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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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The Pub

15 E. Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 549-1200, visit website


Monkey Business

328 College St., Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 256-0020, visit website


Amherst Massage

592 Main Street, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 320-9901, visit website


Fresh Side Eatery & Teas

39 South Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 256-0296


Bueno Y Sano

1 Boltwood Walk, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 253-4000, visit website


Bertucci’s Brick Oven Pizzeria

51 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 549-1900, visit website


Amherst College

100 Boltwood Avenye, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 542-2000, visit website


Elements Hot Tub Spa

373 Main Street, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 256-8827, visit website


Valley Light Opera

PO Box 2143, Amherst, MA 01004

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The Poetic Side of Massachusetts

The Emily Dickinson Museum | Amherst
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