The Connecticut River, looking southward over Sunderland from Deerfield.

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.




Academy of Music
Iron Horse Entertainment Group
Northampton Center for the Arts
Music in Deerfield
Boston Pops at Tanglewood
Jacob’s Pillow

Mullins Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Calvin Theater

UMASS Fine Arts Center, Amherst


Summit House Skinner Mountain
Quabbin Reservoir
Chesterfield Gorge
Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary
Mt. Tom State Reservation
Norwottuck Rail Trail
Mt. Sugarloaf State Reservation
The Notch/Mt. Holyoke Reservation



Eric Carle Museum
National Yiddish Book Center
Emily Dickinson Homestead
William Cullen Bryant Homestead
Historic Deerfield
Norman Rockwell Museum
Clark Art Institute
Springfield Museums:
Art, History, Science, Dr. Seuss

Art Museum At Mt. Holyoke College,

Art museum at Smith College

Mead Art Museum, Amherst College


Massachusetts Community Fairs
Northampton Film Festival
Old Deerfield Craft Fairs
Paradise City Arts Festival
Green River Music Festival
Brimfield Antique and Collectible Show



Botanic Gardens of Smith College
Botanic Gardens of Mt. Holyoke College
Shelburne Falls’ Bridge of Flowers
Look Memorial Park, Northampton
Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory
Yankee Candle Flagship Company
Basketball Hall of Fame
Nash Dinosaur Track Quarry and Rock Shop
Berkshire East
Zoar Outdoor



University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Amherst College, Amherst
The Macduffie School, Granby
Deerfield Academy, Deerfield
Eaglebrook School, Deerfield
Williston Northampton School, Easthampton
Smith College, Northampton
Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley
Berkshire Music Academy, South Hadley