Pioneer Valley Trails

Pioneer Valley Burger Trail
Who doesn’t love a delicious juicy burger? With the best burger stops in Western Massachusetts, this is one trail you will want to cover start to finish!

Max Burger: They feature award-winning all-natural burgers, American-style comfort food and a large selection of craft beers in a casual atmosphere.
684 Bliss Rd, Longmeadow, MA 01106

Plan B Burger: Plan B Burger Bar was created from a belief that you deserve to eat healthy, quality food without compromising style and fun. Known for their beef, bourbon, beer and of course burgers.
1000 W Columbus Ave, Springfield, MA 01105

Luxe Burger Bar: Luxe Burger Bar brings the classic burger to a new level.  Build Your Own Burgers from 400,000 options; create your own mac 'n' cheese; and enjoy a hard shake on Springfield's Riverfront.
1200 W Columbus Ave, Springfield, MA 01105

The Mick (Tuesday Burger Night): Offering a relaxed dining atmosphere any night of the week. Open seven days a week, the trendy bar, show kitchen and raw bar are fitted for everyone. The menu includes a fantastic selection of appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches and entrees.
3 Country Club Road, Holyoke, MA 01040

White Hut: Serving classic hamburgers/cheeseburgers/hotdogs/fries/shakes and soft serve since 1939. A local favorite and perfect for the whole family!
280 Memorial Ave, West Springfield, MA 01089
791 Williams Street, Longmeadow, MA
1A Boltwood Walk, Amherst, MA

Lattitude: All menus are updated daily because “they will only serve what they feel is the best”.  They purchase from local farms, serve products in the height of their seasonality, have Certified Angus beef, and Day Boat seafood when available.
1338 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield, MA 01089

30Boltwood: 30Boltwood delivers an intimate yet unassuming dining experience in historic Amherst, MA. Simply prepared meals crafted by Chef Dino and inspired by the abundance of locally-sourced ingredients. 30Boltwood is a gathering place where old friends and new acquaintances quietly sip cocktails by the fire and celebrate all that is great about food, drink and camaraderie. 30Boltwood is starlit private dining spaces and copper-topped tables overflowing with dining excellence.
30 Boltwood Ave, Amherst, MA 01002


Don’tcha Want a Doughnut Trail
Cider doughnuts are a harvest tradition during autumn in New England, so we built a trail around it! With some of the best doughnut spots in Western Massachusetts, you’ll be hungry for this fall favorite all year long! Don’t forget to pair with a hot apple cider too!

Randall’s Farm: Randall's Farm & Greenhouse is a second generation family owned and operated business. It features the Best Fresh Produce, Full Garden Center, Homestyle Bakery/Deli, Homemade Ice Cream, Beer & Wine, Fruit Baskets, General and Gluten-free Grocery.
631 Center St. Ludlow, Massachusetts 01056

Atkin’s Farms Country Market: A New England Apple Orchard and Country Food Market nestled in an old country orchard against the scenic Holyoke Mountain Range in the historic Pioneer Valley where the Atkins Farm has been growing apples for over 100 years.
1150 West St (Corner of Bay Rd & Rte 116) Amherst, Massachusetts 01002

The Big E: Each September, more than 1.4 million people travel to Eastern States Exposition's grounds for New England's grandest fair - The Big E. The 17-day event provides a one of a kind tactile experience in which visitors can celebrate the season and to enjoy the sights, sounds and flavors of the region.
1305 Memorial Ave. West Springfield, Massachusetts 01089

Dunkin’ Donuts: Dunkin' Donuts is an all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. This national chain was founded in Quincy, MA in 1950 and has since become a favorite spot for locals and visitors alike!
1500 Main St, Springfield, MA 01115


Love Local. Eat Local. Trail
Western Massachusetts is very well known for its diverse agricultural landscape. With so many fantastic restaurants utilizing the local farming community to serve up delicious menus, we wanted to make sure you enjoy the very best in homegrown foods while visiting the beautiful Pioneer Valley.

The Farm Table at Kringle Candle:
Offers honest nourishment for the body and elegant respite for the soul. The candlelit spaces, open-hearth oven, and comforting fireplaces speak wordlessly of a quieter, simpler time in New England history.
219 South St. Bernardston, Massachusetts 01337

Frigo Foods:
Small family run business in downtown Springfield offering catering services, gourmet food and gift baskets. Since 1950, Frigo’s have provided high quality specialty foods to many satisfied customers throughout Western New England. From Dolo, Italy to the shores of the Connecticut River they have thrived on the challenge to please their customers.
90 William St. Springfield, Massachusetts 01105

