The History of Bird’s Nest
Built in 1797 by Zenas Graham for his new bride, Abigail, the home eventually housed the couple and their twelve children. Descendants of the Graham family retained ownership of the homestead...more history
Yoda is our doggie host with a great story. He was around four months’ old when found in the rescuer’s yard in Alabama. He was naked, skinny, and covered with fleas. Over several months his rescuer...more yoda
Rates and Policies
Our rates are currently $110–$140 per room, per night based on doublemore rates
occupancy. An extra twin bed is available for $25 per night. We now take cash, checks, and credit cards!
Things to Do
Bird’s Nest is located within minutes of an impressive array of vacation activities and sights along the Mohawk Trail. The scenic village of Sherburne Falls is only three miles away.more things
Play and Stay Packagesmore play
Your hosts Pat, Cyndy, and Dennis will prepare a delicious breakfast especially for you. Enjoy the warmth of fireside dining or cool breezes and a lovely view from our screened porch while savoring the fresh...more dining
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We commit with all sincerity to:
- never sell your information;
- only collect the minimum of information as is customarily necessary to provide lodging, and to take payments via credit card;
- in order to protect you, we will properly destroy in a timely manner any and all information which could result in identity theft or credit card fraud;
- only share information about you when (a) required by law or (b) required by situations that demand immediate action that are to your clear benefit (i.e., emergencies).
These commitments are noted and agreed upon by the staff and co-owners of the Bird’s Nest Bed & Breakfast.
Cyndy Weeks-Patterson Dennis Pattersonclose
The History of Bird’s Nest (continued)
... into the 1940s.
In 1829, Mary Lyon’s Winter School for Young Ladies was opened up a few doors down the street. Soon it became apparent that the school would need to expand, and the Bird’s Nest (then known as Graham Hall) became a second site for the school from 1830–32. While here, Ms. Lyon began to build a strong community support system that included fundraising efforts. In 1837 she founded Mt. Holyoke College, one of the first and strongest schools indebted to the education of young ladies in the United States.
The house has also served as an inn or bed & breakfast several times over the past 200 years. In the late 1800s it opened its doors to travelers as the Wayside Inn; during the 1980s, Janet Turley established it as the 1797 House B&B.
In keeping with the historical traditions of the homestead, it is our pleasure to welcome you now to our “Bird’s Nest.” Although no longer with us, the home was named in honor of Edith Dolby née Bird, the family matriarch. Bird’s Nest is furnished with quilts, weavings, rugs, clayware, furniture, sculpture, and paintings created by a family of artists and artisans, as well as accessorised with family heirlooms, antiques, and collectibles.go back
... country flavors of your fanciful breakfast. Your meal will begin with juice, coffee, or tea; freshly baked breads and muffins or scones; plus fresh fruit in season. Your main course will be a full and hearty meal in itself. Pat’s homemade granola is always available.
If you have special dietary needs, with advanced notice we work with you to provide foods that will meet with your particular tastes and concerns. We do purchase ingredients from local farmers and farm stands as often as possible. Fresh, local eggs and organic milk are always used.
Breakfast is served from 8:00 until 10:00 in the morning, as you request it. Arrangements may be made for earlier serving times for guests with tight schedules. Refreshments are always available on our screened porch or next to a cozy fire.go back
Rates and Policies (continued)
All guest rooms have private baths; all guest rooms are air conditioned.
Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. and after.
Check-out time is 11:00 a.m.
We ask for a minimum deposit of one night for each room rented, or 50% for longer stays. Cancellations made less than two weeks prior to reservation date will be refunded when/if the room is rebooked.
Bird’s Nest is a nonsmoking facility; however, our screened back porch is available for our smoking guests.
Well-behaved children over the age of 10 are welcome. Due to the artwork and collectibles on display, children must be under the supervision of an adult at all times.
No pets, please. We have a sweet little dog named Yoda who would be very happy to meet you!
Ask us about our Bird’s Nest Gift Certificates!go back
Our Hummingbird’s Nest
Our Hummingbird’s Nest is considered to be our most romantic room. The Hummingbird features a full-size, antique brass bed. This room has a private attached bathroom with shower/tub.
