We stayed at the Black Walnut Inn while our son attended an orientation session at the University of Massachusetts. When we made the reservations, we mentioned that our 12 year old daughter would be with us and asked for the Webster Room. Upon arrival, we were met by the owner, showed to our room and made to feel welcome. The room was exceptionally large with a polished wood floor, period decorations, two queen beds and a cute trundle/sleigh bed that our daughter loved. The bathroom was adequate and furnished with the usual soaps, shampoos, etc. The owner had put age appropriate books, crayons, and a coloring book in the room, anticipating our daughter’s arrival. There was a TV and internet in the room but we didn’t use either. The grounds were expansive, well tended and pretty. Many large trees ring the property. Parking was free and conveniently located feet from the door to the room. The area was quiet and the Inn fits well into the lovely old New England setting of Amherst.
When we explained to the owner that we needed to be at parent’s orientation by 0730 the next morning, she offered to have breakfast ready early for us (it normally stats at 0700). I am an early riser and as I wandered through the public rooms of the old inn at 0615, reading the books about the history of the building and the area, the very nice young lady doing breakfast greeted me with hot coffee. When the family came to the kitchen we sat down to eggs to order, waffles with maple syrup, toast plus bacon and sausages from a local smoke house. My wife is allergic to gluten so we were very surprised when the owner brought out two large freshly baked zucchini muffins for her. (When my wife was making the original room reservation, she must have mentioned the allergy to the owner.) Apparently the owner had purchased the rice flour, tapioca flour, potato starch and all of the other ingredients to make the muffins. The muffins were so good our daughter insisted on trying them - and she normally wouldn’t even touch a zucchini let alone put something with zucchini in her mouth. Both of them loved the muffins. We enjoyed the meal immensely and we were on our way in plenty of time to make the parents’ briefing.
We had a wonderful experience and will certainly return to the BWI whenever we visit our son at UMass.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Black Walnut Inn, fronted by a stately Federal style brick home built in 1820, sits on acres of lawn shaded by tall black walnut trees. Located in historic North Amherst, we're just a few minutes from Amherst College, Deerfield Academy, UMass, and Hampshire College. A delicious homemade breakfast is included with your stay. ... more less