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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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Groff Park

72 Mill Lane, Amherst, MA 01002

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R & P Package Store

505 West St., Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 253-9742, visit website


Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce

28 Amity Street, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 253-0700, visit website


Amherst Live

Various Locations, Amherst, MA 01002

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Whirl Wind Farm Kennel

405 Market Hill Road, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 549-3780, visit website


Sunset Farm

20 Brigham Lane, Amherst , MA 01002

(413) 549-5034, visit website


Hitchcock Center for the Environment

525 South Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 256-6006, visit website


Amherst Computer Works

9 E. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 548-8900, visit website


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The Poetic Side of Massachusetts

The Emily Dickinson Museum | Amherst
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