Thank you for your interest in this event! Online registration has now closed.

To register, please come to the on-site registration table during the times below. Please be sure to bring payment by credit/debit card or a check made payable to UMass Conference Services to complete your registration.

  • Sunday, March 13: 3 - 6 p.m., Hotel UMass Lobby, 3rd floor of the UMass Campus Center
  • Monday, March 14: 7 - 10:30 a.m., Campus Center Auditorium Foyer, 1st floor of the UMass Campus Center

If you arrive after these times, or if you need any assistance throughout the event, please come to the Conference Registration Office located on the 8th floor of the UMass Campus Center (room 819).

Parking Parking is available in the Campus Center Parking Garage. For GPS purposes, the garage is located at 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst, MA, 01003 (click here to obtain directions from your location). Campus Center Way is off of Commonwealth Avenue, across the street from the Mullins Center. After turning onto Campus Center Way stay to the left to go up the hill. You will see the garage entrance on your right. Take a gate tickets and park. We recommend following the Hotel UMass/Campus Center signs down to park on Level 2, where there is a marked entrance into the Campus Center. Alternatively, you can park on any level and use the Northeast or Southeast Stairwells to gain access to outdoor campus paths that lead down to the Campus Center.

Reminder: the garage has switched to a pay station system!

If you are a commuter, take a gate ticket, park, and pick up your a parking coupon for each day of your registration when you check-in at the registration desk. As you leave each day you will need to stop at a pay station with this coupon and the gate ticket you received as you drove in to the garage. Enter your gate ticket in the pay station and, when prompted, scan the QR code on your parking coupon. This will validate your gate ticket without requiring any payment. As you drive out of the garage enter your validated gate ticket to raise the gate.

If you are staying at Hotel UMass, take a gate ticket, park, and bring your gate ticket in with you. You will pick-up your programming materials at the registration desk, but you will receive your parking pass when you check-in at the hotel (available after 3 p.m. on your day of arrival). At hotel check-in give the desk clerk your gate ticket. The hotel desk clerk will then validate your pass for the duration of your stay, so you will not need to stop at a pay station.

Registration Rates
The following registration rates include the cost of registration, parking, coffee breaks, continental breakfasts, and lunches. The Full Program rate also includes the cost of dinner on Monday and Tuesday evenings. Additional dinner tickets for those who wish to bring a guest or for those who select the Commuter Rate are available for $44.00/ticket. Please note that registration does not include the cost of lodging: lodging reservations must be completed and paid for separately from your registration.  

A.     FULL PROGRAM: $355.00
          Includes access to all sessions, parking, breaks, and the following meals:
               
Monday: Continental Breakfast, Lunch, and Banquet.     
               Tuesday: Continental Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
               Wednesday: Continental Breakfast.

B.     COMMUTER RATE: $290.00
          Includes access to all sessions, parking, breaks, and the following meals:
               Monday: Continental Breakfast, Lunch.
               Tuesday: Continental Breakfast, Lunch.
               Wednesday: Continental Breakfast.

Please note: all registrations and payments received after February 28, 2022, will be assessed a $40.00 late fee. Please submit payment or a late fee waiver (see below) by the close of business on February 28, 2022, to avoid being assessed this fee!


Payment
Attendees may select to pay by credit/debit card or by check during registration. Credit/debit card payment can be made online through our secure payment gateway by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. To pay by check, complete your online registration and then mail a check made payable to UMass Conference Services to the address below with a copy of your registration confirmation. If you need an invoice sent to facilitate payment, please complete your online registration, select the "Mail a Check" payment option, and then email an invoice request to registration@umass.eduPlease note: all payments received after February 28, 2022, will be assessed a $40.00 late fee. If you cannot have payment postmarked on/by this date please contact us at registration@umass.edu or 413-577-8102 to discuss the possibility of receiving a late fee waiver. Late fee waivers are offered when an attendee can provide documentation by the end of business on February 28 showing payment is in process. Accepted documentation includes a copy of a purchase order or check, or other items that confirm the payment amount and expected date of delivery.  

Mail checks made payable to UMass Conference Services to:
Conference Services CS22038
819 Campus Center
1 Campus Center Way
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003
Note: payments for Hotel UMass should be made separately and should be sent directly to the hotel for processing.
 


