The White Rose Bed and Breakfast
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The White Rose is situated within the Mount Holyoke Range State Park, just over the hill from the Notch at Bare Mountain and Atkins Farms Country Market. You can access some of the many beautiful hiking trails in the area directly from your guest house. In addition, the Norwottuck Rail Trail which has 10.5 miles of wonderful biking and walking paths linking the towns of Northampton, Hadley, Amherst and Belchertown, is just 10 minutes away.
Conveniently located between the towns of South Hadley and Amherst, The White Rose is within minutes to the surrounding five colleges. The Village Commons in South Hadley offers movie theaters, restaurants, a day spa and shops. The towns of Amherst and Northampton provide guests with an abundance of restaurants and bars, along with a wide variety of diverse cultural events from which to choose.
The house was built by French Canadian stone mason and carpenter Ovila J. Bourbonnais in 1942. He was well known in the area and had a hand in many of the local businesses, including the design and building of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Granby. The house has a rich history thanks to the various residents and businesses that have called her home over the years. A courtyard separates the main house from the guest house and guest suites providing privacy for both owners and guests alike.
The guest suites are ideal for a couple, single business person, parent traveling with a student or two traveling companions. Both are easily accessible as they are located on the ground floor. The suites are fully climate controlled. They have private entrances, patios and private baths. They are furnished with both a queen size bed and a single bed. Amenities include sitting areas with flat screen TV's, WIFI, Keurig coffee makers, microwave ovens, refrigerators, ironing boards and hair dryers.
The guest house, originally a carriage house, is spacious enough to accommodate a small family, two couples, or several companions traveling together. It has its own private entrance, living/dining room with gas fireplace, kitchenette and private bath. The 2-story home can provide sleeping for up to six guests. The second floor sleeping area is furnished with a king size bed and daybed with trundle. The first floor has a queen size bed. Among the many amenities you will find are a cable television on each floor, DVD/VHS player, stereo and wireless internet access. The kitchen has a sink, dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot, and toaster.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Pat Callahan for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Many of our guests are visiting the five colleges in the immediate area. But others come for weddings, family reunions, fall foliage, and outdoor adventures such as zip lining, hiking, biking, fly fishing, and golfing. Others are here to simply enjoy the towns of Northampton and Amherst.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
When you stay with us, you get an entire carriage house or guest suite with private patio nestled at the base of the mountain. It’s not just a bed and bath. We receive many compliments on our cleanliness, beautiful gardens and of course our breakfasts.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
The Pioneer Valley is a popular year round tourist destination. People are drawn to the lively college towns, unspoiled nature, recreational facilities and cultural and historical sites.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
Guests say it is relaxing and the perfect get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. They often return and have referred their friends and family to stay with us as well.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
We are 1 1/2 miles from the Notch at Bare Mountain in Mt. Holyoke State Park where a hike to the top rewards you with a breathtaking view. We are also only 7 minutes from the Summit House in Skinner Park where the view from its deck and picnic area is every bit as beautiful.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Go for a hike at one of the State parks, ride a bike on the Norwottuck Rail Trail. Have dinner in Amherst one night, stroll through Northampton one day. Feed the birds out of your hand at the Quabbin Reservoir, visit one of the many museums at the five colleges. Take in the Paradise City Arts Festival, Green River Festival, Brimfield Fair or the Big E. Need I say more?
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
You can get directly on the hiking trails right behind the guest house, take a 10 minute walk down to the waterfall at Aldrich Lake, or be on the hottest mountain biking trails in the area in about 3 minutes.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
In South Hadley, it's the Yarde House or Food 101, in Amherst it's Judies or Johnny's, Milano's or the Eastside Grille in Northampton, Alina's in Hadley and The Blue Heron in Sunderland. That hasn't even scratched the surface as we have no shortage of excellent places to dine in the area.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
We have links to many of the area’s attractions on our website. But the Hampshire County Regional Tourism Council’s website at www.visithampshirecounty.com is a great place to get started.
How many rooms does your inn have?
Our carriage house can sleep up to six persons and our guest suites can accommodate up to three.
Do you accept pets?
Although we love pets, we do not not accept them for the comfort of all our guests. We recommend The Valley Inn for Pets in Hadley, which is just 10 minutes away.
Breakfast is served at the main house in the dining room, the plant-filled sun room, or on the second floor sun porch (weather permitting). Upon your arrival, we can schedule a time for breakfast based on the activities planned for the following day.
During the week we offer an expanded continental breakfast which generally includes breads, bagels, yogurt, fruit, cereal, oatmeal, and assorted homemade pastries or breads. Full breakfast is served in the main house on weekends and includes favorites such as Belgian waffles, french toast, pancakes, Italian frittata's and baked oatmeal.
The White Rose is an ideal accommodation for families coming to visit their students at one of the five colleges: Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, Hampshire College, Smith College or the University of Massachusetts Amherst. It is also perfect for couples, business travelers, and several traveling companions.
The Bed and Breakfast is unique in that each guest has their own private entrance, patio and private bath. There is a two story carriage house that can sleep up to 6 and two single story suites that can each sleep 3. All units have air conditioning, WIFI, cable TV, Keurig Coffee Makers, microwave ovens, refrigerators, iron/ironing boards, and hair dryers.
Things to Do
There is so much to see and do in this area. There are several marinas with access to the Connecticut River; within a ten minute drive. If you don’t have your own boat to launch you can always go for a ride on The Lady Bea, a river cruise boat located at Brunelle’s Marina or rent a kayak, canoe, fishing boat or even a party barge at the Sportsman’s Marina. For the golfer, there are 11 golf courses within an 8 mile radius. Historic Deerfield is within a 30 minute drive and is a must for history buffs. Not to be missed is the Bridge of Flowers and the Glacial Potholes located in nearby Shelburne Falls. Children enjoy the Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory, The Eric Carle Museum, McCrays Farm and Lupa Zoo. Zoar Outdoor offers whitewater rafting and zipline canopy tours. Our beautiful bike trail connects the towns of Belchertown, Amherst, Hadley and Northampton. We are within minutes of both Amherst and Northampton where cultural and sporting events abound. You can literally sample foods from around the world at the many fine restaurants in the valley. Stay with us when you come to visit the Big E, The Paradise City Arts Festival, The Green River Festival, and The Brimfield Outdoor Antiques Show. We are situated in the Mount Holyoke State Park where there are numerous opportunities to hike and mountain bike as well. Skinner State Park and the Summit House are just 7 minutes away or take a 20 minute ride to have a picnic at the Quabbin Reservoir or on the top of Mount Sugarloaf.