As I’ve mentioned before, one of my fav PIC (partners in crime) is my mum. On a particularly beautiful late October day, we decided we would head out to Nashoba Valley Winery, which isn’t too far from where I grew up / where my mother still lives. When we got there, we found out they weren’t accepting walk-ins for lunch, but they directed us down the street to The Fireplace Room at The International. Surprisingly, given the number of people we collectively know from the general area and the number of events we’ve attended over the years, neither of us even realized this gem existed!
Being that it was a Friday around 1, there weren’t too many people there and we were able to sit next to a huge window overlooking the golf course and soak in the sunny, late autumn view. We both loved our lunches (burger for me, Thanksgiving style turkey sandwich for her) and the fries were to die for as well. The service was great and I’d go back in a heartbeat! On a related note, I left my favorite druzy ring in the bathroom as we were leaving, which lead to actual tears (embarrassing yet true) when I realized later that night. When I called the next day and spoke with a manager, she told me that she had it in her office and it turns out our waitress had found it. When I told her I lived near the city and wasn’t sure when I would be able to get back out there, she offered to mail it to me! I was super grateful and impressed that they went out of their way to help me out.
After lunch, we headed back to the winery to poke around the shop– which lead to buying tickets for wine sampling! My mum had never done it before, and I’d never done it there, and so we had a lot of fun trying varietals we wouldn’t have otherwise. I ended up buying the dry pear wine, my favorite of the more uncommon offerings. If it had been less windy out, we would have sat outside. It’s a great place to check out with anyone who enjoys New England fall activities– they offer apple picking in addition to the winery and the restaurant.