Deerfield Inn at dusk

Duties of Innkeepers, 1810

Historic Deerfield Inc recently acquired a broadsheet from about 1810, issued by the state of Massachusetts, entitled Duties of Innkeepers. We are in dereliction of quite a few of these duties – we fail on the no dice and cards about the house, we definitely allow dancing and revelry, and we are sorry, but there … Read More

Oriole perched on a branch

The Pioneer Valley and Birders Go Together

The Pioneer Valley is a hot spot for birders. Fans gather every year in the spring for  hawk watching, especially along the ridge line at Mount Tom in Easthampton, and the muddy road down to the south meadows in Deerfield was clogged when a young snowy owl landed up here for a few weeks. The … Read More

Overview of Deerfield MA

New Exhibitions at Memorial Hall Museum

The Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association was founded in Deerfield, Massachusetts in 1870 as the very first historical society in Western Massachusetts. It is a charming three-storied building with 19 rooms of art, culture and history, all housed in the original 1798 Deerfield Academy building, acquired by antiquarian and historian George Sheldon to house the collection … Read More

Woman and child churning butter

Practical Housekeeping :: Tips from 1883

Here are some rather charming housekeeping hints from a book called Practical Housekeeping, Buckeye Publishing Co., 1883 that I picked up at one of the super secondhand bookshops around here. These hints seem as good now in 2016 as they were in the year before our Deerfield bed and breakfast was built. And read on down … Read More

Dining table

Bring Something to the Table :: A Community Support Initiative

The Deerfield Inn and Champney’s Restaurant & Tavern are bringing back the Bring Something to the Table initiative that we rolled out in December to invite guests who come here to enjoy a meal to leave a donation of any amount in an envelope for members of our community who are in need of our … Read More

Dad and young daughter working on a craft

Things To Do with Kids in MA :: Family Friendly Deerfield Inn

We have family-friendly rooms at the Deerfield Inn, and a kid’s menu for the under 11 – “healthy (groan) but good” as Abby said. Sometimes you want to leave the children with mom and get away for some time for yourselves, and we can do that too, but there are some delightful children activities in … Read More

Two men fly fishing

Fly Fishing the Deerfield River

Some of the finest fly fishing for trout found in the northeast is right outside our back door. Flowing from Vermont, and with bottom releases from hydropower dams, the Deerfield is perfectly cool even in the summer months. In addition to the resident fish population, Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game stocks rainbow and brown … Read More

Couple embracing each other while woman holds bouquet of flowers

10 Recommitment Celebration Ideas :: Unique Event Venue MA

Celebrate with Us in 2016 Did you know that 70 percent of engagements happen between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day? There has to be a stat for elopements and recommitments, too, but I don’t know them. What I do know is that we get calls and emails from folk looking to celebrate a happy time from … Read More