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NORTH OF BOSTON

Woodman’s of Essex

http://www.woodmans.com/

100th Anniversary

Yearlong activities to celebrate a century in business

Endicott College

376 Hale Street

Beverly, MA

(978) 927-0585

http://endicott.edu/concours.aspx

5th anniversary of the Misselwood Concours d’Elegance on July 26-27, 2014 –attracting an international crowd of classic automobile and motorcycle owners in a unique oceanfront setting.  Located on Boston’s historic Gold Coast, the Misselwood Concours d’Elegance is a boutique car show featuring some of the finest automobiles in an unrivaled lawn and oceanfront setting on the East Coast.

The Inn at Hastings Park

2027 Massachusetts Ave

Lexington, MA 02421

(781) 301-6660

http://innathastingspark.com/

The Inn at Hastings Park will open for business in the last few weeks of 2013.  Located just 15 miles from Boston, The Inn is mere footsteps away from the Lexington Battle Green, a revered site where America’s fight for liberty began. The Inn’s two guest houses and barn are lovingly preserved historical buildings with individually decorated rooms, each with a unique color palette and design scheme. At The Inn, guests will enjoy revolutionary hospitality: gracious service, design that reflects a contemporary twist on the traditional, and seasonal New England cuisine prepared in our casually elegant restaurant, Artistry on the Green.

Nashoba Valley Ski Area

79 Power Rd

Westford, MA

(978) 692-3033

www.skinashoba.com

Nashoba Valley Ski Area is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014. This 17 trail ski area has operatied continuously since it’s opening in 1964. To better utilize the space year round, Nashoba Valley Ski Area now also offers tubing, Witches Woods- a seasonal haunted house, haunted hayride and more, as well as Sunset Tiki Bar- an island themed bar and grill on the sandy lake front, which plays island tunes while serving up the freshest seafood and summer favorites alongside some creative cocktails.

To celebrate 50 years, Nashoba Valley Ski Area has purchased 2 new Pisten Bully Groomers to maintain the ski and board trails and best serve their customers this winter season.

Gloucester Schooner Festival

(a program of Maritime Gloucester)

23 Harbor Loop

Gloucester, MA

(978) 281-0470

www.gloucesterschoonerfestival.net

30th anniversary of the Gloucester Schooner Festival, August 29-31 2014.  In 2013 there were almost two dozen schooners participating in the Labor Day weekend events.  Festivities include boat tours, Saturday open houses at the maritime museums and Coast Guard station, a maritime festival, a public lobsterbake, a free outdoor concert, the lighted boat parade and fireworks and culminates with Sunday’s Parade of Sail and Mayor’s Race.

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

51 Sandy Pond Road

Lincoln, MA 01773

http://www.decordova.org/

In 2014, deCordova will have on display their Biennial exhibition, part of  The 2013 deCordova Biennial. This is the third installment in their Biennial series and is a survey exhibition focused on emphasizing quality, dynamism, and variety of art-making in New England, rather than any single or overarching theme. Highlighting 21 artists and collaboratives living and working in the region, the exhibition displays a diverse range of approaches to media and content. Showcasing sculptors alongside filmmakers and performance artists whose practices traverse a wide range of subject matter, The 2013 deCordova Biennial will occupy nearly the entire Museum and extend into the Sculpture Park. The exhibition is a sprawling entity that demonstrates the active, ambitious art scene taking place across the six states of New England. This exhibit is on display until April 13th, 2014. http://www.decordova.org/art/exhibition/2013-decordova-biennial

WESTERN MASS

The Clark, Williamstown

www.clarkart.edu

The Clark is in the final phase of its campus expansion program, which includes construction of a new Visitor, Exhibition, and Conference Center designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando, renovation of both the original museum building and the Manton Research Center, and a sweeping new landscape plan. The grand re-opening is planned for Summer 2014.

Six Flags New England

www.sixflags.com

Six Flags New England announced today plans to add the planet’s tallest swing ride to Massachusetts, the New England SkyScreamer. Adding this new record-breaking attraction will solidify Six Flags New England as the Thrill Capital of New England and will attract guests from around the world. The ride will tower over 400 feet in the air and circle at speeds of up to 40 mph. Once the twenty-four thrill seekers board the ride, it quickly rises, taking guests 40 stories into the air and while spinning round and round, riders will experience breathtaking views of the Connecticut River and New England skyline. At night, the New England SkyScreamer’s bright lights will beckon guests from near and far.  The New England SkyScreamer is scheduled to open summer 2014.

