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There's This Magical Spot in West Concord, MA...

Old railroad bridge at Nashoba Brook in West Concord, Mass.
Old wooden bridge in West Concord.

Article, photos by Eric Hurwitz created for on 10/24/2021. Find us on Twitter: @newenglandinfo

West Concord, Mass. thrives with a wonderful mix of locally-owed shops, cafes and restaurants. The village-like theme resonates with a bustling scene, perhaps the protocol of what a small-town downtown should look like.

This highly likable section of Concord -- one of the most beautiful, historic small towns in New England  -- pleases, especially the food side of things through places that sell teacakes, homemade breads, health food items, fresh local seafood and homemade ice cream.

What initially seems to be missing, however: a spot to sit back and relax with natural surroundings in full view. A magic place away from the main drag. A pastoral location that every small town or neighborhood should possess.

Nashoba Brook in West Concord, Mass.
Nashoba Brook in West Concord.

It takes a little bit of searching but that special destination in West Concord hides behind an old warehouse anchored by the Nashoba Brook Bakery and Cafe. Wooded wetlands and a cobblestone retaining wall lead to an old wooden footbridge over the Nashoba Brook. It looks like something out of a storybook and also a viable respite from the constant fast pace of the Boston suburbs.

Old wooden bridge accented by flowers in West Concord, Mass.
Old wooden bridge accented by flowers.

The best way to enjoy this scenic splendor is to first enter the cozy Nashoba Brook Bakery and Cafe at 152 Commonwealth Ave. for some coffee or tea, baked goods, sandwiches soups and salads. This dining out spot is a commercial version of a scenic spot with its handsome industrial warehouse looks.

Nashoba Brook Bakery in West Concord, Mass.

The high ceilings, couches and mission style chairs and the sight of an open kitchen with two massive French ovens is quite unique and instantly appealing. And, of course, the homemade bread, is easily one of the best-tasting breads we've experienced in all of New England (start with the sourdough).

Breads from Nashoba Brook Bakery in West Concord, MA.
Breads in the kitchen.

You can take your drink/food of choice to the outdoor dining area, weather permitting, with views of that brook and bridge. For a moment, it feels like you;ve been transported to the heart of New Hampshire or Vermont with nary a thought of the reality of being only 20 miles away from the pulse of one of America's great cities, Boston.

During the pandemic, it's especially important to seek out these type of natural, scenic, unassuming and relaxing places for our own peace of mind. Nice to know West Concord has this type of gem to unwind.

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