Inns and B&Bs in Massachusetts



A pretty college town in Western Massachusetts, Amherst (pronounced Am-erst) makes a good base for exploring the Pioneer Valley, home to a number of major colleges and universities (Amherst, Smith, Mt. Holyoke, Hampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts), historic places of interest from the Emily Dickinson House to Old Deerfield, and quality craft shops.

Allen House Inn (budget)

Tel: 413-253-5000

599 Main Street, 01002

Owners Alan and Ann Zieminski offer warm hospitality and a welcoming atmosphere at Allen House. This 1886 stick-style Queen Anne home has original Eastlake fireplace mantels with ornate tilework, cherry woodwork, and period chandeliers; the Victorian decor is highlighted by antique wicker, Oriental rugs, peacock feather bouquets, and lace antimacassars. Guests dine amidst lavish Bradbury & Bradbury period wallpapers, Japanese porcelain and paintings in a style that is reminiscent of the Victorian fascination with the Far East. Alan and Ann have given equal care to guest comfort--they have installed custom-made storm windows and central air-conditioning, to ensure a peaceful night's rest for their guests.

""Genuine Victoriana, with heavy antique furniture, appropriate accessories such as Boston ferns and umbrella stands, and the dark, authentic feel of a turn-of-the-century house. There is a small pretty guest porch with wicker furniture and plants on the second floor in the front of the house. Most guest rooms have matching sets of rare Eastlake and other Victorian furniture. Lovely small bathrooms with cream tiles were installed in closets, with pedestal sinks often outside the bathroom door. The Scullery room has windows on three sides, nightstands with lamps on both sides of the bed, and ample room for two chairs and a luggage rack. A built-in tile countertop made from a dry sink provided plenty of space to arrange necessities. The spacious bathroom had a clawfoot tub and a large pedestal sink. The first morning we were offered French toast stuffed with cream cheese, served with hot maple syrup and link sausage. The second morning, we had delicious rolled crepes with hot maple syrup. Plenty of seconds, too.'' (SHW) ""Ann welcomed me warmly. Even though it was freezing cold, I was cozy under thick quilts, with ample hot water for a steaming shower.'' (Isabell Morris) ""Our room was homey with lace curtains, Victorian dressed porcelain dolls, a trinket box covered with a lace doily. The Swedish pancakes with raspberry preserves melted in my mouth.'' (Janice Sirote) ""Excellent waffles and eggs Benedict.'' (Estelle Hurwitch)