The SpaceTHE HOUSE ON THE HILL WITH THE VIEW OF YESTERYEAR
Built in 1784, this B & B and farm has spectacular views, dark, quiet rooms with private baths, sunroom with fireplace, gourmet homegrown breakfasts. Ten miles of x-c skiing/hiking trails start at the back door, around Rowe Forest and Pelham Lake which offers free swimming, tennis, volleyball, BBQ facilities, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. Guest AccessLodging includes a hearty, homemade, homegrown breakfast for everyone. You are welcome to use all Maple House amenities including the screened porch with brick oven fireplace, hammock, Adirondack chairs in the perennial garden, basketball hoop and other lawn games, outdoor grill and picnic area, trails in our 15 acres of woods, and outdoor fire pit. You may help feed the sheep and chickens.
You are also welcome to use the trails and swim, boat, or fish on the pond in the Pelham Lake Park, just a half mile through our woods. This private 1,000 acre game preserve has a wonderful lake with lifeguard and free use of paddle boat, kayak or canoes. Also excellent tennis, volley ball, and basket ball courts, playground, free wood for fires or bar-B-Q, and 10 miles of hiking trails that include two small mountains you can climb. Interaction with GuestsYour hosts are Rebecca and Michael Bradley. Rebecca is a nutritionist who is happy to modify her meals for your dietary needs. Michael owns Mobile Hearing Testing, an industrial hearing testing company. Together they run Maple House farm, a small homestead farm with sheep, chickens, berries and gardens. Breakfasts feature items grown on Maple House farm or locally such as fruited whole grain muffins, pancakes, scones, egg dishes, vegetable quiche, jams, juices, fresh fruit in season and other treats. Breakfast Monday through Friday is at 8 am. Self-service beverages and cereal and granola bar is available 7-11 a.m. On Saturday and Sunday we offer 2 seatings: 8 am & 9 am. The NeighborhoodWinding your way up along Pelham Brook, gaining 1000’ in elevation after leaving the Mohawk Trial, you arrive at in the scenic hill town of Rowe. Rowe was the site of fishing and foraging for local native American tribes. When war broke out between France and England Fort Pelham was built here in 1744 as part of a cordon of forts to run from Fort Dummer westerly to the new York Line. In 1762, the town lands were purchased by the Rev. Cornelius Jones, who named it "Myrifield" after the Greek word for "thousand." The town had enough settlers by 1785 to be incorporated as a town , named after John Rowe, a prominent Boston merchant. The town of Rowe grew around mills on the river, but also had other industries, including sulfur at the now abandoned settlement of Davis Mine, talc and soapstone mining. From the late 1880s vacationers would take the train to the end of the line in Zoar and Rowe became somewhat of a small resort town. Yankee Rowe Nuclear Power, the first nuclear power plant in New England, was built near the Sherman Dam along the Vermont border. The plant was in operation from 1960 to 1992 and is now completely decommissioned.
The Rowe Historical Society maintains an excellent small historical museum, containing antiques, artifacts and numerous photographs documenting the history of the town, including the construction of the Hoosac Tunnel and the operation of the Davis Mine.
Rowe has a wonderful small town feel. It is nestled in an area of scenic beauty, with wooded mountains, clear brooks and historic New England houses and farms. Rowe town center consists of a bright red English Phone Booth, a small stone 1907 chapel, and a white clapboard town hall and library, all snuggled up against the beautiful common on the mill pond. The backdrop is rolling hills and lush greenery. Trails start from here to Pelham Lake Park and Adams or Todd Mountain with views of Charlemont. The Deerfield River is Rowe’s western boundary and offers white water play, fly fishing, hiking, and biking in its gorgeous gorge. Rowe is close to down hill and cross country ski resorts in Vermont and Charlemont and has miles of groomed ski and snow mobile trails throughout town. Getting AroundDriving Directions:
Take Interstate Route 91 north to Route 2 west in Greenfield, MA. Follow Route 2, the Mohawk Trail, west through Charlemont, approximately 18 miles. About 2 miles west of Charlemont center (with Neighbors gas, Avery’s General Store, Charlemont Pizza,) take a right onto Zoar Road at the green sign for Rowe and Monroe. There is a blue sign for the Rowe Historical Museum and Conference Center just before the turn. If you cross the Deerfield River, you have gone too far. Coming from the west on Route 2 this is the immediate left after you cross the Deerfield River. Follow Zoar Road 2 ½ miles to the T intersection at the big burned house. Go right onto Rowe Road. Head on up the hill along Pelham Brook into Rowe center, about 4 miles. Just past the Mill Pond and Rowe Town Hall, bear left at the fork in the road with a white sign “Heath 5”, straight up the hill onto Middletown Hill Road. We are the fifth house on the right- a big white house, red barn, and large maple trees. Please park across the street in the dirt lot, pulling nose in to the trees to allow space for 5 cars. Other Things to NoteIf you are arriving around dinner time, be advised that we have no restaurants in Rowe. Coming from the east you could have a wonderful stop and walk around the Victorian village of Shelburne Falls which has 5-6 restaurants. From the west you have a large selection of restaurants in Williamstown or North Adams and of course the Golden Eagle Restaurant on the famous hair pin curve. In Charlemont, the town where you turn up the mountain into Rowe, there is the Mohawk Park Pub (closed for the winter) and Cold Rive r Café. Or bring home a pizza from Berkshire Pizzeria.