I was recently asked by a national Bed & Breakfast website to give some insight as to why our B&B is so special.
1. Why do most travelers stay at your inn? 50% are here because of Smith College. Sugar Maple Trailside inn is the closest B&B to Smith College—the largest women’s college in the U.S.
2. What are you best known for? We are best known for being the closest B&B to downtown Northampton and Smith College . Also, I am well -known in the region for developing hundreds of miles of rail-trails throughout the northeast U.S.
3. What makes your inn unique? A former railroad, now a bike-path [rail-trail] is 8 feet away our house. And our house has a tangential tie-in to Sojourner Truth and a host of pre-Civil War era abolitionist history.
4. What do you love most about your inn? The history of our house and the neighborhood and the passers-by who bike and walk past.
5. If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit? Northampton is the #1 Small Arts Town in the U.S. and the #1 Place for Retirees. And in 2015, our city was named to be in the top 10 best small cities to live in, in the U.S.
6. .What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn? We treated the guests like family and our house felt like home to them. AND we have an extraordinary number of repeat guests—usually Smith College parents.
7. What’s the best kept secret about the area? The abolitionist/underground railroad history of the area and the nearly completely intact Civil War era industrial village.
8. If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area? 1. There are 10 world-class museums within 15 miles. 2. There is a 25+ mile long bike path that goes right past our house. 3. The most acclaimed downtown in the northeast is our downtown. 4. There are more restaurants here than any other city in the northeast between NYC and Montreal. 5. Located here is North America's only E-W oriented mountain range.
9. Is there anything within walking distance of your inn? We are in a Civil War era village center with several parks within a few blocks, shops, cafes, and safe, walkable/bikeable streets--and an off-road bike path that connect them all. We are an "80" on the WalkScore.com search panel. VERY WALKABLE! And since late 2015, we now have the Florence Pie Bar--four doors from our house and nearby is the newly opened Brew Practioners a craft beer pub.
10. What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area? There are scores of them within 10 miles. Over 100 in fact, but we really like East Side Grille.