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Need new ideas while traveling to U.S.A.? Spring 2015 News

Some ideas for travellers to U.S.A.

California: Dream big in the Golden State. California provides the backdrop for dreamers like chefs, shopkeepers and wellness experts to follow their passion to find success. The new VisitCalifornia.com launched January 2015, inspiring Canadians to dream big when planning their vacation in the Golden State. For those that enjoy the finer things in life, superlative indulgences await in California for the ultimate bespoke vacation – from private vineyard experiences in Napa and cycle tours around Santa Barbara to chef dinners in San Francisco and glamping in A-framed huts in the San Jacinto Woods.
San Diego’s Balboa Park, the largest cultural urban park in the world, celebrates 100 years since the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, which lay the foundation to the park’s inception. To explore this legacy of pioneering inventions and ideas, visitors can purchase the Balboa Park Explorer pass and receive unlimited general admission to 17 of its attractions for one year. Dream Big www.visitcalifornia.com

Carlsbad, Calif.: Founded as a mineral spring in 1882, Carlsbad offers an unmatched standard of personal pampering for both women and men. Conveniently located between Los Angeles and San Diego, luxury resorts such as Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa, Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa and West Inn & Suites offer exquisite dining, service and world-class spas. Men looking for adventure can take advantage of Carlsbad’s sunny weather on its eleven kilometres of pristine beaches with a surf lesson, or tee up at four golf courses, including the recently renovated Omni La Costa Legends Course. Golf enthusiasts can also brush up their skills at the PGA Tour Academy and receive custom clubs as well as discounted gear straight from the source at Callaway, Cobra-Puma and TaylorMade. In May 2015, Carlsbad’s wellness month promotion returns with an expanded focus with special deals and packages at area resorts. Where to go for fun. www.visitcarlsbad.com

Chattanooga, Tenn.: Discover the “Scenic City,” a riverfront escape that’s big on arts and adventure. Chattanooga’s burgeoning music scene continues to develop as a new entertainment district is set to open in 2015 as part of an $8 million renovation to the iconic Chattanooga Choo Choo campus. Local artists go back to basics with glassblowing, letterpresses, calligraphy and more for visitors to experience firsthand. The Tennessee Aquarium, ranked the 2014 fourth best aquarium in the world by TripAdvisor, is set to expand in 2015 with a new freshwater conservation institute. Whether an avid rock climber or new to the sport, either can perfect their technique at High Point Climbing, Chattanooga’s newly-opened downtown indoor/outdoor rock climbing and fitness center. Uncommon lodging exists in many forms, from the carriages of the Chattanooga Choo Choo, to the LEED Platinum Certified Crash Pad Hostel and the de-commissioned Delta Queen riverboat. Also, the development of a new five-story, 90-room upscale boutique hotel has been announced, planned for the arts district near the Walnut Street Bridge. All this, plus year-round outdoor adventures such as biking, caving, paddling, rock climbing, trail running and hang gliding await! Take me there! www.ChattanoogaFun.com

Cincinnati, Ohio: The Queen City welcomes visitors with a magnitude of identities. The river town is home to professional sports teams, a ballet and symphony, a host of museums and cultural institutions, and a burgeoning culinary and libation scene. All eyes will be on Cincy this summer when the Cincinnati Reds host Major League Baseball’s 2015 All-Star Game and the 86th Midsummer Classic at Great American Ball Park. The city pays homage to its German roots with the annual Goetta Fest this August 6-9, 2015 – a celebration of the much-loved German breakfast sausage unique to Cincinnati in all culinary shapes and forms, from goetta balls and goetta nachos to the more traditional goetta sliders. www.CincyUSA.com

CityPASS: Save up to 50 per cent on attraction admissions in top North American destinations with CityPASS. Spring Break travel is a breeze with CityPASS, ticket booklet holders can bypass most main-entrance ticket lines – an extra-special perk with excited children in tow. CityPASS delivers deeply-discounted tickets to top attractions in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Southern California, Tampa Bay and Toronto. All CityPASS products are available online and can also be purchased at any of the participating attractions, providing a foolproof city escape this spring and summer season. CityPASS: Save Money. Have Fun. www.CityPASS.com

Finger Lakes Wine Country, NY: Upstate New York’s Finger Lakes Wine Country offers four seasons of visitor experiences. Throughout the spring and summer, visitors can enjoy world-class wines from a selection of more than 100 area wineries situated along picturesque lakes in upstate New York. Summer is also a great time to explore the great outdoors, from hiking the trails of Watkins Glen State Park to sailing at Seneca Lake. In the Finger Lakes, not even the sky is the limit, with hang-gliding, ballooning, and glider planes in the soaring capital of America. The internationally-renowned Corning Museum of Glass
See the Beauty. Feel the History. Taste the Wine. www.fingerlakeswinecountry.com

