Old Sturbridge Village has been a staple for schoolchildren and families in New England since 1946. This 200-acre (81-hectare) living history museum features beautiful grounds with buildings transported to Sturbridge, Massachusetts from all around the Northeast. Your tour of the property begins at the Visitor Center where you can see special exhibits and videos about life in early 19th-century New England. Step inside any of the buildings and you will find historians dressed in period costumes explaining the origins of the structures and their role in the community. There are over 40 buildings on the property, including a schoolhouse, gristmill, smithery, bake shop, law office, printers and typical 1830s-style homes. There is an on-site restaurant, the Oliver Wight Tavern, where you can enjoy lunch or brunch on the weekends. In springtime, children will love to see the newborn lambs and cows!
Taylor Brooke Winery in Woodstock creates a wide selection of white, red and dessert wines to please any wine-loving palate. Many wines are created with the seasons in mind, so enjoy a tasting of Summer Peach, Autumn Raspberry or a Late Harvest Reisling. These wines are served up at some of the region's best restaurants and you can pick some up at local retailers or directly from the winery, so stop on by! Don't be alarmed by Zima, the wine-enthusiast dog who may greet you on your journey to the Taylor Brooke Winery.
Ralph's Rock Diner is an illustrious diner in Worcester, Massachusetts. The eye-catching decor is a varied mixture of artifacts and hand painted murals that give the place a free spirit vibe. It is popular for live performances by local as well as renowned artists and visitors are drawn to the electrifying ambience at this venue. Not just the music but the food also has garnered a lot of attention with hand crafted burgers to tide you over until midnight.
Having won several awards including the prestigious Grand National Champion at the US Open Beer Championship, Wormtown Brewery has been wowing the Worcester crowd since its opening in 2010. Having begun brewing in a small ice cream stand on Park Avenue, Wormtown Brewery has definitely come a long way from its humble beginnings with restaurants and bars from all over Massachusetts sourcing their beer from this facility. You can come in during the week to grab a craft beer in the tap room which overlooks the whole setup. If you happen to be free on a weekend afternoon, drop in for an hour-long, tour of the facilities where the step-by-step procedure of brewing is explained.
Housed inside a grand old building, the Hanover Theatre has played a pivotal role in fostering a love for the performing arts among the people of Worcester. This venue consistently churns out off-beat productions which can be enjoyed by the entire family. Check website for a list of upcoming events and book your tickets now!
The Raven is one of the most trendiest rock clubs in Worcester. Hosting live rock performances through the year this is one place to be for high dose of entertainment and fun. The club offers good old American food at their restaurant and premium quality spirits. Visit the club for some live music action and to the boogie the night away.
The best way to de-stress is to laugh, so head to the Dick Doherty's Comedy Escape. Here a number of individual comedians and artists take to the stage and enthrall the crowds every Friday and Saturday evening. They also offer shows for private events in order to add a little laugh at your function.