Baird Tavern Bed and Breakfast

2 Old Chester Road, Blandford, Massachusetts 01008
Innkeeper(s): Carolyn Taylor
 
  • Introduction

    Baird Tavern Bed & BreakfastThe Baird Tavern Bed and Breakfast invites you to step back in time and share the colorful, romantic history of a magnificent pre-Revolutionary home built in 1768 by James Baird and used as a tavern for the first fifty years of its existence. Let the fireplaces, beehive ovens, paneled walls, chestnut beams and wide pine flooring provide a backdrop for your journey.

    The Baird Tavern often entertained forty to fifty teams a night where weary travelers ate and drank in the taproom and then slept feet to the fire, heads resting on their buffalo robes. In the kitchen or keeping room with its huge fireplace the women bustled around cooking and tending little ones. Babies were birthed in the borning room just off the kitchen.

    Early in the 19th century the house was purchased by the Bartholomew family who owned it for eighty years. During that time it was a stagecoach stop and legend says the former Baird Tavern was part of the Underground Railroad during the Civil War. At the end of the 19th century Dr. William Ashley used the house with its clear mountaintop air as a restorative retreat for his patients. Today the inn retains its 18th and 19th century authenticity.

    Be part of the ongoing history at the Baird Tavern Bed and Breakfast. Ghosts of the past are calling you - partake of an extraordinarily magical experience at this treasure of Americana.

  • The Grounds

    The Baird Tavern is set on seven acres of woods and orchards, complete with picnic table and English garden bench.

    Extensive perennial gardens surround the house with ever changing colors-from the thousands of brightly lit daffodils that appear in April to the rich hues of New England asters in October.

    There are native high bush blueberries, apples, cherries and pears. A never-ending cast of characters visit the grounds almost daily -- raccoons, red-tailed squirrels, fox, wild turkey, white-tailed deer, and even the occasional black bear can be spotted from the kitchen window!

    A birdwatcher's paradise, guests can enjoy year round birding as they watch hummingbirds, cardinals, downy woodpeckers, titmice, chickadees, rose breasted and evening grosbeaks.

    Rolling hills, fields and farmland, and old fashioned stonewalls dot the landscape, making this western Massachusetts hamlet a scenic paradise. Situated on a mountaintop in the Berkshire foothills, Blandford is home to the Cobble Mountain Reservoir. Within its 49 square miles, opportunities abound for year round outdoor activities: hiking, biking, swimming, golfing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

    There are several restaurants within 15 minutes of Baird Tavern. Or venture to Northampton or the Lenox-Stockbridge area, places renowned for fine restaurants, shops, art galleries, and music. Some guests prefer to bring their own meal and dine by candlelight at the inn.

    Living Room

    Baird Tavern Bed & Breakfast

     

     

     

  • Amenities

    Of course, you may want to simply stay put. The Baird Tavern provides the perfect backdrop any time of the year for guests who just want to relax!

    • Enjoy the warm glow of the woodstove as you sip hot chocolate after a day of winter activity
    • Curl up with a book in the inn's own library, or take advantage of the extensive collection of classical music
    • Writer's block will melt away in the solitude of this colonial retreat
    • Summertime is perfect for exploring the grounds and extensive gardens
    • Refresh yourself with a glass of homemade lemonade or iced tea at the picnic bench
    • Go berry picking, bike the hills of Blandford
    • Walk down the dirt road and see old cellar holes of past homesteads
    • Follow the stone wall and discover a beaver pond
    • Explore the remains of the 100-foot original barn that sits across from the house
    • In the fall, there's apple picking and cider pressing
    • Go jogging or walking, admire the foliage and leave the stress of the city far behind
    • A sweet tempered Persian cat is in residence; friendly and curious, it often escorts guests to breakfast

    Perhaps the most memorable highlight of your stay at Baird Tavern is breakfast. Meet your fellow travelers for stimulating conversation over the full, farm style country breakfast, beginning with freshly ground coffee and fresh squeezed orange juice. Carolyn, your host and a gourmet caterer, is always ready to prepare such delectable treats as: blueberry pancakes made with the Baird Tavern's own wild high bush blueberries, country style bacon, local sausage, omelets with cheddar, avocado and salsa or goat cheese, artichokes and mushrooms. Low fat options include fresh fruit in season, Greek style yogurt prepared with apples, almonds, and a drizzle of honey, Irish steelcut oatmeal, dry cereals, toast, muffins, and bagels.

    Breakfast is served in the original kitchen of the house that features a cavernous fireplace once used to prepare meals for hungry travelers. Guests can also choose to dine in the tavern's original summer kitchen, built in 1810. Birdfeeders placed at windows on both sides of the kitchen provide an endless source of entertainment during breakfast.

    Carolyn, a former teacher, is the owner of Taylor Made Catering, a gourmet catering business, so breakfasts are outstanding! She has been sharing her historic home with bed and breakfast guests for the past fourteen years.

  • Area Attractions

    Come see what Blandford has to offer!

    • Annual events include a Scottish Festival in July, complete with Scottish games, a Scottish Tea Room and Scottish dancing
    • A Bel Canto concert at the White Church in August
    • The Blandford Agricultural Fair on Labor Day weekend has been held annually since the mid 19th century
    • Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival (July & August) in Becket and the minature theater of Chester are minutes away
    • The nearby Berkshires offer a vast array of festivals, theater and scenic attractions that include Tanglewood, Shakespeare & Co., Norman Rockwell Museum, Chesterwood, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Santarella, and much more!

     

  • How to Find Us

    From the East:

    • Take I 90 west to Exit 3.
    • Turn right coming out of the tollbooth onto Rts. 202 and 10 in Westfield and travel 1.5 miles.
    • Turn right on Route 20 west and travel 5.8 miles.
    • Turn left on Route 23 west. Travel 5.3 miles to the Blandford Historical Society building. (It's white and directly in front of you.)
    • Bear right onto North Street (small green sign) and travel 4.2 miles to Old Chester Road. Shortly before Old Chester Road is a brown and yellow sign reading Baird Tavern Bed and Breakfast with an arrow pointing to the left.
    • Turn left and go over a bridge immediately. The Baird Tavern is on the right, a brown center chimney colonial with sign on the side of the house reading Baird Tavern 1768.

    From the West:

    • Take I 90 east to Exit 2.
    • Follow Route 20 east 15.2 miles.
    • Make a hard right turn onto Blandford Road immediately after a white sign reading Entering Chester, Incorporated 1783. Travel 3.8 miles.
    • Turn right on Old Chester Road and proceed as above.

    From the North:

    • Take I 91 south to I 90 west.
    • Follow I 90 west to Exit 3 and proceed as above.

    From the South:

    • Take I 91 north to I 90 west.
    • Follow I 90 west to Exit 3 and proceed as above.

    From Northampton:

    • Follow Route 9 west to Route 66 west.
    • Turn left on Route 66 west and travel 13.9 miles to Route 112.
    • Turn left on Route 112 south and travel 3.5 miles to Route 20.
    • Turn right on Route 20 west and travel 8.3 miles past the center of Chester until you see the first of two signs for Walker Island Campground on the left. Immediately after the second sign turn left on Blandford Road and travel 3.6 miles.
    • Turn right on Old Chester Road and proceed as above.
  • Kid Friendly

    The Baird Tavern B&B welcomes infants and well-behaved children of all ages. The Taggart room which sleeps up to five has a wide selection of children's toys, books, videos and a rocking horse called Rocky Rocko. Plenty of room to play in the room or in the yard. Child proof kid friendly home waiting for your little ones. We do ask that children, especially young ones, be under a parent's supervision at all times.