The Red Maple Inn

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


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 room4.4
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.6

Cozy, charming, nourishing

5 on October 20, 2016

A beautiful oasis, the Rose room so romantic with furniture and furnishings holding me in the the spirit of more connected times when things were built with care, dependability and a shared sense of worthiness. The Rose room's charming bathroom set up did not have a bathtub, but did have a very fine shower with solid tiles. The nights were quiet and peaceful. The breakfasts were a delight (with my choices made the day before from a clear list of options), with a warmth of conversation with owner John who was both respectful and friendly and brimming with thoughtful caring responses to any questions about the surrounding area. I had communicated that I would be arriving late the first evening, and everything was arranged for me to be able to enter and settle in easily and comfortably.

Great stay at Red Maple Inn

5 on October 14, 2016

Stayed two nights. The inn was clean and quiet with plenty of New England charm. John, the innkeeper, was very friendly and hospitable. Breakfasts were filling and quite delicious!

Delightful Evening at the Red Maple Inn

5 on October 12, 2016

We spent an evening in the Duck Room of this 18th Century B&B. It was a totally warming and charming experience. The room was exquisitely decorated and functional. The morning breakfast was wonderful, and the Inn Keeper very gracious. We'll definitely stay there again if the opportunity presents itself.

Adorable, Cozy Inn

5 on September 15, 2016

We've been to the Sept Brimfield show twice (2015 and 2016) and stayed at the Red Maple Inn both times and we love it! It's so cozy and the Rose Room is amazing - comfortable, charming decor, clean, and quiet. Brimfield is about 15 minutes away (a pretty drive) and the "brown bag" breakfast is perfect for getting an early start. The Mexican restaurant just down the road (walkable) is excellent. Shari and John are so sweet and accommodating - the perfect hosts!


5 on September 10, 2016

Beautiful old house! Rooms were very comfortable and clean. Amazing breakfast! Thank you so much - we loved it!

Back to simpler times in this wonderful little getaway spot!

5 on August 28, 2016

The innkeeper/staff at the Red Maple were most accommodating, and made our 2-night stay both stress-free and delicious. Aside from being very clean and fully decorated in period pieces, the Peach room was well equipped with full-cable TV, hair dryer and air conditioning. If you had read other reviews and like me, gravitated toward the few that mentioned spotty wi-fi or airplane-sized bathroom of this particular room, FEAR NOT! We needed in-room Internet connection (business never seems to stop) and it was strong and free - we never experienced any problems. And the bathroom is fine - it's quaint and the shower is fully stocked with built-in options of quality (not the typical hotel goo.. our hair was noticeably bouncy). The room is wonderful and although a noise cancellation device is provided for anyone super-sensitive, it was plenty quiet without it. We were provided breakfast options and could set our own time which was nice. Everything was fresh and good - a great way to start a day of antique shopping and a night at the local drive-in. Thank you so much for the getaway, Red Maple Inn team!

Delightful B&B

5 on August 26, 2016

Greeted by John after a trying drive from Logan Airport, he showed us to our room and directed us to an excellent place for supper. Comfortable night followed by a first class breakfast set us up for a visit to Old Sturbridge Village near by.

great wedding weekend

4.0 on August 10, 2016

booked this place because we had a wedding in the area. the Duck Room was perfect, comfortable bed. the breakfast was outstanding, from the food , to the service and the great background music

excellent weekend getaway!!!

4.6 on March 06, 2016

The pictures online don't do the rooms justice. The innkeeper was very personable and made us feel very comfortable. We would recommend this B & B to our friends and family.

Great time

5 on January 31, 2016

We went for my wife birthday, great time food was outstanding, along with the service.

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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