Empowered Independent Living
Located in the heart of the Pioneer Valley, Lathrop combines the best of empowered independent and supported living grounded by a strong sense of place.
The Valley, surrounded by mountain ranges and set beside the banks of the Connecticut River, is known for its spectacular scenery. It boasts unspoiled, natural spaces, lively college towns and abundant cultural offerings, with outstanding arts and entertainment venues, quaint and distinctive shops, a wide variety of farm-to-table cafes and elegant restaurants, as well as state-of-the-art health care.
Five great institutions of higher education call the Valley home — Smith, Amherst, Mt. Holyoke, Hampshire and U. Mass Amherst. These schools collaborate in the prestigious Five College Consortium, which sponsors the renowned Five College Learning In Retirement program, in which Lathrop residents enthusiastically participate — initiating, designing and moderating seminars. Many of these seminars are hosted on the two Lathrop campuses. Learning In Retirement is a model of active adult learning for those who are excited by the opportunity to engage with the world, acquire new skills and continue their intellectual growth.
Blending its own rich cultural atmosphere with convenient access to Boston, The Berkshires and New York City, it’s no wonder that Northampton was selected “Number One Best Small Arts Town in America” (John Villani 2000), and #1 Best Place for Retirees (New York Times May 4, 2007)! For more information about Northampton please visit visitnoho.com.
Downtown Easthampton, just minutes from both Lathrop campuses, has been undergoing an exciting cultural renaissance in recent years. Citizens have formed numerous collectives and organizations focused on supporting and growing the vibrant creative character of the city. Click here to visit the Easthampton City Arts website. City officials have facilitated this homegrown revitalization, which culminated in 2013 when the state designated the cluster of unique businesses that line Cottage Street as an official Cultural District. The downtown continues to build a reputation for a “down-to-earth funkiness” with an eclectic array of quaint shops, galleries, and bustling night-life all set in the back-drop of a diverse arts scene. To learn more about all that Hampshire County has to offer please visit the website http://visithampshirecounty.com.
The Meeting House is the community center for Lathrop Northampton. The Meeting House hosts movies, lectures, classes, concerts and pot-luck suppers, and contains the community library, arts and crafts and fitness rooms.
The residents of Lathrop Easthampton use the Inn as their community center. The Inn also hosts the mail room, dining room, café, library, thrift shop, beauty shop, arts and crafts.