Visit Bolton Orchards and their gift shop for home grown in-season fruits and vegetables, fresh cut flowers (available year round), fruit baskets, gourmet deli & specialty foods, fresh pressed cider, the "best apple deal" in town, homemade fudge, and a little bit more of the "good things in life" all under one roof.
Definitely more than an apple orchard! Pick your own apples starting Labor Day. The Snack Bar offers hot apple dumplings and ice cream, cheese and cider. The Country Store will tempt you with honey common crackers, maple products, “Penny Candy”, culinary delights, antiques and collectables and much more! They have a playground and picnic tables - please stay awhile. Open year ‘round 9-5. Closed July 4th, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
Carlson Orchards, Inc. is a 140-acre fruit orchard/agri-business located one hour West of Boston in Harvard. The orchard has been run by the Carlson family since 1936. Open year-round. A variety of pick your own fruits available July-November including apples, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, nectarines, and pumpkins.
Davis Farmland is the ultimate Children’s Discovery Farm featuring interactive play and learning for children ages 1-8. Davis Farmland is home to the largest sanctuary of Heritage farm animals in North America. Each season is filled with Hands on Family FUN! Beginning in the spring and all season long explore our animal showcase. Ride a pony or take a hayride. Pretend, climb and play in Imagine-Acres and Adventureland. In the Summer, you can also splash and laugh in Adventure Play & Spray. New England's largest, zero-depth water sprayground. In the fall, pick your own apples and pumpkins and enjoy Fright-Free Halloween Fun! When visiting Davis Farmland adults must be accompanied by a child 12 years or younger.
Opening in early August, Davis Mega Maze is New England’s only world-class, cornfield adventure maze and consistently one of the top 3 mazes on earth. Each year, Davis Mega Maze is all new including the theme. This signature maze design is drafted each year in England by Adrian Fisher, the world’s most renowned maze architect. GAMES MAGAZINE calls Davis Mega Maze “The granddaddy of all mazes,” it will turn you inside out, stir your senses and blow your mind! This colossal Corn-undrum has 7 levels of intensity, Adventure Zones, & a mystery to solve. It can take anywhere from 3 hours to the WHOLE day to complete this MEGA maze! Don’t miss our FRIGHT NIGHTS in October, (Geared for Adults). Call for hours and rates. Both Farm parks are weather permitting.
Hartman’s is a family owned and operated Bed & Breakfast set in Central MA near the Quabbin Reservoir. Close to many hiking and biking trails as well as fishing gates for the Quabbin, there are 5 rooms available in the reproduction colonial home. Enjoy a quiet and relaxing dinner in the post & beam dining room. Getaway packages are available. Browse the gift shop which is open 7 days a week and offers handcrafted wreaths and arrangements, jellies, herbs & spices, plants and gift items. Open year round to the public. Function room available for weddings, functions and meetings.
Heifer International (a world relief organization) offers a powerful global education experience at its Learning Center at Overlook Farm. One of 2 US headquarter sites, Overlook Farm is a working farm complete with gardens, a Global Village, and farm animals which is open to the public 7 days a week. Experiential, hands-on, interactive and fun! Visit the Fair Trade Gift Sho for ethically sourced, artisan-friendly products.The Shop @ Heifer brings you gifts from around the world that benefit the world.
Shopping: Shop @ Heifer at Overlook Farm
Fair Trade Gift Shop: Shop @ Heifer Looking for ethically sourced, artisan-friendly products? Shop @ Heifer brings you gifts from around the world that benefit the world. Located inside the Heifer Learning Center at Overlook Farm, the 185-square-foot retail space is open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. excluding major holidays. Shop @ Heifer offers videos, books, educational toys, world handicrafts, accessories, greeting cards, honey, chocolate, coffee and Heifer merchandise so that you can let everyone know that you are a Heifer supporter! All products tie into Overlook Farm’s educational mission, with every product having a story about where it comes from and how it was made. A portion of the proceeds from Shop @ Heifer supports the entire mission of Heifer International: to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth.
