• Amherst, Massachusetts, is a quiet, nature-centered town with big personality

    2011-05-11

    The college town of Amherst, Massachusetts, caters to a curious crowd with its unusual points of interest and eclectic array of cuisine. Travelers who venture to this location may be pleasantly surprised with all that it has to offer.

    The Goodnough Dike trail in Quabbin Park may be paved, but it makes for a smooth bike ride through the woods of Amherst. The observation tower can also be climbed for dramatic views of the crystal blue reservoir.

    For poetry fans, visiting the Homestead manor where Emily Dickinson once lived may make an interesting afternoon, reports The Chicago Tribune. Guests can take a 90-minute tour to see the rooms the female poet called home. The house next door, called Evergreens, is the home once owned by Dickinson's' brother, which has been preserved with furnishings in a 19th century style.

    According to Frommer's, travelers can find massive portions and fun flavors at Judie's restaurant. Popovers with apple butter are a favorite, as are the seafood gumbo with scallops, shrimp, lobster and salmon.

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