Autumn in the North Cemetery.

Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?

These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.

Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...

...seems to be working so far

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Review Is In...

I'm not a restaurant review writer, but I like to share.

Date night at The Whistling Swan was last last night, and as promised, here is our review:  the meal was fantastic, and the service was stellar.

Mary had the pan seared scallops on risotto , and I had the beef tips on a bed of fettuccine.  The house Pinot Noir was very good as well.  If you have not had a meal at the Swan in while, or since the new folks, Table Three Restaurant Group, purchased the restaurant, I strongly suggest that you do.

You will be very happy you did.

Next weekend, The new Cedar Street Grill.


  1. How was the value for your dollar?

  2. Good question, it came to $89.04 excluding tip. That included one house salad , one Cesar salad, 3 glasses Pinot noir, sirloin tips 17.95, scallops 24.95, and one slice of red velvet cake to split at the end. For fine dining, I would say it was exactly where I expected it to be, so it was a good value. Anything under $100 for dinner for two at a fine restaurant is a value.

  3. So glad to hear that you had a good experience there. Three years ago, my husband and I had the worst Valentine's Day experience there. It was so bad it was comical. It's nice to hear that there has been an improvement since our fiasco! I enjoy your blog!

  4. Nicole, try them again. I am sure it will be nothing like Valentines Day 2008! A lot has been done at the Swan. New chef, new menu, new owners. It does make a difference, and reminds me of the Swan of old.

  5. Nicole, and thank you for reading. ;-)


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