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Sue’s guidebook

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Sue’s guidebook

Restaurants
These are some of our favorite restaurants.
This is an upscale eatery featuring locally sourced meats, pasta and gnocchi made fresh daily, great salads and homemade soups. They also have a nice wine list, and offer some cool mixed drinks as well. Prices are on the high side, but this place is well worth the splurge. It’s located just a couple of blocks from your apartment, next to Amherst Cinema. You can dine on the outdoor patio in season.
Osteria Vespa
28 Amity St
This is an upscale eatery featuring locally sourced meats, pasta and gnocchi made fresh daily, great salads and homemade soups. They also have a nice wine list, and offer some cool mixed drinks as well. Prices are on the high side, but this place is well worth the splurge. It’s located just a couple of blocks from your apartment, next to Amherst Cinema. You can dine on the outdoor patio in season.
This is a stylish restaurant and cocktail bar with a relaxed vibe and outdoor seating in season, serving contemporary New England dishes. They use locally grown produce whenever possible and have an ever-changing list of local and legendary brews, along with a seasonal cocktail list.
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Bistro 63
63 N Pleasant St
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This is a stylish restaurant and cocktail bar with a relaxed vibe and outdoor seating in season, serving contemporary New England dishes. They use locally grown produce whenever possible and have an ever-changing list of local and legendary brews, along with a seasonal cocktail list.
Judie's is an Amherst institution with a colorful artsy vibe, and they serve up delicious popovers in just about any way you can think of, along with a variety of creative and eclectic American fare, at reasonable prices. They have a full bar.
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Judie's Restaurant
51 North Pleasant Street
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Judie's is an Amherst institution with a colorful artsy vibe, and they serve up delicious popovers in just about any way you can think of, along with a variety of creative and eclectic American fare, at reasonable prices. They have a full bar.
This restaurant features “real” Chinese food, the kind they actually eat in China, made with quality fresh ingredients. Many of the dishes are prepared with mala, the exotic Chinese sauce made with Szechuan peppercorns. Their extensive menu includes a selection of dim sum offerings.
Oriental Flavor
25 S Pleasant St
This restaurant features “real” Chinese food, the kind they actually eat in China, made with quality fresh ingredients. Many of the dishes are prepared with mala, the exotic Chinese sauce made with Szechuan peppercorns. Their extensive menu includes a selection of dim sum offerings.
This is a long-time favorite Amherst restaurant serving hefty portions of classic Italian fare in a casual, family-friendly setting, at very reasonable prices. You can order food at the counter, bus your own dishes, and sit in the downstairs; or go upstairs for a quieter setting and waiter service.
Pasta E Basta
26 Main St
This is a long-time favorite Amherst restaurant serving hefty portions of classic Italian fare in a casual, family-friendly setting, at very reasonable prices. You can order food at the counter, bus your own dishes, and sit in the downstairs; or go upstairs for a quieter setting and waiter service.
La Veracruzana offers good authentic Mexican food at reasonable prices, if you don’t mind ordering at the counter and bussing your dishes. Martin’s fish tacos are great; we also love the Sopa Azteca.
La Veracruzana
63 South Pleasant Street
La Veracruzana offers good authentic Mexican food at reasonable prices, if you don’t mind ordering at the counter and bussing your dishes. Martin’s fish tacos are great; we also love the Sopa Azteca.
This is a comfortable place with a typical tavern vibe: lots of wood, low lighting. The menu features farm-to-table menu items, including organic produce, sustainable seafood, and hormone-free meat and poultry whenever possible.
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Johnny's Tavern
30 Boltwood Walk
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This is a comfortable place with a typical tavern vibe: lots of wood, low lighting. The menu features farm-to-table menu items, including organic produce, sustainable seafood, and hormone-free meat and poultry whenever possible.
Antonio's is perhaps the most popular pizza place in Amherst, and they were proclaimed a “Hidden Jewel” by the Phantom Gourmet. They sell by the slice or whole pies. Delivery is available.
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Antonio's Pizza
31 North Pleasant Street
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Antonio's is perhaps the most popular pizza place in Amherst, and they were proclaimed a “Hidden Jewel” by the Phantom Gourmet. They sell by the slice or whole pies. Delivery is available.
Formerly the Lord Jeffery Inn, this is a pricey upscale restaurant located in a historic inn. Their menu is creative and innovative and features delicious farm-to-table cuisine and masterfully-crafted cocktails.
30Boltwood
30 Boltwood Ave
Formerly the Lord Jeffery Inn, this is a pricey upscale restaurant located in a historic inn. Their menu is creative and innovative and features delicious farm-to-table cuisine and masterfully-crafted cocktails.
