The Pioneer Valley, Massachusetts

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Where to Stay

Amenities at the luxe Hotel Northampton (fall rates from $175) include two restaurants and a workout center. A laid-back alternative is Ivory Creek Bed and Breakfast Inn (fall rates from $160), nestled on 24 wooded acres. Ask for the Rose Room: With the windows open, you can listen to the property’s namesake — the gurgling Ivory Creek — below. 

Save this Date: October 8 – 10

Northampton’s Paradise City Arts Festival (paradisecityarts.com) showcases the work of 275 craftspeople and artists.

The Essentials

 Drive time:  Two hours

> Amherst Farmers’ Market: Spring Street, Amherst, 570-401-9811, amherstfarmersmarket.com.
> Arts Night Out Northampton: artsnightout.weebly.com.
> Atkins Farms Country Market: Route 116 and Bay Road, Amherst, 413-253-9528, atkinsfarms.com.
> Chesterfield Gorge: River Road, Chesterfield, 413-532-1631, thetrustees.org.
> Chez Albert: 27 S. Pleasant St., Amherst, 413-253-3811, chezalbert.net.
> Cook Farm: One E. Hadley Rd., Hadley, 413-586-8785, cookfarm.com.
> Hotel Northampton: 36 King St., Northampton, 413-584-3100, hotelnorthampton.com.
> Iron Horse Music Hall: 20 Center St., Northampton, 413-586-8686, iheg.com.
> Ivory Creek Bed and Breakfast Inn: 31 Chmura Rd., Hadley, 413-587-3115, ivorycreek.com.
> New England Falconry:  413-259-1466, newenglandfalconry.com.
> Norwottuck Rail Trail: 446 Damon Rd., Northampton, 413-586-8706, mass.gov/dcr/parks.
> Smith College Museum of Art: Elm Street, Northampton, 413-585-2760, smith.edu/artmuseum.
> Sticks and Bricks: 9 Market St., Northampton, 413-586-1560, sticksandbricksnoho.com.
> Valley Bike and Ski Werks: 173 Russell St., Hadley, 413-582-0733, valleybikeandskiwerks.com.