Huntington Beach, Calif.: Enjoy the experience of a classic California beach town in Huntington Beach, Surf City USA. From the International Surfing Museum to the annual U.S. Open of Surfing, visitors can explore the destination’s surf heritage, or just immerse in Huntington Beach’s laid-back surfing attitude. Alongside the free spirit of Huntington Beach’s coastal lifestyle is a playful imagination highlighted through new cultural and tourism developments. Pacific City debuts in 2015 with 11 acres of shops and dining, including a public market called LOT 579 which will serve as an incubator for local artisans. The new Pasea Hotel and Spa is also slated to open doors in early 2016. Year-round stunning weather and ten miles of broad sand beaches make Huntington Beach an active, energetic town where life is lived outdoors. Owing to its outdoor recreational opportunities and a vibrant downtown, Huntington Beach is a perfect family getaway – from parents to pooches! Surf City USA. www.surfcityusa.com

Long Beach, Calif.: Located in the heart of Southern California, Long Beach blends the urban sophistication of a big city with the relaxed atmosphere of a beach resort. Bordered by the Pacific Ocean, with 9 kilometres of sandy beach front, plus kilometres of inland bays and waterways, Long Beach basks in the warm glow from our year-round California sun. Visitors will also discover world-class attractions and cutting-edge museums, including the legendary Queen Mary ocean liner and WWII troopship; the Aquarium of the Pacific, boasting more than 11,000 animals; and the Long Beach Museum of Art, now featuring a pavilion with two new floor of gallery space. Long Beach Airport provides nonstop service to 13 destinations, and Los Angeles International Airport and Orange County’s John Wayne Airport are only 25 minutes from Long Beach, making a SoCal getaway just a short flight away! www.visitlongbeach.com

The Palm Beaches, Fla.: Located two hours south of Orlando and one hour north of Miami, The Palm Beaches offers visitors the best way to experience Florida®. Find an eclectic collection of 38 distinct cities and towns from the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean to the shores of Lake Okeechobee, from Boca Raton to Jupiter. Known as Florida’s Golf Capital, beyond its famous resort fairways discover acclaimed four dozen public courses. Play golf on the ocean at Palm Beaches’ Dick Johnson designed Par 3 or for a different kind of “birdie” at the Audubon International certified Osprey Point Golf Course. For shoppers, the destination’s affluent community keeps The Palm Beaches’ consignment stores filled with the latest designer and couture fashions for less. At Wellington’s International Polo Club Palm Beach the winter 2015 polo season crescendo’s with the US Open Polo Championships Sunday, April 19. Take this majestic game in over the weekly Sunday brunch or join the fun of International Gay Polo Week April 9 – 11. The Best Way to Experience Florida® www.palmbeachfl.com

Greater Palm Springs, Calif.: Nestled in Southern California’s Coachella Valley, Greater Palm Springs is located two hours east of Los Angeles and comprised of nine unique cities – Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio and Coachella.
Outdoor adventures await visitors during the winter and spring travel seasons. Trails around the Coachella Valley are waiting to be explored by foot, bike, ATV, horse or even hummer; which includes those in both Joshua Tree and Death Valley National Parks – a favourite for adventure junkies. The region continues to thrive with hotel openings and enhancements. Arrive, a 32-room boutique and restaurant, will open in Palm Springs’ Uptown Design District later in 2015. By the end of the year, Two Bunch Palms Spa Resort will add 26 rooms as a part of its ongoing multi-million renovation. The iconic Horizon Hotel, a prime example of midcentury modern architecture built by renowned architect William F. Cody 1952, is also currently undergoing enhancements. The new SilverRock Resort has been approved to be built in
La Quinta. This CA$520 million US project will include a 140-room, luxury hotel and spa with lobby and pool bars, fitness center and a restaurant, a 200-room “lifestyle” hotel with a spa, fitness center, lobby and pool bar. Go behind the scenes at the Coachella Valley’s windmill farms with new tours now available. A Brand New Day. www.visitgreaterpalmpsrings.com.

