Amherst Area Info

Below the travel information on this page you will find recommended restaurants and, below that, a list of coffee shops, bookstores, and sites in the Amherst area.

How to Get Here By Car

These directions are for guests staying at the Campus Hotel and they lead to the Campus Center parking garage.  For those seeking directions to the panels at the Isenberg School of Management (SOM 108), please consult the UMass, Amherst Campus Map with parking and building location circled.

From the North: From I-91 South, take exit 25 in Deerfield. At the end of the ramp, turn left and follow road to the intersection. Turn right onto Routes 5 & 10 South. Go 1 mile, then turn left onto Route 116 South. Follow 8 miles to the UMass exit. At the end of the ramp, turn left onto North Hadley Rd (which continues onto Massachusetts Ave) and proceed for .5 miles. Turn left onto Commonwealth Ave and continue for .4 miles. Turn right onto Campus Center Way;  at the first stop light (a short distance) turn right again.  After turning, avoid the right fork downhill, and instead head slightly uphill, watching for signs for the campus garage on your right.  (When you enter, take a ticket but your parking will fee will be covered if you present it at the Hotel reception desk.)  You can exit by taking the stairs outside and crossing a wide walkway and descending some wide, gradual stairs to enter the Campus Center, where you’ll find an elevator to the Hotel Reception; or you can exit through the underground tunnel, which will also take you to an elevator to the Hotel reception. Click here for a Google Maps version of these directions, from Brattleboro, VT.

From the East (Mass Pike): From I-90 West, take exit 4 (West Springfield) to merge onto I-91 North. Follow I-91 North to Exit 19. From the exit ramp, turn right onto Route 9 East. Travel approximately 4.5 miles and turn left at the traffic lights to merge onto Route 116 North. Go 1 mile and exit toward UMass. At the end of the ramp, turn right onto North Hadley Rd (which continues onto Massachusetts Ave). At the first set of traffic lights, turn left onto Commonwealth Ave and continue for .4 miles. Turn right onto Campus Center Way;  at the first stop light (a short distance) turn right again.  After turning, avoid the right fork downhill, and instead head slightly uphill, watching for signs for the campus garage on your right.  (When you enter, take a ticket but your parking will fee will be covered if you present it at the Hotel reception desk.)  You can exit by taking the stairs outside and crossing a wide walkway and descending some wide, gradual stairs to enter the Campus Center, where you’ll find an elevator to the Hotel Reception; or you can exit through the underground tunnel, which will also take you to an elevator to the Hotel reception. Click here for a Google Maps version of these directions, from Boston, MA.

From the South: Follow I-91 North to Exit 19. From the exit ramp, turn right onto Route 9 East. Travel approximately 4.5 miles and turn left at the traffic lights to merge onto Route 116 North. Go 1 mile and exit toward UMass. At the end of the ramp, turn right onto North Hadley Rd (which continues onto Massachusetts Ave). At the first set of traffic lights, turn left onto Commonwealth Ave and continue for .4 miles. Turn right onto Campus Center Way;  at the first stop light (a short distance) turn right again.  After turning, avoid the right fork downhill, and instead head slightly uphill, watching for signs for the campus garage on your right.  (When you enter, take a ticket but your parking will fee will be covered if you present it at the Hotel reception desk.)  You can exit by taking the stairs outside and crossing a wide walkway and descending some wide, gradual stairs to enter the Campus Center, where you’ll find an elevator to the Hotel Reception; or you can exit through the underground tunnel, which will also take you to an elevator to the Hotel reception. Click here for a Google Maps version of these directions, from Hartford, CT.

From the West (Mass Pike): From I-90 East take exit 4 (West Springfield) to merge onto I-91 North. Follow I-91 North to Exit 19. From the exit ramp, turn right onto Route 9 East. Travel approximately 4.5 miles and turn left at the traffic lights to merge onto Route 116 North. Go 1 mile and exit toward UMass. At the end of the ramp, turn right onto North Hadley Rd (which continues onto Massachusetts Ave). At the first set of traffic lights, turn left onto Commonwealth Ave and continue for .4 miles. Turn right onto Campus Center Way;  at the first stop light (a short distance) turn right again.  After turning, avoid the right fork downhill, and instead head slightly uphill, watching for signs for the campus garage on your right.  (When you enter, take a ticket but your parking will fee will be covered if you present it at the Hotel reception desk.)  You can exit by taking the stairs outside and crossing a wide walkway and descending some wide, gradual stairs to enter the Campus Center, where you’ll find an elevator to the Hotel Reception; or you can exit through the underground tunnel, which will also take you to an elevator to the Hotel reception. Click here for a Google Maps version of these directions.

