Museum in Amherst

Emily Dickinson Museum

During her lifetime, Emily Dickinson (1830–86) published only seven poems, but more than 1000 were discovered and published posthumously, and her verses on love, nature and immortality have made her one of the...

Museum in Amherst

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

Co-founded by the author and illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, this superb museum celebrates book illustrations from around the world with rotating exhibits in three galleries, as well as a permanent...

Cinema in Amherst

Amherst Cinema

Here's an independent, nonprofit theater that uses solar panels to help power the films. That's all good, but the real reason to come here is for the cutting-edge programming – classic films, foreign flicks,...

Cemetery in Amherst

West Cemetery

For a peek at Amherst's colorful past, make your way to the West Cemetery, between Triangle St and N Pleasant St. Here you'll find the graves of Amherst's notables, including Emily Dickinson. To spot her stone,...

College in Amherst

Amherst College

Founded in 1821, Amherst College has retained its character and quality partly by maintaining its small size (1850 students). The scenic campus lies just south of the town common. Get information on guided campus...

Food & Drinks in Amherst

Atkins Farms Country Market

This farm produce center and local institution, about 3 miles south of Amherst, offers maple sugar products in spring, garden produce in summer, apples and pumpkins in the fall and ice cream year-round. Call...

Bar in Amherst

Moan & Dove

The folks at this small, dark saloon near Hampshire College know their beer. Choose from 150 bottles and 20 draft beers. No food is served – unless you count free peanuts – but you can bring your own grub. The...

Italian in Amherst

Osteria Vespa

Locally sourced meats and Italian-style cheeses from nearby farms are given a Tuscan twist, and the pasta and gnocchi is made fresh daily at one of Amherst's more upscale restaurants. Prices are on the high side,...

Museum in Amherst

Mead Art Museum

A small but scintillating collection of art works that span the globe, ranging from American and European paintings to Mexican pottery to West African sculpture to Tibetan scrolls. One highlight is the...

Cafe in Amherst

Amherst Coffee

Coffee shop by day, wine and whiskey bar by night, this place is surprisingly urbane for little Amherst. The limited menu features a delectable selection of charcuterie, cheese and other Italian-style snacks....

Cafe in Amherst

Lone Wolf

Who says brunch is only for weekends? Thanks to the friendly waitstaff and its use of local, organic ingredients, the Lone Wolf has earned itself a strong fan base for its superb omelets, huevos rancheros and...

Pizza in Amherst

Antonio's Pizza by the Slice

Amherst's most popular pizza place features excellent slices made with a truly vast variety of toppings. Bizarre as some offerings are (black bean avocado), the place comes across as authentic, set in an old...

Museum in Amherst

Beneski Museum of Natural History

Kids will dig the enormous woolly mammoth and dinosaur skeletons at this museum on the campus of Amherst College. Exhibits focus on the geological history of the Pioneer Valley, including an extraordinary...

Performing Arts in Amherst

UMass Fine Arts Center

This striking concert hall is the region's largest venue, located on the University of Massachusetts campus. It offers a full program of classical and world music concerts, theater and dance.

University in Amherst

Hampshire College

The region's most innovative center of learning is Hampshire College, 3 miles south of Amherst center on MA 116. Students here don't pick a major in the regular sense of the word; rather, the school emphasizes...

University in Amherst

University of Massachusetts

The enormous University of Massachusetts at Amherst illustrates the distinction between public and private higher education in the US. Founded in 1863 as the Massachusetts Agricultural College, it's now the...

Live Music in Amherst

Black Sheep Café

This bustling deli cafe typically has live music four times a week, though not necessarily at night. Knock back some coffee and a bagel with some Sunday morning Dixieland, or help yourself through hump day with a...