The recently renovated Lord Jeffery Inn, commonly referred to as “The Jeff,” sits nestled between the Amherst Common and Amherst College. The Jeff has welcomed guests through its doors since 1926. The building was built as an inn and has remained an inn ever since. From its beginning and to this day it remains a fixture of Amherst College and the Town of Amherst. The Jeff is owned by the Amherst Inn Company, an affiliate of Amherst College.
The Lord Jeffery Inn
30 Boltwood Avenue
Amherst, Massachusetts 01002
Main Phone: 413-256-8200
Toll Free: 800-742-0358
The Jeff went through an extensive renovation in 2011 and reopened its doors in May of 2012. While the renovation added luxurious style, it maintained the historic New England charm and original character of the Inn. Even after the renovation, the building retained its historical status as a Historic Hotel of America.
The Lord Jeffery Inn is dedicated to the environment and its future which is reflected by the environmental sustainability improvements made during the renovation, resulting in the Inn being one of the greenest in the Pioneer Valley. Through these endeavors, The Inn was certified at the Silver level for LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design).
“Achieving LEED Silver at a nearly 90-year-old Inn is a great accomplishment for our team,” commented Robert Reeves, General Manager for The Lord Jeffery Inn. “It proves that in even the most historic properties, we can incorporate effective and efficient means of conserving energy, water and other natural resources while still providing our guests the modern touches that address the evolving needs of today’s traveler,” Reeves added.
LEED certification of The Lord Jeffery Inn was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community.
These features include:
- Energy Efficient Guest Room Occupancy System
- Efficient Lighting
- Geothermal Heat Pumps
- Energy Recovery Ventilation
- High Quality Efficient Plumbing Fixtures
At the forefront throughout the Inn are the amenities and historic appearance, while hidden from sight is the depth of the state-of-the-art “green” features that drastically improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon footprint. Some of these features have guest participation.
The lobby area doubles as a lounge area for relaxing before enjoying a cocktail or dinner. In the morning, coffee is served in this area. When we visited The Lord Jeffery Inn in mid December it was all decked out for the holidays.
The guest Library is the perfect spot to unwind after an hectic day. The focal point of the library is the fireplace on the outer wall of the library. Within the fireplace is a glass window, as the story goes, which was used to load wood through to stock the fireplace. Many times you will see Amherst College students studying in the library. The college welcomes students at the Inn and gives them a quiet place to study.
With the renovation came the technology today’s travelers want and expect, without sacrificing the original architecture, historic charm, and classic New England inn experience. One guest participation feature is the Guest Room Occupancy System. A system common in Europe as made its appearance at the Lord Jeffrey Inn. “This system energizes power to guest rooms only after the guest has inserted a keycard into the illuminated slot just inside the door. Once the keycard is inserted power becomes available for the TV, lamps, and even the fireplace for rooms having fireplaces. Once the keycard is removed, the rooms powers down after approximately one minute, thus saving a lot of energy. There are a number of “constant on” outlets in the room for charging electronic devices while you are away.”
Other initiatives that contributed environmental sustainability include:
- implementation of a geothermal ground source heating and cooling system
- incorporation of water-efficient landscaping
- installation of energy efficient plumbing and electrical fixtures
- use of regionally manufactured materials and materials constructed with recycled content
- CO2 fresh air activated systems placed in all of our meeting rooms
The 49 unique and charming guests rooms come with one king, one queen, or two double beds, as well as suite variations of each room type. A few of the rooms / suites have gas-powered fireplaces to cozy up to during those long winter nights. Not all rooms come equipped with a working fireplace so make sure you ask if you want one.
The beds are plush and we had a good nights sleep on them. There was very little noise from the room below, even though the main road is very closeby. The shower puts out ample hot water with good pressure. WiFi was easy to setup and is also available throughout the Inn. If you didn’t bring your own computer, one is available in the library. The room is a just a delight to stay in because the colors are so calming. You will either get a blue or a green room, depending on what is available.
