Deerfield Travel Guide

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Deerfield Things to Do

  • Enjoy A Scenic View

    We were travelling to The Yankee Candle Factory when we saw a sign for a scenic view. We turned off the highway to check it out for ourselves. The view is of the river and the other side of the river bank. The view was a bit obstructed by a large metal fence and a large mound of construction dirt. We managed to stand on tip toes to get a better...

  • Yankee Candle Factory Store

    The Yankee Candle Factory Store is a huge complex with many different show rooms. When we first walked in the first thing I noticed was the toy train chugging around a railroad track suspended in the air; now that's what I like. In the store they have rooms for candles, air freshners, votives, tarts, make your own candle, childrens toys, christmas...

  • Chimney detail

    Couldn't resist photographing such a wonderful chimney. Having just had our chimney rebuilt in our own 1770 house, I am truly appreciative of what has been done here. The detail on this chimney is rather elegant for its day. Click to enlarge and see detail

  • Early hearth

    The fireplace in the central room ... known as the "keeping room" was the heart of the home. Here is where the cooking was done...spinning nearby...much of the business of the Mom's life. Notice the tools and utensils. The simplicity of it is fascinating.One could closely date the fireplace by the brick oven. The 1600's ovens were in the...

  • Flynt Center of Early New England Life

    Changing exhibitions and The Museum's Attic - visible storage of 2500 antiques. Opened in 1998 The center sits behind the Dwight House on the Main Street of Deerfield. It's a wonderful museum...and even more wonderful complex of buildings including numerous barns and the Dwight House c1754 which is pictured on another tip. Flynt was the founder of...

  • Flynt Center

    When in Deerfield, you must visit the Flynt center. It is a museum of many early American arts and furnishings collected by the well as others. The museum is well as the grounds and the house which fronts on the street. Reserve at least an hour or two for this stop. It is included in the general admission. Dwight House at...

  • Wells-Thorn House

    The Wells-Thorn House c1720-1751, has period rooms depicting the life-style of Deerfield residents from 1725 - 1850. It is a spectacular example of a house from this period. I must applaud those who have worked to restore and maintain these wonderful examples of early American architecture in such a pure environment.

  • The Allen House

    The Allen House c.1725, was the residence of Mr,. And Mrs. Henry Flynt, founders of Historic Deerfield, Inc.Their personal collections are in this home as well as several others. The Flynts bought almost the entire town, restored the homes, and created this masterpiece of historic be studied by visitors and enjoyed for...

  • Interesting methods of lighting

    Within the "Indian House Memorial" , which is a replica of a very early house...there is a display of early lighting. You have examples of candlesticks of wood and pewter....small oil pots w/ wick, and the "betty lamp". The betty lamp used fat or oil and hung from the mantle or the back of a chair. It was one of the earliest lighting devices in...

  • Costumed guides tell the story

    There are knowledgeable guides doing continuious presentations every hour in several of the buildings and homes along the Main Street. This man is talking about the Indian House Memorial. The original was destroyed and a new one built. I particularly liked the fireplace and tools as well as the lighting display...all shown on other tips within this...

  • Historic Deerfield Visitors Center

    Begin your tour at the visitors center. You will be supplied with maps and information re: events, tours, which buildings are open and closed...history of the village. You can buy tickets for admittance to all the buildings. Or, if you wish to be more casual, you might simply do a walking tour w/ brochures and visit the gift shop, nature walk, and...

  • Barns and extensions of barns....

    So many of the houses in northwestern Massachusetts had this style of barns. They seem to have packed everything in and then decided to build another...and another...and another. Some are truly amazing with their number of extensions and additions. This one was at the rear of a buliding in the historic district, but it is true of the entire region.


Deerfield Hotels

  • Deerfield Inn

    Great! See other tips for additional info and pics of this wonderful 1700's Inn...gracious and...


Deerfield Restaurants

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    Chandler's: Always An Excellent Lunch

    by cjg1 Updated Jul 20, 2015

    Chandler’s Restaurant is right on the Yankee Candle property; convenient for grabbing a meal post or pre shopping. This restaurant serves American fare both lunch and dinner.

    My wife and I enjoy having lunch here as the décor is so inviting and the food is amazingly good. The interior of the restaurant has a colonial flare to it with a simple elegance. Inside the restaurant are high ceilings, wood beams and colonial style accents adorning the walls. There is a large dining room, outdoor patio and separate wine bar/function room in the back of the restaurant. The patio is strewn with umbrella tables and has live music on various nights in the summer months.

    The menu has a large selection of soups, salads, appetizers, entrees and desserts. The desserts here are incredible so definitely save room for it when you visit; it is so worth it. Our last visit here was July 2015; we had just completed some shopping at Yankee candle and were famished. It was incredibly hot outside; in the high 90’s so we chose to have a table inside. Our waitress sat us at a nice table by the window and fireplace in the main dining space and handed us menus.

