Marlborough


Events In Massachusetts This March

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We’ve almost made it to spring, and that deserves a celebration, don’t you think?  With only a few short weeks left of winter, we’re all looking forward to warmer weather and longer days, and that means more time to have fun and go to awesome events!  We know that when people think of events in March, Saint Patrick’s Day comes to mind, and don’t worry we haven’t forgotten about that special day, but it will be getting its own event posting later this month.  In the mean time, check out all of the other events going on across the state this March!

Boston Flower and Garden Show – This is the perfect event to get you ready for spring!  Take in the beautiful sights and smells of the Boston Flower and Garden Show at the Seaport World Trade Center from March 12th-16th.  This year’s theme is “Romance in the Garden” and there will be garden writers, landscaping professionals,master gardeners, and local chefs will all be on hand for daily lectures, demonstrations, floral arranging workshops, children’s activities, and cooking demonstrations.  Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children, and $17 for seniors and are valid for one day only.  Don’t miss out on this fun event, it’s perfect for friends, families, or even a romantic outing, and is a great way to kick off spring!

Worcester Boat Show – This is another great event to get you ready for warmer weather!  Head to the DCU Center in Worcester from March 14th-16th for the Worcester Boat Show!  Whether you own your own boat or are dreaming of it one day in the future, you won’t want to miss this event.  All of the latest 2014 models will be on display, there will fishing boats, pontoon boats, sports boats, boating accessories, and much more.  You can touch and experience each boat to find your favorite, and if you’re in the market to purchase a boat you’ll want to take advantage of the special show prices and manufacturers incentives.  Tickets are $10 for adults and children 16 and under are admitted free as long as they are accompanied by an adult.

Paradise City Arts Festival – If you’re an art lover, this is the event for you.  There will be over 175 artists and their creations on display during this elegant event, and the diverse creations are guaranteed to catch your eye.  There will be a variety of different pieces, all showcasing the talent and innovation of American craftsmanship.  This event will be at the Royal Plaza Trade Center in Marlborough from March 21st-23rd.  Ticket prices vary but if you plan on going more that one day, you’ll definitely want to purchase their three day pass for $16.  If you’ve been trying to expand your cultural horizons and do something new, this is the event for you.

Dine Out Boston – If there’s a restaurant you’ve been wanting to try in the Boston area, you’re in luck!  Dine Out Boston takes place once a year and gives diners the opportunity to sample prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner from participating restaurants.  Prices for lunch are either $15, $20, or $25, and dinner prices can be $28, $33, or $38, depending on what you order.  Prices are per person and do not include drinks, tax, or gratuity.  Sample meals from chain restaurants, locally owned bistros, from tapas to Italian, Mexican to sushi, Asian food to seafood, and much more as options you won’t know where to start!  Luckily you have a few days to take advantage of this event, it’s going on from March 16th-21st, and March 23rd – 28th.  For a full list of participating restaurants, click here.

These events will make the last few weeks of winter fly by, so get out and about and enjoy!

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Bay State Bike Paths!

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Summer is the perfect time of year for a nice leisurely bike ride in the Bay State.  You get some exercise, you can take in some beautiful views, and get to experience the great outdoors!  There are a lot of bike paths here in Massachusetts, but we’ve done the research for you and listed some of the best ones across the state!

Charles River Bike Path – This 14 mile loop also know as the Dr. Paul Dudley White Bike Path, begins at the Museum of Science in Boston and runs along to Watertown Square in Watertown.  The course follows the banks of the Charles River and you will definitely take in some beautiful views of the Boston skyline.  There are many different entry points for this path so if you don’t have the time or energy to do the full loop, you can jump in anywhere that’s convenient for you.  The path is maintained by the Urban Parks Division of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and certain parts of the path are for both bikers and pedestrians.  The path is pretty wide although there are some spots that could be considered a tight squeeze where it would be a little difficult for two bikes to pass each other.  Overall it is a fun way to see the city and get a good workout in all at the same time!

Assabet River Rail Trail – This trail runs through Marlborough, Hudson, Stow, Maynard, and Acton.  Completion of the entire trail is still in the works, but right now there are miles of paved road open to the public whether it be to skateboard, bike, walk, or run.  The trial follows an abandoned MBTA rail bed and offers visitors a relaxing environment where they can safely take in the outdoors.  There are multiple street crossings, flashing lights to alert drivers that bikers are coming, and good visibility in most areas.  You may even spot some wildlife so be sure to bring some binoculars!  Parking is available at the trail head in Marlborough, and there are additional parking lots along the trail as well as street parking available.

Wompatuck State Park – This park is perfect whether you want to go for a relaxing ride or if you want to do some mountain biking.  Located in Hingham, there are paved and unpaved trails throughout the park which was previously used as an ammunition depot in World War II.  History buffs will definitely enjoy looking at the old equipment that is still on the grounds, and another great perk is having Mount Blue Spring on site which offers free, purified water from an underground stream to all visitors.  There are multiple paths so there are plenty of reasons to come back again and again to explore the entire park if you don’t finish it in a day!

Norwottuck Rail Trail – This 9 mile bike path connects Amherst to Northampton through Hadley.  There is also a connection to the UMass Amherst campus that students can take full advantage of.  Locals love this trail because it actually surpasses MA Rt. 9 which tends to be pretty busy.  The path rarely intersects roads traveled by cars and it takes you along a scenic route where you can take in views of farmland, and if you go far enough down the trail you can even ride over the Connecticut River!

What trails do you plan on biking this summer?  For a full list of trails in the Bay State visit MassBike.org.

Photo By: Peter Krefting

 

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