As you’re driving along scenic New England to visit the wonders of Central Mass., be sure to first stop in the Wachusett Region for scenery, wildlife and recreation—complete with quaint town centers with farmers markets, cafés and shops. Soak up the year-round beauty at New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill and visit the nearby Old Stone Church on Wachusett Reservoir.
By lunchtime, make your way into the heart of Worcester, for seemingly limitless dining options both indoor and out. Worcester has a spot for every kind of foodie—from casual vibes at City Line Diner and classic American fare at George’s Coney Island to seafood favorites at The Sole Proprietor and international flavors from around the world.
After lunch, roll on over to one of the several breweries in the area to sip on local creations. Flying Dreams, Greater Good Imperial and Redemption Rock are just three craft masters in this space, but if you’re feeling thirsty, you can definitely make a day-long tour out of it. For the wine avid in the crowd, visit Sail to Trail WineWorks, a “safe space” for imbibers, where nobody questions your opinion of good wine!
Burn off some energy with a walking tour of art, culture and shopping, perusing all the vintage shops in the area, as well as funky public art installations around town (the photo opps are calling your name!). Worcester also boasts museums and galleries galore, from the classic and modern works of art at Worcester Art Museum to Worcester Historical Museum for the history buffs.
Post-afternoon adventuring, your hardest decision will be where to indulge in dinner. Perhaps the perfect place is Shrewsbury Street’s “Restaurant Row”—one of Worcester’s most booming streets for eats. Here, you’ll find everything from classic Italian at Nuovo to the hip and eclectic Flying Rhino Cafe. If small plates are more your style, head straight to Bocado Tapas Bar in the Canal District. For an end-of-night sugar kick, Central Mass. has a growing list of the sweet stuff, from which you’re sure to find a favorite.
Stay the Night
Either right in the midst of things or a short drive from downtown, you can extend your stay at an assortment of hotels. Book an overnight or weekend stay at the world-renowned Beechwood Hotel, ranked the #1 hotel in Worcester by TripAdvisor and the only AAA Four Diamond luxury boutique property in Central Mass. If you’re looking to be front and center, the AC Marriott as well as Homewood Suites by Hilton are just a short walk from the heart of the Worcester action. The Residence Inn by Marriott is another great option, ensuring a short drive to the stadium, and an even quicker trip to Lake Quinsigamond.