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.

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Hampshire Shakespeare Company

650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 788-4750, visit website


Sunrise Annex Bed and Breakfast

1330 Southeast Street, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 253-2619


Stone House Farm

649 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 549-4455, visit website


The Poetic Side of Massachusetts

The Emily Dickinson Museum | Amherst
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