UMass and Amherst Area

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. With Wednesday afternoons off for personal writing time or adventuring, the Connecticut River Valley has plenty of magical places to visit.

A number of area museums and literary destinations include:

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.