welcome

Live Western Mass is a site built by and for the region. Hear from people who live, work, and thrive in Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties. Add your favorite places to our three-county map. Invite your friends, co-workers, and neighbors to visit.

room to grow

With almost 2,000 square miles of land, Western Mass provides plenty of room for the region’s nearly 700,000 residents.

Joseph from Hampden County

keep it real

There is something in the soil of this region. Some of the older generations, artists and activists, who carry a strong commitment to democratic principles. Open discourse still holds this place together.

Clare from Hampshire County

Community Map by County of Western Mass Color coded list of Counties of Western Mass, Franklin (blue), Hampshire (red), Hampden (teal)

our gems

Mike's Maze

Mike’s Maze is more than a corn maze…it’s a thematic immersive experience for all ages! Visitors will encounter activities, games, and amusements to entertain the entire family. Located on a working farm at the foot of Mount Sugarloaf, visitors enjoy gorgeous views of the New England foliage.

Bernie's Dining Depot

Vintage train car transformed into a cozy American eatery, serving ample plates of steak, chops & seafood.

Bear & Bramble Brewing

Please keep your eyes open for Bear and Bramble beers and ask for them at your favorite bars, bottle shops, and restaurants.

Off The Wall Games

The largest full-service game store in the Pioneer Valley with everything you need for board, role playing, miniature, and collectible card games.

The Alvah Stone

A restaurant housed in the national historic landmark Montague Mill (ca. 1834) that offers authentic American food and drink in an atmosphere that is rustic, casual, and creative.

Massachusetts Renaissance Faire

Once a year, the veil between worlds parts and the fairies invite us to join in their festivities. Come see knights clash on the battlefield, minstrels sing tunes both bawdy and sweet and shop our magical market.

The Holyoke Merry-Go-Round

Located in Holyoke Heritage State Park – managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, this carousel is comprised of 48 magnificent horses hand carved by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company.

you choose

Western Mass has abundant rural, small town and suburban options. All have plenty of available housing and are all comparatively affordable.

Ann from Hampden County