PHOTOS HERE FROM LIZ CARLSON AND YOUNGADVENTURESS.COM. CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO GO TO THE TRAVEL BLOG THAT FEATURED US.
Sugar Maple Trailside Inn, our home, is also a bed and breakfast near Smith College. We are located in the noted community of Northampton, MA, or more specifically, Florence, one of the four villages within Northampton. As for directions, we are located right off of Route 9, approximately 2 miles west of Smith College and downtown Northampton. In fact, we are the closest bed & breakfast to Smith College--the largest women's college in the U.S.
The building itself is a recently restored 1865 farmhouse style house with Italianate characteristics that in 2003 was awarded the City of Northampton's Historic Preservation Award. The restorationand the interesting stories behind it were the subject of a segment on House & Garden Television’s (HGTV) acclaimed series,RESTORE AMERICA. Click HERE for a link to the video on YouTube.
Renovated to offer modern comforts, our two air-conditioned GUEST ROOMS feature private bathrooms with showers, quiet surroundings, antique furnishings, large closets, and pleasant views of the adjacent rail trail. We even have an easy to read FLOOR PLAN OF THE LAYOUT of the house to ensure our house fits your needs. In the summer of 2016, we installed new oak hardwood floors in both the guest rooms. As our guest, your privacy is paramount to us, and we will not enter your room for any purpose during your stay. If you are staying for four or more days, we will change out your bedding and replenish the supply of towels. For the discerning business traveler, we feature high-speed wireless internet connections free of charge and an antique secretary or old railroad section house writing table. Pricing is reasonable and competitive, with rates between $80 and $120 a night. View our real-time, up-to-date, ONLINE CALENDAR to access information about room availability, tour our rooms, or to just BOOK YOURSELF IN, in an easy and streamlined way. We do require a two-night minimum stay on weekends. We do allow single-night stays on weekdays.
For breakfast, we serve an expanded continental breakfast with a choice of various fresh juices, bagels, muffins, scones, and a choice of yogurts and seasonal fruit. Of course, bottomless, piping hot coffee and various herbal teas are always available. The inn also boasts one of the region's largest collections of antique railroad maps, documents, and just plain books on the history of the railroads in the northeast. Peruse our library and relax on our cozy 3-season porch or take a bike ride on the rail trail next to the inn. We now have a couple of great Raleigh Retro-Cruiser Bikes for you to try out. They'll remind you of the bikes you used to have as a kid and how much you used to love to ride a bike.
And if you are coming to scout-out a possible relocation, or maybe your grand-kids are nearby and you always loved coming here and always toyed with the idea of moving here, well you are in-luck.
I am not only the operator of our cute B&B, but I'm also a top-producing local Realtor, at one of the area's most respected local firms. That is cool, but I have a nationally notable niche real estate practice. Here's a direct link to my website .
Note my untraditional background to the right. →
And if you were thinking of relocating here, well you aren't alone. Each year, I have between 4 and 9 real estate transactions that take place with folks who started off as bed and breakfast guests.
But I'll let you take the first step and mention your potential interest in that realm.
Craig Della Penna, Realtor Notable Accomplishments:
Successful Realtor, experienced with hundreds of transactions in over 14 years of working in one of the most acclaimed communities in the northeast U.S.
Accredited as a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) where only 2% of local Realtors have this designation.
Accredited as a Continuing Education Instructor for Realtors, focusing on Sustainability issues.
Authored five books and have seven others in various stages of completion.
Four books have been written in the past few years by others that feature me in them as a case study in innovative 21st century marketing and branding.
Written the forwards to three recent books.
Have given over 1,200 lectures in twenty one states,—many where I am the keynote speaker at state or national conferences.
Have helped develop over 1,000 miles of rail trails in the northeast U.S.
Renovated the worst house in our neighborhood to become an award-winning B&B that was featured on HGTV’s Restore America program.
Skills: Innovative Realtor, advocate, author and motivational speaker. Political organizer, transportation policy wonk/geek.
The renovation of our house was featured on HGTV's RESTORE AMERICA.
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Craig & Kathy Della Penna Sugar Maple Trailside Inn, 62 Chestnut Street, Florence (Northampton), MA 01062 For Information or reservations: 413-575-2277 E-mail: Craig@sugar-maple-inn.com
To view the 'befores and afters' of our restoration, click-on our carved wooden sign to the right.