Cancellation Policy
Attendees cancelling their registration before the close of business (5PM EST) on March 7, 2022, will receive a full refund minus a $60.00 cancellation-processing fee. Cancellations received after this deadline may be granted a pro-rated refund depending on the exact date of cancellation. No refunds will be granted after the close of business (5PM EST) on Friday, March 11, 2022. Cancellations must be submitted in writing to the UMass Conference Services Registration Office by email (registration@umass.edu) or fax (413-577-8130).


Important Updates and Reminders
Current UMass Amherst Event Guidance

UMass Amherst is currently requiring face coverings in all indoor public spaces, except when eating. In addition, UMass Amherst is requiring that hand sanitizer is available at entrances and exits of indoor event venues and ensuring that venue permitted capacities are not exceeded. Attendees should stay home if they are feeling ill, particularly if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, including: temperature over 100.3F; new loss of smell or taste; muscle aches; sore throat; cough; shortness of breath; chills; headache; fatigue; congestion or runny nose; gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite. Attendees should also stay home if they have: been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19; been placed in quarantine for possible contact with COVID-19; been directed to self-isolate or quarantine by a health care provider or public health official; are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test. For the latest news related to UMass Amherst operations throughout the ongoing pandemic, please visit the UMass coronavirus page and/or event guidance page. Should any additional policies, procedures, or expectations be announced between now and March, attendees will be notified by email right away.

On-Campus and Area Lodging Reservations
Registration does not include lodging so lodging reservations and payment should be arranged separately. A block of discounted rooms is being held at Hotel UMass, located in the Campus Center, for a rate of $145.00 room/night (plus applicable fees, currently 6% plus $1.00 per room, per night). This rate will be valid through February 11, 2022, or until space fills, so early reservations are strongly encouraged. Interested attendees should visit www.hotelumass.com and enter group code MMA22C to complete a reservation. When possible all reservations should be completed online (not by phone): click here to view instructions on how to complete your booking online! If you'd prefer to complete your reservation by phone you may call the hotel at 877-822-2110, but note due to current staffing levels you may experience significant delays and/or busy signals, so we recommend completing your reservation online for the quickest service. Additional lodging options are available here

Registration Times & Locations
Registration will be available on Sunday, March 13, from 3:30 - 6PM in the hotel lobby (located on level 3 of the Campus Center). Note hotel check-in begins at 3PM and early check-in will not be available, so please plan to arrive between 3:30 - 6PM so you can check-in to the hotel and stop by the registration desk to pick-up your program materials. If you are not arriving on Sunday (or are arriving after registration has closed), registration will be available again from 7:30 - 10:30AM on the 1st floor of the UMass Campus Center, directly outside of the Campus Center Auditorium. Please stop by the registration desk to pick up your registration materials and, if necessary, a parking pass to the Campus Center Parking Garage. If you arrive after 10:30AM on Monday, or if you need any assistance throughout the event, please come to the Conference Registration Office located in room 819 on the 8th floor of the Campus Center (note: if you arrive just after 10:30AM we recommend checking to see if we are still on the 1st floor before coming up to the 8th floor!). Please also note our office location has changed and is now down the hall from where we were previously: take a right off of the elevators and you will see our new office location down the hall on the left.

Certification Exam
MMAAA offers a certification program. To sign up, check off the boxes next to Track III Section 9 and Track III Section 10 during registration. You must also click here to download and complete the certification packet. This packet includes the Pre-registration form and Application for Certification form, which must be submitted to Wendy Nightingale no later than Friday, March 4, 2022. 

Class Materials
As in previous years Track IV presentations will be available online only. The course materials for Tracks I, II and II are also available online, but you are not required to print these documents as hard copies will be provided at the sessions. All materials can be found on the Member Section of the MMAAA website. You will need to click on "Member Login" first, and then look for the drop-down menu to access the "Members" section. Please bring your laptop or tablet with you to the program so you can access these materials as needed. Note that all course materials are copyrighted and as such are for MMAAA member use only. 

Utilizing the Campus Center Parking Garage Paystations
If you are a commuter, take a gate ticket, park, and bring your gate ticket in with you. When you check-in at the registration desk you will be provided with a complimentary parking coupon for each day of the program. As you leave each day, but before you get back to your car, you will need to stop at a pay station (located on levels 2, 3 and 4 of the garage). Enter your gate ticket in the pay station and, when prompted, scan the QR code on the parking coupon. This will validate your gate ticket without requiring any payment. Take your validated gate ticket from the machine and proceed to your car. As you drive out of the garage enter your validated gate ticket to raise the exit gate. Note: there is a Parking Services Office located on the 2nd level of the garage, right at the entrance to the Campus Center. If you experience any difficulty with the parking pass or pay station, please stop by the Parking Services Office for assistance!

