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Bring Something to the Table :: A Community Support Initiative

Support local nonprofits in Massachusetts and be entered into our raffle

The Deerfield Inn and Champney’s Restaurant & Tavern are bringing back the Bring Something to the Table initiative that we rolled out in December to invite guests who come here to enjoy a meal to leave a donation of any amount in an envelope for members of our community who are in need of our kindness. Obviously folks do not just need help during a single fund-raiser and on high days and holidays, so through the spring and summer, starting in May, we will be supporting four different and extraordinarily valuable organizations that do so much good for those who need our help.

Come by Champney’s on a Sunday in May to August, gather with friends; with family; bring a date; and slip something in the envelope in the check holder. Every single dollar helps, and if you can bring more than that to the table, then good for you!

At the end of every month we will draw out a donor name and give someone an overnight stay at our Massachusetts bed and breakfast along with a $50 VIP card to spend in Champney’s when you come for your sleepover. Afternoon tea and Kathleen’s cookies, a full country breakfast, free Wi-fi, $4 off each adult museum ticket, and 10% off in the store as well.

You can come by as often as you want on any Sunday you please, leave some more for those in need of a hand up, and enter the raffle again.

May – New England Learning Center for Women in Transition, NELCWIT, to assist the safe house ad its carers, and protect, feed, clothe, and help the residents through their transitions. Women and children find a haven here where they can be given safe passage, warmth, kindness, and a respite from aggression and fear while they rebuild their life.

JuneFranklin County Sheriff’s Office Regional Dog Shelter run by the upbeat Deputy Colucci and her compassionate staff and volunteers. Unwanted dogs, lost dogs, the shelter cares for them all with medical care, good food, walks, and strokes of love. Sheriff Donelan’s office can provide only a stipend, and this shelter is kept going by the hard work and endeavors of the Friends, and more aid is always needed. We need to keep this shelter here because so many people finding a lost dog are reluctant to go all those miles down to the shelter in Springfield, and many dogs will not find the safe and fostering way station they need until they are found or adopted.

July – The Franklin County Community Meals Program. We think you agree that it is just not right that people in our neighborhood do not have enough to fill their tummies. It is especially not right that many children go to bed hungry. FCCMP serves over 20,000 meals a year and they need our continued help to keep this level of sustenance and support going.

AugustThe Literacy Project – with its commitment and outreach to teach adults and young people, 16 and up, to read, to grow existing skills, to gain a GED, in safe, non-judgmental, caring classes with the knowledge that being literate and having the basic building blocks of education, give one the empowerment to engage in society, to find employment, to gain inner confidence and to find a positive voice.

So please share the bounty with the county and help spread the joy of a good meal, a safe haven, a more positive future, and a forever home. We appreciate you and we look forward to you being the one who might get a gift (beyond the gift of giving) and will win the monthly raffle.

Things To Do with Kids in MA :: Family Friendly Deerfield Inn

Things to do with Kids in MA

We have family-friendly rooms at the Deerfield Inn, and a kid’s menu for the under 11 – “healthy (groan) but good” as Abby said. Sometimes you want to leave the children with mom and get away for some time for yourselves, and we can do that too, but there are some delightful children activities in our neighborhood, even in the winter.

 

Consider Magic Wings just down the road from us – a warm and inviting ecosphere of flowers and flutterbies that will charm you all. You might spot a bright parrot or two, and watch out for hitchhikers when you leave! Those butterflies seem to choose the brightest clothes to settle on…

Just beyond is the self-named ‘Scenter of the Universe’, the huge and spectacular headquarters of the famous Yankee Candle. Check out all the wacky and wonderful candles like the Boyfriend – hmm, what does that one smell like – jealousy and despair or chocolates and flowers? Or Wet Lab? Marketing Manager Jack Dog likes that one. Children enjoy the Bavarian Village where a train and carriages rush around, the Nutcracker King has his castle, and it is always winter.

