MASSACHUSETTS

The 6th state.
Capital: Boston
Motto: Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem which means By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty.
Flower: Mayflower
Bird: Black-Capped Chickadee

BREWERIES

Better when you get it from the source

 

Boston

See what’s brewing at Harpoon! The Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall, located in Boston's Seaport District, offers a full selection of Harpoon beers straight from the source along with delicious pretzels to pair with your pint. Cap off your trip by taking a guided tour of the brewery! This is the perfect place to enjoy beer with friends.

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Night Shift was founded in 2012 by a trio of friends with a shared passion for homebrewing. What began as a nocturnal hobby has now grown bigger than our wildest dreams – from our brewery and Taproom in Everett, to our distributing business, to our Owl’s Nest beer gardens, to coffee roasting and our latest location on Boston’s Lovejoy Wharf. With this growing “family” in place, we exist to always create better for our staff, customers, and community.
We are a proudly independent business – our three founders collectively own just over 80% of the business, with the remaining 20% owned by close friends and family. We maintain a relentless focus on three values – accessibility, integrity, and evolution. Our family of business branches continues to grow every year – learn more about each below!

BRICK & FEATHER BREWERY

Turners Falls

Brick & Feather brewery was born as the vision of a husband and wife team in 2015. Lawrence had been working in breweries across the country since 2007, and had always envisioned opening a small, family friendly brewery where he could fully execute a portfolio of beers true to their tastes. After moving to Northampton, the two eventually stumbled across the wonderful building in Turners Falls which the brewery occupies now. The fun little village is a perfect fit for Brick & Feather.

Brick & Feather beers are brewed on a manual 7-barrel system, mostly by hand, by Lawrence and his small staff. We work meticulously to produce beers meeting the highest standards of quality and consistency. The same people that make the beer will likely be pouring your beer for you when you visit, and we are always happy to chat with interested beer lovers!

Worcester

Brewing is a labor of love and it wasn’t easy to get started.  Some of our favorite setbacks make great stories we love to tell. Just ask anyone of us about the story behind Elm Park Amber Ale (it may have been a mistake), Beer Goggles (ditto) or about the first time we pushed spent grains through our automated system in the new brewery (there is still some on the ceiling).
Finally in January ’15, after 13 months of construction and almost 5 years crammed in an ice cream stand, we brewed our first beer in our new location on Shrewsbury St.  Located in the heart of Worcester the new facility allows us to make A LOT more great beer.  It allows us to start selling beer to package stores in meaningful quantities.  It will allow us to expand our geographic footprint when the time is right.  But most importantly it provided us with space to build our awesome WT TapRoom that overlooks our entire brewing ‘pit’ as we call it.  Customers can come have a pint while they wait for a growler and we get a chance to hang out with them while they enjoy our beer – and that’s why we brew – to make great beer and enjoy it with all of our friends, some old and many, many new ones.

Framingham

ounded in 2011 by three brothers, Jack, Eric, and Sam Hendler, Jack’s Abby has become a mainstay of the craft brewing scene in the Northeast and nationwide.
Jack’s Abby brews lagers, and only lagers. Born in the high alps of Bavaria over 200 years ago, lagers became a beloved brew all across Europe. Lagers feature a distinctive smoothness and fullness that no other beer has and we think everyone deserves.
Our mission is to create truly distinctive lagers featuring locally grown ingredients, traditional German brewing standards, and American innovation.
Drink Lager.

Boston

Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet, a black IPA, launched our company and started us on this journey. Along the way, we have explored big stouts, DIPAs, and barleywines as well as lighter pale ales, Belgian-style white ales, and kölsch. Our beers have aged in brandy, cognac, bourbon, rye, sherry, rum, whiskey, scotch, and tequila barrels. The one constant has been seeking to always improve what we do and how we do it.
We stand by our motto: To produce beer without  pretension while being free and a little crazy.

Atlas Medstaff reviews  Clown Shoes Stout HERE

Fort Point and Canton

Trillium Brewing Company was founded by JC and Esther Tetreault, a young dumb couple in love, planning their wedding and dreaming about how they would spend their lives together. The desire to build a brewery was about more than just making beer, it was about creating a way of life and building a community with which to share experiences. A beer geek and botany nerd, JC chose the trillium flower to represent what we strive to bring to our beer and our lives: beauty, strength, simplicity, and balance.