If you are staying at Hotel UMass, take a gate ticket, park, and bring your gate ticket in with you. You will pick-up your program materials at the registration desk, but you will receive your parking pass when you check-in at the hotel (available after 3PM on your date of arrival). At hotel check-in provide the desk clerk with your gate ticket. The desk clerk will validate your gate ticket and provide you with a parking pass valid for the duration of your stay. Note you will not need to stop at a pay station.

All Annual Education Program sessions and meals will be held at the UMass Amherst Campus Center, located at 1 Campus Center Way in Amherst MA 01003. During registration you will sign-up for the session(s) you will attend. Click here to download the Summary Schedule of Training Tracks and Sessions.


Sunday, March 13

3PM -                    Hotel Check-in, 3rd floor lobby.
3:30 - 6PM            Registration, 3rd floor lobby.


Monday, March 14

7 - 8:30AM            Continental Breakfast, 1st floor Concourse.
7:30 - 10:30AM     Registration, 1st floor Auditorium Foyer (available after 10:30AM in the Conference Services Office, Room 819 on the 8th floor, open Monday
                              - Friday, 8AM - 5PM).
8:15 - 8:30AM       Welcome, 1st floor Auditorium.
9 - 10:30AM          Classes, miscellaneous rooms on the 1st floor (Track I: Room 162-75, Track II: Room 165-69; Track III: Room 163C; Track IV: Auditorium).
                                 Track I, Session 1: Roles and Responsibilities.
                                 Track II, Session 2: DOR Law.
                                 Track III, Session 3: Warm-up - Review of Track I and II Material.
                                 Track IV, Session 4: Mindfulness.
10:30AM - 12PM   Classes, miscellaneous rooms on the 1st floor (Track I: Room 162-75, Track II: Room 165-69; Track III: Room 163C; Track IV: Auditorium).
                                 Track I, Session 5: Source Documents, Books, and Records.
                                 Track II, Session 6: DOR Law.
                                 Track III, Session 7: Enterprise Funds.
                                 Track IV, Session 8: Automation - Munis.
12 - 1:15PM           Lunch, Amherst Room (10th Floor) and Marriott Center (11th Floor). All dietary restrictions and food allergies will be accommodated in the Marriott
                               Center: please note all necessary restrictions/allergies during registration.
1:15 - 2:45PM        Classes, miscellaneous rooms on the 1st floor (Track I: Room 162-75, Track II: Room 165-69; Track III: Room 163C; Track IV: Auditorium).
                                 Track I, Session 9: Recording Basic Transactions.
                                 Track II, Session 10: DOR Law.
                                 Track III, Session 11: Special Review Funds 2.
                                 Track IV, Session 12: COSO/Single Audit Requirements.
3 - 4:30PM             Classes, miscellaneous rooms on the 1st floor (Track I: Room 162-75, Track II: Room 165-69; Track III: Room 163C; Track IV: Auditorium).
                                 Track I, Session 13: Accounts Receivable.
                                 Track II, Session 14: Special Topics.
                                 Track III, Session 15: DOR Legal Review.
                                 Track IV, Session 16: MASBO Procurement/Federal Procurement.
8:30 - 10:30PM        Trivia/DJ


