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NEWS (Cities & Towns Follow After the News

Spring Has Sprung in Provincetown

Tanglewood —One of the world's premier summer music festivals and famed summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1937 -- Announces the 2017 Season from June 18 to Labor Day Weekend.

Harbor View Hotel Launches 125th Anniversary Package and Cape Air Giveaway

Berkshires of Western, MA, located less than three hours by car from NYC and Boston offers many delights for all ages

Provincetown: Where Visitors Keep Coming Back for More

Cape Cruising: Sea Crest Beach Hotel has guests’ wheels happily spinning with Shining Sea Bike Package

Boston’s best bootcamp returns to Nantucket for weekend 'Sweataway' pop-up

A Seafaring Saga: Harborview Nantucket and Harbor View Hotel pay homage to In the Heart of the Sea with special packages

Do not go gentle into that good night--New exhibit plus more at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art

Veranda House Hotel Collection Marks Launch of Website with Special Seasonal Offer on Nantucket

Chesterwood -- a must see bucolic Berkshire estate with a breathtaking vista of Monument Mountain and a fantastic garden - now a National Trust Historic Site

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Is For All Ages

A Visit to the Norman Rockwell Museum is Awesome

Visit The Mount, Edith Wharton's elegant estate and gardens

BERKSHIRES

Berkshires of Western, MA, located less than three hours by car from NYC and Boston.

Latest News

Tanglewood —One of the world's premier summer music festivals and famed summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1937 -- Announces the 2017 Season from June 18 to Labor Day Weekend. Tickets on Sale from January 29th at www.tanglewood.org and by calling 888-266-1200.

BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons—expanding his commitment to Tanglewood—leads ten programs over four weeks, including the opening and closing BSO concerts—Mahler's Symphony No. 2 on July 7 and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, August 27—as well as the BSO's first full-length concert performance of Wagner's Das Rheingold, an unprecedented undertaking for the Festival, on July 15

Tanglewood to feature several new initiative complementing the Festival's beloved traditions of weekly performances by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, an extraordinary lineup of guest artists from the worlds of classical, Broadway, dance, and pop culture, free family fun activities and adult education programs, on-site cafes and fine dining, a wide variety of discounted ticket programs, free tickets for patrons 17 years and younger, and free tours of the iconic grounds.

LOCATION: BSO | 301 Massachusetts Avenue | Symphony Hall | Boston, MA 02115 | 617.266.1492

M-F : 10 - 5pm, Sat 12:30-4:30pm) Service & Tickets | Subscriptions 888.266.7575 |

Unique/new ways to leaf peep:

-- The newly opened Scenic Railway offers hour-long narrated tours as you ride through the fall foliage - hoosacvalleytrainride.com/
-- Berkshire East has opened North America's longest mountain coaster with 5450 feet of steel track. The coaster operates year round.
-- Ramblewild is the Berkshires newest aerial park. It offers unique self-guided tree-to-tree aerial courses ranging from lower, beginning trails to much higher, more expert courses
-- Foliage Fishing - berkshires.org/blog/foliage-fishing-in-the-berkshires-berkshire-angler/ - Owner of Anglers is host of TV's 'Guiding Ice' (ice fishing)

Lodging news:

-- The new 95-room Hilton Garden Inn-Pittsfield - offers several meeting spaces, indoor pool, onsite restaurant, and bar. Last year they offered a Fall Foliage package, view this site to see an updated list of packages hilton-garden-inn-lenox-pittsfield-PSFLPGI/index.html.
-- Hotel on North, a boutique 45-room hotel is open in Pittsfield's downtown historic district. Offering an urban chic lodging experience with onsite restaurant Eat on North. (new Chef, former White House Chef under Clinton, Chef Ron Reda uses the regional bounty in his seasonal menus)

New twist on popular fall activities:

-- Hilltop Orchards offers Pick-Your-Own Apples as well as tastings of their famous cider products and wines - The twist here is that they use/pick their own rare heritage, antique, heirloom varieties dating back more than 100 years. www.hilltoporchards.com/. They also offer full moon hikes on the orchard.
-- High atop Mt Greylock where JK Rowlings imaginary school of wizardry and witchcraft is located, berkshires.org/blog/the-berkshires-home-to-ilvermorny-school-of-witchcraft-and-wizardry/. Mt Greylock is the highest point in MA so it's a popular foliage peeping and hiking spot.
-- Or while Pokemon Going in the Berkshires, berkshires.org/blog/best-places-to-pokemon-go-in-the-berkshires/

Haunted Berkshires:

--The historic area abounds with stories of apparitions and other ghostly occurrences. So much so that 'Ghost Adventures', 'Ghost Hunters' and Celebrity Medium James Van Praagh have been to the area. Every year some of the historic properties offer activities around the theme of Haunted Berkshires. Please let me know if you would like additional information or a list of events.

Harvest festivals:

-- In the Berkshires, September ushers in a panoply of fairs and festivals that take on a whole different air from summer's outdoors events. Many of them mark the arrival of the harvest season, while some celebrate the history of their towns and the thriving nature of the communities and towns that make the Berkshires such a joyous place to visit.

www.berkshires.org is the quintessential planning tool for anyone making a trip to the area as its allows your audience to search for lodging, outdoor activities, culture, food, last minute deals, leaf color updates etc.

Berkshires of Western Massachusetts Offers World-Class Culture and Much More!

Jacob's Pillow International Dance Festival, Tanglewood, The Clark Institute, Mass MoCA) and outdoor recreation are amid the bucolic year-round natural beauty. During the Gilded-age, the area was known as a remote retreat for wealthy American tycoons and famous artists. Many of the notable inhabitants grew their own food for their city and country homes. Farm-to-table cuisine is part of the fabric of the area's food culture, way before it became a national buzzword. In fact, the first CSA in America is in the Berkshires.

The area boasts a rich history with museums dedicated to the area's artists (Edith Wharton, Herman Melville, Norman Rockwell, Daniel Chester French etc.) as well as other historical moments including the African American Freedom Trail and Hancock Shaker Village.

More information can be found at www.berkshiers.org.

Highlights include:

Lodging:

Hotel on North and EAT restaurant - The management team that operates the historic The Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge and The Porches inn in North Adams will manage the new hotel (opened June 2015). Described as a luxury boutique hotel that celebrates character in every way. Eat is a casual restaurant where good, honest, uncomplicated food is served without pretension. Executive Chef Brian Alberg -- an enthusiastic food ambassador for The Berkshires and longtime James Beard featured-chef -- is famous for saying "I just love food and I love sharing it." And that's the very simple premise behind Eat. Enjoying food and sharing it with friends and family. hotelonnorth.com/

Hilton Garden Inn comes to Lenox/Pittsfield - hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com
The Devonfield Inn in Lee, MA boasts old world charm and now a Tesla charging station, www.devonfield.com/.

Venues:

Behold New Lebanon - Witness & experience contemporary rural American life in the new museum without walls. Cooking, farming, animal workshops, nature walks & more. The first living museum of today's rural America. www.beholdnewlebanon.org/

Food:

Methuselah - New restaurant and bar, international cuisine and great service - www.facebook.com/NoPinotGrigio/

Old Inn on the Green - Award winning historic inn and voted best dining experience in the Berkshires, features a new 8-seat taproom that features an impressive collection of bourbons and single malt whiskys, some over 20 years old. And, a 32-page wine list for serious oenophiles like YoYo Ma, a regular at Old Inn in New Marlborough, MA. Also, nearby, the inn‚s The Southfield Store hired a new catering coordinator to accommodate requests for off-site BBQs and picnics, gala weddings, an on-site celebrations of up to 100 people. oldinn.com/.

BOSTON

Where to Stay

Boston Harbor Hotel

A member of Preferred Hotel Group, the Boston Harbor Hotel is Boston’s only Forbes Five-Star waterfront hotel and welcomes guests arriving by land or sea. Located on the historic harbor at Rowes Wharf, the Boston Harbor Hotel’s inviting ambiance and unparalleled service provide the ideal home away from home for travelers. Luxurious accommodations with sweeping views of Boston’s cityscape or waterfront, a contemporary spa and fitness center, world-class dining and a 34-slip marina make the Boston Harbor Hotel a destination Beyond compare. For additional information, please visit website www.bhh.com, call 617-439-7000 or follow us on Twitter @harborhotel or on Facebook.

Celebrate Boston in Full Bloom with Four Season's Hotel Boston

Make a fast break for Boston! Explore the city in grand style with Four Seasons Hotel.
Boston winters have a reputation for being unbearable, but that's only if one ventures outside. Four Seasons Hotel Boston advises visitors to check in and stay in by offering a package that lets you get away with your sweetie without ever leaving the hotel.

A weekend trip to a cozy B&B sounds just dreamy until faced with icy mountain roads for three hours. This winter, Four Seasons Hotel Boston encourages couples to head to the city where intimate rooms, 24-hour room service, two of Boston's best restaurants, spa services, sauna, steam room, and a whirlpool await. The real bonus? Aside from easy access from any Northeast location and a 10-minute trip from Logan airport, guests receive a complimentary reservation for two to the Bristol Lounge Viennese Dessert Buffet, two free movies with popcorn and soda and a "lazy morning in bed" late check-out. Room rates are for weekends only and start at $375 based on season and availability.

Information on the company and on Four Seasons Hotel Boston can be accessed through the Four Seasons web site at www.fourseasons.com.

To book your stay, please call Four Seasons Hotel Boston at +1 (617) 338-4400 or visit our Back Bay Hotel online at www.fourseasons.com/boston.

Holiday Inn Boston-Bunker Hill:

Located at 30 Washington Street in Somerville, the Holiday Inn Boston-Bunker Hill is a full-service hotel and state-of-the-art event facility located just 3 miles from downtown Boston. Owned and operated by Distinctive Hospitality Group (DHG), the property features 184 newly renovated and tastefully appointed guestrooms and is conveniently situated near public transportation, providing easy access to nearby Faneuil Hall Marketplace, the TD Garden, historic Boston landmarks, the academic hub of Cambridge, and many area colleges and universities. The hotel’s complimentary convenience services include free Wi-Fi, overnight parking and area shuttle service. Room service, a heated indoor pool, family-friendly sports deck, full-service on-site restaurant, and 24-hour fitness center are also available. For more information about the Holiday Inn Boston-Bunker Hill, please visit www.bunkerhillbostonhotel.com or call 617.628.1000.

Boston’s Newest Boutique Hotel: The Boxer

The Boxer, Boston’s newest full service boutique hotel, made its debut on May 20, 2013, in the West End neighborhood. Following a multi-million dollar renovation, the 80-room hotel has been completely transformed as a modern and eclectic boutique with echoes of Boston in its design.

