Allen House Victorian Inn

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(413) 253-5000
599 Main Street, Amherst, MA 01002-2409

HOST: Alan and Ann Zieminski

LOCATION: In town, on 3 acres. Across the street from the Emily Dickinson House. Within walking distance of Amherst College; Hampshire College; University of Massachusetts; galleries, museums, shops, restaurants. Ten miles to Deerfield Village. On five-college (free) bus route.

OPEN: Year round. Two-night minimum on college and foliage weekends.

RATES: Vary according to season and length of stay. Single $45--$105. Double $75--$135 May--October; $55--$95 off-season.

Honeymooners come here No pets No smoking

A two-page 1994 Bon Appétit Allen House feature---with recipe and photographs---attracted travelers from all over the world. The hand-carved cherry mantels of this Queen Anne Stick Style house are pictured in the Metropolitan Museum of Art catalog. Some of the wallpapers were designed by William Morris and Walter Crane. Built in 1886, the house still has original woodwork. The antiques have been collected through the years by Alan; he "has a perfect eye for spotting Aesthetic Period (1880s) pieces," according to his brother, Jonas, assistant innkeeper, who has helped to research the "Oscar Wilde period." Ann (a dental hygienist), other family members, museum staffers, and guests have also exchanged information with Alan, a former biochemist now turned full-time innkeeper. He lived in the house as a student before buying it "with the desire to make an eighteen-room Victorian into other than student housing." For his efforts Alan received the Amherst Historic Commission's Preservation Award.

BED AND BATH: On first and second floors---seven rooms, all private baths, with a queen, a double, or a double and one twin bed. Rollaway available.

BREAKFAST: At guests' convenience. Perhaps eggs Benedict, Swedish pancakes (Ann's family recipe), stuffed French toast, or Southwestern-style eggs.

PLUS: Central air conditioning. Private telephones. Bedroom ceiling fans. Beverages. Goose-down comforters and pillows. Afternoon and evening refreshments. Verandas. Off-street parking. Concierge service.

From Connecticut: "Beautiful . . . hearty and healthy breakfasts. . . . Warm hospitality." From Massachusetts: "Impeccable restoration."


Bed & Breakfast in New England
© Copyright 1996, 1997 by Bernice Chesler.
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