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Best Place to See Spring Bloom in Massachusetts

Spring has finally arrived! As the weather starts warms up, Massachusetts begins to bloom with flowers. Enjoy the beautiful start of spring at these amazing gardens and parks!

1. Boston Public Garden

Located in the heart of Boston, the Public Garden offers rotational plantings throughout the spring and summer months.  One visit wont be enough to see the blooming trees and fresh flowers. As the first public botanical garden in America, this green and flowering oasis in the heart of a great metropolis has become a Boston icon. After you stroll through the garden, be sure to ride a swan boat to get the full affect of this beautiful park!

2. Mount Auburn Cemetery

This National Historic Landmark provides wonderful flowers, and amazing blooming cherry trees. Well known both for its architectural elements and the fame of some of its interred residents, including Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Oliver Wendell Holmes, the cemetery brings in more than 200,000 visitors a year.  With so much to uncover, Mount Auburn hosts walking tours, bird walks, special lectures, and even early morning excursions.  Plan ahead for a group tour, or enjoy this beautiful, serene place on your own leisure.

3. Bridge of Flowers

Opening back up this April, this gorgeous bridge stands alone as one of a kind.  Thousands of bulbs, perennials, annuals and flowering shrubs come into bloom on it over the course of the year. The flowers and plants have been around since the early 1900s when a group on women transformed the old trolley bridge into a bridge of beauty. Start on the Buckland side surrounded by bright plantings, and slowly make your way across the river enjoying all the plants and flowers. Once you’re on the Shelburne side, enjoy the Stone Spring and River Bench.

4. The Berkshires

Enjoy mountain air, rare mountain wild flowers and beautiful open fields this spring at the Berkshires.  Known for its mountains and beauty, this part of Massachusetts has so much to offer!  One great place to hike and see spring in bloom is Bartholomew’s Cobble.  It offers a rugged and exotic landscape that supports 800 species of plants while offering terrific mountain vistas. Looking to mix things up from hiking? Travel through one of the many beautiful scenic bike trails to see wild flowers, and amazing river views.

5.  Keller Rose Garden Of The Emerald Necklace

The Emerald necklace Conservatory offers six parks spanning 5 miles designed over 100 years ago.  Part of the National Register of Historic Places, it’s well worth a visit this spring for strolls and bloom gazing.  The Kelleher Rose Garden, part of the Back Bay Fens, offers great views of spring plantings.  Located by the World War II, Vietnam and Korean War Memorial, the garden is a popular picnic site for many.  Recently restored, this beautiful garden will definitely surely impress!

 

Best Places to see Spring bloom

We Love Fort Point!

We can’t stop raving about our neighbors here in the Fort Point section of Boston, there are so many great bakeries, restaurants, shops, and more, all in the same neighborhood as our office!  Our awesome sales agent, Jeff is here to tell us about a few of his favorite spots in the area:

The Club by George Forman III

Jeff loves this addition to the Fort Point Chanel. This new gym features over 130 classes, great trainers and fun workouts. The Club is located just a quick minute away from our office making it a popular place to work out for our team at MassDrive. This boxing gym created by George Forman offers unique training packages that are sure energize and excite you. If boxing isn’t your thing, The Club offers a variety of work outs from yoga, to spinning to circuit training.

Sweet Green

Located on Congress Street, this awesome lunch spot is worth the walk from our office.  They offer delicious, healthy, and filling meals.  From creative salads to bowls, Sweet Green offers only high quality, nutrient filled, organic ingredients.  If you’re feeling a little creative, make your own concoction choosing from a variety of ingredients including wild rice, spicy sunflower seeds to and baked felafel. Next time you’re there, try Jeff’s favorite signature dish, the Avocobbo salad.

Papagayo

This delicious Mexican restaurant really knows how to mix things up.  Jeff loves that they take great classics up a notch with dishes like Maine lobster guacamole and chili dusted calamari. Their extensive creative menu also includes a variety of street tacos, fajitas, and burritos. And lets not forget they mix up an awesome after work Margarita!