And drive on a bit more and you come to the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. You don’t even have to have a child in your life to know The Very Hungry Caterpillar with its beautiful design for small hands and sweet message, The Mixed-Up Chameleon to learn about color, or The Very Quiet Cricket with its laugh out loud surprise at the end.

Eric Carle is a local author and illustrator. His dream was to create a center for picture book art to promote and encourage literacy. There are thousands of picture books from all over the world, reading time, plays, recitals, author visits, performances, hands-on learning activities, ever-changing galleries and exhibitions. In fact this part of northwestern Massachusetts is awash in talented illustrators and children’s book authors. Natasha Lowe lives right here in Deerfield! You can buy autographed copies of her books in the gift shop!

The calendar of events at the Eric Carle Museum for 2016 is full of incredibly fun things to see and do throughout the year.

Come and stay, with or without children to share these pleasures with! You might just want to bring out the kid in you and enjoy these magical places by yourselves!

 

10 Recommitment Celebration Ideas :: Unique Event Venue MA

Celebrate with Us in 2016

Did you know that 70 percent of engagements happen between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day? There has to be a stat for elopements and recommitments, too, but I don’t know them. What I do know is that we get calls and emails from folk looking to celebrate a happy time from birthdays to rehearsal dinners, showers to adoption parties, family reunions to runaway romance. Maybe in this Year of the Monkey we are all returning to togetherness, family, and fun. We at the inn all love to be a part of the joy and lightness that the celebrations we hold here bring. We all feel so much a part of them because, starting with Alicia as your first contact, we plan all the details with you one-on-one.

 

We have several great banquet halls for celebrations, with the Beehive Parlor being a favorite for elopements and recommitments. We are not a cookie-cutter place. We are not a party mill. We are 132 years old, and have aged in place along with the trees that line Old Main Street. We slope and dip a bit, we take unexpected turns, the glass in our windows is hand blown and wavy, but the years have given us a warmth and energy and knowledge that are imbued in the wooden clapboards of this original historic country inn.

We have the names of people who have been with us for decades – cake-makers, florists, photographers, jewelry designers… We can share all of this with you and be with you every step of the way so your celebration day, whatever it might be for, is smooth, seamless, joyful, and fun. We have a 10-year recommitment coming up very soon. That made us think – do you need some recommitment ceremony ideas?  Here are 10 Recommitment Celebration Ideas to make your anniversary extra special:

  1. Offer a scrapbook in which your guests are invited to share a memory of something they did with both of you as a couple.
  2. Ask guests to light a candle for every year you’ve been together and take a picture of it with them. Your love is a like a shining light, illuminating the people and places around you!
  3. Have a calendar done up, filled with 12 months of pictures of the years you have spent with your friends and family. These make memorable gifts that will be cherished, and you can buy them affordably through Vista Print or another print-on-demand service.
  4. Ask other couples in the room to silently renew their own vows, while you are saying yours. This will help to reaffirm the connections within other couples when they attend your recommitment ceremony.
  5. Create a cool, vintage theme. Your love has withstood the test of time! You can find lots of ideas for vintage décor by scouting through Pinterest, Etsy and other idea places.
  6. Make up a game where guests have to “guess” things about you two. It could be presented in the form of a game show or simply a prize whenever someone gets the right answer.
  7. Is now the time to upgrade your wedding rings? Make a trip to your favorite jeweler, or ask designer Poliane Paniago whose unique pieces are in a showcase right here at the inn.
  8. Have a quilt made with meaningful fabrics. Perhaps one of the t-shirts you were wearing when you met in college, a piece of the tie your husband wore on your wedding day, and the baby blanket from your first born child. These ideas will become a charming reminder of all the years you have shared!
  9. If making a calendar seems like too much to do, you can opt to have prints made of your family and put them in small, stylish picture frames. Try something different, like recycled paper or dried floral arrangements to use as frame embellishments.
  10. Find props from your original wedding ceremony. The cake topper, dress, or whatever things you can dig out of the hope chest. Reuse as many of these details as you can find to truly recreate a recommitment ceremony that will set the tone for the next decades of love you can share together.

