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It’s 4th of July in Boston again!

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Once again, Boston is doing it up big with the Boston Pops 4th of July Extravaganza. Lots to see and do this weekend so check out all of the happenings. It’s hard to believe this marvelous Boston event is in its 38th year.

Can’t make it down to the Esplanade for the festivities? Don’t worry. You won’t miss a thing. The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular can be seen on WBZ-TV Channel 4 from 8:00PM to 11:00PM.

Check out CBS Boston’s Survival Guide to the 4th of July in Boston event. It’s chockful of information for the Boston adventure crowd.

Have fun and be safe!

Marathon Weekend … more than just the race!

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Marathon weekend is almost here and we’re excited to see the city fill with runners and their families.  With 20,000 runners and more than 500,000 spectators along the route, the marathon is always a fun event for families and friends. But don’t forget the many other activities and events going in the city that weekend!

If you’re not from New England, you may not realize that the Boston Marathon is held on Patriots’ Day, a local holiday commemorating the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War.  History buffs can choose from several reenactments to watch, including Paul Revere’s Ride and the Battle of Lexington.

Kenmore Square is hopping on Marathon Monday!  While runners stream through on the homestretch of the race, the Red Sox will host the Blue Jays for an 11:05 a.m. game at Fenway Park.  As always, the game is sold out, but you can try your luck at ticket brokers like  Go Sox!

For a more relaxing day, check out the three new exhibits opening in April at The Museum of Fine Arts: Through the Looking Glass (April 10th through August 7th), Global Patterns: Dress and Textiles in Africa (April 13th through January 8th) and Embroideries of Colonial Boston (April 2nd through August 28th).

And finally, don’t miss a favorite Boston tradition … the return of the Swan Boats to the Public Garden lagoon.  Whether recovering from the marathon or just enjoying spring in the city, sit back and enjoy a leisurely ride on one these historic pedal-powered boats.

We hope you enjoy your visit and will keep our fingers crossed for great weather on Marathon Monday!

10 things to do Thanksgiving weekend in Boston

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Planning to be in Boston for Thanksgiving? There’s no better place to kick off the holiday season! Here are ten ideas for a fun, memorable Thanksgiving weekend in Boston…

  1. Start your weekend off on the right foot … Join 1,200 other runners on Thanksgiving morning for the 13th annual Boston Volvo 5K Turkey Trot in support of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The race starts and ends at Boston Volvo on Beacon Street in Brighton.
  2. Thanksgiving in New England wouldn’t be complete without a visit to historic Plimoth Plantation. Watch the annual Pilgrim Procession (10 a.m. on North Street) and enjoy a truly authentic Thanksgiving experience!
  3. Of course, the best thing about being away from home for Thanksgiving is that you don’t have to cook! Thanksgiving dinner at Upstairs on the Square in Cambridge is holiday tradition not to be missed. Join locals and visitors alike for a fabulous meal at this perennial favorite in historic Harvard Square.
  4. On Friday, burn off that extra piece of pumpkin pie with a stroll through beautiful Beacon Hill. Admire the holiday decorations on historic Louisburg Square and Acorn Street and then head over to the Boston Common to ice skate at Frog Pond.
  5. Boston is a “walking city,” even in late November! The Freedom Trail is a walking trail that takes visitors past many well-known sites in the city. The trail ends in the Charlestown Navy Yard, home to the U.S.S. Constitution, which will be open from 9:30 to 3:50 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
  6. Get started on your holiday shopping at Fanueil Hall Marketplace. Find that perfect gift in one of the many specialty boutiques, enjoy a wide variety of dining options and take in some of the many holiday-themed events:
  7. The 25th Annual Boston Tuba Christmas Concert on Saturday, November 27th at 2:00 p.m. in the West End Promenade. More than 140 local tuba players performing favorite holiday tunes Thanksgiving weekend in Boston!
  8. Bring the kids for FREE photos with the Globe Santa, Saturday, November 27th, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (outdoors in the West End Promenade between the Quincy Market Building and Historic Faneuil Hall). Established in 1956, The Boston Globe’s ‘Globe Santa’ program will provide more that 55,000 underprivileged children with gifts this holiday season.
  9. Jukebox Dancers ~ Rockin’ Holiday Party! Join Alexis & the Jukebox Dancers this holiday season at Faneuil Hall Marketplace for a Rockin’ Holiday Dance Party, Sunday, November 28th at 3:00 p.m. All performances will take place in the West End Promenade between Historic Faneuil Hall and the Quincy Market Building.
  10. Finally, don’t miss the Boston Ballet’s performance of “The Nutcracker,” at the Boston Opera House on Washington Street. The ballet opens on Friday, November 26th and runs through New Year’s Eve, with no shows on Sundays and Christmas Day.

Enjoy Thanksgiving weekend in Boston!

