Visiting and Using our Picnics Grounds
Nashoba has become a destination for families and friends wanting to enjoy our farm and vineyard which overlooks the incredible Town of Bolton, Massachusetts. We invite you to share our land with others on the 360 days a year that we are open. Our farm is a family friendly (click for definition) where we strive to create a positive sharing environment to gather and relax. We view our farm and grounds as a meeting place for friends to enjoy a quiet day in the countryside, sipping our handcrafted wines, beers and spirits, and enjoying food and the peacefulness of Bolton.
Please appreciate that one of the least enjoyable aspects of allowing people to gather on our farm is the need to enforce our rules so we really appreciate our friends and customers that take a moment to read this page and understand what is allowed and what is appropriate. The picnic grounds are intended to complement our winery and the revenue generated from sales of our wines, beers, spirits and foods which support our farm and preserve the beauty of our grounds. We are privately owned so it is important to appreciate that we do not see ourselves as a public park. Our farm is our home and we invite you to our home with the understanding that we have a few house rules that need to be followed.
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES – You cannot bring your own alcoholic beverages onto the property as we only allow the consumption of alcoholic beverages that are produced by Nashoba Valley Spirits under our Farmer’s Winery and Farmer’s Brewery permits. Not only is it a violation of our liquor license to allow the consumption of alcohol not produced by us to be consumed on the premises but our farm is sustained through the sale of our wines, spirits and beers.
Please appreciated that we believe that it is totally unreasonable to come to a winery, brewery, or distillery and bring your own alcoholic beverages just like it would be unreasonable to go to a restaurant and bring your own food. We do not consider this as a small infraction that can simply be ignored because our farm’s licenses and your enjoyment of our farm is founded on the assumption that reasonable people understand and respect the laws and understand that it is not appropriate to bring outside alcoholic beverages onto private property that is sustained by the sale of the wine, beer and spirits that it grows and produces on site. If you bring other alcoholic beverages onto the property, we will confiscate your beverages and you will be asked to leave. No exceptions. Please accept our apology in advance if we enforce this rule without the appearance of an understanding disposition.
Family Gatherings, Outings and Celebrations In addition to being a winery, brewery, distillery, orchard and restaurant, we are also a venue for Private Events that are organized through our event planners and help us pay for the beauty of our farm. As an event venue, we do not allow people to host large gatherings at our farm without being coordinated by our planners just like you would not enter a restaurant expecting to take over its dining room area. Remember that our farm is private property, just like your home, and we reserve the right to manage how our private property is used by visitors. Groups or gatherings of more than 16 people will not be allowed to set up on our picnic grounds and we limit the number of tables that we allow to be grouped together to two tables which should accommodate about 10 to 16 people. We reserve the absolute right to restrict the use of our tables and to determine the appropriate location of our tables to make the day enjoyable for everyone. If you wish to have a family outing, re-union or gathering of more than 16 people, please contact us to discuss options for private functions. Please appreciated our need to enforce these rules especially on wedding days as we guarantee our bride and groom that they will be the only event taking place on the property during their special day.Request Information about hosting a function.
FOOD • You may bring your own food and soft drinks but we do not allow any sort of grill or cooking equipment on the premises or any other equipment which we deem would pose a risk to other customers. Also, we restrict the use of our patio tables and porch tables to foods purchased from Nashoba Valley and do not allow foods brought in from the outside to be consumed at certain tables. We absolutely reserve the right to restrict the use of certain tables to the consumption of foods that we sell. We offer great picnic lunches that we can prepare for you which will be ready at the time you specify. For information about our picnic lunch menu please click here . By using our services you help preserve our farm!
TABLES We do not reserve tables and do not allow people to reserve tables if they are not physically on site at all times. When and if you move tables and chairs we ask that you return them to their original position when you leave. Remember, we limit the number of tables that we allow to be grouped together to two tables which should accommodate about 10 to 16 people.
During the weekends of mid-September to the end of October, we become extremely busy. The peacefulness of Bolton can become the environment of Disney where lines and people are more plentiful than apples. While these can be enjoyable and fun times, it may not be a suitable time to visit unless you are able to maintain a positive attitude. Our facilities are limited to our physical structure and on certain weekends we will not have enough staff or room to service everyone when they want to be serviced. We promise our customers to do our best to accommodate everyone that visits without turning anyone away. If crowds are an issue then we strongly suggest that you visit on weekdays or on weekends during the months of January through August or during November and December when you will find the peacefulness of Bolton at full bloom.
THROWING OF OBJECTS OR FLYING OF DRONES • We do not allow games that might impose a risk to others including the throwing or tossing of balls or Frisbee’s and we do not allow the flying of drones. We hope that everyone will appreciate that there are many small children and elderly people enjoying our farm also who might be inadvertently injured by a missed ball or Frisbee even if you believe you are the next Tom Brady. You cannot throw rocks or apples into the ponds.
Other Obvious Rules:
Children under the age of 16 are not allowed in the orchard without adult supervision.
The throwing of apples, peaches, other fruit or rocks is not permitted.
You may not eat apples, peaches or other fruit that you have not purchased in advance.
Proper attire and behavior is at the sole discretion of Management.
SIGNAGE • We do not allow signs, flags or banners and definitely do not allow any solicitation.
TENTS • We allow pop up tents on days when we are not offering entertainment and when the wind is below 5 mph.
BUSES OR LIMOUSINES • During the months of September and October we are not able to accommodate buses or limousines on weekends. We also do not allow buses or limousines on the property when we are hosting a wedding.
We do apologize for all of the rules and hope that everyone can appreciate the logic and work with us to enjoy our property accordingly.