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 Inn and ran it as a very successful bed and breakfast until March of 2020 when Covid 19 shut us down. We are currently offering our beautiful rooms with a self serve “small breakfast” included. It has been and continues to be a wonderful and exciting journey for both of us.

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.

This new project brings our talents together to make the Daniel Stebbins Inn an extraordinary place to stay. Your home away from home.

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  1. Martha and Tom Lenox

    Ruth, Richard , and Josh,
    Just a note to again thank you for your hospitality and your delightful facility. We so enjoyed our stay with you Easter night and will certainly want to come back when we visit our son. You are most charming and attentive hosts!
    Kind regards,
    Martha & Tom

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