June Culinary Calendar

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DATED EVENTS

Waterfront Wine Tour
June 2, 2018
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Pasta Beach
30 Rowes Wharf
Boston, MA 02110

Nella Pasta-Making Workshop
June 3, 2018
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
The KITCHEN presented by The Trustees
100 Hanover Street
Boston, MA 02108

Boston’s Taste of the Nation
June 5, 2018
6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Cruiseport Boston
1 Black Falcon Avenue
Boston, MA 02210

Sipping Whiskey & Rye with The Smoke Shop
June 5, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The Smoke Shop
1 Kendall Square #100
Cambridge, MA 02139

Whiskey Class: Kickin’ It Old School
June 5, 2018
6:00 PM- 8:00 PM
The Smoke Shop BBQ
25 Hampshire Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl
Jun 5 – 7
Boston City Hall
Boston, MA 02201

After Hours- Berkley Beer Company
June 7, 2018
Old Colony History Museum
66 Church Green
Taunton, MA 02780

HSSC Annual Strawberry Festival
June 9, 2018
Noon – 4:00 PM
Dottridge Homestead, 1148 Main Street
Cotuit, MA 02635

2018 Strawberry Festival
June 9, 2018
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Picturesque Topsfield Town Common
Topsfield, MA 01983

Annual Strawberry Day
June 9, 2018
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
6 Discovery Road
East Sandwich, MA 02537

Night in Tuscany (Class + Dinner)
June 9, 2018
4:30 PM – 7:30 PM
2 Merchant Street #4
Sharon, MA 02067

Boston Bacon and Beer Festival at SoWa
June 9, 2018
2:30 PM – 5:00 PM
SoWa Power Station
540 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02113

Cooking with Booze & Noodles From Around the World
June 9, 2018
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
The KITCHEN presented by The Trustees
The Boston Public Market
100 Hanover Street
Boston, MA 02108

Father’s Day Dumpling Making Class
June 10, 2018
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Mei Mei Restaurant
506 Park Drive
Boston, MA 02215

Maritime Bike & Beer Adventure Tour
June 10, 2018
Boston North Shore / Cape Ann
Brown Square
Newburyport, MA 01950

Afternoon Tea & Fashion Show
June 12 & 26, 2018
12:00 PM – 2:30 PM
The Courtyard Restaurant, Boston Public Library
700 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02216

Taste of the Vineyard
June 14, 2018 6:30 PM (Gourmet Stroll)
June 16, 2018 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM (Patrons’ Stroll & Auction)
Dr. Daniel Fisher House Lawn
99 Main Street
Edgartown, MA 02539

Father’s Day Brunch Cruise
June 17, 2018
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Charles Riverboat Company
100 Cambridgeside Pl
Cambridge, MA 02141

Bauer’s Big Beer Tasting
June 21, 2018
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Tennis and Racquet Club
939 Boylston Street
Hamlen Room
Boston, MA 02115

Postdoc Summer BBQ
June 21, 2018
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Zen Garden
77 Avenue Pouis Pasteur
Boston, MA 02115

Solstice Soiree
June 21, 2018
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
24 Asbury Street
Topsfield, MA 01983

Boston Jerkfest – Caribbean Foodie Festival
June 22, 2018 6:30 PM
June 23, 2018 8:00 PM
Benjamin Franklin
Institute of Technology
41 Berkeley Street
Boston, MA 02116

Belgian Beer Fest
June 22, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM (Night at the Funk)
June 23, 2018 (Day of Inspired Ales)
The Cyclorama at Boston Center of the Arts
Boston, MA 02116

A Taste of the Town 2018
June 23, 2018
5:30pm
Wellfleet Preservation Hall
335 Main Street
Wellfleet, MA 02667

Taste of Allston
June 23, 2018
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Harvard Murr Center
65 North Harvard Street
Boston, MA 02163

A Wild Affair at Stone Zoo
June 23, 2018
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
149 Pond Street
Stoneham, MA 02180

Hands on Mozzarella Making Class
June 24, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
18 Birch Street
Boston, MA 02131

3rd Annual Shrewsbury Food and Brew Fest
June 24, 2018
12:00pm – 3:00pm
Avidia Bank
23 maple Avenue
Shrewsbury, MA 01545

Taste of MarketStreet
June 24, 2018
5:00pm – 7:00pm
MarketStreet Lynnfield
600 Market Street
Lynnfield, MA 01940

MV Craft Beer Dinner
June 28, 2018
6:30pm – 9:00pm
Isola Restaurant
19 Church Street
Edgartown, MA 02539

10 Year Party #UnderTheBleachers
June 29, 2018
7:00pm – 10:00pm
Bleacher Bar
82A Lansdowne Street
Boston, MA 02215

OysterFest with Red’s Best
June 30, 2018
11:00am – 4:00pm
Boston Public Market
100 Hanover Street
Boston, MA 02108

Berkshires Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival
June 30, 2018
12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Great Barrington Fairgrounds
Great Barrington, MA 02130

Maine Lobster Feed
June 30, 2018
12:00opm – 9:00pm
Haymarket People’s Fund
42 Seaverns Avenue
Boston, MA 02130

Brazilian Festival
June 30, 2018
5:00opm – 11:30pm
Saint Anthony Parish
400 Cardinal Medeiros Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02141

Food Truck Safari
June 30, 2018
5:00opm – 8:00pm
Franklin Park Zoo
1 Franklin Park Road
Boston, MA 02121

ONGOING EVENTS

Raw Bar and Rosé Mondays
Every Monday
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Monument Restaurant & Tavern
251 Main Street
Charlestown, MA 02129

Harpoon Brewery Tour
Daily Year Round
306 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA 02210

Samuel Adams Brewery Tour
Monday – Saturday Year Round
30 Germania Street
Boston, MA 02130

Shuck Instruction at B&G
Weekdays
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
550 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116

Rosé Tuesdays
Tuesdays
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Flank
74 Tower Road
Waltham, MA 02451

History Tour Pub Crawl
Daily
1 Faneuil Hall Square
Boston, MA 02109

Chocolate Unanimous 
Saturdays
11:00 AM -2:00 PM
250 Franklin Street
Boston, MA 02110

The Farm Market
Sundays
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
250 Jackson Street
Lowell, MA 01852

Sunday Jazz
Sundays
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Cushman Market and Cafe
491 Pine Street
Amherst, MA 01002

Lobster Fest
Fridays & Saturdays
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
40 edwin Land Boulevard
Cambridge, MA 02142

