Hotel at a Glance: Red Maple Inn
In 2007, the Red Maple Inn was named an “Editor’s Choice” destination by Yankee magazine, which told readers “you’ll be pampered to a degree more typically associated with spa resorts than old New England inns.” Built in 1780, the 15-room mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Owner John Bills, Chef Shari Alexander, and Innkeeper Melida Benoit go out of their way to make guests feel at home with homemade country breakfasts, parlor gatherings, and a bar area where you can buy drinks and snacks on an honors system.
- Original architectural features: wide-board pumpkin-pine floors, chair rails, and crown moldings
- Fit for a family: The cottage features a kitchenette, private entrances, and a sitting room with an antique bed and a fireplace
- Period antiques: such as four-poster beds, and antique library desks fill the individually decorated guest rooms
- Charming rooms: The Rose Room features antique rose wallpaper, and warm yellow tones invites guests to the Cottage.
- Chef: Shari Alexander, who creates the sumptuous breakfast menus, has helmed the kitchen at a Hamptons bistro and has cooked for several celebrities.
- Raise your glass: in the inn's Club Room.
Spencer, Massachusetts: Colonial-Era Town West of the Berkshires
Due to its strategic location between Boston, Hartford, and New York, Spencer was once an important stopping place for those traveling along the Old Boston Post Road. Jenk’s Tavern hosted many overnight visitors during this time, including General Henry Knox who arrived with cannons in tow, and George Washington in 1789. You can get a taste of this colonial period at Old Sturbridge Village. Located in the nearby Pioneer Valley, this family-friendly attraction recreates an 1830's-era settlement with more than 40 historic buildings, costumed tour guides, and riverfront animal farms.
Spencer’s position in Central Massachusetts makes it a gateway to several New England destinations. To the west is the Berkshires, a picturesque highlands region famous for its arts scene and river valleys. If you're visiting in the winter, head about 20 miles north of town to Wachusett Mountain for skiing, snowboarding, and snow-tubing.