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Stopping Time in Sturbridge Massachusetts

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A November 2003 trip to Sturbridge by zabelle

Sturbridge Host Hotel Photo, Sturbridge, Massachusetts More Photos
Quote: Located southwest of Boston and northeast of Hartford, Sturbridge MA offers a trip into yesterday with plenty of activities for today.

Stopping Time in Sturbridge Massachusetts

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Overview

Earth Spirits Photo, Sturbridge, Massachusetts
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The reason most people visit Sturbridge is Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) a recreated New England village circa 1830. It offers year-round activities of interest to all age groups. In the spring, the residents till the fields and plant the crops. In the fall, you can watch these same crops being harvested. To check what activities are currently being offered, you can visit their website Plan a romantic dinner or lunch at the ...Read More

Sturbridge Host Hotel

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Hotel

Sturbridge Host Hotel Photo, Sturbridge, Massachusetts
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When you see a price that is too good to be true, it usually isn’t true. Well, in this case, the price was only $61 for a room that usually goes for over $100. I was a little suspicious, but what the heck, I have stayed here before, so I didn’t expect any surprises. I was wrong -- I didn’t take into account the fact that the hotel was hosting a craft fair on this weekend after Thanksgiving. At first, I wasn’t even sure how we were going to get close enough to check-in, but the traffic police were letting people who were staying at the hotel through. The desk was understaffed and overly busy, and the lobby was full of vendors and customers. It was a zoo. Once we were checked in, we had to find parking,...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 28, 2004

Sturbridge Host Hotel
366 MAIN ST
Sturbridge, Massachusetts 01566
508-347-7393

Publick House Historic Inn

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Restaurant | "Publick House"

Publick House Historic Inn Photo, Sturbridge, Massachusetts
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When I want atmosphere, this is where I go to eat; The Publick House has been serving meals to a hungry public since Ebenezer Craft opened it in 1771. Time has only improved that service. A costumed waitress will seat you in one of the candle-lit dining rooms. There are fireplaces blazing, at least in the spring, fall, and winter. You will be enveloped in wonderful smells. You can easily imagine yourself back in the Colonial period. It is warm and noisy. And there's not just a menu for the Publick House; here, you get a bill of fare. On this cold November day, the specials included...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 28, 2004

Publick House Historic Inn
277 Main St
Sturbridge, Massachusetts 01566
(508) 347-3313

Oxhead Tavern

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Restaurant

Oxhead Tavern Photo, Sturbridge, Massachusetts
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We hadn’t initially intended to eat here, but the half-hour wait promised at the Picadilly Pub sent us across the parking lot. Both of these restaurants are an easy walk from the Sturbridge Host Hotel. We were lucky enough to arrive just as they were clearing the table right in front of the fireplace. It was the perfect beginning. The tavern is a very friendly, family-oriented colonial restaurant. They have an extensive children’s menu, which was a nice surprise in such an attractive restaurant. The ceiling has wooden beams every couple of feet, and the floors are hardwood. The lighting...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 28, 2004

Oxhead Tavern
366 Main St
Sturbridge, Massachusetts 01566
(508) 347-7393

Annie's Country Kitchen

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Restaurant | "Annies Country Kitchen"

Annie's Country Kitchen Photo, Sturbridge, Massachusetts
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What an adorable restaurant this is. We were looking for somewhere a little off the beaten track where we could have a good breakfast. I narrowed it down to two choices and then asked a local which was better. Annie’s was her choice, and since I had previously tried the other restaurant, we decided to try it. I am so glad we did. Just reading the specials board floored me. Apple-walnut-bread French toast, mandarin-orange-and-pecan pancakes, three eggs, and rib-eye steak, country omelet of ham, cheese mushrooms, onion, peppers, and tomatoes. This is only a sample of what was on the board, and this is beyond what is on the regular menu. This has to be one of the best-smelling breakfast joints I’v...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 28, 2004

Annie's Country Kitchen
RR 131
Sturbridge, Massachusetts 01566
(508) 347-2320

Rom's Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Roms"

Rom's Restaurant Photo, Sturbridge, Massachusetts
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Roms is an institution in Sturbridge. Their Wednesday night buffet is legendary, even as far away as Connecticut. Unless you know about it, however, you probably wouldn’t find it. It is away from the hustle and bustle of Route 30 on Route 131. In the summertime, you can do take out without having to do sit down. On the day we were there in November, the dining room was already decorated for Christmas, and again, the Christmas music was playing. There are fresh flowers on all the tables. I had hoped for a window seat, but we were not that lucky this time. There is something very comforting about Rom’s; it reminds me of the kind of restaurant my parents would have taken us to back in the 1950s. T...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 28, 2004

Rom's Restaurant
RR 131
Sturbridge, Massachusetts 01566
(508) 347-3349

Old Sturbridge Village (OSV)

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Attraction

Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) Photo, Sturbridge, Massachusetts
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Bring your imagination and your most comfortable shoes; you are going to be taking a walk back into the world of 1830. Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) is a non-profit living museum founded in 1946. The buildings were brought to this site from all over the country. This is not a real village but rather a recreation of a village of 1830. Your first stop should be the Friends Meeting House. Here you can sit and view an orientation video. This will help you to understand what to expect from your visit. There are 40 structures on over 200 acres of property. This is not a stagnant place, there is always something changing. They are in the process of constructing a small house using the tools of the 1830...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 28, 2004

Old Sturbridge Village (OSV)
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, Massachusetts 01566
(508) 347-3362

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Portland, Connecticut