Massachusetts may not be the largest state on the map, but one thing is certain: if you live on the coast, venturing into the wild and woolly lands of central and western Massachusetts might feel like an expedition into the unknown. If you happen to live in these areas, you know how beautiful and charming the communities there can be.
A perfect example of one such sleepy, untouched gem is the town of Montague. Tucked into the hills of Franklin County, Montague is a quiet community that should be famous for two things: its absolutely gorgeous scenery, and the incredible Montague Bookmill. With just under 8,500 people, it offers the perfect balance of natural beauty and quirky attractions.
Part treehouse, part shopping center, part historical site, and part dining destination. The Montague Mill is impossible to categorize. But it’s entirely cool and timeless. Nice views, used books, and good food don’t go out of style.
The mill serves a diverse clientele including families seeking a fun day out, tourists, and college students longing for a quiet place away from the hustle and bustle of their busy campuses. Five businesses share the space on the banks of the Sawmill River, which flows into the Connecticut River a few miles downstream.