Call The Deerfield Inn and ask for Alicia to start planning your celebration at our unique  MA event venue. We are here for you at 413-774-5587. Special group room rates, too!

Inn Guests Give Back and Enjoy Living Nativity

Deerfield Inn Gives Back
Thank you to the kind and generous guests in Champney’s (our on-site restaurant) who brought something to the table and shared the bounty with the county. They donated to others and helped spread the joy of a good meal while they had one themselves.

Deerfield Live nativity

On Christmas Eve we collected money to help buy food to feed the hungry. The village held its 39th living manger in the stables behind the inn, and after viewing the tableau folks came in to the Terrace where we gave them local mulled cider and festive cookies.

We received more cash donations and filled a box with non-perishables. It was wonderful of you all, and we thank you on behalf of those in need for the hand up you have given.

Cyber Monday Special :: Luxury Deerfield B&B

cyber MondayBook a stay at the Deerfield Inn between December 1, 2015 and April 15, 2016 by calling us between 10 am – 9 pm EST on Cyber Monday, and get 25% off one or two nights, or 35% off a 3-night stay! All guests who book on Cyber Monday will find a VIP card for Champney’s Restaurant & Tavern with their key card. You could get from $5-15.

Afternoon tea and cookies and a full country breakfast will be part of your stay.

The magic word for this marvelous Cyber Monday special is THANKS.

Call us at 413-774-5587 between 10-9 on Monday, November 30 and remember to say THANKS!

(Not valid on existing reservations, and no other discount, promotion, or gift card may be used when booking your stay.)

And see what is on offer from our fellow inns in the Distinctive Inns of New England line-up! Get their deals here

Franklin County Community Meals :: Deerfield, MA Charity

food bank in Deerfield, MAWe have two ways to give a hand up this year.

First, the Deerfield Inn and Champney’s will be collecting non-perishable food items to go beneath the tree, starting on December 1st. Every time you come by to enjoy a plateful of something delicious here, please bring something that can go towards a plateful of food for someone else in Franklin County.f

There is a second way to help. Pop a dollar or whatever you can spare in the envelope in the check holder, and this will go to the Franklin County Community Meals program. 1 in 5 children in Western Mass is “food insecure” meaning they miss meals or do not have enough to eat. That is something I know we all want to do something about.

We are surrounded in this most rural part of western Massachusetts with fields and rivers, producers and growers, foragers and farmers. We have orchards, acres of bounty, and yet there was the need to provide nourishing meals to more than 20,000 last year. 247,000 pounds of food was distributed at food pantries. Twelve percent of our residents are on the poverty line; people both young and old.

Share the bounty with the county, and help us spread the joy of a good meal! Thank you!

Come and Meet the Mighty Squirrel!

Naveen and Henry

Naveen and Henry

One day recently I saw three people in matching t-shirts in the living room when I emerged from my workspace behind the fireplace. The T-shirt was very cool with a white squirrel on the move. Got to talking and it turned out they are new brewers from Boston with a European style lager with 5 grams of protein! Mighty Squirrel Original is complex with bready, caramel, and citrus notes, plus a hint of honey. Mighty Squirrel Light is clean and crisp with citrus and honey notes and only 109 calories!

On Saturday, November 14th, the Mighty Squirrel team will be here at Champney’s at about 4:00 pm for you to sample their brew and tell their story. We are the only bar in western Massachusetts carrying their product, so come on by to be among the first to try the latest microbrew in our line-up.

This is what will be in store:

• A free Mighty Squirrel pint glass to every customer that orders Mighty Squirrel beer.
• The taste profile of Mighty Squirrel beer described – its brewing process, and its history to any customers who is interested in learning about it.
• 2oz tasting samples of Mighty Squirrel to customers who want to try Mighty Squirrel before ordering.

Flamenco Dance Troupe :: Exclusive Deerfield Performance

flamenco dancersOn Sunday, October 25th, while on a tour, we are lucky to have a flamenco troupe of one singer, one musician, and two dancers from the language and flamenco school Carmen de las Cuevas in the heart of the Albaícin, Granada, Spain coming to perform here at the Inn from 7-9 pm.

