This was my third stay at the 1896 House-Barnside with my husband. It is our place to go for a one night getaway from the small children in our lives. ;) It is a perfect motorcycle ride from Metrowest Boston, where we live. We love 1896 House for so many reasons. This time we were able to get a room last minute. We have stayed in 201 twice, and this time stayed in 206. All the rooms are lovely. They are so spacious and luxurious. The beds are comfortable. The fireplaces and sitting areas are relaxing. The rooms have jacuzzi tubs and large bathrooms. There are televisions. Right outside everyroom is a sitting area on the porch with comfortable chairs. The rooms are a very short walk to the restaurant. You can get a drink at the bar and bring it back to your room or porch. Room 201 has a kitchenette with dining table. Room 206 is closest to the most adorable babbling brook with footbridge going over. The brook also has Adirondack chairs that are perfect for sitting and thinking or reading a book. In the morning, you eat breakfast in Room 200. The sweetest woman, Delores, makes a hot delicious meal. Yesterday it was a veggie omelet with onions, broccoli, portobellos, tomatoes and fresh local cheese. There are also continental options like toast, fresh fruit, yogurt, fresh baked muffins, juice, etc.
The inn is only a few minutes from the center of Williamstown. We like to get up early and ride down to Tunnel City coffee shop to get coffee and chat with the locals/visitors. When we visit in June it is quiet, but this time since school was in session the shop was active. There was a small farmers' market across the street. There are several cute shops and restaurants on this street, but it's by no means a large town.
The '6 House restaurant is a great place to eat. We usually start out at the bar with Anthony, the bartender. Then we venture to the outdoor patio with firepit for dinner. The food here is great. It's casual, and they offer all different options. My husband loves the steak. The salads are large and fresh. The service is always friendly and prompt.
The owners of the inn are very nice and hospitable. I can't say enough about this place. It is perfect for a romantic getaway or come with some friends. We can't wait to return.
All rooms are great, but 206 is the corner room.
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