Celebrate, shop and rejuvenate in Massachusetts this Winter
For immediate release: 20th November 2017
In 1659 Christmas was banned in Massachusetts. Today, winter is a special time for the state and Christmas celebrations are thoroughly encouraged. It is also the perfect time to get a good deal on accommodation - the leaf peepers are gone. Throughout this release find out what to do in Massachusetts this Christmas and throughout the winter season.
Winter events throughout Massachusetts
‘Popup’ outdoor skating rinks include:
· City Hall Plaza from Friday 24 November 2017. The Holiday Market at City Hall Plaza will run alongside the outdoor skating until 31 December 2017. The rink closes for the season at the end of February. http://cityhallplazaboston.com/skating-path/
· Frog Pond Ice Skating Rink opened on Tuesday 14 November 2017. https://bostonfrogpond.com/winter-programs/pricing-season-passes/
· Kendall Square Ice Skating Rink opens Friday 24 November 2017. On 9 December 2017 join their annual Holiday on Ice celebration – free admission all day and a free skating show at 2:00pm with world class professional skaters. http://paddleboston.com/skating/skating.php
This winter, SoWA (Boston’s own SoHo) hosts a special Winter Festival between 2 - 3 December 2017. Enjoy live ice sculpting, food trucks, holiday music, crafts and much more in this art and design district. http://www.sowaboston.com/sowa-winter-festival/
Boston Pops Holiday Season (5 – 31 December 2017). Find festive music in the world-famous Symphony Hall. www.bso.org
Boston Tea Party Re-enactment (16 December 2017). Join the Old South Meeting House and the Boston Tea Party Ships act out a moment that played a crucial part in Massachusetts’ history. http://bostonteapartyship.com/
14th Annual Boston’s Celtic Music Festival (18– 21 January 2017). The annual showcase of Celtic music and dance in Greater Boston. http://clubpassim.org/
Winterfest in Lowell, a festival happening this February (23-25). It usually takes place the week after Super Bowl to celebrate winter before it ends. Visitors will find Super Bowl competitions, human dog sled competitions, magic shows, ice skating, fireworks, sleigh rides and much more. facebook.com/lowellwinterfest
Winter sports to participate in
The East Coast state of Massachusetts may not have the highest mountains in the USA, but the abundance of snow, the variety of regional departures from the UK and the short transatlantic flight time from the UK to Boston - means it is perfect for those skiers and snowboarders who want conquerable slopes, manageable trails and a destination that is convenient to get to from the UK.
A selection of venues in Massachusetts offering skiing, snowboarding, and tubing:
Nashoba Valley, 79 Powers Road, Westford - New England’s largest snowtubing facility with four lifts, over 600 snow tubes and up to 16 lanes. www.skinashoba.com/
Wachusett, 499 Mountain Road, Princeton – There’s panoramic 360-degree views from the summit including a view of Boston’s skyline to the east. https://wachusett.com/
A selection of venues offering skiing and snowboarding:
Blue Hills, 4001 Washington Street, Canton – just 30mins for central Boston. https://wachusett.com/
Jiminy Peak, 37 Corey Road, Hancock - the only mountain resort in North America to generate its own energy using alternative wind power. http://jiminypeak.com/
Winter sports to watch
A Boston Celtics basketball game is the perfect addition to a weekend break in Boston. If Christmas is still unplanned, travel to Boston with MVP Travel for the Boston Celtics v Washington Wizards game on 25th December 2017. Visit www.mvptravel.co.uk or call 01904 40 33 55 to book. If a Celtics game doesn’t work - the Boston Bruins ice hockey team have games up until early April.
Shop in Massachusetts
Many Brits travel to Massachusetts for an American shopping experience. It is one of the more popular destinations as there is tax free shopping on all clothes and shoes up to $175, in a single purchase. With sales in January – now is the perfect time to plan a winter shopping trip.
