The Old Inn on the Green
What We Love
- Yankee magazine's number-one pick for Best Historic Inn in New England, with breakfast and more
- Curling up by the crackling fireplace and daydreaming about the inn’s 1760s days
- Appreciating the property’s awards, like the top spot on Yankee magazine’s list of Best Historic Inns
- Starting each morning with a delicious complimentary breakfast
- Trying out the seasonal, farm-to-table restaurant, a Zagat Best of the Berkshires pick
What To Know
- Ideal for those who prefer a rustic country escape over a sleek city stay
- The inn is a few miles outside the nearest town (New Marlborough)
- Cell phone reception can be spotty, but there's free WiFi
- The small pool is seasonal
- Pet-friendly property; the owners have a 12-year-old chocolate lab who often interacts with guests
Head back to nature and back in time at The Old Inn on the Green, in the
fields and meadows of New Marlborough. Fresh off of its 2015
endorsement from Yankee magazine – the publication gifted it the
number-one spot in a Best Historic Inns roundup – this bed-and-breakfast
is as impressive as ever, which is to say that it still feels just like
the old days. The two-story double-gallery home holds fast to its
elegant, traditional spirit, having been founded in the 1760s as a
It’s not only Yankee, but Travel + Leisure,
which has praised the rustic atmosphere; the magazine called it “one of
our favorite American winter retreats” for that reason (among others).
TripAdvisor, meanwhile, awarded a Certificate of Excellence to both The
Old Inn, while its restaurant was a Zagat Best of the Berkshires
pick. This fine-dining room prepares scrumptious dishes, like soups and
vegetable polentas, based on what’s fresh and in season at local farms.
After all, since you’re in the country, there’s no shortage of these, or
of other pastoral pleasures to make your days in the area as idyllic as
Your rustic Deluxe room will be individually
decorated in the rustic, historic style that defines the hotel. These
comfortable abodes, which hold either a king or queen bed, recalls the
18th century in their elegance and simplicity.
The fine-dining room at the inn is a draw in and of itself, a Zagat
Best of the Berkshires pick with a TripAdvisor Certificate of
Excellence. Come here for a memorable meal, designed around ingredients
available at local farms. Some recent highlights include
roasted-red-pepper soup and vegetable polenta, but the seasonal nature
of the menu means dishes are often a surprise – something Yankee magazine likened to unpacking a Christmas stocking.
in the Berkshires town of New Marlborough, the property is immersed in
fields and meadows and an easy drive from other bucolic sights. In
winter, ski at Butternut or Jiminy Peak; in warmer months, scout out a
trail for a hike or bike ride. Year-round, the area boasts a vibrant art
scene, so pay your respects to the iconic art of Norman Rockwell at the
museum of his name, or visit any number of local galleries or shops of
How to Get There
I do not recommend any stay at The Old Inn on The Green where you pay in advance, as we did for our prepaid package. If there is a power failure you won't have any water, light nor heat. They do not have an emergency generator.
We arrived at the quaint old inn on Oct. 16 and after checking into our lovely room, had a delicious candlelight dinner in their restaurant. During the night there was a fierce storm that disrupted power to areas of the Berkshires. We awoke with no water, light nor heat. During our candlelight breakfast, we discussed our situation with Meredith. Not knowing when the power would be restored she offered us a night's stay and lunch at their affiliated restaurant at a future date. We explained that having booked a second night's stay, we purchased non-refundable theater tickets in Stockbridge. She said in that case she would pay for our stay at a hotel in Stockbridge. We said that if power was also off in Stockbridge and the performance was cancelled, we would accept their offer of a future night's stay and return home. If, however, the performance did proceed and power was restored at The Old Inn, we would return after the play and stay the night. At 4:30 PM, having ascertained that The Old Inn was still without power,we checked into a hotel. (It was later learned that power was not restored until 8PM that night).
The next day we returned to The Old Inn and presented our hotel invoice to Meredith. She gave us a check for the full amount along with a tongue-lashing. She said that although they bent over backwards for us, "you people" try to squeeze us for every last drop you can get. The fact is that it was we who bent over backwards. We tried calling The Old Inn every half hour to see if power had been restored; we were able to book a comparable hotel room for $240, less than the $260 The Old Inn charges for a one night stay; although we were reimbursed for the hotel stay, we never received the second breakfast nor the lunch that was included in our prepaid package. Meredith's parting words to us were "...and don't ever come back". We won't !
Love this place! Exquisite period home is the setting for this romantic and elegant restaurant/Inn. Dine by candlelight, enjoy the crackling fireplace, step back in time, and oh, yes, the food is just as exquisite as the setting! And, it will not break the bank! Definitely a 'go to' place for a quiet evening to get away from it all, or a place to bring loved ones to celebrate special occasions. Either way, not to be missed! And all the waitstaff lovely; warm and welcoming.
This is a bit in the middle of nowhere, but worth the drive. Charming, restored inn, and the restaurant is totally amazing. No electricity in the dining room, all candlelight. The food perfection with the chef/owner making each meal special in the presentation and preparation. Best meal we have had in a restaurant in a very long time and we live in Boston. Charming bar with a bartender who knows his business. Whole experience very memorable.