Lego comes to Boston with Lego Kidsfest

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

The Lego brand has been around for what seems like eons, but with Legoland out on the west coast it’s not the place a New England family can hop over to for a Saturday out. I don’t know about your family, but in mine, Legos rule! So when we saw Lego Kidsfest 2010 was coming to Boston, I signed on to my Freeloader account at a local radio station and got a 50% off deal for tickets to what my son considers the main event of his life. Thank you WBMX, Mix 104.1 FM!

Lego Kidsfest 2010 will take place this weekend at the Hynes Convention Center on Boylston Street in Boston. There are 2 sessions each day, I assume, to keep the crowds manageable. Unfortunately, we are not the only Lego fans in Boston so they were smart to break up the days into blocks.

I’m truly not sure what to expect as it seems part convention, part trade show. No matter. A day out to play with Lego bricks and bond with my 11-year-old is well worth the price.

Visit the web site for more details but I know a few of the highlights will include:

  • Life size Lego models of favorite characters like: SpongeBob, Darth Vader, Thomas the Tank Engine, Indiana Jones and more
  • Building displays made entirely of Legos including cityscapes and railways
  • Legoland Giveaway
  • Lego Builders Cool Creation Zone for Lego enthusiasts
  • Birthday party opportunities
  • Face painters and balloon artists
  • A Lego store
  • Lego video game gallery
  • Construction zones for kids of all ages
  • Duplo play areas

I’ll be the one with the bug-eyed boy tugging at my sleeve…along with all the other moms and dads in the Hynes on Sunday afternoon. See you there!

Boston Dessert Showcase 2010

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Sweet tooth foodies delight! If you are in Boston this weekend, don’t miss the New England Dessert Showcase on Saturday, September 18th, 12-5 PM at The Westin Copley Place.

Just the facts:

  • Sample desserts from Boston’s best pastry chefs, chocolatiers,  homemade ice cream makers, custom cake designers, confectioners, and dessert wine producers.
  • Family friendly–suitable for anyone who loves dessert
  • General admission for Saturday only just $35

So get your silver fork ready, and dive in to all the delectable delights on Saturday!

The Best Apple Picking in Boston

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

One of the great things about visiting Boston in the Fall, besides the sight of the leaves turning color, is apple picking. There are so many varieties and throughout the season you can travel around to pick your own apples, or if you don’t want to climb the trees, you can visit the orchards who have barrels and barrels for you to choose from. Apple picking in Boston also means hot mulled apple cider and homemade cider donuts.

Despite what many people think, you don’t have to travel very far from the city to find great apple picking spots. If you do want to venture around the city, I came across Apple Picking Boston, a great site that shows you all the spots that you can pick and choose from in and around Massachusetts, laid out conveniently on a map of the state.  The site provides links to all of the orchards so you can check for harvest dates, hours, and activities. Many orchards have hay rides, tours of the orchards, and petting zoos–not to mention the awesome pumpkin patches too. Also, around Halloween, you may even find a haunted barn or two.

Here’s a sampling of some of my favorite spots that you can travel to in under an hour from Boston, in no particular order:

  1. Russell’s Orchard in Ipswich
  2. Honey Pot Hill Orchard in Stow
  3. Smolak Farms in North Andover
  4. Dowse Orchards in Sherborn
  5. Tougas Farm in Northboro

Mmmmm, I’m ready to go. Are you?

St Anthonys Feast North End Boston

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

The Feast of All Feasts

You cannot miss this feast of all feasts if you are planning to be in Boston this weekend. Why? Well, it is un-American, er, un-Italian? Whatever, it’s definitely un-Bostonian. Ever since I can remember, my entire family (and I mean all the aunts, uncles, cousins and paisans, in addition to my parents and sisters) hopped on the Blue Line and headed to the North End. Never have I seen more happy faces, colorful parades, and food beyond belief. It is amazing that this celebration is now in it’s 91st year.

Quick Tips and InfoSt. Anthony's Feast

  1. Location: Endicott, Thacher, and North Margin Streets, North End, Boston
  2. Dates/time: 8/27 5 pm–11 pm, 8/28-8/29 12 noon–11:30 pm, 8/30 5 pm–11 pm
  3. Grand Procession: 12 Noon (lasts over 10 hrs)
  4. Entertainment: FREE.
  5. Food/Souvenirs: Vendor stands for a charge. (HINT: Sausage, pepper and onion subs; fried dough, cannolis—Yum!)
  6. Donations: Accepted at the Chapel of St. Anthony & St. Lucy.
  7. Transportation: Walk or take the T. While you can drive, the streets are sure to crowded, and parking will be at a premium. If you have to drive there are parking lots nearby.