Pasta & Wine at Viale
Sundays and Mondays
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
502 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139

Sunset Clambakes
Thursdays
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Boston Harbor Cruises
One Long Wharf
Boston, MA 02110

Sangria Deck Party Cruise: Seaport Waterfront
Thursdays
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Provincetown II Boat – Commonwealth Pier
200 Seaport Boulevard
(Lower level on the dock)
Boston, MA 02210

Winiker Jazz Trio Brunch
Sundays
11:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Kennedy Greenway
75 Courthouse Square
60 Seaport Boulevard
Second Level
Boston, MA 02210

Sunday Brunch Cruise
Sundays
11:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Boston Harbor Cruises
One Long Wharf
Boston, MA 02110

Spectacle Island Luas
Sundays
5:15 PM – 7:30 PM
Boston Harbor Cruises
One Long Wharf
Boston, MA 02110

Salem Food Tours
Year-round tour
Salem, MA 01970

AM Coffee Walks
Year-round tour
Begins at 9:30am
Salem, MA 01970

Nantucket: Off the Beaten Path

By Karin Burgess

Nantucket is one of New England’s most beautiful coastal retreats and one of my favorite Massachusetts destinations. There are a myriad of things to do on this charming island but if you want to explore it authentically and off the beaten track consider adding some of these gems to your itinerary.

Plan to stay for at the very least an overnight. More and you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of wide open beaches, ocean vistas, taste sea to table foods (can’t get any fresher), bike through moors, watch for whales and shop the cobblestone streets of Nantucket’s beyond charming little town. Adventure ahead!

GETTING THERE

Ferry: Nantucket Steamship Authority and Hy-Line from Hyannis, Mass.

Airplane: Nantucket Airport

STAY

The Nantucket Hotel is a family friendly hotel that will pick you up at the ferry in an antique shuttle. Kid’s activities on the premises (day and night) keep youngsters engaged so parents can enjoy some R&R.

thenantuckethotel.com 508-228-4747

Shearwater_Excursions_Nantucket_Clamming

B&B’s abound on the island. Here are a few of my favorites.

21 Broad Street is a fun, chic, and urban B&B in the heart of Nantucket. 21broadhotel.com 508-228-4749

Seven Sea Street Inn is beautifully decorated, cozy B&B with an old time feeling set in a newer building.
sevenseastreetinn.com 508-228-3577

Set on the outskirts of town (quick walk in), Centerboard Inn is stylish and fresh.
centerboardinn.com 508-228-9696

BREAKFAST/LUNCH

Handlebar Café is an unhurried oasis serving delicious coffee. If you have to check your email, you can get it done here in hip style.
handlebar.coffee, 508-367-1976

Lemon Press Nantucket serves up healthy, fresh cold pressed raw juices.
lemonpressnantucket.com 508-228-3800

Breakfast at Fog Island Café. Their fluffy buttermilk pancakes with real maple syrup are highly recommended.
fogisland.com 508-228-1818

Walter’s Seafood Market in the Straight Wharf Fish Store is the place for the freshest lobster rolls possible at lunchtime. Take them outside to eat on the dock. Ice cream after.
4 Harbor Square 508-228-1095

Small-Shearwater_Excursions_Nantucket_Jumping_Whale

Tucked away in town, Center Street Bistro is a small café with huge portions, flavorful fresh food and modest prices.
nantucketbistro.com 508-228-8470

At Slip 14 on Straight Wharf you’ll find great seafood at modest prices right on the wharf.
slip14.com 508-228-2033

TO DO

Ok not off the beaten track but you must Walk Historic Downtown Nantucket. Tony boutiques and unique shops line cobblestone streets. This shopping district is very special. Be sure to save time to stroll the busy wharves to see fishing boats and yachts come summer. Sunken Ship has good Nantucket memorabilia. Hit up Aunt Leah’s for fresh fudge. A renovated theater features current films.

Visit Siasconset. Take the local shuttle service, the WAVE, head out of town, going east. Walk along a bluff that stands 100′ above the water’s edge (begins at 27 Bank Street), on a town right of way. Look for the dramatic erosion and historic summer mansions that are now too close to the edge to inhabit. Ice cream at Sconset Market.

Small-Shearwater_Excursions_Nantucket_Harbour_Cruise

Hit the water on one of Shearwater Excursions adventure cruises, a long time island favorite. The fun loving crew knows Nantucket and its natural world inside out. Choose a coastal clamming excursion, seal/whale watch tour or spectacular sunset cruise.
ShearwaterExcursions.com 508-228-7037

Nantucket Bike Tours offers customized bike tours through town, out on the moors, or even to a brewery!
nantucketbybike.com 508-825-5362

Nantucket Walkabout with Peter Brace offers 7 unique, undiscovered nature walks through the many diverse areas of the island.
walknantucket.com 508-422-7466

The Maria Mitchell Aquarium packs a lot of marine life into a small space. Go in the mornings to see them feeding the fish.
mariamitchell.org 508-228-5387

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DINNER

Madaket Millie’s requires a cab ride/drive outside town but it’s truly worth it. Go on the early side, just before 6:00, if you don’t want to wait. Fun drinks and tacos with a Mexican flair.
milliesnantucket.com 508-228-8435

Jetties Beach’s beachside restaurant has a playground, lush sand beach and a place to eat and drink (not fast food). Kids can play within sight while parents enjoy sunset and cocktails.
thejetties.com 508-228-2279

Small-Shearwater_Excursions_Nantucket_Minke

If you don’t mind a picnic, head on over to Sayles Seafood which offers seafood dinners to go: fried clams, lobster, (and just about any type of seafood cooked to order. Chicken for kids). Carry your dinner to the beach right across the street and enjoy the view.

saylesseafood.com 508-228-4599

Tip: Be sure to bring these Nantucket visit essentials to make the most of your visit:
Windbreaker
Sweater or fleece for cool evenings
Sunblock
Hat
Bathing suit
Towel
Spread to picnic on
Sneakers for walking or biking
Flip flops for sandy places
Sunglasses
Water bottle
Backpack

Fall Fun

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FALL FUN ITINERARY

There’s something about this time of year that brings families closer and begs us to savor
the moment. Here is our recommendation for how to spend a day soaking up autumn goodness with loved ones.

