One of my favorite things about living in the Pioneer Valley is that 90% of the time, my community and the communities that surround me look like something right out of a cheesy Hallmark movie. Rustic and historic homes? Check. Bustling farm stands? Check. Small, mom & pop hardware shops and bakeries? Check. Snowy trails with wild animals running around everywhere? Check. Check. Check.
Nothing encapsulates this picturesque, straight-out-of-a-postcard scenery/feeling more than Historic Deerfield- just a few minutes’ drive away from my apartment and a place I visit frequently to go for walks, grab a coffee, snap photos throughout the seasons, etc. Lined with beautiful homes that date back to the 1700s and 1800s- as well as a museum and the prestigious Deerfield Academy- you don’t have to travel any farther than here to get a dosage of good old fashioned colonial New England charm.
Within Historic Deerfield is the Deerfield Inn, a quaint little hotel that is perfect to visit/explore on colder evenings/nights- and just inside the inn is Champney’s Restaurant & Tavern– one of my absolute favorite places to have an incredible meal.
Built in 1884, Champney’s serves a wide array of delectable lunch and dinner dishes- with an impressive list of cocktails to match- and surrounds guests with cozy fireplaces and views of Historic Deerfield’s peaceful main street.
Earlier this week I treated myself to an early dinner-for-one at Champney’s after a short day at work. They are currently offering dine-in (with seat spacing to allow for proper social distancing) and take-out. Being as how I was one of the first to arrive after they’d opened- I opted to sit indoors and enjoy a cinnamon sugar cookie cocktail, an amazing chicken pot pie- and a vanilla cannoli cake while I took in the scenery from the window by my table.
The staff are so friendly and attentive, the restaurant itself is spotless and pristine- and it’s the perfect location to escape from the pandemic- even if it’s just for an hour or two.
I can’t wait to go back when I have the time again!