30Boltwood:
30Boltwood delivers an intimate yet unassuming dining experience in historic Amherst, MA. Simply prepared meals crafted by Chef Dino and inspired by the abundance of locally-sourced ingredients. 30Boltwood is a gathering place where old friends and new acquaintances quietly sip cocktails by the fire and celebrate all that is great about food, drink and camaraderie. 30Boltwood is starlit private dining spaces and copper-topped tables overflowing with dining excellence.
30 Boltwood Ave, Amherst, MA 01002

Chandler’s Restaurant: Offering traditional New England lunch fare to romantic candlelight dinner guests can experience extraordinary dining at Chandler's. This award-winning restaurant at Yankee Candle Village features a menu that changes regularly and one of the region's best wine cellars.
25 Greenfield Rd, Rtes 5 & 10, South Deerfield, Massachusetts 01373

Champney’s Restaurant & Tavern:
Located in the Deerfield Inn, Champney's Restaurant & Tavern has been inspired by the happy valley of its birthplace. If it's fresh straight from farm to table, it tastes better, and they have close relationships with area farmers and producers. Champney's features local draught beer, wines by the glass, and an affordable wine list, as well as fireplaces and comfy sitting rooms.  
81 Old Main St. Deerfield, Massachusetts 01342

Delaney’s Grill:
Delaney's Grill is where you go for Heaven's steak. The best steakhouse in Western Massachusetts features 100% Black Angus beef from cattle raised on small farms and fed an all-vegetarian diet to promote superior marbling and outstanding flavor. The Grill also offers a great selection of fish, pork, chicken and vegetarian options.
1 Country Club Rd. Holyoke, Massachusetts 01040

The Mick: More than just the Pioneer Valley’s best casual restaurant, The Mick is a place to get together with friends for a drink, listen to live music, or compete in our weekly trivia contest. And the menu always features an incredible selection of burgers and casual fare as well as weekly prime rib, Italian and fish.
1 Country Club Rd. Holyoke, Massachusetts 01040

Lattitude:
All menus are updated daily because “they will only serve what they feel is the best”. They purchase from local farms, serve products in the height of their seasonality, have Certified Angus beef, and Day Boat seafood when available.
1338 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield, MA 01089


We All Scream for Ice Cream Trail
Who doesn’t love ice cream?! No matter what season it is there are plenty ice cream spots to enjoy all year long. Adding a ton of local flare to communities all across Western Massachusetts; we have built a trail of some ice cream parlor favorites that you will not want to miss out on while visiting!

Herrell’s in Thornes Marketplace: A chain of colorful ice cream stores where they make their own superior brand of over 200 flavors of high quality, fresh, hand-made ice cream, frozen yogurt, and sorbet right in the store. They have been nationally acclaimed as pioneers in super-premium ice cream.
8 Old S St, Northampton, MA 01060

McCrays Farm:
Enjoy a game on their 18-hole mini golf course or feed the animals at the FREE petting farm!  Stop inside the creamery where you can grab some lunch, a cone of homemade ice cream or a jug of farm fresh milk - from their own cows!  In fall, they have hayrides, pick your own pumpkins and host Haunted Hayrides on weekend nights.
55 Alvord St. South Hadley, Massachusetts 01075

Atkins Farms Country Market: A New England Apple Orchard and Country Food Market nestled in an old country orchard against the scenic Holyoke Mountain Range in the historic Pioneer Valley where the Atkins Farm has been growing apples for over 100 years.
1150 West St (Corner of Bay Rd & Rte 116) Amherst, Massachusetts 01002

Friendly’s: A company founded on ice cream but built around families. The first Friendly's Ice Cream Shop was opened in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1935. Come in and enjoy!
200 Mohawk Trail, Greenfield, MA 01301
455 Russell Street, Hadley, MA 01035
1745 Northampton Street, Holyoke, MA 01040
529 Memorial Drive, Chicopee, MA 01020
1094 Riverdale Road, West Springfield, MA 01089
65 Sumner Avenue, Springfield, MA 01108
19 Springfield Street, Agawam, MA 01001

Randall’s Farm: Randall's Farm & Greenhouse is a second generation family owned and operated business. It features the Best Fresh Produce, Full Garden Center, Home-style Bakery/Deli, Homemade Ice Cream, Beer & Wine, Fruit Baskets, General and Gluten-free Grocery.
631 Center St. Ludlow, Massachusetts 01056


The Dinosaur Trail
There is a wealth of opportunities to learn about the footprint impressions in sandstone left by dinosaurs who walked across this area 200 million years ago. Here’s some locations to make a few easy day trips of fossil-hopping fun!

