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Southbridge is a town in southern Central Massachusetts, about 60 miles from Boston. Southbridge is a close-knit community with a downtown area of friendly small businesses. The area was initially inhabited by the Nipmuck and Mohegan tribes, with the Quinebaug River dividing their territories. In 1730, it was settled by Europeans. Water power from the Quinebaug River made Southbridge a good location for sawmills and gristmills in the 18th century, and textile mills in the 19th century. After the Civil War, many immigrants of Irish and French Canadian descent came to work and live there; by the 1930s they had been joined by Poles, Greeks, Italians and others.

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The principal road in Southbridge is Route 131, known as Main Street through downtown and East Main Street past the "AO Rotary" and through Sandersdale, a village on the town's east side. North-south roads include Eastford Road and Elm Street (Route 198), and Worcester Street-Mechanic Street-North Woodstock Road (Route 169). Southbridge was formed out of portions of three of its neighboring towns: Sturbridge to the west, Charlton to the north, and Dudley to the east. The other neighboring towns are Woodstock, Connecticut, and Eastford, Connecticut to the south.

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  • The Notre Dame Church, Main Street. Worthy of being called a cathedral. What used to be a large wooden church on Pine Street in 1870, became church built of white marble bricks, originally intended as tombstones for the Spanish-American war. It was designed by Roman artist Gonippo Raggi and architect Joseph Venne of Montreal.

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  • The Artist Development Complex, [6] and Mill Street Brews, 18 Mill St., +1 508-761-6900, [7]. Three clubs on two floors in one building. Lots of entertainment. Local, regional, and national acts performing on multiple stages. There's stuff going on here practically every night of the week.
  • Sturbridge Coffee Roasters Cafe, 210 Hamilton St. (in the Flat Iron Building), +1 508-765-5520,[8]. Music and poetry on various nights of the week. Best coffee around. Period.
  • Walk the Westville Dam and Recreation Area - Off South Street is a beautiful and peaceful 2 mile loop. Sturbridge/Southbridge lines with picnic area, kayaking, fishing and sports field.
  • Gateway Players, 111 Main Street, 507-764-4531, [1]. Gateway Players is an all volunteer, non-profit, educational community theater organization that brings theater performances and workshops to Southbridge and surrounding communities. Gateway Players is located in a refinished barn behind the Arts Center on 111 Main Street.  edit

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  • 12 Crane Pastry Studio, 12 Crane Street. Offers a wide variety of artisian breads and breakfast pastries, as well as pies, tarts, muffins, cupcakes and more. Wedding and Celebration cakes can also be orderd. This is a "from scratch" bakery that takes great pride in the products they sell.
  • Central Pizza, 55 Central Street, 508-765-5545, [2]. A clean, air-conditioned, open-dining pizzeria. A full menu that includes pizza, pasta, sandwiches, and baklava. Sells wine and beer. Delivers from 11am - 2:00pm & 4:00pm, and a half hour before closing.  edit
  • Fedele's Coffee Shop and Restaurant, 13 Central Street, 508-764-8019. A small, casual, family style diner that serves fresh, homestyle breakfast and lunch. The atmosphere is warm and friendly.  edit
  • Vienna Restaurant and Historic Inn (Open Christmas Day and Christmas Eve), 14 South Street - Rt. 131 (Exit #1 off 1-84 East, take right at end of ramp, and quick left onto Mashapaug Rd. (which turns automatically into South Street at top of Mountain), at about 3.7 miles you'll pass Harrington Hospital, at bottom of hill turn left, just before traffic light right into our driveway), 508 764-0700, [3]. 24/7. Formal but not no attitude! Be pampered with White linen, candle light, and wood burning fireplaces. Viennese cuisine such as Wiener Schnitzel, Goulash Soup, Rabbit, sausages, tafelspitz, Chicken Paprika, Jager Schnitzel, Trout, Roasted Duckling and Rouladen as well Steaks and Seafood such as seared Sea Scallops and Grilled Salmon. Chateaubriand served table-side. Homemade desserts and tortes with mod-expensive.  edit

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  • Vienna Restaurant and Historic Inn (Sturbridge Area Restaurants), 14 South Street - Rt. 131 (Exit 1 off 1-84 to Mashapaug Rd. for 4. miles, just 1 block past Harrington Memorial Hospital at the end of South Street, just before traffic light.), 508 764-0700, [4]. 5-9 p.m. Tues - Friday, Saturday, 5-10 p.m., Sunday 2-6 p.m.. White linen, candlelit and wood burning fireplaces make this a natural choice for a romantic dinner. Serving authentic Austrian dishes such as Wiener Schnitzel, Beef Stroganoff, Kalbshaxe, Boar Shanks, Rack of Lamb and Chateaubriand served table-side, Goulash Soup moderate to expensive.  edit

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  • Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center, 14 Mechanic Street, 508-765-8000, [5]. Opened in 2002, this hotel is expanded from the beautiful 100 year old American Optical Company which has been preserved as a focal point of Southbridge. Contains a state of the art Focus Fitness Center, Shades Lounge, Crystal Ballroom, and Prism Auditorium. All named after the historical optical company. A lovely hotel that blends the old with the new.  edit

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  • The Vienna Restaurant & Historic Inn, 14 South St., +1 508-764-0700, [9]. Five rooms all with private bath. Two-room suites, equipped with living rooms and dining available in your room. Restaurant featuring Austrian, German, Swiss and French cuisines. Steak & Seafood is also available every day with an inspired chef's dish. In summer months there is outdoor dining by the fire!

prices 145 - 225 including package of full gourmet breakfast, hors d'oeuvres and a cocktail on arrival

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