|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|
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
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|
Bridge of Flowers
Shelburne Falls Bowling Alley
Mount Holyoke College Bulb Show
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.