Tuesday, March 15

7 - 8:30AM            Continental Breakfast, 1st floor Concourse.
8AM - 5PM            Registration/General Assistance, Conference Services Office, Room 819 on the 8th Floor (take a right off of the elevators; our office is down the
                              hall on the left).
8 - 10:15AM          Classes, miscellaneous rooms on the 1st floor (Track I: Room 162-75, Track II: Room 165-69; Track III: Room 163C; Track IV: Auditorium).
                                 Track I, Session 17: Cash Reconciliation.
                                 Track II, Session 18: Budget 2.
                                 Track III, Session 19: Special Topics 2.
                                 Track IV, Session 20: Strategies for Negotiating with Businesses.
10:30AM - 12PM   Classes, miscellaneous rooms on the 1st floor (Track I: Room 162-75, Track II: Room 165-69; Track III: Room 163C; Track IV: Auditorium).
                                 Track I, Session 21: Budget 1.
                                 Track II, Session 22: School Finance Issues.
                                 Track III, Session 23: Closing the Books.
                                 Track IV, Session 24: GASB Update.
12 - 1:15PM           Lunch, Amherst Room (10th Floor) and Marriott Center (11th Floor). All dietary restrictions and food allergies will be accommodated in the Marriott
                               Center: please note all necessary restrictions/allergies during registration.
1:15 - 2:45PM        Classes, miscellaneous rooms on the 1st floor (Track I: Room 162-75, Track II: Room 165-69; Track III: Room 163C; Track IV: Auditorium).
                                 Track I, Session 25: Special Revenue Funds 1.
                                 Track II, Session 26: Capital Projects I.
                                 Track III, Session 27: Financial Reporting.
                                 Track IV, Session 28: Empower Retirement - MA SMART Plan.
3 - 4:30PM             Classes, miscellaneous rooms on the 1st floor (Track I: Room 162-75, Track II: Room 165-69; Track III: Room 163C; Track IV: Auditorium).
                                 Track I, Session 29: Borrowing.
                                 Track II, Session 30: Capital Projects II.
                                 Track III, Session 31: Exam Review Workshop.
                                 Track IV, Session 32: CLA ARPA.
7:30 -                        Social in the UPub 


Wednesday, March 16

7 - 8:30AM            Continental Breakfast, 1st floor Concourse.
8AM - 5PM            Registration/General Assistance, Conference Services Office, Room 819 on the 8th Floor (take a right off of the elevators; our office is down the
                              hall on the left).
8:45 - 10:30AM     Classes, miscellaneous rooms on the 1st floor (Track I: Room 162-75, Track II: Room 165-69; Track III: Room 163C; Track IV: Auditorium).
                                 Track I and II, Session 33: DOR Reporting Requirements (9 - 10:30AM).
                                 Track III: Certification Exam (8:45 - 9:15AM).
                                 Track IV, Session 34: Cannabis Control Commission.
9:30AM - 12PM    Classes, miscellaneous rooms on the 1st floor (Track I, II, IV: Auditorium; Track III: Room 163C).
                                 Track I, II, IV, Session 35: DOR Update - Director of Accounts (10:45AM - 12PM).
                                 Track III: Certification Exam (9:30AM - 12PM).


Click here to download the Summary Schedule of Training Tracks and Sessions.

Location   
The program will be held at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Murray D. Lincoln Campus Center. The Campus Center and attached Campus Center Parking Garage are located at 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst MA 01003. Click here for turn-by-turn directions from your location. For travel information, please click the "Getting to Campus" tab above.

Registration will be available on Sunday, March 13, from 3:30 - 6PM in the hotel lobby, located on the 3rd floor of the Campus Center. Note hotel check-in begins at 3PM on your date of arrival and early check-in will not be available, so please plan to arrive between 3:30 - 6PM so you can check-in to the hotel and stop by the registration desk to pick-up your program materials. If you are not arriving on Sunday (or are arriving after registration has closed), registration will be available again from 7:30 - 10:30AM on the 1st floor of the UMass Campus Center, directly outside of the Campus Center Auditorium. Please stop by the registration desk to pick up your registration materials and, if necessary, a parking pass to the Campus Center Parking Garage. If you arrive after 10:30AM on Monday, or if you need any assistance throughout the event, please come to the Conference Registration Office located in room 819 on the 8th floor of the Campus Center (note: if you arrive just after 10:30AM we recommend checking to see if we are still on the 1st floor before coming up to the 8th floor!). Please also note our office location has changed and is now down the hall from where we were previously: take a right off of the elevators and you will see our new office location down the hall on the left.


Parking
Complimentary parking is available in the Campus Center Parking Garage. For GPS purposes, the garage is located at 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst, MA, 01003 (click here to obtain directions from your location). Campus Center Way is off of Commonwealth Avenue, across the street from the Mullins Center. After turning onto Campus Center Way stay to the left to go up the hill. You will see the garage entrance on your right. Take a gate ticket and park. We recommend following the Hotel UMass/Campus Center signs down to park on Level 2, where there is a marked entrance into the Campus Center. Alternatively, you can park on any level and use the Northeast or Southeast Stairwells to gain access to outdoor campus paths that lead down to the Campus Center.

