Elena’s guidebook

Elena

Elena’s guidebook

Neighborhoods
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Sturbridge
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Southbridge
Sightseeing
completely unique church Notre Dame Parish is a brilliant example of Rococo Architecture, an impressive place of worship or just to enjoy the beauty. Each stone was purchased from the surplus of the Spanish American War for $1.00 each from the U.S. Government. Address: 446 Main St, Southbridge, MA 01550
Notre Dame Church
446 Main Street
completely unique church Notre Dame Parish is a brilliant example of Rococo Architecture, an impressive place of worship or just to enjoy the beauty. Each stone was purchased from the surplus of the Spanish American War for $1.00 each from the U.S. Government. Address: 446 Main St, Southbridge, MA 01550
Moore State Park spans 400 acres and is located in the heart of Massachusetts. Between the 18th and early 20th centuries, it was home to grist and saw mills. Today, visitors come to glimpse its popular waterfalls and cascades of flower blooms. Other attractions include the stone mill foundations, a restored sawmill, and networks of wooded paths. https://www.mass.gov/locations/moore-state-park
Moore State Park
1 Sawmill Rd
Moore State Park spans 400 acres and is located in the heart of Massachusetts. Between the 18th and early 20th centuries, it was home to grist and saw mills. Today, visitors come to glimpse its popular waterfalls and cascades of flower blooms. Other attractions include the stone mill foundations, a restored sawmill, and networks of wooded paths. https://www.mass.gov/locations/moore-state-park
5,907-acre Douglas State Forest borders Connecticut and Rhode Island. Enjoy swimming and boating at Wallum Lake or hike miles of woodland trails. https://www.mass.gov/locations/douglas-state-forest
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Douglas State Forest
107 Wallum Lake Rd
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5,907-acre Douglas State Forest borders Connecticut and Rhode Island. Enjoy swimming and boating at Wallum Lake or hike miles of woodland trails. https://www.mass.gov/locations/douglas-state-forest
Bigelow Hollow State Park and the adjoining Nipmuck State Forest offer over 9,000 acres of recreation opportunities including miles of hiking trails, the 18 acre Bigelow Pond, and 300 acre Mashapaug Pond in Eastern Connecticut. https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/State-Parks/Parks/Bigelow-Hollow-State-Park-Nipmuck-State-Forest
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Bigelow Hollow State Park
Connecticut 171
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Bigelow Hollow State Park and the adjoining Nipmuck State Forest offer over 9,000 acres of recreation opportunities including miles of hiking trails, the 18 acre Bigelow Pond, and 300 acre Mashapaug Pond in Eastern Connecticut. https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/State-Parks/Parks/Bigelow-Hollow-State-Park-Nipmuck-State-Forest
This waterfront park, home to historic Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower II museum, draws more than 1 million visitors each year. You'll also find fantastic views of Plymouth Harbor and monuments. https://www.mass.gov/locations/pilgrim-memorial-state-park
Pilgrim Memorial State Park
79 Water Street
This waterfront park, home to historic Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower II museum, draws more than 1 million visitors each year. You'll also find fantastic views of Plymouth Harbor and monuments. https://www.mass.gov/locations/pilgrim-memorial-state-park
With Worcester’s large influx of students within its outlying dozen colleges, there is always something of cultural influence to enjoy, such as concerts, theaters, galleries, museums (some world renowned) and an abundance of festivals, ethnic restaurants and shops. Where to start? Let’s explore the best things to do in Worcester! https://www.thecrazytourist.com/25-best-things-worcester-ma/
Worcester
With Worcester’s large influx of students within its outlying dozen colleges, there is always something of cultural influence to enjoy, such as concerts, theaters, galleries, museums (some world renowned) and an abundance of festivals, ethnic restaurants and shops. Where to start? Let’s explore the best things to do in Worcester! https://www.thecrazytourist.com/25-best-things-worcester-ma/
Purgatory Chasm is a unique natural landmark offering exciting adventure. Follow trails to rock formations such as The Corn Crib, The Coffin and Lovers’ Leap. After exploration, settle down for an afternoon picnic. https://www.mass.gov/locations/purgatory-chasm-state-reservation
Purgatory Chasm State Reservation
198 Purgatory Road
Purgatory Chasm is a unique natural landmark offering exciting adventure. Follow trails to rock formations such as The Corn Crib, The Coffin and Lovers’ Leap. After exploration, settle down for an afternoon picnic. https://www.mass.gov/locations/purgatory-chasm-state-reservation
Of course, to buy unusual and characteristic gifts from the trip, or maybe just if you are curious, you can visit: # Sturbridge Antique Shops, Address: 128 Charlton Rd, Sturbridge, MA 01566 # or another places: https://www.yelp.com/search?cflt=antiques&find_loc=Charlton%2C+MA+01507