Lucky’s Lounge Bar

Winner of 2014 Boston Magazine’s Best Neighborhood Bar South Boston Award, Lucky’s Lounge Bar’s unique style makes its one of a kind. From the live music, to the Sinatra tribute band, this place provides an awesome old school atmosphere. With a menu full of great comfort food, and a fun 50s vibe, its no surprise Jeff loves this place.

Flour Bakery

When your sweet tooth needs it’s fix, nothing beats Flour Bakery. From brioche, to cookies, to amazing sticky buns, to gourmet cakes, and much more, this place has it all. Jeff say’s when he stops by at lunch for their gourmet sandwiches and salads, it’s too hard not to leave with at least one delectable dessert. Our office here at MassDrive loved our catered experience with Flour Bakery. They also have plenty of gluten free options too!

March 2015 Events in Massachusetts

Ride out rest of winter with these awesome activities happening this month!  From parades to film festivals, Massachusetts is full of exciting events.  Bundle up and head out to MassDrive’s top 5 must-see events!

WinterFest Weekends at Fruitlands
March 1st- March 28th: Harvard, MA

Grab your sleds, snowshoes, and cross-country skis and discover the beautiful snow-covered hills and woodland trails at Fruitlands. After you’re done exploring, come inside the museum to enjoy a toasty fire, hot chocolate and see the Fruritlands’ amazing exhibits. From the culturally unique “100 Objects, 100 Stories” temporary exhibit, to the wonderful art gallery, there is as much to explore inside the museum as there is outside.

The Salem Film Festival
March 5th- March 12th: Salem, MA

Entering its eighth year, Salem Film Fest is one of New England’s largest documentary film festivals and presents a rich and diverse collection of the year’s best work from all over the world. Because Salem Film Fest focuses on well-told stories with strong technical elements and interesting visual approaches, each film screened over the week-long schedule represents an immersive aesthetic experience, an opportunity to glimpse the world with fresh eyes, and leave changed as a result. Individual tickets can be purchased as well as All Access passes, weekend passes, and all film passes. Get your tickets now before they sell out!

The Chieftains and Special Guests
March 8th: Amherst, MA

Six-time Grammy winners, The Chieftains are back in Amherst due to popular demand! Having uncovered the wealth of Irish music, The Chieftains make the music their own with a style that is as exhilarating as it is definitive. Never afraid to shock purists and push boundaries, The Chieftains have amassed a dizzyingly varied résumé. Their most recent album, “Voice of Ages,” found the band collaborating with some of modern music’s fastest-rising artists (Bon Iver, The Decemberists, The Punch Brothers and the Pistol Annies among them) to reinterpret traditional songs for old and new generations alike, proving what the music means today while hinting where it might lead tomorrow.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 15th: Boston, MA
(Additional parade dates throughout Massachusetts)

There is no place better to celebrate St. Patricks day in United States than south Boston. With its strong Irish heritage dating back to colonial times, Boston has been nick named the Capital of Irish America. Dating back to 1901, the annual parade has a rich history shown through colorful flouts, marching bands and pipe bands from across North America. Starting at the Broadway T station, and making their way to Andrew Square, you’re best bet to catch the festivities is along Broadway. Grab your green shirt and head into Boston to be part of this long tradition! And if one parade just isn’t enough for you, check out this list of St. Patricks day parades around Massachusetts this month.

Craft Boston Spring
March 20th- March 22nd: Boston, MA

CraftBoston Spring is a selective display of 90 artists presented at The Cyclorama at The Boston Center for the Arts. A charming 19th-century brick building, the Cyclorama provides an intimate showing and shopping experience. Small in size, CraftBoston Spring ensures craft of the highest caliber. Spend the day looking at and learning about contemporary craft, meet the artists, and take home something fabulous.

