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Amherst Bed and Breakfast Feted by Yankee Magazine

AMHERST — An Amherst bed and breakfast has won the 2015 Best in New England Award from Yankee magazine.

Allen House Victorian Inn and Amherst Inn, both located in the Dickinson Historic District on Main Street, earned a nod from the travel writers of Yankee, which describes them as emulating “the full-on Victorian style that would have made Emily feel right at home.” America’s most famous female poet, Emily Dickinson, wrote her magical verses with a view across Main Street toward what is now the Amherst Inn.

The inns’ owners and operators, Alan and Ann Zieminski, are happy about the recognition for the Allen House Inn, which opened in 1991, and the Amherst Inn, which opened four years later. “It’s been 25 years of never-ending, very hard work to keep the inns in shape,” they said.

There are several stylistic differences between the two houses, representing their respective eras. Amherst Inn, built in 1850, has lighter colors, both inside and out, whereas the Allen House (circa 1886) expresses the aesthetic movement of the later Victorian era, with its muted, Rookwood colors, such as dark greens and earth tones. The furnishings, floors, lighting, and wall coverings are all authentic to their periods.

In addition to the Yankee award, the inns have received many national and local preservation, restoration, and hospitality awards over the years. Trip Advisor gave them a Certificate of Excellence in 2015. To learn more about the inns and view photos, visit www.allenhouse.com.

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