The Boxer opens with a new restaurant, Finch, serving American fare with a modern New England twist and some ingeniously crafted cocktails. Inspired by the property’s iconic Flatiron architecture and prime downtown Boston location, Hersha Hospitality Trust (NYSE: HT) acquired the hotel in May 2012, previously named the Bulfinch Hotel. The Boxer joins the Independent Collection, a growing portfolio of boutique hotels inspired by authentic neighborhoods, local heritage and indigenous travel experiences. The Boxer name is symbolic of, and celebrates, the independent spirit of individuals who stand strong for their beliefs, bringing forth the very essence of Boston as a proud, loyal city with an unshakeable sense of itself and its significance in history.

The Boxer occupies Boston’s historic Flatiron Building, built in 1904 on the western edge of the Bulfinch Triangle. J. Brice Design of Boston reimagined the property with an industrial chic aesthetic, weaving in elements of the hotel’s decidedly New England roots. An 1860’s archived map of Boston spans the entire lobby ceiling while a vintage hotel key rack with antique style gold keys greets guests checking in at the front desk.
Guestrooms are custom-designed with the unique architecture of the historic Flatiron building in mind. Rooms are painted a deep slate blue and furnished with industrial inspired modern open frame wardrobes, softened by fisherman’s knit bed scarf in a classic plaid pattern over a tufted bed. Work spaces are punctuated with ergonomic desk chairs reminiscent of classic Scandinavian design and bathrooms feature custom designed vanities with Calcutta marble tops. The Boxer utilizes the charm of the building’s unique shape to provide a new and different experience with each room key.

Amenities include: iHomes with iPhone docking stations; minibars with an assortment of snacks and beverages; 32” flat screen TVs; and, Keurig coffee makers. The Boxer also provides complimentary Wi-Fi and newspapers, a 24-hour fitness center, a computer kiosk in the lobby and valet service for all guests. The hotel is pet-friendly.

In the restaurant, Finch, antique glass lights and farmhouse wood communal dining tables emanate eclectic downtown cool, juxtaposed with vintage inspired wing back chairs. Finch is open daily for breakfast, light bites and dinner, serving up American fare with a focus on New England classics. Finch also offers a handcrafted cocktail program that is rooted in the classics but uses modern twists and techniques. Many of the cocktails pay homage to The Boxer’s surroundings in the city of Boston. Liquid delights ($10 each) at Finch include: Finch’s Dirty Bird (martini with Ketel One, whiskey sour pickle brine, whisper of Vermouth, sour pickle); North End Saint (Avissi prosecco, St. Germain, Italian cookie on the side); and, West Ender (Hendrick's Gin, splash Byrrh Grand Quinquina Aperitif, seltzer and fresh lime).

Finch is open seven days a week from 6:30a.m. until 10:00p.m. The bar shakes up cocktails through 11:00p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Finch is also available for private events, functions and meetings, and can accommodate up to 70 guests.

The Boxer and Finch are located at 107 Merrimac Street in Boston’s West End neighborhood. For more information, please visit www.theboxerboston.com or call 617.624.0202.

ABOUT THE INDEPENDENT COLLECTION:
The Boxer is owned by Hersha Hospitality Trust (NYSE: HT) and managed by HHM. HHM currently operates 115 branded and independent hotels in the nation's leading markets. The company provides turnkey hotel management and asset management for properties with leading brand affiliations and the company's newly launched Independent Collection of which The Boxer is a member. The Independent Collection is a growing collection of smaller, more intimate boutique lifestyle hotels located in truly unique neighborhoods of gateway cities across the U.S. The hotels of the Independent Collection are developed for the independently minded traveler and invite guests to experience the true spirit of the city.

Woodward at AMES

Ames Hotel, located in the beautiful and historic Ames building, inspires both modern style and old world sophistication. An experience rich with elegant interpretations, complemented by innovative new design by Rockwell Group and the Morgans' in house design team, Ames Hotel brings Boston and its visitors the dynamic experience for which Morgans is known. Ideally located near historic Faneuil Hall and Beacon Hill, the 114-room Boston hotel has a vibrant restaurant and bar offering an atmosphere that is at once refined and playful, a state-of-the art fitness center and suites accented by dramatic, Romanesque arched windows and original fireplaces. Ames is located at 1 Court Street and can be reached by calling 617-979-8100 or visiting www.ameshotel.com.

Boston Marriott Long Wharf

Boston Marriott Long Wharf has been fully renovated--with a reinvented lobby, and the adjoining new Waterline restaurant and bar, where guests can work alone or in groups, eat, drink and socialize throughout the day and evening. This landmark hotel also now offers a new Harbor View Ballroom, an expanded health club and concierge lounge, and completely renovated meeting space, guest rooms and suites.

The internationally renowned architecture and interior design firm, BBG-BBGM, reimagined the 412-room Boston Marriott Long Wharf, showcasing picturesque waterfront views at every turn. All of the hotel’s guestrooms have been newly appointed with ergonomic furnishings, luxurious bedding, iPod clock radios and HD LCD televisions with split screen technology and plug-in connectivity for digital devices. Twelve Executive King Suites and two Luxury Waterfront Suites with private balconies have been added, while the hotel’s largest suite, the Long Wharf Suite, has been completely redesigned. An expanded Concierge Lounge provides comfortable dining and lounge seating, complimentary high speed wireless internet access, a laptop station and color printer.

On the lobby level, Waterline restaurant offers an inviting bar, communal dining table, cozy booths, and a private dining room. Waterline’s menu features quintessential American cocktails and classic New England fare with a focus on local ingredients. The restaurant also provides service to the reinvented lobby, where guests can catch up on work and emails, thanks to WiFi and plentiful electrical outlets.

The newly-added Harbor View Ballroom features floor-to-ceiling windows, a seasonal outdoor patio and panoramic views, making it a breathtaking backdrop for weddings and social events. All of the hotel’s pre-existing meeting spaces have been fully renovated, from the 8,200-square-foot Grand Ballroom, to the 5,750-square-foot Palm Garden with its soaring 55-foot atrium, to the 2,530-square-foot Commonwealth Ballroom, divisible into five break-out rooms. Now with the Harbor View Ballroom, this waterfront hotel provides 21,000 square feet of flexible, modern meeting space.

A significantly expanded 24-hour fitness center contains the latest equipment, including stationary bikes, Precor treadmills and elliptical trainers, all with 9-inch televisions. The hotel’s indoor pool and whirlpool area open onto a sundeck overlooking the water.

Located at 296 State Street, within short walking distance of Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, and the Boston Aquarium, the Boston Marriott Long Wharf is also just minutes from Boston Common, the Boston Children’s Museum, and the TD Banknorth Garden. It offers easy access to Logan International Airport, Amtrak’s South Station, the MBTA’s subway and commuter rail and I-93. For more information, please call 617-227-0800, or visit www.marriottlongwharf.com.

The Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel --

features 471 guestrooms and 21 suites, a sleek, marine-inspired interior design, as well as full health club facilities and a sparkling lap pool. The hotel is within walking distance to many major attractions, including the New England Aquarium, Faneuil Hall, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston Children’s Museum and more. It is conveniently located near downtown Boston and Logan International Airport.

At 606 Congress, at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, Executive Chef Richard Garcia offers diners a menu of modern farm cuisine with regional influences, featuring high-quality ingredients. 606 Congress and Chef Garcia partner with local and national organizations including Slow Food Boston, Chefs Collaborative, the New England Aquarium, CleanFish and more, to offer special events, partnership dinners and ingredient-driven seasonal menu specials throughout the year.

For hotel information and reservations, please call 1-800-hotels1, or 617.338.4111 or visit www.RenaissanceBoston.com.

Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) for company information. For more information or reservations, please visit web site www.marriott.com, and The Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel has earned the AAA Four Diamond Rating for 2011, North America’s premier hotel rating system.  This distinction, awarded to less than four percent of the 32,000 properties evaluated by AAA annually, recognizes the property’s stylish accommodations, extensive amenities and a high degree of hospitality, service and attention to detail.  

AAA awards the Four Diamond Rating level to hotels that consistently demonstrate high standards in the following areas:
·         Cleanliness and Condition of Property
·         Management and Staff
·         Exterior, Grounds, and Public Areas
·         Guestroom Décor, Ambiance and Amenities
·         Bathrooms
·         Guest Services

please call 1-800-hotels1, or 617.338.4111 or visit www.RenaissanceBoston.com.

Back Bay Hotel

Chocolate Lovers Tour Weekend Will have you Coming Back for Seconds

Located in the heart of Boston’s most stylish quarters, The Back Bay Hotel invites you to indulge in the guiltiest of pleasures… Chocolate! This one-of-a-kind overnight stay at The Back Bay Hotel offers guests the chance to live la dolce vita with a walking chocolate tour of your choice of two of Boston’s most unforgettable neighborhoods: Back Bay or Beacon Hill. A true connoisseur will whisk you off into a world of exotic imports, closely-guarded recipes, and intimate tastings from the very finest artisan chocolatiers and celebrated restaurants Boston has to offer.                     

· Overnight accommodation in a Superior bedroom
· Amenities including all-natural bath products, 400-count Frette linens, terrycloth bath robes, complimentary high-speed internet
· Complimentary box of chocolates for you and your loved one
· Boston Chocolate Tour tickets of the Back Bay (available Saturday only) or Beacon Hill (available Sunday only)

WHERE:  The Back Bay Hotel
350 Stuart Street
Boston, MA 02116

**For reservations, please contact The Back Bay Hotel toll-free at 877.587.9774**

ABOUT THE BACK BAY HOTEL:

Located in the former headquarters of the Boston Police Department, it is now an even more arresting proposition after a stunning renovation program that has created a modern-day landmark in this magnificent city. The stylish interior of The Back Bay Hotel offers vibrancy and warmth unique to this luxury Boston hotel and our team complements that warmth with a highly engaging and personal form of service that makes your stay a genuinely luxurious experience. We're equally well located for exploring the tourist riches of Boston or doing business in this strategically important business capital. The Back Bay Hotel Boston, by the Charles River, is the perfect base from which to explore or exploit this compact and beautiful city. But whatever your purpose for visiting Boston, your stay will be infinitely more memorable if it includes a visit to The Back Bay Hotel. For more information, please call: 877.587.9774or visit: www.doylecollection.com/boston.