The owner of the historic Hotel Northampton, Mansour Ghalibaf, will open a new Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites in Northampton between spring and summer 2014. Adding 108 rooms to the region, the 55,000-square-foot Fairfield Inn & Suites is an estimated $10 million project, providing easy access to Interstate-91 and walking distance to downtown Northampton. The new hotel will feature a bright, modern lobby and smart, spacious guest rooms, and will offer complimentary hot breakfast, a 24/7 market, indoor pool and fitness center.

Breweries

The city of Easthampton will soon be home to two new microbreweries! Abandoned Building Brewery opens in a former mill factory on Pleasant Street in November 2013. Philadelphia native and award-winning brewer, Matthew Tarlecki, will focus on crafting ales with American and Belgian character using hops from his hop field in Hadley and malts from Massachusetts’ only malthouse, Valley Malt in Hadley. Fort Hill Brewery, whose owner Eric Berzins has a passion for brewing lagers, is located down Fort Hill Road in a newly built 9,5000-square-foot building where the brewing, fermenting and bottling  will take place. The land is additionally home to the brewery’s own hop field. Fort Hill is expected to be brewing and open in early 2014. Both breweries will have tasting rooms open to the public.

The D. Hotel

The D. Hotel, formerly the Country Inn & Suites and rebranded as The D., offers guests 62 rooms with cozy décor and traditional business hotel amenities including free high-speed Wi-Fi internet service, complimentary breakfast, express check-in/check-out service, fitness center and laundry facility/service. This Holyoke property is linked to The Delaney House, one of the area’s finest dining establishments.  There’s also a shuttle service available to and from meeting sites throughout the region.  www.stayatthed.com  (413) 533-2100 (Note – the D. Hotel is the former Country Inn & Suites Hotel and has recently been renamed and is undergoing a renovation.  The official grand opening is some months away – probably in early 2014, but at this point the hotel recently converted its name to The D. Hotel).

The Paradise City Arts Festival

Enters its 20th year in 2014.  Over the past twenty years, this cultural icon has garnered numerous national awards and press coverage. The Northampton events have attracted visitors from all 50 states and from countries all over the world.

Springfield Symphony Orchestra

Celebrates its 70th concert season in 2013/2014 and is recognized as the largest professional orchestra in Massachusetts outside of Boston. It is comprised of approximately 80 musicians from the Pioneer Valley, Boston, and New York areas. The S.S.O.’s artistic programming has earned national recognition for its innovativeness, appeal, and breadth of scope.

SOUTH OF BOSTON

Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills in Plymouth

http://mirbeau.com/

An elegant 50-room getaway designed in the style of a French Manor House. The new resort, designed to be the perfect destination for leisure or business, will include a 14,000-square-foot Spa Mirbeau, a fine dining restaurant, and a unique Wine Bar/Bistro. Mirbeau will overlook the Village Green as well as the 18th hole of the Rees Jones Golf Course.

The Charles W. Morgan,

The world’s last surviving wooden whaling ship and America’s oldest merchant ship is scheduled to visit the historic port of New Bedford in 2014. This is after a five year, $7 million restoration project conducted by the Mystic Seaport.

A new boutique hotel has been proposed for the Rodman Candleworks building in historic New Bedford. The hotel will have 141 rooms, condominiums on the fourth floor, and a restaurant on the ground floor. The project is in the early stages and scheduled for completion in 2015.

New high speed ferry service to start in June, 2014 from Fall River to Newport and Block Island. The trip from Fall River to Newport will take about 45 minutes and then another 40 minutes from there to get to Block Island.

CENTRAL MASS

Great Wolf Resorts

April 2014

Great Wolf Lodge bought the Holiday Inn/Coco Keys in Fitchburg and will be reopening (after extensive renovations in April 2014. They are revamping all of the rooms while also expanding the water park and creating a whole family friendly resort.

GREATER BOSTON

Berklee’s High School Jazz Festival

February 8, 2014

Hynes Convention Center

Boston

http://festival.berkleejazz.org/about/

Framingham State University

http://www.framingham.edu/

175th anniversary of Framingham State University in 2014, which will feature all kinds of special events.

118th Boston Marathon Start—April 21, 2014

Town Common, Hopkinton, MA

www.baa.org

A record number of runners—as many as 34,000—will converge on the picturesque New England Town Common in Hopkinton for the start of the largest Boston Marathon ever.  The Marathon start is not to be missed! Then the runners travel through four MetroWest towns on their way to the finish line in Boston, which half a million cheering fans lining the racecourse.

Museum of World War II

Natick, MA

Open year-round, by appointment only

http://www.museumofworldwarii.com/

The world’s most comprehensive collection of World War II artifacts is expanding to accommodate more visitors and offer an even greater array of unique historic items, which currently total 7,000. In 2014, visitors will no longer have to wait 3-4 months for an appointment to tour this world-renowned, private venue previously seen by few.

