Courtesy of Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

Culture and countryside along the Connecticut River.

Travel + Leisure
August 20, 2012

Set along the Connecticut River in Western Massachusetts, the Pioneer Valley’s rolling hills are blanketed by farms and orchards. It’s also home to famous colleges and first-class museums, which means that great restaurants have cropped up, too. The combination makes for a surprisingly cosmopolitan getaway, perfect for a quick escape for two.

Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

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

Hotel Northampton

The 1927 Colonial Revival building in the center of Northampton has cozy appeal with its fireplace, feather duvets, and whirlpool tubs.

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 building's $35 million renovation in 2003 transformed the simple concrete structure into a soaring stee-and-red bring Modernist creation with enormous light-filled galleries. The art collection spans more than 4,500 years.

Chez Albert

Enjoy Gallic classics like wine-braised rabbit with parsnips.

Sylvester's

The breakfast joint serves delicious pancakes in a cheerfull atmosphere.

Museums10

A collective of 10 of the area's best museums.

East Heaven and Paradise Spa

Located in downtown Northampton, this Japanese-style spa has been welcome guests to its hotsoaking tubs, sauna, and treatment rooms since 1981.

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