Northampton Travel Guide

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Northampton Things to Do

  • Smith College Campus Architecture

    The campus architecture dates back as far as the late 19th century, with several dormitory houses predating the founding of the campus. The college appears moderately funded, for it's architecture is mostly modest in architectural detail. Nevertheless, a walk through the campus on the hill is totally worthwhile, particularly in spring when the...

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  • Smith College Capen Garden

    Behind some dormitory houses off Elm Street is Capen Garden. When I visited the spring garden hadn't quite bloomed, but some students were lounging around appreciating the pleasant day. I had hard time finding where the gardens were hidden and eventually asked some college coeds for some help on where to walk.

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  • Smith College Botanical Gardens

    There are gardens adjacent to the greenhouses that are tended to produce a variety of herbs and flowers. Organization of these gardens is according to the Botany departments taxonomic plant species plan. Nearby is the bronze statue and fountain which symbolizes Smith College on it website.

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  • Smith College Lyman Plant Houses

    There are 10 smallish but impressive greenhouses connected to each other that are fun to walk through. There are tropical plants that have survived the harsh new England winters for many many years through the protection of the greenhouse environment. There are also desert cacti, a fish pond, and places to sit and meditate on it all. The...

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  • The Hampshire Courthouse Grounds

    The county courthouse building is the most substantial structure in downtown Northampton and can't be missed. It recently received a grant for it's restoration, and at present, outside on the grounds are several works of metal art by a local artist.

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  • Smith College Botanical Gardens

    Smith College has an very impressive set of botanic gardens spread across the campus, with the majority concentrated around or near the Botanic Garden exhibit hall, which traces the history of the garden and explains the thinking behind some of the displays. Outside, they have gardens which focus on themes such as wildflowers and ferns, as well as...

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Northampton Hotels

Northampton Restaurants

  • Asian Seafood Soup and Thai Ice Tea

    Just down the hill from Smith College on Main Street is the modestly priced up artful decor of Noodles. This is a very clean operation with a thoughtful menu. I had the Nava soup, a clear bean noodle soup with seafood and chopped peanut garnish. It was wonderful. Noodle's receipe for Thai Ice Tea is perhaps overly sweet but outstandingly good in...

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  • Beer and food in the sun

    The Northampton Brewery is apparently the oldest continuously-operated brewery in the Northeast (we trust them, though who is really keeping track?!). Despite its proximity to a large parking garage, it has a very nice location, in a space with a gorgeous wooden deck for outdoor dining (including an outdoor bar). The food is very solid for this...

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  • Unusual Moroccan and Mediterranian...

    Although Amanouz has seating, it's a hybrid place where you order your own food at the counter, and then take a seat while the kitchen gets to work. They have a pretty extensive menu, with everything from somewhat offbeat breakfast choices (omelets with ingredients off the beaten track), to North African stews, as well as expected choices like...

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  • For generations- the coziest spot in...

    Joe's never changes. That's a good thing.On tight little road, far off from the neon sushi bars of downtown, Joe's has been a landmark of comfortable dining.

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  • PIG OUT IN STYLE!

    If you haven't already been to Bub's....Shame on you!! LOL! Bub's is a casual, finger lickin' good, dining experience! A must for the entire family! Bub's has been famous for their delicious Barbeque for over 20 years...My family's favorite place to "Pig out in Style".... The Ribs are to die for!! slathered with Bub's famous homeade (secret...

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  • Smokey but fun

    Great place for a martini or scotch. The bar in the former access to teh train station. Long and narrow with club chairs and areas for conversation. It is a cigar bar so be prepared. Cosmopolitans. Light menu of items such as shrimp cocktail and baked brie. Warm mixed buts brought to the table with your drinks.

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  • Northampton is amazing. It is...

    Northampton is amazing. It is a cultural and intellectual hub. The restaurants are fantastic and the nightlife is fun and relaxed. Northampton has the highest population of massage therapists in new england, it seems. Whenever i visit i always get dinner and a massage. It's a night that cant be beat! I reccomend that you check out Massage Empire at...

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  • Bub's Barbecue...I'm not sure...

    Bub's Barbecue...I'm not sure where it is, I have a feeling it's along Route 9 on the way to Amherst...It's a shack with some picnic tables outside in the middle of what seems like nowhere, but it's good, there's a jukebox and all you can eat sides... Side dishes

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  • Herrell's Ice Cream in...

