Enjoy the Best of City Life In a Country Setting

The Valley, surrounded by mountain ranges and set beside the banks of the Connecticut River, is known for its spectacular scenery.

Northampton in August

Northampton in August

It boasts unspoiled, natural spaces, lively college towns, abundant cultural offerings, distinctive shops, farm-to-table cafes and elegant restaurants, as well as state-of-the-art health care and an atmosphere of welcome and affirmation for all, no matter your color, creed or whom you love.

Blending its own rich cultural atmosphere with convenient access to Boston, The Berkshires (Tanglewood!) 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)! In 2015, Northampton was designated one of the Top 10 Small Cities on the country on a survey by the financial website Wallethub.com.

The Boston Globe has said, “This small city offers more restaurants and shops, certainly more galleries, theaters and performance venues than most urban centers dozens of times its size. Add two rivers, mountain views, landscaped parks and meadow walks, and you begin to see why people call it paradise.”

What can you do in this wonderful paradise? Drive your car or ride the Lathrop van to downtown Northampton. Maybe you’ll take in a concert at one of the local theatres, hear jazz at a local club, wander through the Smith College art museum or audit a course at one of the five local colleges. In May, watch or walk in the Pride Parade where, in this LGBT-friendly town, everyone marches, including the mayor, hospital staff, and your friendly local car dealer. On July 4, watch the fireworks at the local park. img-gallery33-lgWhen you get hungry, enjoy fresh produce at one of the farm-to-table restaurants or buy a cup of sustainably-grown coffee at a local cafe. When you tire of the town bustle, walk one of the many nature trails on the area’s conserved land, bike or hike the extensive rail trails and stop for an ice cream cone at a restored railroad station. Take a boat ride to see eagles along the Connecticut river. When the grand kids visit, take them to Northampton’s Look Park for the bumper boats or a picnic by the lake, or drive to nearby towns for a water park, Six Flags amusement park, or an amazing butterfly garden.

To use the map below, click on the colored “pin” of the category which you wish to search and a small drop down menu will appear below the “pin.” In order to narrow and specify your search, you can then check the box of the targets that you wish to locate. (To learn more about the entire Pioneer Valley, please “zoom” out to a larger scale map.) To clear the map for your next search, you can click on “Reset Map” at the top of window, or simply click on another “pin.” Have fun!