South Hadley and the Region

The Pioneer Valley is one of New England's most beautiful and intellectually vibrant locations. The valley's unique character draws upon the cultural, social, and academic presence of the Five College Community as well as the spectacular setting of the Connecticut River amid the hilly terrain of western Massachusetts.

Area Attractions

South Hadley

South Hadley, Mount Holyoke's home since 1837, is a charming New England town with roots going back to pre-Revolutionary times.

The Village Common Courtyard in South Hadley, MA.
The Village Commons

Across the street from the main campus, the Village Commons is home to a variety of retail boutiques, several restaurants, a coffeehouse, a first-run movie theater, and the renowned Odyssey Bookshop.

Amherst and Northampton area

Northampton and Amherst are favorite destinations for shopping, café hopping, and dining.

A student enjoying the overlook on Mountain Day
A student enjoying the view atop Mount Holyoke

Just a few miles from campus, Skinner State Park offers spectacular views of the valley from atop Mount Holyoke, the mountain for which the College was named and where Mountain Day is traditionally celebrated.

The Basketball Hall of Fame with the City of Springfield in the background
The Basketball Hall of Fame with the City of Springfield in the background