Family + Outdoors + History + Food & Drinks + Laughter + Shopping + Art = Memories

honeypot9:30 am | Start the day at Honey Pot Hill with delicious cider donuts and hot apple cider, then pick your favorite pumpkin to carve and decorate later with the kids!
138 Sudbury Road, Stow, MA
honeypothill.com | (978) 562.5666
battleroad11:00 am | Fall foliage and key historic sites meet along Battle Road Trail in Minute Man National Historic Park. Walk with camera in hand through farming fields, forests, and wetlands. Start at various points on Route 2 in Lexington or the Minute Man Visitors Center.
nps.gov/mima | (978) 369-6993
deCordova1:00 pm | Feed your brain with a stop at deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park to walk among the sculptural displays and take in the latest art exhibit. Then satiate your appetite with lunch at deCordova cafe.
51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, MA 01773
decordova.org | (781) 259-8355
walden2:30 pm | Drive along Route 2 for stunning scenery before stopping at Walden Pond for a leisurely walk around the birthplace of the conservation movement and source of inspiration for Thoreau’s work.
915 Walden St, Concord, MA 01742
mass.gov/eea | (978) 369-3254
concord3:30 pm | Stroll along Main Street in charming Concord. Pop into a shop or two and wander the sidewalks in search of holiday gifts and a little something for yourself. Start a conversation with a local and lose track of time…
Main Street, Concord, MA 01742
woods hill table6:00 pm | Enjoy a true farm-to-table dining experience at Woods Hill Table, where the philosophy is all about great food, family farms, and sustainable sourcing.
24 Commonwealth Ave., Concord, MA 01742
woodshilltable.com | (978) 369-6300
jack's abby8:00 pm | Round out the night with a new, seasonal brew from craft brewery Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers, made from locally-grown ingredients, traditional German brewing standards, and American innovation.
100 Clinton Street, Framingham, MA 01702
jacksabby.com | (774) 777-5085

March Culinary Calendar

March Culinary

DATED EVENTS

Appetizer Workshop: Gluten Free Taiwanese Fresh Spring Rolls
March 1, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Duck Soup
365 Boston Post Rd #106
Sudbury, MA 01776

Farm-to-KITCHEN Cooking Classes: Persian and Middle Eastern Flavors
March 2, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The KITCHEN presented by The Trustees
The Boston Public Market
100 Hanover Street
Boston, MA 02108

Teen Cooking: Empanadas
March 2, 2018
3:45 PM – 5:15 PM
Duck Soup
365 Boston Post Road #106
Sudbury, MA 01776

Cooking on a Budget: SNAP-ED Nutrition Workshops
March 2, 2018
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
The KITCHEN presented by The Trustees
The Boston Public Market
100 Hanover Street
Boston, MA 02108

Farm-to-KITCHEN Cooking Class: Athens vs. Santorini, Greece
March 3, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
The KITCHEN presented by The Trustees
The Boston Public Market
100 Hanover Street
Boston, MA 02108

The Sip of Boston Beer Tour by City Brew Tours
March 3, 2018
10:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Pick-Up Location (Charles Street Liquors)
143 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114

North Adams Winter Indoor Framers Market
March 3, 2018
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
87 Old Main Street
Deerfield, MA 01342

USE YOUR SENSES: A Lesson in Cheese
March 3, 2018
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
The Public Library of Brookline – Brookline Village
361 Washington Street
Brookline, MA 02445

Moody’s Guest Chef Nights
#1 March 3, 2018
#2 March 6, 2018
#3 March 14, 2018
#4 March 28, 2018
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Moody’s Delicatessen & Provisions
468 Moody Street
Waltham, MA 02453

Dream Sundayz Brunch & Day Party Series #BrunchSoHard
March 4, 2018
11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
La Casa De Pedro
505 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02210

Baking School: Essential Cakes, Pastries, Pies & More with Chef Cleo
March 4, 2018
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
The KITCHEN presented by The Trustees
The Boston Public Market
100 Hanover Street
Boston, MA 02108

Shrubs & Vinegars Mixology Monday with Salt & Olive
March 5, 2018
Grendel’s Den Restaurant & Bar
89 Winthrop Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Stock Pot’s Open House For Prospective Food Entrepreneur Clients!
March 6, 2018
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Polka Dot Building
342 Pearl Street
Malden, MA 02148

Sipping Whiskey & Rye with the Smoke Shop
March 6, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The Smoke Shop
1 Kendall Square #100
Cambridge, MA 02139

Whiskey Class: Great River Road
March 6, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The Smoke Shop BBQ
25 Hampshire Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

Sea-to-KITCHEN Cooking Class: Seafood Feast with Red’s Best
March 7, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The KITCHEN presented by The Trustees
The Boston Public Market
100 Hanover Street
Boston, MA 02108

Taiwanese Night: Beef & Noodle Stir-Fry
March 8, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Duck Soup
365 Boston Post Road
#106
Sudbury, MA 01776

Croissants by Flour Bakery + Café
March 8, 2018
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Flour Bakery Breadquarters
9 Travis Street
Boston, MA 02134

Somerville Brew n’ Chew
March 10, 2018
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Brooklyn Boulders Somerville
12A Tyler St
Somerville, MA 02143

KITCHEN Master Class: Show-stopping Brunch
March 10, 2018
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
The KITCHEN presented by The Trustees
The Boston Public Market
100 Hanover Street
Boston, MA 02108

Brioche + Sticky Buns By Flour Bakery + Café
March 10, 2018
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Flour Bakery Breadquarters
9 Travis Street
Boston, MA 02134

The Refined Cook Culinary Series: Vegan Asian (Gluten free)
March 10, 2018
6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Dedham
Dedham, MA

Mixology Class with Saxtons River Distillery
March 10, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
The KITCHEN at the Boston Public Market
100 Hanover Street
Boston, MA 02108

Nella Pasta Making Workshop
March 11, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
The KITCHEN presented by The Trustees
The Boston Public Market
100 Hanover Street
Boston, MA 02108

Demo Day in the KITCHEN: Nella Pasta & Red Apple Farm
March 11, 2018
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
The KITCHEN at the Boston Public Market
100 Hanover Street
Boston, MA 02108

Farm-to-KITCHEN Cooking Class: New England Comfort Food
March 14, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The KITCHEN presented by The Trustees
The Boston Public Market
100 Hanover Street
Boston, MA 02108

Pi Day Taste Test
March 14, 2018
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
The Public Library of Brookline – Brookline Village
361 Washington Street
Brookline, MA 02445

Feed Your Wanderlust | Chilean Wine & Food
Thu, March 15, 2018
10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Joyful Kitchen Cooking School
12 Greenwood Rd
Wellesley, MA 02481

