The holidays are close, we have a midweek room rate special at our Deerfield MA bed and breakfast, so if you have flexibility in your life, consider coming to stay with us to enjoy a farm-to-fork blissful dinner, maybe a local draught, and a blissful night of quiet sleep, and a visit to Yankee Candle’s headquarters just five miles down the road.
Yankee Candle is not just candles – you will also find unusual home goods, unique toys and games, children’s books, candies of yesteryear and today, things for the kitchen shop, and an old-fashioned dry goods store. The centerpiece is a Bavarian village with gently falling snow, authentic nutcracker figures, and baskets and barrels and bins of holiday ornaments and baubles.
It is beautiful when it is all lit up at night, and you might get to meet Mr and Mrs Claus!
Give yourself the gift of a Deerfield MA getaway, and someone you love a gift from Yankee!
The Yankee Cnadle Shop has more than candles. Stock up on candy!
Warm fuzzies & teddy bears
Yankee Candle Shop
Meet Mrs. Claus!
No shortage of Christmas decorations.
Let it snow!
Plenty for holiday cheer.
World’s Best Christmas Shop, right here in Deerfield!
Christmas Candles to delight every sense!
Classic Frazer Nash cars at the Inn.
Such fun seeing a slew of adorable little 1930s Frazer Nash cars at our Deerfield, MA bed and breakfast on an autumn afternoon! They call a cruise around a “raid” which is very different to the raid we all know about in Deerfield.
More cars, more fun!
Meanwhile, although the frost is not on the pumpkin, we are looking beyond Hallowe’en with some spooktacular Deerfield, MA specials to add to the dinner menu, beyond Thanksgiving (where we are offering turkey-to-go for the first time), to holiday parties! Please see the menu choices on champneysrestaurant.com.
We lost all our wreaths, garlands, indoor trees, grapevine deer, giant wooden nutcracker soldiers, all baubles and other bits and bobs in the great flood, so I will be trawling for more. We have people who are here at our Deerfield, MA inn with us who are mad for festivity, decorating, and holidays, so Hallowe’en will be a blast, and just wait for December!
The Inn at Christmas.
Halloween fun at our Deerfield, MA bed and breakfast!
HALLOWE’EN THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31ST – 5-9
A spooktacular soirée at our bed and breakfast in Deerfield, MA and frightfully fun eat your heart out event!
Prizes for costumes! Spine-chilling cocktails! Creepy food!
Our à la carte menu plus spooky specials
Come and join us at our Deerfield Inn for a ghoslty viewing of Connecting Point on WGBY and, in addition to our fall à la carte menu, pick something creepy from the specials that night, such as Beastly Beans, Guacamoldy, & Spooky Spiced Shrimp to share, Ghastly Goulash with Mashed Boo-tatoes, and Ladies’ Fingers with Slimy, Bloody Ice Cream for dessert.
A chill and fun time at our Deerfield, MA bed and breakfast to bring out the kid in all of us!
Meet Jack Dog, our new marketing assistant for our Deerfield, MA bed and breakfast, on the payroll and lying down on the job already. He is a rescue from TN, with two strikes against him – he is older and he is black, and black dogs are always the last to find forever homes. Jack was left behind in a kennel for some reason, but now we are his dogparents and he is learning to stay outside our Deerfield restaurant, Champney’s. He loves the “girls”, Pippa and Sophie, and when he is not here, Jack stays at home with those other two pound pups and they all snooze on the sofa together. Hope you get to meet him. It took him only two hours (and a pocketful of bikkies) to learn that if I ask him if he wants to say hello to someone, he should go over and lean his great head against a guest leg and give a dog hug.
Remember that we do have two dog-friendly guest rooms here in our bed and breakfast in Massachusetts - not for dogs as large as Jack, I am afraid, but those half his size should do nicely!
Now the pumpkins are out and the corn is as high as can be, Mike Wisseman, owner of Warner Farm, one of the oldest and longest running family farms in New England, has yet again created one of the most extraordinary corn mazes in Massachusetts in his eight-acre field. It is just over the bridge into Sunderland at 23 South Main Street, and is open from 10-5 every weekend until November 3rd.
This year Mike and his son David have created a tribute to Dali – an image of his face best seen by hot air balloon. Now that’s a ride worth taking!
This weekend, September 21 and 22, the Old Deerfield Crafts Fair will be in the grounds of Memorial Hall on Memorial Street. Called one of the most beautiful crafts fairs and chosen by Yankee Magazine as one of the Top 20 Events in Massachusetts, this is a sweet event right here in town.
There is a wide array of juried crafts, but not so many you feel absolutely overwhelmed: theorems, jewelry, quilts, baskets, woodwork, pottery, soaps, music, dolls, bird feeders, teddy bears, purses, clothes… It is a feast for the eyes and Champney’s is open from 12 noon on for a bite to eat and to rest your fairgoer feet.
You can park at one of Channing Bete’s car parks on 5&10 and get a free shuttle in. The price of admission is only $6 and if you go to www.deerfield-craft.org you can download and print out a discount on admission.
Hours are 10-5 on Saturday, 10-4 on Sunday, and much of the cost of the admission ticket goes towards funding the Deerfield Teachers’ Center educational programs and Memorial Hall Museum, the oldest museum association in the country.
At Warm Colors Apiary on Saturday, September 21, from 10-4, come and celebrate our native pollinators – rain or shine. Dan and Bonita are the king and queen bee of Deerfield apiculture. Their bees feast on the pollen of Deerfield wild flowers; they make beeswax candles; delicious all natural honey; and their stacks of hives and supers are a beautiful sight.
The event is free and open to all who have an interest in #bees and beekeeping. Talk with county beekeepers, walk the Busy Bee nature trail, sample this season’s#honey, Green River Ambrosia‘s mead, and purchase a honey ice cream cone made by Beth Cook with Warm Colors wildflower honey. Bring the family and a picnic, stay for an hour or for the entire day.
Local produce at the Greenfield Farmers’ Market
Practicing sustainability is important to us, not only because it is the right thing to do, but also because we believe our guests give us their loyalty for tackling something that is also relevant and important to them. Local restaurants such as Champney’s are the cornerstones of our community. We have a commitment to environmental and sustainable farming because social responsibility is rooted in our commitment to the community to sustain and improve the quality of well-being for all we serve.
Right now our area family farms are questioning the new food safety rules that federal regulators want to introduce that threaten to force small agricultural operations out of business.
One of the proposed rules, for example, is that farmers would not be allowed to apply manure to their fields at least nine months before harvest, meaning that, given the growing seasons in New England, they wouldn’t be able to use a field for one whole growing season.
Clarkdale Orchards, Deerfield
The regulators are also proposing weekly tests on river water sources used for irrigation for any farm, such as our Deerfield Bars Farm or Clarkdale Farm, that harvest and then pack or hold their produce.
The Bars Farm, Deerfield
The Bars has been in the same farming family since 1820, and Herb says action should be based on science, not on screwball ideas!
How sad it would be if the local family farms that have been growing food for generations, are brought down by the economic burden of regulations! We would not like to be obliged to buy from huge industrial farms thousands of miles away.
We don’t mean we have been testing the #microbrew beer before the Brewskis and Brats on September 1st! We 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!”
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.
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.
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.
Thank you, gentlemen, for the wonderful job you did, for being so efficient and so cheerful in the heat of the day.
Thank you, Watson, for your great assistance in your on-site supervisory capacity.
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 new seasonals and classic favorites.
$25 for tickets bought in advance
$28 for tickets on the day
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!