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Woolly hats, puffy jackets and fleecy gloves are winter necessities, but nothing quite takes the chill out of the air like a warm, toasty drink.
In July of 2014, the Daily Meal published their choices for America’s 50 Best Coffee Shops, naming Boston-based Pavement Coffeehouse and Render Coffee to the list.
Of course, while both Pavement and Render are indeed outstanding, there are quite a few other cafés around the Commonwealth that are excellent in their own right, and all the more appealing as winter sets in.
Here are five to duck into during your travels. Drink up and stay warm, everyone!
Lone Gull Coffeehouse in Gloucester, MA
One of many masterful creations you can sample at Lone Gull via Facebook
Lone Gull Coffeehouse is consistently ranked as one of the top coffee spots along Massachusetts’ North Shore, and for good reason. The café has plenty of java and steamed drink options, complemented by tea, cider, cocoa and smoothies. The pastries are perfect for a morning pick-up, while lunchtime visitors might be more inclined to dive into the scrumptious sandwich selection. For those looking to extend their stay in Gloucester, Cape Ann’s Marina Resort is right nearby.
Lenox Coffee in Lenox, MA
Few restaurants or coffee shops can lay claim to the title of “hidden gem” like Lenox Coffee. Located in the heart of town on 52 Main Street, where plenty of shopping can also be found, Lenox Coffee is a textbook independent coffee shop, with all kinds of drink choices and tasty pastries, as well as ample seating room to boot. The hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. To put up your feet in Lenox, Brook Farm Inn is half a mile away.
Morning brewing inside Lenox Coffee via Meaghan O’Malley on Flickr
Perks Coffee House in Norwood, MA
The self-described “most authentic coffee house experience in the Neponset Valley” is also, without a doubt, one of the best. A local favorite, Norwood’s Perks Coffee House has everything you look for in a café, from a wide beverage selection (coffee, tea, chai, cider) to quick service to a relaxed atmosphere that offers plenty of space. Diners will be most pleased to know that Perks also does serve breakfast and lunch all day every day, with the paninis being especially yummy. For overnights in Norwood, the Hampton Inn is conveniently situated.
Cape Cod Coffee Roasters in Mashpee, MA
Since the 1970s, Cape Cod Coffee Roasters has put a premium on (you guessed it) roasting coffee beans to perfection, and has done it to great effect. Mashpee, Massachusetts is home to the roasting facility, which turns out more than four dozen varietals, ranging from Hawaiian to Toffee Caramel.
French Roast at Cape Cod Coffee Roasters in Mashpee
Those grinds are available both online and in-store, but only visitors have the chance to actually see the process in action. On Cape Cod, lodging availability does vary during the winter months, so if you’d like to stay in Mashpee, it’s best to pick out a spot and then inquire.
Mocha Maya’s in Shelburne Falls, MA
In Shelburne Falls, a village known for its artistry, Mocha Maya’s fits right in, as this shop is equal parts coffee house, pub and music venue. Early in the day, visitors can choose from a variety of classic caffeinated choices, which are made from 100% organic, fair trade beans.
In the evening, a drink from the pub, which stocks both craft beer and wine, might be the best route, especially if there’s a show. Definitely check the website before dropping in, because it can easily help you save 30% on orders. And if you’re staying the night in the area, the Bird’s Nest Bed & Breakfast in Buckland is a 10-minute drive away.
To scope out some more coffee and tea shops in Massachusetts to keep you warm this winter, just click here. You can also take a spin through additional winter activities here.
Which Massachusetts coffee shop tops your list? Let us know below in the comments!