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Western Massachusetts

Hampshire County

Amherst

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.

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The Moan and Dove

460 West Street, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 256-1710, visit website

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Home Suite Home Amherst

57 Berkshire Terrace, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 230-3014, visit website

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Miss Saigon

96 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 253-9988, visit website

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Hope & Feathers Framing

319 Main Street, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 835-0197, visit website

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Big Guy Liquors

25 Montague Rd., Amherst, MA 01002

413-549-3555

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Cheryl Nina Salon and Day Spa

35 University Drive, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 256-4557, visit website

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Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce

28 Amity Street, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 253-0700, visit website

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Amherst Farm Winery

529 Belchertown Road, Amherst, MA 01002

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The Poetic Side of Massachusetts

The Emily Dickinson Museum | Amherst
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