Butter Bretons by Flour Bakery + Café
March 17, 2018
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Flour Bakery Breadquarters
9 Travis Street
Boston, MA 02134

St. Patty’s Grand Craft Beer Tasting with Hopsters
March 17, 2018
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
100 Hanover Street
Boston, MA 02108

Maple Weekend
March 17- 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
March 18- 1:15 PM – 4:15 PM
6 windmill Drive
Maynard, MA 01754

A Taste of Celebration
March 18, 2018
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
House of the Seven Gables
 115 Derby St
Salem, MA 01970

Farm-to-KITCHEN Cooking Class: All Food leads to Rome
March 18, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
The KITCHEN presented by The Trustees
The Boston Public Market
100 Hanover Street
Boston, MA 02108

The Art of the Dumpling with Fresh Zen
March 22, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The KITCHEN presented by The Trustees
The Boston Public Market
100 Hanover Street
Boston, MA 02108

French Macarons by Flour Bakery + Café
March 22, 2018
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Flour Bakery Breadquarters
9 Travis Street
Boston, MA 02134

Mexican Night: Authentic Tamales by Duck Soup
March 22, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Duck Soup
365 Boston Post Road #106
Sudbury, MA 01776

The Refined Cook Culinary Series: Taste of Asia 1 (Gluten free)
March 23, 2018
7:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Private Location to be disclosed 45 hours before event
Dedham, MA

Cake decorating workshop by Flour Bakery + Café
March 24, 2018
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Flour Bakery Breadquarters
9 Travis Street
Boston, MA 02134

Cheesemaking: First Steps by Boston Cheese Cellar
March 25, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Boston Cheese Cellar
18 Birch Street
Boston, MA 02131

Northshore Magazine’s Grand Tasting + Culinary Marketplace
March 29, 2018
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Blue Ocean Event Center
4 Ocean Front North
Salisbury, MA 01952

KITCHEN Master Class: Show-stopping Brunch
March 31, 2018
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
The KITCHEN presented by The Trustees
The Boston Public Market
100 Hanover Street
Boston, MA 02108

RECURRING EVENTS

Food Trivia Night 
Every Wednesday
6:00 PM – 7:45 PM
Boston Public Market
100 Hanover Street
Boston, MA 02108

Afternoon Tea
Every Saturday
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Artistry on the Green
2027 Massachusetts Avenue
Lexington, MA 02421

Chocoholics Unanimous
Every Saturday, 2018
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Cafe Fleuri
250 Franklin Street
Boston, MA 02110

Waterfront wine tours
Every Saturday and Sunday, 2018
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Pasta Beach
30 Rowes Wharf
Boston, MA 02110

A Vegetarian Tour of Northampton
Every Sunday, 2018
12:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Downtown Northampton
Pulaski Park
240 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060

Northampton Local Food Tour
Every Sunday, 2018
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Downtown Northampton
Pulaski Park
240 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060

Boston Wine Festival
February 23 – March 30, 2018
Boston Harbor Hotel
70 Rowes Wharf
Boston, MA 02110

Boston Beer and Cheese Fest
March 9 – 10, 2018
6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Cyclorama
539 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116

Truffle Making Workshop w/ Taza Chocolate (+ Wine Tasting)
Mar 16 – 17, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
The KITCHEN at the Boston Public Market
100 Hanover Street
Boston, MA 02108

Italian Wine Specialist Course
March 10 – 25, 2018
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Eataly Boston (La Scuola)
800 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02199

Dine Out Boston Dinner Cruise
March 18-30, 2018
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Rowe’s Wharf, Gate B
Boston, MA 02110

 

Nantucket: Off the Beaten Path

By Karin Burgess

Nantucket is one of New England’s most beautiful coastal retreats and one of my favorite Massachusetts destinations. There are a myriad of things to do on this charming island but if you want to explore it authentically and off the beaten track consider adding some of these gems to your itinerary.

Plan to stay for at the very least an overnight. More and you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of wide open beaches, ocean vistas, taste sea to table foods (can’t get any fresher), bike through moors, watch for whales and shop the cobblestone streets of Nantucket’s beyond charming little town. Adventure ahead!

GETTING THERE

Ferry: Nantucket Steamship Authority and Hy-Line from Hyannis, Mass.

Airplane: Nantucket Airport

STAY

The Nantucket Hotel is a family friendly hotel that will pick you up at the ferry in an antique shuttle. Kid’s activities on the premises (day and night) keep youngsters engaged so parents can enjoy some R&R.

thenantuckethotel.com 508-228-4747

Shearwater_Excursions_Nantucket_Clamming

B&B’s abound on the island. Here are a few of my favorites.

21 Broad Street is a fun, chic, and urban B&B in the heart of Nantucket. 21broadhotel.com 508-228-4749

Seven Sea Street Inn is beautifully decorated, cozy B&B with an old time feeling set in a newer building.
sevenseastreetinn.com 508-228-3577

Set on the outskirts of town (quick walk in), Centerboard Inn is stylish and fresh.
centerboardinn.com 508-228-9696

BREAKFAST/LUNCH

Handlebar Café is an unhurried oasis serving delicious coffee. If you have to check your email, you can get it done here in hip style.
handlebar.coffee, 508-367-1976

Lemon Press Nantucket serves up healthy, fresh cold pressed raw juices.
lemonpressnantucket.com 508-228-3800

Breakfast at Fog Island Café. Their fluffy buttermilk pancakes with real maple syrup are highly recommended.
fogisland.com 508-228-1818

Walter’s Seafood Market in the Straight Wharf Fish Store is the place for the freshest lobster rolls possible at lunchtime. Take them outside to eat on the dock. Ice cream after.
4 Harbor Square 508-228-1095

Small-Shearwater_Excursions_Nantucket_Jumping_Whale

Tucked away in town, Center Street Bistro is a small café with huge portions, flavorful fresh food and modest prices.
nantucketbistro.com 508-228-8470

At Slip 14 on Straight Wharf you’ll find great seafood at modest prices right on the wharf.
slip14.com 508-228-2033

TO DO

Ok not off the beaten track but you must Walk Historic Downtown Nantucket. Tony boutiques and unique shops line cobblestone streets. This shopping district is very special. Be sure to save time to stroll the busy wharves to see fishing boats and yachts come summer. Sunken Ship has good Nantucket memorabilia. Hit up Aunt Leah’s for fresh fudge. A renovated theater features current films.

