Explore Massachusetts – Spring/Summer 2016 Newsletter



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Spring/Summer 2016

Visitors Love Massachusetts and So Will You!
Massachusetts is bursting with history, culture and natural beauty. Visitors love Cape Cod’s beaches and North Shore lobsters, the Berkshires foliage and Worcester museums. Fall in love with Boston and Cambridge, attracted by their ethnic enclaves, campus buzz and thrilling nightlife.

New Air Service to Boston
WestJet celebrated the launch of its newest service out of Halifax. There are two new services into Logan Airport this spring. Toronto Boston flights commenced three times daily on March 15th and a daily flight from Halifax began in April 2016.

What’s New in Boston
In the heart of historic Boston, Faneuil Hall Maketplace is packed with shops, push carts, and restaurants specializing in fresh lobster and bay scallops. It’s common to find musicians and street performers entertaining shoppers, adding to the ambience. Its centerpiece, Faneuil Hall, built in 1742. Near Faneuil Hall, you can find penguins, seals and octopi or take a whale watching tour from the New England Aquarium and Simons IMAX Theater.

The Boston Public Market opened last July and features pushcart vendors and a new indoor, year round 28,000 SF public market, with 45 permanent vendors and an exterior market, which can accommodate up to 20 additional vendors on the plaza outside. The Kitchen at Boston Public Market is a 3,200 SF space offering chef demonstrations, cooking classes, and year round programming showcasing regionally sourced food.

Visit Boston’s boutique shops and bookstores on Newbury Street and Copley Place, then shop for deals at Assembly Row, which is expanding to include an additional 167,000 SF of outlet retail, restaurants and entertainment increasing Assembly Row nearly 50% by 2017.

The Plainridge Park Casino opened its doors last June. The 106,000 SF racing and gaming facility has 1,250 slots machines and electronic table games, as well as a live harness racing track, the only in Massachusetts.

Dine Out Boston is set to begin August 2016. Patrons will have a wonderful chance to dine at over 170 Boston area restaurants at price points below the norm. Previously known as Restaurant Week, the promotion began in 2001 and was reborn as Dine Out Boston in 2014.

2016 Openings
The Godfrey Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel with 242 rooms, retail space, a coffee shop, a 1,500 SF spa center, and a full service restaurant (to come), opened in February at the historic Blake Building.

A 330-room Aloft Hotel & a 180-room Element Hotel have opened on D Street opposite the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC). The $137.8 M project brings 510 new hotel rooms to the Seaport District, in close proximity to the BCEC. The element opened in January and the Aloft opened in February.

The 83,000 SF, 152-room AC Hotel Boston North opened in March, the first AC Hotel by Marriott to be built in the US bearing the AC Hotel brand. Common spaces will include dining rooms, bar, lounge, pool, fitness center and two meeting rooms.

The Porter Square Hotel, a 65-room hotel located in Cambridge, includes a restaurant, full bar, private dining facilities and an outdoor roof garden. The hotel is expected to open May 2016.

In November 2014, local dignitaries broke ground on a 96-room hotel that resides in Gloucester. The Beauport Hotel will be located on Pavilion Beach and is scheduled to open in the spring of 2016.

A second AC Hotel by Marriott will open at the 27-acre Cambridge Discovery Park near Alewife Station in August 2016. The boutique hotel is design-led, contemporary, and tailor-made for modern travelers with its signature AC Lounge, hi-tech meeting and media spaces, a fitness center and pool, and 150 sleek modern guest rooms.

Construction has commenced on a 136-room Hilton Garden Inn at Patriot Place that overlooks Gillette Stadium and the hotel is scheduled to open in October 2016.

Fun Things To Do in Cape Cod & the Islands
Cape Cod has it all – Internationally acclaimed beaches, rich Pilgrim history, incredible natural beauty and some of the best whale watching in the world. Hiking trails, bike paths and cranberry bogs abound. Miles of coastline make Cape Cod the perfect destination for swimming, boating, fishing, kayaking and paddle boarding. The Cape and Islands’ mild yet interesting climate provide a paradise for golfers, naturalists, and birdwatchers. The region has long been recognized for its artistic significance and its historic towns are still a haven for artists, fine theatre and museums.

With 559 miles of pristine coastline, Cape Cod offers some of the finest beaches in the world, especially those along the Cape Cod National Seashore, a 40-mile stretch of unspoiled sandy beach in Outer Cape Cod. Cape Cod beaches are also known for being safe and family-friendly! Cape Cod’s constantly changing coastline has created new reasons to come and see our beautiful coasts.

Cape Cod is a world-class destination for whale watching, with a rich feeding ground offshore that attracts a large percentage of the world’s whale population annually. Daily whale watch excursions are offered in season, led by experienced naturalists. Guided seal tours are another fun way to get up close and personal with the Cape’s marine life in their natural habitat!

With over 40 golf courses that are scenic, prisitine, challenging and fun, it is no wonder Cape Cod is one of the ten most popular destinations in the U.S. for golfing. With Cape Cod’s diverse selection of award-winning golf courses, you can be on a different course every day.

Boating on the waters that surround Cape Cod is why many visit, and why many stay! Area charter and tour boat companies transport hundreds of thousands of visitors out onto our waters each year for fishing, sightseeing, swimming and relaxation. Cape Cod marinas host scores of visiting yachtsmen and provide water access to countless recreational boaters from all over southeastern New England. Guided kayak tours, solo rentals and kayaking eco-tours are a popular option for exploring our peaceful salt marshes, bays and lakes.

For activities and travel ideas visit massvacation.ca.
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