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Ghosts of Massachusetts :: Deerfield Inn Visitors

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Ghosts of Massachusetts –

They say we have had a passel of ghosts here at the Deerfield Inn for hundreds of years. At least two of them are pretty active still. One is a bit bossy and inquisitive, one is mischievous and gets excited when children are staying. No doubt a load of cobblers, but we do have people who stay here, people who work here, who are very sensitive to energy and auras, and the same activities keep repeating themselves from time to time – tissues on the floor, pinch on the bottom, tug on the pillows, things being moved from one spot to another, a knock on the door late at night…

We are not saying what has been happening these past weeks has anything to do with anything, but it is odd. Things that have been in one place one minute have gone the next. We wait a bit and that object is suddenly back again. The sign for the front desk, for example, that has a little owl on it and says “Owl be right back”: It hangs on a brad right where we can snag it and put it out on the desk if we have to step away. Carrie put it out, went to help with a TV problem, returned, put the sign back. It is a routine reflex. Then she got another call later at night, reached out for the sign – and it was gone. When she came back – bingo, there it was hanging where it should have been. This little tease has been going on for a fortnight now.

That is perhaps not as strange as a whole series of oddities just the other day – Champney’s Assistant Manager Nikki is no newbie at service. She very seldom makes an error, and she certainly has never tipped an entire bowl of soup towards herself as she was placing it on a table! Eric went to get a replacement, joking to Nikki it must be Herschel, and as he approached the table he felt his serving arm being flipped up towards him….

Nobody hurt, consternation mixed with amusement all around. You are probably thinking we were just being clumsy. One server maybe, but not two of our very, very best!

Eric then felt for his pad where he keeps it in his back pocket to take an order. It wasn’t there, so he relied on memory. As he went into the server pantry to replace his pad with another, he found his pad back in his pocket…. Huh. He filled his plastic water beaker, placed it on the coffee station counter, and pushed it towards the back. Matt called, “Service!” and Eric went to pick up. As he went by the counter, he and Matt saw, out of the corner of their eyes, the beaker slide from the back to the front of the counter, and splash to the floor.

All very strange. Who knows?

Yankee Editors’ Pick

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

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Unexpected and a very delightful surprise! Here is the press release: Historic Deerfield, MA – Newly re-opened for just over a year, the Deerfield Inn has bounced back from an 18-month renovation after a five-foot wall of water took out much of the first floor during Hurricane Irene. So astounding was the come-back that the editors of Yankee Magazine, the only magazine devoted to New England travel, home, food and feature stories, have named the Deerfield Inn a 2014 Best of New England Editors’ Choice, designating it as the “Best 19th Century Inn.” Deerfield Inn is in good company in Yankee Magazine’s Travel Guide (on newsstands now) which features more than 300 Best of New England Editors’ Choice winners.

The Editors’ Choice Award singles out a select group of choice lodging, dining, shopping, attractions destinations and events throughout New England each year. “Reading the special Travel Guide section of Yankee and the Editors’ Choice winners is as close to sitting down with a Yankee editor and getting us to spill our favorite places as one can get,” shared Yankee Editor, Mel Allen. Freelance travel writers, David Lyons and Patricia Harris, contributed to the decision making, sharing their personal nominations for Editors’ Choices from Massachusetts.

“Just into the second year after our renovation, we couldn’t be more delighted to receive a Yankee 2014 Best of New England Editors’ Choice Award,” commented Jane Howard, co-innkeeper with her husband Karl Sabo, at the Deerfield Inn. “The affirmation of excellence from Yankee editors and freelance travel writers is a great gift, and testimony to the historic significance of the Deerfield Inn,” finished Howard.

Located in historic Deerfield, the Deerfield Inn and Champney’s Restaurant & Tavern re-opened in April, 2013 after a post-Hurricane Irene total transformation. Offering 24 versatile guest rooms, with handicapped accessible, pet-friendly and family-friendly options, the historic theme of the Deerfield Inn has been beautifully captured with period wallpapers and paint. Yet, the modern amenities including flat-screen TVs, complimentary wi-fi, a guest computer work-station, and a decidedly eco-friendly approach are very much there for today’s plugged in traveler. Additionally the “new” Champney’s takes a nano-local approach to cuisine. Foods are butchered, baked, kneaded, sliced and diced in-house. The restaurant stalwartly supports local growers, foragers, and producers. Good and fresh food is prepared with respect and creativity. Innovative renditions of classic favorites, comfort foods, and some eclecticism take advantage of what the farmers bring to the kitchen door. A wide selection of craft beers and creative and fun cocktails round out the mix. Open seven days a week, year round for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you’ll gather at a fine New England table when you visit Champney’s Restaurant & Tavern and the Deerfield Inn.

Yankee Magazine is based in Dublin, NH. Founded in 1935, Yankee is the preeminent magazine devoted to travel, home, food and feature stories exclusively focused on New England.

For more information or to book a reservation at New England’s “Best 19th Century Inn,” please visit www.DeerfieldInn.com or call 413-774-5587.

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

 

 

We Are All Lit Up At The Deerfield Inn!

Monday, August 19th, 2013

 

We don’t mean we have been testing the #microbrew beer before the Brewskis and Brats on September 1stDeerfield B&BWe 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!” Working on 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.Lighting project at Deerfield Inn

 

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.

Project at Deerfied Inn

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.

Dinner at Champney's

Thank you, gentlemen, for the wonderful job you did, for being so efficient and so cheerful in the heat of the day.

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Thank you, Watson, for your great assistance in your on-site supervisory capacity.