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Autumn Adventure in Amherst, MA

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Autumn Adventure in Amherst, MA


mt norwottuck summit

Summit of Mt. Norwottuck


New England gleams in autumn, and this past weekend some friends and I spent the day in Amherst, MA. We first took a hike up Mt. Nortwottuck, a mountain located in the Mt. Holyoke Range.  We started at the Notch Visitors Center and took a 3.5 mile loop on the Robert Frost and Metacomt-Mattabessett trails, a moderate hike with elevation of about 1000 feet - not too strenuous.  


horse caves mt norwottuck

Horse Caves


This route took us through a glorious rock overhang called Horse Caves, where we squeezed through this notch on the way to the summit.

Once at the top of Mt. Norwottuck, we spent time daydreaming and chatting with other hikers.  

Our hike took us about 2 hours at a leisurely pace, including numerous stops for views.  We picked up the pace on the way back to the car, though, because we had planned to have lunch in Amherst.  We enjoyed burritos and tostadas at La Veracruzana, which offered this wonderful salsa bar and college-student prices.


la veracruzana

Salsa Bar at La Veracruzana


These are but three of the highlights of a hike and a meal in Amherst, MA.  This college town is bursting with hip, artsy, nature-rich, and historic places to explore. One day simply is not enough:  Make plans to spend a weekend getaway.  


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Comments (4)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a wonderful post on Amherst, Mass.  It just so happens I spent a year at Mount Holyoke (the college).  The area is lovely.  And I visited Amherst many times while in South Hadley.  I was just recalling "Mountain Day", a day when they let the students have a day off to enjoy the great outdoors.  Thank you for your entry.  A

Sep 29, 2016 12:21 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good Morning Kathryn - We will probably take a trip up your way once the leaves change.  This is a great suggestion for a stop.

Sep 30, 2016 09:35 PM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-739-3843

Kathryn, this was delightful! I'm just catching up on all of the terrific entries for Ron and Alexandra Seigel's contest. I loved this, thank you!

Oct 06, 2016 12:54 PM
Kathryn Acciari
Central One Federal Credit Union - Shrewsbury, MA
Mortgage Loan Originator

Ron and Alexandra, thank you for sharing your experiences. The Amherst area truly is special.


Grant, yes do explore the mountains as well as the town of Amherst. Also, Northampton has much to offer by way of shopping and restaurants, plus a rail trail for bicycling.


Thank you, Gayle.  I agree, it was one of my favortie contests so far.

Oct 06, 2016 07:55 PM