If you want to visit the colleges of Amherst and Northhampton but do not like to college town feel, then get on a bus rental in Easthampton, which is very close to the colleges in these two college towns. But more than that, the city has evolved from a bustling manufacturing city to a cultural center. Truly, old mills and factories here have been converted into art galleries and artist studios.
A city of more than 16,000 people, Easthampton is also a treasure trove of natural and cultural attractions. Go to the Mount Tom State Reservation, which goes through parts of the city. You can also visit the Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary (Easthampton, MA 01027) or go biking at the Manhan Rail Trail. You could also vist the Williston Northampton School and the Emily Williston Memorial Library with its more than 45,000 books, periodicals, files, videos and other holdings. You can also watch artists at work at One Cottage Street, which is a renovated factory building that currently houses studios and workshops for both local artists and expert craftspeople. Another similar venue is Eastworks, which was the site of a former Stanley Home products factory.
You could also join the Art Walk Easthampton, which takes you on a tour of the city's galleries, restaurants, shops, artists and small businesses. The Art Walk Easthampton is held every second Saturday of each month.
Further, check out the works of furniture designer Silas Kopf at the old fire station, or watch a performance by the Flywheel Arts Collective.
If you get hungry, there is Nini's Pizzeria, the Silver Spoon Restaurant and Mt. Tom's Homemade Ice Cream and Candy Store that you could try out. Or you could try out the burgers at Riff's Joint or the yummy meat and fancy dishes at Apollo Grill. If you love books, drop by White Square Fine Books & Art where you could get affordable books, and find some rare titles on the shelves. If you want to combine great drinks, friends and string instruments, then go to Luthier's Coop.
Or come to Easthampton during the Easthampton Bear Fest when local businesses often put up bear sculptures outside of their premises.
So gather your friends and take a 49-passenger bus rental in Easthampton today!