7 Best Places to Shop in Sturbridge and The Pioneer Valley, Massachusetts

The Montague Bookmill

Fodor's choice

This old mill complex along the Saw Mill River—since converted into a quintet of businesses—exudes old New England. The Bookmill is a quirky secondhand bookshop whose comfortable chairs make it easy to curl up with a book. The good-humored staffers at the adjoining Lady Killigrew café serve beer, coffee, and bagels; there's free Wi-Fi, too. The fantastic waterfall views from the deck of Alvah Stone, which serves lunch and dinner, justify its slightly elevated prices. From Friday to Sunday, you can visit Turn It Up for music and movies, and Wednesday through Monday the Sawmill River Arts crafts gallery offers items by local artists. The complex is incredibly picturesque, if not entirely wheelchair accessible.

Thornes Marketplace

Fodor's choice

A quintessential stop on any Northampton visit—and not just because the market's centrally located garage is your best bet for convenient parking—Thornes contains an eclectic lineup of shops ranging from Glimpse of Tibet for Tibetan handicrafts to Herrell's Ice Cream and Captain Candy for sweets and desserts. Also here are Booklink Booksellers, Cedar Chest, a yoga studio, a chair-massage parlor, and clothing and jewelry stores.

Atkins Farms Country Market

An institution in the Pioneer Valley, this market sells produce, baked goods, and specialty foods—try a cider doughnut to sample the best of all three.

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Salmon Falls Gallery

The showroom features sculpture, pottery, and glass by more than 100 artisans, including hand-blown pieces by Josh Simpson.

Sidehill Farm

This farm sells yogurt, raw milk, and cheese, as well as beef, from grass-fed cows. Vegetables and fruits are generally available throughout the year.

The Odyssey Bookshop

In addition to stocking 50,000 new and used titles, Odyssey has readings and book signings by locally (and sometimes nationally) known authors. There's a special event more nights than not.

Williamsburg General Store

This Pioneer Valley landmark has an in-store bakery in addition to the usual candy, spices, jams, maple confections, kitchen items, and other gifts you might expect. Try a "Wrapple": a hand pie made with apples from local orchards.