Sturbridge Antique Shops
128 Charlton Road
Of course, to buy unusual and characteristic gifts from the trip, or maybe just if you are curious, you can visit: # Sturbridge Antique Shops, Address: 128 Charlton Rd, Sturbridge, MA 01566 # or another places: https://www.yelp.com/search?cflt=antiques&find_loc=Charlton%2C+MA+01507
Looking for a great trail in Wachusett Mountain State Reservation, Massachusetts? AllTrails has 21 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers https://www.alltrails.com/parks/us/massachusetts/wachusett-mountain-state-reservation
Wachusett Mountain State Reservation
345 Mountain Road
Looking for a great trail in Wachusett Mountain State Reservation, Massachusetts? AllTrails has 21 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers https://www.alltrails.com/parks/us/massachusetts/wachusett-mountain-state-reservation
Looking for a great trail in Mount Tom State Reservation, Massachusetts? AllTrails has 12 great hiking trails, forest trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like https://www.alltrails.com/parks/us/massachusetts/mount-tom-state-reservation
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Mount Tom State Reservation
125 Reservation Road
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Looking for a great trail in Mount Tom State Reservation, Massachusetts? AllTrails has 12 great hiking trails, forest trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like https://www.alltrails.com/parks/us/massachusetts/mount-tom-state-reservation
Doane's Falls is a series of five waterfalls located in Royalston, Massachusetts along an 0.2-mile (0.32 km) section of Lawrence Brook, a tributary of the Millers River that originates from Laurel Lake in Fitzwilliam. The falls are part of a 46-acre (19 ha) open space preserve acquired in 1959 by the land conservation non-profit organization The Trustees of Reservations. The 22-mile (35 km) Tully Trail passes through the property. The preserve is open to fishing, walking, picnicking, and hiking only; swimming and wading were banned in 2002 following a series of diving injuries and deaths. Canoeing and kayaking are allowed upstream from the falls along Coddings Meadow, a flatwater section of Lawrence Brook. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g41795-d2008340-Reviews-Doane_s_Falls-Royalston_Massachusetts.html
Doane Falls
Doane's Falls is a series of five waterfalls located in Royalston, Massachusetts along an 0.2-mile (0.32 km) section of Lawrence Brook, a tributary of the Millers River that originates from Laurel Lake in Fitzwilliam. The falls are part of a 46-acre (19 ha) open space preserve acquired in 1959 by the land conservation non-profit organization The Trustees of Reservations. The 22-mile (35 km) Tully Trail passes through the property. The preserve is open to fishing, walking, picnicking, and hiking only; swimming and wading were banned in 2002 following a series of diving injuries and deaths. Canoeing and kayaking are allowed upstream from the falls along Coddings Meadow, a flatwater section of Lawrence Brook. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g41795-d2008340-Reviews-Doane_s_Falls-Royalston_Massachusetts.html
Follow a descending trail that leads to a deep, ancient gorge carved by prehistoric glacial meltwater to 45-ft falls that plunge into a basin. Over the ages, the rushing waters of Falls Brook carved a deep gorge in granite, concealed by deep forest. Today, the brook plunges 45 dramatic feet into a dark pool veiled in mist, surrounded by a resurgent landscape that’s slowly erased the clear-cutting that arrived along with the first wave of 17th-century European settlers. In summer, as you descend the trail into the ravine, the falls appear suddenly from an emerald cloak of dense forest and ferns. In winter, freezing spray creates a fantastic landscape of ice. Upstream, the swirling brook has carved large glacial potholes and a natural bridge in the bedrock. https://thetrustees.org/place/royalston-falls/
Royalston Falls
Follow a descending trail that leads to a deep, ancient gorge carved by prehistoric glacial meltwater to 45-ft falls that plunge into a basin. Over the ages, the rushing waters of Falls Brook carved a deep gorge in granite, concealed by deep forest. Today, the brook plunges 45 dramatic feet into a dark pool veiled in mist, surrounded by a resurgent landscape that’s slowly erased the clear-cutting that arrived along with the first wave of 17th-century European settlers. In summer, as you descend the trail into the ravine, the falls appear suddenly from an emerald cloak of dense forest and ferns. In winter, freezing spray creates a fantastic landscape of ice. Upstream, the swirling brook has carved large glacial potholes and a natural bridge in the bedrock. https://thetrustees.org/place/royalston-falls/
This is my favorite go to beach in New England! Its always clean and has plenty of room to spread out and relax. The waves are usually pretty incredible as well! Parking isn't too bad.. This year it was around $12 but after 3 pm parking is free. Out of all the public beaches in New England, none of the others even come close. There are rides for the kids, several area places to eat and even late when all the lifeguards leave, Windjammers makes the best drinks and Lobster nachos.
