Deerfield Inn

81 Old Main Street, Deerfield, Massachusetts 01342
Innkeeper(s): Karl Sabo & Jane Howard
  • The inn was built as an inn in 1884

    The inn was built as an inn in 1884

  • Beehive Parlor for afternoon tea

    Beehive Parlor for afternoon tea

  • Kim readies your room for you

    Kim readies your room for you

  • Fully ADA compliant king-bedded room

    Fully ADA compliant king-bedded room

  • Adirondack chairs by the sweet-scented white lilac

    Adirondack chairs by the sweet-scented white lilac

  • King-bedded suite

    King-bedded suite

  • Cozy, light-filled, and comfortable queen-bedded room

    Cozy, light-filled, and comfortable queen-bedded room

  • Some rooms have two queen beds

    Some rooms have two queen beds

 
  • Introduction

    Discover the beauty of Pioneer Valley and beyond at our historic Deerfield Masschusetts inn. An original historic inn, we will celebrate 130 years this summer. We have 24 cozy, comfortable guest rooms, and Champney's Restaurant & Tavern with our own infusions and local draught beers is a genuine farm-to-fork nanolocal dining experience. Our location in the heart of the National Historic Landmark village of Deerfield is the perfect location for exploring the nearby towns of Northampton, Amherst, Brattleboro, or the gorgeous Berkshires. Come visit our Inn in western Massachusetts - become a part of our new history, gather at a New England table, and sleep sweetly and deeply!


    Our 24 lovely guest rooms of various types and sizes, all individually decorated with comfort and relaxation in mind, are in the carriage house and the main inn. Our rooms are all pleasingly inviting  with air conditioning, private bathroom, flat screen television, and Wi-Fi.


    Four rooms have two queen beds and we have several family-friendly connecting rooms. Two rooms are fully handicapped accessible. Our king-bedded suite has an additonal sleeper sofa, gas fireplace, and DVD television in the adjoining living room which has a pocket door for privacy.

    Our Deerfield MA dog friendly hotel welcomes well mannered small to medium-sized dogs and all sizes of children, too! Please call us in advance to see if a dog-friendly room is available.


    A full country innbreakfast is part of your stay, with afternoon tea and cookies to tide you over until dinner. You can pad down the hallways in your inn robe to the Keurig coffeemakers for that morning jump start mug of coffee or tea.

    If you are interested in visiting the museum houses and exhibition center of Historic Deerfield, we have complimentary 3-month memberships as a gift for all guests to our inn, which includes a 10% discount at the gift shop.


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  • Plan Your Stay

    Historic Deerfield

    Historic Deerfield is a nationally recognized museum offering tours of period houses and the Flynt Center of Early New England Life with changing exhibitions. Complimentary 3-month museum membership for Deerfield Inn guests, and a fascinating experience for history buffs, collectors, and anyone interested in decorative arts and the stories of our past.

    Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory

    The Lepidoptera source in Western Massachusetts, featuring an 8,000-square foot tropical conservatory that’s home to nearly 4,000 exotic and domestic butterflies, Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory focuses on butterfly-related education, recreation, entertainment and gardening needs. Such color and peace!

    Yankee Candle Village

    Stroll through the Bavarian Christmas Village, the Nutcracker Castle, and the home store of Yankee’s flagship store. Enjoy fabulous candles, home decor and holiday shopping. Savor freshly-made fudge and other sweet treats in the fudge shop. Dip your own candles and watch history brought to life in the candle making museum.

    Zoar Outdoor

    Professional whitewater rafting guides with years of experience guide beginners to experts down mellow floats to Class IV thrillers. Memorable whitewater rafting adventures for all ages on the beautiful Deerfield River. Also enjoy the first zip line adventure in Massachusetts offers zip lines, sky bridges and rappels as you descend on a tour of the forest canopy.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Karl Sabo & Jane Howard for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    For relaxation, good food and drink, rural scenery, peace, feeling of home, visiting friends and family.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    We are one of only six original inns in New England - built as an inn, not a converted home. We are best known for ghosts, friendliness, being nano-local, a sweet night's sleep.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    We are located at the heart of a National Historic Landmark village - a mile-long street lined with old original homes, many of which are open for touring

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    That a little girl left her teddy bear here to carry on the vacation. We kept waiting for her to ask for him to be sent to her, but she wanted him to be as happy as she had been for longer, and now that little girl is 25!

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    This old village is a secret in itself.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Visit Historic Deerfield, take advantage of all the outdoorsy things to do, visit farmstands, antique shops, artisan centers, and take scenic drives.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    The museum houses and exhibition gallery of Historic Deerfield, as well as the oldest museum association in the country - Memorial Hall, which is open May-October, and is a rare and special building filled with things that relate specifically to this village, including its Native American heritage.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Our nano-local restaurant & tavern - Champney's is number one, then nearby there are two college towns full of diversity and interest in the way of dining choices.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Google the sites for the Franklin County and Hampshire County Chamber of Commerce

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    24 with private bath.

    Do you accept pets?

    We have only two dog-friendly rooms, so need to know in advance if guest wants to bring a furry friend.

     

  • Weddings and Special Events

    You can book your dream wedding or committment ceremony at the Deerfield Inn!

    We’re open for coach and group tours, too! Interested in booking a special event? Submit our event request form.

