I love old books and I love old buildings. I adore old buildings converted into independent bookstores in scenic out-of-the-way locales.
Are you with me here?
The Book Mill is located in Montague, Massachusetts and it operates as a used bookstore/café/most cozy place in the world to drink tea.
The bookstore is housed in an 1834 grist mill that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Alvah Stone Mill.
The gradual waterfall still runs down the side of the former mill.
Have a look at what they’ve done inside:
You come for the novelty; you stay for the ambience. (And the section they have dedicated to the Bloomsbury Set!)
Amazing exposed beams and original pipery! (piping?)
In the peaceful, sunny café, the baked goods are apparently legendary.
Patrons can enjoy drinks and muffins outdoors in the summer months.
Since it is an old country mill, The Book Mill is a bit off the beaten path.
A 2005 Boston Globe article quoted the owner as saying:
“We’re not particularly convenient, we’re not particularly efficient, but we’re beautiful.”
In fact, the Book Mill’s motto is:
It’s the perfect place to cozy up on a cold winter’s day with a book you don’t need, when you don’t want to be found.