Hot Car Flash Mob

Cruise nights are a fun event in this neck of the woods. The summer nights bring out all kinds of cars: vintage, unusual, fun, rare, silly; all cherished and shiny, and some park with the bonnet up so you can see an engine so pristine you could eat off it. We went to one in … Read More

Royal Rewards

We have a royal reward to deliver to you – if your name is George, Alexander, or Louis; if your name is Elizabeth, Philip, Charles, Anne, Andrew, Edward, William, Catharine, Henry; if you live in Cambridge; come and stay with us any two nights Monday-Wednesday from July 29-August 28, and your second night will cost … Read More

Jim Antone, Zamboni Man & More

Jim Antone has his own chair at the bar because he just retired after 39 years at Deerfield Academy, but will never retire from coming to the inn. He remembers when the zamboni didn’t pick up and all the ice scrapings had to be shoveled out by hand. Now a new machine costs $120,000 and … Read More

Vegetarian Nirvana

Our herb garden has taken off with the dry heat interspersed with downpours. The adage about changeable New England weather and just waiting five minutes if you don’t like it seems to be true! The colorful, peppery nasturtiums can decorate anything from salads to desserts, and they are not just pretty but they take away … Read More

Franklin Festivals for the Family

The Green River Festival on July 20th and 21st, is the summer music event in western Massachusetts, with hot air balloons, two stages of music, a dance tent, local arts & crafts, food stalls, and special events for children (free admission under 12). On stage this year, among many others, Brandi Carlisle, Gogol Bordello, The Skatalites, and … Read More

450 Years of Artisan Cheese in New England

Cheese expert and author Jeff Roberts from NECI came to give a wonderful scamper through four centuries of American cheese. We just wanted to give a shout-out to the cheese-makers and the microbreweries that provided such beautiful pairings. Renaissance Ricotta from Pattie & Mark Federico of Narragansett Creamery in Providence, RI with Narragansett Brewing Company’s … Read More

Mutton & Mead – mmm-mm!

In nearby Montague on the third weekend in June, there is this splendid Medieval Festival & Fair. Carousing, fighting, hawkers, wares, wenches, knights, jesters, music – all good, high spirits fun and to collect for The Food Bank. (Check out our Dine at Nine if fun and food sound like a good match.) Robin Hood … Read More