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Westminster, Massachusetts

Once stationed at Fort Devens Army Base, our proximity to Westminster was fifteen miles and as many minutes. We found a restaurant there, an old saw mill, called The Olde Mill, where the food and view were more than worth the effort in going. We now live about seventy miles from there, but manage to go at least twice a year – New Year’s Eve Day 2014 was our most recent trip and it did not disappoint. The restaurant is situated over water where a falls flows into a wooded stream, and ducks and geese, mostly domestic, live – they are fed left over salad and bread daily. The exit off route 2 is 27 onto Narrows Road, route 140. Turn left at the end of the exit, the restaurant is about half of one mile on the right.

The town of Westminster is like something out of an old-fashioned picture book or early nineteenth century film. The land is not flat, it is composed of rolling hills, twisting roads, woodlands and ponds. It is picturesque wherever you look.

With a present population of around seven thousand, the town was settled in 1737 and incorporated in 1759. The center and surrounding area find quaint and historic homes and other public buildings. The place is serenely charming.

Bordered by Ashburnham to the north, Gardner to the west, Princeton to the south and Leominster to the east, Westminster is conveniently located near major roads, shopping centers, skiing facilities, and absolute beauty. Route 2 west out of Boston takes you there in about one hour, an hour of interest in sights along the way.

Once home to the Westminster Cracker Company, from 1828 until 1970, the town is now host to the Wachusett Brewing Company and Aubuchon Hardware’s major distribution center.

Choose a sunny day, no matter how warm or cold, and treat yourself to a spectacular view while dining, and then browse the gift shop in their stone-walled basement. Aside from your dining experience, take time to drive in the area, enjoy the luxury of quiet charm where pastoral settings await.

Virginia Young – southshorewriter.com

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