Finally spring has arrived and I’ve never been happier to bid farewell to winter. With the weather turning nicer it’s time to start traveling the open roads of New England. Recently, my wife, who is always up for a challenge, was searching for a decent place to take my mother-in-law for her birthday. "We are going to Longfellow's Wayside Inn" she exclaimed. I thought why? I’ve never heard of this place but knew it was in my best interest to not say anything. My wife’s instincts are usually spot on as far as food and travel go but this one left me puzzled.
She then explained that this is a road trip for history and literary buffs since it focuses on Longfellow's Wayside Inn and the surrounding area in Sudbury, Massachusetts. According to their website, this is the oldest active Inn in the United States. The popular Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow spent some time here in the late 1800's and this influenced his writings. Now visitors come not only to learn but for you guessed it, the food. With several dining rooms there is plenty to choose from. So, yes, you should go for the history, reading, poems, and beautiful grounds and why not have something to eat while you are there. With that in mind we headed out to the main dining room at Longfellow's Wayside Inn to sample the cuisine.
We started with what they say is the oldest drink in America, The Coow Woon. To say that it was strong is an understatement.
And then Clam Chowder:
Baked scallops with green beans and cheesy potatoes:
Nothing like Yankee Pot Roast, a great comfort food for any hungry traveler.
Here are a few estimated times from select cities:
Hanover, NH about 2 hours and 18 minutes or 130 miles
New York, NY about 3 and a 1/2 hours or 200 miles
York, ME about 1 hour and a 1/2 or 84 miles
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