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Valentine’s Day In Boston

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Valentine’s Day is almost here!  Whether you’re excited to spend a romantic evening with your significant other, or are single and plan on spending the night with friends, Boston is a fun destination with tons of events going on for everyone.  Since there are so many events to choose from, we thought we’d narrow down the list and make it easier to decide, so check out our tops picks for Valentine’s Day events in the city!

Fenway Park Winter Lights Show – Who wouldn’t love to spend Valentine’s Day at “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark”?  Lucky for you Fenway is offering daily tours and a light show through the month of February, so you can spend Valentine’s Day at the park taking in a romantic display of lights with the Boston skyline in the background!  Show your valentine how creative you are by heading to this unique event instead of a typical dinner date. Tours are at 4, 5, and 6 PM and cost $15 per person.  Tickets are available on a first-come,  first-served basis and are for sale on the day of the event at the Gate D Ticket Booth.  This event is perfect for couples, friends, or even families on Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise – If you’re really trying to impress someone special this year, take them on a harbor cruise around Boston aboard the Odyssey.  Not only will there be amazing views of the Boston skyline, there will also be live music paired with a DJ, and an impressive dinner and dessert menu.  What could be more romantic than floating around the harbor, dancing to live music, and enjoying a top of the line meal?  This event is a bit pricey with tickets starting at $109.90 per person but also includes a champagne toast and rose for each couple.  Boarding begins at 6 PM and the cruise lasts from 7 – 10 PM.  To make a reservation for this event call (866) 307-2469.

Flirt Fest At The Bell In Hand – For all of you singles out there, this is the place to be on Valentine’s Day.  Have an amazing pick-up line or one that’s equally as horrible?  You might just win their Best & Worst Pick-Up Line Contest, and best case scenario it might even get you a date.  This Anti-Valentine’s Day event will feature a reception, a DJ, dancing, and awards for Boston’s biggest Male and Female Flirts.  The event will last from 7 PM – midnight and tickets range from $10-$20, get them while they last!

Tasting At The Wine Bottega – For those of you that are over 21, you won’t want to miss this event on Valentine’s Day.  Everyone loves a nice glass of wine, especially when it’s free!  This is the perfect way to start your night before going out to a nice dinner, stop by from 5-8 PM and sip on their unique selection of wines that have been carefully selected for this event.  The Wine Bottega is located right on Hanover Street in Boston’s North End so there will be plenty of options to choose from for a nice meal after you enjoy a few samples of wine.

If you plan on having a low key Valentine’s Day, you can always grab a bottle of wine, some take out, and stream your favorite romantic comedies on Netflix, but if you ask us these events sound too fun to miss!

Photo By: Chris Sloan

 

Spring Day Trips In Massachusetts

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Have a day or two off and want to go somewhere new?  Take a day trip to one of these great spots across the state!  Here in Massachusetts we’re lucky that we’re within driving distance of the beach, mountains, and city.  Take advantage of everything the Bay State has to offer this spring and check out some of these fun destinations on your next day off!

Newburyport – This seaside town is the perfect destination if you want to take in a sea breeze this spring.  There is a boardwalk right on the water that visitors can stroll along while stopping in to the many shops, museums, boutiques, and restaurants that line the streets of this quaint town.  Want to take in the outdoors?  There are many activities available including fishing, boating, taking a walk through the nature reserve or one of the many parks, or head to Plum Island and take a swim.  There’s enough going on here to keep you busy all day, and every member of your family will find something that interests them!

Mohawk Trail Region – The Mohawk Trail region is made up of many towns in Western Massachusetts including Deerfield, Barre, North Adams, and Greenfield that offers activities for all ages.  It’s the first scenic road in New England and has 63 miles of spectacular mountain views to take in!  This is a perfect destination for outdoor people, and attractions include zip lining, golf, fishing, boating, hiking, swimming, and much more.  There are also antique stores, galleries, museums, and historic sites for those that aren’t quite as outdoorsy.  Feeling really adventurous?  Try white water rafting!  There are many options across this region, depending on where you plan on traveling.  With so many options over such a large area, you’ll need to plan out an itinerary before you head out, so check out all that the Mohawk Trail region has to offer!

Boston Freedom Trail – Take a ride into Boston and brush up on some history this spring!  The Freedom Trail is one of the most popular attractions in the city, and it will bring you to all of the must see locations along the way.  This is Boston’s most popular walking tour and you can either book a tour with a costumed guide who will give you all of the historic information relevant to each landmark you pass by, or if you’re looking for a more casual setting follow the trail yourself and read the historic markers along the way!  If you do buy a ticket for the tour, it is valid for any day and time, tours are offered 12 times daily from April-November so there are plenty of options.  The trail will lead you all over the city, from the Boston Common, to Beacon Hill, to the waterfront, to the North End, and all the way into Charlestown, it’s the perfect way to experience every part of the city!

