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Top Choice Historic Site in Northampton

Dinosaur Footprints

Around 190 million years ago, the Pioneer Valley area was a subtropical swamp inhabited by carnivorous, two-legged dinosaurs, and a large cluster of their footprints is preserved in situ on the west bank of the Conn…
College in Northampton

Smith College

Founded 'for the education of the intelligent gentlewoman' in 1875, Smith College is one of the largest women's colleges in the country, with 2600 students. The verdant 125-acre campus holds an eclectic architectura…
Burgers in Northampton

Local Burger

Locavores flock to this burger joint on Main St, where every effort is made to use locally sourced beef and produce. Burger-masters turn out eight tasty custom burgers (especially good for satisfying the late-night …
Ice Cream in Northampton

Herrell's Ice Cream

Steve Herrell began scooping out gourmet ice cream in this place in 1980. Even before that, he had invented 'Smoosh-ins', which is when a topping (any topping) is manually smushed into the ice cream (any flavor) usi…
Cafe in Northampton

Woodstar Cafe

Students flock to this family-run bakery/cafe, just a stone's throw from campus, for tasty sandwiches made on the freshest of bread and named after local towns and landmarks. Save room for dessert, as the pastries –…
Theater in Northampton

New Century Theatre

One of the best regional theater companies in the US stages works by playwrights such as Wendy Wasserstein and Northampton's own Sam Rush. Performances are held at the Mendenhall Center on the Smith College campus.
Cafe in Northampton

Haymarket Café

Need a place where you can read an entire book in one go? Then try lounging around this bohemian cafe offering espresso, fresh juices, tempeh burgers and an extensive vegetarian menu. If students hunkered down over …
Museum in Northampton

Smith College Museum of Art

This impressive campus museum boasts a 25,000-piece collection. The collection is particularly strong in 19th- and 20th-century European and North American paintings, including works by Degas, Winslow Homer, Picasso…
Indian in Northampton

India House

This upscale Indian restaurant was the first in the Pioneer Valley. It is housed in an attractive house decked out with Jaipuri artwork and custom-made (in India) furniture. It's a perfect setting to sample the insp…
Gardens in Northampton

Lyman Conservatory

Visitors are welcome to explore Smith College's collection of Victorian greenhouses, set opposite Paradise Pond, which are packed to the brim with odd things in bloom. There's a popular 'bulb show' in spring and a '…