Bed and Breakfast: Starlight Llama
Starlight Llama Bed and Breakfast is Massachusetts’ FIRST solar-powered, off-the-grid, bed and breakfast. Starlight Llama is the only local hotel, inn or B&B where you can get a great cup of coffee, have breakfast with ingredients straight from the garden, watch a llama take a dust bath, and charge your cell phone with solar power, all before 10 a.m.!
Looking for a romantic getaway, an eco-friendly inn, a central base from which to explore Northampton and Western Massachusetts, or a quick and easy vacation close to home? Then Starlight Llama Bed and Breakfast is for you. We are just 5 minutes from Florence Center and 8 minutes from downtown Northampton and Smith College, but are light years from the noise, hustle, and hassle of city life.
To reserve a room: Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 413-584-1703.
The 5 Colleges are important to us (Dee teaches at UMass) and we recognize the importance of Smith College, UMass, Amherst College, Hampshire College or Mt. Holyoke Parents weekend, Graduation, Homecoming, or your Class Reunion. We are taking 2015-16 Graduations Reservations now! Call or email to book today!
(photo taken by guest Michael Aquino)
Our bed and breakfast is a wonderful alternative to a hotel or a one-size fits all inn; we offer a fantastic fresh breakfast and can easily accommodate gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian diets and provide wonderful suggestions for what to do in the area and give clear directions on how to get there. We, your hosts John and Dee, opened Starlight Llama in 2008 to showcase the ease of solar-living, provide you with a 'green' getaway, and share our conservation-protected land, animals and farm.
We are also exploring the idea of WOOFING, or having people come here and work on the farm or in the woods in trade for their room and breakfast. For details, see our notice in June 2014 in the NEWS section.
TripAdvisor does it again: Names Starlight Llama as one of the top ten unique hotels, b&b's and accommodations in the U.S.! While we think we look downright tame by comparison, we are excited to be in the company of very unique places to stay: for example a hotel shaped like a dog, a Cave, a floating cottage and more! Check it out, share this news with friends, then email us or call to book your stay.
AND AGAIN!!! TripAdvisor names Starlight Llama "Green Leaders Platinum" in 2013 and 2014! See the News page for a short story on what this honor means, but in a nutshell, we are a very, very green bed and breakfast. After completing a survey of our practices, products, and energy, we scored well enough to get TripAdvisor's highest level. Thank you for recognizing not only Starlight Llama, but the fact that many travelers want to use their dollars to support businesses that care about the planet, the health of our guests, and make the effort to be green!
There is much to do at Starlight Llama besides get a good night's sleep! Hike, bike, snowshoe, walk our trails, and if you'd like, weed a garden, help bring in the hay, or help John pound a few handmade nails into his reproduction Thoreau cabin. A visit to our bed and breakfast allows you access to 120 acres of our conservation restricted property, land that has been in our family for 6 generations, and our land abuts the new Mineral Hills Conservation area, so bring your water bottle and hiking shoes. This is your chance to relax, so if you want a slower pace, feel free to sit on the deck with a cup of coffee and your laptop (we have wi-fi for email) or just relax and watch the llamas graze or see the peacocks wander by.
Starlight Llama offers three beautiful rooms each decorated with original art and a blend of antique, contemporary and Shaker reproduction furniture. Each of our rooms has a single queen sized bed and their own bathroom. Two rooms have their own private bathroom en suite and have their own private entrance. The third room is the largest and its private bathroom is located directly across the hall.
Our vegetarian breakfast starts with coffee or an offering of herbal and English teas, fresh fruit, yogurt and granola followed by delicious Swedish oatmeal, pumpkin-spice pancakes, John's fantastic apple cider French toast, egg dishes -compliments of our free-range hens, or seasonal foods from our organic gardens. We can easily accommodate vegan, gluten or dairy-free diets, and we will ask if you have food allergies.
To book your stay call 413-584-1703 or email us at email@example.com. Why no booking online? We like to talk to our guests, answer your questions, be certain that we understand your food allergies or special concerns, and we aim to make your stay a personal experience. No time to call? We respond to emails several times a day so we are easy to reach.
Sorry, for the health of our guests and our animals, we cannot accomodate dogs or cats, we ask that you do not open or enter the gates, and we are smoke-free in the building and on the grounds. We are 100% off-the-grid, we stay cool the old-fashioned way - with shades, closing/opening the house at the right time, and each room has fans but no air conditioning. Even in the worst of the heat, our country location is always 5 degrees cooler than in town.Our region has it all: nature, art, theater, music, locally-owned shops, and food options that circle the globe made from fresh ingredients grown by Valley farmers! Starlight Llama is the perfect 'central location' in the Florence* section of Northampton, in the Pioneer Valley region of Western Massachusetts. Our guests tell us we feel 'delightfully remote’ yet we are just 3 minutes from Musante Beach, 5 minutes from Look Park or the Arts & Industry Building - home of seasonal Studio Art tours, and just minutes from downtown Northampton and Smith College.
We aim to keep up with 'what is happening' in the area to make your stay with us both simple and fun. Visit us during UMass, Hampshire College, Smith College, or Mt Holyoke Alumni or Parent's weekend!
Want to visit the region's newest restaurants, art events and music? Try lunch or dinner at Popcorn Noir, Easthampton City Arts Plus' or Smith Art Museum's monthly Art Walk or visit Mass MOCA, and Tanglewood. Plan your stay around who's playing at the Calvin, Iron Horse, Mountain Park, Paradise City Arts Fest, or Look Park's summer Pines Theater performances!
Want a day out of the ordinary? Trek to the Peace Pagoda, or find the perfect book at the Montague Book Mill. Come ride the area's many bike trails, hike Mt. Tom, bring your canoe/kayak and enjoy the areas rivers, wander the Pioneer Valley's incredible array of restaurants and brew pubs of Northampton, Amherst and Williamsburg, and that is just a start.
Want a taste of history? Florence was the home of Sojourner Truth and a lovely sculpture located nearby honors her and the region's abolitionist past. (Ask us why so many buildings or roads are named "Silk" or "Mulberry"!) Visit Historic Deerfield, Springfield Museums, Sturbridge Village, or Hancock Shaker Village. we have maps and keep visitor's guides in each of the rooms. There is so MUCH to do here you may want to extend your stay.
Call or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your room today!