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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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McMurphy’s Uptown Tavern

37 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 253-0170


Small Ones Farm

416 Bay Road, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 253-6788, visit website


Miss Saigon

96 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 253-9988, visit website


Andrew’s Greenhouse

1230 S. East St., Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 253-2937, visit website


Sunset Farm

20 Brigham Lane, Amherst , MA 01002

(413) 549-5034, visit website


Thai Corner

31 Boltwood Walk, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 253-1639, visit website


Moti Persian Mediterranean Restaurant

25 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 259-2150, visit website


Simple Gifts Farm

1089 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 549-1585, visit website


Valley Transporter, Inc.

479 West Street, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 253-1350, visit website


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The Poetic Side of Massachusetts

The Emily Dickinson Museum | Amherst
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