In one week it will officially be my birthday! The actual day will be spent at the New York Renaissance Faire, but I have another free day open for adventure. Now that I know the Montague Bookmill exists, I doubt I’ll spend that day anywhere else.
Montague is a small town just north of Deerfield and only about an hours drive from me. The town itself is filled with colonial era homes and businesses that line a quiet main street. There are old farm houses set against rolling hills, walking/hiking/biking trails, and a winding river surrounded by lush forests. There is so much New England charm is this quaint little town, it’s almost unfair.
The Bookmill itself is housed in the old Grist Mill on the banks of the Sawmill River. From the street, you cross a bridge that gives you spectacular views of the property and river. Once inside, there are hidden reading nooks (and non-hidden ones) everywhere you look. There is no shortage of armchairs in front of windows looking out over the river. You can also set up in the mill’s Lady Killigrew cafe with one of the used books you purchased and a tea or beer. The Killigrew makes outstanding grilled sandwiches — just make sure to order before you’re too hungry because everyone seems to find their way here for lunch.
If you’re in the mood for something more than a sandwich, there actually is another restaurant connected to the mill on the river side of the building: The Alvah Stone.
When you’re finished eating and browsing books there’s another building that houses Turn it Up, a used music and video store and on the second floor, Saw River Mill Arts.
While there’s a lot to do in the area (we were visiting Deerfield-see previous post) give yourself enough time to enjoy all the little treasures the mill has to offer. I plan on exploring more of Montague on my next visit. The area is perfect for solo adventurers to explore the quiet side of New England.
What are some of your favorite places to visit on solo adventures?