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An online guide to Western Mass. byways

Barns at a working dairy farm in South Deerfield on Rt. 116 Scenic Byway.

Bill Regan for the Globe

Barns at a working dairy farm in South Deerfield on Rt. 116 Scenic Byway.

It’s best to drive slowly on the Route 116 Scenic Byway. The curves take getting used to, and it would be a shame to whiz by the Audubon Sanctuary in Conway or miss out on the pancakes at Elmer’s Store in Ashfield. And don’t rush on the Connecticut River Scenic Byway — you could pass by farm stands loaded with berries or pumpkins. A new online guide ( makes it easy to catch the unique backroad delights of seven Scenic Byways in Western Mass. — these two plus Route 112, the Mohawk Trail, Route 122, Jacob’s Ladder, and Mount Greylock. The new website unwraps dozens of things to do, keyed to a spectrum of interests — from paddling and skiing to exploring Native American history and ogling world-class art. Find maps, itineraries, where to stay, where to eat, and more.

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