Round up the guys and check into the stylish and modern Aloft in Framingham. Hangout and chillax in the WXYZ Bar right in the lobby. Mix it up over cool music, plenty of sports screens, cozy seating, or even play a round of pool. The hotel even has a heated saline pool and fitness center.
Head out to the Framingham Station Brazilian Steakhouse and immerse yourself in the rustic charm of Southern Brazilian farm tables. Gaucho chefs elegantly circulate the dining room presenting a continuous selection of churrasco delights from picanha to ribs, lamb, pork, chicken, and sausages – all seasoned and fire-grilled to perfection.
Start your day with a round of indoor golf at KOHR Golf. With hundreds of golf courses available through their state-of-the-art simulator, you can play virtually anywhere in the world without leaving their cozy facility. Once your competitive juices are flowing, discover the ultimate destination for sports enthusiasts, foodies, and arcade aficionados at Dave & Buster’s. With a myriad of cutting-edge games and classic favorites, it’s the perfect place to unleash your inner child and challenge your friends to thrilling competitions. From adrenaline-pumping racing games to shooters, air hockey, basketball and more! Plus from mouthwatering burgers and sizzling steaks to refreshing salads and delightful desserts, their diverse offerings cater to every palate.
Get a leg up on your awards pool by catching the short film nominees up for this year’s Academy Awards in The Center for Arts in Natick (TCAN)’s state-of-the-art arthouse cinema room located on the second floor of a historic firehouse from the 1800s.
Finish the evening off at MetroWest’s premier neighborhood spot the Dudley Chateau. Hidden away in a residential neighborhood in Wayland, “The Chat” was originally built in the early 1920s as a private fishing lodge. During Prohibition, it became a speakeasy, complete with a little peephole in the door. After that, it was a men’s drinking club for the likes of baseball greats Babe Ruth and Ted Williams. This local gem serves outstanding burgers like the Cowboy (topped with honey BBQ sauce, melted cheddar cheese and crisp Vildalia onion rings), Mac Attack (topped with homemade four cheese macaroni & cheese and bacon), and the Chat Taco (topped with melted cheddar cheese, homemade pico de gallo, nacho crunch and chipotle mayo).
SUN, FEB. 18:
Start day 3 with a full belly at B Sisters Café, a charming cozy coffee shop with great coffee and delicious food. Try their popular drinks like iced Nutella latte, cortado, B Sisters mocha, or coconut vanilla lavender tea. And grab a breakfast or baked good that is sure to leave you speechless!
Challenge your friends to a game of tech-infused mini golf at upscale Puttshack, newly opened at the Natick Mall. Afterwards, head to Franklin where you can make the rounds for a libations tour. Start at GlenPharmer Distillery, where you can taste their own rum, vodka, gin, whiskey, and more with your lunch in their historic dining room. If you’re lucky, they might have room in their behind-the-scenes tour for you. Then head to La Cantina Winery to taste their Franklin-made wines infused with regional flavors like Cape Cod cranberries and local honey. Last, head to 67 Degrees to sample their craft brews like Wicked P*ssah, a classic New England Style Double IPA with a beautiful straw appearance & amazing tropical aroma, or Epimoni Citra, a hazy Citra IPA with grapefruit, mango, and pineapple flavors. Need to walk off all those tastings? Wander the shops of the Franklin Cultural District before you head out of town.
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