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How to make a day of fun in Nashoba Valley

Skiing is the big draw, but don’t miss the winery, botanic garden, and more.

Snowboarders gear up at Nashoba Valley Ski Area.Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff


Visit Nashoba Valley Winery (978-779-5521; in Bolton, which produces three dozen types of wine, mostly from its own grapes and fruit. Attend a daily tasting or weekend tour.

Families will appreciate the laid-back action at Nashoba Valley Ski Area (978-692-3033; in Westford, with 17 trails varying in difficulty.

Subtropical and flowering plants fill the conservatories at the Tower Hill Botanic Garden (508-869-6111; in Boylston, while the outdoor Winter Garden showcases plants that are at their most beautiful this time of year. Check the online calendar for events and classes.


Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston.Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff


J's Restaurant (978-779-9816) at Nashoba Valley Winery serves locally sourced meals in a farmhouse setting; make reservations, because it fills up fast. The slope-side Outlook Restaurant (978-692-5700; at the ski area offers pub grub and dinner entrees like fettuccine Bolognese. And the Botanic Garden's Twigs Cafe dishes up seasonal soups, salads, and sandwiches.

J’S Restaurant at Nashoba Valley Winery.Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

Seoul Kitchen (978-399-0016; in Westford features authentic Korean food and a lunchtime buffet in a hip atmosphere.


Stop by Bolton Orchards (978-779-2733; for produce, house-made baked goods, kettle corn, jams, and fresh cider (for only 5 cents a cup!).

The family that owns Colonial Candies (978-779-6586; in Bolton has been making chocolates and fudge for almost 100 years. If you're in the neighborhood in March, don't miss the Easter decorations (the store also goes all out for Halloween and Christmas).

Bolton Orchards stocks produce along with other treats.Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

"Oh My Gosh!" Antiques and Collectibles at the Cider Mill in Sterling (978-422-8675; is a rambling shop with more than 200 vendors. Treasures range from antiques to handmade items to objects only a collector could love.


Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton produces three dozen types of wine.Jessica Rinaldi
At Colonial Candies in Bolton, they have been making chocolates and fudge for almost 100 years.Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff
“Oh My Gosh!”Antiques and Collectibles at the Cider Mill in Sterling has more than 200 vendors.Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

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