Helpful Maps

UMass, Amherst Campus Map
Modified to highlight locations relevant to this year’s conference

Map of the Pioneer Valley

Transportation Info (Taxis, Bus Schedules, Parking Info)

Green Transportation, Incorporated
479 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
413-461-3099
www.greentaxiamherst.com

Gotta Go Taxi
256 N Pleasant St. #1
Amherst, MA 01022
413-461-3070
www.gottagotaxi.com

PVTA Bus Schedules
www.pvta.com/schedules.php
$1.25 one-way fare

Parking in Amherst:
www.amherstma.gov/index.aspx?NID=732

Recommended Area Restaurants

Full Dinners, Wine, and Bar

in Amherst Center

Chez Albert
178 N Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01002
413-253-3811
Dinner: Mon-Thurs 5-9 pm; Fri-Sat 5-10 pm
www.chezalbert.net/

30 Boltwood
30 Boltwood Avenue
Amherst, MA 01002
Reservations: 413-835-2011
Dinner: 5:30-10 p.m.
lordjefferyinn.com/amherst-dining/index.cfm

Bistro 63
63 N Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01002
413-259-1600
Hours: 11:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
bistro63.com/

Full Dinners, Wine, and Bar

15-20 minute drive from Amherst Center

Paul and Elizabeth’s (fish and vegetarian)
150 Main Street (Thorne’s Marketplace)
Northampton, MA 01060
413-584-4832
Hours: 11:30-9:15 Sunday-Thursday; 11:30-9:45 Friday and Saturday
www.paulandelizabeths.com/

Blue Heron
112 N Main Street, Route 47 North
Sunderland, MA 01375
413-665-2102
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 5-9 p.m.; Friday & Saturday until 10 p.m.
www.blueherondining.com/

Night Kitchen
440 Greenfield Road
Montague, MA 01351
413-367-9580 (Reservations recommended)
Hours: Thursday-Sunday 5:00 p.m. onward
montaguenightkitchen.com/

India House
45 State Street
Northampton, MA 01060
413-586-6344
Hours: Monday-Thursday 5-9:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
www.indiahousenorthampton.com/

Side Street Café (20-25 minute drive, full & half plates, very good, casual)
42 Maple Street
Florence, MA 01062
413-587-8900
Hours: Lunch: Mon- Sat 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.; Dinner: Mon- Thurs 5-9, Fri & Sat 5-10
sidestcafe.com/

Bistro Le Gras
25 West Street
Northampton, MA 01060
413-320-4666 (Reservations for 5+ guests)
Hours: Mon-Thurs 5-9 p.m.; Fri & Sat 5-10 p.m.
www.bistrolesgras.com/

Tasty Food, Less Expensive

in Amherst Center

Fresh Side Eatery & Teas
39 S Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01002
413-256-0296
Hours: Mon-Thu & Sun 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Fri & Sat 11 a.m.-10:15 p.m.
www.facebook.com/Freshsideamherst

Arise: Farm to Table Pub and Pizzeria
Small plates can add up making this place not that much less expensive
28 Amity Street
Amherst, MA 01002
413-253-0220
Hours: Tues-Thurs & Sun 5-10 p.m.; Fri & Sat 5-11 p.m.
www.facebook.com/arisepizzeria

Amherst Chinese (organic produce from owner’s farm)
62 Main Street
Amherst, MA 01002
413-992-6181
Hours: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
www.amherstchinesefood.com/

High Horse (great beer selection)
24 N Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01002
413-230-3034
Hours: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 a.m.
jeffgnatek.com/highhorsebrewing.com/
www.facebook.com/pages/High-Horse/251673314898565

Johnny’s Tavern (full restaurant, very good food, casual)
30 Boltwood Walk
Amherst, MA 01002
413-230-3818
Hours: Sun-Thurs 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri & Sat 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
johnnystavernamherst.com/

Tasty Food, Less Expensive

15-20 minute drive from Amherst Center

Amanouz Café (Moroccan & Mediterranean)
44 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060
413-585-9128
Hours: Tues-Thurs, Sun 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri & Sat: 8 a.m.-11 p.m.
www.amanouz.com/

