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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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Collective Copies

71 S. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 256-6425, visit website


The Mercantile

11 E. Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 549-1396


Amherst Laser & Skin Care Center

196 N. Pleasant Street, Suite 11, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 253-2214, visit website


Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce

28 Amity Street, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 253-0700, visit website


Henion Bakery

174 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 253-4909, visit website


Stone House Farm

649 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 549-4455, visit website


Cheryl Nina Salon and Day Spa

35 University Drive, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 256-4557, visit website


La Veracruzana

63 South Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 253-6900, visit website


Purple Gables Bed & Breakfast

232 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 549-0705, visit website


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The Poetic Side of Massachusetts

The Emily Dickinson Museum | Amherst
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