With true local New England flavor, the Greater Gardner area boasts a wealth of community, cultural, educational, and recreational opportunities for fun, enrichment, and friendly involvement with neighbors and residents. Choices range from such passive pursuits, such as enjoying the historic atmosphere and beautiful New England landscape, to more strenuous endeavors, such as contra dancing or an outing in the great outdoors, a favorite for many.
Our seven community region contains 25 lakes, two alpine ski areas, a state forest, state park, two enclosed ice skating rinks, and five 18-hole golf courses. A day visit to Dunn State Park, for example, will provide a great variety of activities year-round including swimming, fishing, kayaking, skating, hiking, and many enriching educational activities for children of all ages Plenty of other locations in our region offer similar outdoor opportunities as well as places to ski, snowmobile, play golf or tennis, ride bicycles, and more.
For a taste of culture, one can take in a lecture, attend a class, or enjoy some of the best local theater around by attending a performance at the “Theater At the Mount” housed at our own Mount Wachusett Community College. The immediate area also includes five historical museums and several local historical societies that are rich resources of area history and artifacts. The warmer months are chock full of enjoyable activities such as town wide yard sales, fireworks, fishing derbies, street fairs, golf tournaments, and band concerts on the green in one of our historic downtowns. All are invited to purchase local produce at one of our many farm stands or farmers’ markets and join the fun at one of our hometown – style celebrations throughout the year. Where else can you celebrate “Oktoberfest” by watching, or even participating in our own unique Annual Gardner Chair Lugé & Oktoberfest ?
More than 1,300 businesses, financial institutions, and professionals are established in this area, providing a sturdy economic base. The Greater Gardner area offers over 1,100 affordable rooms for overnight accommodations and conference facilities for over 600. Centrally located along many major roads; Routes 2, 202, 68, and 101 all converge in Gardner. Other major routes pass through our townships, allowing residents to easily access the broad range of destinations throughout all of New England. We are within an hour’s drive to Boston and 30 minutes to Worcester. The MART bus system provides local transportation within the city, as well as into area towns including a line to Fitchburg where the MBTA line to Boston is located.
We are proud to be part of this vital region and believe that ours is a community deserving of strong consideration as a location for new and expanded business as well as a wonderful place to visit, explore, and to call home.