This is a full-service brewpub with pool tables, a full kitchen, and a large bar. Traditional pub fare is served, along with vegetarian and gluten-free options. Brewery tours are available by appointment.
Hangar Pub And Grill
10 University Drive
This is a full-service brewpub with pool tables, a full kitchen, and a large bar. Traditional pub fare is served, along with vegetarian and gluten-free options. Brewery tours are available by appointment.
This is a Mexican place with a cool vibe, wonderful food, and a full bar featuring excellent margaritas. Worth the short drive or Uber ride out of the main town.
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Mission Cantina
485 West Street
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This is a Mexican place with a cool vibe, wonderful food, and a full bar featuring excellent margaritas. Worth the short drive or Uber ride out of the main town.
Bub's is a family-owned BBQ known for their low prices, family atmosphere, and delicious food. There are plenty of picnic tables and a playground. It’s definitely a local favorite.
Bub's BBQ
676 Amherst Road
Bub's is a family-owned BBQ known for their low prices, family atmosphere, and delicious food. There are plenty of picnic tables and a playground. It’s definitely a local favorite.
Breakfast and Lunch Spots
This is a wonderful breakfast and lunch place with yummy home cooked food in plentiful portions. Their omelets and pancakes are to-die-for, and they also have vegan options. We also enjoy the eclectic art on all of the walls.
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The Lone Wolf
63 Main Street
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This is a wonderful breakfast and lunch place with yummy home cooked food in plentiful portions. Their omelets and pancakes are to-die-for, and they also have vegan options. We also enjoy the eclectic art on all of the walls.
This is a quality delicatessen with an all-butter scratch bakery. They provide a wide variety of overstuffed sandwiches, vegetables, plenty of side dishes, hearty stews, and freshly baked breads and pastries.
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The Black Sheep
79 Main Street
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This is a quality delicatessen with an all-butter scratch bakery. They provide a wide variety of overstuffed sandwiches, vegetables, plenty of side dishes, hearty stews, and freshly baked breads and pastries.
Vegan Restaurants
The Pulse brings to the table handcrafted, 100% plant-based food inspired by local farm-fresh produce, global flavors, and healthy comfort food. Note: this place is closed on Saturdays, for religious reasons.
Pulse Cafe
270 Russell St
The Pulse brings to the table handcrafted, 100% plant-based food inspired by local farm-fresh produce, global flavors, and healthy comfort food. Note: this place is closed on Saturdays, for religious reasons.
Nourish offers plant-based food (local and 100% organic). Most of their dishes and drinks are made to order.
Nourish Wellness Cafe and Juice Bar
10 Bridge St
Nourish offers plant-based food (local and 100% organic). Most of their dishes and drinks are made to order.
Tea/Coffee/Pastry Places
Amherst Coffee is located in the historic Amherst Cinema building. In addition to coffee and espresso, hey also serve teas and botanicals. They have fresh baked goodies and a fully stocked bar.
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Amherst Coffee
28 Amity Street
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Amherst Coffee is located in the historic Amherst Cinema building. In addition to coffee and espresso, hey also serve teas and botanicals. They have fresh baked goodies and a fully stocked bar.
The Henion Bakery offers breads, pastries, and more, made with fresh local ingredients.
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The Henion Bakery
174 North Pleasant Street
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The Henion Bakery offers breads, pastries, and more, made with fresh local ingredients.
This bakery offers delivery or pick-up of cookies, brownies, and cakes. Open until 3:00 a.m.
Insomnia Cookies
30 Main St
This bakery offers delivery or pick-up of cookies, brownies, and cakes. Open until 3:00 a.m.
Glazed produces both traditional and trendy doughnut flavors, and also offers espresso, coffee, lemonades, ice teas, and more.
Glazed Doughnut Shop
19 N Pleasant St
Glazed produces both traditional and trendy doughnut flavors, and also offers espresso, coffee, lemonades, ice teas, and more.
LimeRed serves bubble tea and has an espresso bar as well as a dessert bar.
LimeRed Teahouse
50 Main St
LimeRed serves bubble tea and has an espresso bar as well as a dessert bar.
Ice Cream Shops
Bart's offers homemade ice cream that is smooth, creamy, and incredibly delicious. Lots of great flavors to choose from.
Barts Ice Cream
103 North Pleasant Street
Bart's offers homemade ice cream that is smooth, creamy, and incredibly delicious. Lots of great flavors to choose from.
GoBerry serves locally sourced frozen yogurt. Flavors are made fresh daily.
GoBerry
28 Amity Street
GoBerry serves locally sourced frozen yogurt. Flavors are made fresh daily.
