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Longfellow's Wayside Inn

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Closed. Will open today at 7:00 AM·7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Mon:7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Tue:7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Wed:7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Thu:7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Fri:7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Sat:7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Sun:7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Longfellow's Wayside Inn has accumulated centuries of history since it opened in 1716. It now houses historic archives as well as dining, lodging and a gift sho... more
Longfellow's Wayside Inn has accumulated centuries of history since it opened in 1716. It now houses historic archives as well as dining, lodging and a gift shop. The restaurant offers a delightful fare of American cuisine. Staying at this Inn enables you to get the feel of the charming medieval age that serves as a pleasant deviation from the fast paced "city-culture." But do not be deceived, this place is no less when it comes to providing modern amenities to its guests. Where, customer satisfaction holds the highest value, Longfellow's Wayside Inn is certainly an obvious choice for comfort stay.... less
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  • SaintChristopherS
    9/2/2019
    I'd been wanting to visit this famous tavern for quite a long time and was finally inspired to do so after listening to a fellow named Adrian Covert talk about his latest book, "Taverns of the America... moreI'd been wanting to visit this famous tavern for quite a long time and was finally inspired to do so after listening to a fellow named Adrian Covert talk about his latest book, "Taverns of the American Revolution" while being interviewed on Liz Covart's podcast, "Ben Franklin's World." In the interview he provided details about the book (I've bought the book--it's a great read and a physical road map for a colonial pub/tavern tour) and spoke about this specific tavern that inspired H.W. Longfellow to reference it in his historic "Tales of a Wayside Inn" (the tavern was known as the Red Horse at that time), the book that contains "Paul Revere's Midnight Ride." One of Adrian's stories dealt with the explanation of why we call "bars"...bars. Like most, I assumed it had to do with the metal railings that we rest our feet or elbows upon while enjoying a beer and some tasty bar snacks. But, no, it has to do with original "public house" owners having to secure their liquor behind "bars" that they would lower down from above the small, booth-like area where they would serve liquor and food. They had to do this because some were sole proprietors who did not want patrons to be tempted to steal from that area whenever the proprietor had to go outside or, at least, away from the booth for an extended period of time. One of the photos with this review shows the "bars" that are mounted above the service area booth in the "bar" in the front room of the Wayside. That room is cozy and homey and very inviting, with artifacts on the walls and the tables. I suppose the pewter mugs hug from the ceiling are those of "locals" who've attained some kind of status, and can enjoy their favorite beer or drink in their very own "glass." There is a side room next to the bar that is set up as a kind of museum exhibit, showing a colonial dinner setting. Also on the first floor, several dining areas. Upstairs are some living history rooms featuring period furniture and a small "museum" of sorts displaying colonial clothing and wares and a few newspaper clippings, one of which provides details about Babe Ruth and a lost piano that may still rest nearby in Willis Pond. Evidently, in the early 1930's Babe tossed the upright piano off his porch and into the pond, and presently...the search continues. The intention of my visit was to view the "bars," enjoy a tasty beverage and take a walkabout. While doing so, I talked to some of the staff, all of whom were friendly (and busy). The grounds were tidy and well-kept and there were lively conversations in the rooms. Had I not had that first St. Peter's Cream Stout, and then another, I would have had the barkeeper mix me a "Coow Woow," that is said to be the first colonial drink dating back to 1664, but I had an hour-and-a-half drive (I'd golfed 18 holes at nearby Wayland GC) home and I did not want that to be a swerve-laden adventure. So, next time around, a Coow Woow and dinner.... less
  • Fay D
    8/23/2019
    Joining friends at the Wayside Inn for lunch, I ordered the pot roast with gravy, squash and a baked potato . It tasted delightful! Everyone enjoyed their entrees and their choice of ice cream for ... moreJoining friends at the Wayside Inn for lunch, I ordered the pot roast with gravy, squash and a baked potato . It tasted delightful! Everyone enjoyed their entrees and their choice of ice cream for dessert. They were also enchanted with the history of the place and the old antiques scattered throughout the various ground floor rooms. I would love to return there again soon!... less
  • kimberly l
    8/2/2019
    We go here to dine for our anniversarys each yr but being our 25 th we spent the night in the inn.the staff was as always amazing. They go above and beyond to accommodate needs.the rooms are Soo beaut... moreWe go here to dine for our anniversarys each yr but being our 25 th we spent the night in the inn.the staff was as always amazing. They go above and beyond to accommodate needs.the rooms are Soo beautifully simple..a step way back in time.very peaceful yet friendly. The food is amazing here everything is.give yourself this awesome experience !... less
  • WHS-Eagle
    6/7/2019
    We made reservations at Longfellow's Wayside Inn with some trepidation about staying in a 300 year old facility. However, our experience was great! We thoroughly enjoyed staying for five days. Our ... moreWe made reservations at Longfellow's Wayside Inn with some trepidation about staying in a 300 year old facility. However, our experience was great! We thoroughly enjoyed staying for five days. Our room was immaculate and furnished with antiques -- the mattress was not an antique -- it was firm and comfortable. The staff were professional, friendly and helpful. Breakfasts were great with a menu that allowed us to select different items each morning. We will return on our next trip to the Boston area.... less
  • Bret L
    4/29/2019
    This is the first time we ate here in over 25 years. The meal was absolutely SUPERB... We had crab cakes as an appetizer, a salad and steak and a lobster tail. Just delicious. The steak was served dry... moreThis is the first time we ate here in over 25 years. The meal was absolutely SUPERB... We had crab cakes as an appetizer, a salad and steak and a lobster tail. Just delicious. The steak was served dry, which is how I like it... We also were lucky to witness a line of minutemen firing their muskets, which was such a historic treat. I believe the building was erected in 1732 or thereabout ?... less