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Western Massachusetts

Hampshire County

Amherst

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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DP Dough

96 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 256-1616, visit website

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Bart’s Ice Cream

103 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 253-2278, visit website

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Hangar Pub & Grill

55 University Drive, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 549-9461

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Green Transportation

479 West Street, 6B, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 461-3099, visit website

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Amherst Farm Winery

529 Belchertown Road, Amherst, MA 01002

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Johnny’s Tavern

30 Boltwood Walk, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 230-3818, visit website

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The Body Tailor

100 University Drive, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 549-1969, visit website

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CopyCat Print Shop

37 E. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 549-2854, visit website

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Mystery Train

178a North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 253-4776

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The Poetic Side of Massachusetts

The Emily Dickinson Museum | Amherst
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