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.
Museum - Historic/Heritage: Immerse yourself in the heritage, nature, and art of a New England treasure. Scenic Fruitlands offers four intimate galleries of New England history plus a charming restaurant, and museum store. Set on 200 pastoral acres, with 2.5 miles of walking trails and stunning vistas, Fruitlands is a favorite for weddings and special events.
Fruitlands Museum celebrates four distinct groups all of whom found a spiritual connection to the land: the historic home of Bronson Alcott’s transcendental experiment, where Louisa May Alcott and her family lived in 1843; a gallery of Native American folklore and artifacts; the first Shaker museum in the country; and an art gallery with a large collection of Hudson River landscapes, American portraiture and seasonal exhibits.
Restaurant: Linger over lunch at Fruitlands Museum Cafe, a farm to fork restaurant operated by the folks from Gibbett Hill Restaurant in Groton, MA and exclusive caterer for weddings and special events.
Gift Shop: Browse NOA at Fruitlands gift shop, with handmade jewelry and unique gifts from local craftsman. Group, Education and Bus Tours welcomed.
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.
Located in scenic Sutton, MA in the Blackstone River Valley, just a few miles from Worcester, and about 50 miles from Boston, you will find an abundance of fresh produce, fruits, gift items, jams, and jellies at their Farm Stand open daily from June to Christmas. They offer fresh baked pies, apple cider, caramel apples and their own pure apple blossom honey! If you are looking for a special gift, they ship mailer gift packs of their own beautiful apples almost anywhere. The orchard has seasonal hay rides through the orchard and you can pick-your-own from over 50 varieties of apples, over 10 varieties of peaches, pears, plums and cherries too. Find your perfect Halloween pumpkin and Christmas tree there as well. Be sure to check out their special events throughout the year.
Broad Meadow Brook is the largest urban nature sanctuary in New England. With over 400 acres, featuring more than five miles of marked trails, we offer year round outdoor opportunities plus indoor nature exhibits, gift shop, book store, and meeting space. We offer a wide variety of educational programs for all ages, including schools, community groups, preschool, homeschool, birthday parties, vacation week, van tours, canoe programs, and our popular summer nature camps. Rental facilities available.
EDUCATION: Broad Meadow Brook, the largest urban wildlife sanctuary in New England, offers a wide variety of education programs and services to help connect people of all ages with the nature of Massachusetts. Programs are hands-on, interactive, and engaging. We specialize in school, scout, homeschool, preschool, and community group programs; guided nature walks; educational birthday parties; slide presentations; professional development for teachers and youth leaders; van tours; canoe programs; vacation week programs; and summer nature camp.
MEETINGS: Broad Meadow Brook has facilities available for rental by private and public groups, with flexible seating for up to 50 people. We offer a unique, natural setting for business meetings, workshops, and social events. Take advantage of all a 400-acre wildlife sanctuary has to offer, including a beautiful Conservation Center, with picnic area and deck; over four miles of marked trails for hiking, leaf peeping, wildlife observation, and snowshoeing; and engaging natural exhibits. Guided nature walks available.
SHOPPING: Shop for unique, nature-related items in the gift shop of Broad Meadow Brook, the largest urban wildlife sanctuary in New England. Many of the items are handcrafted locally and all profits support our educational and land conservation programs. Children’s books and toys, field guides, educational books, nature-themed clothing, jewelry, mugs, soaps, note cards, music, crafts, and specialty items. Mass Audubon members save 10%.
Mole Hollow Candles has been producing exceptional quality hand crafted candles in USA since 1969. They are located 1 mile off of the Mass Pike/I-84 interchange in Sturbridge, MA. Visit their Factory Store which offers the full line of Mole Hollow products, gifts, candle accessories and factory seconds at a discount from our regular prices. Factory tours are available daily. Please call for information.
Conveniently located at the entrance of Southwick's Zoo, the Purple Peacock features unusual gifts from around the world. Carrying "Fair Trade" cultural arts and crafts from the heights of the Himalayan Mountains to the rain forests of Central and South America. The shop is overflowing with souvenirs representing Southwick's extensive zoological collection such as plush animals, educational toys and books for all ages. Find awesome animal related jewelry, natural and recycled products, collectibles and much more.
Spend the day viewing the most diverse zoological collection, interactive exhibits, and endangered animals in naturalistic habitats at New England's Largest Zoo. Get up close and personal in the walk-thru deer forest, petting zoo, and parakeet landing.
