Amherst is the perfect spot for a weekend break if you enjoy historic, yet beautiful surrounds. It’s a New England university town with a prestigious college, and if you visit in term time - and Autumn is most popular because the foliage is spectacular - then many of the charmingly rural views will be augmented by a serious, possibly tweedy, young person reading studiously. The best places to stay in Amherst range from quaint B&Bs to all out New England luxury, but if you’re looking for something special then our Guru’s top choice of the best places to stay in Amherst is for you.
If you do come in the Autumn then you’ll also be here for peak farmer’s market season, you’re also likely to see some apple picking and hay riding going on. In Spring and Summer you’ll still be spoilt for choice if you appreciate local produce, and there are some great restaurants, cafes and bars to enjoy them in. The views from the hiking trails and beauty spots will impress at any time of year.
Amherst is built around the University of Massachusetts - plus Amherst College and Hampshire College - so touring the universities is an obvious way to get a sense of the place.
Amherst is also where you’ll find the Emily Dickinson Museum, converted from the homestead where she lived, and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.
Our pick of the best places to stay in Amherst is the perfet base whatever your reason for visiting.
1926 classic New England home away from home among maple trees and Amherst College. Antique furnishing, fine linens and modern bathrooms make up the unique rooms. 30 Boltwood offers American cuisine with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Perfect spot for a weekend break or a history buffs dream.