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 BLUEPRINT OF THE LAYOUT of the house to ensure our house fits your needs. 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. Starting in the fall of 2013, we are now requiring a two night minimum stay. This applies to both weekend nights AND weekdays.
Breakfast at the Sugar Maple Trailside Inn
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.One of the more interesting things that has happened to us this past year was that we won "Best in the Valley" from the Valley Advocate readers in 2009. [See the News page on this site.]
One of the more interesting things that have happened to us this past year was that we won "Best in the Valley" from the Valley Advocate readers in 2009. [See the News page on this site.]
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.