Western Massachusetts

Hampshire County


Amherst Farmers Market
Photo by Lynne Graves

Amherst has beauty and brains. Really, it’s the entire package.

The town – the most populous in Hampshire County – is a vibrant, intellectual hub. Three prestigious colleges call Amherst home: Amherst College, Hampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Bask in the academic tradition as you stroll through the grand campuses and recite poetry (try local heroine Emily Dickinson) under a towering elm tree.

Amherst’s youthful, lively downtown boasts an independent movie theater, diverse restaurants, and a handful of coffee shops, breweries, and bookstores set against the backdrop of historical architecture and blooming flower gardens. Yes, it looks like a movie set for a quintessential New England town – only Amherst is the real deal.

Fly a kite on the town common, travel farther afield to swim in the beloved Puffer’s Pond, or hike Amethyst Brook. Want to sound like a local while you’re here? Drop your “h.” Welcome to Am-erst.

Browse Amherst: showing 10 of 160

Amherst Family Chiropratic

228 Triangle Street, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 549-1500, visit website



15 Cowles Lane, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 256-5440, visit website


Lisa’s Bead Garden

710 Main Street, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 259-1121


Golden Booty Tanning Resort

6 University Drive, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 549-8826, visit website


Hampshire College

893 West Street, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 549-4600, visit website



41 Boltwood Walk, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 835-0119, visit website


Rao’s Coffee Roasting Company

17 Kellogg Ave., Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 253-9441


North Amherst Library

8 Montague Road, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 259-3099


Amherst Massage

592 Main Street, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 320-9901, visit website


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The Poetic Side of Massachusetts

The Emily Dickinson Museum | Amherst
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