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Few places blend together Colonial glamor, central location and thrifty affordability like The Lord Jeffrey Inn in Amherst.
In fact, the regal title is a very fitting one, although the inn is better known to locals as “The Jeff,” its more unassuming nickname.
Either way, The Lord Jeffery Inn is an excellent place to stay on a trip to the Pioneer Valley in western Massachusetts, whether it’s for business, relaxation or to drop the kids off at college.
What would you encounter during a stay and how might you make the most of it? Here’s the rundown.
Tasty treats in the Jeff’s lobby via Facebook
The Jeff first opened its doors in 1926 and has been welcoming guests ever since. The inn’s location remains one of its most appealing qualities, as it’s situated right between Amherst College and the Amherst town Common. Conveniently, that also puts the Jeff smack dab in the middle of the Five College Area, making it a most suitable place to stay over when visiting any of the schools.
In 2011, The Lord Jeffery Inn underwent extensive renovations, which have made it all the better. Since re-opening a couple of years ago, the new Jeff has drawn excellent reviews, as well as added a 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and a 2014 Historic Hotels of America award to its name. Today, the inn’s elegant grace remains, but it’s been updated with a few more contemporary touches.
The Jeff’s very welcoming library via Facebook
Thanks to that refurbishing, The Lord Jeffrey Inn now offers 49 guest rooms, which are each a bit different. A casual glance around the premises shows that the inn’s historic Colonial roots have not been forgotten, with the grand staircase and antique-style furniture serving as proof positive.
Of course, early 20th-century accommodations did have their drawbacks. No matter, though, because the Jeff has outfitted its rooms with free wireless Internet, flat-screen TVs, pillow-top mattresses and the like. Room 214 is a particularly special one, coming equipped with a fireplace and porch.
Room 214 in all its glory via Facebook
Not in the mood to hit the road for food after your travels? The Lord Jeffery Inn has a most delicious solution to that problem in the form of 30Boltwood, its in-house restaurant. 30Boltwood serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, in addition to a Bar Menu from 2:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Dessert is available, of course, after lunch and dinner, while the bar is a top-notch gathering spot after a long day of being on the road or exploring the area.
A little rest and relaxation at 30Boltwood’s bar
Speaking of exploring the area, the Jeff is one of the very best launch points to do just that. History buffs can stop in at the Emily Dickinson Museum, while art enthusiasts will enjoy their time at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, especially if there are young art enthusiasts coming along.
Beyond art and history, outdoor adventurers can head for Mount Holyoke Range State Park to do some hiking or walking. For sports fans, the Basketball Hall of Fame in nearby Springfield is absolutely worth the half-hour drive. For more ideas on what to explore in the Pioneer Valley, the Jeff’s website has a nifty list.
Photo at the top by Lynne Graves