Dancing Bear Guest House

22 Mechanic Street , Shelburne Falls, MA 01370 USA (Show map)


Historic 1852 house in the center of Shelburne Falls. Many antiques. Homemade breads and pastries, fresh fruit, coffee, tea, espresso. 5-minute walk to all Shelburne Falls restaurants, galleries, antique stores, Bridge of Flowers, Trolley Museum, Glacial Potholes, etc. Frequent live events and festivals take place throughout the year.



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  • Guest room4.2
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.7

Felt right at home

4.4 on May 30, 2016

Enjoyed our stay this past weekend and immediately felt right at home! The rooms were clean and our hosts were great people!! I would stay again and recommend the Dancing Bear Guesthouse to anyone visiting this area of western MA.

Stay here.

5 on May 07, 2015

I stayed here for three nights on a writing retreat and honestly, the Dancing Bear Guesthouse is one of the most pleasant places I've ever stayed. Philip is a charming and gracious host (I didn't get to meet Edith as she was traveling) who has mastered the art of welcoming-but-unobtrusive innkeeping. I only wish I got to speak to him more. My room was perfect -- scrupulously clean, quiet, tasteful, with beautiful light and a balcony (ask for the balcony room!). The breakfasts were perfect: eggs, bagels and lox, homemade muffins. If you're visiting Shelburne Falls, stay here!

Great B&B in Western MA

5 on August 28, 2010

We had an amazing time during our stay in the Balcony Room at the Dancing Bear. Could not recommend a better place to stay in the Shelburne Falls area. Historic house was clean, warm, charming, and comfortable. Homemade breakfast was great, made with local and fresh ingredients. Philip was a wonderful host; we will definitely be staying again when we return.

Best accomodation next to the Bridge of Flowers!

4.6 on January 16, 2010

We're absolutely excited about this very beautiful B&B. It's not only the great rooms in this spectacular mansion soaked with historic. It's especially the familiar atmosphere inkeeper Philip gives to his guests. An other highlight was the delicious breakfast with all homemade food, Philip prepared for us.

Great hospitality

3.6 on October 14, 2009

Philip & Edith make all feel welcome. A great B&B for families. Great food too.

Unique. Above the Ordinary

4.8 on October 12, 2009

My husband and I stayed at the Dancing Bear during the Columbus Day weekend. Comfortable room, very clean...the whole house comfy and cozy, decorated in the Victorian style. We've stayed in many bed and breakfasts throughout the Northeast and elsewhere; the best breakfast we've ever had was here at the Dancing Bear. Phil makes delicious breads, muffins, entrees, wonderful coffee. He is a true gourmet cook. Other positives for us: it's fun to have breakfast family style with the other guests, meet new people and exchange information about local attractions. Phil is a great host, lots of fun to talk to. Can't wait to go back for another of those breakfasts!

great spot in the mountains

3.8 on July 02, 2009

Kathy and I have stayed at Dancing Bear twice now when visiting our daughter in the Shelburn Falls area. The inn combines historical setting, antiques, and fabulous breakfasts in a great location.

Just Perfect!

5 on May 31, 2009

I had the pleasure of staying at Dancing Bear in April while visiting family. Philip and Edith were wonderful hosts and Philip's breakfast is incomparable. My room was bright and cheery and the house is full of charm in every corner. Philip and Edith have done a fabulous job of creating a home away from home for all their guests.


5 on March 29, 2009

I stayed at the Dancing Bear with some friends for a weekend and it was a lovely experience. Philip was a wonderful host and breakfast was absolutely delicious. The room we stayed in (the balcony room) was very spacious, pretty, and full of light. I felt right at home here, and I would recommend this B&B to anyone!

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Location Type

Hiking, Rafting, Skiing, Kayaking, Canoeing, Fishing, Countryside, Downtown, Mountains, Small town, Village


Hartford, CT (BDL-Bradley Intl.) 67 miles

Directions to property:

From North and South, take I-91 to Exit 26 in Greenfield and travel 9 miles west to Shelburne Falls. Take second left turn for Shelburne Falls. This is Mechanic Street. We are in the 4th block on the right hand side. Parking is on either side of house. From Albany, take Rt. 2 east to Shelburne Falls. Take second right turn for Shelburne Falls. This is Mechanic Street. We are in the 4th block on the right hand side. Parking is on either side of house. From Boston, take Rt. 2 west to Shelburne Falls. Take second left turn for Shelburne Falls. This is Mechanic Street. We are in the 4th block on the right hand side. Parking is on either side of house.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, The Bridge of Flowers, Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast, Bed and Breakfast, Urban Inn, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Copier, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Board games, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fridge, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Hiking trails, Kayaking, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Water sports, Whitewater Rafting

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  • Check In:: 4 to 7
  • Check Out:: 11
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No Smoking is allowed outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: A 2-night min, on holiday wknds May-October
  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: We require a credit card to hold your room, but you are not charged until after your stay. Without a credit card, payment in advance is requested.
  • Cancellations: We will not charge you for your room unless: *You cancel in the last seven days AND, *We have turned away a paying guest AND, *We cannot refill the room. NOTE: We have only had to do this twice in almost three years.
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Philip and Edith Bragdon

Languages spoken

Russian, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

About the innkeepers

Since opening the Dancing Bear Guesthouse in 2006, innkeepers, Philip Bragdon and Edith Bingham have welcomed guests from all over North America and around the world. Philip and Edith enjoy sharing their experiences living and traveling in different parts of the world as well as their enthusiasm for Shelburne Falls and its beautiful surroundings. In addition to running the Dancing Bear Guest House, Philip teaches Spanish and English in the local schools and Edith is a commercial artist.

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  • Time Served: 8:30 or by prior arrangement
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Dancing Bear Pecan Rolls
All our meals are prepared with natural ingredients, locally grown when available. We serve homemade breads and pastries, fresh fruit, egg dishes, coffee, tea, espresso, cereal, yogurt, etc. A favorite since we opened are our Dancing Bear Pecan Rolls made with whole grain yeast bread, butter, brown sugar and lots of pecans. We also regularly serve local blueberry muffins, cinnamon rolls, quiches, fritatas, waffles, etc.

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