Picnic area half-way between Boston area and Northampton
May 17, 2020 6:34 PM   Subscribe

My grown daughter who lives in Northampton, MA, and I have decided we can't wait any longer to see each other and want to meet--safely--next weekend.

I live just a couple miles west of Boston. We thought we would find a place to meet outdoors for a picnic--no shared food--half-way between our homes. This is probably right around Sturbridge, off Rte. 90. I saw what looks like a nice park, Wells State Park, but it looks like too much hiking may be involved, and I can't find a map which pinpoints specific parking and picnic areas. Does anyone know of a pretty park that might be nice to sit in for a couple of hours to eat and chat? I don't really care if it's out in the woods or in a town.
posted by primate moon to Travel & Transportation around Massachusetts (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This looks nice- Westville Dam. I haven't been there personally. The trails also look wide, which would be helpful if you need to avoid other hikers/picnickers.
posted by pinochiette at 8:07 PM on May 17, 2020 [1 favorite]

I put your locations into Meetways.com and also got Westville Dam.
posted by JoeZydeco at 8:12 PM on May 17, 2020 [1 favorite]

Check out Moore State Park . Just outside of Worcester
posted by vrakatar at 9:59 PM on May 17, 2020

For your own planning purposes, just be aware that while state parks are open most of the facilities are not. That includes bathrooms.
posted by backseatpilot at 4:43 AM on May 18, 2020 [1 favorite]

Most state or town parks have pleasant parking lots, bring folding/ lawn chairs. Or one of you could go early, scope out a good spot, call the other. Have a nice visit.
posted by theora55 at 5:44 AM on May 18, 2020

A couple things to keep in mind - MA has closed all the picnic areas in state parks as well as bathrooms, so that may put limits on your plans.
Quabbin is very pretty, although closer to your daughter (I'm in Northampton as well).
posted by plinth at 6:06 AM on May 18, 2020

Response by poster: These are great suggestions. I think we're going for Westville Dam.

And, yes, I'm keeping the bathroom question in mind; may opt for just using the bushes by the side of the road if necessary. Feels safer at this point.

Thanks, all!
posted by primate moon at 7:44 AM on May 18, 2020

Many Trustees of Reservations properties have reopened, including Rock House Reservation in West Brookfield. That might be a pleasant place to meet up.
posted by brianogilvie at 12:39 PM on May 18, 2020

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