An insider’s guide to Newton Centre from Danielle Schreier, also known on Instagram as the very popular local account Newton Centre Life. Follow her, and read more for influencer-level inside knowledge of Newton Centre (plus lots of family fun!)
Favorite thing about your village: We were drawn to Newton Centre because of its walkability. Shops, restaurants, the T station, top-notch neighborhood schools, a large park and a swimmable lake are all easily accessible by foot.
Your favorite place to dine outside: Newton Centre has a few outdoor patios. One favorite oasis is the back deck behind Farmstead Table (try the popovers!). Come summertime, you'll find my family hanging out on the patios at Cafe Sol Azteca or Union Street too.
Your favorite restaurant: I'm a big fan of Central. It's a great neighborhood hangout in the morning to grab coffee, then in the evening it transforms into a lively bar and dining destination. Amazing craft cocktails and check them out on Thursday nights for live jazz music.
A fun playground or park: The Newton Centre Playground is a great place to play! The park is the city's first playground, established in 1890, and has separate play structures for kids of various ages. Plus there are clay tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball fields, soccer fields... our family finds ourselves at this park all of the time!
Annual village events to watch for: My family looks forward to the annual Harvest Fair each Fall. We love when the whole community comes together to enjoy the fun festivities. We like painting pumpkins, strolling through the aisles of craft and food vendors, listening to live music, and - of course - going on all of the kiddie rides (the giant slide and dragon rollercoaster are our favorites)!
Any insider village tips: Every Thursday Sandwich Works has a huge selection of the most delicious muffin tops. And be sure to ask for their famous coffee ice cubes in your iced coffee.
When you moved to the village: We moved here in 2014. After living in Boston for over 11 years, Newton Centre was the best of both worlds - we could still walk to public transportation and restaurants, but we have more space for our family.