During the warm-weather, enjoy the views along the Amherst Common as you have a relaxing and cozy culinary experience under the covered porch or on the patio just off of the main bar. During the cooler nights sit around the warm and enticing firepit in soft seating while sipping a seasonal cocktail or glass of fine wine.
In the wine lounge one can look at several of the many wines offered at the Inn or enjoy your favorite wine while chatting with friends.
Just off the wine lounge area is a private “sunroom” dining area where the roof shades retract so dinners can look into the starry night throughout the evening.
For the fitness minded individuals, there is a fitness room where you can use the any of the modern equipment to maintain the physical wellness.
The Inn offers several banquet and event rooms to meet the needs of just about any occasion.
While The Lord Jeffery Inn is not a pet-friendly hotel, they do have a working relationship with a Pet hotel in town called Pet Hotel Hadley. Ask them about this pet hotel when you make your reservations. They also has a relationship with a local spa in town called Elements.
30Boltwood Restaurant at The Lord Jeffery Inn
Combining contemporary cuisine with country living, 30Boltwood is a new full-service restaurant focusing on utilizing the freshest local ingredients available to create an approachable and creative menu. The Jeff’s legendary high level of personable service and historic charm remain unchanged throughout the years.
30Boltwood decor pairs nicely with the historical Inn, where the deep rich browns and copper-topped tables bring to mind what a old New England tavern would look like. If you have a large enough group, you could reserve the starlit private dining space where the blinds in the roof retract to reveal the sky through the glass roof. Their menu revolves around Modern American with European influence and can change often to capitalize on the availability of natural, farm-fresh local seasonal ingredients.
In addition to a exceptional meal, 30Boltwood offers an impressive wine list with each offering being hand selected to appropriately pair with your meal.
A beautiful fireplace is the focal point of the restaurant.
During our visit to The Lord Jeffery Inn, we dined at 30Boltwood and started our evening off with a both hot and cold cocktails. The cocktails vary by season so make sure you ask what is available when you dine at 30Boltwood.
Executive Chef Dino Giordano greeted us and we chatted about his way of keeping the food simple, while focusing on the flavors. We decided to try sample sizes portions from a variety of his menu. Thus, we started our tasting off with three different offerings from the “Starter” portion of his menu. The Chesee & Charcuterie board was a beautifully presented assortment of cure meats and condiments. The delicious combination of meats and cheeses balanced extremely well with the condiments.
Manilla clams Provencal arrived next. These tender, flavorful clams were swimming in a white wine broth, leeks, and confit tomatoes. The leeks added a pleasant tang while the tomatoes counterbalanced them with their natural sweetness.
The last “Starter” was Quail. The quail arrived sitting on a bed of red quinoa, black trumpet mushrooms, and chestnut puree. The quail was perfectly cooked with a slight crispness to the skin. The mushrooms and chestnut added an earthy aroma and taste that combined well with the quail. The combination was a great example of a seasonal approach used as 30Boltwood.
We tried three different entrees. The nicely cooked Atlantic Salmon came with French lentils, brussel sprouts, bacon and butternut broth whereas the crispy Duck Breast had beans, mole, polenta, and baby turnips. The last entree was the Pork Porterhouse. This juicy and tender pork porterhouse was accompanied by smoked apple puree, fregola, thumbella carrots and apple bacon compote. The smoked apple puree and apple bacon compote enhanced the flavor of the pork with its sweetness. The fregola pasta was rich with juices from the pork.
For dessert, we enjoyed a sampling of their house-made ice cream, molten chocolate and port cake, panna cotta, and a special little chocolate mousse in a glass. The house-made ice cream was rich, creamy, and full of the flavor it was. All the desserts were well prepared and neither too sweet or too savory.
The Lord Jeffery Inn is a beautiful and picturesque blend of “Energy Efficiency + Guest Amenities + Historic Sensitivity.”