Sunderland

Description:

Sunderland lies on the southern edge of Franklin County, north of Hampshire County. The town has a total area of 14.7 square miles and is bordered by Montague to the north, Leverett to the east, Amherst and Hadley to the south, and Whately and Deerfield to the west. It has a population of appoximately 3600.

Mount Toby, a prominent conglomerate mountain with a firetower lookout, stands at the east border of the town and is traversed by the 47-mile (76 km) Robert Frost Trail. The mountain, surrounded by Mount Toby State Forest, is known for its waterfalls, scenic vista, and biologically diverse ecosystem.


Sunderland, which has long been a thriving agricultural community that benefits from the rich Connecticut River Valley soil, was incorporated on November 12, 1718. The name of the town was chosen to honor Charles Spencer, Earl of Sunderland and Prime Minister of England. The first town meeting was recorded as being held on March 16, 1719.

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Food & Drink

The Blue Heron is an intimate, relaxed upscale restaurant featuring globally inspired cuisine sourced ethically from our Valley and beyond.  It is considered one of the area's finest restaurants and located in the renovated Old Town Hall that was built in 1867.  The Blue Heron Restaurant is committed to maintaining a strong agricultural and economic community supporting the local farms.   

BridgeSide Grille is a great place to eat for the entire family and they offer breakfast, lunch, dinner with comfortable and welcoming environment.  During the summer months you can enjoy eating at the outside patio.  They support local family farms and have a friendly staff.  

Goten of Japan has been servicing Japanese style cuisine since the early 1970's.  The chefs prepare your meal entirely at the tappan style tables offering a variety of steaks, chicken and seafood.  They are proud to offer the finest Hibachi and Sushi experience.

 

The Outdoors

Cranberry Pond is a small pond at the foot of Mt Toby State Forest in Sunderland. It is quiet water and has a very easy parking and access point. It is great for a morning or afternoon paddle. Not too many folks go here, so if you are looking for some peace in the woods of western Mass, this is a great place. There is a railroad running through the East side of the pond which is used quite infrequently. Good for beginners and kids.

Mount Toby Reservation is more than 1,200 feet in height and looms over the middle Connecticut River Valley offering outstanding panoramic views to those who make the six-mile trek on a moderate hiking trail. There are shorter hiking trials within the state forest as well. Related geologically to Mount Sugarloaf, Mount Toby features cliffs, caves, waterfalls, wetlands and open fields. The state forest is owned and managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and is considered part of the Connecticut River Greenway State Park.  One of the best views of Mount Toby from the byway is at the Deerfield-Sunderland Bridge over the Connecticut River on Route 116.

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