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We are moving on in our 30th year as Innkeepers of the Deerfield Inn!

Friday, December 23rd, 2016


Innkeepers will always come and go, but the Deerfield Inn will be here for decades more looking much the same as ever with a nip and tuck here and there. Three decades have certainly changed us; Jack took over from Turbo Dog as marketing manager; our children are off in the world; we have seen people we knew as youngsters return all grown up with young ones of their own. With give thanks to you our guests, and all those we have worked with, for a wonderful journey, and sign off with affection.

Deerfield Innkeepers Then

Jane Howard and Karl Sabo in 1987

Written in 2007 on our 20th anniversary as the Innkeepers of the Deerfield Inn:

A guest from 15 years ago came back recently to visit the inn again and to plan a family reunion party. We were talking and he said to me, “Whatever happened to that nice young couple that used to be the innkeepers here?” I said, “Well, we’re still a couple!” That’s us twenty years, two children, four hamsters, two mice – no, make that twenty-two mice, Turbo Dog, Fat Martha, Mog, Jawler, Troika, and Spud ago.

Deerfield Innkeepers Now

Jane Howard and Karl Sabo in 2007

We moved up here for two years from New York City, and here we are still, totally seduced and charmed by this village, its environs, its natural bounty and beauty: farms, forests, lakes, cultural activities, interesting galleries, creative artisans. We never come to the point of saying that the inn is exactly as we would like it to be. It is a constant work in progress. We no longer have marketing manager Turbo Dog coming in with us every day, but Sophie and Pippa are learning the ropes.

We are fortunate in our life, the Deerfield Inn, our guests, and the people who work here with us.

Come and stay and tell us about yourselves and we can tell you some of our favorite things: walking along the ridge from the Rock, tubing and kayaking on the Deerfield, the loop when the corn is high, Hattaporn’s Thai takeaway, x-country skiing in Wendell state forest, local corn and syrup, farm stands and farmers’ markets, Pekarski’s meats, the Old Deerfield Crafts Fairs, local beer, 11 South Gallery, the Deerfield Valley artists show, Shelburne Falls, local ice cream, Clarkdale Farm apples and peaches……

Inn Guests Give Back and Enjoy Living Nativity

Monday, December 28th, 2015

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

Friday, November 20th, 2015

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

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

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!

Thursday, November 5th, 2015
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.

Business Trip Accommodations :: Deerfield Bed & Breakfast

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

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 for one-stop shopping for your business meeting needs.

No Longer Pet Friendly :: Deerfield, MA Lodging

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Deerfield Bed and Breakfast

We are so sorry to say, that even though we all love dogs, we can no longer accept dogs here at the Deerfield Inn. Anybody who has an existing reservation to bring their dog may do so, of course, but we cannot take any new reservations as of September 1st.

We are very sad that having dogs stay is not working for us, as most of us here at the inn like to travel with our dogs, but the repair and replacement has become too high: scrabbled wallpaper, chewed bureau edges, ripped upholstery, pee-stained dust ruffles… and one fitted carpet that had to be replaced!

Of course there are many good dogparents who use the bowls, towels, and bed we provide (not the ice bucket, the bath towels, and the pillows), and crate their pet when they are away from the room so it doesn’t attack the housekeepers or damage the space in its being-elsewhere anxiety; so we thank you for your understanding and are so sorry it has come to this.

If you are a guest at Champney’s, your dog may still join you on the dining porch if the weather is agreeable.

Thank you for understanding, and again, we are so sorry it has come to this.

Lead with Kindness :: Love & Accept One Another

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015
Romantic Getaway in Deerfield, MA

Locks of love

We had a jaw-dropping incident here recently where some dinner guests used racial epithets towards one of our wonderful servers.  Appalled guests at nearby tables apologized to him. (We did not know about this at that moment as we were having supper here ourselves with family and friends to celebrate love and friendship.) In 28 years we had yet to see people like this come in here. No – hang on, 27 years. In our first year as innkeepers I received a special unsigned letter that wondered if I had wet my finger and stuck it into an open electrical socket. Remember big 80’s hair?!

The Deerfield Inn is a place where we lead with kindness, care, and warmth. Your happiness is important to us and we care about you, but we have no tolerance for intolerance. This is not a place for prejudice. If you are the kind of person who has cruel and unkind thoughts and words about the people you see around you, you may not express them here. If you do, we will be glad to show you the door. We welcome everybody of any gender, ethnicity, and creed, but haters will never be welcome in this building.

