Amherst

I used to drive through Amherst several times a week. I always stayed on Rt. 101 and never really explored. I knew Amherst is full of history and wonderful architecture but I was always in a hurry to get somewhere else.

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The center of town is one of the best places to start. There is a wonderful shady park to enjoy…

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As well as some of the town’s most historic buildings…

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Gawking at some of the homes took up quite a bit of our time as Steve and I explored…

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Their view wasn’t too shabby either…

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We saw quite a few wonderful old farms, many with expansive equestrian facilities…

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One of my favorite barns. I took this picture several years ago.

One of my favorite barns. I took this picture several years ago.

 

The people who live on the lakes certainly seem to know how to have a good time…

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And the town beach on Baboosic Lake provides a place for fun if you aren’t lucky enough to own lake front property…

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Baboosic Lake is the largest of the lakes in the area but there are plenty of other bodies of water…

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Great place to launch your kayak!!

Great place to launch your kayak!!

Lincoln Pond in the fall

Lincoln Pond in the fall

 

Most of the homes in Amherst have beautiful gardens but I found it was the wildflowers that I like the most…

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I don’t know what kind of berries these are, but there were tons of them…

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Our last stop was LaBelle Winery. We didn’t go in for a tasting because it was quite busy, but my friend Martha and I have plans to go in the fall. When we do, I will do a post on my re-visited page to let you know how the wine is and add more photos of the beautiful property.

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Their vineyard seems to go on forever…

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I hope you enjoyed Amherst as much as we did. Thanks for coming along!

 

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12 Comments on “Amherst”

  1. Rusha Sams August 11, 2014 at 12:15 pm #

    Thanks for showing us these great photos. I’ve heard of Amherst but I’m not sure if this is the same one. It was the home of Emily Dickinson. No wonder she wrote so much poetry about nature, if this is the same town! Love the pic of Lincoln Pond — great reflection!

    • Touring NH August 11, 2014 at 12:21 pm #

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      You’re welcome. Emily Dickinson was from Amherst, MA, which is also a lovely town. Lincoln Pond is right on Rt. 101 and it is so pretty during all the seasons.

      • Rusha Sams August 11, 2014 at 12:54 pm #

        Thanks for clarifying. Obviously, I need to take a look at one of my dusty old textbooks!! Would really love to visit both of these Amhersts!

      • Touring NH August 11, 2014 at 2:04 pm #

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        No problem, I had to look it up myself.

  2. gallivance.net August 11, 2014 at 2:21 pm #

    Laura, I love the people out in the middle of the lake. Are they on a floating platform? And your flower closeups are beautiful. 🙂 ~Terri

    • Touring NH August 11, 2014 at 5:21 pm #

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      Yes, Terri. It was too funny, they were just floating around the lake. I couldn’t tell if something was propelling them or if it was just the current. The wildflowers are spectacular this year.

  3. New Hampshire Garden Solutions August 11, 2014 at 11:00 pm #

    I’d like to get over there to visit Ponemah Bog. I’ve heard you can get close to some gorgeous native orchids there.
    I’m not sure what those berries are. If they were on a bush they could be highbush cranberry, or if they were on a tree they might be mountain ash.

    • Touring NH August 11, 2014 at 11:12 pm #

      The berries were in a tree. We didn’t get a chance to check out the big. Maybe next time

  4. marthaschaefer August 12, 2014 at 12:57 am #

    I had no idea Amherst was so beautiful and diverse. Just like you, I sail by rushing somewhere else on Rt. 101. Glorious shots of the historic buildings! You know me, though, barns and country-side please me most. Winery is a must-do for this fall!

    • Touring NH August 12, 2014 at 9:45 am #

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      There are certainly quite a few beautiful barns in Amherst. I can’t wait for out wine tasting adventure!

  5. mariekeates August 14, 2014 at 6:45 am #

    The old buildings are barns are beautiful but I’m puzzled about the people sitting out on the water. How did they get out there and how are they going to get back?

    • Touring NH August 14, 2014 at 9:26 am #

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      The dock seemed to be free floating, so I’m not sure if they took it to shore or if they swam out to it. It looked like fun to me.

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