    After perusing al the incredible choices as well as hearing the specials of the day; we were ready to order. I chose their Bacon wrapped meatloaf entree which came with a choice of soup or salad. I chose their soup of the day which was a sausage gumbo. My wife chose their truffle macaroni and cheese with a Caesar salad instead of soup. We both decided on some refreshing iced teas as beverages.

    My soup and my wife’s salad arrived rather quickly to the table and looked great. My soup was so flavorful and good; I finished every last bit. My wife thoroughly enjoyed her salad and remarked how this was a Caesar done correctly dressing wise. After a taste of her salad; I understood what she meant. Our entrees arrived shortly after our appetizers were cleared. My meatloaf was very good but the best part of the dish in my opinion was the mashed potatoes and the delicious vegetable medley. The vegetables were perfectly cooked; still crisp and very fresh. My wife loved her Truffle macaroni and cheese but even the small portion it was proved too much for one to eat. She wound up taking home more than half of it home with us.

    Now, here is my favorite part of the meal; DESSERT!!!! After hearing all the choices we were set to order. I chose the Strawberry Rhubarb pie. Rhubarb is a favorite of mine so whenever I see it on a menu; I must simply have it. My wife went back and forth between the crème brulee and their Toll House cookie Pie. She has had the crème brulee before so I convinced her to try the Cookie Pie. Our desserts arrived at the table and looked so good. Both our pies were served with a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream. My pie was delicious; the crust was the flaky and buttery. My wife loved her cookie pie; saying it was the best cookie pie she has ever had. The crust is what really makes these desserts. My wife told the waitress to send her compliments to the pastry chef and the desserts were divine and she loved that the crust was obviously made the old fashioned way with lard. The waitress remarked that the pastry chef is a recent addition and all her creations are getting rave reviews from guests.

    All in all; another great meal here with great service. No wonder why we keep coming back time and time again.

    Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Caesar Salad Sausage Gumbo Soup Truffle Mac n Cheese

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Deerfield Transportation

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    by cjg1 Updated Jul 13, 2015

    Driving is the best way to get here. From our house; this is about an hour a fifteen minute drive with no traffic. We take I-95 north to 91. Exit 24 is where you get off for Yankee Candle. Once off the exit; it is about a 1/4 and is on the left side of the street.

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Deerfield Shopping

  • Candles and More

    The Yankee Candle Factory Store carries every type of candle in all varities of fragrance and size. The store also has a large selection of housewares and Christmas items for the home. Liz and I love candles and Yankee Candle makes some incredible scents that we love. Whenever we visit the shop we always leave with at leat four candles if not...

  • Incredible Caramel Apples

    Popcornopolis is a chain that sells assorted types of flavored popcorn, candies and caramel apples. They have a kiosk at the Yankee Candle Factory here in Deerfield. My wife is familiar with their products and usually orders their jumbo tins of popcorn for her Dad. Their popcorn varieties are quite extensive with something for the sweet lover, salt...

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Deerfield Local Customs

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    Development of Gardens

    by Pawtuxet Updated Sep 29, 2003

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    Are you a gardener? You might notice the development of the gardens over time. Different countries have their own trademark style...and here we see the very early homes with minimal plantings...and then as goods were more available into the 1800's...we see more elaborate gardens developing. Along with that, of course, is garden architecture...such as the lattice work shown here....alongside an 1800's home.

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Deerfield Off The Beaten Path

  • Antique Auto Show

    While we were in Deerfield area, we spotted an auto show. So glad we stopped. They had some of the very earliest autos manufactured...all privately owned. Such an assortment right up to the 40's and 50's. Each owner displays his car, talks to onlookers about its restoration, and of course bursts with pride. This is one that I particularly liked....

  • Tobacco drying

    Here is a closer look at the tobacco hanging up to dry in the old barn. Please see my other tip which has the larger view of the entire structure.

  • Tobacco Country in New England

    Driving up to Deerfield from Hadley we decided to try some of the alternate routes. So glad we did. Never dreamed they grew tobacco in NW Massachusetts...but in fact, they do! The fields, homes, barns were really beautiful. What a nice drive. I highly recommend getting off the highway whenever time allows. My husband was so taken with the barns and...


Deerfield Favorites

  • Deerfield was a significant...

    Deerfield was a significant part of my family history. If you are into history, this is a must stop. Just take in the whole village. It is 19th century New England. This is a great place to learn New England hertitage.

  • Go tubing on the Deerfield...

    Go tubing on the Deerfield river.There is a nice long 'lazy river' that ends near a state park. You can rent tire tubes from a local gas station and tube down the whole river. Hot weather,a few friends, and a backpack full of beer make this a great summer day adventure.

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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