Western Mass Hills Bed & Breakfast Association

Goat Meadows Bed & Breakfast

Winter reflections on a pond.Do you dream of sitting by a warm fire with a book, a blanket, a mug of mulled cider, and slipping into a nap. Or would you rather choose a day of skiing. In WINTER the Western Mass Hills offer the best mix of altitude snowfall for downhill skiing and kilometers of both groomed and out of track cross country skiing, skate-skiing and snowshoeing. Or bring your skates for that frozen pond across the road. Check out the attractions page and book a weekend today.


I don’t think you can beat SPRING anywhere. In the Western Mass Hills, we see the return Tulips of migratory birds, bluebirds nesting, bobolinks flitting with their strange white backs and humming birds. Bring your waders and rods because it’s the best time for fishing. At night it’s warm enough to stay outside to look at the stars, and look for the lush, lime-green tips that form the new growth on leafing out trees. We discover emerging flowers, skunk cabbage, ramps and fiddle head ferns. If you’re lucky they might be part of your breakfast dish at one of our B&Bs (pretty sure no skunk cabbage will be served)! May graduations abound, as does local asparagus, and June is time for strawberries with plenty of pick-you-own farms. However you enjoy spring up here in the Western Mass Hills, you will feel the hope that this season brings and that nature never fails to fulfill.


And then the air turns cooler with a hint of Fall in the air, and my mind turns to crisp APPLES. The highest altitude orchards in the state are here in our Western Mass Hills and are known for their extra crisp evening cooled apples. September and October bring the first Macouns, one of the best eating apples. But Macouns don’t store well, so you have to come and pick-your-own at one of the many apple orchards or choose a half bushel at a local country store. Of course we have all the usual varieties: McIntosh, Golden Delicious, Honey Crisp, but we also have some nice old heirlooms like Jonathans, Baldwins (first called a woodpecker, because those birds loved the tree), Gravensteins or Pippins. Definitely look for Apple Butter on your breakfast table. Follow our wine trails; many of our vineyards offer weekend music and a picnic area to enjoy. Attend a country fair or the best of the Eastern States Exposition known as the Big E.


Before you know it, Halloween is upon us, and then of course the time for family get-togethers with Thanksgiving and the beginning of the HOLIDAY SEASON. Bed and breakfasts are perfect for family gatherings, visiting friends or family, or just to get away and enjoy the first snowfall or quiet reads by a crackling fire. Perhaps it’s time to give yourself a gift of a week or a few nights away at a warm and comfortable inn in the Western Mass Hills. You can always make forays out to find the perfect holiday gift perhaps from one our vineyards, or at one of the local artist’s open studio weekends, or at a quaint country store.

You might think that MUD season is all about mud, muck and melting snow. But it kayaking on the riveris the best time to hit the river for some high water rafting, canoeing or kayaking. Watch the white water races where you might see a competitor or two dunk. Come for the excitement, but also come to smell the earth warming up, and to see the tips of daffodils and tulips reaching for the sun. Bring your bike and ride the hills of our back roads or one of our many bike trails linking our valley towns and farm stands. Beat the summer crowds at area museums and dine at one of our delicious area restaurants.


SUMMER, the eight weeks in July and August of non-stop heaven. Beautiful warm days, comfortable starlit evenings. In the daytime, why not kayak, canoe, picnic on a river, find a new swimming hole, slide down a waterfall, bike, hike, fish, visit a museum, shop, or lie around in a deck chair and read. Perhaps you want to pick blueberries, eat blueberry pancakes, or pan-dowdy, Our Western Mass Hills are known for the small wild berries that tang with a tart sweetness. Or do you prefer peaches. Come pick your own and eat them fresh in the field. At night there are so many choices: music, a picnic at Tanglewood, free dance performances at Inside Out at Jacobs Pillow, theatre, or a summer camp performance. Just be sure to book early, B&Bs up here in the hills are pretty busy in the summer season.


The leaves start to turn at this time of the year to herald the beginning of FALL. Perhaps the best season of all, the Western Mass Hills display spectacular foliage, and crisp air make walking, hiking, biking, or driving the back roads frequent choices for fall travelers. Check out local craft fairs, indulge in a hot air balloon ride, take the kids to a maze, eat cider donuts, ride a pony, and drink freshly pressed cider. Don’t be disappointed, though. Up here in the hills, our rooms fill up quickly, so definitely book early and book often!

When the nights are cold, and the days are starting to warm up, we tap Maples, and the sap runs. Enjoy local maple syrup for breakfast at one of our Western Mass Hills B&Bs and not only during MAPLE Season but throughout the year. Local producers welcome visitors to watch their operations and sample the syrup and maple candy. Visit the Massachusetts Maple Producers' website for more information: http://www.massmaple.org.


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