Reserve in advance for dinner at 20-seat TJ Buckley’s, housed in a vintage Worcester diner and run by chef Michael Fuller, a local pioneer in seasonal cooking since he opened the restaurant 29 years ago. The small menu changes daily based on market availability, but recent ingredient-driven dishes included a smoke trout tartlet ($10) and stuffed rabbit loin ($40) cooked in the open kitchen.
Watch the sunset from one of two large decks over the Connecticut River at newly opened Whetstone Station. The menu of creative takes on pub food—a chicken pretzel sandwich ($9), beer-braised short ribs ($21)—is complemented by more than a dozen craft beers on tap; in the fall, they’ll be rolling out their first brews made in-house.
Drive across the state line to Bernardston, M.A., to the Farm Table, inside a beautifully restored colonial house that’s more than 200 years old. Go for dinner, when the elegant space is illuminated by candles, and choose from garden-fresh items like asparagus-and-mushroom risotto ($20) and pizza topped with pesto and housemade lamb sausage ($14).