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Misquamicut State Beach
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This is my favorite go to beach in New England! Its always clean and has plenty of room to spread out and relax. The waves are usually pretty incredible as well! Parking isn't too bad.. This year it was around $12 but after 3 pm parking is free. Out of all the public beaches in New England, none of the others even come close. There are rides for the kids, several area places to eat and even late when all the lifeguards leave, Windjammers makes the best drinks and Lobster nachos.
Sturbridge Village ( outdoor life history 1700 reenactment in period costumes on 300 acres largest in New England) https://www.osv.org/
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Old Sturbridge Village
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Sturbridge Village ( outdoor life history 1700 reenactment in period costumes on 300 acres largest in New England) https://www.osv.org/
City/town information
Worcester
Food scene
Shrewsbury street, Worcester, MA - Large choices of restaurants
Shrewsbury Street
Shrewsbury street, Worcester, MA - Large choices of restaurants
By the way, don’t judge this cafe by its cover because the food is really great at cafe Grill 352 & Kabab halal nearby, but there you can take very nice food with you to the park for a picnic! https://grillkababonline.com/Gallery. https://grillkababonline.com/
Grill 352 & Kabab halal
352 Shrewsbury Street
By the way, don’t judge this cafe by its cover because the food is really great at cafe Grill 352 & Kabab halal nearby, but there you can take very nice food with you to the park for a picnic! https://grillkababonline.com/Gallery. https://grillkababonline.com/
By the way, 10 minutes from home, fresh trout dishes Cracker Barrel restaurant: 215 Charlton Rd, Sturbridge, MA 01566
215 Charlton Rd
215 Charlton Road
By the way, 10 minutes from home, fresh trout dishes Cracker Barrel restaurant: 215 Charlton Rd, Sturbridge, MA 01566
Great Selection of Craft Made Beer. People travel from surrounding states to get their stock. Visit during the week to avoid larger crowds and wait times. Beautiful outside areas and shuttle from parking if main parking area is full For the Beer and Wine enthusiast: Tree House Brewery, Yankee Spirits, more… Yankee Spirits, in Sturbridge, has long been a draw for people seeking great selection and discount prices on liquors, wines and beers. With over 7000 wines, 3500 spirits and 2600 beers to choose from, it is a destination in itself. But with the rise in popularity of craft beer, the area has increasingly become a draw for the beer enthusiast. Tree House Brewery, originally in Monson (with its initial founding in Brimfield!) just opened a state-of-the-art, expanded facility and taproom in neighboring Charlton. Four of their beers rate in the Beer Advocate’s top 10, eight in the top 20. Even closer to home, there are three (and counting) breweries just in Sturbridge. Our favorite is Rapscallion Brewery. The beer is great, but so, too, are the disc golf, live music, seasonal events and food truck.
