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Explore Massachusetts – Winter 2013 Newsletter

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Winter 2013

MASS MoCA
The
“Oh, Canada” exhibit at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is
the largest survey of contemporary Canadian art ever produced outside
Canada, featuring work by more than 60 artists who hail from every
province and nearly every territory in the country and span multiple
generations and all media. The exhibition is accompanied by live events
at MASS MoCA focusing on Canadian acts. Oh Canada exhibition on display
now until April 13, 2013. massmoca.org

Boston Is Booming
There
are nearly two dozen new hotel projects planned in greater Boston, some
already under construction, some soon to break ground, others still in
the planning stages. They are a mixture of chain hotels, boutique
properties, and extended-stay facilities. There is potential to add
2,700 new hotel rooms in the next 3-4 years.

New development on the waterfront includes; 4 new Marriott properties,
320-room expansion of the Westin Boston Waterfront, Seaport Square
development and approved hotel projects at Pier 4, Boston’s Fan Pier and
the Boston Convention & Exhibition Centre.


Additional developments include a new lifestyle hotel in the Financial
District, a Hilton Garden Inn, a major hotel expansion in the Brighton
area, and the conversion of the John Hancock Hotel and Conference Centre
to an up-market boutique hotel.

Expansion of Food & Wine Tours in Boston & Restaurant Week
Restaurant Week Boston
Boston Restaurant Week is held twice a year in the winter and
summer – it is an opportunity for Boston residents and visitors to
sample prix-fixe menus at some of the city’s best restaurants at
significant cost in savings.

This
year Restaurant Week in Boston will last 2 weeks, taking place from
March 17-22 & March 24-29, 2013. Participating restaurants will
serve three-course (appetizer, entree and dessert), prix-fixe meals for
$20.13 at lunch and $33.13 at dinner. The price per person does not
include beverages, tax or a gratuity. Hundreds of restaurants throughout
Boston, Cambridge, and other outlying towns are participating. restaurantweekboston.com

Food & Wine Tours
Bites of Boston Food Tours offers
walking food tours in Boston’s most tasty neighbourhoods. Over the
course of 3 hours on a guided tour, guests will sample scrumptious food
from neighbourhood restaurants, cafes, and specialty food stores. bitesofbostonfoodtours.com

City Wine Tours
offers a gateway into Boston’s vibrant wine culture and best
restaurants. Sip, savour, and explore as guests journey through Boston’s
most historic neighbourhoods. Tours highlight Boston’s nationally
acclaimed culinary scene with stops at award-winning restaurants.
Educated guides lead the tour while sharing tips and insight into wine
selection and food pairings. citywinetours.com

Women Chefs Heat Up The Massachusetts Restaurant Scene
As
Massachusetts continues to build its reputation as a dining
destination, many of its best known chefs, cookbook authors, and
culinary influencers have been women of the Commonwealth. Where the role
of executive chef was primarily held by men in the past, women are now
taking charge in the kitchens of many well-known restaurants while also
managing ownership responsibilities, book deals, appearances on national
TV shows, sustainability projects, and more.

Chefs to Watch
• One of the best-known chefs in Massachusetts, Jody Adams, chef/owner at Rialto and Trade. rialto-restaurant.com trade-boston.com

Jan Buhrman, executive chef at The Kitchen Porch in Martha’s Vineyard’s town of Chilmark kitchenporch.com

• A Boston legend, Lydia Shire has trained many of the city’s best chefs and helped to pave the way for female chefs & restaurateurs. towneboston.com, scampoboston.com

• South Boston native and CEO of the Barbara Lynch Gruppo Barbara Lynch has taken the Boston restaurant scene by storm with a mix of six restaurants. barbaralynch.com

• Eight years ago, Erin Zircher,
executive chef at Cru Oyster Bar on Nantucket, moved to the island for a
summer job and did what many people wish they could do; she stayed. crunantucket.com

• No trip to Boston is complete with a sweet treat from one of Flour Bakery’s three area locations. Headed up by Joanne Chang. flourbakery.com

The Berkshires
It’s
easy to spend a few days or even weeks exploring the art in the
Berkshires. From outdoor exhibits to arts centers, galleries to Shaker
crafts, you can’t go far without encountering creativity and handiwork
in one form or another. Current and upcoming exhibits and the reopening
of The Emily Dickenson Museum.

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art / carlemuseum.org
Home Beyond Books: The Independent Art of Eric Carle
* Now until February 24, 2013

Berkshire Museum / berkshiremuseum.org
Bats: Creatures of the Night
* Now until May 12, 2013

Norman Rockwell Museum / nrm.org
Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs: The Creation of a Classic
* June 8, 2013 through October 27, 2013

The Emily Dickinson Museum / emilydickinsonmuseum.org
* Opens March 01, 2013 to December 2013

Be Mine: Chocolate & Valentines
Just an hour west of Boston, Old Sturbridge Village is one of the
country’s oldest and largest living history museums, depicting early New
England life from 1790-1840 with historians in costume, antique
buildings, water-powered mills and a working farm. osv.org

massvacation.ca/blog
To get a more in-depth look at individual areas and events, check out the “MassFinds” blog at massvacation.ca/blog

Office of Travel & Tourism
Armando Mendonça
Account Director
tel: 416-935-1896 ext. 234
email: armando@voxtm.ca
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