To help you plan your weekend, we’ve collected a list of some of our favorite places in the towns where our studios are.
Eat & Drink
Florence Pie Bar – 17A Main St, Florence
A great place to stop for breakfast, lunch or an afternoon treat. They offer a rotating selection of sweet and savory pies as well as soups, quiches, baked goods and savory galettes.
Bread Euphoria – 206 Main St, Haydenville
Delicatesse – 8 Bridge St, Shelburne Falls
Delicatesse offers hand-rolled bagels, and fresh homemade foods inspired by NYC delicatessen cuisine and other counter-style food cultures. Their offerings change with the seasons, and feature local produce, meats and dairy. Open 8 am – 4pm
Mocha Maya’s – 47 Bridge St, Shelburne Falls
A coffee house serving certified Organic Fair Trade, shade grown, heirloom coffees, Organic Fair Trade Teas, Italian sipping chocolate, 100% Fruit smoothies and our famous Frozen Hot Chocolate! a pub, a music venue and more. In the evening stop in for craft beers, great wines, and live music.
Baked – 4 Deerfield Ave, Shelburne Falls
Hope & Olive – 44 Hope St, Greenfield
Hope & Olive is an everyday-special restaurant that strives to make the most of a rich bounty of local farms, sourcing much of their menu with nearby products. They cook creatively with an emphasis on simplicity and flavor.
Magpie Woodfired Pizzeria – 21 Bank Row, Greenfield
People’s Pint – 24 Federal St, Greenfield
The Great Wall – 178 Pine St, Florence
Don’t be fooled into thinking this is an average Chinese take-out restaurant. Ask for the authentic Chinese menu and inquire about local ingredients.
Miss Flo’s Diner – 99 N Main St, Florence
Housed in an old train car, this long-standing diner offers hearty American comfort fare.
Gypsy Apple Bistro – 65 Bridge St, Shelburne Falls
Blue Rock Restaurant & Bar – 1 Ashfield St, Shelburne Falls
They request that you make reservations on the weekend.
Gould’s Sugarhouse – 570 Mohawk Trail, Shelburne Falls
The Deerfield Inn – 81 Old Main St, Deerfield
Sugar Maple Trailside Inn – 62 Chestnut St, Florence
A B&B in a recently restored 1865 farmhouse style house with Italianate characteristics that in 2003 was awarded the City of Northampton’s Historic Preservation Award.
Dancing Bear Guest House – 22 Mechanic St, Shelburne Falls
A European-style bed & breakfast located in the historic Moses W. Merrill homestead built in 1852, the Dancing Bear offers comfortable lodgings in historic elegance with private baths and full breakfast.
The Johnson Homestead – 79 E Buckland Rd, Shelburne Falls
Bird’s Nest B & B – 2 Charlemont Rd, Buckland
This lovely historical home is nestled in the rolling foothills of the Berkshire Mountains in Western Massachusetts, just three miles from the village of Shelburne Falls and the Mohawk Trail.
Other things to do
Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area – North Farms Road, Florence
Want to take a beautiful walk? On your way between Florence and Conway, you’ll pass one of the parking areas for this conservation area where you can follow well-marked trails around the lake, through the woods, to the open meadows of Cooke’s Pasture, and to the bird-blind’s peaceful outlook over Broad Brook’s cattail marsh.
Burkeville Covered Bridge – Route 116 & Main Poland Road, Conway
Take a slight detour between Sue & Elisabeth’s studios in Conway and drive a little further down Route 116 to visit one of a few 19th century covered bridges to survive in Massachusetts and is among the oldest covered bridges in the country. Built about 1869, it is believed to be unique in the northeast in its forward-looking incorporation of iron tension members into a traditional timber truss.
Sojourner Truth Memorial – Pine & Park Streets, Florence
Not far from Paula & Chris’s studios, in a small triangular park at the intersection of Pine Street and Park Street, there’s a memorial to Sojourner Truth, a former slave, abolitionist and social activist who lived in Florence 1843-1857.
Historic Deerfield – 84B Old Main Street, Deerfield
An authentic 18th-century New England village in the Connecticut River Valley of Massachusetts where you can tour beautifully restored museum houses with period architecture and furnishings and explore our world-famous collection of early American crafts, ceramics, furniture, textiles and metalwork.
Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens – 281 Greenfield Road, South Deerfield
Look Park – 300 N Main St, Florence
Bridge of Flowers – Shelburne Falls
Constructed in 1908, this trolley bridge connected Shelburne Falls and Buckland and was constructed to help deliver heavy freight from the Shelburne Falls railyard to the mills on the 7 1/2-mile line along Route 112 North to Colrain, as well as passengers and local goods, such as milk, apples and cotton. In the late 1920s the discontinued bridge was transformed into the Bridge of Flowers.
High Ledges Wildlife Sanctuary – Off Patten Road, Shelburne
Enjoy the spectacular views of the Deerfield River Valley and Mount Greylock from the ledges at the end of the sanctuary road. Some trails may be strenuous, but the views are worth it.
Shelburne Falls Bowling Alley – 43 Bridge St, Shelburne Falls
One of the oldest bowling allies in the country.