Courtesy of Zoar Outdoor

An historic escape for nature lovers.

February 21, 2012

In western Massachusetts, the town of Deerfield has preserved its colonial past in the form of 18th and 19th-century homes and an eponymous museum. It may be tempting to spend most of your time exploring on foot (the museum runs guided hour-and-a-half tours) or cozying up at one of the old-fashioned taverns. But just beyond the village borders, mountains, rivers, and valleys beckon, making it ideal for nature buffs, too.

Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation

The mountain's peak offers an incredible vista of the Connecticut River snaking through the valley.

Deerfield Inn

The 1884 property, with country-classic guest rooms decorated with both antiques and reproductions and convivial conversation in the tavern, has been in operation for 125 years.

Deerfield Inn Tavern

Sip local brew on tap and order a hand-ground burger with chèvre or crab cakes.

Zoar Outdoor

Experience the Deerfield River on a white-water rafting or kayaking trip. The outfitter has launch locations a 30-minute drive from South Deerfield.

The Lady Killigrew Café

Grab a lunch of gourmet grilled sandwiches.

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