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Harvest Cafe is a community-minded space with local art on the walls and local coffee in the pots. It's just as welcoming a spot whether you want to sink into a couch with a cup of coffee and read the paper, or grab a table and eat some simple but well crafted food.

During brunch hours, servers trot out harvest french toast, smoked salmon benedict, and Red Barn coffee along with classic mimosas. Dinner here skews towards comfort food—hand-packed burgers, baked mac 'n' cheese with chili, and Boar's Head reuben—but there's always something on the specials menu like a filet of roasted salmon with dijon or house-marinated steak tips to keep the sandwiches and pasta company. The lounge is the more casual spot, with board games and plenty of light so folks can read or name their favorite photons. Every now and again, Harvest Cafe hosts open-mic nights for musicians and invites local bands and theater troupes to entertain guests.

40 Washington St
Hudson,
MA
US

A haven for exotic animals rescued from neglect or abandonment, Animal Adventures lets visitors interact with its furry and scaly refugees, teaching them firsthand to appreciate and respect the earth's diverse wildlife. Working with a rotating cast of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and marsupials, animal experts regale audiences with facts and the backstories of each animal, such as how they were rescued and which cartoon representative of their species best captures their regional accent. Though its denizens regularly find new homes, Animal Adventures's altruistic menagerie has included a massive alligator snapping turtle, a canadian lynx, and an asian water monitor. The sanctuary also offers day camps for youngsters looking to get closer with the animals, and an animal-adoption program for adults looking to support the cause by taking a critter home and putting it through college.

336 Sugar Rd
Bolton,
MA
US

In business for more than two decades, GS Audio Wurks enlists expert technicians to customize vehicles of all shapes and sizes with convenient amenities that range from remote starters and tracking systems to Bluetooth hands-free sets and window tints. During harsh winter months or after nights parked in a fridge, drivers can hop into a warm and already-running vehicle with an expertly installed CompuStar system, whose discreet remotes may also be programmed to lock and unlock doors from up to 3,000 feet away. Conversely, Madico tints prep vehicles for sunshine by blocking more than 66% of solar heat and nearly 100% of ultraviolent stingrays trying to wriggle through windows. In addition to readying cars for all kinds of weather, GS Audio Wurks' technicians buff up leather interiors and maintain rides with a retinue of detail services.

150 Lowell Rd
Hudson,
NH
US

Dr. Naz Tofigh—who has worked in private practice for more than 15 years—fuses style with science in her dental studio, Thirty-2 Advanced Dentistry. The office’s chic decor spans the wing chair–filled waiting room to the sleekly designed treatment areas. Her staff of specialists—an endodontist and an oral and maxillofacial surgeon—resolves complex maladies in-house, rather than outsourcing them to specialized practices or blaming toothaches on surly tongues.

The studio’s services, like its philosophy, combine aesthetics with solid know-how. Cosmetic dentistry treatments range from subtle, smile-straightening Invisalign retainers to whitening treatments. Dr. Tofigh also complements her offerings with other treatments, such as root canals and cleanings that liberate plaque from teeth.

312 Main St
Hudson,
Massachusetts
US

Schartner Farms has a history that stretches even longer than its annual corn maze. After immigrating to the United States in 1902, the Schartner family settled in Bolton and opened a farm. For the next century, multiple generations of the family milked cows and filled the soil with seeds to grow fruits, vegetables, and cheeseburgers. The farm became something of a local landmark, and in 2006, the town of Bolton and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts designated it an Agricultural Preservation Restriction Farm.

Today, the fourth generation of Schartners runs the farm. Aside from the signature corn maze, they invite visitors to pick apples, ride ponies, and relax on hayrides, which wind past the property's forests, fields, and ponds.

211 West Berlin Road
Bolton,
MA
US

With the largest collection of Russian icons in North America, this museum gives its visitors a glimpse into an important part of Russian culture in play since the year 998. It houses more than 700 Russian artifacts, and also encompasses a research library and archive with a collection that spans six centuries. Onsite classes let interested parties delve even more deeply into the artifacts’ context and history, and the three-story building’s elevators and other amenities render it fully accessible to patrons in wheelchairs and on unicycles. Today, the museum spans 16,000 square feet and includes an old mill building, though over the years it has expanded to encompass extra gallery space, a tea room, and a performance area dedicated to cross-cultural understanding.

203 Union St.
Clinton,
MA
US

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