WELCOME to the country roads of North Central Massachusetts. On the weekend of December 5-6, 2015 you are invited to visit our 19 shops for a fun-filled Christmas tour. Relax, shop to your heart's content at locally owned businesses and share the holiday cheer. Enjoy the hospitality, charm and warmth of family stores where folks are truly glad you stopped by. Be sure to pick up your free stamp card at any shop. Have your card stamped at each stop and be eligible to win great prizes.
This year's prizes:
Grand Prize: a beautiful handmade quilt by Bev Ferran of Heather Croft Quilt Shack with gifts and gift certificates from our shops valued at over $900
Second Prize: a collection of gifts and gift certificates valued at over $400!
Third Place Prizes: nineteen winners will receive a $10 gift certificate redeemable at a designated shop!
Be sure to visit and welcome our newest members, Petersham Art Center, Steeple Antiques, and A Thyme and A Place.
Customers are invited to cruise our beautiful back roads as they visit one of a kind country shops that believe in preserving old New England traditions. The farm stands, craft shops, and eateries participating in Country Roads will offer trees, wreaths, local food, baked goods, hand-made wood crafts, antiques, rural home decorations, fabrics, hand-crafted garments, and many other quality gifts.
Our Country Roads shops are family businesses that joined together in 2005 with a common desire to promote and support the local community. The 19 shops are about 27 miles from Worcester, 32 miles from Keene, NH, 56 miles from Springfield and just 60 miles from Boston! Pick up our brochure to view a map and more details about each of the wonderful businesses included in this tour of North Central Massachusetts! Most businesses are open year-round, though regular business hours may vary seasonally and from store to store.
Hartman’s Herb Farm & Bed & Breakfast
1026 Old Dana Road
Hartman's is a family owned and operated gift shop, bed & breakfast, and also others a beautiful post & beam wedding/function room. We offer custom made dried flower wreaths, centerpieces and arrangements, gift items and baskets, jellies, preserves and spices, as well as fresh herbs and perennials. Classes offered in fall and winter.
250 Ward Hill Road
Country Antiques is a quaint little shop with an unusual array of primitives, glassware and collectables. Take a nice country drive and enjoy our beautiful view of Wachusett Mountain.
We are open only by chance or by appointment. Please give us a call.
58 Rice Road
Krafters Krossing has been open since 2006. Being a consignment shop brings in lots of local talent. Chris's eye for style is apparent as you enter the shop and find something special. Florals, hand painted signs, wood furniture, jewelry and so much more fill the store. Kirk has discovered his talent for repurposing and hand painting furniture. Special orders are welcome.
Country Pantry Restaurant & Gift Store
2291 West Street
Country Pantry is a family owned and operated full service restaurant with a 60's diner atmoshere and quaint tiki bar. Shop our two room gift shop filled with unique gifts and a running train while we prepare a home cooked meal for you. We also have outdoor dining.
Heather Croft Quilt Shack
633 Patriot Road
Heather Croft Quilt Shack is a cozy shop full of Bev Ferran’s hand-made quilts and crafts. Over 1000 bolts of fabric grace the shelves. Purchase rug wool by the pound and sign up for lessons with Bev. A great stop for quilters and non quilters alike.
The Kitchen Garden
268 Baldwinville Road
The Kitchen Garden is a New England country store with a touch of Scandinavia. Homemade baked goods fresh from our kitchen and a great cup of coffee is always a treat. Finnish coffee bread is our specialty. You'll also find a treasury of books, specialty foods and gift items, many of them made right here in New England, seasonal fresh produce, local cheeses, and so much more! We are open year round and closed on Mondays.
Whiting Farm began as a Christmas tree plantation on family land. Take an old-fashioned family outing to our plantation where you can chose and cut your own Christmas tree. Stop by our Carriage Shed Gift Shop for directions to the tree farm. Spend a few minutes looking through our one of a kind shop where you can purchase one of our precut trees, handmade green wreathes or kissing balls!
King Phillip Restaurant
35 State Road
The King Philip Restaurant is a full service restaurant featuring an American style menu. Relax in our lounge and enjoy our spectacular fireplace; catch some live music on weekend evenings. Our Motor inn has 12 comfortably furnished rooms. Dairy Bar open seasonally.
Valley Florist and Gift Shop
1 Valley Dr, Rte 101, Templeton, MA
Family owned full service florist. 7 greenhouses and gift shop. We've specialized in flowers for all occasions for over 55 yrs. Homegrown annuals, perennials, and vegetables in spring. Gifts, wreaths, and center pieces.
Down to Earth Nursery
450 Royalston Road
Down To Earth is a family owned nursery and gift shop. We specialize in annuals, perennials, holiday greenery and hand crafted wood products made on site by Dave. Be sure to order early for our famous kissing balls, wreaths and greenery arrangements.
Country Folk Gift Shop
162 Baldwinville Road
Country Folk Gift Shop is a family owned and operated gift shop nestled into Templeton Furniture. We have 2 rooms of country style gifts displayed in and on our furniture for great decorating ideas. Much of our high quality furniture in the gallery is locally made. Stop by and enjoy our friendly atmosphere while you shop.
Red Apple Farm
455 Highland Avenue
Red Apple Farm is a 4th generation New England family farm. Our farm stand and store, open July through December, is full of country goodness and charm. In addition to picking your own fresh fruit in season, we feature fresh baked goods, home-made fudge, hot cider doughnuts, all natural cider, farm fresh fruits and vegetables, and locally made products in our store.
Smith’s Country Cheese
20 Otter River Road
Smith’s Country Cheese is a farmstead cheese producer. The milk used to produce our Gouda, Cheddar, and Havarti cheeses comes from our 200 Holstein cows. At our retail store you can purchase our cheese, other New England cheeses, our own ground beef, Aristocrat chicken pies, Yankee Candles, along with many unique gift items.
7 Central Street
Experience a feeling of yesteryear. Enjoy browsing two floors of antiques, vintage and decorative treasures in an 1850’s bank building. There’s something for everyone, collectables, a gift to give, a great find to take home. It’s all here with great prices and friendly helpful services.
We are a select consignment group shop, always looking for unique treasure. Open Wednesday through Sunday 11-5.
On The Common
Templeton, MA 978-939-5460
36 Baldwinville Road
Templeton, MA 978-939-5386
Country Mischief is a treasure trove of 18 rooms filled wall to wall with antiques, furniture, primitives, lighting and great gift ideas. Enchanting for all ages, make sure you have plenty of time to peruse both of our historic antique buildings. Enjoy our wonderful restaurant where we serve breakfast and lunch.
Petersham Art Center
8 North Street
Over 100 years of art, craft, education, and sales. Open year round Wednesday – Sunday 12pm – 4pm.
137 Patriots Road
A group shop with over 25 dealers in an 1853 church. Open year round.