Sightseeing and Entertainment
This theater shows independent, classic, and current films on four screens.
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Amherst Cinema
28 Amity Street
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This theater shows independent, classic, and current films on four screens.
This library features a children’s department, poetry readings, and computer support.
Jones Library (In)
This library features a children’s department, poetry readings, and computer support.
The Fine Arts Center presents a broad array of excellent live performances from all over the world. Their event schedule is posted on their website.
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UMass Fine Arts Center
151 Presidents Drive
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The Fine Arts Center presents a broad array of excellent live performances from all over the world. Their event schedule is posted on their website.
This is a historic museum housed in the Dickinson Homestead, where Emily was born and lived for 31 years, and the Evergreens, home to her brother and his family. Some of Dickinson’s poems were discovered in her bedroom after her death. Note that tours are not available in January and February.
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Emily Dickinson Museum
280 Main Street
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This is a historic museum housed in the Dickinson Homestead, where Emily was born and lived for 31 years, and the Evergreens, home to her brother and his family. Some of Dickinson’s poems were discovered in her bedroom after her death. Note that tours are not available in January and February.
This is the world’s first Yiddish museum and features permanent and visiting exhibits on Yiddish and Jewish culture. They offer concerts, films, talks, family programs, and other special events.
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Yiddish Book Center
1021 West Street
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This is the world’s first Yiddish museum and features permanent and visiting exhibits on Yiddish and Jewish culture. They offer concerts, films, talks, family programs, and other special events.
This museum features dinosaur skeletons and footprints, dazzling minerals from around the world, meteorites from beyond Earth, and geological specimens that tell the history of the local landscape.
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Beneski Museum of Natural History
11 Barrett Hill Road
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This museum features dinosaur skeletons and footprints, dazzling minerals from around the world, meteorites from beyond Earth, and geological specimens that tell the history of the local landscape.
Rent a boat (or bring your own) and spend some leisurely time on the Connecticut River. Sportsman’s Marina, located in Hadley, rents kayaks, canoes, pontoon boats, and fishing boats. Please note they are closed on Tuesdays, and hours of operation are dependent upon the weather and water level of the river.
Sportsman's Marina
1 Russell Street
Rent a boat (or bring your own) and spend some leisurely time on the Connecticut River. Sportsman’s Marina, located in Hadley, rents kayaks, canoes, pontoon boats, and fishing boats. Please note they are closed on Tuesdays, and hours of operation are dependent upon the weather and water level of the river.
This is an 11-mile combination bicycle/pedestrian paved right-of-way on top of a former rail bed running from Northampton, through Hadley and Amherst, to Belchertown. A connection with the Manhan Rail Trail enables users to continue on through to Easthampton and Southampton. The trail winds through some wild areas, crosses the Connecticut River as well as Northampton’s Main Street on beautiful redone railroad bridges, and tunnels under Route 9 for safety. Park for free and access the trail on Station Road in South Amherst (4.5 miles away).
Norwottuck Rail Trail
This is an 11-mile combination bicycle/pedestrian paved right-of-way on top of a former rail bed running from Northampton, through Hadley and Amherst, to Belchertown. A connection with the Manhan Rail Trail enables users to continue on through to Easthampton and Southampton. The trail winds through some wild areas, crosses the Connecticut River as well as Northampton’s Main Street on beautiful redone railroad bridges, and tunnels under Route 9 for safety. Park for free and access the trail on Station Road in South Amherst (4.5 miles away).
This cemetery was founded in 1737 and was added to the National Historic Register in 2000. The small cemetery is significant to black heritage because it is the resting place of African American residents. The racialized legacy of the past is embodied in the segregated burial plots. It is also the final resting place of Emily Dickinson along with several of her family members.
West Cemetery
586 Triangle Street
This cemetery was founded in 1737 and was added to the National Historic Register in 2000. The small cemetery is significant to black heritage because it is the resting place of African American residents. The racialized legacy of the past is embodied in the segregated burial plots. It is also the final resting place of Emily Dickinson along with several of her family members.
This is an 11-acre pond which offers swimming, fishing, boating, birding, nature walking, and picnicking.
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Puffers Pond
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This is an 11-acre pond which offers swimming, fishing, boating, birding, nature walking, and picnicking.
Relaxation
This spa offers indoor and outdoor tub rooms, spa treatments, and massage services.
Elements Hot Tub Spa
373 Main Street
This spa offers indoor and outdoor tub rooms, spa treatments, and massage services.
This day spa offers a wide array of relaxing spa and hair services for all ages.
Cheryl Nina Salon & Day Spa
35 University Dr
This day spa offers a wide array of relaxing spa and hair services for all ages.