Visit Siasconset. Take the local shuttle service, the WAVE, head out of town, going east. Walk along a bluff that stands 100′ above the water’s edge (begins at 27 Bank Street), on a town right of way. Look for the dramatic erosion and historic summer mansions that are now too close to the edge to inhabit. Ice cream at Sconset Market.

Small-Shearwater_Excursions_Nantucket_Harbour_Cruise

Hit the water on one of Shearwater Excursions adventure cruises, a long time island favorite. The fun loving crew knows Nantucket and its natural world inside out. Choose a coastal clamming excursion, seal/whale watch tour or spectacular sunset cruise.
ShearwaterExcursions.com 508-228-7037

Nantucket Bike Tours offers customized bike tours through town, out on the moors, or even to a brewery!
nantucketbybike.com 508-825-5362

Nantucket Walkabout with Peter Brace offers 7 unique, undiscovered nature walks through the many diverse areas of the island.
walknantucket.com 508-422-7466

The Maria Mitchell Aquarium packs a lot of marine life into a small space. Go in the mornings to see them feeding the fish.
mariamitchell.org 508-228-5387

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DINNER

Madaket Millie’s requires a cab ride/drive outside town but it’s truly worth it. Go on the early side, just before 6:00, if you don’t want to wait. Fun drinks and tacos with a Mexican flair.
milliesnantucket.com 508-228-8435

Jetties Beach’s beachside restaurant has a playground, lush sand beach and a place to eat and drink (not fast food). Kids can play within sight while parents enjoy sunset and cocktails.
thejetties.com 508-228-2279

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If you don’t mind a picnic, head on over to Sayles Seafood which offers seafood dinners to go: fried clams, lobster, (and just about any type of seafood cooked to order. Chicken for kids). Carry your dinner to the beach right across the street and enjoy the view.

saylesseafood.com 508-228-4599

Tip: Be sure to bring these Nantucket visit essentials to make the most of your visit:
Windbreaker
Sweater or fleece for cool evenings
Sunblock
Hat
Bathing suit
Towel
Spread to picnic on
Sneakers for walking or biking
Flip flops for sandy places
Sunglasses
Water bottle
Backpack

Fall Fun

Download the Fall Fun Itinerary 

FALL FUN ITINERARY
There’s something about this time of year that brings families closer and begs us to savor the moment.
Here is our recommendation for how to spend a day soaking up autumn goodness with loved ones.
Family + Outdoors + History + Food & Drinks + Laughter + Shopping + Art = Memories

honeypot9:30 am | Start the day at Honey Pot Hill with delicious cider donuts and hot apple cider, then pick your favorite pumpkin to carve and decorate later with the kids!
138 Sudbury Road, Stow, MA
honeypothill.com | (978) 562.5666
battleroad11:00 am | Fall foliage and key historic sites meet along Battle Road Trail in Minute Man National Historic Park. Walk with camera in hand through farming fields, forests, and wetlands. Start at various points on Route 2 in Lexington or the Minute Man Visitors Center.
nps.gov/mima | (978) 369-6993
deCordova1:00 pm | Feed your brain with a stop at deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park to walk among the sculptural displays and take in the latest art exhibit. Then satiate your appetite with lunch at deCordova cafe.
51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, MA 01773
decordova.org | (781) 259-8355
walden2:30 pm | Drive along Route 2 for stunning scenery before stopping at Walden Pond for a leisurely walk around the birthplace of the conservation movement and source of inspiration for Thoreau’s work.
915 Walden St, Concord, MA 01742
mass.gov/eea | (978) 369-3254
concord3:30 pm | Stroll along Main Street in charming Concord. Pop into a shop or two and wander the sidewalks in search of holiday gifts and a little something for yourself. Start a conversation with a local and lose track of time…
Main Street, Concord, MA 01742
woods hill table6:00 pm | Enjoy a true farm-to-table dining experience at Woods Hill Table, where the philosophy is all about great food, family farms, and sustainable sourcing.
24 Commonwealth Ave., Concord, MA 01742
woodshilltable.com | (978) 369-6300
jack's abby8:00 pm | Round out the night with a new, seasonal brew from craft brewery Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers, made from locally-grown ingredients, traditional German brewing standards, and American innovation.
100 Clinton Street, Framingham, MA 01702
jacksabby.com | (774) 777-5085

Fall Fun

Download the Fall Fun Itinerary 

FALL FUN ITINERARY
There’s something about this time of year that brings families closer and begs us to savor the moment.
Here is our recommendation for how to spend a day soaking up autumn goodness with loved ones.
Family + Outdoors + History + Food & Drinks + Laughter + Shopping + Art = Memories

honeypot9:30 am | Start the day at Honey Pot Hill with delicious cider donuts and hot apple cider, then pick your favorite pumpkin to carve and decorate later with the kids!
138 Sudbury Road, Stow, MA
honeypothill.com | (978) 562.5666
battleroad11:00 am | Fall foliage and key historic sites meet along Battle Road Trail in Minute Man National Historic Park. Walk with camera in hand through farming fields, forests, and wetlands. Start at various points on Route 2 in Lexington or the Minute Man Visitors Center.
nps.gov/mima | (978) 369-6993
deCordova1:00 pm | Feed your brain with a stop at deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park to walk among the sculptural displays and take in the latest art exhibit. Then satiate your appetite with lunch at deCordova cafe.
51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, MA 01773
decordova.org | (781) 259-8355
walden2:30 pm | Drive along Route 2 for stunning scenery before stopping at Walden Pond for a leisurely walk around the birthplace of the conservation movement and source of inspiration for Thoreau’s work.
915 Walden St, Concord, MA 01742
mass.gov/eea | (978) 369-3254
concord3:30 pm | Stroll along Main Street in charming Concord. Pop into a shop or two and wander the sidewalks in search of holiday gifts and a little something for yourself. Start a conversation with a local and lose track of time…
Main Street, Concord, MA 01742
woods hill table6:00 pm | Enjoy a true farm-to-table dining experience at Woods Hill Table, where the philosophy is all about great food, family farms, and sustainable sourcing.
24 Commonwealth Ave., Concord, MA 01742
woodshilltable.com | (978) 369-6300
jack's abby8:00 pm | Round out the night with a new, seasonal brew from craft brewery Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers, made from locally-grown ingredients, traditional German brewing standards, and American innovation.
100 Clinton Street, Framingham, MA 01702
jacksabby.com | (774) 777-5085

Nantucket: Off the Beaten Path

By Karin Burgess

Nantucket is one of New England’s most beautiful coastal retreats and one of my favorite Massachusetts destinations. There are a myriad of things to do on this charming island but if you want to explore it authentically and off the beaten track consider adding some of these gems to your itinerary.

