Easthampton and the Pioneer Valley
One of the great things about being a student (or a parent!) at Williston is our location. Not only is the school located in the vibrant town of Easthampton—literally a five-minute stroll away—but the whole surrounding area, known as the Pioneer Valley, is rich with arts, culture, restaurants, and museums, plus natural escapes, like rail trails, ski mountains, farm stands, and more. A 10-minute drive or bus ride takes you to the vibrant college town of Northampton, home to Smith College and dozens of additional restaurants and shops. Just a little further afield is the town of Amherst, home to Amherst College and the University of Massachusetts, as well as more great dining spots, theaters, bookstores, and cultural events. We’re also just 45 minutes from The Berkshires and Vermont, an hour and a half from Boston, and three hours from New York City. To find out more about what’s happening in the area, click here.
6 Things to Do In Easthampton
Take a Hike
Mount Tom gives you a great vantage point to look out over Easthampton and neighboring towns. This steeply-sided ridge gives campus its dramatic backdrop.
Grab a Slice
Williston students love Antonio’s, our local pizzeria. Is it the crispy crust? The robust sauce? The bubbling cheesiness? Or the fact that it’s just a short walk away—and that they deliver to campus?
Play a Game
Eastworks and Mill 180, a 5-minute drive from campus, house restaurants, a table-tennis center, a room-escape game, and an indoor park (!).
Go Back in Time
Mount Tom’s Homemade Ice Cream is more than an ice cream shop, it’s an institution. Choose a homemade scoop on a cone, or browse the rows of candy jars as if it were 1955.
Bite a Bagel
Bagels and coffee go together like, well, Williston and Tandem Bagel. Founded by two alumni, Tandem is the perfect spot for a mid-morning pick-me-up.
Easthampton is home to restaurants for many tastes: Coco and the Cellar Bar, James Beard Award finalists; Kisara for sushi; Galaxy for an updated-mid-century-modern meal; and a real Italian butcher.
The Five College Connection
Our proximity to the Five Colleges gives you unmatched opportunities for culture, scholarship, and fun.