While the Northeast gets slammed by (what I’m hoping is) the last winter snowstorm of the year. I’m already dreaming about warmer weather and picnic season here in Massachusetts. While I love vacationing, sometimes the best picnic spots are only a short drive from home. To anyone who is living in or traveling to the central Massachusetts area, I’d love to share my top 3 picnic destinations.
Wachusett Reservoir – Wachusett is the second largest body of water in MA and our “go-to” picnic spot. It’s only a 5-minute drive from home so we can fit it into an ordinary Tuesday night. What I love about Wachusett is that there’s so many entry points. You can find a spot on the south side that’s close to the beach or watch the superb sunset panorama over by the Wachusett Dam. There’s also an Old Stone Church near the West Boylston side that’s one of my favorite views in MA. No matter what there’s plenty of hiking trails so be sure to wear comfy shoes and bring lightweight picnic gear (I do bring a foldable chair though). The only downside is that no dogs are allowed near the reservoir.
Nashoba Valley Winery – I first discovered Nashoba the day after our wedding while winetasting with friends that had traveled in for the occasion. I instantly fell in love, and as luck would have it, we found our first home only a few miles away from this beautiful winery. They have a “bring your own food” policy, but there’s delicious snacks and cheeses available in the shop if you forget. Alcoholic drinks must be purchased at the winery (it goes towards supporting a vibrant small-town business). Plan to do a tasting if it’s your first time visiting to sample a few. They have chairs and picnic tables set outside that overlook the apple trees -quintessential small-town New England.
Rapscallion Brewery at Hyland Orchard – Whenever we are out near Sturbridge, Jake and I love to frequent this spot. They have lots of live music, outdoor festivals, oftentimes a food truck, and the brewery onsite has a cozy taproom. My favorite beer is the honey ale (made with wildflower honey) but there is many worth trying. Check their schedule before you go. This is a popular spot for weddings so you’ll want to make sure that it’s open to the public before travelling out.
I’m looking forward to find more favorite spots this summer. What are your favorite picnic spots? Share it with us!