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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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Head Games Beauty Supply

67 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 253-7478, visit website


Sweester Park

Lessey Street, Amherst, MA 01002

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Hotel UMass

918 Campus Center, Amherst, MA 01003

(877) 822-2110, visit website


Pasta E Basta

26 Main Street, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 256-3550, visit website


Hospice Shop of the Fisher Home

55 University Drive, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 549-8800, visit website


Bueno Y Sano

1 Boltwood Walk, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 253-4000, visit website


Small Ones Farm

416 Bay Road, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 253-6788, visit website


Delivery Express

150 Fearing St., Amherst, MA 01002

Amherst 413-549-0077 (Springfield 413-781-0800), visit website


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The Poetic Side of Massachusetts

The Emily Dickinson Museum | Amherst
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