7 Reasons Why Hampshire County Will Blow Your Mind

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When you hear Massachusetts, most people think of Boston and the eastern coastline. The state is much more than just the Red Sox, ducklings and chowdah. Head inland to the west where you’ll find the beautiful area of Hampshire County. Leave the hustle and bustle behind and you’ll see why Hampshire County is the heart of Western Massachusetts.

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The Abundance of Natural Beauty

With 3 state parks and 8 conservation areas, you’ll never have trouble finding a breath of fresh air. Whether you’re a waterfall chaser or summit scaler, you’ll find a piece of nature that makes your heart swell. Strap on those hiking books and make your way up to the Mt Holyoke Summit – the views are not to be missed.

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Hampshire County’s Plethora of Delicious Eats

Let’s be honest, we always want a good meal no matter where we’re travelling to. Have no fear, there are plenty of great restaurants to be found in Hampshire County! Northampton hosts 20+ restaurants just in the downtown core alone, with plenty of other great eats in neighbouring towns. A must-eat is Amherst’s Bread & Butter – their iconic Pork Belly Eggs Benny is NOT to be missed!

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It Boasts the Only Hydroponic Park in the Country

Mill 180 Park is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before! Using soilless methods to grow plants, the park creates an outdoor space, indoors. Inspired by the look and feel of urban parks like that of NYC’s Central Park, Mill 180 Park gives locals and tourists alike a place to enjoy nature without Mother Nature ever raining on their parade! It’s also a great spot to grab a bite or try one an amazing “parktails” made with their house-made syrups.

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The Beautiful Boutique Hotels

A day full of adventure means you need a great place to sleep, and Hampshire County has many great places to rest your head! You’ll feel spoiled with a stay at the Hotel Northampton. In its 90th year now, this colonial revival style inn has become the centrepiece of Northampton. You’ll fall in love with the charm & elegance of this architectural beauty!

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Its Extensive Art & Craft Program

Hampshire County is home to Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program, a non-profit organization which offers a unique setting for amateur and practicing artists alike. Here you can immerse yourself in an art while surrounded by the ever inspiring beauty of nature. With a variety of artistic disciplines from glass blowing to printmaking to metalsmithing, Snow Farm offers weekend and week-long programs for attendees to hone their craft!

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Hampshire County’s Delicious Craft Beer

Craft beer is exploding across the country and Hampshire County is no exception! With gems like Abandoned Building Brewery in Easthampton, it’s easy to find a stellar pint. Plus many of the breweries have amazing décor, you’ll want to drink your beer slowly to soak it all up!

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The Sense of Community

Hampshire County has such a warm, welcoming vibe. It’s easy to understand when you hear that many of its cities include a high LGBT population. Not only this, but many of the local institutions are accessible to everyone, including the Smith College Museum of Art. They involve their students & staff in curation and also offer free admission days to ensure everyone can have access to the arts. It’s so great to see so many businesses & institutions thinking of the local community’s accessibility!

I've Been Bit! A Travel Blog :: 7 Reasons Why Hampshire County Will Blow Your Mind!

Have you visited Hampshire County? My time there was short but packed with adventure. I can’t wait to return and explore more of it and Western Mass. After just a few hours in the area, you’ll quickly understand why it’s affectionately called Bestern Massachusetts!

I've Been Bit! A Travel Blog :: 7 Reasons Why Hampshire County Will Blow Your Mind!

Disclaimer
A big thanks to Visit Hampshire County for hosting me during the first leg of my Massachusetts road trip adventure! I had an absolute blast exploring your area and hope to return again soon. As always, all reviews and opinions are my own.

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13 Comments

  1. Lisa at Snow Farm

    August 15, 2017

    Thank you for visiting us Lindsay. When are you coming back to take a workshop? We’ll send you the 2018 schedule as soon as it’s ready and if any of your readers want to receive a copy in the mail, send them over to http://www.snowfarm.org

    • Lindz author

      August 17, 2017

      Hi Lisa! I’m not sure, but it’s definitely a tempting offer! I’ll have to take a look at your 2018 guide when it’s available 😊

  2. Karlie

    August 19, 2017

    This looks like such a cute part of the state! Snow Farm looks incredible. I still have a hard time pronouncing Massachusetts :p

    • Lindz author

      August 19, 2017

      Haha I’ve definitely been tongue-tied a few times with it! :) The area is absolutely adorable – I can’t wait to return.

  3. Tina

    August 19, 2017

    Haven’t been to Hampshire County yet, but it looks so beautiful! I’m always looking for a great weekend getaway in the northeast!

    • Lindz author

      August 19, 2017

      It’s the perfect weekend getaway! I suggest staying in Northampton and exploring it – the town alone is great for a day and then a hike or two for the other!

  4. Vanessa

    August 19, 2017

    I’ve been to Boston many times, but never really ventured west. Clearly, I’m missing out. That beer is calling my name!

    • Lindz author

      August 19, 2017

      Haha it sure is! Next time you’re in the area you should definitely venture west. It’s a beautiful area 😊

  5. Lia

    August 19, 2017

    OMG!! I went to Mount Holyoke in South Hadley for my freshmen year of college so I’m familiar with the area… but I didn’t have a car so I didn’t get to do ANY of this cool stuff! Well, except the stuff on the nearby college campuses 😛 I really want to go back in the fall (SO BEAUTIFUL) and show my husband all that western MA has to offer! Saving your post for that trip :)

    • Lindz author

      August 19, 2017

      No way! Well I’m glad that you’ll be able to explore more when you return – it’s a gorgeous area! I’m sure you’ll love it 😊

  6. Olivia

    August 20, 2017

    I love places like this! Away from the hustle and bustle, but still so inviting and beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

    • Lindz author

      August 20, 2017

      Yes! I think many people don’t take enough time to get away from the busy-busy of our everyday lives 😊

  7. Hannah

    August 20, 2017

    Got to love it when places you don’t expect much from have so much to offer. Even more so because it usually means smaller crowds! Sure looks gorgeous + always win with craft beer.

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