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--including guests from Nigeria, China, Nepal, Paraguay, Iceland, Finland, Belgium, France, Germany, Israel, and the Dominican Republic.

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. When they are not at the Dancing Bear, they can be found working on their farm just five miles away in Charlemont. Between the two of them, they speak Spanish, French, Russian, and some Portuguese, German, and Italian.

In addition to running the Dancing Bear Guest House, Philip teaches Spanish and English in the local schools and Edith is a commercial artist. Please visit her website at

The Dancing Bear Guesthouse occupies the Moses W. Merrill house built in 1852. Innkeepers, Philip Bragdon and Edith Bingham bought the house in 2006 from Deane Merrill and Chris Morben who operated the house as a bed and breakfast for almost ten years under the name, "Bear Haven" (see: for pictures of the house during its Bear Haven days). Deane Merrill is the great great grandson of Moses W. Merrill.


Philip and Edith with their two youngest children, Owen and Leyla.