One of my favorite things to do on rainy, semi-chilly early-to-mid Autumn days off (much like today, coincidentally enough! It’s such a relief following the most recent heat wave!) is stop to get a hot coffee and warm up in the comforts of a cozy coffee shop/café. The more rustic and independent, the better- since it breaks up the monotony of the usual chain shops I frequent on my way into the office during the week.
One of my absolute favorites, tucked away just a short distance from my hometown and right around the corner from the historic Old Sturbridge Village (which I’ll be writing about soon!) is Saw Dust Coffee House & Dessert Bar in Sturbridge, Massachusetts- with a second location in Putnam, Connecticut.
Part coffee house, part fully-functioning cocktail bar and part gallery/artisan showcase and live music venue- all within a space designed to feel like a refurbished saw mill- Saw Dust Coffee House features an extensive menu of food, beverages, seasonal treats and more. There’s plenty of comfortable seating both indoors and outdoors, work space for those looking to plug-in and plug away while working remotely or doing some catch-up (as I did over the weekend!) and a spacious bar/lounge area across from a small performance center for live singers/songwriters and bands.
When I stopped by for a mocha-butterscotch latte (SO good!) and an egg, bacon, gouda and avocado breakfast sandwich- there were a couple of local artists/vendors showcasing their work and saying hello to the regulars passing through. It was such a welcoming and friendly environment that I could have easily spent more time in there trying different things on the menu and browsing the goods that the vendors had for sale.
I’m looking forward to heading back at some point when I’m back home in the coming weeks ahead- especially since I’ve got a few more days off lined up throughout September- and I’m hoping to take some of my friends and family there soon, too. I know they’ll love it! They’re Autumnal Enthusiasts just like me!