Nashoba Valley Winery

Between the endless advertisements for pumpkin spiced lattes, and the cool temperatures that recently rolled in as of last week, its been well established that autumn has arrived. If you’re looking for a fun “fall-themed” adventure, I highly recommend driving 45 min west of Boston to go spend the day at Nashoba Valley Winery. This spot has it all – pretty views, a large lawn perfect for picnicking that overlooks the orchards and the vineyard, wine tastings and apple picking. Bring a group of friends, a picnic and a cute pup (dogs are welcome there too!)

Full disclosure: When my friends first suggested we go apple picking the first weekend of fall, I was hesitant (crowds…screaming kids…ugh no.) However, this place has a sweet vibe and I would definitely go back again in the near future.

Overlooking their small vineyard. A nice break from city life.

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The lawn and main house, where the tastings and store are located.

The lawn and main house, where the tastings and store are located.

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The best trail mix my friend Emily made for us: Almonds, pistachios, chocolate covered espresso beans, honey nut cheerios, and dried cranberries.

It was pretty crowded by the time we arrived at 1pm. Be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chairs in case you can't snag a table.

It was pretty crowded by the time we arrived at 1pm! If you arrive in the afternoon, its a good idea to bring a blanket or lawn chairs in case the picnic tables are full.

Although the original plan was apple picking, that adventure only took us about 20 minutes (see the Paleo Apple Crisp I made the following day!!) My friends and I spent the majority of our time laying out on picnic blankets, enjoying our wine tastings in the sunshine and catching up.

Does anyone recommend any other local wineries driving distance from Boston? Curious!

 

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