A little piece of paradise tucked away in Westford

If you thought the suburbs were the antithesis to the tropics, the folks at Nashoba ValleySki Area would like you to reconsider.

When temperatures soar and slopes go from powder white to lush green, this Westford recreation spot transforms into a kitsch-tastic wonderland of South Sea style surprises from the soft sandy beach and thatched-roof bars, to rum-soaked cocktails, outstanding summer grill menu and laid back crowds congregating alongside a swim-friendly pond.

Committed to an old-school beach bum feel and a new-school insistence on fresh ingredients, the talented bartenders, cooks and wait staff make this spot an essential summer destination for busting out your favorite Hawaiian shirt and sipping on fruity drinks.

The food selection offers up some of summer’s best bounty including fresh caught lobster, steamers and shrimp, along with scrumptious house specialties like sushigrade pan-blackened yellow fin tuna ($23) and the Hawaiian burger, a juicy charbroiled Angus beef patty topped with Jack cheese, jalapenos, avocado, pineapple and spiced ranch dressing ($12).

But the bar’s exotic cocktails are the star of the show, especially the Tiki Rum Jumbie spiked to perfection with coconut and mango rums, ripe agave, peach schnapps, pineapple and orange juice with a splash of Blue Curacao ($9), and the famous Sunset Tiki sangria ($9).

For added ambiance, you’ll find live music most nights on the beach stage, which hosts everything from rock, funk and blues to karaoke.

Bottom line: If you were to find yourself marooned by a tropical typhoon, or, more likely, a little worse for wear and tear after a tough day at the office, this is the place you’d love to stow away.

WHAT: Sunset Tiki Bar
WHERE: Nashoba Valley Ski Area, 79 Powers Road, Westford
INFO: Dining and drinks, live music, swimming until dusk, volley ball nets and games, theme nights, and all-around fun times to be had by everybody. Bar is open Mon-Sat, 5pm to 1am. Call 978-692-5700 or visit sunset-tiki.com.


About The Author

Rita Savard
Founder & Executive Editor

Founder and Executive Editor Rita Savard grew up in Lowell and is a forever-proud Acre girl. An Emerson College alum, she was also an award-winning journalist at The Sun newspaper before exiting to start Howl in 2012 — the answer to managing her addiction for local pop culture. She falls in love with music, movies, books, stray dogs and telling people’s stories.