This blend has created an atmosphere that embraces new residents, cooperates with and encourages the entrepreneurial spirit and welcomes visitors to experience the myriad of dining, shopping and recreational opportunities available in Easthampton, Southampton and Westhampton.
Located at the crossroads of New England, you can meander the back roads of the Connecticut River valley and yet, within a few hours, visit major cities like Boston, Hartford, Albany or New York. You can swim or kayak at a crystal clear lake, bike one of the area's rail trails or easily hop onto the nearby interstate for a trip to the beaches of Cape Cod or the ski slopes of the White Mountains.
Our area is the center of higher education in Western New England. With the flagship of our state's university system, UMass, and four of the nation's leading private colleges Smith, Mt. Holyoke, Hampshire and Amherst within a 20-minute drive, it is no wonder why our local public and private schools are held in such high esteem! This educational atmosphere also creates an eager and educated workforce capable of succeeding within the fast paced changes and challenges of the 21st century.
The arts are thriving in Greater Easthampton. Our once dormant factories have been transformed into studios and workshops that are now teeming with the creativity of many nationally known artisans. Opportunities to enjoy theatre, music and dance abound. A myriad of local venues ranging from intimate clubs to large auditoriums present everything from the raw energy of a future star to the seasoned skills of a Broadway veteran. Galleries and shops line our streets offering unique gifts, works by our artisan community and that very special cup of coffee. For lunch you can bite into a crisp apple from one of our member's farm stands and, that same evening, enjoy the locally grown produce included in a fine dining experience at one of our restaurants. And, yes, you will find a pub or bistro where you will be warmly greeted and everybody knows your name.
"Make it Greater Easthampton" Our Chamber's goal is to preserve and enhance the exceptional quality of life and the business atmosphere of the Greater Easthampton area. Whether settling your family in our area, starting up or relocating your business, or making Greater Easthampton your shopping, dining or recreation destination, our Chamber members invite you to "Make it Greater Easthampton!"