Santa Barbara, Calif.: Part of California’s Central Coast region, Santa Barbara spans 100 miles of pristine coastline, with dramatic mountain views, sparkling seas, lush gardens and white-washed buildings which have earned its distinction as “The American Riviera.” The destination has always been a haven for artists, artisans, wine makers and chefs. Many have located themselves into The Funk Zone. This inner city neighborhood has exploded with artisan shops, art galleries, award-winning microbreweries and even a craft distillery. Be Immersed in Santa Barbara’s art scene staying within the sophisticated design of the Hotel Indigo, or check out the affordable accommodations at new hostel The Wayfarer – a haven for art and wine enthusiasts and beach adventurers. Wine lovers will appreciate the region’s Urban Wine Trail, featuring the best of Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Valley. Santa Barbara’s year-round signature events also delight. This includes Old Spanish Days Fiesta, Summer Solstice Parade, Harbor & Seafood Festival, Vintners’ Festival and Earth Day Festival The American Riviera. www.santabarbaraca.com

Sunny Isles Beach, Fla.: Sunny Isles Beach is nestled between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, located on a three-kilometre expanse of white sand and glittering ocean. With beautiful weather year-round, Florida’s Riviera is the ultimate winter escape. The destination is home to some of South Florida’s most luxurious accommodations including Acqualina Resort & Spa, Trump International Beach Resort and Turnberry Isle Miami. This compact destination also provides the ultimate luxury pre- or post-cruise stay with mega ships such as the Carnival Breeze, Disney Oceania Cruises and Regent 7 Seas home ported in Miami. Visitors will enjoy festivals such as the 8th Annual Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Fest, returning in November, outdoor adventure at Oleta River State Park and the finest shopping opportunities. Discover a getaway beyond your expectations. www.sunnyislesbeachmiami.com

Greater Williamsburg, VA: Greater Williamsburg is ready to shatter their history-only reputation with a slew of new openings and cultural experiences. The first exhibition devoted to Leonardo da Vinci’s fascination with the beautiful and the ugly comes to Williamsburg’s Muscarelle Museum of Art Feb. 21-April 5 – making Williamsburg one of only two North American cities to host the exclusive exhibit. Williamsburg Distillery prepares to open this spring and will craft vodka, rum and bourbon using 18th-century recipes and techniques. Alewerks Brewing Company unveils a recreated 17th-century beer that can be tasted during tours or sold exclusively to Chowning’s Tavern when the restaurant re-opens in March 2015. The new Virginia Capital Trail currently offers 12 kilometres of historic hiking traversing 400 years of North American history. The trail will soon be a part of the larger 85 kilometre trail. Yorktown Victory Center’s brand new 7400 metre-squared facility opens spring 2015, featuring vibrant gallery exhibits and enhanced outdoor interpretive programming. www.visitwilliamsburg.com

Massachusetts Spring Hotel Packages!

SPRING INTO GREAT LODGING DEALS IN MASSACHUSETTS
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Get Outside and Melt the Winter Blues Away

BOSTON – January 12, 2012 –Longer days, lighter coats, pretty pastels and fresh scents mean one thing to those who have felt housebound for several months – Spring Fever. So put the snow shovels and wool sweaters away, and embrace all that spring has to offer in Massachusetts! With fantastic lodging deals and activities designed to melt those winter blues away, you’ll be inspired by the season.

For a complete list of spring deals and daily updates on events and attractions, please visit www.massvacation.com, like us on Facebook at Visit Massachusetts or follow us on Twitter @VisitMA.

Greater Boston

YOUUUUUUK! Package, Liberty Hotel The YOUUUUUUK! Package is perfect for every Red Sox fan. Kick off the baseball season by spending a weekend night or two at The Liberty Hotel and help raise funds for Kevin Youkilis’ charitable organization, Youk’s Kids. A portion of the proceeds from this package will go to Youk’s worthy charity. This luxury package includes: overnight accommodations, an original Kevin Youkilis signed baseball and breakfast for two at CLINK. Contact The Liberty Hotel for pricing.  www.libertyhotel.com

Eco Chic Package, Lenox Hotel – Appreciate the environment and spring’s warmer temps with the Lenox’s Eco Chic Package. After being one of only four hotels in the world to be named to Conde Nast Traveler’s Green List, the Lenox is proud to be a pioneer in the ecotourism movement. The urban Eco-Chic package is a perfect get away that includes comfortable accommodations, an Urban AdvenTour Bike Tour of Boston and more. Package includes a night in an elegant accommodation, organic wine upon arrival and a donation to the Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM). Rates starting from $439 per room.  www.lenoxhotel.com

Freedom Trail Discovery Package, The Fairmont Copley PlazaThe Freedom Trail features sixteen historic sites, all significant in America’s early struggle for freedom, connected by a 2.5 mile red brick line that not only links one place to another, but the past to the present. The Fairmont Copley Plaza celebrates Boston’s rich history and the 50th Anniversary of this legendary attraction with its Freedom Trail Discovery Package. The package includes one night in an elegant guestroom, two passes to the Walk Into History tour with an 18th-century costumed guide, two tickets to the three Freedom Trail historic museums (Old South Meeting House, Old State House and Paul Revere House) and a copy of The Freedom Trail: An Artist’s View.  www.fairmont.com/copleyplaza