 

How to Drive Safely With Snowbanks

The four blizzards in three weeks have left mountains of snow all around New England. Removing the snow has been challenging for towns everywhere, and with nowhere to move it all, the streets have becoming increasingly clogged. Travel lanes have been reduced from four to two, and two-way roads are now one way. Particularly small streets are so clogged up that even sidewalks cease to exist! If they do, they’re so narrow even the smallest of people have a hard time passing the massive snow banks. With nowhere else to walk, pedestrians than take to the road, resulting in further unsafe road conditions.

Here are a few safety tips on how to drive with massive snowbanks:

1. Drive SLOWER. Although that seems like such obvious advice, it really is so important.   In the winter, tires don’t hold to asphalt as well as they do in the summer. A mistake becomes much harder to correct with snow on the ground. Braking distances become longer, and the ability to dart around quickly in traffic decreases. Even when the roads seem cleared up, it’s still important to drive slowly due to decreased visibility from the snow banks. Many the snow piles tower way above 3 ½ feet- which is eye level for most drivers. The safest way to cross is to slowly come to a stop and then inch out to see if a car is coming. Even if you know that there is a stop sign for the intersected street, they might not able to see it due to the snow banks.

2. Make sure you windows are de-iced so you can properly see cars coming. Not only is driving with iced up windows incredibility unsafe, it is also illegal. You can quickly ice proof your windows by spraying them the night before with three parts vinegar and one part water. The acetic acid in vinegar will lower the melting point of water and preventing it from freezing. If you don’t get to it at night, spray the mixture in the morning to make scrapping much easier.

3. Check the pressure and tread of your tires. Too low pressure or bald tires can be extremely dangerous, especially in snowy weather. Having low pressure can cause heat build up, which can cause the tire to pop at high speeds. Most gas station have air pumps that will let you gauge the pressure and add more air if needed. Bald tires, or low tread means less traction to the road, especially in rain or snow. You can check this by placing a penny (the edge with Lincoln’s head pointing down) in one the grooves of the tire. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, you need new tires.

4. Drive with your lights on. With snowbanks blocking drivers view, having your lights on with help make you known to other drivers. Even if the sun is out, if it’s snowing always have your lights on. With visibility so low when it snows, having your lights on will help you see other cars coming, and help drivers see you.

Massachusetts has had a record-breaking month with snow, and it will take some time for it all to melt. Keep these tips in mind so you can safely navigate around the snow covered streets!

Driving with Snowbanks

The Top 6 Boston Parking Space Savers from the 2015 Snowstorms

With record high snowstorms hitting Boston this year, residents are participating in the long tradition of parking space savers. Parking has become a huge challenge for Bostonians with so much snow, Boston doesn’t even know where to put it. Even Mayor Marty Walsh has become a bit frustrated discussing the controversy and competitiveness of them when questioned on the topic at blizzard press conferences. With the amount of snow being so outrageous this year, so are the parking savers. Here are our favorite parking space savers from this season:

6. Although this parking saver is a classic chair, it makes our list because it’s probably the most outrageously huge parking spot ever dug out of snow.

5. This sign out right says what every parking space saver hints, “Do not even think about it”!

4. Parking a bike (or laying it down) as a space saver couldn’t be more clear to others that that is your parking spot. literally.

3. Having the adorable Pooh Bear stand guard of this parking spot doesn’t make the sign any less direct. “NO.” Also, woah that is a tall parking saver.

2. Using the shovel you broke from digging out your car from the snow is a genius way to make sure any parking space thief feels way too guilty to steal that spot.

And for the number 1 best parking saver..

1. Taking a once cute children’s toy and turning it into collateral damage with a frightening message is sure to scare away anyone from taking that parking spot.

There is a hot debate around Boston on whether or not parking savers should be allowed. The best way to approach it respect your neighbors. Everyone is dealing with the aftermath from these storms. There is a lot of snow in Boston, and even more heading our way. On the bright side, we can’t wait to see those crazy space savers continue to pop up around Boston. Let us know the craziest ones you find!

