If You Go . . .

If you go to Route 117

Cedar Hill Dairy Joy

331 North Avenue (Route 117), Weston

781-864-2600; www.dairyjoy.net

Since 1962 this seasonal, family-run Weston landmark has offered soft-serve cones, fried seafood, burgers, hot dogs, and an assortment of other menu items. Diners order at the window, and sit at picnic tables or under large shade trees on the side of the property.

Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary


208 South Great Road (Route 117), Lincoln

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781-259-2200; www.massaudubon.org/drumlin

Visitors to the Massachusetts Audubon Society property can explore a working farm, walk miles of trails, learn how plants are sustainably grown, and view goats, chickens, and cows in the farmyard. Other exhibits feature resident owls, birds, and foxes.

Verrill Farm

11 Wheeler Road, Concord

978-369-4494; www.verrillfarm.com


A family farm since 1922, Verrill sells produce grown on site, as well as an assortment of others grown locally. Along with fresh produce, there are meats, an assortment of baked goods, and gourmet items. The farm also hosts festivals throughout the year.

Erikson’s Ice Cream

12 Great Road (Route 117), Maynard

978-897-7622; www.facebook.com/eriksonsicecream

Generations of families have been enjoying Erikson’s ice cream at this stand for more than 75 years. With a rotation of more than 50 ice cream flavors, and seasonal flavors such as fresh peach in August and pumpkin in the fall, Erikson’s has something for everyone, including your dog, who can have a dish for free.

Stowaway Inn

271 Great Road (Route 117), Stow


978-897-1999; www.stowawayinn.com

Owners and innkeepers Doug and Celia Hyde have recently put the property they’ve run for 27 years up for sale, but they hope to have a turn-key sale to keep the inn operating. Its close proximity to a number of golf courses and other attractions along Route 117 keeps visitors coming from across the country, says Celia Hyde.

Colonial Candies

47 Sugar Road, Bolton

978-779-6586; www.colonialcandies.com

The Hebert family has been making and selling handmade chocolates for nearly 100 years, and they’re still going strong with different types of chocolate and other candies displayed along every wall here. There’s also a make-your-own sundae bar, gifts, and the “candy mansion.”

Nashoba Valley Winery

100 Wattaquadock Hill Road, Bolton

978-779-5521; www.nashobawinery.com

With 37 varieties of wine produced on the property, as well as a selection of micro-brewed beers, spirits made on-site, J’s Restaurant, and plenty of outdoor tables and chairs to enjoy picnic lunches and a bottle of wine overlooking the acres of vineyards, this is a perfect place to unwind with friends or that special date.

Bolton Orchards

125 Still River Road, Bolton

978-779-2733, www.boltonorchards.net

There are apples and fresh-pressed cider, along with fresh-baked breads and pastries sold all year round at this country store.

Ellen Ishkanian can be reached at eishkanian@gmail.com.