North Of Boston

Minute Man Historic Park Family Fun Package, Bedford Plaza HotelNothing says springtime quite like spending time in the park, especially at Minute Man National Historical Park. Check out their daily ranger programs, guided tours and a range of special events featuring Revolutionary War reenactors, musical performances, story telling and more! Bedford Plaza Hotel offers a Family Fun Package that includes admission for two adults and two children to Minute Man Park. Younger guests also receive a Kid’s Welcome Bag and the whole family will enjoy complimentary continental breakfast in their restaurant, Atrium Café. Rates starting at $95 per night.  www.befordplazahotel.com

Cape & the Islands

Family Vacation Package, Cape Codder Resort, Hyannis Plan a springtime getaway that the whole family will love. The Family Vacation Package at the Cape Codder Resort includes two nights for a family of four, including up to a $40 meal allowance for breakfast, lunch or dinner at Grand Cru Wine Bar or Hearth ‘n Kettle Restaurant. Bring your family and enjoy admission to their spectacular Cape Codder Indoor Wave Pool, complete with 2′ waves 80’ water slides, soothing whirlpool, saunas, dancing water fountains, full spa services, a Heated Outdoor Pool and much more! Contact the Cape Codder Resort for rates.  www.capecodderresort.com

Girls Overnight Getaway Package, Dan’l Webster Inn & Spa, SandwichGet ready for a new season with this package designed to help you gather the Goddesses in your life for a relaxing Girls Getaway! Rejuvenate with this two night retreat, savor award-winning cuisine from their fine dining or tavern menus, pamper yourselves in the Beach Plum Spa with Beach Plum Foot Rituals and Massages and rediscover the importance of connecting with the Goddesses who help make you complete! Package includes: one or two nights accommodations, $50 meal voucher for Fine Dining or the Tavern, two Cranberry Pedicures, two 60 minute massages and a special gift. Contact the Dan’l Webster Inn & Spa for rates.  www.danlwebsterinn.com

Western Massachusetts

The Girlfriends Getaway / Mother-Daughter Retreat Package, Cranwell Resort, Spa & Golf Club, LenoxThis package is the perfect way to relax as the snow melts and flowers bloom. The package includes one night Classic Resort accommodations, $125 spa credit, 10% discount on spa treatments, $25 dining credit at any Cranwell restaurant, unlimited fitness classes and full use of the Spa at Cranwell with heated indoor pool, whirlpools, saunas, steam rooms and fitness center, welcome chocolates and shopping discounts at the nearby Lee Premium Outlets. Rates start at $299 per person. www.cranwell.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.  www.massvacation.com

Valentine’s Day Packages in Massachusetts!

FALL IN LOVE, CELEBRATE LOVE, AND REMEMBER LOVE IN MASSACHUSETTS
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From the First Date to the Golden Anniversary, The Bay State Inspires L-O-V-E

BOSTON, December 2, 2011 – Love is cause for celebration and Massachusetts’ romantic atmosphere makes it the ideal destination to show off your sentimental side. The Bay State’s varied backdrops, bucolic settings, and unforgettable experiences will charm even the most discerning romantic.

Whether you’re planning a romantic weekend getaway, the perfect Valentine’s Day, or your dream wedding, the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) is your source for romance packages and wedding planning resources; please visit www.massvacation.com, “like” us on Facebook, or “follow” us on Twitter @VisitMA.

Fall in Love in Massachusetts

Greater Boston

Four Seasons: Room for Romance Package – Whisk yourselves away for a memorable night with a package designed for romance. If you’re thinking of popping the question, their complimentary Say Yes! add-on will help turn your dream engagement into a reality. The expert Concierge team is on hand to help you plan the perfect proposal. www.fourseasons.com/boston/package_detail_1859.html
Onyx Boston: The Sweetest Taboo Package – This one night stay in deluxe accommodations includes a complimentary bottle of Champagne, cookies from Boston’s famed Chipyard Cookies and a relaxation basket (massage oils, bath salts, etc.) www.onyxhotel.com/onxspec/
Liberty Hotel: Guilty Pleasures Romance Package – They’re not opposed to having (or hosting) a little fun, so hang your “Solitary” sign on the door for a romantic stay at The Liberty Hotel. Included are whimsical ways to keep sparks flying and extra time to cuddle the next day. This luxury Boston hotel package includes: overnight luxurious accommodations, champagne delivered to your room, breakfast for two in their signature restaurant CLINK, or through In-room dining, chocolate dipped strawberries, intimacy kit and an extended late check-out of 3pm. www.libertyhotel.com/packages_and_specials/#guilty
North Of Boston & Greater Merrimack Valley