MetroWest Regional Arts Festival—September 8, 2014

Bowditch Athletic & Cultural Complex, Framingham, MA

http://www.metrowestvisitors/metrofest  (this webpage is not yet live)

Highlighting this first-ever event will be the Food Trucks Festival of New England, whose 30 trucks offering gourmet specialties will ring Bowditch Athletic & Cultural Complex.  The festival’s performance stages, craft booths, and exhibits will showcase the richness of the region’s arts and cultural scene.

Aloft & Element Hotels

A 330-room Aloft hotel & a 180-room Element hotel will open opposite the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) this will bring 510 new hotel rooms in close proximity to

the BCEC in 2015.

Courtyard Marriott

210-room Courtyard Marriott is slated to open in 2014 as part of the $165 million “Merano” development on the Beverly Street section of the Rose Kennedy Greenway, adjacent to TD Garden; the development will also add more restaurants and shops to the Bulfinch Triangle neighborhood near Boston’s North End.

A 177-room $32 million Hilton Garden Inn to open in East Boston

The hotel will be located in close proximity to Logan International Airport and the Orient Heights neighborhood of East Boston, which offers many diverse dining options within walking distance and quick subway access to downtown Boston. Opens 2014.

A hotel has been approved as part of New Balance’s $500 million New Brighton Landing real estate development project in the Brighton section of Boston. The sneaker giant, which recently opened a flagship apparel and sneaker store at 583 Boylston St. in the Back Bay, a short sprint from the finish line of the Boston Marathon, aims to create a “health and wellness district” with new recreation space for public use. The city’s bike share system has been named the New Balance Hubway due to the company’s sponsorship. The headquarters, sports complex and the hotel portions of the six-phase project are expected to be completed by 2015. The architect is Elkus Manfredi whose recent work in Boston includes Liberty Wharf, Fan Pier, and InterContinental Boston.

Boston-based Saunders Hotel Group has purchased the former John Hancock Hotel and Conference Center and plans to restore and convert it into an up-market boutique hotel. “The project will include a 220-room hotel with meeting spaces, 142 residences, parking, and several restaurants. The tower is planned to rise on the site of the former John Hancock Hotel & Conference Center, on Stuart Street, across from the Hancock Tower”.

New 120-room, 6-story $40M Marriott Residence Inn Seaport opened at 370 Congress Street in the heart of Boston’s Fort Point Channel/South Boston Waterfront District; it will be the neighborhood’s first boutique hotel.

A $50 million 135-room 6-story luxury ‘Autograph Collection’ hotel by Marriott will open on the Fort

Point Channel near the landmark Boston restaurant, The Barking Crab (88 Sleeper Street). Plans for the new hotel include a rooftop terrace overlooking the Boston Harbor, a pedestrian plaza linking the property to the Boston Harborwalk, and a rooftop terrace with commanding views of the downtown skyline.

Royal Sonesta Cambridge will begin renovations of the Lobby and West Tower guest rooms in mid-November through March 2014. The renovation will involve converting executive offices to meeting space which will give them 2200 additional square footage water view.

Carpenter & Co. will build two towers next to Boston’s Christian Science Plaza, one tower will be 50 stories, containing a hotel, condos, stores and restaurants. The other tower will be approximately 20 stories including apartments and retail space.

Castle Island Brewery set to open in South Boston January of 2014.

“Assembly Row” opening in spring 2014 as part of the Assembly

Square development, 8 minutes north of Boston. Assembly Row is

Boston’s newest premiere-brand outlet retail, dining and entertainment

village (including a 62,000 square foot movie complex) Assembly Row will

also be the home to LEGOLAND Discovery Center a 44,000 sq. ft. indoor

facility.

A new LEED certified $310 million Consolidated Rental Car Facility (ConRAC) project at Logan International Airport will open in late September making it easier and faster for visitors to pick up their rental cars and improving overall traffic at the airport.

Logan International Airport has also rolled out new bus, taxi, and passenger pickup areas, marked with new color-coded signs, and digital countdown clocks showing arrival times, to improve passenger services.

Harvard Art Museums, which has a $581 million endowment, will open an expanded and renovated museum complex in 2014.

CAPE COD AND THE ISLANDS

The Nesbitt Inn, 21 Broad Street, Nantucket

Nantucket’s oldest Inn, built in 1872 was recently purchased by Bruce Perceley, owner of 76 Main Street Inn and N, The Magazine. The inn will be historically restored with a new addition which will bring the capacity to 28 units. The new Nesbitt Inn will open in the spring of 2014.

10th Annual Provincetown Jazz Festival

August 16 &18

Provincetown and Cotuit

http://www.provincetownjazzfestival.org/