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 grazing outside your window, see a donkey take a dust bath, and charge your cell phone with solar power, all before 10 a.m.!
Starlight Llama Bed and Breakfast is the perfect spot if you are looking for a romantic getaway, an eco-friendly inn, a central base from which to explore Northampton, the Pioneer Valley or the Berkshires Massachusetts, or just want a quick and easy vacation close to home/family. We are 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 your room: Email us at email@example.com or call us at 413-584-1703.
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.
(photo taken by guest Michael Aquino)
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 details, see our notice in June 2014 in the NEWS section.
The 5 Colleges are close by! (Dee runs a department and teaches at UMass.) If you are looking for a spot to stay during Smith College, UMass, Amherst College, Hampshire College or Mt. Holyoke Parents weekend, Graduation, Homecoming, or your Class Reunion, call or email to book today! We are taking Graduations Reservations for UMass and other colleges now! (Sorry, we are booked for the 2014-15 Smith Graduation but are happy to recommend other B&B's.)
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 reached 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. 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 only) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 and aim to be easy to reach.
Sorry, for the health of our guests and our animals, we cannot accomodate dogs or cats. For the safety of all, we ask that you do not open or enter the gates. 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.
What is there to do in the area? Our region has it all:
Nature- Hike Mineral Hills, Roberts Meadow, Mt. Tom or The Notch. Visit the Audubon Sanctuary. Ride the area's many bike trails, bring your canoe/kayak and paddle the areas rivers. In winter, cross country ski or snowshoe our land or the Trustees of Reservations property on Rt 9.
Art, theater, music - is what makes this area unique! Tour Easthampton City Arts Plus' or Smith Art Museum's monthly Art Walk or visit Mass MOCA, Tanglewood, or Jacob's Pillow. Plan your stay around who's playing at the Calvin, Iron Horse, Mountain Park, Paradise City Arts Fest, or in the summer, head to the Ko Theater or area Jazz or Shakespeare Festivals or Look Park's summer Pines Theater performances! Buy ART and gifts at the many Arts & Industry, Snow Farm, and Mill Building seasonal Studio Art tours! If you love museums or outdoor art visit thelovely sculpture of Sojourner Truth located nearby which honors her and the region's abolitionist past. 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.
Locally-owned shops, local-wine, beer - "Buy Local" has been an area staple for more than 20 years, and as a result, we support our local farmers and merchants. We welcome you to visit the Farmers Markets, Mineral Hills and Black Birch Winery, and sample locally brewed beer, cider, and foods.
Excellent Restaurants - Northampton has options that circle the globe made from fresh ingredients grown by Valley farmers! If you love to eat, even with dietary restrictions, this area is for you. Gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, and others will find plenty of delicious options. Ask us!
Looking for something out of the ordinary? Trek to the Peace Pagoda, or find the perfect book at the Montague Book Mill. wander the Pioneer Valley's incredible array of restaurants and brew pubs of Northampton, Amherst and Williamsburg, and that is just a start.
Call or email us at email@example.com to reserve your room today!