From high-end, high-street, independent boutiques to children’s shopping brands there is a shop for everyone’s taste. Popular shopping locations include:
- Assembly Row offers a mixture of outlet shopping experiences within Boston. www.assemblyrow.com/
- Wrentham Village Premium Outlets which is just 50 minutes outside of Boston and features 170 outlets with many high-end brands at discounted prices. www.premiumoutlets.com/outlet/wrentham-village
- Harvard Square is filled with boutiques and independent clothing, gift and jewellery stores. www.harvardsquare.com/
- Copley Place, a top luxury shopping centre in Boston. www.simon.com/mall/copley-place
- The Shops at The Prudential Center are popular for a high-end shopping experience. www.prudentialcenter.com/
- Newbury Street is where visitors will find designer boutiques, luxury brands and more. www.newbury-st.com/Boston/Shopping_and_Business_Directory
- Natick Mall is a great family shopping experience with over 250 stores including numerous children’s retailers – just 30 minutes from Boston. www.natickmall.com/en.html
Winter retreats in the Berkshires
In Lenox within the Berkshire Mountains, Canyon Ranch is a haven for a winter retreat where visitors can revitalise themselves in a Berkshires resort – find a spa, wellness programs, dining options and more. www.canyonranch.com/lenox/
Miraval, a high-end resort company, has purchased the Cranwell Spa & Golf Resort (another luxurious option in Lenox) and plans to renovate and enlarge the property with an expected grand re-opening as Miraval Lenox in 2018. The Resort will be fully operational during the renovations. Visitors to Miraval Lenox will find a historic hill top mansion resort, full serviced spa, fitness centre, 3 restaurants and more. www.miravallenox.com/
Named the #1 yoga retreat in North America by TimeOut, Kripalu Center is a non-profit educational organisation. Kripalu guests are committed to creating deeply fulfilling lives. They come to pursue personal growth, renew and revitalize, cultivate health, delve into spiritual practice, explore creative pursuits and develop professional skills. Rejuvenate this winter in the Berkshires, Massachusetts. https://kripalu.org/stay/accommodations
For more information on visiting Massachusetts go to www.massholiday.co.uk.
Issued by Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism’s UK office.
26th July 2017
As Girls Trip opens in UK cinemas today, New Orleans CVB provides a guide to the locations that movie goers will see on screen. The movie follows four long-time friends, played by Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall and Tiffany Haddish, who visit the city for a wild weekend together.
Their weekend is the Essence Festival, an annual summer event in the city. The movie was filmed during the 2016 festival: www.essence.com
From the Louis Armstrong International Airport to the Mercedes Benz Superdome, it is easy to find locations from the movie. A walk through the French Quarter will have echoes of this film and many more.
Head to Frenchmen Street to relive a scene in which the movie’s main characters wear wildly coloured wigs for a drunken dance-off with a group of rival fest-goers. The scene was shot in and just outside Maison, a three-level bar and live-music venue.
When the girls first arrive in town they head for their rooms at the Hotel Monteleone. Before they can head up to their rooms, however, an incident at the lobby bar; the Carousel Bar, lands them in hot water.
Harrah’s Casino is the backdrop for a scene in which the four main characters hit the dance floor at an unnamed club, after enjoying a bottle of Absinthe.
Tropical Isle in the French Quarter features prominently in Girls Trip, due to the characters’ fondness for the bar’s signature drink, the Hand Grenade. A few scenes are set inside the bar as well, including a cameo in one of the film’s most talked about scenes; involving a zip line and an unfortunate accident.
The local nightspot House of Blues appears on-screen as itself, as the location of a Ne-Yo concert attended by the film’s main characters.
The Mercedes Benz Superdome is an iconic symbol of the New Orleans skyline and has been the home of the annual Essence Festival since it began in 1995. Tours of the stadium are available.
New Orleans makes the perfect girls getaway trip at any time of the year – with music, food, festivals and cocktails available 24/7!
Bon Voyage is offering a long weekend in New Orleans between October 2017 and April 2018 from £1265 per person including;
- British Airways non-stop flights to New Orleans from London Heathrow
- Three nights at the Monteleone Hotel
- A Cocktail Walking Tour of the best bars in the French Quarter.