Where to Eat

Four Seasons Hotel Bristol Lounge

If you're planning a trip to Boston, make one of your stops The Bristol Lounge at the Four Seasons Hotel. Here, savor the special autumn menu, ideal for upcoming cooler temperatures and colorful views of the Public Garden. This menu celebrates seasonal fruits and spices in dishes like Sweet potato bisque with smoked maple syrup and Bosc pear chutney; Baby arugula salad with candied cranberries, black walnuts, blue cheese and Ceylon cinnamon vinaigrette; and Slow-roasted Vermont chicken with butternut spoonbread, wild mushrooms, rainbow chard and herb broth.

After dinner, comforting desserts from Executive Pastry Chef Tim Fonseca tempt the sweet tooth and warm the tummy with Carmelized Apple Millefeuille with cranberry cider sorbet and Warm Pumpkin-Ginger Bread Pudding with maple walnut ice cream. If you've never been to The Bristol Lounge, you're in for a treat for it has a lovely lounge-like atmosphere and an impressive menu. Executive Chef Brooke Vosika creates upscale comfort food and traditional New England favorites inspired by local, seasonal and artisanal products. The restaurant regularly receives awards from local and national publications for service, atmosphere, food and cocktails including Improper Bostonian "Best Power Lunch," and Zagat Survey "#1 Décor." It's open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner seven days a week.

Reservations are recommended. Call 617-351-2037.

Currently, the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts manages 70 hotels in 31 countries with more than 20 properties under development. Open since 1985, Four Seasons Hotel Boston provides a preferred address for both business and leisure travelers, and the highly personalized, anticipatory service that Four Seasons guests expect and value around the world. The 273-room Four Seasons Boston has been honored with top rankings in international surveys including the coveted AAA Five Diamond Award, Mobil Five Star Award, Conde Nast Traveler 2006 Gold List, Travel + Leisure Top 500 Hotels in the World and the 2006 Zagat Survey No. 1 Hotel in Boston.

Information on the company and on Four Seasons Hotel Boston can be accessed through the Four Seasons Web site at www.fourseasons.com.

CAMBRIDGE

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CAPE COD

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EDGARTOWN

Where to Stay

Harbor View Hotel

A beloved fixture on the Vineyard since 1891, the Harbor View Hotel offers luxury guest rooms and suites in the heart of historic Edgartown. From its broad veranda, the hotel boasts spectacular views of Edgartown Harbor, the Vineyard’s premier sailing and yachting location, where guests can set sail on a variety of boating adventures arranged through Harbor View Hotel’s own waterfront concierge. In 2012 Harbor View Hotel was named one of the “Top 50 U.S. Resorts” in Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best Awards” issue, “Best Hotel on the Vineyard” by Martha’s Vineyard Magazine and was named “Best Resort/Hotel” by Cape Cod Magazine’s Gold Awards. The Harbor View is a member of Historic Hotels of America® and is managed by Scout Hotels. For more information call (800) 225-6005 or visit www.harbor-view.com.

FOXBOROUGH

What to See & Do

Bass Pro Shops Open

Bass Pro Shops has opened its store in Patriot Place ---- a first in Massachusetts. The 140,000-square-foot store is the signature tenant for the new Patriot Place development project located adjacent to Gillette Stadium at 1 Patriot Place in Foxborough.

About the store:

The entire store is a tribute to the vast diversity of the New England landscape and its people and, like other Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World stores, takes on the flavor and atmosphere of the region in which it is located. Using more than 3,500 area artifacts, antiques, pictures, mounts and memorabilia, the store becomes a living museum of New England’s hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor legacies.

Hand-painted murals from renowned artists depict scenes that are quintessentially New England--the beaches of Cape Cod, the rocky coasts of Maine, the cranberry bogs of Massachusetts, the forests and mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire and historic Lake Champlain. State and record wildlife mounts are displayed alongside local historical prints depicting early New England residents enjoying sporting adventures.

Massive log and rock work frame the Grand Entrance and a porte-cochere protects visitors from inclement weather. Old snow fencing from Wyoming has been reclaimed and used to side the exterior. Inside, rustic wood timber and chink walls and vaulted post and beam construction ceiling make up the front lobby. The lobby resembles an old boat building operation reminiscent of Gloucester’s historical wharfs and waterfronts. It even has a gantry crane for hoisting big boats. A fire crackles in the large stone fireplace (one of three in the store)  complete with a handcrafted metal screen depicting New England fisherman casting their nets on the water. An authentic New England lobster boat rests on top of the Customer Service counter while a 43’, 3,000 pound Humpback whale hangs suspended from the ceiling.

A cave structure surrounds the aquarium, which will be stocked with more than 400 fish native to the area including largemouth bass, striped bass, northern pike, bowfin, giant carp, Atlantic salmon and crappie. Two elevators rise up from either side of the aquarium offering riders a bird’s-eye view of the 3-story waterfall. Other water features include a 5,500- gallon-turtle pond and a 3,800 gallon trout pool. A large moose stands in the trout stream. One can almost visualize his antlers dripping as if he has just dipped his head for a cool drink.

The World Wide Sportsman Fly Shop, featuring antique and collectible fly fishing memorabilia, has a vast selection of the latest in fly fishing gear. Experts will continue the art of hand-tying flies on site and assist customers in making the perfect selection.

More than a hunting and fishing store, visitors will also find items perfect for camping, hiking, outdoor cooking, bird watching or whatever your outdoor pleasures may be. A gift and nature center offers a variety of items from artwork to lamps, to bird feeders and furniture, to home decorating items and gifts for the holidays. Cooking accessories include cookbooks, spices, grills and jerky making items. The store also features a wide selection of men’s and women’s footwear and apparel, featuring popular brands including Columbia, North Face, Tommy Bahama, Bob Timberlake, World Wide Sportsman and RedHead. A NASCAR® department offers racing clothing, caps and memorabilia for your favorite drivers.

Kids of all ages will enjoy the logging mill themed 2-story laser arcade featuring approximately 55 animated targets. The Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Foxborough will also include a Conservation Room celebrating the local conservation groups. A Bass Pro Shops hallmark, the company’s dedication to conservation is apparent through the many groups and organizations whose ongoing efforts and continuing outdoor education they support.

The store also houses the 2,000-plus square foot Blue Fin Lounge that pays homage to New England pubs. The menu features a great selection of food and beverages from tasty appetizers like Shrimp and Crab Parmesan Dip with Flatbread to meals of Fish & Chips and burgers. Eat in the main room or dine outside on the patio where a fine beverage and fire pit will chase away any autumn chill.

For more information regarding Bass Pro Shops store locations, products or special events, please visit www.basspro.com . To request a free Bass Pro Shops catalog call 1-800-BASS PRO.

LENOX

What to See & Do

The Mount

Visit The Mount, Edith Wharton's elegant estate and gardens in the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts. It was here that she fashioned a world of beauty and calm where she could write in peace and entertain distinguised friends. Wharton created some of her greatest works at The Mount, including enduring classics as The House of Mirth and Ethan Frome.

Tour the mansion that she designed and built in 1902 according to the principles she developed in her first book, The Decoration of Houses; wander through three acres of gorgeous formal gardens that recreate Wharton's original design; and if you're tired or hungry, enjoy light refreshments on The Mount's Terrace overlooking the gardens that are open mid-June to mid-September.

Before leaving, check out the bookstore for treasures, books, linens, jewelry and more.

For more information call 413-551-5107 or the bookstore at 413-551-5119 or the main office at 413-551-5111. The Mount is located at 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox, MA. 01240.

Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum

Take a ride back in history on two different trips depending on your schedule. A 20 mile, 90 minute round trip connecting Lenox, Lee and Stockbridge, or a shorter 7 mile, 45 minute round trip between Lenox and Lee. Experience travel in the 1920s era passenger coaches. Trips are narrated by a uniformed conductor and are hauled by vintage diesel-electric locomotives.

Also, see exhibits about trains & trolleys in the Berkshires, visit an exhibit about the mansions of the Gilded Age and learn about the role the railroad played during this era in Berkshire history.

Charter train rides are also available, as well as charters for bus tours of 20-400 people.

For a train schedule contact the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum, Inc., at 10l Willow Creek Road, Lenox, MA 01240; 413-637-2210, or check web site www.BerkshireScenicRailroad.org

BRIEF OVERVIEW OF TANGLEWOOD, THE BSO’S SUMMER HOME SINCE 1937

One of the most popular and acclaimed music festivals in the world, Tanglewood—the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer home since 1937—is located in the beautiful Berkshire Hills between Lenox and Stockbridge, MA. With an average annual attendance of more than 300,000 visitors each season, Tanglewood has a $60 million impact on the Berkshire economy each summer.

Tanglewood presents orchestra concerts by the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and visiting ensembles, featuring many of the greatest classical musicians of our time; recital and chamber music concerts in the intimate setting of Ozawa Hall; programs highlighting the young musicians of the Tanglewood Music Center; and performances by some of today’s leading popular artists. Introduced last year—$20 tickets for attendees under 40—will be available for BSO and Boston Pops performances in the Shed.

 Tanglewood is family-friendly, with free lawn tickets available for children and young people age 17 and under, a 50% discount on Friday-evening lawn tickets for college and graduate students, and a variety of special programs for children, including Kids’ Corner, Watch and Play, and the annual Family Concert, this year to take place on August 23. Tanglewood is also the home of the Tanglewood Music Center, the BSO’s preeminent summer music academy for the advanced training of young professional musicians, and Days in the Arts, a multi-cultural arts-immersion program that gives 400 fifth-, sixth-, and seventh-graders from communities across Massachusetts the opportunity to explore the arts throughout each week-long session of the summer.

These are just two of the BSO’s many educational and outreach activities, for which more information is available at www.bso.org—the largest and most visited orchestral website in the country, receiving about 7 million visitors annually and generating over $80 million in revenue since its launch in 1996. The Boston Symphony Orchestra is online at www.bso.org. Music lovers can follow the BSO on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bostonsymphony or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bostonsymphony.
 

Where to Stay

Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club Garners Multiple Travel Awards

Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club, features one of the largest full service spas in New England, recently received top honors from two of the industry's most prestigious organizations: The World Travel Awards, which has named Cranwell the "Best Resort in Massachusetts" and SpaFinder, whose millions of readers named Cranwell the "Best Spa for Golf."

These awards are in addition to a number of accolades Cranwell received in the past year, including the Best Resort in Massachusetts by Boston Magazine's New England Travel and Life. Cranwell Resort was also featured in the book "100 Best Spas in the World," and its golf course was included in "America's Top100 Golf Courses," by Zagat's reader survey.