Charlton

Tree House is a deeply personal endeavor and a true labor of love; one that enables us to learn and grow both as craftspeople and responsible inhabitants of our great planet. As we mature and evolve, hands on projects of lust and passion will be at the forefront of what we do - a means to continue to pursue our interests, broaden our horizons, and create something of taste, elegance, intrigue, and refinement, to be enjoyed and celebrated; contemplated and proudly imbibed…and to serve as a means for meaningful reflection and an enjoyable companion to jovial, life affirming celebrations. We are obsessed with creating irreplicable taste experiences of significance and authenticity, with a genuine connection to our long and storied agrarian lineage. Tree House Orchard & Farm Fermentory will allow us to do so with more vigor, focus, and inspiration than ever before. We can feel this in our bones. We are so, so excited to share it with you.

Atlas Medstaff Reviews "Julius" as well as "Summer" HERE

Boston

The Boston Brewery is where all our beers get their start, with the exception of Boston Lager, which was born in our founder Jim Koch's kitchen. It is the smallest of our three breweries, but it is the most important.
Our passion for never settling, and brewing quality, flavorful beers started with our founder, Jim Koch. He brewed the first batch of Boston Lager in his kitchen – a recipe that belonged to his great great grandfather that he found in his father’s attic back in the early 1980’s.
But, even though we grew, we continue to be an independent craft brewery that’s committed to brewing only the best-crafted beers for our drinkers.
At our Boston Brewery, we’re still trying new things every day; some good, and, well, some not-so good. We learn from the process, and never give up on the journey towards the next tasty beer. It’s our commitment to you that keeps us innovative, inspired, and striving to become better every single day.

Atlas Medstaff Reviews "Boston Lager" HERE

NATURAL ATTRACTIONS

Enjoy Nature

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 Nantucket

The Coatue Wildlife Refuge is a unique and pristine environment which contains over 390 acres of barrier beach that shelters Nantucket Harbor from the Sound.   It is home to numerous rare plants and birds as well as having some of the best beaches on the island.  Wind buffeted dwarf cedars are abundant and there are even small patches of hardy cacti to be found. With the exception of a few small, private holdings, the refuge is owned and managed for conservation purposes by the Foundation. Coatue is part of a larger wildlife refuge system that includes 104 acres at The Haulover, which is also owned by the Foundation, 916 acres of the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge.

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Chesterfield

The ancient rock emerged from the seabed a half-billion years ago, then was carved for thousands of years by glacial action and roaring meltwater. Today, this stretch of the Westfield River attracts walkers and cyclists, photographers and anglers.

This dramatic rock canyon features 70-foot-high walls carved by centuries of rushing water from the East Branch of the Westfield River. On your hike of the half-mile trail along the cliff tops, you'll take in breathtaking views of the gorge, the river, and the surrounding forest, which nurtures hemlock, ash, and oak, and is home to bears, bobcats, and turkeys.

Chesterfield Gorge is the entrance to an extensive natural recreation area along the Westfield, a federally designated Wild and Scenic River for its strong ecological and recreational values.

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Great Barrington

For two centuries, this imposing natural feature has attracted artists and writers, hikers and nature lovers. Each year, more than 20,000 visitors explore Squaw Peak, descending with memories they can share for a lifetime.
But Monument Mountain isn’t exceptional just for its spectacular scenery. Its geology is just as remarkable: the mountain is composed predominantly of pale quartzite, rising abruptly above the Housatonic wetlands and river valley.
From the 1,642-foot summit of Squaw Peak, you’ll enjoy views as far north as Mount Greylock, near the Vermont border, and, in the western distance, the Catskills of New York. Hawks (and even the occasional bald eagle) soar gracefully above the serene Housatonic River Valley spreading below.

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Springfield

Family farms, historic town centers, panoramic views of rolling hills, forests, and pastures dominate the Massachusetts stretch of the Connecticut River National Scenic Byway. Hikers, paddlers, anglers, history buffs and art lovers will all find plenty of reasons to get out of the car and explore, or stretch this leisurely afternoon drive into a longer road trip.

