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Compiled by the Allen House Inn

Bordering the Berkshire Hills in the Pioneer Valley, Amherst is a traditional New England college town. Located in the rural geographic heart of New England, Amherst makes a good base from which to explore the rich history, beautiful scenery, and cultural vibrance of the region.

New England is world-renowned for the beauty and splendor of its everchanging four seasons, but it is especially famous for its colorful fall foliage.

The Amherst-Northampton region abounds with artistic, intellectual, and leisure pursuits. The scenic hills and valleys, coupled with abundant cultural activities, make the Amherst-Northampton area a premiere year-round New England travel destination.

View of the Connecticut River Valley

View of the Connecticut River from atop Mt. Sugarloaf, looking toward Amherst and the Holyoke Range


The following are area cultural events, festivals, and points of interest - within walking distance to an hour's drive of the Allen House Inn.
Literary Tours Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Jones Library Special Collections, Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe, Herman Melville, Edith Wharton, William Cullen Bryant, National Yiddish Book Center.
Historical Village Tours Historic Deerfield, Old Sturbridge Village, Hancock Shaker Village, Storrowton Village.
Art Museum Tours Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, Smith College Art Museum, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, University of Massachusetts Fine Arts Center, Springfield Museums, Worcester Art Museum, Mass MOCA, Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute, Williams College Museum of Art, Chesterwood Studio, Norman Rockwell Museum, Eric Carl Museum, Fiber Arts Center.
Historical House Tours Amherst History Museum, Porter-Phelps Huntington House, Historic Northampton, Stone House Museum, Belchertown, Wistariahurst Museum, Skinner Museum, Mt. Holyoke.
Specialty Museums Pratt Museum of Natural History at Amherst College, Springfield Quadrangle Museums, Hadley Farm Museum, Words & Pictures Museum, Yankee Candle & Car Museums, Indian House Memorial Museum-Deerfield Village, Springfield Armory National Historic Site, Berkshire Museum, Higgins Armory Museum, New England Air Museum, National Music Foundation Museum, Basketball Hall of Fame, Volleyball Hall of Fame, Magic Wing Butterfly Conservatory and Garden.
Performing Arts Theater/Dance: Fine Arts Center - University of Massachusetts, Massachusetts International Festival for the Arts, KO Theater at Amherst College, Hampshire Shakespeare Co., CityStage and Symphony Hall, Mount Holyoke Summer Theater, New Century Theater at Smith College, Northampton Center for the Arts, Berkshire Theater Festival, Shakespeare & Company, Williamstown Theater Festival, Paradise City Arts Festival, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. Northampton Film Festival.
Music Fine Arts Center - U.Mass, Amherst College Early Music Festival, Musicorda Festival at Mount Holyoke College, Springfield Symphony Hall, Northampton Academy of Music, Iron Horse Music Hall, National Music Center, Sevenars Concerts, Mohawk Trail Concerts, Aston Magna Concerts, Boston Symphony at the Tanglewood Music Festival.
Garden Tours Amherst Strong House Museum, Strong House, Durfee Conservatory at U.Mass, Lyman Plant House & Botanical Gardens at Smith College, Talcott Arboretum at Mount Holyoke College, Gardens at Naumkeag, Stanley Park, Berkshire Botanical Gardens.
Nature Hitchcock Center for the Environment, Quabbin Reservoir, Mt. Toby Reservaton, Holyoke Range State Park, Skinner Mountain State Park, Mt. Sugarloaf State Reservation, Mt. Tom State Reservation, Holyoke Heritage State Park, Elwell State Park, Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, The Zoo at Forest Park, Northfield Mountain Recreation & Environmental Center.
"Scenic Wonders"
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