The Allen House Victorian Inn -- Review
The Allen House Victorian Inn is a B&B jewel that justifies the trip to Amherst (about seven miles on Route 9 from Northampton) for an overnight stay. An 1886 stick-style Queen Anne, it was restored to its original elegance by Alan and Ann Zieminski and opened for business in 1991. The house captures the Aesthetic Movement in guest rooms with period reproduction wallpapers by William Morris and Walter Crane, original Eastlake pieces, and two ornate cherry fireplace mantels recorded in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Two first-floor bedrooms are good bets if you'd rather avoid stairs. Wicker "steamship" chairs, pedestal sinks, screens, carved golden oak or brass beds, goose-down comforters, painted wooden floors, and claw-foot tubs are just some of the amenities of the Allen House's five bedrooms (each with private bath). Breakfasts are Victorian in scope, with Belgian waffles and eggs Benedict; and in late fall and early winter, local harvest pumpkins and McIntosh apples are featured. Allen House Victorian Inn. Double room rates $55-$95. 599 Main St., Amherst; 413-253-5000.