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The Red Maple Inn

217 Main Street , Spencer, MA 01562 USA (Show map)

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Welcome to The Red Maple Inn, a romantic colonial-era estate listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Our 15 room mansion, built circa 1780, features six deluxe guest accommodations appointed with period antiques as well as all modern amenities, including private bathrooms, air-conditioning, and color cable television with DVD players. Lovely perennial gardens, ancient stone walls and towering evergreens surround the estate which is tucked into the heart of Spencer's Historic District. Original wide-board pumpkin pine floors, chair rails and crown moldings have been lovingly restored to their original beauty. Yankee Magazine "Editors' Choice" 2007.



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  • Guest room4.3
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.1
  • Cleanliness4.5
  • Onsite Dining4.6

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67 Reviews

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Wonderful Stay

5 on November 02, 2014

Shari and John are the consummate hosts. We stayed in the Rose Room on the first was charming. The restored home is lovely and the stay very comfortable. Great restaurants and interesting historical sites are close by and Spencer is a beautiful little New England town. Highly recommended.

wonderful surprise

4.8 on October 16, 2014

We were very surprised at this great find. Our first trip to the New England area and I decided on this location to view the western part of Ma. The area was beautiful and the Inn was very interesting. John and Shari made us feel like family. It is out of the way, but well worth the stay.

Very quaint B&B

5 on October 16, 2014

The room was beautiful. The home was stunning. Walking into the inn you take a step back in time. It is charming, the food is fabulous, and the surrounding towns are such a joy! We will absolutely return!

Early Fall New England

4.2 on October 01, 2014

My recent stay at The Red Maple Inn was wonderful! The location convenient to all the locations I planned on visiting, and in a nice safe area. The home is beautiful, staff welcoming, caring and helpful. Bathroom a bit small for someone of my size, but in the room, which was all I was looking for. Food was wonderful and plentiful, caringly prepared with fresh ingredients. I would stay again.

red maple

3.8 on September 11, 2014

Very nice

Spring Cleaning needed

3.4 on May 09, 2014

We enjoyed our stay at the Red Maple Inn. Our host was pleasant and attentive. Breakfast was tasty, and enjoyable. I was disappointed with the cleanliness of our room. Corners were dusty, as was the cloth decor / drapes near the bed. For a B&B, it should be sparkling and spotless, but it was not. They could (and should) do better.

Quiet Elegance

4.6 on April 23, 2014

Great room and hospitality.Hostess Melida is a gem. Only thing lacking was wi-fi signal-in need of signal booster units. Breakfast was excellent. Will likely stay again. Allen and Pam

Had a Wonderful Time!

4.0 on April 12, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed our time here. Innkeeper was super nice and breakfast was yummy. The whole building is beautiful and kept spotless. Would definitely return.

Very nice place to stay

3.8 on March 03, 2014

The bathroom was very small (less room to move than on a cruise ship). Other than that the stay was excelent.

Not enough stars

5 on January 04, 2014

I wanted to emphasize the outstanding dining experience and amazing service, but didn't want to give fewer than 5 for the other categories! In your head, please add two extra stars for both service and dining. And value. Two extra stars each for service, dining and value. You should also add "Melida" in the listing after the owners. She runs the Inn on her own from November to May and provides the service, cleanliness and dining! Her breakfast was outstanding and we love chatting with her. This is our second New Year stay at the Red Maple and we plan on booking again for 2014 ASAP. Beautiful, fabulous, snuggly, sophisticated, invitingly creaky! It's a beautiful bed and breakfast and it's perfectly run.

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Location Type

Historic District, Village


Boston, MA (BOS-Logan Intl.) 60 miles

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Tower Hill Botanical Garden, Higgins Armory Museum, Worcester Fine Arts Museum, Boston area attractions, Berkshires, Kyacking, Hiking, Riding, Golf, Brimfield Antique Fairs, Tanglewood, Hanover Theatre Performing Arts, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Amenities Basket, Conference Rooms, Videos, Wedding Facilities, Wet bar , Three-Course Gourmet Breakfast Menu Included, 1500+ DVD Library of Classic Films, 450-Count Egyptian Cotton Sheets & Bathrobes, Designer touches throughout the mansion, Book filled Library with Board Games, Soft Jazz in the Parlor, wine license

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Board games, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Library, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, VCR, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Canoeing, Fishing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Cooking Classes & Gourmet Weekends, live theater, Old Sturbridge Village, antiquing, museums and art galleries, orchards, Sight-seeing, Swimming

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  • Check In:: 3 PM
  • Check Out:: 11 AM
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Certain holidays and during Brimfield Antique Shows
  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Advance reservations required. One night's rental or 50% deposit, whichever is greater. "Brimfield" reservations payable in full when made.
  • Cancellations: 30-day cancellation notice required for a full refund, less $30 processing fee. Fewer than 30 days notice, no refund unless we are able to re-rent the reserved room(s) for the entire period booked. No refunds for early departure. "Brimfield" reservations non-refundable under any circumstances.



Shari Alexander & John Bills

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

About the innkeepers

Shari has been in the hospitality business for 25 years, owning and/or serving as chef in restaurants in the Hamptons, New York City, Sarasota and in Spain. She earned 3 stars from The New York Times and is a member of Les Amis d'Escoffier. John recently retired after a 26-year career singing with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

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3 course gourmet menu

  • Time Served: 8:30 to 9:30
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Vegetarian , Private Parties, Wine Paired Dinners

Signature Dish

Chef Alexander's Roast Duck with Port Wine & Figs
Chef Shari Alexander uses fine "Maple Leaf" duckling, moist inside with a carmelized crispy skin. Partially boned to make it even more enjoyable with the Port Wine reduction sauce infused with deep rich Morroccan figs. YUM! Chef Alexander used only farm fresh seasonal vegetables and serves RMI created desserts; Bananas Foster with Artsanal Rums, Creme Brulee, Chocolate Moussem to name a few. Dinner at The Red Maple Inn will be a delicious and memorable evening....we promise! Dinner is available from May to first week of November. The Inn is open weekends from December to May with special arrangements made for week-day guests. Shari is in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for the winter months with her "Culinary Adventure Tours," For more information please email or call us at 508 885 9205


217 Main Street , Spencer, MA 01562 USA (Show map)

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