Have a picnic under the shady canopy of New England Oaks, ride the Woodland Express Train, or enjoy an up lifting experience on the Safari sky ride. Kiddie rides, shows, gift shops, and great food venues abound throughout the park. Southwick's is a family fun filled day for all ages, and perfect venue for your special occasion, event, or corporate outing.
The Purple Peacock Gift Shop @ Southwick's Zoo features unusual gifts from around the world - see their listing under gift shops.
Gift Baskets: A Theme in a Basket is a distinctive gift basket company located in the heart of the Blackstone Valley. They like to take the initial step forward and above their competition; They have taken on the responsibility to make it their mission and choose each element with care. Quality is vital to them. Their reputation is based on vision, reliability and personalized service to their customers. What’s your theme in a basket? Call today!
Justice of the Peace: Your wedding …. as you wish! - Planning a large wedding, a small intimate wedding or even if you want to elope and “just get married.” Holly will provide a wedding service that is right for you- as you wish. As a Massachusetts Justice of the Peace, her goal is to create a wedding ceremony that reflects your individual preferences and style- a service with which you are comfortable even in your own home with your personal written vows. Call today to book your special day!
Vaillancourt Folk Art of Sutton is one of the America's last producers of Christmas collectibles. Visit their gallery, see the painters create the santas before your eyes. Enjoy the Christmas Museum and enjoy their production of the Christmas Carol featuring Charles Dicken's great great grandson, Gerald Dickens.
The Worcester Art Museum, which opened to the public in 1898, is world renowned for its 35,000+ piece collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints, drawings, and new media. Art celebrates life at the museum. Accessible to all, the works span 5,000 years of art and culture ranging from ancient Roman mosaics to colonial silver, Impressionist paintings, and contemporary art. Dedicated to the promotion of art and art education, the Museum also offers a year round studio art and appreciation program that enrolls over 6000 adult and youth students each year.
Specialty Shop: The Museum Shop at Worcester Art Museum offers a wide variety of merchandise inspired by art in the permanent collection and in museums worldwide. Find beautiful items to remember your visit or give as gifts. Browse the shelves where scores of just-right items will catch your eye. From note cards, framed and matted prints, silk scarves and ties, umbrellas, decorative boxes to an irresistible collection of tree ornaments, picture frames, glassware, pottery, purses, clocks, and art inspired jewelry and watches to complement any outfit. Our children's selection of gifts encourages learning, laughter and play. Baby toys, children's books, art-making kits, puzzles and games will please any child.
Cafe: Whether you're visiting the Museum's galleries or stopping in just for lunch, The Museum Café is sure to pleasantly surprise. Choose from a delectable selection of appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, entrées and desserts. Dine indoors or experience one of Worcester's few outdoor courtyard cafes. Reservations for parties of eight or more may be made by calling 508.799.4406 x3068.
ADD MATISSE, REMBRANDT AND MONET TO THE GUEST LIST - A WORLD CLASS VENUE FOR YOUR EVENT. Wedding Receptions and Ceremonies | Holiday Parties | Cocktail Receptions | Corporate and Team Building Events. The Museum makes available, on a rental basis, the use of its magnificent architectural spaces and galleries. World-renowned for its collections which span more than fifty centuries, the Museum features must-see masterpieces spanning the globe. What better site in which to host your historic event! Private events in the Renaissance Court may begin after 5:45pm on Wednesday through Sunday. Events in The Museum Café may begin after 4:00pm Wednesday through Saturday, or anytime Sunday. All venues are available for rental any time on Monday and Tuesday. For business and social events, the Museum offers three approved caterers which have extensive experience with the Museum spaces and present delectable and artfully displayed cuisine. You will need to contact those outside caterers directly for menu options, pricing and availability. In conjunction with your event, we encourage you to take advantage of our docent-led or self- guided tours of selected galleries. The fees for these options vary depending on the galleries of interest and number of guests. Please ask for more details. World-renowned for its collections which span more than fifty centuries, the Museum features must-see masterpieces spanning the globe from ancient mosaics to contemporary art. Experience a diverse world of art and ideas through antiquities, paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures and decorative arts. From concept to completion, our staff is highly experienced in every aspect of event planning, and will work with you to ensure your occasion is unique and truly memorable. What better site in which to host your special event! The Museum Café is also available for rental. Please call 508-793-4327 or e-mail specialevents [at] worcesterart [dot] org for more information.