What’s up Roadies? I’m coming to you live from Southbridge, MA. I’m sure you are probably thinking, “Southbridge, MA? Where the heck is that at?” Well you aren’t the only one. Southbridge is a small town about an hour and a half West of Boston with a long history of manufacturing optical products, like eyeglasses and telescope lenses. The town gained the unofficial title of “Eye of the Commonwealth”, and most of it’s residents worked at the American Optical Company until outsourcing pushed business from the US. Now, the historic New England town is known for some pretty cool breweries and restaurants with lots of character.
During the first week, we were all curious about seeing what the little town had to offer. I am a total foodie and was interested in trying some authentic New England cuisine. Our first stop was the Publick House Historic Inn, a cozy inn that prides itself on providing a traditional Northern experience and making you feel right at home. The place still has the original plank wood floors that George Washington was said to have walked on, and also rumored to be haunted 👻. All in all, I really enjoyed the superb service and meeting some of the lively locals.
The next week we were definitely ready to get out and have some fun. American Lanes Bowling Alley was the first stop that was in walking distance from our hotel. We were pleasantly surprised to find out the alley was one that offered duckpin bowling. This traditional New England style of bowling consist of pins much smaller than those used in 10-pin bowling and also a ball, a little bigger than a softball, without holes for your fingers. It took a few tries, but before long I had gotten the hang of it. 😀
Naturally, we couldn’t come to Massachusetts without attending an infamous Red Sox vs. Yankees baseball game. I was really excited since this was my first pro baseball game, and the energy in the place was indescribable. I loved seeing all the die-hard fans cheering on their team, and of course eating and drinking the tasty food. This was definitely one trip I will never forget.