Free Family-Friendly Activities in Deerfield

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Free Fun Friday

This Happy Valley is choc-a-block with brilliant free things. Wow, are we lucky here in northwestern Massachusetts! Remember we have family-friendly connecting rooms here at the Deerfield Inn and a restaurant that makes parents and children happy!

      1. One day only in Deerfield – August 14, Free Fun Friday – admission to exciting programming, museum houses, period re-enactors, historic artisan demonstrations, children’s old-time activities, at Historic Deerfield & Memorial Hall, Deerfield. Wear comfy shoes because this is the ultimate, sine qua non, museum feet day. You and your children can break for lunch with a kid’s menu at air-conditioned Champney’s at the Deerfield Inn for just $11
      1. Shelburne Falls Bridge of Flowers – a Victorian iron bridge saved from the wrecking ball when the Garden Club sallied out before the heavy equipment came and planted the most beautiful flower beds along its length and dedicated it to veterans of wars. A place of peace and soul-restoring contemplation surrounded by sweet scents and the soothing burble of the river below. Meander afterwards to the ancient glacial potholes where the icy water makes its own music. Known in jest around here as the glacial potholders.
      1. Sugarloaf Mountain, an easy ramble to the top to see the most spectacular view of the mighty and sinuous Connecticut winding below with mostly organic farmland stretching out in a patchwork of colors in the valley below. This is where a Mel Gibson film was filmed several years ago, and where, in the memory of many older folks, a trolley took merrymakers to the top for dances and dating.
      1. Great Falls Discovery Center in the historic former mill town of Turners Falls. Housed in perfectly as-was mill buildings, this delightful spot highlights not only the past industrial history, but also the cultural and natural.  Look to the right towards the river and you might see the massive and ungainly bald eagles’ nest where raptor rehabilitator Tom Ricardi places eggs undamaged by DDT for the eagles to raise when their own are too thin-shelled. Beautiful gardens of native plants and plantings to lure in butterflies and hummingbirds, and a lower level to see fish sleeking by. Sometimes sucker fish glom onto the glass to take a rest against the current and our children used to squeak with delight to see their flattened out lips and rather sinister teeth grasping to the one-way glass. Fab, fun, and unpretentiously fascinating.
      1. Dr Seuss Memorial Sculpture Garden in the Quadrangle in Springfield in honor of townee Theodor Seuss Geisel.  Only five large bronze statues of well-loved key Seuss characters, but an absolute delight for children who are wowed by their size and simplicity.


The Botanic Garden of Smith College – FREE, the Beneski Museum of Natural History at Amherst College – FREE, Amherst History Museum – FREE, Mead Art Museum – FREE, Yiddish Book Center in an architecturally distinctive schtetl – FREE. Check out Museums 10 – six of them are FREE!


Induction into TripAdvisor Hall of Fame :: Certificate of Excellence

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
Certificate of Excellence

Heads up before service

Huzzah! Thank you to our lovely supportive guests and friends of the inn. The Deerfield Inn has been inducted into the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame for five-time Certificate of Excellence winners.

The Certificate of Excellence is only given to establishments that consistently receive great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and the “Hall of Fame” was created to honor those businesses that have earned a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years. To qualify, a property must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, and have a minimum number of reviews.

This is such a source of pride and pleasure for all of us here. We are so delighted that what we work for every day has brought happiness to our guests, and we thank them so much for being so kind as to take the time to comment in a review about their experience. There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by our guests, and this vote of confidence inspires us to continue with our commitment to doing our very best to make sure our guests enjoy their time with us and leave happy.

“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years is a remarkable feat. TripAdvisor is pleased to induct five-time award winners into the ‘Hall of Fame’,” said Marc Charron President, TripAdvisor for Business. “By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on consistently delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not only helps drive an improvement to hospitality standards around the world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition.”

Thank you to the wonderful people who work here with us whose commitment, attention to customer happiness, and team loyalty in both back and front of the house from dishwasher to housekeeper, from bartender to runner to front desk, from maintenance man to restaurant manager to events planner, who have all made this possible. (And Jack our marketing manager)

Hall of Fame in Trip Advisor

Jack and Sasha