Emerson Inn by the Sea: Romance Package – This package makes a perfect gift for that special someone! It includes two nights accommodation with breakfast for two each morning and Chocolate Covered Strawberries with Sparkling Wine upon arrival and a $50.00 Diner Certificate for our Grand Cafe or Grand Parlor.  www.emersoninnbythesea.com/packages.htm
South of Boston

John Carver Inn & Spa: Fire and Ice Romance Package – Escape to historic Plymouth…a serenely idyllic destination in the quiet season…. with their Fire and Ice Romance Package. Getaway with your sweetheart…cozy up to your own fireplace, enjoy champagne and chocolates and savor the moment of true romance. Package includes: one night accommodations in a four poster fireplace room at $20 off or upgrade to a fireplace suite with Jacuzzi, bottle of iced Champagne and chocolates for two, $10 meal allowance for Hearth ‘n Kettle and 10% off on all Beach Plum Spa services. www.johncarverinn.com/plymouth_accommodations/packages/romance/
Cape & Islands

Captain’s Manor Inn in Falmouth: Premium Romantic Getaway – Celebrate your honeymoon, anniversary or make any occasion a little more romantic with this Cape Cod getaway. The package includes two nights in a simply elegant room with private bath, a dozen roses, Duval-Leroy French champagne and a half dozen chocolate dipped strawberries upon arrival, two adult round-trip tickets to Martha’s Vineyard, gourmet cheese, fruit and cracker platter with a bottle of wine for the second evening of your stay, full breakfast each morning of your stay and afternoon refreshments daily starting at 3 p.m. http://captainsmanorinn.com/packages/
International Inn & Suites: “Cuddles and Bubbles Package” – This package is back at International Inn and Suites. You supply the cuddle and they will supply the bubble in a Jacuzzi built for two. One Night Special: Book one night in Royal Victorian, Crown Victorian Suite or Plaza Suite and get a complimentary dinner for two. Two Nights Special: Book one night in Royal Victorian, Crown Victorian Suite or Plaza Suite and get the second night for only $50. http://www.internationalinncapecod.com/html/cuddles-and-bubbles-package.html
Central Massachusetts

Sturbridge Host on Cedar Lake: Romantic Massachusetts Getaway Package – Escape to the tranquil shores of Cedar Lake with your loved one for a weekend getaway of romantic bliss. The Romantic Massachusetts Getaway package at Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center is the perfect excuse to indulge with your sweetheart. Enjoy quiet strolls along the scenic shoreline, or a paddleboat ride across the lake. In the evening, enjoy a romantic table for two at our restaurant. The Romantic Massachusetts Getaway is the perfect indulgence. http://www.sturbridgehosthotel.com/html/romantic-weekends-massachusetts-package-pkg.asp
Western Massachusetts

Birchwood Inn – Make your escape from the everyday world a memorable getaway experience with this special “Getaway,” designed to enhance your stay at the romantic Berkshires Inn. Romance. Relaxation. Gourmet dinners. Flowers. Chocolates. All are yours to enjoy. http://www.birchwood-inn.com/packages.html
Yankee Inn – The Berkshires is the perfect place to go for a getaway from the city or to just relax and spend some quality time with a loved one. Our Firespa king canopy Jacuzzi suites are perfect for a romantic weekend getaway. www.yankeeinn.com/berkshires-vacation/romantic-getaways/
 
Celebrate Love in Massachusetts – Historic Wedding Locations:

State Room, Boston – Dreaming of a glamorous, urban wedding? This 33-story skyscraper overlooks the city, offering breathtaking views to enjoy with your sweetheart. Their warm, yet stunning décor includes hardwood floors and natural light. They will help you from setting the theme of your wedding to putting together the most exquisite meal for you and your guests, and of course, wine and bar selections, décor and entertainment. 60 State Street, 33rd Floor, Boston. 617-854-5000 www.longwoodevents.com
Old South Church, Boston – Beauty, history and sacredness come together in this grandly adorned sanctuary located in Boston’s Copley Square. With its gothic beauty of the Gordon Chapel and quiet intimacy of the Children’s Chapel, it’s no wonder this church has long been a favored location for weddings. The church offers a range of spaces in which to hold a wedding ceremony and has a prime location offering easy access to a host of nearby hotels, reception venues and proximity to popular photo shooting locations like the Boston Public Garden. 645 Boylston St. Boston, MA. 617-536-1970. www.oldsouth.org/
Boston Public Library – Books are just the beginning for this library. The Boston Public Library offers one of the most unique and historic event venues in the city. Ornately designed spaces in a variety of sizes offer groups the ideal setting for a variety of sizes and styles of weddings. With its rich interior and balcony access, the Abbey Room provides the perfect romantic and intimate setting. Going for grandeur? Bates Hall is distinct with its high, dome ceilings and elegant décor. 700 Boylston St., Boston MA. 617-536-5400. www.bpl.org/
Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton – Located on 22 acres of woodland on the shores of Porter’s Pond, Fuller Craft Museum provides picturesque views, an artful environment and an experienced staff to help plan your special day. The natural setting, combined with beautiful architecture creates the perfect backdrop for romantic weddings photos. Have an elegant, indoor reception in their largest room, The Great Room, which features changing exhibitions of contemporary craft in a beautiful theater environment. Take advantage of New England’s beautiful summers on their Outdoor Patio. This beautiful flagstone courtyard offers exquisite outdoor entertaining at an affordable price and features a lagoon, fountains, sculpture and views of Porter’s Pond. 455 Oak Street, Brockton, MA.508-588-6000. www.fullercraft.org/
White Elephant, Nantucket – The White Elephant, named one of the World’s Best Hotels in the U.S. by Condé Nast Traveler, is an intimate hotel that stretches alongside the ever-changing Nantucket Harbor. Enjoy exemplary service, world-class cuisine and what is considered to be one of the most magnificent locations on the island as you celebrate this exciting day. What is more magnificent than your ceremony or cocktails overlooking Nantucket Harbor? Explore the many options for a magical wedding at this beautiful beachside hotel. 10 Amelia Drive, Nantucket. 800.475.2637. www.whiteelephanthotel.com/
Wychmere Beach Club – Longwood Events’ beachside wedding and retreat venue, Wychmere, captures the essence and nostalgia of seaside romance. Set on the Cape Cod shore, it perfectly blends the Cape Cod relaxed classic Americana style with glamour and luxury Longwood Events stands for. At Wychmere. They design your oceanside wedding reception, waterfront rehearsal dinner or oceanfront corporate retreat flawlessly, creating unforgettable memories. 23 Snow Inn Road, Harwich Port, MA. 617-854-5000. www.wychmerebeachclub.com/
Ocean Edge Resort and Golf Club – Poised on 429 pristine acres, Ocean Edge Resort and Golf Club is renowned for its historic charm, unlimited amenities and first-class service. Host the classic, Cape Cod outdoor wedding of your dreams amid the famous Ocean Edge Linden tree on the Mansion’s rolling emerald lawn. Their new Mansion Ballroom offers couples the largest luxury ballroom on Cape Cod. Whether you desire a formal celebration and reception or a casual clambake and brunch, they offer the ideal setting for a memorable Cape Cod wedding reception. 2907 Main Street, Brewster, MA. 508-896-9000. www.oceanedge.com/
Remember Love in Massachusetts – Build Memories at One-of-a-Kind Settings:

Museum of Fine Arts – Love art? The MFA now hosts weddings in its regal glass-walled Shapiro Family Courtyard, designed by the famous London architects Foster + Partners. The Koch Gallery is perfect for smaller weddings with its 17th and 18th century European paintings. Attendees can view the galleries, including the new Arts of America wing. Catering is taken care of by Restaurant Associates, who also serve up food in fellow landmark museums, including the MET. 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA. 617-267-9300. www.mfa.org/
Science Museum – Offering a matchless riverfront location and the vitality of a contemporary science center, the Museum presents a complete range of options for any bride and groom. An inspired setting is essential, and couples may choose from an array of unique indoor venues (the main Exhibit Halls and Skyline Room are most popular) or opt for the open-air Washburn Pavilion with its proximity to water and sky. Without doubt, the Museum is a one-of-a-kind setting, full of creative possibilities and ability to accommodate the fresh and unusual. Whether you like the elegance of traditional décor accented by the picturesque backdrop of a sparkling river or the fun and whimsy of a theme that reflects your individuality, they can provide it. 1 Science Park, Boston, MA. 617-723-2500. www.mos.org/
New England Aquarium – Create a lasting impression with a wedding at the NEAQ. Whether you want a grand celebrations or an intimate affair, their team of catering and event experts will ensure your day completely unforgettable. Located on the Boston Harbor, the Aquarium offers a number of venue options and beautiful photo ops to match. Dine along 80 penguins with a 200,000-gallon Giant Ocean Tank as the centerpiece in the Main Exhibit Gallery. Enjoy amazing views of the city skyline and harbor through the Harbor View Café’s floor to ceiling windows. 1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA. 617-973-5200. www.neaq.org/
Plimoth Plantation – Your wedding celebration at historic Plimoth Plantation will become the first of many unforgettable memories together. Experienced event planners will assist you with every decision, and their staff will attend to the smallest detail with professional, impeccable service. The plantation offers a unique English Colonial setting for a classic outdoor ceremony in the beautiful Hornblower Garden, a festive celebration in Gainsborough Hall, the Peabody Pavilion or the Accomack Room, all set the stage for exquisite culinary creations as you and your guests celebrate your special day. 137 Warren Avenue, Plymouth, MA. 508-746-1622. www.plimoth.org/
L’ADANA, Burlington – This elegant interpretation of a Tuscan farmhouse is a unique and luxurious wedding venue North of Boston offering an abundance of fresh, seasonal Tuscan fare in a rustic-modern setting. Whether your dreams for your special day are on a grand scale or of a more intimate affair, L’Andana will help you to create your personalized wedding day. The main dining room will be transformed into a romantic and elegant venue, while the private dining room provides for a more intimate reception. The onsite ceremony space allows you to exchange your vows by candlelight creating a perfectly romantic moment. L’Andana offers an abundance of fresh, seasonal Tuscan fare by our acclaimed chef in a rustic-modern setting.  Allow their unsurpassed events team to share in your day while managing every detail – from creating a distinctive customized menu to personalizing your entire experience. Leaving nothing left but for you and your guests to enjoy and savoir in the moment of your wedding day. 86 Cambridge St, Burlington MA. 781-270-0100. http://landanagrill.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.  www.massvacation.com

Outdoor Adventures in Massachusetts! October 2011 news

 MASSACHUSETTS: THE PLACE TO FALL INTO OUTDOOR ADVENTURE
                                        This Season Experience the Great Outdoors With a Variety of Exhilarating Activities

BOSTON, September 21, 2011 – Escape the indoors as you experience an assortment of unique autumn adventures in Massachusetts. Experience firsthand how the shores of the Cape change after Labor Day. Enjoy the fading green summer background and the beautiful autumn colors as you cycle along the back roads and bike paths in many Massachusetts communities from the Cape and Islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket to the Berkshires. For those looking for more adrenaline pumping activities, let the rolling waves challenge you as you kayak in the beautiful Essex River Basin or raft the white water rapids in Western MA. See fall foliage from a bird’s eye view as you take a glider flight with Cape Cod Soaring or a Hot Air Balloon over the stunning mountaintops of Western Massachusetts. Push your boundaries and enjoy the Commonwealth’s natural elegance as you fall into outdoor adventure.

The Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) provides adventurous families with all of the resources needed to create the perfect fall getaway. A dedicated microsite to autumn, massvacation.com/fallfoliage, gives you driving routes, up-to-date leaf peeping information, lodging specials and all of the information you need to enjoy autumn in the Commonwealth.

“Fall is the perfect time to spend exploring and experiencing Massachusetts,” said Betsy Wall, executive director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel + Tourism. “With all of the fairs, festivals and foliage, there is something for everyone.”

For a complete list of getaway ideas and activities, visit massvacation.com and follow us on Facebook at Visit Massachusetts (http://www.facebook.com/VisitMassachusetts) and Twitter @VisitMA (http://twitter.com/VisitMA).

The following is just a sampling of activities across the state:

Greater Boston:
• Boston Harbor National Park – 34 islands accessible from Boston Harbor comprise this National Park Area. Camp, kayak, picnic, swim, bird watch or explore historic trails and forts. Panoramic views of the harbor and Boston. Camping available on four islands. http://www.bostonharborislands.org/

• Charles River Canoe and Kayak – With five locations in the Greater Boston Area, they offer canoes and stable recreational kayaks, plus faster sea kayaks and a variety of other boat types! Explore all their canoe and kayak rental locations and you’ll find a wide range of paddling experiences and environments. http://www.paddleboston.com/main.php

North of Boston & Greater Merrimack Valley:
• Essex River Basin Adventures – Explore nature and discover wildlife paddling around the Essex River Basin. Paddle to Crane Beach to watch the moon rise and enjoy smores, hot chocolate and coffee. Start your morning with a sunrise paddle or take a leisure ride on a family friendly tour. http://www.erba.com/index.htm

South of Boston:
• Capt. Tim Brady & Sons Charters & Tours – This Plymouth Company offers Whale Watching Tours, sports fishing charters, deep sea fishing charters and specialty cruises. http://www.fishchart.com/

