4 Fall Outdoor Dining Spots in Central Mass


Outdoor Dining | Central Mass Mom

Many restaurants are operating indoor dining with limited seating, but that doesn’t mean that everyone feels comfortable eating inside a restaurant yet.  To address these concerns, local businesses are providing options and safeguards to enjoy a meal out.  Here are four recommendations for outdoor dining in Central Mass:

Wachusett Mountain, Princeton

Get out for a hike, enjoy the Skyride and get a bite to eat at Wachusett Mountain.  Wachusett Mountain is a Fall favorite in Central Mass with multiple trails and foliage scenery galore.  Check out their events page for Food Truck Fridays, Cruisin’ Cars and O’Brien’s Grill in this beautiful setting.

KRO’s On The Common, Templeton

Located in historic Templeton Center, KRO’s On The Common is a newly established restaurant in a 200+ year-old Colonial home that was formerly a breakfast/lunch/antique shop.  The menu rotates and features local, seasonal ingredients with specials posted regularly on social media.  They offer picnic table dining on a first-come, first-serve basis, online ordering, or make a reservation for one of their weekend evening events in Gail’s Garden.

Red Apple Farm, Phillipston

Wander the apple orchards of this beautiful farm and pick your own apples, pumpkins, and sunflowers.  This farm also features a country store with apple cider donuts to die for, handmade fudge, and other local goodies.  For the main course, their Brew Barn features outdoor dining of BBQ food with local beers, wines, and music.

Stonecow Brewery, Barre

Offering field to flame BBQ food, local beer, kombucha, and more, Stonecow Brewery is a nice family destination.  Walk around the farm, listen to live music, see the animals, and get the kids ice cream.  There are food and fun for all ages.  You can dine on local and seasonal grub in their wide-open barn or out on the patio overlooking rolling hills of farmland.

Importantly, make sure to check out the websites of destinations ahead of your visit to familiarize yourself with their most up to date procedures regarding COVID-19.  Businesses are working hard to accommodate customer concerns and government policies.  Some of the requirements include things such as making reservations ahead of time, social distancing, and of course, wearing a mask.  Happy Fall!


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Colette lives in Winchendon with her husband, four children, dogs, and chickens. After 17 years of working in the Criminal Justice field, Colette left her full-time career to be more present at home and will be continuing to teach CJ students as a college adjunct instructor.  A fan of baking for as long as Colette can remember her mom and grandmothers lifting fresh Irish bread from the oven, she is the recipe developer, food photographer & chocoholic at Sundaybakers.com where she strives to create accessible and joyful recipes for busy homes. Passionate about wellness, fitness, and her Catholic Faith, she believes that a good workout, quiet time with God, and a hot cup of coffee set her up for a great day. Colette wishes she was better at gardening and she loves checking out the local food scene when she isn’t chasing kids or trying to get them out the door on time.


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