While you are tucked under the Maple House's warm quilts, the falling snow is steadily accumulating. The next morning, after a hearty breakfast, you head out the back door for excellent snow shoeing and x-country skiing on back-country trails. The Maple House Bed & Breakfast is located in the snow belt of Western Massachusetts. Connect to the groomed trails in the Rowe Town Park and the local snowmobile network. Or venture ten minutes drive to Berkshire East Ski Resort for family downhill skiing and tubing. Ice skating is also popular, but our guests’ favorite activity is sitting and playing a board-game in front of the brick-oven fireplace.
ICE SKATING and ICE FISHING ON the POND
Have you ever skated on a real pond not a smelly rink? Come skate on Pelham Lake its just like a Norman Rockwell painting. Fire on the beach; good size lake with over 2 feet of ice most of the winter; plowed skating area after it snows; toilets available what could be better. Well have the hot chocolate waiting when you return.
SKIING AND SNOWSHOEING
Head out Maple House trails for back-country skiing and snow-shoeing. You could see bear, deer, rabbit and maybe moose tracks. Snow shoe to the site of Fort Pelham, Pelham Lake or even the top of Mount Adams. Free x-country skiing on groomed trails in town and in nearby state forests. Excellent free skiing abounds.
SKI IN TWO STATES ON ONE WEEKEND
You can even x-country or downhill ski in two states on one weekend: X-C: Stump Sprouts, MA and Prospect Mountain in VT. Down-hill: Berkshire East, MA and Haystack or Mt. Snow, VT- 20 miles north. No waiting in line- well get the tickets ahead for you. Hot chocolate and a roaring fire await you back at Maple House. Dinner and packed lunches available for groups of 8 or more.
DINNER BY THE FIRE
Off the back of the house is a beautiful screen and glass enclosed private porch with an antique brick oven fireplace. Its a great place to view the stars or relax after biking, hiking or skiing. Well even fire up the brick oven and bake a tasty dinner for groups of 8 or more if you like.
CARDBOARD BOX DERBY
Enter your classic design in nearby Berkshire East down hill ski areas cardboard box derby. Race your rig in front of an appreciative crowd and win a seasons pass and other prizes. Stay for the bonfire of the classics and enjoy great skiing on the Berkshire's best, undiscovered, inexpensive mountain.
The first weekend in February the HEATH park department sponsors a ski race. You dont have to race it- just ski for fun! Local townspeople open their lands for the race. You get to ski on beautiful blueberry fields, private forests, and farm land. Lunch is offered as a fund-raiser for the Heath Public Pre-school. You can use our waxing shed.
SPRING ON the FARM
Spring means farm babies. We usually have baby lambs some time in February or March. Baby bunnies can arrive anytime. We get the day old chicks in May and day old turkeys in June. Kids are welcome to help feed the animals, or just cuddle a farm baby.
FLY-FISHING IN THE DEERFIELD RIVER
Fly fishing begins in earnest on the Deerfield in May. The Deerfield is the western boundary of our town and only 3 miles away. Well hook you up with Jack Smola, fly-fishing guide for the Deerfield River. He is a lot of fun and guarantees youll hook a fish every trip. We can attest to his skill, teaching ability, and great personality. The fish taste great too! Well fry your catch up for dinner!
ROWE CAMP AND CONFERENCE CENTER
Got the "I can't wait for summer blues"? Take in a weekend conference at the Rowe Conference Center (www.rowecenter.org), just one mile down the street. Singing, drumming, tracking, introspection, self-growth, its all available. And youll feel rejuvenated afterwards!
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51 Middletown Hill Road
Rowe, MA 01367