Northampton, MA: Campus Visit Travel Guide

Visiting in school in the North Hamtpon area? Read on to find out where to stay, what to eat, and which attractions you won't want to miss.

Heading out to visit schools? We've put together quick guides for students visiting colleges or graduate schools across the country by talking to students actually study there. Today's destination:

Northampton, MA

Schools Nearby: Smith College, Hampshire College, Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, UMASS Amherst

Where to get a cup of coffee: Haymarket Cafe 185 Main St.

This eclectic coffeeshop is always crowded with students from the local 5 college consortium and local artists. They serve food and sandwiches as well.

Where to get lunch: Woodstar Cafe 60 Masonic St.

Woodstar Cafe is another coffee shop, but they're known for their great pastries and sandwiches.

Where to eat dinner: Viva Fresh Pasta 249 Main St.

This casual restaurant features homemade pasta and sauce at a reasonable price.

What to see in town: The Botanic Garden at Smith College College Lane, on the Smith College campus.

These gorgeous gardens are a must-see for anyone visiting Northampton or Smith College.

What to see in the area: If you're up for a drive, don't miss the one-of-a-kind coffeeshop/bookstore/bar/cafe The Montague Book Mill, a scenic 30 minute drive from Northampton in Montague. The motto "Books you don't need in a place you can't find" doesn't give enough credit to the charm and beauty of this cozy little place built over a waterfall.

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