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The History of Restaurants in America

Restaurants today are such common place that it is easy to take their existence for granted. Can you imagine a time in society when restaurants did not exist? That’s right, at one point in time (not very long ago, we might add) the idea of “going out to eat” was nonexistent in our society.  Today, we will discuss the growth the history of restaurants in America, and how they got their start from inns and taverns. (more…)

Something Old, Something New: The History Behind Wedding Traditions

We’ve all heard it before, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe”, but where did these common wedding traditions come from? (more…)

Expert Tips for Storing Produce

We all face a similar problem from time to time: the fresh produce bought at the grocery store somehow makes its way to the back of the fridge behind the tubs of frosting and packages of bacon. (more…)

3 DIY Christmas Ornaments You Can Make at Home

There is no decoration better than a homemade Christmas ornament! These ornaments are easy to create, and can be cherished for generations. This holiday season, create these unique ornaments for your home or for your friends and family. Each of the following ornaments are straightforward to create, but certainly don’t look it. Happy crafting! (more…)

Dining In: Salem Cross Inn chef shares winter favorite French onion soup

There’s nothing like the pleasures of simple, delicious comfort food when the blustery days of winter roll around. For executive chef Laurent Olivier of the Salem Cross Inn in West Brookfield, a bowl of French onion soup is on his list of favorites when the weather gets cold. The chef grew up in Normandy, France, and lived and worked in London and France before coming to the United States 14 years ago. As a youngster, Olivier said, he didn’t like onion soup... Worcester Living Article By Barbara M. Houle, Correspondent By Christine Peterson, Telegram ...

The History of the First Thanksgiving Feast

When you think of Thanksgiving dinner, what food comes to mind? Turkey? Cranberry sauce? Pumpkin pie? Believe it or not, the foods that we commonly associate with Thanksgiving were likely not the foods that were served at the First Thanksgiving. (more…)

Great Local Farms near Brookfield MA to Visit this Fall

There is nothing more festive in the fall than pumpkins! This weekend, head out into your community and find some pumpkins (as well as other great fall crops) at some of our favorite local farms and farm stands. Then, head on home to bake and carve! (more…)

Apple Picking in Central Massachusetts

It’s that time of year again! The cool, crisp fall air is beginning to blow, and colorful leaves swirl around our feet. The one thing we love more than the great weather? Apple picking!There are plenty of wonderful autumn destinations in Central Massachusetts, so grab your friends and family this weekend and head out to some of our favorite farms, such as Breezeland Orchards, Brookfield Orchards, and Ragged Hill Orchard. (more…)

Foodies Magazine

Salem Cross Inn has been featured in Foodies of New England magazine -- Our article "Salem Cross Inn, True New England Hospitality" starts on page 54.

Memorable New England Staycation Ideas for the Family

How many times have you come home from a trip and thought to yourself, “I need a vacation after that vacation”? While travel is an important part of a culturally-rich life, many of us will live our entire lives without ever fully-experiencing the region in which we call home. Considering all of the rich history our corner of the Earth has to offer, that’s a shame. So instead of jetting off to the hot travel destination of the moment, plan a New England staycation! Pack the kids in the car and visit some of the amazing sights right here in Southwest Worcester County. ...