The North End celebrates many feasts throughout the season, but St. Anthony’s Feast is a spectacle to behold, as it is the largest Italian religious festival in all of New England. Since 1919 the North End has honored this patron saint just as the Italians do in Montefalcione, Avellino.

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Salem Jazz and Soul Festival Enlivens Salem Willows

Friday, August 20th, 2010

If you are visiting Boston this weekend, take the Salem Ferry from Boston to Salem MA this weekend for the annual Salem Jazz and Soul Festival. You won’t want to miss out on this  two day event of FREE music! It all takes place at the Salem Willows on Saturday, August 21 & Sunday, August 22. The festival is a fun, family-friendly event featuring live music, music education classes, an arts and crafts fair, and a kid’s play tent. Now in it’s 4th year, the festival has added an exciting new feature, a 21+ Beer Garden! Be sure to bring your IDs as they will be checked.

This year’s festival features headliners GRACE KELLY and SAM KININGER – plus dozens more performers! Many local Bostonians don’t even know about this festival but now you do! When the fun is done you can hop the ferry back to town

The Salem Jazz and Soul Festival is a federally recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and is quickly growing into the premier music festival on the North Shore.

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Aerosmith and J. Geils Band at Fenway Park

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Fenway Park and the entire Boston Fenway neighborhood will be rocking out on Saturday, August 14, when Aerosmith and The J. Geils Band take the stage together in this amazing open air venue. This Boston concert is part of the “Cocked, Locked, Ready to Rock US Summer Tour that begins on July 23rd in Oakland, California.

According to Aerosmith’s official Aero Force One web site Steven Tyler said, “I thought it was time to get my MOJO back, by rockin South America and Europe with a little HOME RUN at Boston’s Fenway Park thrown in and then off to the rest of America to do what we do best! We’re gonna rock you into the middle of next week!”

So get ready to rock and roll, Boston style with Aerosmith and The J. Geils Band. And if you want to spend the weekend to soak in the entire Fenway Park experience, check out our Fenway accommodations near Fenway Park and Kenmore Square. It’s a night you won’t want to miss.

Harborfest is 4th of July in Boston

Monday, May 17th, 2010
The top 5 things not to miss.
I am a Bostonian. My friends say there is no mistaking that. So perhaps I’m biased when I say the only place to celebrate our nation’s independence is right here in the city of Boston during Harborfest. No other city in the country, as far as I’m concerned, can boast more history—architectural, nautical, educational, and colonial. After all, the American Revolution was fought here; “Old Ironsides” still resides here; and communities north and south of Boston are world renowned for their contributions to our country’s history as well.

Independence Day is truly one of the magnificent celebrations Boston has to offer. For nearly 30 years, Harborfest, a non-profit organization, has been sponsoring an “award-winning festival that strives to honor and remember the past, celebrate the present, and educate the future with reenactments, concerts, historical tours and much, much more.”

This six-day long festival boasts over 200 daily events throughout downtown and the waterfront, with several sponsored events hosted on City Hall Plaza.

Top 5 things Not to Miss at Boston’s Harborfest.

  1. Children’s Day in the city. Take in all of the family friendly entertaining and educational activities Boston has to offer for FREE on July 1st at City Hall Plaza. Insider tip: Free admission does not apply to all Harborfest activities. Stop by the Hood Milk bottle in front of the Children’s Museum for ice cream and snacks to replenish those active little ones.
  2. Music, music, and more music. Amazing performances are happening all across the city in virtually every musical genre—classical, rock, disco, country, and of course, fife and drum. Insider tip: Pop into some of the local pubs for more entertainment choices around the city like The Black Rose and The Burren.
  3. USS Constitution Turnaround. See “Old Ironsides,” the oldest commissioned warship afloat, leave its berth to salute the nation. July 4th, 11:30 am at the Charlestown Navy Yard followed by the 21-gun salute at noon off the US Coast Guard Base in the North End. Insider tip: Take in the sites around Charlestown when you visit the Navy Yard. And don’t forget lunch or dinner at the historic Warren Tavern or Todd English’s Olives.
  4. Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on the Boston Esplanade July 4th, featuring our favorite conductor, Keith Lockhart. By land or by sea, this is a show you don’t want to miss. Concert starts at 8 pm (oval opens at 9 am). Insider tip: See the entire Pops performance, sans the fireworks, at an open rehearsal on July 3rd – (oval opens at 4 pm; concert at 8:30 pm) A smaller crowd but still busy so get there early.
  5. Can you say chowdah? The fun isn’t over on the 4th. Tickle your taste buds and try your best Boston accent on Monday, July 5th when you sample authentic New England clam chowder from Boston’s finest restaurants as they compete for “Boston’s Best Chowder” at the 29th Annual Chowderfest. Insider tip: Just drop the “r.” Who needs it anyway?
Join us June 30 – July 5th to experience 4th of July the Boston way!
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