Lynda has a real gift for hospitality--she's so smart and thoughtful and detail-oriented--and she's a terrific cook and has an admirable sense of aesthetics as well, all of which add up to a top-notch B&B experience. Other reviewers have already done a great job of praising Lynda and the Purple Gables (and I concur with all their accolades), so I'll just add a few details that might be useful to prospective guests. Though the address is on Pleasant Street, it's on an auxiliary loop parallel to the main road so that the traffic noise is muted. The inn is an easy 3/4 mile walk from the center of town. The twin bed in a small separate room makes Purple Gables an excellent choice for parents touring the area with a prospective college student (when we did the college tour a few years back, our poor daughter spent way too many miserable nights on sofabeds, which seem to be the B&B default for an additional guest). The preschooler toys in the closet and little boxes of cereal on a shelf suggest that a young child would feel equally welcome here. The suite is an in-law unit attached to the main house (albeit with a separate entrance), so you might occasionally hear people talking in the adjacent room, which we found companionable, but I can imagine guests wanting to feel more private. Whoever you are, Lynda will do her utmost to make you feel welcome, and there are not many innkeepers of her calibre.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Charming, elegant, no-smoking suite in historic home. Walk to town, UMass and Amherst College. Sunny large suite with private porch entrance, dining area, sitting room, queen bed, second private bedroom, garden, patio. Gourmet breakfast served in your suite. Amenities include WIFI, TV, DVD, fridge with snacks, microwave, bathrobes, slippers, hairdryer, and much more. ... more less