Northampton, Massachusetts | Best Winter Town in Every New England State
Photo Credit : Mark Fleming
In the middle of winter, you don’t have to look far to find some much welcome warmth in Northampton, Massachusetts. At East Heaven Hot Tubs, eight bubbling cauldrons offer a steamy respite; in the heart of the Smith College campus is a Victorian conservatory filled with tropical plants of every stripe.
Even just walking around this vibrant Western Massachusetts town — home to Smith College, a member of the famed Five College Consortium — you’ll find plenty of enticements to come in from the cold. Hungry Ghost Bread turns out some of the best baked goods around, while casual-dining hot spot the Roost serves everything from breakfast sandwiches to milkshakes to wine and beer. And you can spend hours in the cozy confines of Raven Used Books, a subterranean haven for local academics and bibliophiles.
And should you be tempted to linger overnight (or longer), right in the center of town you’ll find the elegant Hotel Northampton. A member of Historic Hotels of America, it not only offers comfy digs but also, at its on-site Wiggins Tavern, the chance to dig into an incomparably warming Indian pudding.
The following are some of our favorite images by Yankee senior photographer Mark Fleming for the “Could You Live Here?” feature on Northampton, Massachusetts, that appears in the January/February 2018 issue of Yankee.
WINTER IN NORTHAMPTON, MASSACHUSETTS
Have you ever visited Northampton, Massachusetts, in winter?