In the charming town of Charlton, MA, there’s plenty to see and do whether you’re a foodie, nature lover or thrill seeker. Ready to explore? You might find your new local favorite or a must-see destination to add to your list after stopping by The Overlook. Here are just a few select examples of what this central Massachusetts town has in store for you.

1. The Fantastic Eats and Breweries

You can start the day eating at Dad’s, a cozy diner that can satiate anyone’s appetite. Take a seat in one of its plaid booths, and then grab a bite of some delicious pancakes, omelet or one of the weekly specials. If you’re still looking to eat out for lunch, visit Francesco’s Italian Bakery for a sub, panini or pasta. Don’t worry about dessert—Francesco’s many cakes will satisfy that sweet tooth. You can even pre-order cakes and cupcakes for your birthday, anniversary or any other special occasion. For dinner, check out the fresh-dough pizza at Family House of Pizza & Seafood and dine in, bring it home or have it delivered to you. Sit in its beautifully lit dining room as you wait for a fresh pizza out of the oven. If you’re a big fan of seafood, consider picking up some of the fresh scallops, shrimp or whole clams from this family-friendly spot.


In addition to the many incredible restaurants, Charlton has plenty of options for every craft beer lover. Consider going to the Tree House Brewing Company website to order your beer or coffee. Then, visit the Tree House Brewing Company’s physical location in Charlton to pick up your delicious beverages. Relax at its spacious outdoor pavilion while sipping your new favorite brew. If you’d rather have your alcohol delivered, consider shopping at Ted’s, where you can get wine, spirits and beer brought straight to your door. Ted’s also offers carry-out if you’re interested in visiting the physical location. You can also experience Perry’s Deli located inside Ted’s large shop. If you’d rather try making a beverage yourself, consider joining The Overlook’s Brew Crew, where members craft their own beer while honing the art of hops through practice and education. Meet new friends and even share a “Senior Moment”—their signature concoction.

2. The Beautiful, Natural Sights

Charlton and the surrounding area is full of fun activities for any adventurous folks. If you’re interested in viewing the beauty of nature, consider visiting one of the many nearby state parks in the Charlton area. Imagine hiking through a charming, wooded path and then camping under the stars. You can do this only 15 minutes from Charlton. Spencer State Forest Park is perfect for a weekend getaway where you can go picnicking, kayaking, canoeing, hunting and more. With nearly 965 acres of woods, rivers and trails, there is plenty of space for you to take part in any outdoor activity.

Another nature-filled attraction is the Charlton Orchards Farm & Winery. Consider visiting the orchard during the fall to select your perfect pumpkin to carve for Halloween. You can also pick blueberries, raspberries, peaches and more throughout the spring and summer. Pick up a fresh fruit pie and a signature wine to serve at your next dinner party. If you’d rather enjoy others’ company without hosting, consider attending one of the Charlton Orchards Farm & Winery’s many tasting events throughout the year.

If you’re looking to make a buddy while out exploring nature, consider joining The Overlook’s walking club, where you can work your body and mind through some of the natural paths through our park-like community. Picture yourself walking side-by-side with new neighbors and friends through a lightly wooded area nearby your home. At the walking club, it’s easy.

3. The Fun-Filled Attractions

While there are plenty of nature-based activities in Charlton, you will also find interesting activities based indoors for all-weather entertainment. Like interactive puzzle games? Consider visiting the nearby Escape the Pike, an escape room for the curious and clever adult. This veteran-run, locally owned business will challenge you with a variety of puzzles, problems and clues to solve. Uncover thrilling mysteries and take part in exciting adventures. If you’re into magical mystery, consider doing the Merlin’s Vision Escape Room, where you will learn about premonitions and visions that you have been having in this fun story. If you’d rather do a more thrilling escape room, consider the Podunk, a journey to find an underground bunker during a solar flare, or Son of the Zodiac, the thrilling story of your escape from the clutches of the son of the infamous Zodiac Killer. Escape rooms are perfect for a group of investigative friends or for the whole family. (Fun day with the grandkids, anyone?)

In addition to all there is to do in Charlton, The Overlook is proud to offer an inspired lifestyle with our many amenities. Visit our 280-seat Performing Arts Center for the latest concert, play or guest speaker. Or keep your body moving at our health and fitness club, exercise classes and heated indoor pool (open year-round). Join any of our resident-run clubs and committees to meet your wonderful new neighbors. The Overlook is one of the top retirement communities in the town of Charlton, MA. We offer many spacious living options for the lively senior looking for his or her next landing spot. If you’re interested in learning more about this exciting opportunity, contact us by calling 866-753-5429 or by clicking here.

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