Cedar Hill Dairy Joy
331 North Avenue (Route 117), Weston
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
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.
11 Wheeler Road, Concord
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
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.
271 Great Road (Route 117), Stow
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.
47 Sugar Road, Bolton
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
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.
125 Still River Road, Bolton
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.