If you are a commuter, take a gate ticket, park, and bring your gate ticket in with you. When you check-in at the registration desk you will be provided with a parking coupon for each day of the program. As you leave each day, but before you go back to your car, stop at one of the garage pay stations (located on levels 2, 3 and 4 of the garage). Enter your gate ticket in the pay station and, when prompted, scan the QR code on the parking coupon you received at registration. This will validate your parking at no charge. Wait for the machine to return your validated gate ticket and then proceed back to your car. As you drive out of the garage enter your validated gate ticket in the exit kiosk to raise the gate. Note that you gate ticket will only be validated for 15 minutes after you stop of the pay station, so only complete this process as you are leaving for the day

If you are staying at Hotel UMass, take a gate ticket, park, and bring your gate ticket in with you. You will pick-up your program materials at the registration desk, but you will receive your parking pass when you check-in at the hotel (available after 3 p.m. on your date of arrival). At hotel check-in provide the desk clerk with your gate ticket. The desk clerk will then validate your ticket and provide you with a complimentary parking pass valid for the duration of your visit. You will not need to stop at a pay station.

By Car
From the South, via I-91 North
Take Exit 19 in Northampton. From the exit ramp, stay to the right to merge onto Route 9. Travel approximately 4.5 miles to Route 116 North. Turn left onto 116 and go one mile to the UMass Exit. Stay to the right as you exit to merge onto Massachusetts Avenue. Take a left at the second set of lights onto Commonwealth Avenue. Travel on Commonwealth Avenue until you reach the first set of lights - you will see the Mullins Center, the large sports/entertainment complex, on your left. At the lights take a right onto Campus Center Way, staying to the left to go up the hill. The garage entrance will be on your right.


From the North, via I-91 South
Take Exit 25 in Deerfield. At the end of the ramp turn left onto Routes U.S. 5/10/116. Follow until the lights and then turn right to stay on 5/10/116. Go one mile and turn left onto Route 116 South. Follow Route 116 South for eight miles to the UMass exit. Turn left at the stop sign. Take a left at the second set of lights onto Commonwealth Avenue. Travel on Commonwealth Avenue until you reach the first set of lights - you will see the Mullins Center, the large sports/entertainment complex, on your left. At the lights take a right onto Campus Center Way, staying to the left to go up the hill. The garage entrance will be on your right.


From the North, via I-93 South
Follow I-93 to I-495 South. Follow to Route 2 West. Continue on Route 2 to U.S. 202 South. Follow for about 15 miles to the blinking light at the Pelham exit marked “Route 9 and 116 Amherst.” Turn right and follow for seven miles to Amherst center. Turn right onto North Pleasant Street. Stay on North Pleasant Street until you arrive on campus. Stay left to turn onto Massachusetts Avenue. Follow Massachusetts Avenue until the first set of traffic lights. Turn right onto Commonwealth Avenue. Travel on Commonwealth Avenue until you reach the first set of lights - you will see the Mullins Center, the large sports/entertainment complex, on your left. At the lights take a right onto Campus Center Way, staying to the left to go up the hill. The garage entrance will be on your right.


From the East or West, via I-90
Travelers have a choice of four routes:

  • Off Exit 8 (Palmer/Ware): Follow Route 32 South to Palmer. Take Route 20 West to Route 181 North into Belchertown. Turn onto Route 9 West to Amherst. Follow Route 9 through the center of Amherst. Take a right onto University Drive. Travel to the end of University Drive and take a right onto Massachusetts Avenue. Get into the left lane and take a left onto Commonwealth Avenue. Stay in the right lane and at the first set of lights turn right onto Campus Center Way. Follow signs to the Parking Garage.
  • Off Exit 7 (Ludlow): Follow Route 21 North to U.S. 202 North to Route 9 West to Amherst center. Travel through the center of Amherst. Take a right onto University Drive. Travel to the end of University Drive and take a right onto Massachusetts Avenue. Get into the left lane and take a left onto Commonwealth Avenue. Stay in the right lane and at the first set of lights turn right onto Campus Center Way. Follow signs to the Parking Garage.
  • Off Exit 5 (Chicopee): Follow Route 33 North to Route 116 North to Amherst center. Turn left at the light onto Route 9 West. At the bottom of the hill stay in the right lane and take a right onto University Drive. Travel to the end of University Drive and take a right onto Massachusetts Avenue. Get into the left lane and take a left onto Commonwealth Avenue. Stay in the right lane and at the first set of lights turn right onto Campus Center Way. Follow signs to the Parking Garage. 
  • Off Exit 4 (West Springfield): I-91 North to Exit 19 to Route 9 East to Amherst. Travel approximately 4.5 miles to Route 116 North. Turn left onto 116 and go one mile to the UMass exit. Stay to the right as you exit. At the second intersection take a left onto Commonwealth Avenue. Stay in the right lane. At the first set of lights take a right onto Campus Center Way. Follow signs to the Parking Garage.

