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It was a beautiful weekend around these parts, so yesterday my mother, my sister and I grabbed our banjos and headed over to the Bluegrass and Brews festival at the Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, MA.
We went last year and, while fun, it was should-to-shoulder and bordering on too crowded. We made sure to get there early this year and it worked out great – we had a blast!
The winery is beautiful; there is a main building that houses the distillation facilities and a wine shop and there is a deck and tented outdoor space with great views of the orchards. They offer wine tastings and tours of the facilities and there is even a little brewery where they brew their own beer.
The beer was one of the stars of the show on Sunday (we tried the Pumpkin Maple and it was awesome), the other star being the bluegrass band that they had playing in a gazebo. They sure knew their stuff and they had people cutting a rug all day long.
The grounds around the winery are beautiful. The leaves were changing and the fall decorations were up, so we had a great time bopping around and admiring everything.
You are allowed to bring outside food, so a lot of people brought chairs and blankets and set up a picnic. We vowed to remember that last year and pack a picnic to bring with us this year, but we didn’t get our act together in time. Next year!
The festival also offers food, beer, and wine for pretty reasonable prices. If you buy a bottle of wine in the shop, they offer to open it for you and give you glasses and you can stroll the grounds or grab a (hard to come by) table and watch the crowds and the band. We snagged a table on the porch and drank wine, ate lunch, and chatted and people-watched to our hearts’ content.
They do a great job with the festival and I would recommend heading over next year if you’re in the area. All in all, it was a great day!