Call : 0800 316 0194 or visit : www.bon-voyage.co.uk.
Stay in Lizzie Borden’s house and other mysterious locations in Massachusetts for £1195 per person
Released this week on 2 May 2017, See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt reimagines the unsolved American true criminal case of the Lizzie Borden murders that happened in Massachusetts. On a summer morning of 1892, Lizzie’s father and step-mother are found brutally murdered - Lizzie Borden is thirty two years old, living at home and becomes a suspect. After the trial, she is found innocent and to this day, no one has been convicted of the crime.
Known for the being the Borden family home, the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast Museum in Fall River, Massachusetts is the perfect place to immerse yourself in this murder story. Visitors will find a Victorian house with a wicked past and they can stay in any of the 8 bedrooms that were once home to the Borden’s. Should visitors not be brave enough to stay, tours of the house are provided daily 11:00 – 15:00.
Where else can visitors test their fears in Massachusetts?
In the most haunted hotel in Boston – The Omni Parker House. It is said that the ghost of the original owner (Harvey Parker) continues to roam the halls of the hotel. Sights of the ghost usually come out on the 10th floor and he visits room 1078 occasionally. Apparently, there’s also a gathering of ghosts on the 3rd floor - in room 303 and the elevators have been known to stop for no reason.
Salem offers visitors a Halloween experience all year round. The city of Salem on the north coast of Massachusetts is famous for the 1692 witch trials. Visitors can find out more about these twenty innocent individuals, who were executed due to supposedly being in pact with the Devil, at the Salem Witch Museum and experience the performance that relives the story at the Witch Dungeon Museum. Visitors can also visit the home of the judge, Jonathan Corwin at the Witch House. There is also a Witch Trails Memorial which includes twenty granite benches inscribed with the name and date of each execution. Visitors can also discover the witch city during a bewitched after dark walking tour, a historical walking tour led by a Salem native and modern witch. There is a wide array of Witch shops, each offering their own style of classes and themed on different types of magic found in Salem.
Take me to mysterious Massachusetts:
Inspired by the release of this new book, Bon Voyage is offering a seven night package from £1195 per person including return flights from London Heathrow to Boston Logan International Airport, three nights in Boston, Omni Parker, two nights in Salem in the Morning Glory B&B and two nights in the Lizzie Suite at the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast Museum including car hire. Price based on room only, two people sharing and travel in October 2017.
To book, visit bvusa.co/inthepress or call 0800 316 0194
Kirsty & Joanne
UK Representative Office
Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism
Shaftesbury House, 2nd Floor,
20 Tylney Road, Bromley, Kent BR1 2RL
Tel: + 44 (0) 208 464 8483
April is North Carolina Beer Month, and for the fifth year in a row they have an exciting array of activities lined up for beer loving visitors to the State.
Whether it’s April or October; the state is one of the best for craft brewing with unique and exceptional flavours that draw on the rich agricultural heritage. Craft breweries flourish across North Carolina and have tripled since 2010. The number of breweries currently standing at more than 180, which is one of the highest counts per State in the USA.
In April 2017, Visit North Carolina and the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild join forces to host NC Beer Month for its fifth year. Asheville, Raleigh, Durham, Charlotte, Hickory and the Outer Banks will all celebrate regional beer culture with festivals, beer weeks and other events. More than 100 breweries — from the mountains to the coast — are participating, ranging from veteran, award-winning brewhouses to newcomers on the scene eager to make a name for their batches. For the third year in a row, visitors can pick up a Pint Hound Passport at participating breweries – or download it – then collect stamps from the breweries they visit throughout April and will be rewarded with NC Beer Month memorabilia.
