Things to do around Amherst

Things we keep returning to when we have visitors (and other times too):

Quabbin Reservoir in Belchertown

Puffer's Pond - Swim across and back at sunset!
The Aerobics and Fitness Studio - Exhilarating drop-in group fitness classes - Zumba, dance, step, weightlifting, yoga
Amherst Cinema - Beer and wine and great snacks
Farmers Market - Downtown, Saturdays, 7:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. April-Nov; Wednesday's, Kendrick Park
Natural History Museum at Amherst College - Real dinosaur tracks
West Cemetery - People of Amherst's past mural, Emily Dickinson's grave
Goodwill -  183 University Drive, Vintage clothes and knick-knacks
Antonio's Pizza - Downtown icon
Miss Saigon - Vietnamese
Mom's House - Take-out Chinese
Amherst Coffee - Beer, wine, mixed drinks, cheese plate in a sophisticated setting
Go Berry - Frozen yogurt and berries
Hampshire College Farm -- Animals and gadgets. Kids love it!
Hampshire College Farm

Quabbin Reservoir

Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory

People's Pint - The best beer, atmosphere and food!
Hope and Oilive

Flayvor's of Cook Farm - Cows, home made ice cream, sunset view
North Hadley Sugar Shack - Maple syrup breakfast, petting zoo
Summit House - Beautiful view of the Valley
Family Golf Center - Classy landscaping

Fish Elevator - Open from Mother's Day to Father's Day

Montague Book Mill

Look Park - Splash park, bumper boats, kids train and zoo
Joe's Cafe
Side Street Cafe
Smith College Bulb Show
(The 2015 Bulb Shows at Smith and Mount Holyoke are March 7-22)
Mount Holyoke College Bulb Show c. 2000

Shelburne Falls Bowling Alley

Shelburne Falls  
Bridge of Flowers
Ancient Potholes
Pothole Pictures
Shelburne Falls Bowling Alley

South Hadley
Mount Holyoke College Bulb Show

Mount Sugarloaf
Mike's Maze

Hot Air Balloon Ride

One year we went on a balloon ride for Brian's birthday, which is something he'd wanted to do for a long time.

I thought I would be scared, because I'm afraid of heights (AND claustrophobic), but it wasn't a bit scary and WAY exceeded my expectations.

We went with Bill and Pat Colyer of A Yankee Balloon, of Fairfield, Conn. Our balloon accompanied Paul Sena's of Worthington Ballooning.

It was an hour-long trip ending at sunset, a magical experience. Totally worth the $250 each.

From a certain distance the treetops look like coral.

You hear the comforting hum of the burner that blows hot air into the balloon while you're floating. Every once in a while Bill would fire up the burners and the flames would make it seem even more like a fireplace.

A few minutes before we landed in Hatfield, we flew close to a house where a bunch of kids were waving at us from the front yard and when we waved back to them, one of them called up to us -- "God bless America." It was so sweet, it felt like we had gone back to another era in a time machine.

1 comment:

  1. Nice old've been very busy all these years.