13th Annual World Travel Awards

The highly prestigious World Travel Awards; recently called the "Oscars of the Travel Industry" by the Wall Street Journal; are granted annually by leading travel professionals around the globe. This year 167,000 voters, including 110,000 travel agents, participated in the balloting, and Cranwell was chosen Best Resort in Massachusetts from among an elite crop of finalists.

Since 1993 the World Travel Awards have recognized the best the travel industry has to offer, and clearly Cranwell Resort fits the bill. Distinguished as one of the Historic Hotels of America, Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club sits on a 380-acre site landscaped by Fredrick Law Olmsted, the famed designer of New York City's Central Park and Boston's Emerald Necklace. The elegant mansion, centerpiece of the Resort's grounds, dates back to the Gilded Age of the late 19th century.

SpaFinder Readers Choice Award

Spafinder.com and Luxury SpaFinder attract millions of spa consumers annually. To construct their Best of List, patrons of both the magazine and website cast ballots for what turned out to be more than 1,000 different spa properties worldwide. Voters were asked to vote only for spas they've personally visited within the past three years and, as one of the most popular spots for golf in New England.

Cranwell boasts a 6,200 yard, 18-hole golf course, and a 12-acre driving range, with breathtakingly beautiful views of the bucolic Berkshire hills. The course winds throughout the resort's 380 acre property, and the golf course itself was designed and built in 1926 by Wayne Styles and John Van Kleek. Styles and Van Kleek were responsible for over 60 golf courses between 1924 and 1932, most of which were in New England.

Additionally, Cranwell runs a prestigious Golf Digest school on its grounds, and top-tier instructors are available for private and group lessons. The golf course offers state-of-the-art amenities like GPS equipped carts, which provide golfers with yardage calculation and other resort communication.

About Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club

Cranwell's renowned spa is the only facility in New England that features the Carita Paris facial "The Renovateur", as well as its signature treatment, "The Grand Mosaic Dry Float," an ethereal two-hour body wrap, warm water immersion, and full body massage. The Spa also offers classes in Pilates, Yoga, Body Conditioning and Aerobics, as well as specialized yoga and other conditioning classes specifically for golfers. Additionally the resort provides an ideal setting for outdoor activities, including tennis, biking, hiking and Nordic walking, with the majestic Berkshires as your personal playground.

The award-winning, 107-room, 380-acre resort is located at 55 Lee Road in Lenox, Massachusetts, approximately two and one-half hours from New York and two hours from Boston.

For information about rate packages, of which Cranwell offers a variety, and reservations, call (800) 272-6935 or visit www.Cranwell.com

MARTHA'S VINEYARD

Harbor View Hotel

A beloved fixture on the Vineyard since 1891, the Harbor View Hotel offers luxury guest rooms and suites in the heart of historic Edgartown. From its broad veranda, the hotel boasts spectacular views of Edgartown Harbor, the Vineyard’s premier sailing and yachting location. Its popular restaurants, Water Street and Henry’s Hotel Bar, offer a casual, yet sophisticated atmosphere for island-to-table dining, utilizing the Vineyard’s freshest ingredients. In 2014, Harbor View Hotel was one of the top ten “Best Hotels in the Northeast” in Condé Nast Traveler’s annual Readers’ Choice awards, and in 2012, it was listed among the “Top 50 U.S. Resorts” in Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best Awards” issue, “Best Hotel on the Vineyard” by Martha’s Vineyard Magazine, and “Best Resort/Hotel” by Cape Cod Magazine’s Gold Awards. The Harbor View is a member of Historic Hotels of America® and is managed by Scout Hotel & Resort Management. For more information call (800) 225-6005 or visit www.harbor-view.com.

NANTUCKET

Where to Stay

Harborview Nantucket

A beloved fixture on the Vineyard since 1891, Harbor View Hotel offers luxury guest rooms and suites in the heart of historic Edgartown. From its broad veranda, the hotel boasts spectacular views of Edgartown Harbor, the Vineyard’s premier sailing and yachting location. Its popular restaurants, Lighthouse Grill and Henry’s Hotel Bar, offer a casual, yet sophisticated atmosphere for island-to-table dining, utilizing the Vineyard’s freshest ingredients. In 2016 Harbor View Hotel was ranked one of the “Best Hotels in New England” in Condé Nast Traveler’s annual Readers’ Choice awards. Harbor View Hotel is a member of Historic Hotels of America® and is managed by Scout Hotel & Resort Management.

Reservations can be made by calling 800-225-6005. To learn more about Harbor View Hotel, visit www.harbor-view.com.

Veranda House Hotel

Located just steps from the center of town on the exclusive island of Nantucket, the Veranda House Hotel Collection is comprised of three properties. Each offers a distinct style and price point to appeal to guests’ varied needs and preferences while all feature the celebrated personalized service that is a hallmark of the Collection.

These include the luxury retro-chic 18-room Veranda House renovated in 2008 which features opulent bathrooms with waterfall showers, the high designed B&B 11-room Chapman House with a hip edge and totally renovated in 2012, and the Arbor Cottage, offering three Nantucket-style guest rooms including a two bedroom suite that can sleep up to four people. The Chapman House was recently honored as one of the top ten “Best Boutique Value Hotels” by the specialty lodging website, Mr. & Mrs. Smith.

All three properties offer a range of amenities that are distinct to each property including:

Ø Complimentary three-course served epicurean breakfast for Veranda House and Arbor House guests (served on the terrace, weather permitting)
Ø Complimentary continental buffet breakfast at Chapman House
Ø Lavish beds, linens and towels, including Frette linens and towels and waffle kimono robes available exclusively at Veranda House
Ø Lather Bath Products
Ø iPads and Apple TVs in the Chapman House.
Ø Afternoon chocolate chip cookies
Ø Concierge Services
Ø Turn-Down Service at the Veranda House

For more information or for reservations, visit the new website at www.theverandahouse.com or call 1-877-228-0695.

What to See & Do

Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum Has Exciting "Madaket Milie" Exhibit

The Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum is open and showcases its collection of over 5,000 objects – including period surfboats, beach carts, vintage photographs, and more. Now, the museum has a special a historical retrospective exhibit on “Madaket Millie,” a colorful local character, who personally took over Coast Guard patrols of Madaket Harbor.

The Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum is located at 158 Polpis Road, just 3.5 miles from Nantucket Town. Hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children 5 – 18, and free to children under 5, and also includes admission to Egan Maritime Institute exhibits at the historic Coffin School, located at 4 Winter Street in Nantucket Town.

For more information call (508) 228-1885, or visit online at www.nantucketshipwreck.org.

NEWTON

Where to Stay

About BOKX 109:

Awarded ‘Best of the New’ by Boston Globe Magazine in 2009, BOKX 109 American Prime , located in Hotel Indigo- is Newton’s newest gem. BOKX 109 is open seven days a week; Sunday- Thursday 5:00pm- 12:00am; Friday and Saturday 5:00pm – 1:00am. Open for cocktails daily at 4:00pm. Located at 399 Grove Street, Newton, MA 02462- conveniently located off of Route 128 at Exit 22 (Grove Street) and is directly adjacent to the Riverside MBTA Green Line station. For more information please call <tel:617-454-3399>617-454-3399 or visit www.bokx109.com.

Hotel Indigo Offers Respite With "Escape the In-Laws" Package

According to surveys, one-third (36%) of Americans would rather check into a hotel than stay with family and an astounding 97 percent would rather not stay with their in-laws. Findings show that while travelers are looking to spend the holidays with family, they simply don’t want to stay with them!

To book online guests, can visit www.newtonboutiquehotel.com or call 617-969-5300 or 877-834-3613.

Hotel Indigo participates in IHG’s guest loyalty program, Priority Club® Rewards. The industry’s first and largest guest loyalty program has 40 million members worldwide. Priority Club Rewards membership is free and guests can enroll by logging on at www.priorityclub.com, by calling 1-888-211-9874 or by inquiring at the front desk of any Hotel Indigo or any of IHG’s more than 4,100 hotels worldwide.

About Hotel Indigo:
Hotel Indigo is a boutique property located off of Route 128 at Exit 22 (Grove Street) in Newton, MA and is directly adjacent to the Riverside MBTA Green Line station. It serves as a convenient option for travelers needing access to the Massachusetts Turnpike, as well as the Route 128/I-95 belt that is part of America’s Technology Highway. Less than ten miles from Downtown Boston, the property is also easily accessible to Boston’s Logan Airport. BOKX 109 American Prime, an upscale modern American steakhouse is located at the hotel. For reservations and more information on Hotel Indigo in Newton, MA please visit www.newtonboutiquehotel.com or call 617-969-5300. Hotel Indigo Boston-Newton Riverside is operated by the Pyramid Hotel Group.

About the Pyramid Hotel Group:
Pyramid Hotel Group LLC, founded in 1999, is a Boston-based, full-service hotel company that owns, manages and asset manages hotels and manages hotel construction/renovation projects. For more information about the company and its affiliates, visit the company’s website, www.pyramidhotelgroup.com.

NORTH ADAMS

What to See & Do

MASS MoCA

History of the Museum

Marshall Street Complex

The 27 buildings that make up the MASS MoCA complex were built between 1872 and 1900 by Arnold Print Works, a textile printer. In 40 years, he became the largest finisher of cotton cloth in North America and the largest employer in North Adams. The Sprague Electric Company had operations in North Admas from the late 1920s, and bought the Marshall Street complex in 1942 to produce capacitors. At its peak, Sprague employed over 4,000 workers in a community of 18,000 and it was actually a small city within a city. When Sprague left North Adams in 1985, the local economy suffered dramatically. After, the political and business leadership of North Adams sought ways to creatively re-use the vast mill complex and, in 1986, a group of curators from the nearby Williams College Museum of Art came to the town looking for mill space to exhibit large works of contemporary art that would not fit in conventinal galleries. It was at this point that the mayor of North Adams introduced them to the vast Marshall Street Complex.

MASS MoCA is a complex of interconnected, 19th century mill buildings, with many different areas to explore. You'll first enter through a set of glass doors leading into the main gallery buildings. There are three floors of galleries. Elevators on the first floor, located at the far end of the galleries, will lead you upstairs.

The museum opened its doors to the public in 1999 and has since attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors to its amazing program of visual and performing arts. It has also become an important business development center and is home to numerous companies that enjoy the campus's innovative environment. The museum now employs hundreds of people and is not just a tourist destination, but an economic catalyst in a great America mill town re-tooling itself for a future built of ideas and creativity.