Cape & Islands:
• Cape Cod Soaring, Marston Mills – Simply take a glider ride or learn to fly on your own. http://www.capecodsoaring.com/

Central Massachusetts:
• Columbus Day “Hike and Bike” Weekend, Noble View – Take it easy with a scenic foliage hike in the Berkshire foothills, or take on a challenge with the Great River Ride. We’ll stay at Noble View, with its cozy fireplace heated cabins and state-of-the art bath house. Three nights, three simple breakfasts, three dinners, $95/person. http://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/28133

• Jumptown Skydiving, Orange – Skydiving club and drop zone at Orange Airport, birthplace of commercial U.S. skydiving. Jumps and classes for experienced skydivers and novices, as well as exciting competitions and exhibitions. State-of-the-art hangar, plus club and team rooms. Coaching, rigging, and packers available. Spectators welcome in a shaded viewing area. http://www.northquabbinwoods.org/entries/72

Western Massachusetts:
• Worthington Ballooning – A balloon flight in New England is an experience few people ever know.  It can be an aerial nature walk where, floating silently above the trees, you may see wildlife in their natural habitat.  It can also be the most peaceful, relaxing experience you will ever know, following the contour of the land or dipping down for a close up view of a small lake, pond or stream. Established in 1991, Worthington Ballooning specializes in customized flights high above the beautiful Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. http://www.worthingtonballooning.com/

About MOTT:
The Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism is the state agency dedicated to promoting Massachusetts as a leisure travel destination and to stimulate the Massachusetts economy by generating state and local tax revenues, creating jobs, and supporting the growth of travel related businesses.  MOTT serves as a leader in the tourism industry, bringing together the public and private sectors to promote Massachusetts as a leisure travel destination.  For more information, visit massvacation.com.

Unforgettable Massachusetts Experience this Season. Dec 2010 news

GIVE THE GIFT OF AN UNFORGETTABLE MASSACHUSETTS EXPERIENCE THIS SEASON

The Entire State Offers Unique Experiences for Everyone on Your List

BOSTON, December 1, 2010– Tired of the same old gifts: the “vanity” mugs, toys they’ll play with only once, the winter hat and glove set? Then give the gift of an unforgettable Massachusetts experience that will be remembered for a lifetime. Box seats to a minor league game, membership at MA parks, a museum membership, a tour of a MA winery or brewery, a quiet weekend getaway at the many lodging properties in the state, or a restaurant featuring locally grown product, the list goes on.  With busy schedules and hard to shop for relatives, www.massvacation.com  is just a click away and where you will find listings for:
the Adventurer; the Art Lover; the Theatre Buff; your Sweetheart; the Sports Fan; the Family; the Foodie; the Enlightened One, and your sweetheart.  Massachusetts has activities, events and attractions to satisfy everyone.

“We want people to share their experiences of the commonwealth with others,  and what better way to do that then to give a unique Massachusetts gift for the holidays.” said Betsy Wall, executive director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism.   

To begin your search for the perfect Massachusetts gift, visit: www.massvacation.com or MOTT”s social networking pages on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Visit-Massachusetts/132857061913 and Twitter http://twitter.com/VisitMA

The following is just a sampling of the gift giving ideas across the Commonwealth.   For the: 

•        Adventurer: If it’s fast, high, or outdoors, the Adventurer loves it.  Give your adrenaline junkie what he or she craves with the gift of adventure.

•        Art Lover: The Art Lover sees beauty in painting, photography, and dance, and lives, eats and breathes music.  The perfect gift, tickets to a museum or a gift card for a gallery.   

•        Theatre-Buff: Be it comedy or tragedy, the Theatre Buff craves drama.  Give ‘em what they want with the gift of tickets to a local performance. 

•        Your Sweetheart:  Surprise your sweetheart with a night of wine, food and romance at some of the best restaurants, wineries and lodging properties in Massachusetts.

•        Sports Fan:  Show the Sports Fan you’re a team player by getting him or her some tickets and offering to help with the face paint.  Giant foam finger optional. 

•        Family Fun: Holidays are all about the Family.  Surprise yours with the gift of a family excursion to a fun day at a local attraction and a great hotel or inn and create a fun new tradition. 

•        Foodie:  Wine and dine your culinary enthusiast with a romantic dinner and wine tasting, or toast the holidays together on a brewery or winery tour.

•        Enlightened One: Open the Enlightened One’s mind, body, and soul with the gift certificate to MA parks or a membership at the Trustees of the Reservation where  you can walk among the beautiful nature MA has to offer.

CONTACT:

Naureen Kazi
Development Counsellors International
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Ron D’Amico
Connelly Partners
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