Category Archives: Tourism

BikeFest Returns for Fifth Year

Northampton Cycling Club‘s BikeFest, celebrating all things cycling in Western Massachusetts, returns for the 5th year, bigger and better. BikeFest is on Saturday, September 22, at Look Park in Northampton, MA. Check out their new website, Bike Fest & Tour … Continue reading

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Report on Trains Returning to Northampton

Hey, Western Mass, the trains are coming back! Beginning late 2014, train service will return to Northampton, MA and Greenfield, MA, when trains heading north from New Haven, CT and Springfield, MA will follow the route of the Connecticut River … Continue reading

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Westfield Columbia Greenway Rail Trail Moves Forward

Bit by bit, the Columbia Greenway Trail is coming together. This  interstate rail trail runs from New Haven, Connecticut, north to Northampton, Massachusetts, along the defunct New Haven & Northampton Canal. Fragments of the trail have been completed over the … Continue reading

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21st CycleSmart International Returns to Look Park

[Updated with photos from this year’s race after the jump.] This Saturday and Sunday, November 5 and 6, the CycleSmart International returns to Northampton’s Look Park for the 21st year of cyclocross racing. Not sure what cyclocross racing is? It’s … Continue reading

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Fall Gems In Pioneer Valley

I write a lot about how beautiful it is here, but this photo of the Connecticut River with the Berkshire Mountains in the background takes my breath away. I thought you might appreciate it. I took this at the Alexandra … Continue reading

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Manhan Rail Trail Expansion Update

This past Monday, Columbus Day, was a gift in many ways. Following several days of gloom and rain, Western Massachusetts was treated to three full days of warm sunshine. I took advantage of Monday’s loveliness to ride the Manhan Rail … Continue reading

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Southwick, MA Completes Columbia River Greenway

Congratulations Southwick, MA! Your portion of the Columbia Greenway Trail is now complete! The Springfield Republican has a story and photos from the ribbon cutting of the Southwick Columbia Greenway rail trail on Friday, September 23, 2011. Six more miles … Continue reading

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Bike Fest 2011 Wins the Day

For several weeks before yesterday’s Bike Fest sponsored by the Northampton Cycling Club, I’d been encouraging people to join me at this celebration of cycling in the Pioneer Valley. This event was big time, and the club had gone all … Continue reading

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New England Governors Agree Bikes Aid Tourism

Where did you go on vacation this year? Was it a place you could relax, have a simpler day, enjoy the outdoors in some way? Happen to notice any bike riders while you were there? Two recent articles show that … Continue reading

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September’s Three Big Pioneer Valley Bike Events

Three big bike events take place in the Pioneer Valley area in the next few weeks. Organizers of all three have created routes and support which will highlight the regions beautiful scenery and help riders experience the wonderful cycling community … Continue reading

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