If you have never experienced the fire of flamenco, this is your chance. And if you know what this music and dance is like, then you won’t want to miss the opportunity to get that emotional, physical rush!

The price is $12 which includes the show and authentic tapas, and tickets are available now at BrownPaperTickets

(If we have space at the Inn, tickets on the night will be $20.)

Here is the word on three of the performers:

“My name is Paco Fernández. I am from Granada and I began to dance when I was very little. My people don’t like flamenco, but I wanted to dance and to tour Japan, France, Germany, and the US. Currently I dance at the flamenco caves and pubs in my city. People say that I have an aggressive dance-style. Therefore they call me ‘The Savage.'”

Born in Almería, Spain, Jorge has shared a passion for guitar since age nine. Thanks to his father’s love for music, he grew up listening to famous Andalusian guitarists such as Paco de Lucía and Manolo Sanlucar. After years of training, he began his artistic career in Granada, Spain, accompanying a diverse range of singers and dancers from all parts of Spain and from many other countries such as France, Italy, Russia, Germany and Egypt. Despite being a flamenco guitarist, throughout his career he has played several “fusion” show with musicians of Jazz, Rock and other genres. Today he works as a flamenco guitar teacher at the renowned flamenco school, Carmen de las Cuevas, in Granada.

“My name is Sandra Santiesteban. I was born in Granada. A love for flamenco was born in me when I was very young. It was difficult for me to pursue this passion for flamenco because no one in my family was a flamenco performer. I currently work at various flamenco bars and caves in Granada.”

Sandra took her first steps of flamenco dance in Algeciras, Cádiz, the town in which she was born. After several years of flamenco dance studies, she moved to Granada, passing the entrance exams for the Mario Maya International Center for Performing Arts. There she completed her training with Mario Maya and other flamenco masters including Belén Maya, Rafaela Carrasco, Manuel Liñan and Antonio Canales. Upon completing her studies she began to dance at flamenco caves and clubs in Granada, at festivals and in international tours. She currently teaches flamenco at Carmen de las Cuevas in Granada, Spain.

Fun Fall Doings at Historic Deerfield

And guests of the inn get $4 off each adult ticket and a discount of 10% in the gift shop! Whoop-whoop!

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Business Trip Accommodations :: Deerfield Bed & Breakfast

select registry properties

We went to a Select Registry conference recently. Select Registry is a marketing group consisting of a portfolio of more than 300 quality-assured premier bed and breakfasts, inns, and hotels throughout North America. Some are rustic, some are the height of elegance, and some are in-between like the Deerfield Inn, but they all get secretly inspected to be validated into the group. We all believe that people deserve exceptional and unique experiences in their lives: one-of-a-kind settings, authenticity, local connections and flavors, and innkeepers and crew who are genuinely honored to take great care of you, and who appreciate that you chose us over cookie-cutter accommodations.

We reconnected with friends in the business and were reminded of things we should never forget – love what you do, keep a sense of humor, and always keep an eye on the guest to interpret the need.

We learned new things in the industry at various classes as well:

We know glamping, we know poshtel, but now we understand there is bleisure. Ha! We can do that! We have desks in rooms (and in the Beehive Parlor if you really need to spread out), free Wi-fi, a special midweek rate for area businesses, air printer, fax, speaker phone, LCD projector, screen, flip-charts, and meeting spaces. For the family, friends, and partner who have come along for the ride on the leisure part rather than the b part, there is golf, zip lining, shopping, antiquing, galleries, hiking, (babysitting), and cool area activities for children as well.

Then you can all gather at our New England table, Champney’s, for fresh, local fare from our kitchen, with mock-tails and a kid’s menu for the smalls.

Think of us the next time the idea of a bleisure trip comes up! Call 413-774-5587 to reserve rooms or email agraves@deerfieldinn.com for one-stop shopping for your business meeting needs.