It is no secret that Asheville has grown into the eastern U.S. craft beer destination. The story began in 1994 when retired engineer Oscar Wong opened Highland Brewing Company, Asheville’s first craft brewery. Wong’s insistence on high-quality product made Highland a success and led to a new wave of local breweries - Green Man, Asheville Brewing, French Broad, Pisgah and more. Today, there are 35 breweries in the Asheville area and that number is continually growing. For visitors to the city LaZoom’s Band & Brew Tour offers a memorable pub crawl visiting a couple of Asheville breweries with a live band on the big purple bus!
As craft beer continues to dominate Charlotte’s cultural scene, the city is now home to several year-round brewery tours. Take a Saturday Brewery Tour with Charlotte Brews Cruise or climb aboard the Trolley Pub Charlotte to sip and pedal your way through the city’s craft draft districts. Charlotte NC Tours’ Bikes & Brews Tour is another great way to wheel around neighbourhoods and sample suds from several breweries.
For those wanting a taste of more than just beer Johnston County has created a Beer, Wine, and Shine Trail. Enjoy a glass of wine while sitting in a rocking chair overlooking the vineyards and watch the sun set. Try local brews using sweet potatoes or watermelons from nearby farms, and locally-milled grits. See the corn growing that will be used to make a batch of legal moonshine before trying it.
The Raleigh Beer Garden is the current world record holder for the world's largest selection of draft beer. With a several bars, rooftop patio, games room and a huge variety of local and international beers, this is the ultimate tasting destination for any beer lover.
Visit the Cities and Regions pages to learn about beer destinations.
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British Airways and New Orleans CVB treated their best performing travel trade partners to the ultimate New Orleans experience to promote the launch of the new direct service to the city. The first ever ‘Party in the Sky’ departed from Heathrow on Friday 24 February to showcase the world-famous Mardi Gras celebrations in the Big Easy.
The group embarked on the British Airways charter flight to New Orleans where special guests Nicole Scherzinger, YolanDa Brown and the #BuskForYourSeat competition winners performed a gig in the sky, compered by JazzFM. NOLA restaurant in Shoreditch, London created a specially themed menu of New Orleans favourite dishes and cocktails. This special menu will continue to be served when the scheduled service starts on the 27th March 2017 for the first month of operation.
On Friday and Saturday, the group watched the Mardi Gras parades including the Krewes of Hermes and Endymion from a private grand stand at the InterContinental New Orleans hotel. On Sunday, the group enjoyed the most elaborate Mardi Gras parade, Bacchus, from a private viewing spot at the Sheraton New Orleans and witnessed the royal toast between the King of Bacchus and the King of Orpheus – Harry Connick Junior as they stopped in front of the hotel.
Daytime activities included walking tours of the city, paddle steamers, cooking schools, museum visits and plenty of southern cuisine.
Comments from Participants:
“There are very few places on the planet than can offer so much variety in one place, how travelling a few blocks can completely change your environment and experiences. Culture, excitement, history, fantastic food, amazing people and my heart – New Orleans has them all.”
Robert Kendall, Commercial Executive, Funway Holidays International Inc.
“What a fantastic experience on the inaugural BA flight to NOLA. Mardi Gras was on my bucket list prior to the invite, and the electric atmosphere of the carnival didn’t disappoint. I’m so happy to say that I have experienced Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and it’s one of the best festivals I’ve been to!”
Jonathan Couch, Purchasing Manager – Americas & The Caribbean, Dnata
“One of the many highlights of this amazing trip has to be walking through the French Quarter and listening to street performers playing live jazz music. It great to know our clients can soak up the atmosphere of this beautiful city outside of the jazz bars and music venues.”
Clare Harvey, Reservations Manager - USAirtours
“The trip was definitely a money can’t buy experience from start to finish, Nicole, Yolanda and the Buskers on board the outbound flight partying with everyone in the aisles is an experience I will never forget. New Orleans certainly knows how to party.”
Carl Breton, Gold Corporate, Travel Counsellors
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From 27th March, 2017 British Airways will launch a four times a week service from London Heathrow to New Orleans. The route will be operated by a three-class Boeing 787-8, with return fares in World Traveller (economy) starting from £543, £935 in World Traveller Plus (premium economy) and £1,755 in Club World (business class).
