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A Southern Belle in Ireland: Bringing Memphis to the Emerald Isles

A Southern Belle in Ireland: Bringing Memphis to the Emerald Isles

Katie McKenna, Writer
November 18, 2013
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

There were few things I knew about Memphis before I met Katherine: it was the birthplace of Elvis, B.B. King had his blues club on Beale Street, summers were hot, and I assumed they talked with that same slow, drawn-out southern twang that makes Tennessee sound a bit more like Tennessaaaay. I assumed,...

Learning to be a Tica: Discovering life as a minority in Costa Rica

Learning to be a Tica: Discovering life as a minority in Costa Rica

November 18, 2013
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

by Erin Wolosz Over the past three months that I have been studying abroad in Costa Rica, one comment from friends and family has been consistent- “must be nice to live in paradise.” While it is certainly true that weekend trips to some of the best vacation spots in the world, along with a classr...

Visiting ancient beasts at Beneski

Visiting ancient beasts at Beneski

November 18, 2013
Filed under Travel

by Vincenza Parella “We have the world’s largest fossil track collection,” said Beneski Museum of Natural History monitor Rainer Lempert. It’s hard to believe this small three-story museum at Amherst College doesn’t get more notoriety. A tour guide taking a small group through the museum calle...

Northampton for wine and cheese lovers

Northampton for wine and cheese lovers

November 18, 2013
Filed under Around the Valley, Travel

by Emily Abrams For wine and cheese lovers, Northampton offers something around every corner. Also known as Paradise City, Northampton can give you just what you’re looking for on a relaxing fall weekend, from gourmet Brie and Chèvre, to your finest southern French Wines. Try sample itinerary if you...

Travel to the “Scenter” of the Universe at the Yankee Candle Village

Travel to the “Scenter” of the Universe at the Yankee Candle Village

November 18, 2013
Filed under Around the Valley, Travel

by Colleen Jones No matter which of the half-dozen entrances you use to make your way into the Yankee Candle Village, there’s no escaping the tidal wave of scents that will make your nostrils instantly flare with excitement. The village, which can be found just off of Route 116 in South Deerfield...

No more wandering for weekend travel

No more wandering for weekend travel

Vincenza Parella, Writer
November 15, 2013
Filed under Around the Valley, Travel

College students barely have time to travel on the weekends, but when they do, they want to find the cheapest transportation fast. Wanderu.com takes the frustration out of trip-planning by showing the cheapest transportation options available in one place. A startup travel search company based in Boston...

Venture out on Veteran’s Day weekend

Venture out on Veteran’s Day weekend

Samantha Gillis, Contributor
November 4, 2013
Filed under Around the Valley, Travel

Veteran’s Day weekend is an excellent chance to take advantage of an extra day off to do some exploring.

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Discovering the magic of Magic Wings

Discovering the magic of Magic Wings

October 24, 2013
Filed under Travel

[slideshow_deploy id='5978'] By Colleen Jones Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens holds 40 different species of butterflies among many other unique creatures. Right off of routes 5 and 10 at 281 Greenfield Road in South Deerfield, and with a history spanning 13 years, it is no secret to the...

24 Hour guide to touring Northampton

24 Hour guide to touring Northampton

October 23, 2013
Filed under Around the Valley, Travel

[slideshow_deploy id='5947'] By Vincenza Parella I recently visited Northampton - "Noho," as the locals call it - and with only a day to explore, and a treasure trove of adventure waiting to happen, I decided to devise an itinerary. 11:00 a.m. – Botanical Gardens Take a leisurely stroll...

Feel classy for cheap at Amherst Winery

Feel classy for cheap at Amherst Winery

Samantha Gillis, Contributor
October 22, 2013
Filed under Travel

Despite the giant retired parade float of a foot sitting outside, the Amherst Farms Winery on Route 9 is easy to drive past without a second thought. The barn is one among many in the area and looks relatively modest - foot aside - with only a sign by the side of the road advertising, “Wine Tasting...

Study Abroad: When an American learns Irish

Study Abroad: When an American learns Irish

Katie McKenna, Contributor
October 22, 2013
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

I dragged my hungry, hazy, helpless self off of the bus to pick up the key to my apartment, 103 Gort na Coiribe, which is part of a student residence community in Galway, Ireland. My damp shoes veered around puddles and squished into the office where a kind middle-aged woman carried a stack of papers...

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