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Lanesborough

At 3,491 feet, Mount Greylock is the highest point in Massachusetts. From its peak on a clear day, you can see as far as 90 miles away. No matter when you visit, there's plenty to do and see.

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Natick

Cochituate State Park's main feature is Lake Cochituate, which is made up of three linked ponds.  All 3 lakes are accessible by boat, but head down to South Lake for waterskiing or tubing.

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Martha’s Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard is  known for it’s pristine, beautiful beaches and they are as unique to each other as the six towns on the island. Many of the public beaches on Martha’s Vineyard are accessible by public transportation, and this series of posts will focus on what, in my opinion, are some of the “best” public beaches that you can get to without a car. Distinctions between these beaches include differences in their popularity, amenities and physical features (including wide or narrow expanses of sand and rough or mild surf), as well as their proximity to towns.

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Eastham

The great Outer Beach described by Thoreau in the 1800s is protected within the national seashore. Forty miles of pristine sandy beach, marshes, ponds, and uplands support diverse species. Lighthouses, cultural landscapes, and wild cranberry bogs offer a glimpse of Cape Cod's past and continuing ways of life. Swimming beaches and walking and biking trails beckon today's visitors.

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Boston

The Parks Department maintains the Victorian traditions to the best of their abilities, so you can judge its beauty for yourself. Admire the rich and unusual plants, the Lagoon, the monuments and fountains, and the Swan Boats created and operated for over 100 years by the Paget family.
Boston Parks and Recreation Department grows all the plants used in bedding-out the Public Garden in their greenhouses. Over 80 species of plants are cultivated there for future plantings in the Garden and more than 50 other locations around the city. Due to the wide variety of plants and its romantic setting, the Garden attracts many weddings.

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Shelburne Falls

The Glacial Potholes found on the Deerfield River, at the base of Salmon Falls in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts are a testament to the creative power of geological time, ice and rock. The multitude of otherworldly potholes found here are one of the largest collections of natural potholes in the world and the site of the largest pothole on record.
The story of the Glacial Potholes, known as kettles in geological terms, dates back hundreds of millions of years, most recently taking the form they have today at conclusion of the last “Glacial Age.”
As the glaciers receded, fifty separate “pools” ranging from 6 inches to 39 feet in diameter were formed. The round holes were ground down by granite “by a whirlpool effect of water and gyrating stones of varied sizes.” As a result of the constant whirling of the granite stones, the potholes took on a remarkably symmetrical and round shape. They continue to be formed to this day during the end-of-winter snow melt when water levels rise significantly and the grinding millstones, still found in the smaller potholes, are whipped up into swirling whirlpools.

 

WINERIES

Enjoy there or take a bottle (or two) home with you.

North Dartmouth

Running Brook Vineyard and Winery was founded in 1998 by Pedro Teixeira and Manuel Morais out of a vision to produce top quality wines that will make New Englanders proud and satisfy their palates.

Since our founding, we have grown & produced our own wines in our Dartmouth & Westport vineyards.

Bolton

Gramercy Cellars is an 8,000-case winery founded in 2005 by Master Sommelier Greg Harrington and his wife, Pam, to make Rhône and Bordeaux based wines in Washington State. We believe that great wines share common traits: great vineyards, small production, minimalist winemaking, time, and patience. Gramercy’s philosophy is simple: to develop or partner with the best vineyards, harvest ripe, not overripe, grapes, intervene minimally in the winemaking process, and use as little new oak as possible. The resultant wines display balance, intense fruit  notes, strong earthiness, restraint, and elegance. Our wines often require time to develop, but reward that with patience. We seek to produce wines that complement food, provide great pleasure, and stand out as uniquely made in Washington

Hardwick

The Hardwick Vineyard and Winery is located on a quiet country road that winds around the Quabbin Reservoir, in the central Massachusetts town of Hardwick. For more than a decade the Samek family drove down this road with their eyes on the abandoned Giles E. Warner mansion, built in 1795, watching it deteriorate. They dreamed of starting a vineyard and winery, and saw potential in the two-hundred-year-old house, built while George Washington was president. In 1997, the family bought the house and its 150 acres of land, and began the painstaking process of authentically restoring it.

