Easthampton is a unique town tucked away in the Pioneer Valley of Hampshire County. The evolution of its history dates back to the 1600s, and has shaped the face of the community throughout the years. During the Industrial Revolution, mills and factories made it a manufacturing town. With the influx of artists and musicians a couple decades back, the city is now cultural center.
Cottage Street is a designated Massachusetts Cultural District. Leash up your pup and meander down this street to get a feel for the artsy Easthampton vibe. You’ll pass art galleries, book shops, collectible shops, and cafes. If you get a little peckish, stop by La Casita Azteca for some traditional Mexican food. This colorful eatery has classic dishes like quesadillas, mole negro tamales, fish tacos, and enchiladas. Your pup can join you at one of the outdoor patio tables.
You can’t come to Easthampton without spending some time at the Mt. Tom
State Reservation. Head over to this dog friendly park for some spectacular views
of the Pioneer Valley. Pets and people can enjoy hiking, fishing, and bird watching
in beautiful New England scenery. There are 22 miles of trails and hikes for
all levels, so you’re sure to find the perfect fit for your four legged hiking
If your pup loves art and nature, then be sure to stop by Art in the Orchard at The Park Hill Orchard. The folks at this working fruit farm have turned part of their orchard into an outdoor art gallery. Your pooch will love strolling along the self-guided half mile trail and admiring the unique sculptures. You can even bring a picnic and eat lunch among the rolling hills and scenic views. For a pupstastic leashed walk, head over to Nonotuck Park. Follow the Toteman Nature Trail through the large natural space, or check out the fishing in Nashawannuck Pond. Your pal is sure to have a pawsome time!
The Easthampton City Center is home to a couple furrific parks. Millside Park is a community hangout. Don’t let your dog miss out on the action; clip on his leash head over. Take a brisk walk around the paved path so your pooch can get his daily dose of cardio. Let him sniff around the grassy fields before sauntering over to the banks of Lower Mill Pond. This park also hosts “The Arts in the Park” concert series during the summer months. Nearby Pulaski Park may be small, but it’s a great little spot for an afternoon stroll. Be sure to stop by in December when it is all lit up for the holidays.
Looking for a new place to walk your favorite furry friend? Grab a leash and head over to the Manhan Rail Trail. Follow this nine mile old rail corridor across the length of town. Not only will your pup get plenty of exercise, she’ll also get to take in the sites of this old manufacturing city. You’ll pass by old mill buildings, parks, and shady forests. Be sure to stop at the scenic overlook and admire the beauty of the Connecticut River. Mutter’s Field Accessible Trail is another pupperific walk. It’s a short path, but provides a great view of Mt. Tom.
If your pup is overflowing with energy, take a short trip south to Holyoke and pay a visit to Wyatt Harper Park. This park provides ample room for romping and playing. Bring a ball for a game of fetch or just let her socialize with new playmates. Large and small dogs play together at this park, so if you have a petite pooch, make sure she’s up for mixing with her bigger peers. There’s a bench here, but no running water, so be sure to bring your own. If your pal wants an on leash experience, hop over to Community Field and follow the paved walking path.