Taste the wonders of Louisiana
Southern food restaurants are opening up across the UK & Ireland, serving classic dishes and it’s easy to see why this style of comfort food is so popular.
Ask any visitor what they like the best about Louisiana, and they will say either "the food and the music" or vice versa. Louisiana is famous for iconic dishes like gumbo and jambalaya and this culinary State is now inviting visitors to explore the local food across each region. Read on to discover regional specialities, local distilleries and freshly cooked local produce.
Visitors will find a wonderful mixture of history from the French, African and Caribbean cultures which is reflected in its renowned spicy cuisines.
New Orleans – the birthplace of Creole Cuisine
For mouth-watering food, a vibrant atmosphere and beautiful balcony lined streets, visitors to Louisiana should make a start in New Orleans. Iconic restaurants blend with cutting edge chefs serving a new spin on Southern classics.
A must try is the traditional submarine sandwich called po-boy usually containing fried oysters, fried shrimp or roast beef, served in New Orleans style French bread.
New Orleans reputation for diverse and exciting culinary offerings is enriched with cocktails. The first cocktail was made in New Orleans and there are a variety of exceptional cocktails visitors can sample such as the traditional Sazerac to a modern-day muddle cocktail; the Hurricane. The cocktail bar, Cure on Freret Street has put New Orleans on the map for cocktail lovers.
Baton Rouge -Louisiana’s Culinary Capital
Louisiana’s capital city is home to an eclectic mix of cosmopolitan flavours and Cajun cooking. From boiled, broiled, blackened and fried, visitors can try food, especially local fresh seafood, prepared countless ways at one of the many restaurants the city has to offer!
A food truck many visitors enjoy is the Chicken Shack Express, where the Delpit family, who have been serving some of the best fried chicken in Baton Rouge for more than 75 years, have now taken it to the streets. Their traditional fried chicken is served with southern style vegetables or signature shack balls (boudin balls) lightly coated in batter.
Lafayette - Tastiest Town in the South
Cajun food rules in Lafayette, the heart of Cajun Country, with local family owned joints, high-end dining and just about everything in-between. Cajun food in Lafayette is all about crawfish which are easy to catch in this part of Louisiana with its swamps, ponds and ditches.
The traditional crawfish boil is an all-time favourite with boiled crawfish, potatoes, onions and corn. Visitors will also find famous Louisiana styled dishes such as gumbo, bisque, étouffée and jambalaya with crawfish in this part of the state. Gumbo, Louisiana’s best known indigenous dish, is a hearty, stew-like soup. Louisiana gumbos are built around shellfish, chicken or pork sausage.
Less than an hour away from Lafayette, the famous Tabasco sauce is produced on Avery Island.
Lake Charles – Craft breweries and Boudin
When in Lake Charles visitors must try Boudin, a finger food similar to sausage containing varying quantities of pork, liver, rice, onions, parsley, black pepper and garlic powder. Many recipes have been passed down through families and are closely guarded secrets.
Lake Charles is also home to local craft breweries. RikenJaks Brewing Company has made a comeback in the area after first debuting in the 1990s. Crying Eagle Brewing Co. has recently completed construction and is offering free tours. It features indoor and outdoor stages, outdoor beer garden and three new craft brews on tap.
Natchitoches – Meat pies Heaven
The oldest settlement in Louisiana and the original French Colony, Natchitoches is a city on many visitors’ bucket lists. The historic city is famous for its meat pies – try them in the Lasyone’s Meat Pie Restaurant, a family owned restaurant renowned for its creole meat and crawfish pies.
Shreveport Bossier – Texan and Louisiana flavours
In Shreveport Bossier visitors can enjoy a variety of casinos, museums, camping, fishing and many outdoor activities. As Shreveport Bossier is verging on the Texas border, visitors can experience the blend of Texan and Louisianan flavours.
As well as the traditional Louisiana cuisine with a mixture of Creole and Cajun dishes visitors can enjoy the legendary pit barbecue culture of Texas in Shreveport Bossier. Try it at Dickey’s Barbecue Pit.