MassDrive Holiday Contest!

Dreaming of a White Christmas? Enter to win to 2 tickets to see the musical, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, at Boston’s Wang Theater on December 27, 2014! Head on over to Facebook to enter!

Official Rules:

  • Entry Instructions:  Each person may enter by clicking “Like” on the MassDrive Facebook page and comment with your favorite holiday song. You may also enter the Contest by sending us the requested information by a postcard or letter addressed to “White Christmas Contest” to our mailing address at 241 A Street, Suite 400, Boston, Massachusetts, 02110. Please include your submission and how to contact you by phone, email and mailing address.  These complete Contest Rules may also be obtained by sending us a request at our address, above.
  • All entrants must be Massachusetts residents and age 18 or older.
  • Only one entry per person. No purchase of any MassDrive product is necessary and will not increase the likelihood of winning.
  • Entrants may not submit content that contains any elements that violate a third party’s copyrights or trademark rights; or depictions of any individuals that have not granted permission to appear in the entry.
  • The contest will begin on Wednesday December 3, 2014  and will end at 11:59 PM on Wednesday, December, 10th.  The contest winner will be selected by MassDrive based upon each entrant’s creativity and unique value and it will be judged upon adherence to our contest rules.  The winner will be announced in a post on our Facebook page the following day.  The winner can inbox us with their email address and we will email the tickets to them.
  • The contest winner will be mailed two tickets for a performance of “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas ” held at the Wang Theatre in Boston.
  • Employees and family members of MassDrive or Next Generation Insurance Group LLC are ineligible to enter.
  • MassDrive reserves the right to cancel, modify or suspend the Contest, if in its sole discretion any problem prevents the Contest from running as planned.  All entrants must agree to release and hold harmless MassDrive from any claim by the entrant associated by entrant’s participation in the Contest.  MassDrive is not responsible and cannot be held liable for technical errors or other things that may prevent the promotion from running as planned.  MassDrive also reserves the right to substitute the contest prize with another prize of equal or greater value if the advertised contest prize is not available.
  • These Contest Rules shall be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, excluding its conflicts of laws provisions.
  • All entrants must agree to release and hold harmless Facebook from any claim by the entrant associated by entrant’s participation in the Contest. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

December 2014 Events in Massachusetts

Though the weather is growing colder, the holiday season in Massachusetts is beautiful. We hope you’ll get out and enjoy all that the Bay State has to offer despite the cold, so we’ve rounded up some of our favorite events happening this month in Mass.

Bright Nights at Forest Park – December 1 – January 4 – Springfield, MA

Enjoy beautiful holiday lighting with this three-mile route of impressive decorations! With more than 600,000 and a musical simulcast from 98.5FM, you and your family will be dazzled. With passes per vehicle ranging from $16-$21, Bright Nights is a drive the whole family will love.

The Polar Express at Edaville Railroad – December 3-30 – Carver, MA

Inspired by the holiday classic and hit movie, this is a fun holiday event the kids are sure to love. Hop aboard the The Polar Express at Edaville Railroad and take off to the North Pole to the soundtrack of the film. There will be a reading of the book, a stop to visit Santa, and hot chocolate and cookies served on board.

Holiday Skating Party – December 7 – Amherst, MA

Head to the Mullins Center Community Ice Rink to get into the holiday spirit with their Holiday Skating Party! Rock out to tunes provided by Hits 94.3, trying your hand at snowflake crafting and cookie decorating, and enjoy ice skating (rentals are included in the price of admission) at this event the whole family will love.

Newburyport Holiday House Tour – December 13 – Newburyport, MA

Beginning at the historic Custom House Maritime Museum, the 21st Anniversary Holiday House Tour will take you through the finest private residences and unique spaces Newburyport has to offer. Explore the history and culture of the town as you delight in the holiday decorations at each stop.

