Summer and Fall at the Maple House Bed & Breakfast means lush green or colorful foliage, clean clear water to play in and quiet starry nights. It also means the best of our hill town fruits and vegetables. Breakfasts become homegrown, homemade feasts. Come laze on the hammock strung between the ancient maple trees. Sit and relax in one of the colorful Adirondack chairs in our flower gardens. Hike down our trails to the Rowe Town Park where you can take out a free canoe or kayak, or swim in pristine Pelham Lake. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, take a short drive to amazing bike paths, white water rafting and zip-line tours, or shop the flea markets and country fairs. Review the info and click on the links below to guide you to your next adventure.
FAMILY VACATIONS WITH FUN FOR ALL!
Take a vacation where everyone gets to have fun! Spend some time alone or doing adult activities while your kids spend time with kids. They do something fun they've never tried before. You have a day to laze in bed or on the beach, or to visit the many famous museums all within an hours' drive. Plan your vacation for when your children may participate in these local kids klasses, just 5 miles from the Maple House:
Kids Kayak Kraze and Kids Climbing Craze at Zoar Outdoor.
Horsemanship at Birch Glen Stables.
Summer Day Camp at Pelham Lake Park, Rowe, MA.
WHEN THREE'S A CROWD!
Bringing the children up for some rafting or zip-lining? Or traveling with some friends? Choose the best deal of the house: the 3-4 Suite!
Reserve rooms 3 & 4 for just $165.00 for up to 5 people. This includes a hearty homemade country breakfast for all, and use of all the Maple House B & B amenities.
FAMILY FARM VACATIONS
Feeding animals, picking fresh vegetables and berries to eat, swimming, boating, or tubing in a private lake, stargazing, biking, hiking and maybe a horse-drawn wagon ride can make for a different, relaxing family vacation. For a group of 8 or more we are happy to provide any lunches, dinners and evening BBQs or campfires you might like. Enhance your farm experience by visiting either Adams Family Farm, just over the boarder into Vermont, or Lively Spring Farm here in Rowe. Tie in a trip to Shelburne Falls to see the glacial potholes, crafts, boutique shops and the famous Bridge of Flowers.
SUMMER ON THE POND
Follow Maple House trails to the Rowe Town Forest and relax in the gentle breezes wafting over the beach at Pelham Lake. Swim, bird watch, canoe, kayak, or just laze in the sun gazing at Todd and Adams Mountains across the lake. Tennis courts, volleyball court, and a basketball court as well as 10 miles of hiking trails can help burn off Maple House’s filling homegrown breakfasts.
FLY-FISHING THE DEERFIELD RIVER
From hook-and-worm to guided fly-fishing tours, Rowe and the local area boasts the best!
WHITE WATER PLAY IN THE DEERFIELD RIVER
The Deerfield River is one of the best rafting, canoeing, kayaking, and tubing rivers in the East. From sit-upons, to kayaks, from class II to class IV whitewater rafting rides, the Deerfield River is your destination for water fun.
CANOPY TOUR ZIP LINE
Fly through the air with the greatest of ease! Spectacular views of the surrounding hills.
MOHAWK TRAIL CONCERTS
On Friday and Saturday nights in July and August enjoy some of the best chamber and ensemble music in the historic Federated Church of Charlemont on the Mohawk Trail. The church has wonderful acoustics and seats only 200. Youll feel as if you are in a front row seat no matter where you sit! Well prepare a picnic dinner for you to enjoy in our gardens or by Pelham Lake before the concert if you like, just give us a little notice.
FARM AND GARDEN TOUR
The Franklin Land Trust hosts a wonderful farm and garden tour of 6-8 working farms and/or perennial gardens around the hill towns the last weekend in June. Its a great time to get some ideas for your garden and to have your kids see a variety of animals. Plus, youll be staying on a small farm with beautiful gardens yourself! Proceeds go to keeping farm land in Franklin County.
OLD DEERFIELD CRAFT FAIR
Considered one of the best juried craft fairs in New England, Old Deerfield Craft Fair has just about anything you could imagine. Usually the third weekend in June, and repeated the third weekend in September.
ROWE OLD HOME DAY
The first Saturday after the 4th of July is the Annual Rowe "Old Home Day." Parade, chicken BBQ, crafters display, live music at the lake, trolley tour of town, garden tours, auction, and fire works round out the day. Free admission.
BRIDGE OF FLOWERS ROAD RACE
Want to race with Bill Rodgers? Tired of the crowds at the Falmouth Road Race? Heres a classic 10K race through the hills of Shelburne Falls that will challenge the best racer. Bills been known to race it- why not you? Typically the second Saturday in August. Spaghetti supper Friday night free for all racers. Return to Maple House for a refreshing dip in Pelham Lake after the race.
HEATH AGRICULTURAL FAIR
This wonderful fair on the third weekend of August every year lets you experience small-town agriculture at its best. Watch horse and ox-draws, sheep judging, a horse show, ox parade and much more. Visit the animal barns and see centuries old breeds. In the exhibition hall view gardening, food, and handicrafts entered by local folks vying for first, second and third prize ribbons. Dance to folk, rock, and blue-grass music. Sample a wonderful chicken BBQ lunch put on by the volunteer fire department. Saturday night they clean out the cow barn for a good old-fashioned square dance. The night is topped of with fireworks.
Take one of our suggested drives or hikes for breath-taking views of the Fall foliage.
FULL VIEW OF FALL FOLIAGE
Afternoons are lost in color for us here at Maple House Bed and Breakfast. We take our lunch outside into the splendor, and often never get back to work. What a tapestry is painted for us in the back yard! Our sugar bush of maples, the heritage trees which protect the property, the Mount Adams and Todd ridge, the valley looking out to Mount Greylock all are alive in glorious color.
We know so many hikes, there are not enough days in the summer and fall to do them all!
DINNER BY THE FIRE
Off the back of the house is a beautiful screen and glass enclosed private porch with an antique brick oven fireplace. Its a great place to view the stars or relax after biking, hiking or skiing. For groups of 8 or more well fire up the brick oven and bake you a tasty dinner if you like.
HILLTOWN FALL FESTIVALS AND FAIRS
Harvest season means fall festivals. Every weekend in September and early October at least one of the hill towns has their fall fair. Sample local cooking, try your hand at pumpkin bowling, see the animals, view local crafts. Well draw you the map to get there.
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