lunch in a college town



burgers and a shake

the line up





Northampton shops



hemp man

hemp man diptych


shoes . sunglasses

How I love a good funky college town
and Northhampton, Massachusetts certainly doesn’t disappoint
home of Smith College
we were there recently for lunch with my son
although he lives in Amherst (another great college town)
we decided to explore an area unknown to us
from burger joints to tea houses
bookstores to candy shops
all housed in fabulous old brick buildings
the streets were buzzing with a variety characters
including “Hemp Man”
it all made me wish I were a student again!

40 thoughts on “lunch in a college town

  1. I have to agree with you! I’m in Evanston, IL home to Northwestern University. I love the vibe here, too. But I have to admit I like it even better when the students leave for summer break. I loved your tour of Northhampton.

    1. Yes, I can see how it must get a bit crazy at times. My son has a few friends attending Northwestern (music school) and they love it. You must have access to wonderful shops and restaurants!

      1. Yes, we have some terrific food here and the shops are great (especially for the college crowd). The music school is fabulous at Northwestern. Can you tell I’m a Northwestern fan — my husband also teaches there (in engineering). I am not a native Midwesterner, but I do LOVE living close to Lake Michigan. I absolutely hate our winters here, though. You can’t have it all, right?

      2. I can sympathize with your feelings about winter as I’m sure your weather is similar to New England’s. Hmmm, maybe I can convince my son to apply to Northwestern for grad school and then I can come visit your college town!

  2. Wonderful images of a great place, Susan.
    Half the population of the city I live in, is made up of 2 universities, and because I teach at one of them, I am fortunate enough to be surrounded by this for 30 weeks a year. There is something very special about these young people.

  3. Most of all I miss the college town atmosphere that Boston used to be…. my impression from relatively recent visits is that it’s gone too upscale these days to have apartments rented cheap in the Brownstones along Commonwealth Ave.

  4. I was thinking half way through that it could be Northampton! I used to love going there – I bet you went to Raven Books? These are really nice photos – dirty truth and all…

    1. Haha… I can see why you loved going there and yes, I believe it was Raven Books (I was trying to remember the name of it!). A very colorful town for sure!

    1. Thanks Scott! I love that rail trail too. Many students, including my son, ride that trail on the weekends. I’d love to take the ride myself….maybe in the fall.

  5. This is funny because I kept thinking this looks familiar, I wonder where it is, but then finally figured it out. I went to UMass Amherst so it’s great to see Northampton again! Really fun street scenes that capture the energy and character of the place. I don’t think I ever encountered hemp man. He probably wasn’t around way back when, but everything else looks about the same. Now you’re making me want to go back there too! πŸ™‚

    1. Ah, my son is a junior at UMass Amherst! It was actually his idea to take us to Northhampton for lunch. Such a great town, as is Amherst! Thanks Sheila…if you ever want to return, I’ll meet you there for lunch!

  6. My niece went to Smith…I lived too far away to get much more than a “graduation” impression- loved it. Have you been to the Miss Florence Diner? The T-shirt I purchased- way back then- has disintegrated! She is now married, to a woman she met while at Smith, and is an architect in Boston, they just had a baby! Massachusetts is an inspiration to me! As I noted on earlier posts, I am really enjoying your photography-

    1. Small world! My son has attended many concerts at Smith, such a beautiful campus. Unfortunately, I haven’t been to the Miss Florence Diner, but will look for it next time I’m out there. If you need a new t-shirt, let me know and I can pick one up for you! Congratulations to your daughter and daughter-in-law, how exciting! Boston is a great city and with your new grandchild I bet you’ll be visiting often. Thanks so much for your kind words and I’m so happy to “meet” you!

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