Rudy and a Tail of Two Towns

Part 1: Williamstown, Massachusetts

“It was the best of times, it was the wurst…” Rudy looked thoughtful. “Yes, that’s right. It was pretty good all around.”



Not one to toss superlatives lightly, Rudy took a moment to fondly remember our first family getaway–a stay at The Red Lion Inn, in December. “Tanglewood, Shmanglewood, I’ll take the turnpike to Stockbridge and a night at the Red Lion any day,” he hummed softly, breaking in his new tennis ball.


First you tenderize it.

But in fact, Rudy’s opening thought was addressed to our most recent outing, which included two nights at Robert and Carolyn’s Clover Hill Farm, a dog-friendly country inn in Williamstown, Massachusetts, where we were staying while checking out the Penguin Plunge in nearby North Bennington, Vermont.

Checking it out (far right)

Rudy (very far right) stares down a hitching post.

Clover Hill was fab. More exciting than Stockbridge.

It's called foreshadowing...

It’s called foreshadowing…

The beamy wooden farmhouse spreads like a Colorado lodge across a hilltop, just outside the town proper. A long red barn sits behind, invisible until your car climbs the hill.

Nice barn.

Nice barn.

Rumor has it there are 18 horses inside, plus Molly (mule), Chelsea (miniature horse), Pumpkin (pony), and Susie (goat). The thought was too exciting to even consider going in.

“Whoa,” Rudy’s eyes bugged out. “I never dreamed it could be like this.”


They have what?!?

At the house, Rudy was greeted by Bella and Snoopy, the on-staff beagles.

It all happened so fast...

It all happened so fast…

Things were sniffed, limbs were flailed, and differences were worked out with a slide across several acres of polished wood floors.

Now that's an expanse...

Now that’s an expanse…

They flew like sand across the desert, but they sounded like a box of  Skittles.

“Double whoa,” Rudy’s highest praise. “And check out that kitchen. Five out of five bonies.”

We like Carolyn.

We like Carolyn.

The wall art was good,

Nice perspective.

Useful, too.

and there were plenty of unexpected diversions:

Charles and Petunia,

Honk if you like geese.

Honk if you like geese.

Muskovy ducks,

Safely behind glass.

Behind glass.


Most interesting...

Most interesting…

and Adam, who likes to shower four or five times a day.

Fresh from the shower

Very clean.

We’re embarrassed to say there was a Moment…

Uh oh.

Uh oh.

but we’re trying to put it behind us.

“I blame the movie posters,” Rudy insists.

It’s true, there was an exciting (“Inciting,” he interrupts) collection of movie posters scattered around the house. Robert is a collector of ephemera, among other things. The posters, in particular, seemed to inspire some of Rudy’s more theatrical moments at Clover Hill Farm, although most of these movie memories didn’t even come from Robert’s collection.

Dr. Zhivago, in the field behind the house,

The snows that winter were vast...

The snows that winter stretched to the horizon…

Fly Away Home, of course, with all the geese, ducks, and pigeons,

and Giant, although the “gold” in question was a steaming heap of manure, not oil,

…the manure stretched to the skies...

…and the dung stretched to the skies…

but ultimately, I suspect it was the poster of Dances with Wolves that did him in:

Costner was an inspiration

Costner was inspiring.

This is not the Wild West, Rudy was informed (by us). He accepted Carolyn’s generous distribution of peace treats (which made a stronger impression).

More treats...

Yay, more treats.

And he learned a thing or two about sharing.

Thanks Snoopy.

Thanks Snoopy.

In this indescribably warm and unpredictable B&B, we will be welcomed back with open arms, open mouths, and wagging tails.

It was the best of times. 

Two paws up.

(Bed)Room with a View

(Bed)Room with a View

Coming next: Part 2, Bennington, VT…

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13 Responses to Rudy and a Tail of Two Towns

  1. Richard Dupre says:

    You have great places to visit and a great way to make us aware Rudy. I will also pass this on. Richard D

  2. Robert micley says:

    Rudy – u are the best. We look forward to seeing u again. Regards – Robert and carolyn

  3. Chris Mann says:

    Delightful reading– from one terrier owner to the other. You really captured the experience! 🙂

  4. ML says:

    Thanks for the travelogue Rudy. I love your friends, Charles and Petunia. Honk! Honk!

  5. jane preston says:

    Bring Rudy to Sarasota…..we have lots of lizards he can play with!

  6. peter tuttle says:

    So….when does Rudy get that fat publishing contract for a dog’s eye view of New England inns and B&B’s?

  7. DPG says:

    Aww…pups and kitts and ducks, oh my. Glad everyone got along so well! That first pic shows off Rudy’s dreamy little face…how could anyone not be charmed?? Looking forward to Part Deux. Two paws up, indeed!!! :-}

  8. Mel Allen says:

    The best one yet—


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