White Christmas at the Wang Theater – December 16 – 28 – Boston, MA

Celebrate the season with this holiday classic and the music of Irving Berlin! Catch Irving Berlin’s White Christmas The Musical at the Wang Theater in downtown Boston. Get in the spirit with music, dancing and holiday cheer – and stay tuned to our Facebook page for an opportunity to win your tickets!

November Events in Massachusetts

‘Tis the season! The holidays are coming and there are many great, family-friendly events around the Bay State to get you in the spirit! From delicious dinners to festivals, November in Massachusetts is sure to be fun for the whole family.

Flavors of Fall – November 17, 2014 – Cambridge, MA

Some of the Greater Boston area’s most talented chefs will come together for one delicious night to benefit Youth on Fire at the Royal Sonesta. Flavors of Fall  features a menu filled with seasonal New England foods, as well as wine, beer and cocktail tastings – and all for a good cause! Proceeds from the event will go to Youth on Fire, which provides services and resources to homeless and unstably housed young adults in the Cambridge area.

Castleberry Holiday Arts & Craft Festival – November 21-23, 2014 – Worcester, MA

Shopping local this holiday season is made easy with the Castleberry Holiday Arts & Craft Festival! Just head on over to the DCU Convention Center in Worcester to browse hundreds of American made gifts, from pottery to scarves to jewelry. Tickets are $8 for adults, children under 14 are free. Come hungry, there will be a “food sampling extravaganza,” with delicious foods like homemade fudge, gourmet popcorn and jams, and carolers will be roving around to get shoppers into the holiday spirit.

Thanksgiving at Plimoth Plantation – November 27, 2014 – Plymouth, MA

Celebrate Thanksgiving where it all began! Share your Thanksgiving dinner with the pilgrims at Plimoth Plantation, but get your tickets quick! The America’s Thanksgiving Dinner has already sold out, but there are still seatings at the Thanksgiving Buffet available. Featuring a full Thanksgiving menu of fresh ingredients, Thanksgiving at Plimoth Plantations is sure to be an unforgettable experience. The Plantation will be open on Thanksgiving Day, with regularly scheduled events throughout the day so you can learn more about life in the 1600s after your meal.

Moonlight Magic – November 28, 2014, 4:30PM – Shelburne Falls, MA

Moonlight Magic is an event the whole family will enjoy! During this magical night, Shelburne Falls becomes aglow thanks to 1,800 luminary candles and gets into the spirit of the season with a town parade, food vendors and extended hours at local shops. You may even run into some familiar faces – Santa, the Grinch, the Snow Princess and others will be out and about! There will be music, movies and even a Santa’s Workshop – something fun for everyone in your family!

City of Lights – November 29, 2014 – Lowell, MA

Celebrate the season with this parade through beautiful downtown Lowell, while enjoying local shopping and dining! The parade features floats and costumed characters, and ends with the Lighting of City Hall and the community tree. There is even a hot chocolate competition! The City of Lights parade is a great way to get into the holiday spirit for the whole family.

Our Holiday Contest Continues!

spooky spot

Have you entered our holiday contest yet?  Find us on Facebook and take part in our “Spooky Spots in Massachusetts” contest for your chance to win a $50 gas card from MassDrive!  Does this place look familiar to you? “Like” our post on Facebook and comment with your guess to be eligible to win! We’ll be posting a mystery picture every Wednesday in October, and at the end of the month we’ll be choosing two lucky winners to each win a $50 gas card!