Click here to get directions from your location!

Hotel UMass
The Amherst area is full of many wonderful lodging options. Space permitting, we recommend attendees stay at Hotel UMass, located right in the Campus Center just an elevator ride away from program activities, meeting rooms, and meals!

Rated the best hotel in Amherst and seated in the center of the picturesque UMass Amherst campus, Hotel UMass blends a tranquil countryside escape with the bustling energy of campus life, making it your ideal destination when staying in the area. Just an elevator ride from Campus Center meeting spaces and amenities, including the University Store and several newly renovated dining options, Hotel UMass offers unbeatable convenience for a discounted conference rate of $145.00/room/night (plus applicable fees, currently 6% plus $1.00 per room, per night). Discounted rates are valid through February 11, or until space fills, so early reservations are recommended.

To book your room at Hotel UMass visit www.hotelumass.com and reference group code MMA22C. When possible all reservations should be completed online (not by phone): click here to view instructions on how to complete your booking online! If you'd prefer to complete your reservation by phone you may call the hotel at 877-822-2110, but note due to current staffing levels you may experience significant delays and/or busy signals, so we recommend completing your reservation online for the quickest service. Note: payment for your stay at Hotel UMass must be made separately from your registration payment. 


Area Lodging
Amherst and the surrounding area is full of many hotels, motels and bed & breakfasts. A variety of hotel chains offer their familiar comforts just a short 5 - 10 minute drive from the UMass Campus on Route 9/Russell Street in neighboring Hadley, while charming independent inns and B&Bs dot the area, offering a taste of Pioneer Valley living. Some popular options are below. Click here for a full listing from the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce.

Amherst

Hadley

Deerfield

Northampton

Local Transportation
There are multiple transportation options to get you from campus to amenities and attractions in the surrounding area. Amherst center, with local shops, restaurants, and small convenience stores, is a 15 - 20 minute walk or 5 minute drive from campus. If you find you need to visit a grocery store, large retail store, or pharmacy during your stay, numerous options are located on University Drive and Russell Street (also known as Route 9) in neighboring Hadley, about a 5 - 10 minute trip from campus by car or bus. Local buses, operated by the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA), run regularly between Amherst center and the University, with additional services traveling throughout the Pioneer Valley, including Hadley, Northampton, Springfield, and Greenfield. If you'd rather take a car, UMass has partnered with Zipcar to bring on-demand car sharing services right to campus. The area is also serviced by a variety of cab companies, including Uber, Lyft, Taxi Express, Tik Tak Taxi (413-256-4500) and Celebrity Cab (413-253-7330). There are also a variety of bicycle rental options around campus, including Hampshire Bicycle Exchange and ValleyBike


Dining
Looking to head off-campus for a meal? There are so many wonderful and convenient options! Downtown Amherst, located about a 5 minute drive/20 minute walk from campus, has many unique restaurants, with fare ranging from Thai, Chinese, Italian, American, Indian and more. Some longstanding downtown favorites include Antonio's pizza by the slice, Bueno Y Sano, and Johnny's Tavern. About 5 minutes in the other direction, heading down University Drive, you will find some more popular local spots including The Hangar Pub and Brewery and Ginger Garden. Travel just a bit further (7 - 10 minutes from campus) and you will reach the Route 9/Russell Street area of Hadley, which is replete with familiar chains and fast-food spots including Friendly's, Panera, Chili's, Wendy's, Chipotle, Texas Roadhouse and more. Have a little more time on your hands? Visit downtown Northampton, about a 25 minute drive from campus, and explore the many restaurants and shops that make up this artistic, academic and countercultural hub. Click the links below for some more information on off-campus dining options, and be sure to take a look at the bus services offered by the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority to help you get where you need to go! 


Shopping
If you find you need to visit a grocery store, large retail store, or pharmacy during your stay, numerous options are located 5 - 10 minutes from campus in downtown Amherst, as well as on University Drive in Amherst and Russell Street (also known as Route 9) in neighboring Hadley. These locations are also serviced by PVTA buses.