Building 5 is the football field-sized changing exhibition space, while all entrances/exits to the LeWitt galleries are on the second floor. Here, later works are displayed. Kidspace is a special gallery where children can see and create art. (Open for viewing 11 a.m.-4 p.m. every day during July & August. Closed Tuesdays in June).

The best way to enjoy MASS MoCA is to tour the buildings on your own, or, you can take one of the daily guided tours. Pick up an exhibition guide and card availabl in holders on the wall throughout the galleries and ask at the Ask Me Desk in the lobby. Look around, have a cup of coffee or snack in the cafe and have an enjoyable time.

Gallery Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Tuesdays (through June 25); 10 a.m.-6 p.m. every day (June 26-September 7). Open until 7:30 p.m. before most Saturday evening events. For more information check online or with the Box Office at 413-MoCA.111.

The museum is handicapped accessible. Wheelchairs are available in the lobby; infrared listening devices are available at no charge from the Box Office before all events.

Hungry? Try Lickety Split Cafe in the MASS MoCA lobby for ice cream, soups, snadwiches, salads and snacks. Open during museum hours and before most events. The MASS MoCA Bar is open one hour before most events and features Berkshire Brewing Co. beer and spirits from Berkshire Moountain Distillers, Inc. Open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Plus, the new full service restaurant on campus, Gramercy Bistro, serves contemporary classic cuisine focusing on local ingredients.

Shopping? You can also shop at MASS MoCA. Try Hardware, inspired by the industrial history of the former factory campus. Here you'll find keepsakes, fine and fun jewelry, art and design books, and hand-picked gifts. Also, at MASS MoCA by Design at 50 spring Street in Williamstown, you can purchase tickets to events and shop for jewelry, books, gifts, cards and more. At Hudsons on the MASS MoCA campus, is a hand-icked selection of art, antiques, jewelry, Persian rugs and collectibles.

Gallery Hours are from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Tuesdays. For Saturday evening events, call the Box Office at 413.MoCA.111

Accessibility: Handicapped-accessible. Wheelchairs are available in the lobby. Infrared listening devices are available at no charge from the Box Office before all events.

Kidspace: A special gallery where children can see and create art. Open 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., closed Tuesdays. Art-making on weekends only.

Dining: Lickety Split Cafe is open with counter service and Merrell's ice cream during museum hours. Gramercy Bistro offers fine dining for lunch and dinner.

Location: 87 Marshall Street, North Adams, MA 01247. For detailed directions check website MASSMoCA.org.

Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art
1040 MASS MoCA Way | North Adams, Massachusetts 01247 | 413.MoCA.111
info@massmoca.org

In the galleries

Lee Boroson: Plastic Fantastic
On view now

Mark Dion: The Octagon Room 
On view now

Do not go gentle into that good night--New exhibit plus more

An exhibition dedicated to the rapidly disappearing technologies of photochemical film and analog projectors is, itself, about to disappear.

Curated by Susan Cross and including six different artists, the show looks at film through multiple lenses. You have just 7 days left to witness the green flash in Tacita Dean's The Green Ray, hear an untold history of film in Matthew Buckingham's False Future, warm up near Lisa Oppenheim's Yule Log, and watch a projector mysteriously hanging from the ceiling in Rosa Barba's Stating the Real Sublime.

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NORTH FALMOUTH

Where to Stay

Sea Crest Beach Hotel

Set on a private beach in Cape Cod’s legendary North Falmouth and surrounded by traditional New England cottages along Buzzards Bay, Sea Crest Beach Hotel recently emerged from a multimillion-dollar renovation as the quintessential beach hotel for a new generation of travelers. With 264 guest rooms and suites, some with fireplaces and private water-view balconies, and a three-bedroom cottage that sleeps up to eight, the hotel is equally ideal for families seeking a fun beachfront setting and couples drawn by the romance of the Cape. Sea Crest Beach Hotel’s Nauset Center, the largest meeting and events space on Cape Cod, provides planners with expansive function space combined with superb dining and warm, personalized service. Red’s, named for legendary Boston Celtics coach and president Red Auerbach, serves a delightful menu in a setting replete with memorabilia. Sea Crest Beach Hotel has been named “Best Hotel” by Cape Cod Magazine’s “Best of the Cape & Islands Reader’s Choice Awards” consecutively since 2011. Cape Cod Magazine also awarded Sea Crest Beach Hotel “Best Sunset Wedding” in its “Best of Cape Cod Awards” in 2012. Sea Crest Beach Hotel is managed by Scout Hotels. Visit Sea Crest Beach Hotel on Facebook at Facebook.com/SeaCrestBeachHotel. For more information call 508-356-2111 or visit www.seacrestbeachhotel.com.

For more information, visit www.seacrestbeachhotel.com or call (800) 225-3110.

What to See & Do

Cape Cruising: Sea Crest Beach Hotel has guests’ wheels happily spinning with Shining Sea Bike Package

Cape Cod’s beloved Sea Crest Beach Hotel invites its guests to cruise the Cape and soak-up spring with its new Shining Sea Bike Package. Just in time for May’s National Bike Month, guests can embrace the nearby Shining Sea Bike Trail that hugs the coast from Falmouth to Woods Hole and winds along the Vineyard Sound shoreline. Lined with colorful foliage and views of glistening Buzzard’s Bay, the trail provides ample stopping points to capture Instagram-worthy photos showcasing the beauty of the Cape.

Starting at $174 per night (based on a two night minimum), the Shining Sea Bike Package includes an overnight stay for two at Sea Crest Beach Hotel, one day’s bike rental for two, bottled waters and a map of the Shining Sea Bike Trail. For reservations or for more information on Sea Crest Beach Hotel, visit www.seacrestbeachhotel.com or call 800-225-3110.

About Sea Crest Beach Hotel

Set on a private beach in Cape Cod’s legendary North Falmouth and surrounded by traditional New England cottages along Buzzards Bay, Sea Crest Beach Hotel recently emerged from a multimillion-dollar renovation as the quintessential beach hotel for a new generation of travelers. With 264 guest rooms and suites, some with fireplaces and private water-view balconies, and a three-bedroom cottage that sleeps up to eight, the hotel is equally ideal for families seeking a fun beachfront setting and couples drawn by the romance of the Cape. Sea Crest Beach Hotel’s Nauset Center, the largest meeting and events space on Cape Cod, provides planners with expansive function space combined with superb dining and warm, personalized service. Red’s, named for legendary Boston Celtics coach and president Red Auerbach, serves a delightful menu in a setting replete with memorabilia. Sea Crest Beach Hotel is managed by Scout Hotels. For more information or reservations visit www.seacrestbeachhotel.com or call 800-225-3110. Connect online via www.facebook.com/SeaCrestBeachHotel and www.instagram.com/seacrestcapecod

NORWOOD

What to See & Do

South Area Solomon Schechter Day School Gallery Seeks to Preserve WW II-Era Artifacts

A German officer’s ceremonial sword, passports of an Auschwitz survivor, a copy of Hitler’s Mein Kampf, and a rare B-17 bombsight are the first four artifacts that have been donated to the Israel Arbeiter Gallery of Understanding at the South Area Solomon Schechter Day School in Norwood, Massachusetts (One Commerce Way; 781-769-5555-web site www.sassds.org)

This past year supporters of the Gallery launched a campaign to collect and preserve memorabilia from the pre-war through post-World War II era, mainly between 1933-1948 – from the rise of the Nazis to the founding of the modern State of Israel.“World War II era books, letters, photos and other artifacts are in danger of being lost, thrown out, or sold,” says Gallery Co-Chair Dr. Gila Kriegel. “We hope to create an exhibit that tells the story of that period to students and other visitors in a tangible, dramatic way. We want to ensure that artifacts are permanently preserved so they continue to bear witness to the Holocaust.” The second Gallery co-chair is Irv Kempner. Both are children of Holocaust survivors.

Each artifact has an interesting background of how it found its way to the Gallery, and an exhibit card tells each story. Dr. Kriegel says, “Many Holocaust survivors, World War II veterans, collectors, historians, their families and others may possess historically important, unique and interesting Holocaust-era artifacts. Here’s a way to preserve rare items and use them for educational purposes for generations to come.”

The focal point of the Gallery is a series of large panels tracing 86 year-old Izzy Arbeiter’s life from pre-war Poland through emigration and building a new life in America. Asked about the mission of the Gallery, he said, “To teach children not to hate.”  He said, “We can't ignore people with crazy ideas. They must be stopped before they gain strength." Dedicated three years ago, the Gallery is a meeting place for people of all ages and backgrounds to learn about prejudice and ways to build bridges.

Also on display in the Gallery is artwork on interfaith understanding by Jewish and Catholic children and a display about Raoul Wallenberg, Swedish diplomat credited with saving some 10,000 people from the Nazis, who received (posthumously) the Gallery’s second annual ‘Righteous Among Nations’ Award. Among visitors to the Gallery have been Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Peter Yarrow, Alan Dershowitz, and Loren Galler Rabinowitz, Miss Massachusetts 2010 and granddaughter of Holocaust survivors.

To be accepted, donated items must meet parameters related to historical value, educational aspects, appropriateness for a K – 8 school, etc. Monetary value is notimportant. Donors could receive a tax deduction in accordance with IRS regulations, and a plaque describes the object’s importance and gives credit to the donors.

Anyone interested in donating papers, photographs or artifacts may contact Stan Hurwitz: 508-269-0570 / stanhurw@comcast.net, or sgoodwin@sassds.org or call 781-769-9400.  The Gallery committee is also raising funds to make the exhibit more interactive, to develop an educational curriculum, and to produce a video featuring its namesake.  Donations are tax-deductible in accordance with IRS regulations.  

OXFORD

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PLYMOUTH

Plymouth Retreat Offers French-Inspired Festivities

For mothers and daughters seeking a girls-only getaway, or best friends looking to reconnect and relax, Mirbeau’s Girlfriend’s Getaway Package is the perfect solution. The splurge-worthy package includes overnight accommodations in a plush guestroom with two queen beds, a 50-minute Mirbeau Signature Facial and Massage per person, makeup consultation and application with one of Spa Mirbeau’s Babor Cosmetics experts, a $25 retail credit for use in the spa boutique, plus unlimited use of the spa facilities including an outdoor Aqua Terrace Jacuzzi, fitness center and classes, and all gratuities and taxes on included items.

For the Mom who already has it all, Mirbeau Inn & Spa also offers gift cards, which are valid for accommodations, spa treatments, dining and the inn’s boutique. They can be purchased on-site or by visiting www.mirbeaugifts.com. For additional information and reservations please visit www.mirbeau.com or call 877-MIRBEAU (647-2328).

About Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills
Located in the historic town of Plymouth, Mass. in the award-winning community The Pinehills, Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills is an elegant 50-room retreat, reminiscent of a French country estate, surrounded with beautifully landscaped Monet gardens, a tranquil waterfall and Koi fish ponds. The inn features the 14,000-square-foot Spa Mirbeau complete with state-of-the art fitness center with group fitness programs, the Henri-Marie restaurant, The Bistro & Wine Bar, as well as meeting and banquet spaces. Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills was recently named as “Where to Honeymoon in 2015” by Destination Weddings & Honeymoons. The legacy Mirbeau Inn & Spa, located in the heart of New York’s Finger Lakes wine region, is the only Forbes Four-Star Award winner for hotel, spa and restaurant in New York State, and an AAA Four-Diamond winner.

PROVINCETOWN

What to See & Do

Spring Has Sprung So Hop Into Provincetown! 

The first days of spring are here and Provincetown is blooming! Many accommodations are welcoming guests, shops are popping open, restaurants are lighting their stoves and there's plenty of entertainment and attractions for you to enjoy. 

With over 80 inns and guesthouses, Provincetown is home to a fabulous array of places to stay. From intimate escapes to vacations with the whole family, you will find something that's just perfect. Make the trip even easier when fast ferry services from Boston start crossing Cape Cod Bay again in mid-May.

If shopping is your passion, there are nearly 200 boutique shops opening for the season. With a world class collection of art galleries among them, many offerings reflect Provincetown's rich history and deep connection to the sea. Just browsing can be a treasure hunt so rest on the benches in front of Town Hall if you need a break, then keep exploring!

When all that shopping works up an appetite, make sure you try one of the 60 eateries that Provincetown is famous for. Enjoy fresh local seafood served at a table overlooking the harbor or a lobster with bib and all. Cap off the night with a sweet treat like homemade fudge or stroll Commercial Street with some ice cream. From fine cuisine to the basics that make you feel like a kid, there's something to satisfy any craving.

With all the unique shopping and delicious food, you can't forget the amazing attractions and incredible nightlife! The Provincetown Art Association and Museum is welcoming visitors to the most attended art museum on Cape Cod so make plans early. The Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum reopens April 1st with a tribute to Provincetown's place in art and theater history with an enhanced "Great Summer of 1916"exhibit.

It wouldn't be spring without the triumphant return of the whales to our waters! They will soon be splashing around Provincetown and lwhale watches start leaving MacMillan Wharf in Mid-April to see the spectacle. For those who prefer their adventures on dry land, the dune tours start their 71st season on April 15th.

Spring is also the time to mark your calendar for special events! On Sunday, April 9th the Provincetown Recreation Department celebrates Spring with a festive breakfast followed by an Egg Hunt at the Pilgrim Monument at 10:30. It's free and fun for the entire family! Starting April 21st, the Provincetown Public Library is hosting its 2nd Annual Moby-Dick Reading Marathon for lovers of literature and that classic tale.

Nights bring out the sparkle in Provincetown and the Miss Gay Massachusetts US of A will be an evening of pageantry and more April 15 & 16. With no less glamour, the Gays for Patsy Dance Club brings its annual Spring Stomp to town April 28-30. This year it's a Hoedown in P-town! But if that's not your thing, you might try a wonderful evening of music from the Outer Cape Chorale Concert on May 19th at Town Hall.

With so much going on, now is the perfect time to Come Home to Ptown!

For more information, please contact the Provincetown Office of Tourism at  tourism@provincetown-ma.gov.

Come Home To Provincetown!

In turbulent times where many of the freedoms we hold dear seem fragile, there is one destination that remains a refuge from the storm. Provincetown has long been recognized as a haven of diversity and our welcoming shores symbolize a place where tolerance and acceptance are building blocks of the community. From humble beginnings, when the Pilgrims first ventured into Provincetown Harbor, to the modern day where imagination is inspiration and creativity is celebrated, Provincetown is where it all began and still thrives!

Provincetown continues to honor its history as an enclave for artists and craftsmen. Painters have sought their muse in the amazing quality of light that bathes the tip of Cape Cod. Writers and poets of international acclaim have chosen their words while embracing the solitude of our drifting sand dunes. With more than 60 art galleries and a host of unique shops, the works of Masters and the aspiring are all accessible here.

Provincetown is the home of an ever stronger year-round Community that lives, works, plays, creates at the tip of Cape Cod and invites everyone to share the values of freedom, acceptance, and liberty to live your life as you choose. Ever since same-sex marriage was legalized in the State of Massachusetts in 2014, Provincetown has issued thousands of marriage licenses and continues to be one of the world's favorite wedding destinations with over 80 TAG-approved welcoming accommodations.

Over 60 eateries provide a feast for the family or culinary adventures that would satisfy even the most refined palate. Many take advantage of the fresh local catch, bringing our renowned seafood to the table and turning meals into memories that won't fade.

Provincetown also hosts some of the Cape's premiere entertainment and events! We celebrate our roots in the Portuguese fishing community with the annual Portuguese Festival & 70th Blessing of the Fleet starting June 22nd. In July, the 4th of July Fireworks light up the night and Family Week kicks off one of the largest annual gatherings of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families in the world. Soon after, it's Carnival time highlighted by the Carnival Parade on August 17th.  It will be a legendary display of Gods and Goddesses come to life!

With all the fun, we are more than just great shopping, amazing food and fabulous entertainment! Provincetown has a heart for the environment that goes beyond our gorgeous landscape. As one of Massachusetts' Green Communities, we take pride in making our home a leader in clean energy solutions. We don't forget the pet set either! We're a dog-friendly town and feature the Pilgrim Bark Park where local artists built benches and more to show their support and diversity:

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Provincetown was built on the basic premise of respect for all people and continues to embrace that philosophy to this day, regardless of the emotional climate that has taken hold of our country. Much like the promise of hope that has beckoned those seeking refuge and opportunity here for generations; we invite you to come back to where it all began: Come Home to Provincetown! 

For more information, please contact the Provincetown Office of Tourism at  tourism@provincetown-ma.gov or write to the Provincetown Office Of Tourism, 330 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA 02657

The 2017 season is full of special days, sparkling nights & so much more!

Provincetown is where hospitality, culture and commerce flourish along with a freedom of expression found only at the tip of Cape Cod, especially in times of uncertainty. The exciting blend of fine shops, outstanding restaurants, entertainment venues and quality accommodations are set in a backdrop of incomparable beaches and a vibrant harbor, inviting visitors to enjoy America's First Destination all year long.

From fireworks and parades to Girl Splash, The 2017 Calendar Of Events showcases the best of Provincetown with something special every month of the year. Chase off the winter chill on Snowbound Leather Weekend or celebrate with neighbors at the Year-Rounders' Festival at Town Hall.

Welcome the whales with the launch of the Whale Watch season in April and explore history, culture & heritage when the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum reopens for the season on April 1st. Need a lift? Fast Ferry service begins in May with daily 90-minute trips from Boston. June starts off celebrations of diversity with Women of Color WeekendWorldFest Cultural Festival and The Provincetown International Film Festival brings Hollywood to town. The Provincetown Portuguese Festival & Blessing of the Fleet, now in its 70th year, is one of the Cape's most popular events.

Independence Week in July is always a hit, featuring a July 4th parade down well-known Commercial Street and fireworks from MacMillan Pier. Family Week, one of the largest gatherings of its kind in the world, and the Gay Athalon Games close out the month.  August really swings with the Provincetown Jazz Festival and the legendary Carnival Week & Parade, now in its 39th year, will unveil hundreds of "Gods & Goddesses."

Provincetown moves towards fall with the Great Provincetown Schooner Regatta and the 30th Annual Swim For Life & Paddler Flotilla. Afterglow - Alternative Performance Arts Festival honors Provincetown as the birthplace of Modern American Theater while the Tennessee Williams Theater Festival continues the tradition of theater in Provincetown. Ballroom dancers from around the world will compete for the coveted Provincetown Dance Trophy.

October is a mix of art, women and fantasy with the annual PAAM Gala kicking off the month. Women's Week is soon after with over 150 different events for every taste. Up next? Fantasia Fair, now in its 43rd year, the longest standing transgender fair in the country, is followed by Halloween Weekend with a ball at Town Hall, costumes and cavorting that has to be seen!

As the calendar winds down the events keep coming! The Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument the day before Thanksgiving and the lighting of the Lobster Pot Tree at Lopes Square soon after have become holiday traditions. Holly Folly Stroll has lots in store for the holidays and the Outer Cape Chorale Concert fills the air with sounds of the season. And Provincetown sends out the old and brings in the New Year with First Light Provincetown Weekend & Fireworks! 

Steeped in history, culture, cuisine and artisans, Provincetown is a cornerstone of inclusion and worthy of the title: America's First Destination. For the full lineup of events for 2017 please visit Provincetown Tourism on the web at ptowntourism.com/events.

Some highlights of the 2017 Season:

April 15 - 16: Miss Gay Mass US of A 
April 21 - 23: Moby Dick Marathon at the Provincetown Library
May 19 - 21 Single Women's Weekend
June 1: Night at the Chef's Table Benefit
June 4: Provincetown 10K Race
June 1 - 5: Women of Color & Friends Weekend
June 10: Provincetown Coastal Rowing Regatta
June 14 - 18: Provincetown International Film Festival
June 22 - 25: Portuguese Festival & Blessing of the Fleet
June 29 - July 7: Independence Week
July 4th: Parade & Fireworks
July 8 - 16: Bear Week
July 18 - 22: Girl Splash
July 22: Bride Pride
July 26 - 31: Gay Athalon Games
July 29 - August 5: Family Week in Provincetown
August 12 - 19: 39th Annual Carnival Week
Parade on Thursday, August 17th 
September 4 - 7: Great Provincetown Schooner Regatta
September 9: 30th Annual Swim for Life & Paddler Flotilla
September 11 - 17 Afterglow Festival
September 21 - 24: Tennessee Williams Festival 
September 28 - October 2: Mates Leather Weekend XXI
October 9 - 15: 33rd Annual Women's Week
October 15 - 22: Fantasia Fair
October 27 - 31: Halloween Weekend
November 17 - 19: Mr. New England Leather
November 22: Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument
November 25: Lighting of the Lobster Pot Tree
December 1 - 3: Holly Folly Stroll
December 8 & 9: Outer Cape Chorale Winter Concert
December 28 - Jan 1: First Light Provincetown & Fireworks

Don't forget to tag all of your Ptown photos with #myptown to share your experience with the world on My Ptown Gallery! 