    Herrell's Ice Cream in Thorne's Market. There are two ice cream hotspots in Northampton -- Herrell's or Bart's and both offer a dizzying array of homemade ice creams, but Herrell's is by far the king of the cone! This is really good stuff, ignore the long line that stretches past the door and get some -- they're known for the hot fudge and it's...

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Northampton Nightlife

  • AVOID THESE PLACES

    What ever happened to customer service? It doesn't exist in these places. If you like slithering into a hole-in-the-wall dive then this is the place for you. The woman that runs Hugos is a total hag and a ***. She thinks the world should kiss her ass just because she runs a bar. Oh, and expect to double tip for the terrible service.My recollection...

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  • Beer, beer, beer!

    The Moan and Dove was the reason for our trip out to Amherst/Northampton, since it was voted number one on beeradvocate.com's 2006 list of the "Top 50 Places to Have a Beer", and we're big fans of the second-placed location, The Publick House.On the negative side, the Moan and Dove is obviously something of a trek unless you're from the area, and...

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  • The Bars as I See Them

    The Tunnel: Bring your wallet. Martini's, leather arm chairs and a rounded ceiling. And, they microwave the bowls of nuts to warm them up.The Toasted Owl: sports bar w/ spicey ketchupSilk City: known for their hot dogs. Pool.Silk Road: Tragically hip. Impossible to mix up with Silk City.Tully O'Reilly's ( previously City Cafe): cop bar during the...

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Northampton Shopping

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    by YankeeGal Written Nov 29, 2005

    Thornes is three floors of shopping and one floor of performance space. Sparkling accessories, scarves in every material, Tibetian bells, and the best cheddar tomato soup this side of the Mississippi. The Mulberry Tree is the most adorible children's store I have had the delight to shop in. Shoes, fresh flowers, fine vegitarian dining, high-end cutlery- all is available under one roof. Up the grand stair case, down the elevator, or out the side door through the famous Steve Harrell's ice cream shop( it is recommended that you try the chocolate pudding or burnt sugar ice creams as you pass through)- it is a maze worth exploring.
    When I was small there was an old fashioned metal grate elevator running through the center of the building. It thrilled me to ride in that metal beast. The elevator was a relic of McCallum's- the original resident of the building- one of the first department stores in Northampton- back in the days when ladies wore gloves and didn't smoke in public.

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Northampton Local Customs

  • Those girls are kissing!

    Yes, there's a lot of 'girl-on-girl' in these parts. Lovely Smith College has been providing scenic Northampton with L.U.G.s (Lesbian Until Graduation) for decades. It's nothing new and it's nothing extrodianary. Please, don't stare at the lesbians.

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  • noho is big on progressive...

    noho is big on progressive mindedness. the people there are cool, hip, considerate, intelligent and artsy! Northampton was named the biggest little art town in america, and for good reason. you have to check out all the art studios and stores on main street.

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Northampton Warnings and Dangers

  • by selva_oscura Written Oct 5, 2002

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    Watch out for the parking meters!!! dont park on main street. park in a city parking lot, or the garage behiund thornes. tickets are 10$ a pop, and the meter maids are VICIOUS!!! they swarm all day long and just wait for your meter to expire.

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Northampton Off The Beaten Path

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    by YankeeGal Written Nov 29, 2005

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    This once grand hotel burned to the ground when a man tried to burn the carcass of his horse. They rebuilt, but, it was never the same. It's a grand place to clamber over stones, poke through gothic arches, and, if you're lucky, watch hawks, turkey vultures, falcons and bald eagles riding the winds that rush up the mountain.

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Northampton Sports & Outdoors

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    by sarahandgareth Updated May 29, 2007

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    The Norwottuck Rail Trail is an old railway line linking Northampton with Amherst, and which has been converted for use as a bike/running/walking trail (for the most part, it runs close to route 9). It's a great resource, starting near the Connecticut river (you cross an old trestle bridge at that point) and stretching east for over 8 miles. It is well-shaded in many sections, which makes it perfect for running, even on quite a warm day, and if you are staying at a motel along route 9 it's generally easy to access. As you might, expect, it gets plenty of use: in our experience, users were very good at sharing, with bike riders giving plenty of warning and 'thank yous' as they rode by.

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Northampton Favorites

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    by hajin Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Western Massachusetts is beautiful when the leaves start to change color. The last visit, my friends and I went hiking up at Skinner State Park. We did a short, but steep hike to the top of Mount Holyoke (for all my Smith friends...hahaha, I know) and got a great view of Northampton and the foliage.

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