“We pulled up to the front of the store and walked into a labyrinth of cheese, wine, sandwich bar, and other gourmet food items that seemed to overwhelm the senses and the small square footage of the store. a sommelier was there who I quickly deduced was the owner due to his exceptional knowledge of the half-liter and full bottles of wine. As I said, the store is small, but the variety was amazing…”
In Concord you’ve got lots of options for your afternoon. After picking up lunch provisions at the Concord Cheese Shop, you can dive back into Revolutionary War history by trying the cell phone audio tour that begins just off the parking lot of the Minute Man National Historical Park visitor center; among its 13 stops along the Battle Road is the site where Paul Revere was captured. Also near the visitor center is the Robbins House: Originally inhabited by descendants of Revolutionary War veteran Caesar Robbins, a former slave, the house is now an African American history museum.
[I]t’s not just the French who can pull off a classy picnic or appreciate the casual, carefree ambiance associated with dining en plein air.Picnics are plentiful in New England, too, particularly during the summer of 2020, as a pandemic persists, temperatures heat up, and Americans seek ways to gather with friends in a coronavirus-safe manner…Peter Lovis, owner of the 53-year-old Cheese Shop in Concord, Massachusetts, says he’s been selling about 100 custom-prepared picnics each week since March…“The simple act of sharing a great meal outdoors with people you care about nurtures the soul,” says Mr. Lovis.
Make your way to this shop for sandwiches, soups, salads, wine, sweets, and, of course, plenty of cheese. It has between 150 and 200 types of cheese on hand at all times, and 90 percent are available for sampling, according to owner Peter Lovis. “Who doesn’t like free cheese?” said Lovis, who calls his shop “very old school, very old world.” (29 Walden St.)