Plan to stay for at the very least an overnight. More and you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of wide open beaches, ocean vistas, taste sea to table foods (can’t get any fresher), bike through moors, watch for whales and shop the cobblestone streets of Nantucket’s beyond charming little town. Adventure ahead!

GETTING THERE

Ferry: Nantucket Steamship Authority and Hy-Line from Hyannis, Mass.

Airplane: Nantucket Airport

STAY

The Nantucket Hotel is a family friendly hotel that will pick you up at the ferry in an antique shuttle. Kid’s activities on the premises (day and night) keep youngsters engaged so parents can enjoy some R&R.

thenantuckethotel.com 508-228-4747

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B&B’s abound on the island. Here are a few of my favorites.

21 Broad Street is a fun, chic, and urban B&B in the heart of Nantucket. 21broadhotel.com 508-228-4749

Seven Sea Street Inn is beautifully decorated, cozy B&B with an old time feeling set in a newer building.
sevenseastreetinn.com 508-228-3577

Set on the outskirts of town (quick walk in), Centerboard Inn is stylish and fresh.
centerboardinn.com 508-228-9696

BREAKFAST/LUNCH

Handlebar Café is an unhurried oasis serving delicious coffee. If you have to check your email, you can get it done here in hip style.
handlebar.coffee, 508-367-1976

Lemon Press Nantucket serves up healthy, fresh cold pressed raw juices.
lemonpressnantucket.com 508-228-3800

Breakfast at Fog Island Café. Their fluffy buttermilk pancakes with real maple syrup are highly recommended.
fogisland.com 508-228-1818

Walter’s Seafood Market in the Straight Wharf Fish Store is the place for the freshest lobster rolls possible at lunchtime. Take them outside to eat on the dock. Ice cream after.
4 Harbor Square 508-228-1095

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Tucked away in town, Center Street Bistro is a small café with huge portions, flavorful fresh food and modest prices.
nantucketbistro.com 508-228-8470

At Slip 14 on Straight Wharf you’ll find great seafood at modest prices right on the wharf.
slip14.com 508-228-2033

TO DO

Ok not off the beaten track but you must Walk Historic Downtown Nantucket. Tony boutiques and unique shops line cobblestone streets. This shopping district is very special. Be sure to save time to stroll the busy wharves to see fishing boats and yachts come summer. Sunken Ship has good Nantucket memorabilia. Hit up Aunt Leah’s for fresh fudge. A renovated theater features current films.

Visit Siasconset. Take the local shuttle service, the WAVE, head out of town, going east. Walk along a bluff that stands 100′ above the water’s edge (begins at 27 Bank Street), on a town right of way. Look for the dramatic erosion and historic summer mansions that are now too close to the edge to inhabit. Ice cream at Sconset Market.

Small-Shearwater_Excursions_Nantucket_Harbour_Cruise

Hit the water on one of Shearwater Excursions adventure cruises, a long time island favorite. The fun loving crew knows Nantucket and its natural world inside out. Choose a coastal clamming excursion, seal/whale watch tour or spectacular sunset cruise.
ShearwaterExcursions.com 508-228-7037

Nantucket Bike Tours offers customized bike tours through town, out on the moors, or even to a brewery!
nantucketbybike.com 508-825-5362

Nantucket Walkabout with Peter Brace offers 7 unique, undiscovered nature walks through the many diverse areas of the island.
walknantucket.com 508-422-7466

The Maria Mitchell Aquarium packs a lot of marine life into a small space. Go in the mornings to see them feeding the fish.
mariamitchell.org 508-228-5387

Small-Shearwater_Excursions_Nantucket_Whale_Watch
DINNER

Madaket Millie’s requires a cab ride/drive outside town but it’s truly worth it. Go on the early side, just before 6:00, if you don’t want to wait. Fun drinks and tacos with a Mexican flair.
milliesnantucket.com 508-228-8435

Jetties Beach’s beachside restaurant has a playground, lush sand beach and a place to eat and drink (not fast food). Kids can play within sight while parents enjoy sunset and cocktails.
thejetties.com 508-228-2279

Small-Shearwater_Excursions_Nantucket_Minke

If you don’t mind a picnic, head on over to Sayles Seafood which offers seafood dinners to go: fried clams, lobster, (and just about any type of seafood cooked to order. Chicken for kids). Carry your dinner to the beach right across the street and enjoy the view.

saylesseafood.com 508-228-4599

Tip: Be sure to bring these Nantucket visit essentials to make the most of your visit:
Windbreaker
Sweater or fleece for cool evenings
Sunblock
Hat
Bathing suit
Towel
Spread to picnic on
Sneakers for walking or biking
Flip flops for sandy places
Sunglasses
Water bottle
Backpack

SIX KID-FRIENDLY DAY TRIPS

From the Berkshires to the Cape, these quick day trips will form memories for parents and children alike

 

BOSTON – Taking a family day trip that accommodates the toddler, teen and parents is no easy task. There is only so much time to grant the requests of the toddler who wants to marvel at the tigers at the zoo, the teen who craves a thrill at an amusement park, Mom who wants to mosey through the art museum and Dad who wants to cheer on his favorite team at a sports event. Finding a middle ground is the key to a successful excursion and fortunately, Massachusetts is always up for the challenge. Each region of the state offers a day trip that is actually fun for the whole family. From an indoor trampoline park to the basketball of fame to walking through the treetops at the EcoTarium, Massachusetts promises a memorable trip for all.

Greater Boston

The morning is when we have the most energy of the day from all of the excitement of a new adventure. Jump your way into an endless sea of trampolines at Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park. All trampolines are enclosed with additional angled trampolines that allow you to literally bounce off the walls. These trampoline playcourts opened in 2004 and families have been bouncing ever since.

