Amherst and the surrounding area are rich in natural beauty and cultural attractions. Charming downtown Amherst offers many wonderful cafes and restaurants, excellent independent bookstores, and a great independent cinema. Nearby Northampton is also a popular spot for dining, shopping, browsing local art galleries, or catching a show at one of its many music venues.
A number of area museums and literary destinations include:
- Emily Dickinson Homestead
- National Yiddish Book Center
- The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
- Beneski Museum of Natural History
- Smith College Museum of Art
- W.E.B. Du Bois Center
- David Ruggles Center
- Nueva Esperanza
New England weather is beautiful and unpredictable. June can range from quite warm (80s to 90s) to chilly (50s), and can be rainy, so we suggest keeping an eye on the area’s forecast as June approaches. There are many local retailers accessible by car or bus if you need anything during your stay here.