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Tree House Brewing Company, LLC
129 Sturbridge Road
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Great Selection of Craft Made Beer. People travel from surrounding states to get their stock. Visit during the week to avoid larger crowds and wait times. Beautiful outside areas and shuttle from parking if main parking area is full For the Beer and Wine enthusiast: Tree House Brewery, Yankee Spirits, more… Yankee Spirits, in Sturbridge, has long been a draw for people seeking great selection and discount prices on liquors, wines and beers. With over 7000 wines, 3500 spirits and 2600 beers to choose from, it is a destination in itself. But with the rise in popularity of craft beer, the area has increasingly become a draw for the beer enthusiast. Tree House Brewery, originally in Monson (with its initial founding in Brimfield!) just opened a state-of-the-art, expanded facility and taproom in neighboring Charlton. Four of their beers rate in the Beer Advocate’s top 10, eight in the top 20. Even closer to home, there are three (and counting) breweries just in Sturbridge. Our favorite is Rapscallion Brewery. The beer is great, but so, too, are the disc golf, live music, seasonal events and food truck.
Our property is right near on the Sturbridge line, so our haunts tend to be in Sturbridge, and it seems that every year a new restaurant is opening (and filled!). This year there were three. You can find just about anything: seafood, tapas, small plates, Chinese hot pot, Thai, traditional American, steak, Italian, barbeque, sushi. We have two favorites: BT’s Smokehouse (voted one of the top 10 barbeque joints in New England by the Boston Globe) and Sturbridge Seafood (an award winning restaurant with it’s own spin on recipes and the best shrimp and paella we have ever had). Which is not to say we don’t also enjoy dining at the historic Publick House, a gathering, lodging and dining place for travelers since 1771, or at the nearby (in Brookfield), and equally historic, Salem Cross Inn, famous for its Drover’s roast – prime rib roasted over a huge fire pit.
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B.T.'s Smokehouse
392 Main Street
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Our property is right near on the Sturbridge line, so our haunts tend to be in Sturbridge, and it seems that every year a new restaurant is opening (and filled!). This year there were three. You can find just about anything: seafood, tapas, small plates, Chinese hot pot, Thai, traditional American, steak, Italian, barbeque, sushi. We have two favorites: BT’s Smokehouse (voted one of the top 10 barbeque joints in New England by the Boston Globe) and Sturbridge Seafood (an award winning restaurant with it’s own spin on recipes and the best shrimp and paella we have ever had). Which is not to say we don’t also enjoy dining at the historic Publick House, a gathering, lodging and dining place for travelers since 1771, or at the nearby (in Brookfield), and equally historic, Salem Cross Inn, famous for its Drover’s roast – prime rib roasted over a huge fire pit.
Great traditional food with live seasonal entertainment on the lake. Great New England charm. Nice fireplace and good food. Outdoor seating on the lake weather permitting. Make a reservation.
Oxhead Tavern
366 Main St
Great traditional food with live seasonal entertainment on the lake. Great New England charm. Nice fireplace and good food. Outdoor seating on the lake weather permitting. Make a reservation.
Essentials
Stop & Shop
100 Charlton Road
Walmart
100 Charlton Road
Another nearby activities
1. PICK your FRUITS at Charlton Orchard farm. 44 Worcester Rd in Charlton, Ma ( 9-5P) 2. buy direct from Fay Mountain FARM on 12 Cemetery Rd in Charlton, Ma (9-5P) 3. MINIATURE GOLF at Putters on 360 Worcester Rd, Charlton, MA (10-10P) 4. 18 holes champion ship public GOLF since 1963 ( 6A-9P) in Charlton, Ma. http://heritagecountryclub.com/country- club/non-members/ 5. Something for Everyone Let’s not forget the farmers markets, concerts on the common, water skiing exhibitions, apple and pumpkin picking, harvest festivals, annual scarecrow contest, hayrides, and much more. Truly there is something for everyone.
Charlton Orchards Farm
44 Old Worcester Rd
1. PICK your FRUITS at Charlton Orchard farm. 44 Worcester Rd in Charlton, Ma ( 9-5P) 2. buy direct from Fay Mountain FARM on 12 Cemetery Rd in Charlton, Ma (9-5P) 3. MINIATURE GOLF at Putters on 360 Worcester Rd, Charlton, MA (10-10P) 4. 18 holes champion ship public GOLF since 1963 ( 6A-9P) in Charlton, Ma. http://heritagecountryclub.com/country- club/non-members/ 5. Something for Everyone Let’s not forget the farmers markets, concerts on the common, water skiing exhibitions, apple and pumpkin picking, harvest festivals, annual scarecrow contest, hayrides, and much more. Truly there is something for everyone.
FISHING within 15 min
Buffumville Lake