We’re very lucky here in Massachusetts, all of these destinations are only a few hours away from any point in the state, and are all perfect for day tripping with the whole family!  Next time you have a day off head to one of these spots that you typically wouldn’t venture to, you’ll make some new memories and have fun with the whole family while enjoying the outdoors this spring!

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Free Events Just In Time For The Holidays!

Who isn’t trying to save their pennies around the holidays?  Traveling, presents, parties, and other yule-tide events may take away from your budget but don’t worry, we’ve got your back!  These events are totally free, fun and will help keep your funds in line for the holiday season!

8th Annual Holidays On The Green –  This family friendly event takes place at The Pinehills in Plymouth Saturday, December 1st and has something for everyone! Children will love the petting zoo and getting their picture with Santa, followed by decorating some holiday sugar cookies! Bring your furry friends as well!  Guests can walk in or watch the “Reindog” parade where there will be tons of costumes and prizes!  Victorian carolers will be strolling the streets singing classic holiday tunes, sculptors will be whittling masterpieces out of ice, and there are a bunch of tiny shops to stop by and do some Christmas shopping.  Close out the day by watching the tree lighting on the green, it’s the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season!

North End Walking Tour – The North End is one of Boston’s oldest neighborhoods and now’s your chance to take a tour of this historic gem.  Stroll the streets where Paul Revere and Cotton Mather once walked, stop by Mike’s Pastry for a cannoli, or even sample some of the local Italian cuisine that has made the neighborhood so popular with tourists.  Hosted by Free Tours By Foot, the free tours are every Saturday at 2 PM and last about 2 hours.  Although the tour is free, reservations are required and donations are welcome!  Take advantage of these free historic tours before the weather gets too nasty, the North End is especially beautiful during the holiday season, and this tour is the perfect way to burn some calories before enjoying some Italian food!

Constructing Holiday Tradition – The USS Constitution, or Old Ironsides as it is affectionately known, is hosting a holiday event perfect for families!  Stop by the USS Constitution Museum any day from now until December 24th to make your very own holiday ornament!  This daily event runs from 10 AM – 5 PM and is completely free.  Stop by with your little one(s) and they can make their very own ornament that will decorate the Christmas tree on board Old Ironsides herself.    Ornaments made before December 2nd will be placed on the tree in time for the annual lighting ceremony that night!  If ornaments are made after the tree is lit, children can climb aboard the ship and put the ornament on the tree themselves!  Want to make your own ornament to bring home?  The USS Constitution museum will have two different types for sale, the classic wooden “anchors aweigh” ornament for $2, or a new, limited edition copper ornament for $5.  Proceeds benefit the museums educational programs so you would be supporting a wonderful cause!

La Salette Christmas Festival of Lights – This National Shrine in Attleboro, MA is famous for their annual Christmas Festival of Lights!  Beginning in 1953, this festival has grown into a massive celebration with over 300,000 lights, concerts, displays, and much more.  Stop by the shrine and see their outdoor Creche, listen to some festive music, and visit with Clopper the Christmas donkey!  The lights span over 10 acres and illuminations are from 5 PM – 9 PM daily, until January 6, 2013.  This event is free to the public but donations are always accepted and appreciated!

Get into the holiday spirit this month with these festive and free events!  They are perfect for families and there is something for everyone!

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Holiday Party 2011!

 

MassDrive Holiday Party

Last night was the MassDrive and NGI Holiday Party! We had a blast! Everyone in our Boston office got together for an event that truly sampled some of Boston’s best: a dinner in the North End at Lucca, a comedy show at Improv Asylum, and a couple of songs on the juke box post show at The Point. It was definitely night of fun, laughs and lots of delicious food.

It was so great to spend time with one another outside the office and to get to know our friends at NGI better. Dinner was such a treat – Lucca truly is one of the best restaurants in the North End, and the festive decor added to the celebratory feel. Bill and Jean-Marie led a toast and reminded us of how far we’ve come since last year, and how excited we all are for the new year.

After a tasty dessert, we hurried off to Improv Asylum practically next store for a hilarious show. My face hurt from laughing and smiling the whole time. The best part of the show by far was when our very own Cam got up on stage to participate in a particularly humorous segment. He was a star! And a great sport for letting us force him up there. A born performer! The show was excellent and everyone had a great time.

Thank you to Bill, John, Jean-Marie and Bonnie for putting together such a special and fun night for all of us. Happy Holidays!

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