Barbara and I highly recommend a small Bed & Breakfast in Amherst, the Stone House Farm. Right on the northern edge of town, a mile or so beyond the end of the U.Mass. campus, it’s convenient to get to but still feels secluded. Aside from all the beautiful flowers (Candy, the innkeeper, is a commercial flower grower), notable features are the two beautiful guest suites, delicious personalized breakfasts right in one’s suite, and all the animals: two cats, two goats, two ducks, several guinea pigs, and countless chickens.
We had a relaxing but too short vacation in the area, including visits to several museums, the gorgeous campus of Mt. Holyoke college, half a day in Northamptom, and a day in Historic Deerfield, which is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for anyone interested in New England history. It’s too bad that the day we were in Deerfield was muggy and in the 90s, thereby limiting the amount of walking around we wanted to do.