Explore the Area

Many of today's Western Massachusetts roads trace original Native American trails, winding along rivers and streams or crossing steep ridges. Taking a day trip on one of these scenic byways offers the traveler the opportunity to experience the geography, culture and cuisine of New England, from a uniquely historic perspective.

Scenic Byways of Western Mass

Agricultural Heritage

Founded in 1863, New England's largest public university, UMass was originally named Massachusetts Agricultural College. The Black Walnut Inn enjoys the bounty offered by the fertile farmlands of the Connecticut River Valley. Local maple sugar, super sweet summer corn, red ripe tomatoes and spicy peppers regularly make their way to our breakfast table as familiar and welcome additions.

Industrial Heritage

The Inn's front Federal Style structure was built during the 19th century's industrial period. As you travel through Western Massachusetts, you'll find delightful restaurants, book stores, performing arts centers and art boutiques housed in reclaimed and revitalized mills and factories. Take the time to stop in, look around and experience the architectural history of the region.

Natural Wonders

Whether you're in a car, on a bike or ready for a hike, opportunities to experience the region's natural wonders abound. Breath taking vistas, hiking trails through dense wooded forests, swimming holes at the base of waterfalls, cross-country skiing trails and countless others natural offerings await you.


Hiking, running, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, swimming, white water rafting... we could go on and on. It's all fun and it's all (in season) here for the taking. Get your blood pumping and take in the magnificence of the outdoors at the same time. You can bring your iPod, leave the treadmill in the gym!

Arts and Culture

If it's art and culture you're looking for, you've come to the right place. Museums, performing arts centers, concert halls, revitalized movie theatres... they're all here, and the variety offered is staggering. Go online, browse a bit and buy some tickets! You'll find yourself asking, "Really, that's here?". Yes, really!

Discover the heritage and culture of the region

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