This has been a busy week. My husband was out of town (out of the country really!) for work, the kids started their morning camps (at different places but the same drop-off time– whoops! I guess I should have paid more attention to the scheduling), and we’re in the midst of daily swim lessons as well. Honestly, it was all I could do this week to keep the mounds of laundry from piling up so high that they’d make the upstairs hallway impassable 🙂
So today I am just going to share a few pictures from our recent Father’s Day dinner at the Steaming Tender restaurant in Palmer, MA.
This is a destination that my husband has been angling to visit for a couple years now. I’m not sure how he first heard about it, but this year we also noticed a brochure for it at the annual Railroad Hobby Show back in January. After reading the pamphlet, I knew this would make a unique addition to the blog! (And er, a fun place to visit for Father’s Day. Because, um, that was the more important thing. Of course.)
This unique eatery was once a train station dating back to the late 1800’s, and although there is no longer a passenger stop on the line here, the train tracks still service trains passing through. So as you are sitting there enjoying your meal–either inside or out on the patio–you may see a train whiz by! (You can check the train schedule on their website before you go to maximize your chances of locomotive sightings).
The building has retained many of its original (at least I think they are original) features, like the entrance doors, the ticket window, the soaring ceilings with arched beams.
And it’s been decorated inside and outside with similarly vintage items like old-fashioned luggage, trunks, toys, baby carriages, etc.
Out in the parking lot you’ll even find a huge train engine dating back to 1915!
We also spotted this vintage dining car.
Despite the formal finishes, the atmosphere it very casual and family-friendly. And perhaps the classic Americana menu items (think steaks, burgers, BBQ, seafood) are reminiscent of the kinds of things you might have seen on a dining car menu during the golden age of train travel. Or maybe I just like to think they are 🙂
(We visited for dinner, but they also have a Sunday breakfast buffet that looks delicious.)
There is a kids’ menu that’s crayon-friendly (and crayons).
We did see a train zip past on our visit, but I was not quick enough to capture it on camera. It was mesmerizing to watch it zoom by just a few feet from where we were sitting! The kids spent the remainder of dinner staring out the window in search of another train. Alas, we only saw the one.
We even hung around outside for a bit in case another train went by (no luck).
It was a fun little road trip and a great way to mark a special occasion like Father’s Day with a family adventure. We might have to make this an annual tradition 🙂
P.S. Don’t forget to check out our 2017 Summer Bucket List for more ideas (like 50!) for summer fun!
Phone: (413) 283-2744
Hours (summer 2017):
Stroller Friendly: YES
Coffee Mug Friendly: NO
Baby Changing Station: YES; in the family restroom near the front entrance.
Food for Sale: Check out the lunch and dinner menu here (kids’ menu here). Check out the breakfast buffet menu here.
Outside Food Allowed: It’s a family-freindly restaurant, so I imagine they wouldn’t have a problem if you needed to bring special food for your baby/toddler.
Cash Required: NO
Dress Code: Casual.
Age Recommendations: All ages!
Evening/Weekend Hours: YES
Discounts: None that we know of.
Birthday Party Venue: YES. Check out the details on their private birthday parties in the 1909 parlor car!
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