Coach Tour Local Area Highlights

Quaboag Hills Region

Breezelands Orchards ~ Take a tractor ride through the orchard then pick your own apples,  Visit the farm stand stocked with whatever is fresh from the harvest. Open August thru Thanksgiving. Call 413-436-7100 

Brookfield Orchards ~ Visit the farm stand or pick your own apples.  Browse through the country store.  Open year round. Call 508-867-6858  

Quabbin Reservoir ~ an amazing “accidental wilderness” with an equally amazing history when its creation caused four towns to be  “drowned.”  The great city of Boston and 45 surrounding towns gets its water supply from the Quabbin.  The bald eagle flies freely here.  Step on guide available on motorcoach tours through Salem Cross Inn.

Oakwood Farm Christmas Barn ~  A unique collectible emporium filled with Christmas enchantment.  Worth the trip!  Open May – December. Call 508-885-3558

The Purple Onion ~ A truly enjoyable place to browse for gifts, home furnishings, and accessories.  George & Elaine Hibbard 508-867-9400   

Sturbridge Area

St. Anne’s Shrine ~ A beautiful sanctuary for peace and tranquility.  Small church built in 1888 houses a shrine to St. Anne.  Also offers outdoor stations of the cross, grottoes, and icon museum and a gift shop. Contact Jane Gardner at 508-347-7338  

Old Sturbridge Village ~ A living museum depicting a village in the 1800’s. Located at 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA or call 508-347-3362

Pioneer Valley

Yankee Candle Company ~ 16 Candle Way, South Deerfield, MA 01373 or phone 413-665-8306

Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory & Gardens ~ So peaceful and tranquil. 281 Greenfield Rd. South Deerfield, MA  01373

Eric Carle Museum Picture Book Art ~ 125 Bay Rd. , Amherst, MA  01002 or 413-658-1100 

Atkins Farm Country Market ~ Gift shop, bakery, deli, gourmet foods. Route 116 & Bay Rd., S. Amherst, MA contact Pauline Lennon  413-253-9528

Basketball Hall of Fame ~ From the peach basket hoop to the present…the history of basketball.  Interactive exhibits too. 1000 W. Columbus Ave., Springfield, MA  01105 or  877-4HOOPLA

Historic Deerfield Museum ~ Old Main Street, Deerfield, MA  01342 or call 413-774-5581 

Norman Rockwell Museum ~ Route 183, Stockbridge, MA or call 413-298-4100

Blackstone Valley/Central Mass

Willard House & Clock Museum ~ 1718 birthplace and original “clock manufactory” of America’s premier 18th century clockmakers:  Benjamin, Simon, Ephraim, and Aaron Willard.  Benjamin Willard made the first clocks here in 1766. 11 Willard St., North Grafton, MA  01536.

Higgins Armory ~ Weapons and armor from Medieval and Renaissance Europe, feudal Japan and Ancient Greece and Rome. Tapestries, paintings, stained glass and carvings displayed. Watch the sound and light show and try on armor and period clothing.  100 Barber Ave., Worcester, MA  01606 or call 508-853- 6015 

Mechanics Hall ~ Built in 1857, one of the world’s  finest concert halls.  Internationally regarded for its superb acoustics and the home of the oldest music festival in the nation founded in 1859. 321 Main Street, Worcester, MA  01609 call  508-754-3231 

Worcester Art Museum ~ Worcester’s own world class museum chronicles the extraordinary history of human creativity through 50 centuries of fine art, from Roman mosaics to Impressionist paintings, Paul Revere silver, and contemporary art. 55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA  01609 call  508-799-4406 

Vaillancourt Folk Art ~ Santas and other holiday figures are handmade using chocolate molds and then handpainted creating a Christmas collectible. 145 Armsby Rd., Sutton, MA  01590 call  508-865-9183 

Clara Barton Birthplace Museum ~ The childhood home of the founder of the American Red Cross and “Angel of the Battlefield.”  68 Clara Barton Rd., Oxford, MA  01537 call 508-987-5375