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Hampshire County


Amherst Farmers Market | Photo by Lynne Graves
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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Big Guy Liquors

25 Montague Rd., Amherst, MA 01002



The Sub and Pizza of Amherst

33 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 549-5160, visit website


Laughing Dog Bicycles

63 South Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 253-7722, visit website


Amherst Farmers Market

Spring St. and S. Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01004

(413) 786-2335, visit website


Small Ones Farm

416 Bay Road, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 253-6788, visit website


Moti Persian Mediterranean Restaurant

25 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 259-2150, visit website


Mead Art Museum

Amherst College, Amherst, MA 01002-5000

(413) 542-2335, visit website


Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce

28 Amity Street, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 253-0700, visit website


The Lift Salon

68 Cowls Road, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 203-3318, visit website


Fresh Side Eatery & Teas

39 South Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 256-0296


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The Poetic Side of Massachusetts

The Emily Dickinson Museum | Amherst
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