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.
To preserve the atmosphere for all visitors, we restrict gatherings to groups of less than 16 people. 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. These events finance the beauty of our farm and the improvements made over time. As an event venue, we consider any gathering of more than 16 people to be an event which must be coordinated by our planners just like any other event venue. The fact that our venue is outside and on our farm does not alter our rights to control the use of our property and investment.
As a courtesy, we allow small gatherings of 16 people or less to enjoy our farm and picnic grounds. Groups or gatherings of more than 16 people will not be allowed to set up on our picnic grounds and we will 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 hosting your private functions.
Our rules are strictly enforce 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.
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.
We believe that it is totally unreasonable to visit any 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 totally inappropriate to bring outside alcoholic beverages onto private property. 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.
FOOD • You may bring your own food and soft drinks which may be consumed on the picnic grounds which are located on the lawns. On Saturday and Sunday when our Food Stand (JAAS) is open for service, the Covered Patio and Porch Areas will now be restricted to food, wine and beer purchased directly from Nashoba included the Food Court, Retail Shop and J’s Restaurant.
Please note that 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.
We absolutely reserve the right to restrict the use of certain tables to the consumption of foods that we sell. We also 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 picnic tables or Patio and Porch tables and do not allow people to reserve tables if they are not physically on site at all times. Tables on the Patio and Porch cannot be relocated or combined.
When and if you move picnic 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.
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, foods and hosted functions 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.
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.