original buildings including the great Round Stone Barn. A sustainable working farm with blissful piglets and other baby farm animals, large collections of graceful Shaker furniture, tools, textiles and inspirational art. A village of contemplative tranquility and one of our favorite places.
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute 225 South St, Williamstown, MA A fabulous collection of European and American art and sculpture located on 140 acres of walking trails. Another favorite for us, particularly for the French impressionist paintings and the delightful works of Mary Cassatt.
The Norman Rockwell Museum 9 Rte 183, Stockbridge, MA Another family favorite for us - the largest collection of Rockwell anywhere and the best in the field of other American illustrators as well.
To the East
Sturbridge Village Rte 20, Sturbridge, MA Working farmers, housewives, craftsmen, musicians and infantrymen demonstrate early 19th-century New England life in the historic buildings of this 200 acre village.
Peabody Essex Museum East India Square, Salem, MA A museum of art, architecture and culture contained within 30 galleries and stately mansions. You are guaranteed to get museum feet looking at works from the 1700s to today, so wear your trainers. This is where you can see the Huang family ancestral home - a museum house within a museum. Spectacular!
Salem Witch Museum Washington Square, Salem, MA This museum presents the history and a recreation of the Salem witch trials of 1692. Children go for it in a big way.
Heritage Plantation 67 Grove St, Sandwich, MA An antique car museum with more than 30 beauties, including Gary Cooper's 1931 Duesenberg Model J Derham Tourster. Beautiful gardens and a changing gallery for special exhibitions.
Plimoth Plantation 137 Warren Ave, Plymouth, MA A living history museum where the daily life of the village of Plimoth in 1627 is recreated.
To the South
Mystic Seaport 75 Greenmanville Ave, Mystic, CT The museum of America and the sea. A maritime museum featuring a 19th-century village, exhibition galleries and a shipyard. The 1841 Charles W. Morgan, the last remaining wooden whaleship and the oldest American commercial vessel still in existence is being restored here.
The Deerfield Inn is no more than 30 minutes from all of the Five Massachusetts Colleges: UMass, Amherst, Smith, Mt Holyoke, and Hampshire. It can be blissful to get just the littlest bit further away from the maelstrom to a comfortable and friendly place with a terrific restaurant, where you can enjoy a glass of something good and share plates of something fresh, locally-sourced, and delicious. We even have a relaxing room for a soothing massage.
It can be a real pleasure to not go for cookie cutter Deerfield, MA hotels and to discover this charming, friendly, peaceful, original historic inn the heart of a National Historic Landmark Village – 30 minutes away and 300 years back in time, but with the pleasing modern amenities and the comforts one expects when one is away from home.
We are a few minutes' walk from Deerfield Academy and Bement School, Eaglebrook School is just up the hill, and Stoneleigh-Burnham School is five miles to the north.
This is a recent comment from UMass parents:
“We stayed in a beautiful room in the carriage house…. It was a beautiful nite and we slept with the windows open (which you can’t do at hotels!). We awoke to a lovely breakfast and the coffee was right there outside our door! I highly recommend this to new parents of UMass college students – only 15 minutes away from the Amherst craziness this time of year!”
Come and be our guest over the times ahead when you visit your student! Enjoy the peace and serenity that is Deerfield, treat him or her and the roommates to the best burgers in the Valley for parent credit, save time for a sometimes quirky but always original shopping experience at the artisan stores and antique shops nearby, and perhaps take advantage of one our Deerfield specials if you have more than one night to reward yourself with a support-your-student getaway.
Read our FAQ for Deerfield Academy parents.
Nearby attractions to our Deerfield, Massachusetts bed and breakfast include Yankee Candle's flagship store, Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory & Gardens, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, the National Yiddish Book Center, the Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield Quadrangle Museums - home to the Dr Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, and Mass MoCA, a hip and happening museum of contemporary art is over the hills on a scenic drive to Williamstown.
The New England Air museum is 55 minutes to the south near Bradley Field and is particularly enthralling. I don't know if you can still climb into the old B52, which was chilling, but the flight simulator is a blast.
And Mystic Aquarium in CT is so much more than penguins and belugas, endearing as they are - it is also a living laboratory, and a place where you can go to follow the underwater expeditions of the Nautilus in real time.
Check our Deerfield, MA hotel specials & packages to help your plan your perfect getaway!