West End Pub, Shelburne Falls, MA

In celebration of the great state of Massachusetts, here is a bathroom straight to you from Shelburne Falls.  Shelburne is a beautiful, small old town that seems like a safe, friendly community and features the Bridge of Flowers:  a beautiful walking bridge lined with colorful seasonal flowers.

The back deck of the West End Pub hangs over the river and offers a perfect view of the Bridge.  Their bathroom, though, is the real treat!  Surprisingly, you have to walk through the kitchen to get to it, which is a little awkward as the staff is performing the chaotic ballet of a restaurant while you, the patron, tromp through looking around for the bathroom door.  The floor is slippery with cooking oils, and you slip towards the restroom while sidestepping frenetic waiters.  The bathroom is at the bottom of a set of stairs, with a big, heavy wooden sliding door.

Inside, the bathroom is cut into the rockbed.  You can see the rocky wall in the photos.  The decor is shabby chic (notice the beautiful little lamp on the sink), but it is dominated by articles and pictures of the bathroom after a flood a few years ago.  You can see the damage, and imagine how hard it was to restore.  There is even a sign on the door that marks the water line!

This bathroom is great; you’re in on the story, and as you might expect from a country town in MA, you are a part of nature while you’re in there.

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About amyontheotherside

I've always been attentive to the public restrooms I've used...the good, the bad and the ugly! They all have their uniqueness and charms. I explore these on my blog, "From in the Can". In the rest of my life (outside of the bathroom) I have just moved from NYC to Virginia and am chronicling the experience in the "Experiment in a New Life" blog.
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2 Responses to West End Pub, Shelburne Falls, MA

  1. Sara says:

    Just a little clarification – That’s not the rock bed, it’s the foundation of the building. Also, the flood was less than a year ago, due to Hurricane Irene. Interesting idea for a blog, btw.

  2. Thank you for the correction (obviously, I know nothing about buildings, but “rockbed” sounded cool, so I went with that). Thanks so much for reading!

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