Hotel at a Glance: Vienna Historic Inn and Restaurant
The Vienna Historic Inn and Restaurant in central Massachusetts has built its reputation on exquisite dining. Inspired by his Polish and Austrian heritage, chef and innkeeper Jonathan Krach prepares dishes from scratch such as Weiner Schnitzel, Hungarian Goulash, Beef Stroganoff, and Lollipop Lamb Chops. Guests can use their dining credit included in this Getaway to sample these award-winning creations in a dining room illuminated by candles and antique wood-burning fireplaces.
- Listed on the National Register of Historic Places: A portion of the three-story mansion was originally built in 1812, and features restored ceiling friezes and antique furnishings
- Accolades: In 2013, Yankee magazine named the B&B the "Best European-style Inn in New England"
- Luxury suites: The hotel offers individual two-bedroom suites with full, private bathrooms.
- Outdoor hangout spots: include a patio warmed by a beehive fireplace and a front porch shaded by a 200-year old dwarf Japanese maple tree
- Call ahead of time to set up extras such as a couples massage, a guided nature walk, or even a private serenade
- A full gourmet breakfast: is served daily
- The resident standard poodle: Skeeter performs tricks for guests, who are also welcome to bring their pets for $25 per pet per night
Southbridge, Massachusetts: Quiet Mill Town near Living Colonial Museums
Southbridge was first settled by Native Americans and Europeans in 1730. One of the first settlers owned a home on the site of what is now Notre Dame Catholic Church, an early 20th-century structure that's a point of pride for this former mill town, and one of its many sites on the National Register of Historic Places. Antique shops, taverns, and a live music hall are also located downtown, and you’ll find miles of hiking and biking trails along the Quinebaug River.
Some of central Massachusetts’ top attractions are also located in the quaint communities nearby. Old Sturbridge Village, situated about three miles north, is one of America’s oldest and largest living museums. The village looks to re-create what New England life was like in the 1840's, and it features a working farm, three water-powered mills, and nearly 40 antique buildings.