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GETTING OUT: Romantic Weekend Getaways in Central Mass

Thursday, November 29, 2012


Any weekend can be a good weekend to get out and spend some much needed alone time with that special someone. Whether you want to spend a whole weekend in bed or get out and explore, these spots are sure to make your weekend a romantic treat.

Wachusett Village Inn
9 Village Inn Road, Westminster
This truly New England style inn is located in the heart of the Wachusett region of Central Mass, right next to the ski area at Wachusett Mountain and numerous hiking trails, antique shops and the Wachusett Brewery. Call ahead to ask about the Romance Package special specifically made for couples; available as part of this package are a cottage room, massage treatments, champagne and dinner for two, and a full-American breakfast. When the weather gets right, and that should be soon, check out the Ski Lover's Package which includes all the above plus lift tickets to the ski area. Also check out the Black Diamond Bar and Grill.

Nashoba Valley Winery
100 Wattaquadock Hill Road, Bolton
The sweet and elegant Nashoba Valley Winery exists in a beautiful setting overlooking the quaint little town of Bolton. Have some tasty eats at J's Restaurant and check out the broad selection of wines, beer and spirits brewed and created to perfection right on site. Take a tour through the winery and taste one of the many terrific flavors of the beverage offered for sale. When the season is right, check out the peach and apple orchards. Receive a 10% discount on the wine of the month; for December this will be Blueberry Merlot.

The Maguire House Bed & Breakfast
30 Cobb Road, Ashburnham
The award-winning Maguire House is tailor-made for romantic evenings. It is positioned in an ideal location on 44 acres overlooking Mt. Monadnock, Mt. Watatic and upper Naukeag Lake. All rooms contain queen-sized beds with private baths. A full New-England breakfast is made to order. In-room amenities include fresh flowers and gourmet chocolates. Complimentary refreshments such as wine and cheese are available anytime. Two sitting rooms for guests, one with a working fireplace, are available for quests. In addition, rowboat, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing are available from the property.

Via Italian Table
89 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester
There are few places better for a romantic evening out than authentic Italian restaurants. The atmosphere, the ambiance, and the food and drink selection all combine to provide the perfect  environment for love. Check out the extensive menu of Italian dishes including pastas, steaks, seafood, and  pork. But at Via's, as with all fine Italian restaurants, the food is only the beginning. Take a peek at the impressively long list of wines and other alcoholic beverages. If you're not too full, dig into some scrumptious Italian desserts as well. Be sure to check out Worcester's many other great Italian Restaurants as well.

Charlotte's House Bed & Breakfast
96 South Bolton Road, Bolton
This small, cozy and quiet bed and breakfast is located in the heart of apple country in Bolton. Each bedroom has a working fireplace, especially ideal for those romantic evenings, with queen-sized beds with hand-crafted quilts and a private bathroom. Decorative paintings align the wall of each room. Innkeeper Lyn Slade is an experienced chef and all breakfast is homemade and delicious. Guests are treated with a plate of complimentary homemade cookies as soon as they arrive.

Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive, Boylston
Take a peaceful, quiet walk through the beautiful and immaculately kept gardens at Tower Hill. Specifically, during winter months, check out the Winter Garden showcasing plants that grow best during winter months. Check out the intricate feature known as "Domitian's Pool" in the center of the Winter Garden with its twin, spouting, bronze turtle fountains. Also come to be a part of the Holly Days festivities lasting until December 30th; see ornaments crafted from garden materials, taste great food,  and experience the brilliant lighting and holiday decorations.

Bancroft Tower
Bancroft Tower Road, Worcester
Head up to the historic Bancroft Tower at Salisbury Park on top of Prospect Hill in Worcester with your significant other as a quick getaway in the afternoon or to top off a romantic night out. While there, check out one of the best views of the entire expanse of Worcester you will ever see. Peaceful and serene, it is the perfect opportunity for some quiet time with your loved one as you look out upon the beautiful city.

The 761 Old Mill Restaurant
69 State Road East, Westminster
Take in the terrifically charming rustic setting at this delicious restaurant recreated from an 18th century mill. Experience the smooth ambience and easy atmosphere produced by the sound of the water flowing through the mill and the serene view of the mill pond. A wide variety of entrees are offered for lunch and dinner, and a brunch buffet is offered for breakfast. Also visit the country store on the premises for some fun gifts like candies and stuffed animals with other items tailored for the holidays. Also look out for "Dinner & Show" combos coming up soon.


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