"I lived in the valley for almost 20 years after college, I instantly was drawn to it due to its beauty and versatility. I have recently moved out of the area but I still look forward to coming back to visit to see my kids. When my kids were young I loved the feeling that I was close to everything, in less than two hours you can be in the city, at the beach, or in a really rural area. Northampton was the best place I could think of to raise my children. My daughter goes to Amherst College and loves it, I am happy that she is part of such a wonderful community. I have traveled a lot in my life and there is truly something very unique about the pioneer valley and the people that live here. I have supported my children as they venture to other areas, and encourage them to do so….but I have always hoped at least one will stick around in this area, or come back here, so I keep having more reasons to visit!"