Monday, May 22, 2017

Tall Ships Sail Into Boston June 17-22

Boston is a city rich in history that extends to the sea. Celebrate this maritime history with Sail Boston. 

Sail Boston returns this June 17-22 for the largest gathering of Tall Ships in Boston since 2000. The last event held in 2009, while spectacular, did not include the beloved "Parade of Sails."  However, this year promises to deliver not only on scale and breadth, but also on the “Ohs and Ahs” that come from seeing the Boston Harbor filled with 30+ ships “peacocking” with all sails raised. A majestic sight indeed and not to be missed!
The event is also the only American stop for the Rendez-vous 2017 Regatta, honoring the 150th Anniversary of the Canadian Confederation. The race is set to begin in the UK and end in Canada, with stops in Portugal and Bermuda.

There will be plenty of activities and events as millions of people are expected to turn out. So get your pirate flag ready to fly! But before you unleash mutiny on Boston Harbor, read this helpful reference on the different types of tall ships. Do you know your Brig from your Brigantine?
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June 17th: The Grand Parade of Sails, of course. The event begins with vessels arriving from Bermuda and falling into formation as they make their way to their berths.

June 19th: The crew and cadet street parade: hundreds of sailors will stroll through Boston.

June 17-21st: Ships are open for visitor boarding.

June 17th and June 21st: Fireworks!
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There are numerous maritime vendors who are offering special cruises and sails to paying customers to get up close and personal while on the water. Choose from viewing cruises, sunset cruises, dinner cruises – the Harbor is your oyster!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Take a Day Trip to Provincetown

Now that the warm weather is here, a visit to Provincetown (located on the famous Cape Cod) is a must. "P-town," as it is affectionately called is just a ferry ride away from Boston, and if you choose the speed ferry, you can arrive in the heart of Provincetown in just 90 minutes. There are endless things to do in P-town, no matter what your interests are.

Are you an outdoor enthusiast? Almost 3/4 of the entire town is preserved in its wilderness state through the Cape Cod National Sea Shore. Explore the magnificent sand dunes and beaches that wind through Cape Cod Provinceland Trails. This 5.25 mile loop will take you through cranberry bogs, beaches, sand dunes, marshes, and salt water kettle ponds. It also is a fantastic workout as the trail is known for its hills. A definite summer highlight for anyone who visits this unique nature wonderland will be the sand dunes topped with tall waving grass with and an ocean view.

One extension off of the Provinceland Trails is Race Point Beach. This beach is the highest point of the Cape, and is known as the best beach in the town. Not only is the water crystal clear, but on good days you can see whales and seals at the surface. This beach is very large as well, so there is always room for everyone. P-town is famous for its sand dunes, and Race Point Beach certainly does not lack them. The entire beach is surrounded by them, and provides some of the most stunning views in the cape.

If you love to shop and eat great seafood, venturing down to Commercial Street in Provincetown is the place for you. There is a wide variety of shops that sell everything from clothes, to furniture, to various Cape Cod novelties. One of the most popular stops is the Shell Shop. Everything in the store is made from sea shells, and will provide you with some of the most unique souvenirs around.

Make sure to leave time for a meal as some of the best seafood in New England can be found at little seafood shacks that line the edge of Commercial Street. Get an amazing lobster roll or mouthwatering scallops and take a walk along the pier.

Extend your day trip into a weekend and stay at the White Porch Inn. This boutique bed and breakfast and art hotel is what the Boston Globe refers to as "beachy-chic." This gorgeous inn is located just steps from Commercial street and is the perfect place to relax after a day of taking in the beach.
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Spring Inspired Cocktails that are Sure to Wow

As the leaves turn green and the flowers start to blossom, I’m sure we can all feel the invigorating northern breeze announce that spring is here! A sudden burst of energy, new projects, exciting plans; there is a lot to embrace now that cool air and sunshine have settled in. In order to properly celebrate the new season and your renewed sense of self, make sure you try one of these spring cocktails. 

Sparking Strawberry Cocktail - This is a refreshing summer cocktail with fresh strawberries accented by sparkling wine.

Strawberry-Rhubarb Sangria - The strawberry-rhubarb duo escapes its typecast role as pie filling to star in a sparkling sangria that will be the hit of your next party.

White Nixon Cocktails - Ruby red grapefruit juice and a special tea blend that includes white tea and lavender, make this vodka cocktail bright and refreshing.

Honey-Vanilla Spritzer - Nothing welcomes guests for an outdoor party like a spritzer. Made with or without wine, they make refreshing, elegant coolers.

Rose Grapefruit Cocktail  - This citrusy cocktail, perfect for sipping on a spring evening.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Best Boston Brunch Spots for Mother's Day

Mother's Day is just a few weeks away. If you haven't chosen a spot to take mom, don't panic we've got you covered with a list of places that will have her smiling all day.

The Beehive - 541 Tremont St, Boston

Located down the street from Clarendon Square, the Beehive is the perfect brunch spot. This year for Mother's Day, they are hosting a special two course brunch for $48. Special menu items include eggs benedict, smoked salmon, and skirt steak. And of course no trip to the Beehive is complete without a cocktail. We strongly recommend the lavender margarita.

The Gallows - 1395 Washington St, Boston

The Gallows is another spot very close to Clarendon Square. This gastropub boasts a unique menu and cocktail list that has made it a local favorite. Every Saturday and Sunday they offer their brunch menu which includes a lobster gyro, avocado toast, and their famous poutine. This is perfect for Mother's Day brunch if you are looking for a funky and eclectic space with delicious food.

Sonsie - 327 Newbury St, Boston

Sonsie, a Boston brunch staple, is located on the bustling Newbury Street. After taking mom shopping at one of Newbury Street's many boutiques, stop in to Sonsie for a delicious bistro experience. Pair your bloody mary with prime rib hash, spinach frittata, or a pastrami ruben.

Aquitaine - 569 Tremont St, Boston

Another South End favorite, Aquitaine is a chic French restaurant located about a 7 minute walk from Clarendon Square. Their brunch menu includes a black truffle omelette, french toast, and mussels. Be sure to grab one of their delicious mimosas.

Stephi's on Tremont - 571 Tremont St, Boston

We couldn't forget Stephi's on Tremont when listing our favorite brunch spots. Stephi's is a favorite of Clarendon Square due to it's proximity to us and delicious menu items. Some brunch favorites are the crab cakes and the pulled pork enchiladas. Stephi's is also known for its bloody marys. You can add a variety of toppings to it such as bacon.