Mason is a town of rolling hills and winding roads, where many farms still thrive interspersed among the homes of long-time residents and recent arrivals.
Parker’s Maple Barn, open daily for breakfast and lunch, is in a large antique-decorated barn. Well known locally for its pancake and omelet breakfasts, they also serve a full lunch menu highlighted by maple baby back ribs and roast turkey. They serve their own maple syrup, which is made in an adjoining maple sugar house; they offer demonstrations daily during maple sugaring season. They also have a gift shop featuring a myriad of maple sugar products and souvenirs. They host an American Indian pow wow every September; their souvenir shop includes many Native American gifts. The restaurant is very popular. Waits can be up to two hours long on summer and fall weekends; they suggest calling ahead. Address: 1316 Brookline Road, Mason; phone: 603-878-2308; website: http://www.parkersmaplebarn.com/
To get to Pickity Place one travels down scenic roads and over hills with great views. This unique restaurant is well worth the trip. Its chefs are well-known for using a wide variety of fresh and dried herbs from their own gardens in their menu items. Their 5-course gourmet prix fixe menu changes monthly and always includes a vegetarian selection. Some recent entrees included chicken saltimbocca with basil polenta, crab and gruyere phyllo purses, and vegetable moussaka. The grounds include an herb store and a greenhouse. There are three seatings for lunch daily; reservations are essential. Address: 248 Nutting Hill Road, Mason; phone: 603-878-1151; website: http://www.pickityplace.com/