Heifer International Learning Center at Overlook Farm
offers a powerful global education experience at its Learning Center at Overlook Farm. One of 2 US headquarter sites, Overlook Farm is a working farm complete with gardens, a Global Village, and farm animals which is open to the public 7 days a week. Experiential, hands-on, interactive and fun! Heifer International offers a powerful global education experience at its Learning Center at Overlook Farm. Overlook Farm programs (day camps, summer camps, overnight retreats, alternative spring breaks, team building, community service) are ideal for schools, congregations, youth organizations, and individuals that want to learn more about the issues surrounding hunger and poverty, Heifer’s sustainable solutions, and what they can do to help. Experiential, hands-on interactive learning.
The MA Department of Conservation and Recreation is steward of one of the largest state parks systems in the country. Its 450,000 acres is made up of forests, parks, greenways, historic sites and landscapes, seashores, lakes, ponds, reservoirs and watersheds.
The DCR has a friendly website which offers info on:
Family Activities: Camping, Historic Sites, Educational/Interpretive Programs, Playgrounds, Picnicking, Group Day-use
Nature Activities: Bike Paths, Hiking, Nature Trails, Rock Climbing, Horseback Riding, Hunting, Mountain Biking, Scenic Viewing Area, Walking Trails
Active and Team Sports: Skating, Skiing, Off-Road Vehicles and ATV’s, Snowmobiling, Golfing, Running, Tennis, Athletic Fields
Water Related Sports: Swimming, Fishing, Boating, Sailing, Boat Ramps, Canoeing/Kayaking
Nashoba Valley Winery is a unique and stunning orchard oasis, vineyard, winery, micro-brewery, distillery and restaurant and is recognized as one of the most creative and successful wineries and unique destinations in New England. Pick your own peaches and apples available late summer thru fall, please contact us for availability.
MEETINGS/BANQUETS/WEDDINGS: Nashoba Valley Winery offers an elegant site to have your indoor or outdoor rehearsal dinner or wedding ceremony and reception. We offer a unique ambiance unrivaled in the area. Nestled in the heart of apple country with idyllic views, acres of orchards, vineyards, ponds, wine sensory gardens, and a gazebo, Nashoba Valley Winery offers an ideal choice for any special occasion.
FOOD/DRINK/DINING OUT: J’s Restaurant at Nashoba Valley Winery - Zagat states, "You'll think you're in a farmhouse in Normandy" at this Bolton hilltop restaurant - "romantic" with breathtaking" views of "aromatic orchards". J’s Restaurant is a quaint, cozy and intimate restaurant, which caters to romantic evenings and celebrations. Located in a rustic farmhouse on a 52 acre hilltop orchard, featuring local products and produce grown on the premises, J’s offers a seasonal New American style menu. Menu items are paired with Nashoba Valley Wines and micro-brews. J’s is open Wednesday thru Saturday for lunch and dinner and for brunch on Sundays. Reservations are recommended.
SHOPPING:WINE/LIQUOR SHOPS: In addition to stocking all of the Nashoba Valley Winery products, including estate and fruit wines, and a variety of distillates and micro-brews, the Wine Shoppe also stocks a variety of regional food specialties from Stonewall Kitchen and other vendors, as well as many other unique gift items and practical accessories for the enjoyment of wine. Wine Tastings are available daily and Winery Tours are available on Saturdays and Sundays. Open daily, year-round.
Visit the Rose Family, at their fourth generation New England family farm. Pick Your Own: apples (50 varieties!), peaches, pears, blueberries, raspberries, pears, pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn and potatoes. Their Farm Stand and Country Store are filled with fresh baked apple pies and dumplings, cider donuts, farm fresh produce, jams, fudge, relishes, salsas and more. Don't miss their special annual events, the Hayrides, weekend BBQ's, farm animals, hiking trails and picnic pavilion. Plan a special event at the on-site unique gathering place "the Country Barn". The farm produces renewable energy via their amazing wind turbine.
Westview Farms has the most beautiful view and sunsets over the Monson Hills. People come in droves in the fall for "pick your own" pumpkins. Enjoy their tasty food including hamburgers, hot dogs, fried seafood, pizza and so much more. Westview also offers fabulous homemade ice cream and cider donuts. Open mid April to October 31st. They offer hayrides by reservation, cordwood and hay.