While driving back from Buffalo last week, I reflected on how much I liked Buffalo. That got me to thinking . . .
What specifically was it about Buffalo that made me enjoy my visits every fall?
And what are the factors that contribute to whether or not we “like” a city?
The answer, I believe, is highly personal. For me, in any city, I always end up looking for tacos, trails and tea. Here at home . . .
1. For tea, coffee and breakfast sandwiches that will change your life, I go to Culpepper’s Bakery. It’s walking distance from Holy Cross. I’ve had and loved everything on the menu but the Hammy (egg, ham and cheese on a sesame bagel) will change your life.
2. For trails, I go to Wachusett Mountain State Reservation (20 minutes from HC) which, during the warmer months, offers 3,000 acres worth of scenic hiking: http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/central/wach.htm. In the winter, it is one of the premier skiing destinations in New England: http://wawa.wachusett.com/mountain_info/default.cfm
3. And as for tacos and burritos, the choice is easy: Tortilla Sam’s (5 minutes from HC) http://www.tortillasams.com/menus/cantina.html. All of their sauces, salsas and marinades are homemade and you can watch them make their tortillas fresh every day in the front window. When you’re there, don’t miss the boneless buffalo wings and the spicy spuds.
So as you make some of your final college visits, take some time to look off campus for the things that you might find yourself looking for during your four years of college and if you find yourself in Worcester, don’t miss the tacos, trails and tea.
Andrew N Carter
Associate Director of Admissions