IBIZA Tapas and Wine Bar
Tapas, both conventional and newer experimental
7 Strong Avenue
Northampton, MA 01060
413-303-0808
Hours: Tues-Thurs 5 p.m.-10p.m.; Fri & Sat 5 p.m.-11p.m.; Sun 5 p.m.- 9 p.m.
www.ibizatapaswinebar.com/mass/masscontactus.htm

Mission Cantina
(great Mexican though you may have to wait for a table)
485 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002 (south Amherst, 10 minute drive)
413-230-3580
Hours: 4 p.m.-1 a.m.
www.missionamherst.com/

Lady Killigrew
Vintage “Valley,” great salads and sandwiches, lovely spot near river
440 Greenfield Road
Montague, MA 01351
413-367-9666
Hours: 8 a.m.-11 p.m.
theladykilligrew.com/

Haymarket Café (hippy legacy, very good food)
185 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060
413-586-9969
Hours: Mon-Thurs 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri & Sat: 7 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
www.haymarketcafe.com/main.html

Northampton Brewery
11 Brewster Court
Northampton, MA 01060
413-584-9903
Hours: Mon-Sat 11:30 a.m.- 2p.m.; Sun 12:00noon- 1 a.m.
www.northamptonbrewery.com/

Places to Visit or Cool Heels

Very good local coffee and tea

in Amherst

Amherst Coffee and Whiskey Bar
(in morning—excellent croissants, muffins; evening—cheeses, olives, bread)
28 Amity Street
Amherst, MA 01002
413-256-8987
Hours: Mon- Sat 6:30 a.m.- 12:30 a.m.; Sun 8 a.m.-11 p.m.
highercup.com/

Rao’s Coffee
17 Kellogg Avenue
Amherst, MA 01002
413-253-9441
Hours: Mon-Fri 7 a.m.-11p.m.; Sat & Sun 8 a.m.-11 p.m.
www.raoscoffee.com/

Fresh Side (tea only)
39 S Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01002
413-256-0296
Hours: Mon-Thu & Sun 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Fri & Sat 11 a.m.-10:15 p.m.
www.facebook.com/Freshsideamherst

Very good local coffee and tea

in Northampton

Woodstar Café
For some connoisseurs, the best in the Valley—and excellent sweets
60 Masonic Street
Northampton, MA 01060
413-585-9777
Hours: Sun & Mon 7 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Tues-Fri 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.
www.facebook.com/pages/Woodstar-Caf%C3%A9/75754271315

The Roost
1 Market Street
Northampton, MA 01060
413-587-2625
Hours: 8 a.m.- 11 p.m.
www.facebook.com/TheRoostNoho

Sip (specializes in tea)
8 Crafts Avenue
Northampton MA 01060
413-727-3432
Hours: Mon-Fri 6:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Sat & Sun: 8 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
www.facebook.com/sipcoffeetea

Museums and Bookstores

Emily Dickinson House
280 Main Street
Amherst, MA 01002
413-542-8161
Hours: Wed- Sun 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/

Montague Used Book Mill
15-20 min drive, but worth it for bks & river view, also great lunch next door at Lady Killigrew
440 Greenfield Road
Montague, MA 01351
413-367-9206
Hours: Mon-Wed 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Thurs-Sun 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
www.montaguebookmill.com/

Amherst Books
8 Main Street
Amherst, MA 01002
413-256-1547
Hours: Mon- Sat 6:30 a.m.- 9:00 p.m. Sun 6:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.
www.amherstbooks.com/

Food for Thought Books
106 N Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01002
413-253-5432
Hours: Mon- Fri 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Sat & Sun 11:30 a.m.- 6 p.m.
www.foodforthoughtbooks.com/

Amherst College Mead Art Museum
41 Quadrangle Drive
Amherst, MA 01002
413-542-2335
Hours: Tues-Sun 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
www.amherst.edu/museums/mead/

Amherst College Beneski Museum of Natural History
11 Barrett Hill Road
Amherst College
Amherst, MA 01002
413-542-2165
Hours: Tues-Sun 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
www.amherst.edu/museums/naturalhistory/

Smith College Art Museum
Elm Street at Bedford Terrace
Northampton, MA 01063
413-585-2760
Hours: Tues-Sat 10-4; Sun 12-4
www.smith.edu/artmuseum/

Amherst Cinema (independent films)
28 Amity Street
Amherst, MA 01002
413-253-2547
amherstcinema.org/

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