SkyZone.com

After jumping around, you have earned your lunch. Nothing is a greater crowd pleaser than pizza and Boston has more than a few varieties to sample around town. Boston Pizza Tours offers unique walking tours exploring Boston’s most historic neighborhoods. Enjoy slices from three different pizzerias including Boston’s oldest shop with a brick oven from 1883 and learn the history of this beloved food in a city where it thrives. BostonPizzaTours.com

After all of the pizza, the rule is that we must wait an hour to swim after eating, so we can go ahead and let the swans do all the work. Hop aboard one of the famous Swan Boats on the water of the Boston Public Garden. These boats date back to the 1870s when rowing a small boat in the Public Garden lagoon was a favorite summer pastime for city residents. Enjoy the picturesque 24 acres of the Public Garden on this 15-minute ride on the water. SwanBoats.com

Adults find their inner child and children celebrate the child they are now at the new Legoland Discovery Center. Explore this wonderland of everyone’s favorite building blocks. The center offers 2 Lego rides, a 4d cinema, a play area, a model builder academy and even a mini-land to see Somerville and Boston’s iconic buildings and attractions made from Lego bricks. LegolandDiscoveryCenter.com/Boston

Almost every city has a children’s museum, but Boston’s was one of the first and one of the most influential children’s museums in the world. The Boston Children’s Museum is also one of the largest of its kind in the world. It emphasizes hands-on engagement and learning through experience with a three-story, jaw-dropping maze and a Japanese House gifted from Boston’s Japanese sister city, Kyoto. BostonChildrensMuseum.org

North of Boston

Head out to sea early for a quintessential Massachusetts adventure on Captain Bill and Sons Whale Watch. Sail the popular three-hour tour to view the world’s largest mammal surfacing, feeding and breaching in the feeding areas of Stellwagen Bank and Jeffreys Ledge. In season, these waters, a National marine Sanctuary, provide some of the best whaling watching opportunities in the world. CaptBillandSons.com

Discover all of the nooks and crannies of an American medieval-style castle at the Hammond Castle Museum. John Hays Hammond Jr. built this castle in 1926 to serve as his home and backdrop for his collection of ancient medieval artifacts. Hammond produced over 400 patents and ideas for over 800 inventions like the remote control. Inside the house is an invention exhibits room to pay homage to his large body of work. HammondCastle.org

For the true thrill-seeking family, Amesbury Sports Park offers the longest zorbing/sphering lane in North America. Think hopping inside a giant hamster ball for humans and rolling down a steep hill. The first zorbing site was established in New Zealand and quickly became a worldwide sensation. This outdoor gravity park also offers the steepest, fastest summer and snow tubing hill in New England. AmesburySportsPark.net

When the sun starts to set, explore the lower depths deep in the tunnels of witch city, Salem. The Salem Tunnel Tour is an hour walking tour through the historic streets of Salem and through the ancient smuggling tunnels built by our founding fathers. Visit the wharfs, homes, businesses and banks connected by these tunnels. These were also used as part of the Underground Railroad and a pathway to speakeasies during prohibition. SalemTunnelTour.com

South of Boston

Trail through meadows, forests and streams and see sheep in their natural habitat on the Natural Resources Trust of Easton. The beautiful 154-acre land trust is home to many farm animals including horses, chickens, geese, goats, cows and of course, sheep. The mission of the trust is to educate visitors on natural and cultural resources and to preserve the land’s rural character and heritage. NrtofEaston.org

Wade in the Massachusetts state fruit at Mayflower Cranberries, a family cranberry farm with 3.5 acres of active cranberry bogs. The cranberry is one of only three fruits native to American soil, alongside the Concord grape and the blueberry. The fruit helped sustain Americans for hundreds of years as food, medicine and dye for rugs and blankets. May through October, visitors may act as the grower by stepping into a pair of waders and trudging through the bog to help with the harvest. MayflowerCranberries.com

Scale the 65-foot indoor rock wall and climb to the top at Carabiner’s Climbing. As a beginner, start with a 10-foot climb or bouldering until you are ready for belaying or climbing greater heights with a harness. Carabiner’s New Bedford features some of the tallest indoor climbing in the Northeast. At one time, it was largest indoor climbing facility in the country. Carabiners.com

One of the oldest zoos in the country, also known as “one of the finest small zoos in the United States,” is the Buttonwood Park Zoo. The exhibits reflect the wildlife along a 200-mile journey of Massachusetts. The Berkshires to the Sea exhibit displays black bears, mountain lions, river otters, bald eagles and seals. Across the covered bridge stands Buttonwood Farm, where you will meet rare breeds of farm animals. BPZoo.org

Cape Cod and the Islands

Rise and shine and out to sea to catch scup, bass, blackfish, squid, tuna and shark on a Magellan Deep Sea Fishing Charter. Captain Greiner and Pillsbury have been running charters for over 20 years are bring their experience and sense of humor for an entertaining, safe and successful fishing trip. They provide the gear and you catch the fish deep in the sea. CapeCodSportsmen.com

Once you have worked up an appetite, it is snack time at the Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory. From the farmers’ potato fields to the table, see how the legendary, crispy chips are made. Watch “The Spudnick,” an integral part of the chip process that gently loads the potatoes onto a conveyer belt to be separated into small batches for quality tasting and through the factory they go. The quality control team samples the potatoes and chips every step of the way. At the end of the tour, do not forget to hit the gift shop and load up on snacks for the car. CapeCodChips.com

Take the kid son a swashbuckling adventure to hunt for treasure in the Hyannis Harbor. Pirate Adventures Cape Cod invites your little pirates aboard the Sea Gypsy for face painting, tattoos and pirate sashes to dress the part. The captains will sing sea chanteys, tell stories and fend off other pirates to bring the Sea Gypsy home to harbor. CapeCodPirateAdventures.com

For dinner, all aboard a moveable feast on the Cape Cod Central Railroad Dinner Train. This culinary journey travels through quaint, seaside villages and cranberry bogs to see the New England landscape. Train travel was once the most sophisticated and civilized way to get from here to there and on Cape Cod, it still is. Capetrain.com

Central Massachusetts

Hold a snake in your own two hands at the Family Zoo & Science Center at Animal Adventures. A husband and wife team takes in exotic animals no longer able to be kept by their current owners and houses them to provide them with proper care. Take a guided adventure tour, watch a live animal presentation or participate in a hands-on exhibit. AnimalAdventures.net

Channel your inner canoe with a canoe class by Still River Outfitters. Their signature QuickStart class is a brief, three-hour introduction to paddling. Students will learn about boat control, hazards and rescues. Paddle down the beautiful rivers of Massachusetts including Sudbury and Assabet River during your course. Still River Outfitters also offers white water or coastal kayaking trips, stand up paddle-boarding and snowshoeing. Blog.StillRiverOutfitters.com

For the science lovers in the family, the EcoTarium is a unique indoor-outdoor museum in Worcester set in an urban oasis. The EcoTarium offers a chance to walk through the treetops, take a thrilling multimedia journey through the galaxy at a digital planetarium, meet wildlife, stroll nature trails and ride a narrow gauge railroad. Ecotarium.org