  • Entry Instructions:  Each person may enter by clicking “Like” on the MassDrive Facebook page and comment on the photo each week with their guess for the location in the photo. You may also enter the Contest by sending us the requested information by a postcard or letter addressed to “Spooky Spots In Massachusetts Contest” to our mailing address at 241 A Street, Suite 400, Boston, Massachusetts, 02110. Please include your submission and how to contact you by phone, email and mailing address.  These complete Contest Rules may also be obtained by sending us a request at our address, above.
  • All entrants must be Massachusetts residents and age 18 or older.
  • Only one entry per person per post. No purchase of any MassDrive product is necessary and will not increase the likelihood of winning.
  • Entrants may not submit content that contains any elements that violate a third party’s copyrights or trademark rights; or depictions of any individuals that have not granted permission to appear in the entry.
  • The contest will begin on Wednesday October 1, 2014  and will end at 11:59 PM on Wednesday, October, 29th.  After a photo is posted Wednesday of each week, entrants will be eligible to enter their guess until the photo location is revealed. The contest winners will be selected by MassDrive based upon the accuracy of each entrant’s guess and the amount of correct answers throughout the month.  It will be judged upon adherence to our contest rules.  The winners will be announced in a post on our Facebook page the following day.  The winners can inbox us with their address’ and we will mail the gas cards to them.
  • The contest winners will each be mailed a $50 gift card to Exxon Mobil.
  • Employees and family members of MassDrive or Next Generation Insurance Group LLC are ineligible to enter.
  • MassDrive reserves the right to cancel, modify or suspend the Contest, if in its sole discretion any problem prevents the Contest from running as planned.  All entrants must agree to release and hold harmless MassDrive from any claim by the entrant associated by entrant’s participation in the Contest.  MassDrive is not responsible and cannot be held liable for technical errors or other things that may prevent the promotion from running as planned.  MassDrive also reserves the right to substitute the contest prize with another prize of equal or greater value if the advertised contest prize is not available.
  • These Contest Rules shall be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, excluding its conflicts of laws provisions.
  • All entrants must agree to release and hold harmless Facebook from any claim by the entrant associated by entrant’s participation in the Contest. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

Massachusetts Events In May

Make Way for Ducklings

It’s official, the weather we love is finally here!  What better way to celebrate than by checking out some of the exciting events taking place this month?  There are plenty of fun happenings going on to fill up your social calendar this month, and we’re sure you won’t want to miss out on these!

Duckling Day – This family-friendly event comes just in time for Mother’s Day, and celebrates the literary classic Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCloskey.   This event takes place on Sunday, May 11th from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM at the Boston Common and children are invited to dress up as their favorite character from the book.  There will be face painting, a puppet show, and much more to keep the kiddos entertained all afternoon.  Following the celebration, guests will march through the common behind the Harvard Band to the Public Garden.  Admission for a family of any size is $35 in advance, and $40 the day of the event.

Brimfield Outdoor Antiques Show – You never know what treasures you may find while out antiquing!  This event will feature thousands of dealers from across the country, so we can only imagine how many items there will be to search through until you find the one(s) that will look perfect in your home.  Ranging from heriloom-quality silver, to country collectibles, you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for, and you may even find something you didn’t know you needed!  This massive showcase will take place from May 13th-18th, and there will also be additional shows in July and September.

Nantucket Wine Festival – For those of you that are 21+, can you think of a more relaxing way to spend a spring afternoon than by sipping some wine by the sea?  There will be over 100 wineries and restaurants on site for different seminars, tastings, and dinners in various Nantucket homes.  This annual event will take place from May 14th-18th and ticket prices vary depending on the event.

Newburyport Spring Festival – We can’t think of a better way to spend a warm spring day than by this picturesque coastal town.  Join them for their annual Spring Festival, taking place May 25th and 26th, the Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day Weekend.  There will be entertainment for the whole family, live music, art, fine crafts, and food from local restaurants.  If you need a break from the crowd, take a stroll down by the water and enjoy the fresh sea air.  The event will be from 1o AM – 5 PM, rain or shine and is sure to be a good time for the whole family.

Don’t these events sound like the perfect way to kick off spring? Grab your friends, family members, and enjoy!

Photo By: Charles Hoffman

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