Baird Tavern
Baird Tavern
2 Old Chester Road
Blandford, MA 01008
Phone: 413-848-2096

Hostess: Carolyn Taylor

The Baird Tavern Bed and Breakfast invites you to step back in time and share the colorful, romantic history of a magnificent pre-Revolutionary home built in 1768 by James Baird and used as a tavern for the first fifty years of its existence. Let the fireplaces, beehive ovens, paneled walls, chestnut beams and wide pine flooring provide a backdrop for your journey. The Baird Tavern often entertained forty to fifty teams a night where weary travelers ate and drank in the taproom and then slept feet to the fire, heads resting on their buffalo robes. In the kitchen or keeping room with its huge fireplace the women bustled around cooking and tending little ones. Babies were birthed in the borning room just off the kitchen.

Early in the 19th century the house was purchased by the Bartholomew family who owned it for eighty years. During that time it was a stagecoach stop and legend says the former Baird Tavern was part of the Underground Railroad during the Civil War. At the end of the 19th century Dr. William Ashley used the house with its clear mountaintop air as a restorative retreat for his patients. Today the inn retains its 18th and 19th century authenticity. Be part of the ongoing history at the Baird Tavern Bed and Breakfast. Ghosts of the past are calling you - partake of an extraordinarily magical experience at this treasure of Americana.

Side and Rear of HouseThe Baird Tavern is set on seven acres of woods and orchards, complete with picnic table and English garden bench. Extensive perennial gardens surround the house with ever changing colors-from the thousands of brightly lit daffodils that appear in April to the rich hues of New England asters in October. There are native high bush blueberries, apples, cherries and pears. A never-ending cast of characters visit the grounds almost daily- raccoons, red-tailed squirrels, fox, wild turkey, white-tailed deer, and even the occasional black bear can be spotted from the kitchen window! A birdwatcher's paradise, guests can enjoy year round birding as they watch hummingbirds, cardinals, downy woodpeckers, titmice, chickadees, rose breasted and evening grosbeaks.

Rolling hills, fields and farmland, and old fashioned stonewalls dot the landscape, making this western Massachusetts hamlet a scenic paradise. Situated on a mountaintop in the Berkshire foothills, Blandford is home to the Cobble Mountain Reservoir. Within its 49 square miles, opportunities abound for year round outdoor activities: hiking, biking, swimming, golfing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

There are several restaurants within 15 minutes of Baird Tavern. Or venture to Northampton or the Lenox-Stockbridge Area, places renowned for fine restaurants, shops, art galleries, and music. Some guests prefer to bring their own meal and dine by candlelight at the inn.


Annual events include a Scottish Festival in July, complete with Scottish games, a Scottish Tea Room and Scottish dancing. A Bel Canto concert at the White Church in August. The Blandford Agricultural Fair on Labor Day weekend has been held annually since the mid 19th century. Come see what Blandford has to offer! Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival (July & August) in Becket and the Chester Theatre are minutes away. The nearby Berkshires offer a vast array of festivals, theater and scenic attractions that include Tanglewood, Shakespeare & Co., Norman Rockwell Museum, Chesterwood, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Santarella, and much more!

Of course, you may want to simply stay put. The Baird Tavern provides the perfect backdrop any time of the year for guests who just want to relax! Enjoy the warm glow of the woodstove as you sip hot chocolate after a day of winter activity. Curl up with a book in the inn's own library, or take advantage of the extensive collection of classical music. Writer's bloc will melt away in the solitude of this colonial retreat. Summertime is perfect for exploring the grounds and extensive gardens. Refresh yourself with a glass of homemade lemonade or iced tea at the picnic bench. Go berry picking, bike the hills of Blandford. Walk down the dirt road and see old cellar holes of past homesteads. Follow the stone wall and discover a beaver pond. Explore the remains of the 100-foot original barn that sits across from the house. In the fall, there's apple picking and cider pressing. Go jogging or walking, admire the foliage and leave the stress of the city far behind.

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Baird Tavern is a member of:
Hampshire Hills Bed & Breakfast Association
The Five College Area Bed and Breakfast Association
Hidden Hills

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This page was last updated on 4/29/10
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