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The leafy college town of Amherst is home to several colleges, and you'll see lots of grand looking red-bricked buildings where the future leaders of tomorrow are taking their classes. Amherst has a reputation for having a smart, cultural populace, and with a strong emphasis on the arts and education, you can see why it's a popular town for the well educated. Wander around the impeccably kept streets and you'll find plenty of historic architecture dating back to the 17th century, and the town's association with poet Emily Dickinson has made it an important stop for history and literature enthusiasts.

Things to see

The University of Massachussets-Amherst has a historic campus with buildings featuring dramatic spires, lots of tall trees, and a lake where you'll often see the bright students of this prestigious university hanging out and enjoying the fresh air between classes. On campus you'll also find the modern Mullins Center which is an impressive arena hosting many of the university's sports teams. On game day you'll find the stands packed full of cheering basketball or ice hockey fans, and there's also a varied calendar of events from live music to theatrical productions that draw in the crowds. The Emily Dickinson Museum is the site of the birthplace of the famous 20th century poet, and it's where she lived in various periods of her life. This imposing property has all kinds of architectural inspirations having been improved over the years, and inside you can tour the perfectly preserved rooms where Dickinson wrote so many great works. Literary lovers will also enjoy the contemporary Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art which celebrates the author and illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, as well as other iconic and colorful picture books.

Hotels in Amherst

There are several 2 and 3 star hotels in Amherst and the surrounding areas, and this makes it easy to find a comfortable room for a great nightly rate. These hotels have excellent facilities for business travelers, with extras such as free WiFi, 24 hour business centers, meeting rooms, and audiovisual equipment hire, as well as plenty of leisure facilities to help you wind down such as fitness centers, indoor pools, restaurants, and bars. Rooms also have lots of little extras to help you feel at home, and you can enjoy amenities such as LCD televisions, hair dryers, complimentary toiletries, irons, and ironing boards.

Where to stay

Amherst has a historic and charming downtown district, with traditional pubs, cozy restaurants, and plenty of independent cafés that are buzzing with chattering students and professors. There are also plenty of locally owned stores selling handmade and artisanal goods, and bookstores crammed with textbooks and second hand volumes that are snatched up by the well-read locals. There's also a popular farmers' market which runs for most of the year, and here you can choose from a tempting array of foods from freshly baked bread to freshly picked produce. The South Amherst Common Historic District is an essential stop for those interested in architecture, and along these leafy streets you'll find beautiful homes with classic examples of Federal, Georgian, and Revival architecture.

How to get to Amherst

Bradley International Airport has flights arriving from major cities across the USA, and from here it's just a 45 minute drive to Amherst. You can either pick up a rental car or shuttle service, or you can take the bus from the airport to the Hartford Amtrak station, then take a direct train to Amherst which takes just over 2 hours. Boston Logan International Airport is also a popular arrival point for visitors from around the world, and this is less than a 2 hour drive away. Amherst Amtrak Station is also conveniently placed close to the center of town, and from here you can take the Vermonter line as far as Washington DC and St Albans.