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