Ashfield, MA 01330

5 Things to Do in the Winter in Western Massachusetts

"The weather outside is frightful!" but there's still so much to do in Western Massachusetts in the winter!

1. Yankee Candle, of course! Located in South Deerfield, MA, you will find more than 400,000 candles in over 200 scents! This is a special place where magic comes to life. From watching animated, singing characters to celebrating Christmas year 'round, this is a place where your whole family can experience an enchanting mix of shopping and entertainment. 

2. Elmer's in Ashfield for a wonderful breakfast, lunch or dinner. They tout themselves as "Big time breakfast and Friday night dinner joint, Old Timey Natural Foods Grocery and Art Gallery". There's also The Old Creamery in Cummington, a retail store and cafe, but also a hub of activity and a social gathering place. If you're in the mood for a cup of fair trade coffee, craft beer, or some live music, head over to Shelburne Falls and Mocha Maya's!

3.The Botanic Garden at Smith College. This garden was founded over 100 years ago and is home to thousands of plants. They are open year round from 8:30am-4pm and a donation of only $2 is suggested for admission.

4. Ice Skating at UMASS Mullins Center. It's only $6 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Check their calendar for dates and times.

5. The Great Falls Discovery Center in Turner's Falls shows the natural, cultural, and industrial history of the Connecticut River watershed. The Center’s building and exhibits are fully accessible and are free and open to the public. Inside the main building, walk-through dioramas show the plants, animals, and landscapes of this 410-mile-long river from its arboreal source near the Canadian border, through forests and farms, past villages, towns, and cities, all the way down to the estuary at the Long Island Sound.

 

Pamela Sclafani is the Marketing Manager for Coldwell Banker Upton Massamont. She lives in the Pioneer Valley and enjoys everything it has to offer, gorgeous scenery, hills and mountains for hiking, lakes for paddle boarding, the change of seasons, and the close proximity to Boston and New York.

Fall Yard Care to do Now

Fall is here! The days are shorter, the temperatures are cooler, and the leaves are changing a little every day. And since the Red Sox are done for the season, you have a little more time to keep your yard looking its best year round with some easy fall yard care tips.

Beautify with New Tress, Shrubs, and Annuals

Keep your yard looking beautiful by removing wilted summer annuals and replacing them with cool-weather varieties (make sure to fertilize the soil first). You’ll also want to stop fertilizing perennials. This will allow them to rest during winter and be healthier come spring. 

Planning to add or relocate trees or shrubs? Fall is a great time to do it. Cooler temperatures and occasional rainfall will help to encourage root growth before it gets too cold. Choose native plants for best results. 

Adjust Your Watering

As temperatures dip, plants and grass need less water. Reduce manual watering and make sure to keep an eye on automatic systems, adjusting them as needed.

Fall is also an excellent time to start practicing water conservation techniques. Set up a rain bucket, if you don’t already have one. 

Take Care of Your Lawn

Lawns can take quite a beating in Western Massachusetts in the summer, especially if your community, like mine, had water restriction rules in place. So, managing your lawn is an important part of fall yard care.

As the weather cools, lawn growth will slow. Make sure to continue mowing your lawn (adjust the mower blade as needed) until it becomes dormant. A good rule of thumb is no lower than 2 1/2 inches in the fall and winter months. 

Whether you're planting a new lawn or working on your existing lawn, it’s time to overseed with cool season turf grasses such as bluegrasses, bentgrasses, fescues, and ryegrasses. Remove thatch from your lawn. This can be done by hand or the easier way of renting an aerator or dethatcher. Doing so will encourage healthy root systems, plus aerating allows water to penetrate deeper, helping to avoid runoff. 

Clean Up Debris

Of course, a big part of fall yard care is cleaning up debris, including dead plants or leaves.

First, there’s no need to remove a few straggling leaves from your lawn. Just mow right over them, and they’ll help to fertilize your lawn.

For yards with more trees, consider starting a compost pile. Compost can be used as mulch, and using it in your yard helps save on your water bills, reduces the need to fertilize (which is better for the environment), and saves you time (no bagging leaves). Simply add your yard waste to a compost pile instead of throwing it out.

 

Pamela Sclafani is the Marketing Manager for Coldwell Banker Upton Massamont. She lives in the Pioneer Valley and enjoys everything it has to offer, gorgeous scenery, hills and mountains for hiking, lakes for paddle boarding, the change of seasons, and the close proximity to Boston and New York.

Ashfield Fall Festival

townhallColumbus Weekend in the town of Ashfield is time for the Annual Fall Festival.  The town has opened the town since 1969 for a weekend celebration.  Time to celebrate the town's, artisans, services, organization and assist fundraisers.  This is a great opportunity for the youth of the community to enjoy and participate.

Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont REALTORS celebrates with holding Open Houses through the weekend in Ashfield.  Check out these special properties will at this years Ashfield Fall Festival.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY 10AM-5PM

 197 Ashfield Mountain Road

SATURDAY 11am-1pm

1979 Hawley Road

SATURDAY 12PM-2PM

371 Main Street

449 Hill Road

SUNDAY 12PM-2PM

350 March Road

553 Bellus Road

190 Creamery Road

Ashfield Fall Festival - October 6th & 7th

Head out to the Ashfield Fall Festival this weekend for some family fun, an annual event for the Columbus Day Weekend in the Town of Ashfield, Massachusetts.  While at the festival be sure to join Phil Pless and Carol Bolduc at these local Open Houses.

Saturday 12:00-2:00pm

243 Main Street, Ashfield, MA

Solid village farmhouse abuts park, offers fir floors & beautiful woodwork, 2 bay garage, updated furnace & electric, 3+bedrooms, 2 baths, terrific yard.  $175,000

 

2 houses west of Main Street/Buckland Rd Intersection

 1200 Cape Street, Ashfield, MA

Immaculate log home with newer kitchen, covered porch, woodstove, 2 bay garage, insulated workshop/barn with 10' doors & radiant floor heat. $224,000

Route 112, Approximately 1 mile south of elementary school 

Sunday 12:00-2:00pm

449 Hill Road, Ashfield

South-facing home with pleasant views of countryside! Features fabulous gardens, stone walls, cherry cabinet kitchen with Silestone counters, 8 rooms, 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, large shed. $375,000

Route 116 to Hill Road

 1446 Ashfield Road, Conway

Immaculate 1-owner ranch on 23 acres!  Offers vintage kitchen, oak floors, fireplace, 3 bedrooms, office, 2 car garage, small barn. On the Ashfield line. $219,000

2nd property south of Ashfield/Conway town line