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The Best Local Craft Beverages for a New England Vacation

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The Best Local Craft Beverages for a New England Vacation

July 28, 2020 8:16 am

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Photo of Two Craft Beverages (Wine) at our Concord Restaurant.

Arguably the best part about going on vacation is immersing yourself in the local culture by sampling some of the fare enjoyed by those who reside in your destination of choice. With its many historical sites, buildings, and attractions, it’s no wonder that Concord, MA, has long been established as an excellent tourist location for those engaging in a quintessential New England vacation. One way to really get a sense of where you are visiting is to go on a self-guided tour that showcases the area’s most exceptional craft beverages.

Not only will you uncover local flavors, but you’ll also be able to take in some of the most iconic sites along the way. To help acclimate you to the craft beverage scene in Concord, MA, we put together a list consisting of one winery, brewery, and cidery that should all be visited by anyone who considers themselves a libations connoisseur. 

Local Craft Beverages near Concord, MA

While it wouldn’t be hard to do a quick Google search for craft beverages near Concord, MA, there’s something to be said about making a pointed effort to find the best wines, brews, and ciders. Thankfully, the area has a diverse and eclectic selection that ensures you’ll find something you’ll like.

New England Craft Beverages

Located in Bolton, MA, the Nashoba Winery offers a wine shop, picnic area, and curbside pick up. In addition to the winery, Nashoba also has both a distillery, brewery, and an orchard where guests can pick apples and peaches, depending on the season and availability.

If homemade artisanal ciders are your beverage of choice, look no further than Pony Shack Cider in Boxborough, MA. Since 2015, Pony Shack has provided hand-pressed hard ciders to the greater Boston area and offers tastings by reservation.

Finally, Saltbox Kitchen, Concord’s only craft brewery, has a rotational seasonal selection of beers made with organic ingredients. With taps open Monday through Saturday, visitors can grab a craft beverage by the pint, four-beer flights, or a grab-and-go growler. 

The Best Massachusetts Hotel near Boston

Concord’s Colonial Inn, in the heart of downtown Concord, MA, has a luxurious assortment of guest rooms, boasting an exquisite level of period details, as no two rooms are the same. A seemingly endless array of amenities, on-site salon services, and gourmet dining options are the main reasons you may never wish to stay at another Massachusetts hotel when visiting the Boston area. For more information on how we may serve as your home away from home during your New England vacation, please visit us online or call 800-370-9200.

Plan a Classic New England Honeymoon in Concord, MA

May 10, 2020 8:01 am

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Photo of Concord's Colonial, the Premier New England Honeymoon Destination.

As we rapidly approach yet another heartwarming wedding season here at Concord’s Colonial Inn, it’s impossible not to think about all of those soon-to-be brides and grooms embarking on a long-awaited honeymoon to New England’s most sophisticated destinations. Most New England honeymoon destinations have three things in common: historical significance, fine culinary arts, and plentiful natural beauty. Approximately 20 miles northwest of lively Boston lies the peaceful, undeniably breathtaking town of Concord, known for its famous poets, Revolutionary War battlefields, and some of the oldest inns in the country. Couples return again and again to stroll back in time to a simpler period, where the architecture, wilderness, and attractions meld into an utterly romantic package worthy of a classic New England honeymoon.

10 Date Ideas for Your New England Honeymoon

While it won’t be easy to pry yourselves from this 1716 Concord hotel, there are several playful, passionate ways to explore this historical slice of Massachusetts. Concord’s Colonial Inn itself, which often ranks among the most romantic hotels near Boston, flawlessly plays the role of gracious host to honeymooners of all ages. To ensure that your meticulously crafted New England honeymoon is nothing short of flawless, we’ve compiled 10 distinct date ideas that are sure to whisk you away to a finer time.

  1. Paddle through the city’s tri-river system: Assabet, Concord, and Sudbury Rivers.
  2. Walk atop the Old North Bridge inside Minute Man National Historical Park.
  3. Savor an array of fine, classic New England cuisines at Liberty, the finest restaurant in town. Delicacies include crab-stuffed scrod, Faroe Island salmon, and the famous lobster roll.
  4. Plan a picnic at Verrill Farm or Thoreau Farm.
  5. Embark on a self-guided history tour, with stops at the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Ralph Waldo Emerson House, and Concord Museum.
  6. Capture an array of memories (or Instagram pics) at the deCordova Sculpture Park.
  7. Shop ‘til you drop in downtown Concord.
  8. Zig and zag through the area’s many picturesque neighborhoods on a Minuteman Bike.
  9. Paint and sip at nearby Pinot’s Palette in Lexington.
  10. Catch a live show at The Cannon Theatre or The Concord Players. NOTE: Many upcoming theatrical performances have been postponed due to COVID-19. Please check their websites for up-to-date schedules.


Stay inside a Quintessential Massachusetts Hotel

Not to be overlooked, Concord’s Colonial Inn boasts an eclectic mix of guest rooms inside our historic respite. Each suite is true to the original 1716 glory, including minimalistic modernity, handcrafted bed frames, muted colors, wainscoting, and original wide plank pine floors. If you’re planning a honeymoon near Boston, an extended stay in Concord is an absolute must. You won’t find a better combination of historical significance, gourmet cuisine, and natural beauty in the region. Please be well. Take care of yourself and your loved ones. We’ll see you very soon!