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Exploring Massachusetts' Pioneer Valley

Katie Dunn Canoeing on Lake Massawippi, in North Hatley, Quebec.

Photo: Katie Dunn

This 1,100-square-mile patchwork of farms, orchards, and rolling hills has lured free- spirited artists and literati for decades—but never has it enjoyed the cultural richness that it does now.

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Destinations: Amherst · Northampton

Hotels (1)

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    Lord Jeffery Inn

    The colonial inn features a stone fireplace and is frequented by Amherst alums sipping single-malt scotch. The patio overlooks the village green an

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    Chez Albert

    Enjoy Gallic classics like wine-braised rabbit with parsnips.

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    Sylvester's

    The breakfast joint serves delicious pancakes in a cheerfull atmosphere.

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    R. Michelson Gallery

    The gallery features local artists including Linda Post.

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    Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation

    The mountain's peak offers an incredible vista of the Connecticut River snaking through the valley.

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    Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

    The campus museum boasts 10 galleries dedicated to Asian, Renaissance, and contemporary art.

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    Smith College Museum of Art

    A large majority of the artworks here are gifts of alumnae - many of whom started donating their prized posessions in the early 1900's. The buildin

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  • Touring the Berkshires' Best Art Museums

    North Adams, Berkshires, Amherst, Northampton, Williamstown

    Thanks in part to the largesse of their alumni, the area’s colleges (Amherst, Williams, Smith, and Mount Holyoke) have remarkable museums that have helped turn this community of former mill towns a

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