For more information, please contact the Provincetown Office of Tourism at  tourism@provincetown-ma.gov.

Provincetown: Where Visitors Keep Coming Back for More

Among the excitement of changing seasons in Provincetown, Massachusetts, the anticipation of new material for the longstanding and venerable stars of annual productions hits a high note. To stroll Ptown's Commercial Street any summer night is to experience the madness of hawkers in outlandish costumes calling you into live acts, the sounds of laughter and applause rising up from the cabarets and the quips of "Can you believe that?," or "She's outrageous!," from passersby.

Miss Richfield 1981

It is the annual ritual where the likes of Varla Jean Merman, the shirtless Well Strung troupe, and a fifty-plus-year run of Bobby Wetherbee at the ivories reign gloriously over a parade of repeat audiences and newcomers who thrill at the opportunity to witness top entertainers. The world's finest talent lines up annually for the Broadway Series
or Ptown's longest Drag Review, The Illusions, at the Crown & Anchor, where you can get up close and personal to the likes of Lily Tomlin, Kate Clinton or Alan Cummings.

You will also see lines snaking around The Art House and The Post Office Cafe, where Marilyn Maye, Pattie Lupone, Poppy Champlin or Suzanne Westenhoefer respectively are keeping the joints jumping. At the Sage Inn and Lounge you can hear from an eclectic mix of artists including "The Calamari Sisters," Cat Faulkner, Marcus Simeone and Kate Ferber.

David LaSalle begins his 29th season as resident DJ at the helm of the Atlantic House Dance Club, since 1798 one of Ptown's favorite watering holes. Step into the place where DJ Mary Alice has been making memories at the Boat Slip's world famous Tea Dances. DJ Chris Racine and VJ Yaz rock at the Crown's Wave Bar each night, and the steam rises from Club Purgatory, The Vault and the A-House Macho Bar, where DJ Wayne Michael keeps the room hot.

While Provincetown is known as America's First Destination owing to the first landing of Pilgrims in 1620, the venerable acts and outlandish entertainment keep it the number one destination for LGBTQ travelers, who return for the annual fix of Provincetown's magic.

To learn about the diverse array of talent and venue offerings visit the websites listed below:

The Art House at townarthouse.com
The Atlantic House at ahouse.com
Boatslip Beach Club at boatslipresort.com
The Crown & Anchor at onlyatthecrown.com
Peregrine Theater Ensemble atperegrinetheatre.com
Post Office Café and Cabaret at  postofficecabaret.com and ptownmalecall.com
Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival at twptown.org
The Provincetown Theater at provincetowntheater.org
Sage Inn & Lounge at sageinnptown.com
Shawn Nightingale Productions at ShawnNightingaleProductions.co
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For More Information, contact ln@mcopr.com

Find Solitude in America's First Destination

As the cold and snow blanket the East Coast, embrace the season's romantic spirit and plan an intimate winter weekend in solitude at the tip of Cape Cod in Provincetown, Mass.
In a world that is rushed and hurried, there are very few places people can escape the crowds. Many vacation sites mistakenly suggest travelers must go to all ends of the Earth to destinations such as Northern Australia, Thailand or Costa Rica to find seclusion. In fact, in just a short trip to Cape Cod, a traveler can find one of the most enchanting places to seek solitude - Provincetown.

The seaside charm of America's First Destination becomes candlelit and cozy this time of year, as award-winning local inns, B&Bs and boutique hotels light their fireplaces, welcoming guests for a weekend retreat. This is surely one reason why Travel + Leisure Magazine named P-town one of "America's Most Romantic" destinations.

Experience the peace that comes from browsing art galleries or cuddling up with a favorite book that's gone waiting. Find serenity along the National Seashore and discover species that flourish without crowds in watch of a sighting. Rejuvenate with exercise along historic pathways or modern gyms. And, don't forget a spa day or giving way to a new hairstyle, easily found along village streets.

Make a getaway trip to Provincetown and you'll be all set for an intimate weekend in what Smithsonian Magazine,Fodor's and others have called one of the best small towns in America.

For more information contact the Provincetown Tourism Office or Val Marmillion
vam@mcopr.com

Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum Events

Ongoing
9 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily
Pilgrim Monument, High Pole Hill
FORGOTTEN PORT: Provincetown's Whaling Heritage

This new exhibition at the Provincetown Museum tells the story of the historical importance of the whaling industry to the town's development and follows the evolution of the town from hunting whales to saving whales. Also on display: The History, Restoration and Historic Journey of the Charles W. Morgan.

Admission is $12 adults, $10 seniors, $4 children; children under the age of four enter free. PMPM provides ample parking in the center of Town; $12 parking fee includes one free adult admission to the Monument and Museum. For more information, visit www.pilgrim-monument.org or call 508-487-1310.

REVERE

What to See & Do 

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SALEM

What to See & Do

Peabody Essex Museum

About the Peabody Essex Museum

The Peabody Essex Museum presents art and culture from New England and around the world. The museum's collections are among the finest of their kind, showcasing an unrivaled spectrum of American art and architecture (including four National Historic Landmark buildings) and outstanding Asian, Asian Export, Native American, African, Oceanic, Maritime and Photography collections. In addition to its vast collections, the museum offers a vibrant schedule of changing exhibitions and a hands-on education center. The museum campus features numerous parks, period gardens and 24 historic properties, including Yin Yu Tang, a 200-year-old house that is the only example of Chinese domestic architecture on display in the United States.

HOURS: Open Tuesday-Sunday and holiday Mondays, 10 am-5 pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

ADMISSION: Adults $15; seniors $13; students $11. Additional admission to Yin Yu Tang: $5. Members, youth 16 and under and residents of Salem enjoy free general admission and free admission to Yin Yu Tang.

INFO: Call 866-745-1876 or visit our Web site at www.pem.org.

LOCATION: The Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, MA 01970 United States

Wedded Bliss, The Marriage of Art and Ceremony

The Peabody Essex Museum is featuring Wedded Bliss, The Marriage of Art and Ceremony - a wide- ranging exploration of the wedding as artistic inspiration across cultures, lifestyles and three centuries.

No exhibition has ever before taken this connective and comparative approach, with 130 paintings, sculptures, photographs, decorative objects and multimedia from the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Pacific, highlighting the complex beliefs and emotions surrounding the matrimonial experience. From the 18th century to the present, these works reveal the diversity of creative response to weddings, as well as changing attitudes and customs over time.

The following programs celebrate the opening of this exhibition. All are included with museum admission.

Film | Monsoon Wedding
Noon | Morse Auditorium
2001, 114 minutes, directed by Mira Nair
Mira Nair's Golden Globe-nominated Monsoon Wedding depicts various romantic entanglements in the days leading up to a traditional Punjabi arranged wedding. Nair weaves together five intersecting love stories, crossing geographical, social and moral boundaries. Acclaimed internationally, Monsoon Wedding was a winner at the 2002 British Independent Film Awards and the 2001 Venice Film Festival.

Cake Designing Demonstration
2 - 5 pm | Atrium
A professional cake designer will decorate a wedding cake in the museum's Atrium. Try your hand at cake decorating using professional tools and expert guidance.

Gallery Presentation with wedding cake designer Cile Burbidge
2 pm | Wedded Bliss exhibition
See above listing.

Illustrated Presentation | Wedding Ceremonies: Ethnic Symbols, Costume and Rituals
With photographers Tiziana and Gianni Baldizzone
3 pm | Morse Auditorium
Acclaimed photographers Tiziana and Gianni Baldizzone (www.baldizzone.com) have traveled the globe in their quest to photograph people, cultures and traditions in remote regions. Published in 2001, their book Wedding Ceremonies: Ethnic Symbols, Costume and Rituals is a stunning photographic survey of marriage ceremonies from around the world. They will share some of these images and discuss some of their more recent projects, followed by a question-and-answer session moderated by Peabody Essex Museum Curator of Textiles and Costumes, Paula Richter.

Supported in part by the Henry Luce Foundation, the Coby Foundation and New Trade Winds/ECHO. Media Partners are Magic 106.7, WFXT-TV Fox 25, The Boston Globe and grace ormonde Wedding Style New England. I\

Of Gods and Mortals, Traditional Art from India
(Ongoing)

Intersections, Native American Art in a New Light
(Ongoing)

All of My Life: Contemporary Works by Native American Artists
(Ongoing)

Special exhibitions may require an additional fee. Location: East India Square, Salem, MA 01970. Call 866-745-1876 or visit web site www.pem.org.

STOCKBRIDGE

What to See & Do

Chesterwood

"That is heaven," said America's foremost public sculptor Daniel Chester French (1850-1931) when gazing upon Chesterwood, his bucolic Berkshire estate with its breathtaking vista of Monument Mountain. Now a National Trust Historic Site, Chesterwood was French's country getaway, where he did much of the work on his best-known sculpture, Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., and the Minute Man. For over 30 years, Chesterwood has hosted a juried outdoor contemporary sculpture exhibition on its rambling 122-acre expanse which includes French's home, sltudio, formal gardens and woodland walks. This is definitely a 'must see' place.

The Formal Landscape spaces were created to interact architecturally and aesthetically with the buildings. The Studio Garden is the most significant, but the terrace and piazzas of the Residence represent the same principle. These areas act as outdoor rooms and are the extensions of the overall living space of each structure. The Studio Garden, as French called it, was designed to be an integral part of the Frenches' social and recreational life at Chesterwood. Costume balls were often held under the light of Chinese paper lanterns, and at parties in this area where the sculptor displaced works-in-progress.

The Long Border contains flower beds that run the extent of the east and west axis of the Studio Garden and is one of the glorious features of the Chesterwood landscape. French enjoyed devoting a considerable amount of time ordering seeds and plants, and with his wife, Mary, helped with the planting and weeding of the border.

The Lily Pond is actually a small square cement tank which French called the 'Lily Pond.' It is located west of the Studio and is a prime example of his whimsy in his design of the landscape.

Open Daily from May 29 through October 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fee charged for adults; free admission for kids 18 and under.

Location: 4 Williamsville Road, off Route 183, Stockbridge, MA. For more information please check web site www.chesterwood.org or call 413-298-3579.

Berkshire Botanical Garden

Plan on spending a full day here -- and coming back again and again. I found it hard to leave because there are numerous gardens within this huge 15-acre garden where the display gardens illustrate design concepts and plant selections suited to the home gardener. You'll find a work in progress, a place for continual learning and experimenting.

The collection includes over 3,000 species of plants featuring varieties that thrive in the Berkshires and are displayed in an informal, country setting......and don't miss checking on the numerous events and shows that take place here year-round.

