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"You can't get there from here. Really."

The western New England area between Boston and Albany has a rich and interesting geological and political history, which includes Shay's Rebellion and the Deerfield Massacre. If you plan on visiting the area, there are a number of natural and historical sights to see, including the Connecticut River and Historic Deerfield. An especially neat site to visit is the live outdoor web camera atop a Bald Eagle nesting area located just a few hundred yards from Yankee's facility. During the day at certain times of the year wild American Bald Eagle pair nurture their chicks in full view. (Thanks go to our local power company Northeast Utilities for building and maintaining this nifty environmental monitoring facility!)

"All I needed to know, I learned by the time I was six."

If you want to get wicked smaart, area academic institutions include Deerfield Academy and the five colleges of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, as well as the Colleges of Amherst, Smith, Mount Holyoke and Hampshire. The slow paced academic flavor of the area make it unique, and like the College Station Pennsylvania area we are often referred to as the "Happy Valley".

"Catch a fish, or learn to fish?"

In the historic mill and farming town of Montague there are many attractions including brook fishing or studying fish at the Conte fish laboratory.  The Great Falls Discovery Center offers programs for the young and old while the Book Mill in Montague Center offers an award winning restaurant.

"Dinner and a movie, please!"

For a virtual tour of the Mill Restaurant using Real Player click here. Otherwise, click here for a lower resolution Microsoft Media Player version. If you have Apple Quicktime installed, click here for another tour of the Book Mill in QT4 format.  Here are some more views of the Mill in the summer:  Real Player version, Media Player Version.

In the nearby town of Shelburne Falls, spectacular glacial potholes and the bridge of flowers attract many seasonal visitors. Just slightly further to the west and northward await Berkshire East and Mount Snow ski areas beckon skiers in the winter months.

"To sleep, perchance to dream ..."

For lodging, we recommend the Brandt House bed and breakfast or the Deerfield Inn. Be sure to call these Inns to make reservations as they often book up during certain times of the academic year.




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