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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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Purple Gables Bed & Breakfast

232 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 549-0705, visit website


Simple Gifts Farm

1089 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 549-1585, visit website


Big Guy Liquors

25 Montague Rd., Amherst, MA 01002



The Sub and Pizza of Amherst

33 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 549-5160, visit website


Historic Inns of Amherst - Allen House Victorian Inn

599 Main Street, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 253-5000, visit website


The Taste Thai Cuisine

25 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 256-5421, visit website


Lord Jeffery Inn

30 Boltwood Ave., Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 256-8200, visit website


Kelly’s Restaurant

314 College Street, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 253-9521


R & P Package Store

505 West St., Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 253-9742, visit website


Amherst Ballet

29 Strong Street, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 549-1555, visit website


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The Poetic Side of Massachusetts

The Emily Dickinson Museum | Amherst
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