For example, the Vista Garden offers four-season interest with spring-blooming bulbs, ground covers, spring and summer blooming shrubs and trees interplanted with evergreens providing spectacular fall and winter color. The Daylily Borders feature 200 cultivars created over a centry of hybridizing, and the lilies are organized chronologically by date of introduction. The Timmy & Lincoln Foster Rock Garden is devoted to plants that can take the high winds, poor soils, harsh winters and sparse rainfall of mountain habitats around the world. Here you'll find dianthus and phlox, among other plants.

The Pond Garden - a woodland water garden - features plants that thrive in moist, shady conditions. Bulbs and spring flowers steal the show during May, while the white and pink water lilies bloom in mid-summer. Walking through the Woodland Preserve is eye-catching with native shrubs, wildflowers and ferns beneath a canopy of mixed hardwood and conifer trees. A small pond provides habitat for wetland plants and animals. Do take a short walk along the Woodland Interpretive Trail to see and learn more about woodland and wetland ecology.

The Hogwarts Garden - This was planted primarily for young wizards and for the child in us all. It's full of herbs that are rich in lore and fantasy, valued in past times as elizirs, magic potions, spells, and cures for numerous ailments and predicaments. Some of the plants in this garden have wizardly common names that might have tickled Snape's fancy and intrigued Dumbledore and his students. Herbs such as Black Snakeroot, favored for fevers and n ervous disorders; Dragon Weed, a cure for snakebites, Wolfsbane, used in deadly potions, and Mad-dog Skullcap, believed to cure rabies. Hangman's Root was thought to make the nicest person mean! Walk around and see some more in this great garden.

These are just a few of the 25 separate gardens within the Berkshire Botanical Garden, but use caution because some of the herbs in The Hogwarts Garden are poisonous in some or all parts, such as the foxgloves, hellebores, pokeweed and rhubarb. Toxic plants re marked on the identifying label so please do not handle or taste them.

Seasonal Highlights include:

April: Early spring bulbs

May: Late spring bulbs, early perennials, Flowering Crabapple and Viburnum

June: Anemone, Astilbe, Buddleia, Butterfly Bush, False Indigo, Bellflower, Foxglove, Geranium, Iris, Peony and Rose

July: Annuals including Yarrow, Coneflower, Daylily, Phlox, Sage, Japanese Stewartia, Meadow Rue, False Lupine and vegetables.

August: Annuals including Monkshood, Japanese anemone, Wormwood, Turtlehead, Bugbane, Joe Pye Weed, herbs, vegetables and Culver's Root

September-October: Aster, ornamental grasses, Maple, Dawn Redwood, Black Gum, Black Tupelo, Oak and Sumac

November-March: The Rice Greenhouse and Solar Greenhouse collections remain open to visitors throughout the winter. This is a great time to observe tree forms, bark, berries, buds and animal tracks.

Garden Etiquette

No smoking; Pets are not allowed except for guide/hearing dogs); Stay out of garden beds and water features; don't pick or damage plants or climb trees or structures.

Hours

Display gardens and Gift Shop open 10 am-5 pm daily, May-Columbus Day. Educational programs and events offered year-round.

Admission: Members free. $10 adults, $7 seniors and students. Children 12 and under, free. Group rates and Guided Tours are available with advance reservation. Contact the office for details.

Weddings, parties and other events may be held at the Garden. Contact the office for details.

The Garden Gift Shop offers books, garden ornaments and accessories and herb products made on-site by the Herb Associates.

Location: Routes 102 and 183 in Stockbridge, MA 01262. For more information call 413-298-3926 or check web site www.berkshirebotanical.org.

Norman Rockwell Museum

I've always admired Rockwell's work, and being in this fine museum with the world's largest collection of original Rockwell Art and his most beloved works, was absolutely awesome. See the full-size paintings that were reproduced on the cover of the 'Saturday Evening Post' - including his moving 'Four Freedoms' and his later works in which he explored social issues. Through his paintings, he tells the story of America with warmth, humor and truth. Here, you'll also find the Norman Rockwell repository of the artist's papers and reference photographs.

Changing exhibits explore political art, graphic novels, and children's book illustrations, plus much more. Rockwell's studio is located just a short stroll from the Museum's main galleries, and is a converted barn of Shakier simplicity containing his original art materials, library, furnishings and more. One interesting exhibit transports visitors back to a precise moment in the artist's life - October 1960 when he was at work on his iconic painting, 'Golden Rule.'

The grounds are beautiful, and the Museum, a wonderful piece of architecture designed by Robert A.M. Stern, is located on 36 park-like acres in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. Bronze and stone sculpture by Rockwell's youngest son, Peter Rockwell, can be found throughout the campus, and a historic Berkshire 'cottage' from the Victorian era is also on the grounds.

All ages will enjoy this wonderful place. And, the Art Zone, a place for inspiration and creative expression, will round out the Museum experience for children and families.

Admission to the Museum is free year-round to kids and teens 18 and under. Other visitors are charged a reasonable fee, and members receive free admission. The main building is wheelchair accessible and the Museum store is open during Museum hours.

Held Every Day at the Museum

Audio Tours -- Narrated by Peter Rockwell, Norman Rockwell's youngest son. Fee. Every day at the Museum.

Gallery Orientation Talks: Free with Museum admission.

Art Zone: Family-friendly art space. Free with Museum Admission.

For more information:

Museum Membership: 413-298-4100, Ext. 234

Group Tour Reservations & Programs: 413-298-4100, Ext. 221

Museum Store: 800-742-9450 or web site www.nrm.org.

Location: 9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262; web site www.nrm.org. Phone 413-298-4100.

Where to Eat

Shaker Mill Tavern

Known for tasty burgers, steaks, seafood, pasta and 'build your own pizza" - or the Chef's Favorites, including The Hottie (hot wing sauce, pulled roasted chicken, blue cheese, mozzarella; BBQ Chicken - house-made bbq sauce, pulled chicken, crumbled bacon, onions and mozzarella, and others, this is a family oriented restaurant. The Kid's Menu - for kids 12 and under - includes Fried Chicken Tenders, Pasta, Pasta, Pasta (choice of pasta, and a selection of sauces; bolognaise, tomato or melted butter; Pita Pizza on pita bread with a layer of tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese, sprinkled with parmesan cheese, plus other kid's delights. For those who love sweets, try the Seasonal Fruit Cobbler or Crisp with whipped cream; Carolyn's Cannolies with sweet ricotta cheese, chocolate bits, cinnamon pastry shell; Creme Brulee, the restaurant's interpretation of the classic; Root Beer Foat, root beer and vanilla ice cream - and the list goes on and on.

Located at 5 Albany Road, West Stockbridge, MA 01266. For more information write or call 413-232-8565.

STURBRIDGE

What to See & Do

Old Sturbridge Village Always A Fun Place

Location: Old Sturbridge Village | 1-800-SEE-1830 | 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road | Sturbridge | MA | 01566

Become a Member and save!

If you plan to come to Old Sturbridge Village more than once year, consider becoming a member. A family membership pays for itself in less than two visits! In addition to unlimited daytime admission for a year, members also receive discounts on guest tickets, dining, and in the gift shop. OSV memberships are one of the best deals in town.

Location: Old Sturbridge Village | 1-800-SEE-1830 | 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road | Sturbridge | MA | 01566

Birthday Parties

Give your child a unique and unforgettable birthday party at Old Sturbridge Village. All packages include costumes, Village admission, a special hands-on activity and snacks. Designed for children turning 5-15. The birthday guest of honor also receives a $10 voucher that can be used anywhere in the Village.

Broadway delivers to the Oliver Wight Tavern 

Spend an afternoon on Broadway by way of Old Sturbridge Village. Enjoy lunch at the Oliver Wight Tavern (11:30 a.m.;) followed by a direct-from-Broadway cabaret show in the nearby Stephen M. Brewer Theater (see below for dates and titles). Afterwards, take time to visit Old Sturbridge Village's Herb Garden, Museum Gift Shop, and New England Book Store.

For more information or reservations, please call 1-866-LULU-USA (866-585-8872).
Special exhibitions may require an additional fee. Location: East India Square, Salem, MA 01970. Call 866-745-1876 or visit web site www.pem.org.

WILLIAMSTOWN

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

This dynamic institution features outstanding European and American art in the beautiful picturesque Berkshire Hills. Opened in 1955, the collection of 8,000 objects continues to grow, including 495 paintings and significant holdings of works on paper and decorative arts. Its permanent collection is rich in 19th-century French art, with more than 30 paintings by Renoir and works by Monet, Degas, and Pissarro. Included are collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography.

The Clark is one of only a few institutions in the United States that is both a public art museum and a research and academic cneter supported by a distinguished art library. The Clark campus includes the original 1955 museum building designed by architect Daniel Perry, the Manton Research Center, designed by Pietro Belluschi, and The Architects Collaborative and completed in 1973/ plus the Stone Hill Center designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando which opened in 2008.

Everyone enjoys strolling along the 140 acres of scenic meadows and trails where one can enjoy art in nature. Walking paths lead to the Stone Hill Center and hiking trails explore the far reaches of the Clark's campus and offer wonderful views of Williamstown and surrounding mountains.

There's lots here for families, too. There are dynamic, family-friendly activities throughout the year, and with galleries overlooking the beautiful Berkshire landscape, the Clark provides visitors a personal domestic setting in which to enjoy the exceptional collection. Upon arrival, familes can pick up pencils and a set of "Looking Carefully' family activity cards at the information dersk. Designed to make looking at art an exciting experience for all ages, each card holds information and intriguing questions about an object in the galleries. Children are given space to record thoughts and create masterpieces of their very own.

Regular, focused series encourage families to engage with works of art in the Clark's collection. The New Parents Gallery Talks welcome parents and infants to stroll through the Clark on a curator led tour. Start with Art, aimed at three- to six-year-olds, offers themed talks, special gallery guides, and art-making activities. During Family Days there is a full day of special activities and performances, as well as free admission for all to the galleries. The popular free concert series on Tuesday evenings in July draws families to the Clark's epansive south lawn where picnics, lawn chairs and blankets are encourage.

Bring a picnic or grab a bite at the Courtyard Cafe, open during gallery hours, for sandwiches, pastries and drinks that you can have indoors or brought outside to have on one of the many picnic tables that dot the beautiful grounds.

Clark's grounds are open to the public free of charge. Admission is free to children ages 18 and under and students with valid ID. The Clark is located at 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA 91267. For more information check web site www.clarkart.edu or call 413-458-2303.


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