Travel to Devens, MA -- town description, search for hotel and motel accommodations

by Eric H., lifelong New Englander

A model of effective former military installation reuse (Ft. Devens), Devens has transformed into a 4,400 planned community with a rapidly growing business community, residential neighborhoods, a downtown including the Marriott Spring Hill Suites Hotel, the 18-hole Red Tail Golf Club, and 2,100 acres of preservation. There's still a military presence here with the Army Reserve, but the look is so much different now than the days of the storied Ft. Devens. Military quarters are now being sold as civilian housing, and there are now more business suits seen than military uniforms. It is remarkable how far Devens has come since Ft. Devens' closure in 1995, thanks to the ambitious and dedicated work of MassDevelopment..

Devens is certainly a thriving place for businesses and business travelers. In addition to the pleasing campus-like look of Devens, surrounding towns like Harvard, Shirley, Groton, and Ayer all have small-town, classic New England elements with town greens, country roads, scenic lakes and ponds, and churches with tall white steeples. Harvard might just be the best example of classic New England with beautifully maintained Colonial Homes, a general store and old town buildings framing a cool, tree-shaded town common. There's also a large town playing field with a beautiful lake with a town beach right down the road.

The whole area is full of pleasing farm stands, including Carlson Orchards, a 140 acre pick-your-own apple, peach, nectarine, blueberry, and raspberry farm in Harvard. Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, MA features a 52-acre apple orchard, wine tasting tours, and J's Restaurant, a rustic farmhouse known for its gourmet dinner offerings, farm fresh vegetables and award-winning wines. The setting is pleasing to the eye with its gentle rolling farmland.

The Devens area is packed with excellent restaurants, one of the best being the New England fare cuisine at the scenic 1761 Old Mill in Westminster, MA and many other choices in the nearby cities of Fitchburg and Leominster.

Devens is less than an hour to Boston, 35 minutes to Worcester, and about 25 minutes to historic Concord. It is also within 25 minutes to the Mt. Wachusett Ski Area for those business travelers who also like to ski!


Some Attractions in the Devens, MA area:

*: Ayer - 2 miles * Devens Common Center - adjacent * Downtown Boston - 33 miles * Fitchburg - 12 miles * Groton - 6 miles * Johnny Appleseed Trail - 5 miles * Leominster - 10 miles * Littleton - 4 miles * Marlborough - 19 miles * Mount Wachusett Ski Area - 10 miles * Nashoba Valley Ski Area - 5 miles * Red Trail Golf Club - 1/2 mile * Searstown Mall - 4 miles * Shirley - 4 miles * Westford - 12 miles * Worcester - 26 miles

Companies: Anheuser-Busch - 1/4 mile * Barnum Industrial Park - 1/2 mile * Cains Foods - 2 miles * Devens Industrial Park - 1/4 mile * Devens Recreation - 1/10 mile * Gillette Company - 1/2 mile * Jackson Technology Park - 1/10 mile * Reserve Forces - 0 miles * Robbins Technology Park - 1/10 mile

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