  • Downtown Amherst
  • Amherst Shopping Center - retail/grocery stores and dining, including Big Y, Dunkin Donuts, CVS and Wings Over Amherst. Located at 181 University Drive in Amherst, MA.
  • Hampshire Mall - retail/grocery stores, dining, and entertainment, including Target, Trader Joe's, J. C. Penney, Cinemark, Pinz Bowling, LaserBlast, and Planet Fitness Gym. Located at 367 Russell Street in Hadley, MA.
  • Campus Farms Mall - retail/grocery stores and dining, including TJ Maxx, Super Stop & Shop, Dollar Tree, Liquors 44 and Johnny's Roadside Diner. Located at 440-454 Russell Street in Hadley, MA.
  • Mountain Farms Mall - retail/grocery stores and dining, including Wal-Mart, Barnes & Noble, Bed Bath & Beyond, Old Navy, Panera Bread and Whole Foots Market. Located at 335 Russell Street in Hadley, MA

Area Attractions

  • Amherst is known for its rural charm and big city appeal. With many restaurants, bars and local shops, visitors love exploring our downtown. Located just a few minutes drive from the campus, it is a convenient and popular destination. 
  • The city of Northampton is a blend of historic, contemporary, intellectual, artsy, athletic and entrepreneurial. With cafes, bars, restaurants, clubs, shops, museums, rivers, parks and spas, Northampton is a place to be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of budget.
  • The Emily Dickinson Homestead, located right in downtown Amherst, was mentioned frequently in her intensely idiosyncratic and strikingly modern poetry. Devoted Dickinson readers visit the Homestead and The Evergreens, the Italianate home built next door by Emily's brother Austin Dickinson, to walk today where Emily walked and to see what Emily saw.
  • The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, located in Amherst, looks to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books, just a short 15 minute drive from campus. Founded by Eric Carle and his wife Barbara, the Museum is for visitors of all ages: children and families, teachers and librarians, scholars, and everyone interested in the art of the picture book.
  • The Yiddish Book Center is a nonprofit organization working to tell the whole Jewish story by rescuing, translating, and disseminating Yiddish books and presenting innovative educational programs that broaden understanding of modern Jewish identity. The Yiddish Book Center is located on the Hampshire College campus, about a 15 minute drive from UMass.
  • The Amherst College Beneski Museum of Natural History, located about 5 minutes from the UMass campus, is one of New England’s largest natural history museums, boasting three floors of exhibits with more than 1,700 specimens on display, and tens of thousands of specimens available for use by scholars and researchers from across campus and around the world. 
  • Yankee Candle, located about 15 minutes away in South Deerfield, offers an enchanting mix of shopping and entertainment. You'll find 400,000 candles in over 200 different famous Yankee scents, but there are more than just candles at this flagship Village Store. It's a unique, entertaining world of New England charm, fairy tale fantasies, and hands-on, interactive candlemaking that's fun for every age.
  • Historic Deerfield is an authentic 18th-century New England village. Tour beautifully restored museum houses with period architecture and furnishings, see yankee ingenuity at work in demonstrations of colonial-era trades, and explore the world-famous collection of early American crafts, ceramics, furniture, textiles and metalwork. 
  • The Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory & Gardens is a 14,400 square foot facility that includes a 4,000 sq. ft. glass conservatory filled with butterflies, moths and tropical vegetation, about a 20 minute drive from campus in neighboring South Deerfield.
  • Home to more than three hundred inductees and more than 40,000 square feet of basketball history, the Basketball Hall of Fame stirs the spirits of basketball fans everywhere. Hundreds of interactive exhibits share the spotlight with skills challenges, live clinics, shooting contests and enough basketball history to impress the world’s most avid sports fans. 
  • The Springfield Museums grant visitors access to the Springfield Science Museum, George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, Michele and Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Springfield History and the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden and Museum, all under a single admission. The museums are located in the heart of downtown Springfield, about a 40 minute drive from UMass.
  • Six Flags New England is home to many rides and attractions, from pulse-pounding roller coasters to gentler options for the youngest of thrill seekers. With some of the fastest, tallest, wildest, most gut-wrenching rides in the country (including a few record breakers), as well as family rides, kid rides, entertaining shows and the Hurricane Harbor Water Park, Six Flags New England has fun for everyone.

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