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Local Lifestyles: Sunderland, Massachusetts

sunderland massachusetts western mass pioneer valleySunderland, Massachusetts is located in the southern part of Franklin County on the border of Hampshire County. Residents of Sunderland enjoy sweeping views of the Connecticut River Valley with outstretched farmlands and surrounded by few mountains. At the same time, Sunderland is conveniently just a short drive to both Montague and Amherst, via State Routes 47 and 116. 

Mount Toby State Forest

Sunderland is home to Mount Toby State Forest, where people come from all over to hike, enjoy the scenery, and view local wildlife. Mount Toby itself stands 1,269 feet tall. The hike up the mountain leads to a fire tower lookout with stunning 360-degree views of the region. Mount Toby State Forest is also visited for its waterfalls, caves, and biologically diverse ecosystem.

Local Restaurants

There are several well-rated restaurants in Sunderland where both residents and visitors love to dine. The Blue Heron opened in 1997 in Montague and later moved to the Old Town Hall in Sunderland in 2004. The restaurant has received many awards over the years and has been voted the Valley Advocate’s Best of the Valley every year since 2005. The Blue Heron offers globally-inspired cuisine sourced ethically from the valley in an intimate and relaxed upscale setting. 

Another favorite local restaurant in Sunderland is BridgeSide Grille, a family-friendly, welcoming place, which serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and takeout. Their menu consists of a variety of pub-style meals and they have a nice selection of local beers on tap. 

Local Events

The Sunderland Public Library frequently hosts events and activities which bring the community together. They hosts live musical concerts, yoga classes, activities for kids, tag sales, plant sales, and more. Next week, the library is holding a concert with Fiery Hope, singing for justice and peace, on Tuesday, April 25th at 6:30 pm. 

Real Estate in Sunderland, Mass

If you are drawn to the local lifestyle of Sunderland, Massachusetts, and are looking to buy a single family home, land to build your dream home, farm, or second home, click here for the latest list of what is currently on the market. You can also contact Wanda Mooney to learn more about the area and the process of moving. 


For more information about community happenings and real estate news visit Wanda's Blog at www.wandamooney.com/blog.

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