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Deerfield Inn Brochure from the Mid-1920s

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

A lovely gift from a friend of the Deerfield Inn who found this brochure in one of the boxes his grandmother had stored in her attic.  You can’t see the car on the front very well, but peering through a jeweler’s loupe, a car guy we know dated it to the early 1920s. It shows the  influence of the art deco period,  he said, when cars had become  accepted as a normal part of everyday life. “This beautiful piece of machinery probably belonged to someone who could afford a bit more than the basics, and for whom it meant not only the adventure and anticipation of  travel, but was also an endorsement of the   influence of the exciting new themes sweeping art and design.”

A room back then could cost  $6  ‘with bath or with running water,’ which is rather mysterious wording, and a dinner in the Old Prints Dining Room cost $1!

Still “Truly a delightful, friendly place to visit…” with rooms that are “quite charming and comfortable!”

1920's Brochure

 

 

Wine and Canvas – a Couple’s Night for Valentine’s!

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Wine and Canvas was a west coast fun night phenomenon that has now come to western Massachusetts and the Deerfield Inn, amongst other venues.  It is a painting class with cocktails! Last night a professional artist led a group of couples in painting a canvas that joined up to make one large picture when they were done.

Some arrived dubious with their date, saying they had no talent, no idea how to hold a brush, had never painted anything, but Keely, Wine and Canvas art entertainer,  reassuringly gave them their canvas, brushes, and palette blobbed with paint and set them up at their easel. We offered a drink from the bar and a bite to eat, and the nailbiters began to be less anxious. Within minutes of making the first strokes they all began to relax and have fun! It was marvelous to see how the blank canvas turned into something you could hang with pride, and the date night couple’s picture was a wonderful idea. Look out for the next event near you by going to www.wineandcanvas.com

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.

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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!

Happy New Year from our Family to You and Yours

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Deerfield, MA bed and breakfast brunch!

New Year, New Benedicts!

Something to look forward to in the new year is the return of jazz brunch at our Deerfield, MA bed and breakfast starting on Sunday, January 12, from 11:00-2:00. We have some wonderful new add-ons such as an Eggs Benedict Trio with three  different toppings, fluffy omelettes with eggs from happy chickens, and waffles and pancakes.

Especially excellent is that the bar can be open as brunch begins, so you can enjoy a sparkly mimosa with fresh oj, or a brunch beverage of Chambord, elderflower, and prosecco.

See you in 2014 at our Deerfield, MA bed and breakfast!

Wine & Canvas comes to Massachusetts!

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Now on the east coast as the craze for artsy fun has swept over from California – painting your own masterpiece in less than three hours! We had one of these fun painting parties here recently at our Deerfield, MA inn. People anxious to try their hand at creating a picture reserved their easel ahead of time, and gathered with a talented team of instructors who took them step by step through each phase to complete the painting. Everyone worked on the same picture – a kind of Japanese bonsai red-leaved tree, bending in the wind.  The group seemed delighted with the end piece. Maybe the glasses of wine made their stokes free and uninhibited, but the paintings were terrific, and most of the artists had never even picked up a brush before. We thought we would host a couple more of these in December at our Deerfield, MA inn – a great idea for a personalized holiday gift.  Stay tuned for the next arty party dates!

Shoe Tree!

Friday, December 13th, 2013

deerfield ma bed and breakfast charity donation

 

The dear and lovely Beth and Alexis had the wonderful idea of helping us all feel warm by doing something warming and special for others. One of our trees at our Deerfield, MA bed and breakfast is designated as the collection tree, and the gifts beneath it will be  shoes and boots of all sizes – new or gently worn – to be taken to the Northampton Survival Center to be distributed to those in need, or sold at their consignment center to raise funds. Pass this message on to those you know in the neighborhood and let’s pile that footwear high!

Our Deerfield, MA bed and breakfast is located at 81 Old Main Street, Deerfield, MA, and our phone number is 413-774-5587

 

The Scenter of the Universe

Monday, November 4th, 2013

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!

Cheers for the Holidays Ahead!

Monday, October 28th, 2013
Classic Cars Deerfield MA Inn

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Classic Cars Deerfield MA Inn

More cars, more fun!

 

 

Halloween fun in Deerfield MA

Spooktacular 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!

Christmas lodging Deerfield, MA

The Inn at Christmas.

 

A Spooktacular Soirée at our Deerfield, MA Bed and Breakfast!

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
Halloween celebration in Deerfield, MA

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!