Concord, MA: History, Museums, Places to Stay
Kimball Farm, 978-486-3891. 400 Littleton Rd. (Rte. 110), Westford. Kimball’s homemade ice cream has drawn crowds since 1939. New activities at this family-run business include a 6,000-square-foot bumper boat pond and 36 holes of mini-golf. For golfers, there’s a par-3, nine-hole, pitch-and-putt golf course and a driving range.
Places to Eat
The Teapot Cafe, 978-635-1519. 61 Stow Rd., Boxborough. In this cozy tea room, you’ll be served scrumptious tea sandwiches, fresh salads, homemade soups and desserts, and dozens of teas (63, to be exact).
Nashoba Brook Bakery and Cafe, 978-318-1999. 152 Commonwealth Ave., West Concord. On the fringe of West Concord’s brief main drag, housed in a former leather warehouse, this inviting cafe offers hearth-baked breads and delectable pastries made daily, plus hearty soups and sandwiches. Comfy armchairs and couches in the back overlook Nashoba Brook, and there’s seasonal outdoor seating.
Places to Stay
Concord’s Colonial Inn, 800-370-9200, 978-369-9200. 48 Monument Square, Concord. One of Concord’s most enduring landmarks of gracious hospitality since 1716. The inn overlooks historic Monument Square, and individually appointed guest rooms, suites, and executive homes offer all amenities and wireless Internet, plus working fireplaces in public areas. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are available, featuring fine seafood and New England fare with nightly entertainment in the Liberty Tavern.
The North Bridge Inn, 888-530-0007, 978-371-0014. 21 Monument St., Concord. A European-style B&B with elegant and spacious individually appointed suites, each with a cable TV, sitting and work area, and tiled bath, just off Monument Square. This inn is a short walk to the downtown shopping district, local historic attractions, and the Boston commuter train station. It’s perfect for couples and seasoned travelers, as well as families on vacation.
Thoreau’s Walden Bed and Breakfast, 781-259-1899. 2 Concord Rd., Lincoln. This inn is a 1948 expanded two-story Cape on 3-1/2 acres bordered by a state park and conservation land, directly opposite historic Walden Pond. There’s a bird sanctuary on-site, as well as access to Walden Pond for swimming, hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing. The inn is close to Revolutionary War sites and just 18 miles from Boston with easy access to public transportation.
Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, 800-339-1776, 978-443-1776. Wayside Inn Rd., off Rte. 20, Sudbury. One of America’s oldest inns (built in 1716), offering comfortable guest rooms with private baths, air-conditioning, and phones. For lunch and dinner, both guests and the public can feast on hearty, traditional Yankee fare.