Early 19th-Century Inn in Northern Massachusetts
The feel of a bygone New England era lingers at the Centennial House Bed and Breakfast, located in northern Massachusetts near the Connecticut River. Inside, the inn's great room resembles an old tavern, with a crackling hearth, hand-hewn beams, and a pickled pine ceiling. The period decor authentically represents the estate's impressive history—the 17-room, Federal-style inn was built in 1811 by a troupe of skilled craftsmen. Today, guests can lounge in the oversize armchairs in the great room or slip out to the sunroom, where picture windows overlook the tree-lined property.
As an homage to the inn's roots, Centennial House owners named the guest rooms after famous New England natives and places of interest. The Strawberry Banke room nods to Portsmouth, New Hampshire’s 17th-century historical district. In the room, a pillow-top king bed sits near a stacked bookcase, and four large windows overlook flowering lilacs and frogs painting river landscapes.
The inn offers several perks, starting with a daily three-course country breakfast including baked goods and hot entrees. Throughout the day, munch on house-made chocolate-chip cookies along with complimentary coffee, tea, and spring water. The Centennial House's amenities, coupled with the spacious grounds, helped it to win the 2011 Editors' Choice from Yankee magazine.
Northfield, Massachusetts: Precolonial Village Located on Connecticut River
The quaint village of Northfield enjoys the distinction as the only Massachusetts town situated on both sides of the Connecticut River. For a close-up look at the Connecticut, book a narrated cruise or rent a kayak through the Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center.
About 15 miles south of the inn, the early 18th-century village at Historic Deerfield preserves 11 historical house museums, including a burial ground and a visitors' center built in 1760. The village also displays hundreds of antiques, such as furniture, ceramics, textiles, paintings, and maps.
Elsewhere in Deerfield, tropical flora, butterflies, and moths brighten an 8,000-square-foot glass conservatory at the Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory & Gardens. Peruse the spacious, 80-degree conservatory replete with a trickling waterfall, a heart-shaped koi pond, and friendly parrot greeters.