Amherst Travel Guide

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Amherst Things to Do

  • Mount Norwottuck Hike

    Hiking from the Notch Visitor's Center to the summit of Mount Norwottuck is fairly easy (1.2 miles). There are some steep spots, but it's not too bad. It's a good way to see a view of the Pioneer Valley from the summit. Mount Norwottuck is a drumlin, one of a few in the area, a geographical feature formed by glaciers.

  • Quabbin Reservoir Visitor Center

    The Quabbin Visitor Center provides exhibits about the history of the creation of the reservoir. The water supply's creation was not without controversy, as its construction required the towns of Dana, Enfield, Greenwich, and Prescott to be "discontinued," their residents evacuated, and their homes flooded forever. There's a touching videotape,...

  • Enfield Overlook

    One of the most beautiful places to visit in the Quabbin Reservoir area is the Enfield Overlook. This area affords views of the part of the reservoir that used to be the village of Enfield before it was flooded. This also serves as a trailhead, as there are a number of hiking trails from this point, both up and down, from the convenient parking...


Amherst Hotels

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  • Campus Center Hotel

    As the name says, this hotel is located in the middle of the UMASS campus, and it's an easy choice...

  • University Lodge

    345 NORTH PLEASANT STREET, Amherst, MA 01002

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Business

  • Lord Jeffery Inn

    30 Boltwood Ave., Amherst, Massachusetts, 01002, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

Amherst Restaurants

  • Best Pizza you'll ever experience.

    Ask any of the locals where to get some good pizza,and they'll direct you right to Antonio's.They have so many different types of pizza (two hundred ~ three hundred ish), including my favorites: chicken quesedilla, tomato and basil and el guapo. There's so many options- 10 to 20 different types of pizza is on display at a time, with their usuals...

  • Dining with the Popover Queen

    For casual local dining, Judie's is THE place to go in Amherst. An Amherst institution for nearly 3 decades, Judie's is known for freshly cooked food, delicious baked desserts of all kinds... and of course, popovers. Popovers are certainly the featured dish, to the point that owner Judie is known as "Popover Queen."Judie's is open Tuesday-Thursday...

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Amherst Transportation

  • Valley Transporter to Bradley Airport

    There are no practical public transportation connections between Amherst and Bradley Hartford/Springfield International Airport (IATA Code: BDL). Your best bet is a private shuttle service called the Valley Transporter. Advance reservations are required and fare varies, but expect to pay about $53 each way for a shared van. The service recommends...

  • Amtrak to Amherst

    Amherst has a small train station for Amtrak (train station code: AMM). The station has no services and a modest covered platform to wait for your train. Amtrak's "Vermonter" stops here once per day in each direction on its route between Washington, DC and St. Albans, Vermont. Be aware there is no way to purchase tickets in Amherst; your only...

  • Peter Pan Bus

    The primary means of public transportation to and from Amherst is the Peter Pan bus. This private regional bus line, founded in 1933, provides 7 daily buses between Amherst and Boston, normally with a connection in Springfield, total travel time between 3 and 3 1/2 hours. Occasionally on Fridays, there is additional express service to Boston. To...


Amherst Local Customs

  • Valley Light Opera

    Every November the Valley Light Opera puts on a high-quality production consisting of entirely of volunteers, so ticket prices are always quite reasonable. Productions almost always are Gilbert and Sullivan. The 2007 performance was The Mikado. Everyone must audition. I have heard performances are just as good as professional ones.Until he passed...

  • Don't pronounce the "H"

    Locals are very touchy on this subject. They insist that the "H" in their town's name should not be pronounced. It's actually a good way to tell the eastern Massachusetts folks from residents of western Massachusetts. Those in the east pronounce the town's name "am-hearst," while western residents proudly pronounce it "amrrst." Locals claim it's...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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