Sturbridge and The Pioneer Valley: Places to Explore


  • Amherst

    One of the most visited spots in all of New England, Amherst is known for its scores of world-renowned authors, poets, and artists. The above-average intelligence quotient of its population is no accident... Read more

  • Deerfield

    In Deerfield, a horse pulling a carriage clip-clops past perfectly maintained 18th-century homes, neighbors tip their hats to strangers, kids play ball in fields by the river, and the bell of the impossibly... Read more

  • Greenfield

    If you like convenience and amenities close at hand, Greenfield makes a pleasant base for exploring the northern region of Pioneer Valley. Sprawl has hit the area, and you'll find fast-food joints and... Read more

  • Northampton

    The cultural center of Western Massachusetts is without a doubt the city of Northampton (nicknamed "Noho"), whose vibrant downtown is packed with interesting eateries, lively clubs, and offbeat boutiques... Read more

  • Northfield

    Just south of the Vermont and New Hampshire borders, this country town is known mainly as a center for hikers, campers, and other lovers of the outdoors.... Read more

  • Shelburne Falls

    A tour of New England's fall foliage wouldn't be complete without a trek across the famed Mohawk Trail, a 63-mile section of Highway 2 that runs past picturesque Shelburne Falls. The community, separated... Read more

  • South Hadley

    Nestled in the heart of Pioneer Valley, this small, quiet college town, with a cluster of Main Street caf├ęs and stores, is surrounded by rolling hills and farmlands. It's best known for the Mount Holyoke... Read more

  • Springfield

    Springfield, easily accessed from Interstates 90 and 91, is the busy hub of the Pioneer Valley. Known as the birthplace of basketball (the game was devised by Canadian gym instructor James Naismith in... Read more