Barton Cove in Gill: Take a Quest brochure from the kiosk in the parking lot and follow its easy hike to a 19th-century dinosaur footprint quarry. Camping and canoe/kayak rental available seasonally. Entry, parking, and picnic tables are free.
82 French King Highway, Gill, MA 01354

Great Falls Discovery Center:The Discovery Center has a dinosaur footprint hidden in its main exhibit, a slab of real footprints on display, and a collection shown in special programs. The main exhibit is a walk-through diorama of the ecosystems of the Connecticut River Valley. Free
2 Avenue A (off Route 2), Turners Falls, MA 01376

Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association:The geological discoverer of dinosaur footprints, Edward Hitchcock, was a native of Deerfield. This historical exhibit includes a classroom where Hitchcock taught, giving a taste of what it was like during the period when Hitchcock studied the strange “fossil bird tracks” (dinosaur footprints) in stone.
10 Memorial Street, Deerfield, MA 01342

The Rock, Fossil & Dinosaur Shop:Shop for fossils and gems while the kids look at the dinosaur stuff, dig for fossils, find out what it’s like to be a mining prospector, and pan for gemstones.
213 Greenfield Road (Route 5/10), South Deerfield, MA  01373

Beneski Museum of Natural History:Explore Edward Hitchcock’s collection of dinosaur footprints, the oldest and one of the largest anywhere. Free
Amherst College, Amherst, MA 01002

Nash Dinosaur Track Site and Rock Shop:The Nash family has been digging high-quality tracks on their property since 1938. Weather permitting, you can take the few steps from the shop to see the quarry.
Amherst Road (off Route 116), South Hadley, MA 01033

Dinosaur Footprints, A Property of The Trustees of Reservations:Hundreds of tracks of some of the earliest dinosaurs, easily viewed in place at this outdoor site. Free.
Route 5, Holyoke, MA  01040

Wistariahurst Museum:Built in 1874 as the home of silk manufacturer William Skinner, this house was given to the City of Holyoke to use as a museum in 1958. Don’t miss the slabs of dinosaur footprints and water ripple marks in the driveway.
238 Cabot St., Holyoke, MA 01040

Springfield Science Museum:The museum’s dinosaur exhibit spans two galleries and includes real dinosaur tracks and fossils, a life-sized Tyrannosaurus rex model, a replica of a stegosaurus skeleton, a surround-sound Jurassic Theater experience, and more.
21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA 01103


The History Trail
In the 19th century the Connecticut River corridor from Hartford CT to Windsor VT was the “Silicon Valley” of its day, as innovation in gun making transformed an artisan process into a true manufacturing one. Learn more by visiting historical sites along the Precision Corridor.

American Precision Museum: Windsor VT: Celebrates ingenuity, past present and future. Explore the 1846 Robbins & Lawrence Armory, where a technological revolution took place in the 1840s. Discover machines that have shaped our world, and learn how they operate at our working machine shop. Open daily 10-5, Memorial Day weekend thru October.
196 Main Street, Windsor, Vermont 05089

Museum Of Our Industrial Heritage: A historic metal working mill and museum. Located in Greenfield, MA, this historic site preserves and celebrates Franklin County's industrial heritage and its critical role in regional and national history. Please visit our website for tour information.
2 Mead Street, Greenfield, MA 01301

American Clock & Watch Museum: Join us for a fascinating trip back in time! Learn about American clock and watch making, with particular emphasis on Connecticut, once the clock capital of the United States. The museum holds one of the largest displays of American clocks and watches in the world, almost 5,500! As visitors travel through the museum's eight galleries, they are charmed by the chiming and striking of many of these special timekeeping devices.
100 Maple Street, Bristol, CT 06010

Storrowton Village Museum: Nestled in a quiet corner of Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts, Storrowton Village Museum is an authentic recreation of a 19th century village, consisting of nine historical buildings assembled around a traditional Green. Storrowton’s antique buildings were purchased from various Massachusetts and New Hampshire locations, dismantled and reconstructed here to create a village such as our forefathers built on hills, crossroads and along rivers. This restored village is named for the late Helen O. Storrow of Boston and Lincoln, Massachusetts.

The roots of our areas manufacturing systems can be observed in the working c. 1850 blacksmith shop originally built in Chesterfield N.H., and in the c. 1780 home of Captain John Potter a clock and scientific instrument maker from North Brookfield MA.  For more information visit our website.
Eastern States Exposition, 1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield, MA 01089

Springfield Armory National Historic Site Museum: A powerhouse of industrial manufacture of military firearms, this nation’s first armory was established by George Washington in 1794 to produce firearms for the US Army. It operated for 174 years until 1968. Today, it will be easy to find something fascinating at this National Park Site. Learn about the evolution of firearms with blank firing demonstrations seasonally, or dance to the music of the 1940’s Big Bands and sing along to popular Army Bands this summer.  Highlight Tours of the museum exhibits and historic landscape and buildings are offered on weekend days. Check out our changing special exhibits (Springfield Armory Goes to Hollywood until October). Remember to tell your family and friends about our excellent Ranger led interpretive programs for community and education groups.  All this fun and no admission charged.  Visit our website for more information.
One Armory Square, Suite 2, Springfield, MA 01105


Written Word Trail
Dozens of writers and artists call the Pioneer Valley home. Here are a few of the best known, along with places to visit to pay homage to them.

