Editor’s Note: This story is part of an occasional series examining important sites and activities available in various communities in the MetroWest and Milford area.
Whether you’re in the mood for history, the outdoors, or just chilling out with a local beer, here are some ideas for things to do in Milford from sunrise to sunset.
According to “History of the Town of Milford” by Adin Ballou, published in 1882, the town was originally the “eastern part of the town of Mendon” or the “eastern quarter” and Mendon’s break to form the town of Milford was tempted. more than once in several decades. Milford officially became a town in 1780. Memorial Hall – the building that now houses the Historic Commission – was constructed from Milford pink granite, a unique igneous rock found in the area.
The Milford Historical Commission was established in the early 1970s and has a collection of Civil War artifacts, musical instruments, articles written about the town, and resources to study local history and genealogy . The museum is open from 1 pm to 4 pm on Thursdays and the Memorial Hall building itself has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1985. Milford Town Hall has also been on the Register since 1977.
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Take a donut
For early risers, Basic Batch Donuts recently opened, but it’s already a popular stop for donut lovers. The store might not have existed without the pandemic, however. According to the Basic Batch website, owner Christina Larson had made donut pop-ups but did not commit to opening a bakery until she was laid off due to the pandemic.
The store offers six basic flavors – fruity pebbles, chocolate cake, honey glaze, blueberry cake, maple bacon, and chocolate glaze – and offers other flavors throughout the year. The menu also includes holiday specials like “MOMosa”, with blood orange champagne frosting, offered on Mother’s Day, so there are always new favorites on the horizon for you. frequent customers. Social media is the best way to stay up to date with what the store has to offer every day.
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The donut shop also sells pop pies with unique flavors and celebrates every Wednesday with a creme brulee donut. The boutique opens at 6 a.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and at 7 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The store stays open until 1 p.m. or as soon as the donuts run out.
Get the ball rolling
For an evening of fun and games, Milford’s PiNZ Bowl offers everything from bowling to a bar. It offers weekly specials, including discounted tacos on Tuesdays and an anecdote night. It also offers ax throwing. A reviewer of the ax throwing experience wrote: “Our group had a blast and we will definitely be back!” PiNZ is open until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and until 10 p.m. on weeknights.
For other evening dining options, Caffé Sorrento’s Italian restaurant on Central Street is bustling and looking to hire waiters for its dining room. For an afternoon picnic, Nelly’s Sandwich Shop offers take-out meals with pizzas and sandwiches.
Have a local, locally sourced beer
On Industrial Drive, CraftRoots Brewing opened in 2017. It remains Milford’s only brewery and, according to the Brewers Association, was among the fastest growing breweries in the country in the year it opened. Founded by Maureen Fabry and his wife Robin, the brewery favors the use of local ingredients and is easily accessible just off Interstate 495.
Although the brasserie allows customers to bring their own food, it often offers food trucks and pop-ups, as well as live music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The Upper Charles Trail, which runs through Milford, is a 13.2 mile trail with asphalt and crushed rock, perfect for a leisurely stroll, roller skating, mountain biking, or fat bike riding. The trail remains a work in progress, with hopes that it will one day cover nearly 25 miles, connecting nearby towns and villages, including Ashland and Framingham, along an old railway line.
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According to TrailLink.com, Fino Field in Milford is a good place to take the trail, which has ample parking and bathrooms. While you’re at it, you can also enjoy the Fino Field Memorial Town Pool. Check ahead to determine if your road bike has tires wide enough to ride on unpaved portions of the trail, or just stick to the asphalt. Head over to Milford Bicycle for local bike tune-ups and advice. The shop also organizes social bike rides on Wednesdays and Sundays alternately, weather permitting.
There are also the mountain biking trails in Milford, which are mountain walking and biking trails through protected wilderness.