Whether you call our geographic area the Pioneer Valley, the Five College Area or “Happy Valley”, we are located in a diverse, culturally-rich community known for its outstanding educational opportunities, the arts, outdoor activities, and beautiful surroundings. The Mount Holyoke and Mount Tom ranges are surrounded by the Connecticut River, New England’s longest and largest river. The City of Northampton, known as “Paradise City” is 9 miles away and is a celebrated arts and entertainment destination. Amherst, Springfield, and Historic Deerfield are nearby. The Daniel Stebbins House is easily accessible from I-91 (about a 15 minute drive), the Mass Turnpike (about a 15 minute drive) and is located 100 miles from Boston and 170 miles from New York City. You can get away from it all in our rural valley, take a day trip to the heart of the Berkshires, and still be a short drive away from major cosmopolitan centers.
Our area offers a myriad of activities and attractions. Outdoor activities to enjoy include hiking the trails of the Mt Holyoke range (the only mountain range in the US that runs east-west rather than north-south); cycling (the Norwottuck Rail Trail which has 10.5 miles of wonderful biking paths linking the towns of Northampton, Hadley, Amherst and Belchertown, is just 10 minutes away), kayaking, fishing, canoeing and tubing on the Connecticut and Deerfield rivers.
Art museums at all the local colleges, musuems in Springfield, including the newly opened Dr Suess Museum, the Eric Carl Museum, the Yiddish Book Shop, the Clarke Museum in Williamstown and Mass MOCA in North Adams provide venues to satisfy every artistic taste.
And if you are a FOODIE, you’ve come to the right place. Six of the best restaurants chosen by the Only In Your State website are located nearby:
The Student Prince and The Fort, Springfield
Hungry Ghost Bread, Northampton
Salem Cross Inn, West Brookfield
White Hut, West Springfield, Amherst, Longmeadow
The Federal Restaurant, Agawam
In addition many local eateries in South Hadley, Northampton and Amherst are notable for their fine food. You can even walk to the Commons and enjoy the food and ambiance of Food 101*, Johnny’s*, IYA Sushi and Noodle Kitchen*, Main Moon Chinese, the Tailgate Deli, and Yarde Tavern.
*these restaurants offer our guests a 10% discount on meals.
Other local restaurants of note are:
Master Chef, South Hadley-sushi bar, Japanese
Kisara Japanese and Korean Restaurant, Easthampton -sushi-Japanese, Korean
Nino’s Italian Restorante, Easthampton
Captain Jack’s Roadside Shack, Easthampton- seafood and burgers
Hope and Olive, Greenfield
And how about visiting our local breweries and vineyards:
Berkshire Brewery, South Deerfield
Tree House, South Deerfield
4 Star Farms Brewery, Northfield
Fort Hill Brewery, Easthampton
Northampton Brewery, Northampton
Leadfoot Brewing, Chicopee
Black Birch Vineyards, Hatfield
Glendale Ridge Vineyard
Mineral Hills, Northampton
Lost Acres Vineyard, Granby
Amherst Farm Brewery, Amherst
Mt. Warner Vineyards, Leverett
West County Cider, Shelburne Falls
To get to know what is available for scenic drives we recommend a visit to www.bywayswestmass.com
Check out the listings on onlyinyourstate for interesting and adventurous activities that you will find only in Massachusetts.