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Amherst Travel Guide: 14 reviews and 55 photos

Welcome to the Berkshires

Nestled in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts, Amherst is at the center of what is known as the "5-college area." While only 3 of the colleges are actually located in Amherst (The University of Massachusetts, Amherst College, and Hampshire College), two other colleges are located nearby (Smith College and Mount Holyoke University). As a result, the usual trappings of what you might expect in a college town are present. But drive just a few miles out of town, and it's not at all hard to find some breathtaking views.

The Quabbin Reservoir

One of the best "natural" places to visit in the area is actually a man-made lake called the Quabbin Reservoir. The Quabbin, which serves as the water supply for Boston and eastern Massachusetts, actually used to be a valley until 1938, when the area was dammed and flooded. State Police take great precautions to ensure that pesky terrorists don't sully this vital water supply. However, it appears boats are allowed on the reservoir. Maybe my parents should double-check their water filter...

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I have a great desire to visit here frequently, but that is in no way influenced by the fact that my in-laws live here. ;)

  • Last visit to Amherst: Nov 2012
  • Intro Updated Nov 24, 2012
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Dec 7, 2012 at 6:25 AM

    Hi Mark, nice tips and photos here on one of my favorite US towns. Some friends of mine used to teach in Amherst, and my grandmother was born just up the road in Easthampton.

    • travelfrosch's Profile Photo
      Dec 7, 2012 at 10:34 AM

      Sara's from there, so we travel there a lot from "way over" here in Boston. Thanks for your visit and kind words. Cheers, Mark

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Apr 30, 2009 at 6:22 PM

    Wonderful page, very nice tips! Looks like Socrates get lots of wonderful attention!

  • Herwig1961's Profile Photo
    Jan 13, 2009 at 1:25 AM

    Interesting tips,specialy the restaurant tip!Thank you!

  • christine.j's Profile Photo
    Jan 20, 2008 at 8:04 AM

    "Amrrst"! Oh the many different rules of English pronounciation!(When in doubt, spell!)

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Feb 14, 2007 at 6:03 PM

    Heard about Amherst many times but never visited. Thanks for sharing. Did go to nearby Smith once. When I first drove into Bay area, I did ask a local which way to "Sand Joe-Sea"? (San Jose).

  • Aafia's Profile Photo
    Oct 7, 2006 at 2:14 PM

    Great Amherst tips! Great photos! Nice meeting you in Baltimore. Afia

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