In August of 2016 we looked at each other and decided that although we were “old” we were not too old for the next chapter of our lives. So, on Friday, January 13, 2017 we purchased the Daniel Stebbins Bed and Breakfast. It has been a wonderful and exciting journey for the three of us: Ruth, Richard, and our youngest son Josh who thankfully offered to perform the duties of the Chef.
While our backgrounds differ, they all come together to produce a unique blend of talents and services to offer our guests.
Ruth and Richard grew up in Boston, graduated from the University of Massachusetts and spent five years in Washington D.C. working for the government and private businesses. In 1975 they purchased an 1810 brick farm house in Colrain, MA which they renovated while we lived self sufficiently, growing their own food, and raising a variety of farm animals. We operated this 100 acre organic farm, developing a variety of off shoot businesses including hydroponic greenhouses and “flavorful sprouts”. Looking for a more diverse population in which to raise our children, led to a move to Amherst where our focus became purchasing and renovating old houses.
Ruth attends to the operational and logistical details of the Bed and Breakfast. She brings her smile, grace and attention to details to the needs of our guests.
Richard excels at managing the flow of hot fresh, strong coffee. His experiences on the farm provides us with the property management expertise of all the systems in the house and the ability to repair them.
Josh has a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of New Hampshire. He speaks both Spanish and Italian. He is an avid learner and has his own spiritual practice that includes meditation, studying metaphysical texts, and kundalini yoga. Josh began the Chef portion of his career when he was introduced to cooking in the 7th grade. He fell in love with the culinary aspect of our culture and then studied the application and meaning of food choices in Costa Rica and Italy. Josh chooses the menu items and customizes breakfasts to please the palates of the many varied tastes of our guests. He offers vegan and vegetarian breakfast choices, carefully prepared for the most discriminating tastes. Josh also shares his expertise in the tea selections we offer.
This new B and B project of ours brings our talents together to make the Daniel Stebbins House “not your ordinary bed and breakfast” Your home away from home.