Old wooden bridge -- Massachusetts Travel
There's This Magical Spot in West Concord, MA...
Old wooden bridge in West Concord.
Article, photos by Eric Hurwitz
created for VisitingNewEngland.com on 10/24/2021. Find us on Twitter: @newenglandinfo
West Concord, Mass. thrives with a
wonderful mix of locally-owed shops, cafes and restaurants. The
village-like theme resonates with a bustling scene, perhaps the
protocol of what a small-town downtown should look like.
This highly likable section of Concord -- one of the most beautiful,
historic small towns in New England -- pleases, especially the
food side of things through places that sell teacakes, homemade breads,
health food items, fresh local seafood and homemade ice cream.
What initially seems to be missing, however: a spot to sit back and
natural surroundings in full view. A magic place away from the main
drag. A pastoral location that every small town or neighborhood should
Nashoba Brook in West Concord.
It takes a little bit of searching but that special destination in West
Concord hides behind an old warehouse anchored by the Nashoba Brook Bakery and
Cafe. Wooded wetlands and a cobblestone retaining wall lead to
an old wooden footbridge over the Nashoba Brook. It looks like
something out of a storybook and also a viable respite from the
constant fast pace of the Boston suburbs.
Old wooden bridge accented by flowers.
The best way to enjoy this scenic splendor is to first enter the cozy
Nashoba Brook Bakery and Cafe at 152 Commonwealth Ave. for some coffee
or tea, baked goods, sandwiches soups and salads. This dining out spot
is a commercial version of a scenic spot with its handsome industrial
The high ceilings, couches and mission style chairs and the sight of an
kitchen with two massive French ovens is quite unique and instantly
appealing. And, of course, the homemade bread, is easily one of the
best-tasting breads we've experienced in all of New
England (start with the sourdough).
Breads in the kitchen.
You can take your drink/food of choice to the outdoor dining area,
weather permitting, with views of that brook and bridge. For a moment,
it feels like you;ve been transported to the heart of New Hampshire or
Vermont with nary a thought of the reality of being only 20 miles away
from the pulse of one of America's great cities, Boston.
During the pandemic, it's especially important to seek out these type
of natural, scenic, unassuming and relaxing places for our own peace of
mind. Nice to know West Concord has this type of gem to unwind.
Taking in the fall colors at Walden Pond
This is the only restaurant in Massachusetts located
in a town hall building
Dining at a beautifully restored H.H. Richardson
former train station in Palmer, Mass.
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a window as it will in a Christmas tree! Printed on one side. Diameter
3.5". Beveled edges. Clear glass material.
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