Places in Central Massachusetts & the Berkshires
With the exception of gritty Springfield, the Pioneer Valley offers a gentle landscape of college towns, picturesque farms and old mills that have been charmingly converted into modern use. The uber-cool burg of Northampton provides the region's top dining, nightlife and street scenes. For visitor information on the entire Pioneer Valley, go to www.valleyvisitor.com.
Also referred to as Worcester County, central Massachusetts marks a boundary between Boston's suburbs to the east and vast swatches of farm and hill country to the west. The city of Worcester (say 'Wooster') dominates the area, offering a worthwhile museum and relic diners to discerning travelers.
In a region famous for its charming college towns, you'd be hard-pressed to find anything more appealing than the crooked streets of downtown Northampton. Old red-brick buildings, buskers and lots of pedestrian traffic provide a lively backdrop as you wander into cafes, rock clubs and bookstores.
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