    The warmth and light of two lovely rooms are special spaces that lend themselves to all kinds of festive celebrations and fun parties from small weddings and rehearsal dinners, to birthday parties and showers, or long overdue get-togethers among friends. Business people and bus groups will also find the ideal restaurant and meeting facility for corporate retreats or meals.

    In the Terrace, wide french doors lead onto the brick patio, gardens, and tent lawn.  We have a cozy fireplace between west facing transom windows, a granite bar, a dance floor, and plenty of restrooms, one of which is accessible.

    Our restaurant on the first floor is flooded with natural light from the four window embrasures, and a fireplace lends extra comfort and charm. The ideal choice for Pioneer Valley weddings!

    Weddings and special events

    We pride ourselves on the personal and individual attention we give to every function. Our event packages are just a guide to possibilities to make your special occasion a carefree and memorable experience.  To talk, make plans, or arrange a time to visit our Deerfield wedding venue, please call hospitality professional Alicia Graves, Private Dining & Special Events Manager, at 413-774-5587, x173, or email her at agraves@deerfieldinn.com. You can also download our function guides below for an overview of our special event services.

    Special event guides

    Interested in booking a bus tour? Contact Alicia Graves, Private Dining & Special Events Manager
    413-774-5587 agraves@deerfieldinn.com

    Special Events and Other Private Dining & Group Information

     

  • Getting to the Deerfield Inn

    Put 81 Old Main Street into your GPS, and select Deerfield, not Deerfield Town.

    From Boston or points north

    Take Route 2 West to Greenfield. At Greenfield, take Route 91 South to Exit 25. At the end of the ramp, bear left. At the traffic lights, go left again. You will be on routes 5&10 N.

    Drive five miles. On the right is a sign for Historic Deerfield and the Deerfield Inn. Coming up on the right will be Richardson’s Candy Kitchen. Take your first left immediately after this by the Sunoco station, and then bear right where the street forks. The Inn is half a mile down on the left, a large white-columned wooden building with a porch in front.

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    Take I-90 West to I-91 North at West Springfield to Exit 24. At the end of the ramp, bear right and you will be on Routes 5&10 North. Follow the above directions from this point.

    From Points South – Springfield/Hartford

    Take I-91 North. In Mass take Exit 24. At the end of the ramp bear right and you will be on Routes 5&10. You will drive five miles. On the right is a sign for Historic Deerfield and the Deerfield Inn. Coming up on the right will be Richardson’s Candy Kitchen. Take your first left after this, by the Sunoco station, and bear right where the street forks. The Inn is half a mile down the street on the left, a large white-columned wooden building with a porch in front.

    Directions from Hadley/Amherst

    Take Route 9 to 116 North. At Routes 5&10 go right (N) for 5 miles. On the right is a sign for Historic Deerfield and the Deerfield Inn. Coming up on the right will be Richardson’s Candy Kitchen. Take your first left immediately after this by the Sunoco station, and bear right where the street forks. The Inn is half a mile down the street on the left, a large white-columned wooden building with a porch in front.

  • History

    Then…

    When the Deerfield Inn was opened in July 1884 by two brothers whose earlier inn on the village common had been destroyed by fire, a plague of grasshoppers was devouring its way across a drought-stricken Franklin County. Not surprisingly there is nothing written about the actual opening date, but in the Gazette and Courier, July 14, 1884 a reporter noted that “Mr. J.M. Bradley has a good business at the new hotel.”

    A week later the papers reported that the grasshoppers continued to devour all crops and that ravaged farmers were slaughtering their cattle for lack of water. The inn’s summer visitors apparently stayed on, despite the heat and the voracious locusts. On September 1, 1884 a Deerfield reporter writes that, “the summer boarders are folding their tents and stealing away, browner and better for their stay.”

    During the first 15 years of its operation, guests arrived by stagecoach, carriages, and on horseback. Later a trolley line ran through the village, stopping right in front of the inn as an old photograph hanging in the inn shows, and by the turn of the century automobiles began to appear.

    Within a year the inn was enlarged by George Arms, a local builder, and a brochure from 1885 describes the Deerfield Inn as “in all appointments far ahead of the average country hotel.”

    The grasshoppers had long gone, but the guests stayed on and kept coming for—as a brochure from the 1920s promises—”the atmosphere and charm of early days, with modern comfort and convenience.” Breakfast started at 30¢, dinner could be had for $1.00, and a double room with running water was priced at $3.00.

    A postcard we found on Ebay, signed by ‘Carl’, posted for one penny, and written in July 1923 to his friends the Fabriques, declares the Deerfield Inn “a very, very nice place indeed.”

    Now…

    We are still a full-service inn in its original site on Old Main Street in a village listed as a National Historic Landmark, still with working farms and beautiful open countryside. This little part of Franklin County known as the Happy Valley is a paradise on earth with its bountiful produce, tranquil farmland beauty, and friendly folk. Guests can also enjoy nearby boating, fly fishing, skiing and golfing, ziplining, and summertime swimming in the gentle river.

    Our 24 bright and airy guest rooms of distinct size and shape embody the heritage of Deerfield, and a feeling of comfort and home prevail. With its convivial tavern, two pretty living rooms and porch, the inn is filled with friendly nooks and alcoves where you can read, relax, eat, drink, socialize with friends, or take a snooze.

    Your room is ready, with or without ghosts, and we look forward to welcoming you here.