Our Robin’s Nest
Our Robin’s Nest is full of light and features a full-size antique bed. This room also has a narrow “maid’s bed” with a good futon mattress suitable for a child. It also has a private attached bathroom with a lovely, antique, claw-footed soaking tub. This room does not have a shower.
Our Goldfinch’s Nest
Our Goldfinch’s Nest is considered to be the most masculine of the rooms. This room features a queen-size bed and a private, detached bathroom with a low-barrier shower and no tub.
Our Cardinal’s Nest
Our Cardinal’s Nest is a large, bright room featuring a queen-size bed and a long twin bed. This room has a private detached bath with both a shower and a tub.
Things to Do (continued)
While visiting Shelburne Falls, walk the famous Bridge of Flowers, view the Glacial Potholes, explore art galleries, bookstores, and antique shops that make this village unique. There is also a wide variety of restaurants that add to our local flavor.
For the outdoor enthusiast there is plenty to see and do. Whitewater rafting opportunities are available from Moxie, Zoar Outdoor, and Crabapple. Zip line is available at both Zoar and Berkshire East. The Deerfield River offers great fishing opportunities. Places to swim and golf and trails to hike are within a few minutes of Bird’s Nest. We are right down the road from Berkshire East for downhill skiing; only a few miles farther is Stump Sprouts for cross-country skiing.
For those interested in the arts, we are nicely situated within an array of historical and art museums. We are 15 minutes from Greenfield and Olde Greenfield Village Museum. The village of Old Deerfield is 20 minutes away and offers great tours and living history for history buffs. Northampton and Amherst (to the southwest) are 30–40 minutes away, and offer an array of art museums and performance venues (many of which are associated with UMass and Smith College). We are also 30 minutes away from MassMoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts) in North Adams, and Williams College and the Clark Museum in Williamstown. For more information, look for a list of current events in Shelburne Falls and Franklin County. Also, our own Soul Speak Studio space is due to open in winter 2013. Please inquire about our calendar when making your reservation! Classes will be specifically designed to meet your particular interests.go back
Play and Stay Packages (continued)
The sweet stuff is running! Come savor the sweet flavor of New England! The Bird's Nest Bed & Breakfast is offering a Maple Sugar season special. The Bird's Nest is partnering up with Southface Sugar Farm (Ashfield), Davenports Sugar Farm (Shelburne) and Gould's Sugar house (Shelburne). During the month of March only, stay at the Bird's Nest Bed & Breakfast and enjoy breakfast at any of these three wonderful local Sugar shacks. Each restaurant has their own specialties, and amazing local maple products for sale. Stay with us during the month of March, and receive a $20.00 gift Certificate to any of these three wonderful sugar house restaurants. Skiers can come enjoy the sugarhouse special AND receive $10.00 discounts on lift tickets at Berkshire East. Beat back those winter blues and get out and play!!!
Do you have an interest in learning creative skills in the arts? Or do you just need a creative getaway to a studio that is fully furnished and ready to use? Artist/Art Therapist Cyndy Weeks-Patterson offers a wide variety of creative workshops. Classes can be tailored to your special interests, desires, and schedule. Please call for more information, and follow us on Facebook!go back
Meet Yoda (continued)
... nursed him back to health and placed him for adoption through the rescue group Crossing Paths on petfinder.com. When we saw his sad face, we felt an immediate connection. Crossing Paths put us in contact with his rescuer, Robin, who was very honest with us about Yoda’s personality and quirks.
When he came to us, Yoda was a very shy-natured fellow, but he has blossomed into our wonderfully enthusiastic B&B greeter... with a gentle soul. Yoda also works in nursing homes where he visits with residents, snuggles, and practices his skills in looking cute and begging for snacks. Come meet our newest doggie host, and get ready to fall in love!
Our previous doggie host, Heimie, is shown at right; We miss you Heimie.go back
From Greenfield: Take Route 2 West (Mohawk Trail) 10 miles to Route 112 South (sign reads To Buckland, Ashfield). Take Route 112 South 3 miles to Upper Street (small, green sign reads Buckland Center, which is easier to spot than the street sign). Turn right. Go up the hill and make the first right available onto Charlemont Rd. Then turn right again into our driveway! We are directly across the street from the Mary Lyon Church.
We are located approximately:go back
2 hours west of Boston
2 hours east of Albany
1 hour north of Springfield
3 hours north of New York City