A Rest Home for Teddy Bears... and for You!
|Bear Haven Bed &
Breakfast in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, at the
Mohawk Trail's eastern
end bills itself as "a rest home for teddy bears," and it's also
the perfect landing spot for bear collectors and all those who've never
outgrown their fondness for stuffed critters.
Bears big and small greet visitors from the moment they step through the doorway of this circa 1850 Victorian home turned B&B.
Although the inn's furry occupants would charm any child, Bear Haven B&B does not allow children under the age of 12. Pets are also prohibited, as there are three resident cats. Smoking is not allowed inside the inn.
If you're looking for the perfect place to rest your paws after a day of exploring Shelburne Falls, Bear Haven can't be beat for its location--it's just a few minutes' walk from all of the small town's shops and attractions, including the famous Bridge of Flowers. It's also a great place to stay at the beginning or end of your driving tour along the 63-mile Mohawk Trail, Route 2, which runs through some of the most scenic areas of western Massachusetts.
Moses W. Merrill built the house that is now operated as Bear Haven by his great-great-grandchildren, Deane Merrill and Chris Merrill-Morben. The inn has three guest rooms, and a Continental breakfast is included in the room rates, which begin at $79 US in the off season and run highest during peak season in October.
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All photographs by Kim Knox. Copyright 1999.