Dr. Seuss Memorial: The Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden at the Springfield Museums in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where Theodor Seuss Geisel was born and which appears to have inspired much of his work. Sculptor Lark Grey Dimond- Cates, who is also Geisel’s step-daughter, created the endearing bronze sculptures of Dr. Seuss and his most beloved characters for the Springfield Library & Museums Association, located in the heart of this city which is on the Connecticut River in Western Massachusetts.
21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA 01103

Frederick Goddard Tuckerman: Penned his famed sonnets in Greenfield. Poet’s Seat Tower, a 1912 sandstone observation tower, was built in homage to Tuckerman and other poets drawn to the area.
Greenfield, MA  01301

Emily Dickinson wrote her prose in Amherst. Visit the Emily Dickenson Museum that includes The Homestead, where the writer lived for most of her life.
280 Main Street, Amherst, MA 01002

William Cullen Bryant a romantic poet, journalist, and editor of the New York Evening Post, summered in Cummington. The William Cullen Bryant Homestead is now a National Historic Landmark.
207 Bryant Road, Cummington, MA 01026

Eric Carle, illustrator and writer of children’s books, including The Very Hungry Caterpillar, lived in Northampton for 30 years. The Eric Carle Museum in Amherst celebrates picture book art.
125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA 01002


Music Venues Trail
Tap your feet to the beat from coffee shops and intimate venues to historic theaters, arenas, and festivals, there’s no shortage of places in the Pioneer Valley alive with music. We have a thriving and supportive local music scene where you just might catch “the next big thing.” With this trail, you could see live music every night of the week if you wanted.

Springfield Symphony Orchestra: The Springfield Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1944, and is now the largest MA symphony outside of Boston. The present-day Springfield Symphony Orchestra grew out of a strong interest in the community and the vision of Alexander Leslie, the Symphony’s first conductor. Maestro Kevin Rhodes is the sixth Music Director of the SSO. Under his inspired and dedicated leadership, the SSO has become a superb leader of the cultural life in the region.
1350 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01103

CityStage and Symphony Hall: Located in the heart of downtown Springfield, these venues plays host to all types of entertainment from classical music to wrestling events, and magic shows, concerts, jugglers, dramas, and public forums, or graduations, dance recitals and everything else in between.
One Columbus Center, Springfield, MA 01103

MassMutual Center: With approximately 8,000 seats this facility is a multi-purpose arena and convention center complex located in downtown Springfield. It is also home to the local AHL affiliate, the Springfield Falcons.
1277 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01103

Mullins Center: The William D. Mullins Memorial Center, also known as the Mullins Center, is a 9,493-seat multi- purpose arena, located on the campus of the University of Massachusetts, in Amherst.   It is home to both UMass Men’s and Women’s Basketball and Hockey as well as a variety 
of event and entertainment acts for students and families all across Western MA. It also provides a community ice rink open to the general public.
200 Commonwealth Avenue, Amherst, MA 01003

Hu Ke Lau: One of the area’s premier full-service facilities, offering award-winning Polynesian dining and shows, national touring comedians, and the best in local and regional live music.
705 Memorial Drive, Chicopee, MA 01020

Theodore’s Blues Booze and BBQ: Once named “Best Blues Club in the County” by the Blues Foundation, Theodore’s features live national and local blues acts Tuesday through Saturday with no cover charge. Not
 to mention it has some of the best BBQ east of the Mississippi.

201 Worthington Street, Springfield, MA 01103

Parlor Room: An intimate listening room and performance space in Northampton featuring the best in folk, roots, Americana and indie music.
32 Masonic Street, Northampton, MA  01060

Academy of Music Theatre: This historic multi-use theater in Northampton underwent major renovations in summer 2014, restoring it to its turn-of-the-century glory. While historically a venue for theater performances, more and more musical acts are finding a home on its stage such as Signature Sounds Recordings Presents shows.
274 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060

One Bar & Grill: One of the newest venues in Western Massachusetts, the One Bar & Grill features local and national bands, bistro style lunch and dinner, and a full bar.
1 Pearl Street, Northampton, MA 01060

Green River Festival: Every July Greenfield is home to Western Massachusetts’ premiere summer festival that combines world class music with hot air ballooning. Green River Festival acts have included legends from Buddy Guy and Lucinda Williams to more contemporary acts like Neko Case and Old Crow Medicine Show. July 10-12, 2015.
Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, MA 01301

The Rendezvous: Pair a schedule that includes open mics, karaoke and live music featuring anything from tuba-driven rock to funk and soul with a creative food and beverage menu, and you’re sure to have the most eclectic night out in the Pioneer Valley.
78 Third Street,
 Turners Falls, MA 01376