Time travel to the 1830s to Old Sturbridge Village, a living, breathing, vibrant village depicting life in New England. Meet historians in costume and tour 40 antique buildings including a country store, a school and water-powered mills. Learn to plow, make crafts, dip candles and help the printer, potter and blacksmith at work. OSV.org

Western Massachusetts and the Berkshires

Learn to make your own animated film in just two hours at Animagic, the museum of animation, special effects and art. Berkshire Talent created visual effects for “The Matrix,” “Chicken Run,” “Wallace and Gromit,” and “Lord of the Rings,” so what better place to try your hand at special effects than in The Berkshires. In the time spent at the museum, you will create a model, make an animation movie, record your movie, add sound, music, a title and upload to YouTube. Mambor.com

More than 300 inductees and 40,000 square feet of basketball history are housed in The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. For the fledgling or lifelong fan, the Hall of Fame is an impressive shrine to the worldwide sport in the Birthplace of Basketball. HoopHall.com

Walk where the dinosaurs walked. The Connecticut River Valley is where the first dinosaur tracks in North America were found. The Nash Dinosaur Tracks has produced more dinosaur tracks than any other location in history. The site is also home to a museum that displays various dinosaurs tracks and fossils, as well as a rock shop to purchase these materials. NashDinosaurTracks.com

Weave in and out of a 2.66 mile corn maze at Rolling Acres. Once you make your way out of the labyrinth, play a round of mini-golf or launch skyward on the giant jumping pillow, which is essentially a giant trampoline. Rolling Acres offers one of the greatest mazes in all of New England. RollingAcres.us

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 close to $1.2 billion in state and local taxes and $18.5 billion in travel related expenditures, supporting 129,400 in-state jobs. massvacation.com

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For more information, contact:

Annie Moloney, Director of Communications
Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism
617 – 973-8531
annie.moloney@state.ma.us

or

Molly Kravitz, Public Relations Manager, Connelly Partners
Mobile # 317-919-5252 ~ Office # 617-521-5431
mkravitz@connellypartners.com

Explore Green

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State Parks | Landscapes | Nature | Green is Fun | How to be a Green Traveler | Green Links | Green Attractions

STATE PARKS

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation manages one of the largest state parks systems in the country. Its 450,000 acres comprise forests, rural and urban parks, greenways, historic sites and landscapes, seashores, lakes, ponds, reservoirs and watersheds.

Places to go/things to do:

  • Cool off and go swimming in lakes, ponds, pools, rivers, even Boston Harbor
  • Get physical: hike , bike and mountain bike.
  • Get back to nature and camp under the stars in 28 state forests and parks. For a twist on traditional camping, reserve a yurt at Otter River State Forest.
  • Paddle on ponds and rivers.
  • Explore the Boston Harbor Islands, just a 45-minute ferry ride from downtown Boston.

More things to do in state parks.

More bike trails and routes.

Private campgrounds

Visiting Boston? Stroll, picnic, and play in the Rose Kennedy Greenway, a brand-new one-mile linear park that replaced Boston’s elevated highway.

LANDSCAPES

The great diversity of the Massachusetts landscape ranges from mountain peaks to pristine barrier beaches. The Trustees of Reservations is at the forefront of protecting properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value – 100 properties and 25,000 acres to date.  On Boston’s North Shore, Greenbelt protects 15,000 acres of river, trail, and other natural corridors, coastal systems and visually intact landscapes.

Places to go/things to do:

  • Climb to the summit of Monument Mountain in Great Barrington, and you’ll see why it’s been an inspiration to poets, novelists, and painters for almost two centuries.
  • Roam the four coastal drumlins, rocky shore, and marshes that comprise World’s End in Hingham. Enjoy spectacular views of Hingham harbor and the Boston skyline.
  • Check the tide charts, then walk across the mud flats at low tide to Crowninshield Island in Marblehead. Explore the woods, salt marsh, and tidal pools before the tide laps back in.
  • Hike through a dense forest to Royalston Falls whose waters rush through a deep gorge, then plunge 45 feet into a basin.

More places to go

NATURE

Experience the wonders of nature up close. MassWildlife, the state agency responsible for protecting wildlife, has mapped out 67 prime viewing sites. Look for the brown binocular road signs indicating the sites.

Mass Audubon protects more than 34,000 acres of ecologically significant land in Massachusetts, and it is a leader in applying green technology to its existing and new buildings. Its sanctuaries represent some of the most spectacular habitats in Massachusetts, ranging from beaches and salt marshes on Cape Cod to woodlands and mountains in the Berkshires.

Places to go/things to do:

DOWN ON THE FARM

Massachusetts’ farmers welcome visitors. Here’s how to get a taste of rural life:

GREEN IS FUN

  • Check out the New England Aquarium’s Blue Impact video and see how global warming is affecting Right Whales, sea turtles, sea jellies, even the water levels in Boston harbor. Then visit the Aquarium’s Giant Ocean Tank.
  • In the spring, see river herring begin their annual trek up coastal streams and rivers via man-made fish ladders.
  • Visit a fish hatchery.
  • Celebrate all things Green at the annual Boston GreenFest: family activities, information, demonstrations, music, food, and more. Takes place mid-August every year.
  • Learn about how turbines transform wind into green energy at the Museum of Science’s Catching the Wind exhibit. And track energy production in the Museum’s own Wind Lab, a group of nine wind turbines mounted on the Museum roof.
  • Head out to Stellwagen Bank on a whale watch cruise and learn all about these magnificent creatures and their marine habitats from on-board naturalists.

HOW TO BE A GREEN TRAVELER

Before you leave home:

  • Change your thermostat to reduce heat/AC use; lower the setting on your hot water heater; unplug chargers, TVs, and other electronics.
  • Bring a bag to recycle containers en route.
  • Consider alternatives to driving: train, bus, and plane.
  • If you’re driving, follow these eco tips.
  • Pack reusable water containers – avoid the high environmental cost of one-use plastic bottles.
  • Bring good walking shoes – it’s the healthy way to get around.

During your Massachusetts getaway:

  • Choose hotels and restaurants that have environmental programs in place.
  • Participate in hotels’ Green programs: follow the towel re-use programs; use recycle bins; turn off heat, air conditioning, and lights when leaving your room; bring your own toiletries; use recycle containers.
  • Get out of your car. Walk, bike, and take advantage of Massachusetts’ extensive public and private transportation network.

GREEN LINKS

Cape and Islands Go Green Guide