Topsfield

Alfalfa Farm Winery is a family-owned and -operated vineyard in rural Topsfield, Massachusetts. We produce a variety of hand-crafted wines and host customized wine tastings for up to 80 guests in our tasting room.  


We are open for public tastings in the summer on Sundays from 1-5 p.m. and in the fall on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5 p.m. For a nominal fee, a souvenir etched glass taster is yours to keep, along with the opportunity to try five of our dozen or so hand-crafted artisan wines.

Alfalfa Farm Winery, an award-winning winery, is set on the grounds of a 300-year-old farm that once served as a dairy. Your visit will be both tasty and informative, and it will help support local, sustainable agriculture.

Rowley

Known for our award-winning Chardonnay & Sauvignon Blanc, we also produce Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Zinfandel, our famous Plum Island White and Plum Island Red and many more!
Our winery is 30 minutes north of Boston and 10 minutes south of Newburyport, along the picturesque Old Route 1. Grab your friends and take a day trip to the winery!

Richmond

Hilltop Orchards is a 200 acre historic property in the Berkshire region of western Massachusetts.

     The Vittori family celebrates its 28th year at Hilltop Orchards. Preserving local farming and opening our land for apple picking, hiking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing is our pleasure and our privilege.

     We invite you to visit and be inspired by the vast open space and fantastic views from the hilltop. Views of the Berkshire's fall foliage are stunning.

     Here at Hilltop, we produce only residue-free apples using our integrated pest management system, or IPM. Common sense practices such as weeding and trimming help keep the pest populations down without the use of harmful chemicals.

Westport

In 1982 Bob and Carol Russell sought to re-enter the wine-growing business that Carol’s father, Herbert Grifenhagen, and grandfather, Max Grifenhagen, loved so dearly.  Herb and his father had grown their upstate New York Germania Wine Cellars brand into a nationally celebrated sparkling wine.  The Russell couple dreamed of returning to the family’s tradition of raising grapes and making champagne.  In 1982, after searching the globe for the perfect place to farm flavorful sparkling wine, they chose Westport, MA.  Their bold vision and daring tactic was proven to be revolutionary.
Several years later, the vines arrived and oldest son Rob came aboard to plant and manage the vineyard. Rob and his crew planted the first vines in 1986. Since then, our vineyard has grown to 80 acres, the largest vineyard in New England.
Hugo and Luis Quezada joined Rob in the vineyard during the 90’s. The winery opened to the public during the summer of 1991 and has earned over 20 gold medals and endless praise from wine critics worldwide.

West Brookfield

We are a family owned winery located in the picturesque, town of West Brookfield, Massachusetts. Nestled in the beautiful Quaboag Valley, the Still River Winery has found its home in the historic Grange Hall. Our family is committed to the intensive and time-consuming work of nurturing small batch ice apple wine. The rustic setting invites our guests to relax, sample our apple ice wine with a view of the workrooms, and observe the processes required to produce our delicious wine. Tastings are by appointment, please call or email. We are looking forward to meeting you!

New Marlborough

e are located in rural New Marlborough Massachusetts, just minutes away from Ski Butternut, The Norman Rockwell Museum, Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Tanglewood and the esoteric shops and restaurants of Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
Les Trois Emme Winery is owned and operated by Mary Jane and Wayne Eline. “Les Trois Emme” means “The Three M’s” and is named after the first three granddaughters, Megan, Madison, and Mary Katherine.
A visit to Les Trois Emme winery includes a tour of our facilities where you can find out as much or as little as you would like about the process of making wine. After your tour, you are welcome to enjoy a tasting of our wines. The cost is $8.00 per person.
Enjoy our grounds outside with a glass of wine. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the gazebo that overlooks the vineyard or sit out front at one of our café tables.

East Falmouth

Less than three miles from the ocean, Cape Cod Winery is located on Oxbow Road in the neighborhood of East Falmouth. Much like the beach, our winery is a place of relaxation and we invite you to join us under our large post & beam tent placed over crushed seashells to come sip and savor the flavors of Cape Cod. With over nine different varieties of wine to choose from there is surely something for everyone, whether it is our beloved Rosé Mermaid Water or a refreshing Sauvignon Blanc. Our wines will bring you that tranquil Cape Cod feeling.

 

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