Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Best Ways to Experience Salem

The Halloween season is filled with ghouls goblins and ghosts, and in Salem Massachusetts, there is a particularly chilling history of witches. Infamous for the Salem Witch Trials, this city's entire culture turns into a bewitching scene during the month of October. Visitors beware, there is much to be seen, and much to learn at these spirited events held in Salem! 

Hocus Pocus Tours
Salem has many tours that you can take to experience Salem’s history, but Hocus Pocus Tours is an award winning touring company that offers two unique ways to take in all of what the city has to offer. The first option is to take the classic 90 minute guided tour and enjoy stories of intriguing people, learn the truth about witchcraft in the city, experience the authentic story of Salem’s most infamous murder, and see what Salem locations were used in the hit movie, Hocus Pocus. Tours fill up quickly, so make sure you purchase your ticket ahead of time! The second, and brand new option is a self guided cell phone tour called, Salem by Cell. This private tour brings you to 45 stops that stretch from the waterfront to the magnificent mansions. Make sure you try out one of these amazing touring options to immerse yourself in Salem’s Halloween culture. 

Salem Food TourWalking around a city will certainly work up an appetite! Lucky for you there is a Salem Food Tour which brings you through a cultural walk of the city, complete with tastings at Salem’s finest shops and restaurants. There are different tours available including a general tour, a vegan tour, and an AM coffee walk. Each tour provides different foods that are uniquely delicious. These tours are also the perfect events for dates, anniversaries, corporate events, and bridal part outings. Make sure you bring comfortable walking shoes, as well as a light bag to hold all the mouth watering treats that you will want to purchase! 

Salem Witch Museum
If you want to learn about Salem’s history, but want to stay in one spot, the Salem Witch Museum is the perfect spot for you. Complete with life size stage sets, live guides, and the truth behind witch stereotypes and witch hunting, this museum is a one of a kind spot in Salem that truly brings you back to 1692. The museum is keeps its doors open until 10 pm on Friday and Saturday nights, until 7pm on Sunday nights, and until 5pm Monday-Thursday. While you explore the city, be sure to stop by Salem’s most visited museum!

Although Salem is known for the eery witch trials, there were also a number of witch trials in Boston. The most famous case was the trial of Goody Glover, the last “witch” to be hanged in Boston. Learn more about these stories, and explore Boston as well during the Halloween season. After your ghost, witch and ghoul-filled days in Salem and Boston, be sure to rest comfortably at the Clarendon Square Inn in Boston, a beautiful and historic bed and breakfast!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Best Fall Foliage Sites in Boston

While breathtaking colored trees can be seen all throughout New England at this time of year, the city of Boston has many amazing sites where on lookers can gaze at the delightful fall scenery. Apple picking, pumpkin spice, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and cozy jackets would just not be complete without the infamous foliage that completes this season.

Boston Common and Boston Public GardenStart off your autumn tour of the city in the center at the Boston Common and Public Garden. Tree tops line the grassy hills, and during the fall they morph from a healthy green into fiery crimsons, warm oranges, and shimmering golds. With the Massachusetts State House in the background, it is a must see sight during this picturesque season. As you wander through the park and into the Public Garden, hundreds of planted trees and shrubs paint a sea of colors. If you are lucky and visit during the right time of the season, you can catch the weeping willow tree turn to gold on the shore of the Lagoon! 

Back Bay Fens

The Back Bay Fens is another significant spot to observe the leaves changing, and it is a part of the Emerald Necklace along Muddy River. This man made park used to be a salt water marsh until it was landscaped and created into a marvelous nature spot. Also known as The Fens, this park holds one of two remaining Victory Gardens left in the country, which further proves why this site is a truly unique spot. As you gaze around prepared to be blown away by the aura of autumn hues. 

Arnold ArboretumAnother part of the Emerald Necklace, the 
Arnold Arboretum, is a fantastic spot to take in the fall scenery. The Arboretum is located in Jamaica Plain, and is a 265 acre arboretum open free of charge from sunrise to sundown. With over 5,000 species of plants and trees, you are certain to see a mural of different leaves and vibrant hues. If you decide to make a visit on the last Sunday of October, you will be able to attend The Boston Fall Foliage Festival! Learn about different trees and shrubs on a tour complete with apple cider, story telling, music and lead crafts. This is the perfect way to have a more interactive foliage site seeing trip!

There are also amazing fall colors within the city, such as in the South End. The South End has stunning brick work, and when it is surrounded by autumn leaves, it is a sight to see. The Clarendon Square Inn is located in the South End, and is conveniently near the T to get you to any nature spots, and is also in the heart of the South End's exquisite scenery. Make sure you stop by, and check out more Boston and New England fall scenery on our "Fall in Boston and New England" Pinterest board

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival

Top off your September with the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival on September 27th! Boston’s biggest block party will be held on Columbus Ave between Massachusetts Avenue and Burke Street in the South End, and is free to the public! 

Terry Lynne Carrington
This years festival celebrates Jazz: The Global Ambassador, and the Artistic Director is Terri Lynne Carrington. Carrington is a Grammy winning drummer, composer, producer and clinician who was born in Medford, MA. She did extensive touring for more than 20 years with names such as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, Stan Getz, David Sanborn, and many more, and she recently has moved back to her old stomping ground, and was appointed professor at Berklee. With her unbelievable musical talent and experience, there is no doubt that this years festival will be an event to remember!

Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival
A six block stretch will be filled with three stages, amazing food, and more than 70 vendors. While music fills the air, feel free to check out the face painting, inflatables, photos, and a one of a kind instrument petting zoo! Whether you are coming with family, friends, or a date, it is the perfect way to spend your Saturday afternoon. To check out a full line up of all of the artists, check out the schedule on the BeanTown Jazz Festival website.

After your music filled experience during the day, finish off your night at one of the many amazing restaurants in the South End, and a good night sleep at the Clarendon Square Inn! On top of the amazing culture of the South End, the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival will make the South End the place to be on September 27th, so make sure you stop by to enjoy everything that it has to offer! 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

An Evening In Barcelona

Estragon Restaurant in Boston

Step out of traditional Boston nightlife, and into “An Evening in Barcelona” on September 11th. This wine tasting spectacular will be held at Estragon where you will feel as though you stepped right into Barcelona. The restaurant boasts high top tables, a large bar, and a relaxing couch sitting area for everyone to relax and enjoy their night out. 

Gloria Collell
There will be four different types of Mia wine served throughout the evening, and these include a white, red, rose, and two sparkling Moscato wines. Mia was just launched in the US this summer by the Spanish winemaker, Gloria Collell. Gloria, who still lives in Spain, will be flying in for the event to enjoy the wine and entertainment with everyone who attends! What better way to enjoy a flavorful glass of wine than with the mind behind it? Gloria loves Barcelona because it is a mix of tradition and creativity, and is also nourished by fantastic wine and food. Her long family history of wine making sparked her passion at a young age, and she truly does connect her passions for wine, and for her country. 

Mia Wine
While wine tasting is the main focus of the night, there will also be delectable Spanish tapas, an Iberian ham carving station, traditional paella, and a vegetable option to compliment the wine. While you chat, wine and dine, there will also be entertainment provided for all guests to ensure a true Spanish experience. Not only will local artist, Lex MCDermott be creating Spanish style paintings during the event, but there will also be a Flamenco dancer accompanied by a guitarist. 

Mia Wine
If you would like to attend this unique and exciting event, tickets are available for $35 dollars online. The wine and dine experience does not have to end after “An Evening In Barcelona”! After you enjoy your lively night, be sure to check into the Clarendon Square Inn located in the South End, which is packed with fantastic restaurants.