Dining Without Boundaries: Massachusetts’ Shorefront Offerings

BOSTON, March 21, 2013 – The Bay State’s magnetic coasts and serene inland waterways offer a myriad of water based activities from swimming to fishing to kayaking, offering enjoyment in all seasons.  What you might not know, is that these bodies of water are also the backdrop for an incredible culinary experience. From a whitewater rafting barbeque to a water taxi tour, visitors and residents alike can find something to suit their tastes and sense of adventure.

Boston

Dining by Water Taxi, Boston
A number of water taxi companies currently cater to the Boston waterfront, offering convenient, centrally-located stops around the city. Groups can arrange private water taxis outside of regular business hours, something to think about for your next birthday party, corporate event, or bachelorette. Eat your way around the city with a progressive dinner; start with cocktails and appetizers at one restaurant, hop on a water taxi to visit another restaurant for the main course, and finish the evening with dessert at yet another. With more than 20 stops available around Boston, there’s no end to the dining options and combinations. citywatertaxi.com

Merrimack Valley

Waterside Tap and Grill, Andover
Dine next to the sparkling Merrimack River at this cozy gem. A menu that features classics, including a fairly extensive list of steaks and chops along with comforting favorites like lobster mac and cheese and fresh seafood, has something for everyone. Changing seasons mean the view is always different and worth checking out year-round. watersidetapandgrille.com

North of Boston

Essex River Cruises Coffee and Muffin Cruise, Essex
Spend a leisurely weekend morning exploring salt marshes and sheltered bay while enjoying complimentary coffee, tea, juice, and muffins, a perfect way to ease into the weekend after a busy week. essexcruises.com

Schooner Thomas E. Lannon Chowda and a Lobsta Roll Dinner Sails, Gloucester
These two-hour cruises combine the beauty of a Gloucester Harbor sunset with a classic New England meal made up of hot, creamy clam chowder, a delicious, fresh lobster roll and a bag of potato chips. schooner.org

Seaport Grille, Gloucester
An enclosed, heated waterfront patio means you can take in views of Gloucester’s working waterfront year-round. Fresh, locally-caught seafood can be found in abundance here, and their lobster roll is world-famous. cruiseportgloucester.com/SeaportGrille

Yankee Clipper Sunset Cocktail Cruise, Newburyport
There’s no better way to prepare for a night of waterfront dining in Newburyport than by starting with a sunset cocktail cruise on the Yankee Clipper. harbortours.com

South of Boston

Pilgrim Belle Sunday Brunch, Plymouth
Indulge in a full Sunday brunch while taking in views of Plymouth Harbor on the Pilgrim Belle, a unique paddle-wheel boat.  pilgrimbellecruises.com

Cuttyhunk Island
If you’re feeling like island time but don’t have a ton of time, head south of Boston to the bustling historic whaling community of New Bedford for a water taxi adventure to Cuttyhunk Island. Cuttyhunk is largely unspoiled but offers a few dining options, most revolving around fresh-caught seafood, including oysters from Cuttyhunk Shellfish Farms’ floating raw bar. cuttyhunkwatertaxi.com

Western Massachusetts

Moxie Whitewater Rafting and Barbeque Lunch, Deerfield
Crystal clear water, a drop through a steep gorge, and plenty of rapids make rafting down the Deerfield River an exciting way to spend a summer day. A hearty steak or chicken barbeque dinner at West Lodge or Thunder Mountain will satisfy appetites worked up in the great outdoors. moxierafting.com

About MOTT
The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) is the state agency dedicated to promoting Massachusetts as a leisure-travel destination. An integral part of the state’s economy, tourism generates more than $915 million in state and local taxes and $14.4 billion in travel related expenditures and supports 121,500 in-state jobs. Web site: http://www.massvacation.com/

Contact: Lisa Simmons, MOTT

Lisa.Simmons@state.ma.us

617-973-8508

Vicki Cimino, Connelly Partners

vcimino@connellypartners.com

617-470-8878