Located just outside the bucolic town center of Montague, along the banks of the Sawmill River, is an early 19th century grist mill that has been converted to a shopping complex known as The Montague Mill.
The Montague Mill includes a used book shop, an art gallery, two restaurants (one of which is for sale), and a music shop.
As a former archaeologist and student of history, I love old buildings. So I always enjoy a trip The Montague Mill. My favorite spot is the Montague Bookmill, which has the clever slogan: “Books you don’t need in a place you can’t find.” They have aisles of used books on numerous topics and sitting areas. I always come across a book that I am glad I found.
The Montague Bookmill has been recognized by Salon.com as among the most inspiring bookstores in the world, describing it as, “one of the most delightful places to get lost.” The Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times and New York Times have taken notice of this delightful spot, as well. Although not noted on the Bookmill’s website, the Los Angeles Times explained that its current owner, Susan Shilliday, is an accomplished screenwriter, whose credits includes numerous episodes of the tv series “thirtysomething“, and Hollywood features such as “I Dreamed of Africa”, and “Legends of the Fall”.
After my visit to the book store, I went to the The Lady Killegrew Café where I ordered a delicious grilled curried chicken sandwich with cheddar and tomato on locally baked sourdough bread. I was lucky to grab a table next to a towering window overlooking the river where an old wooden crib dam once stood.
There is also a more formal restaurant at The Montague Mill. The Night Kitchen is only open for dinner Thursday through Sunday. It boasts a deck overlooking the river that is great for private receptions. It is actually currently on the market, so give me a call at 413-531-7129 if you are interested.
The music store is called Turn it Up! The exclamation point is their’s, but that is not to say that it isn’t worthy of the punctuation.
Art lovers may want to browse Sawmill River Arts, which includes the work of local artisans.
The Montague Mill is open seven days a week from 10 am to 6 pm, except during the summer, when it is open from Thursday to Sunday for a couple hours longer. Montague is located in Franklin County, about a 20 minute drive from Amherst.
If you are planning on buying or selling a home in the Pioneer Valley, make your first call to Michael Seward at 413-531-7129.