** Try it in London!
Po-Boy - Hank’s Po-boy
Sazerac and Hurricane cocktails – NOLA
Catfish and Prawn Jambalaya - The Blues Kitchen
A great way to eat your way across the state is Louisiana Culinary Trails. It includes eight road trips focusing on food in different regions of the state.
For more information on Louisiana please visit www.louisianatravel.com. For updates on Louisiana please follow Louisiana Travel on Facebook www.facebook.com/LouisianaTravel or on Twitter @louisianatravel.
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Best bets for Creole cuisine are the Creole Crescent trail in New Orleans and the Northshore Sampler trail north of Lake Pontchartrain.
For Cajun cuisine, try the Bayou Bounty, Prairie Home Cooking and Seafood Sensation routes through the southern part of the state.
Capital Cravings, the trail in and around Baton Rouge, is where Creole and Cajun meet and mix together.
Delta Delights and Red River Riches in north Louisiana delve into Cajun and Creole while incorporating traditional Southern cooking with regional delicacies, such as Natchitoches meat pies.
From Mardi Gras and exploring the historic French Quarter to cocktail themed tours there is something for everyone in New Orleans, a place where centuries old architecture is the backdrop for all ventures. Here are 10 reasons why visitors should visit in 2017.
1) It is easier than ever to get there…
From 26th March, 2017 British Airways will launch a four times a week service from London Heathrow to New Orleans. The route will be operated by a three-class Boeing 787-8, with return fares starting from £599. This service marks the first direct flights from London to New Orleans since the early 1980s.
2) The city is a culinary adventure
In a city with more than 1,400 restaurants to choose from, New Orleans offers a variety of cuisines. From foodie festivals, street food, cooking schools and restaurants galore, there are endless options available that are sure to take taste buds on a culinary adventure. Local chefs and restaurants are constantly evolving, utilising local and seasonal ingredients that reflect the uniquely diverse culture of New Orleans.
Some of the best cuisine is showcased during the annual COOLinary New Orleans Restaurant Month each August, with restaurants offering special discounts.
3) New Orleans is one big stage
It is said that in New Orleans, music echoes from every corner. The city is the birthplace of jazz and a mecca for gospel, R&B and ultimately, the rock and pop many love today. Musical magic is alive on the streets and in the clubs of New Orleans. Witness an impromptu live performance on Royal Street, experience unbelievable live musical performances from intimate venues on Frenchmen Street to places like the Smoothie King Center.
4) Mardi Gras
For a few weeks in the early part of each year, dozens of brightly festooned, themed Mardi Gras floats carrying krewe royalty, celebrities, and masked members lead marching bands and riders on horseback, flambeaux carriers and others through the streets of New Orleans. They bestow beads, doubloons, and other prized trinkets to millions of revellers witnessing "the greatest show on Earth."
Carnival season officially begins January 6 every year and continues through Fat Tuesday, which falls on the day before Ash Wednesday. This year’s parades will take place between January 6th and 28th February, 2017. Click here for the 2017 schedule.
5) A lot more reasons to party!
Celebration is at the core of the New Orleans' experience, and to get a true taste of the city, every visitor should join in one of these unforgettable festivals. Whether it is music, food or the arts one loves (or all of the above), they’ll want to join in as New Orleans lets its hair down and declares, "laissez les bons temps rouler!" (let the good times roll). Visit this page for a calendar of events. Many of these are free - French Quarter Fest, Satchmo SummerFest, Po-Boy Preservation Festival, Wednesdays at the Square and, and of course, Mardi Gras.
6) Free things to do
New Orleans offers a plethora of free activities to choose from. Walk among the centuries-old oaks of City Park, picnic in the picturesque Audubon Park or enjoy views of the Mississippi River at Woldenberg Park. Stroll along Bourbon Street, Frenchmen Street and Fulton, where jazz pours out onto the street, or duck into a club for the full experience. Many clubs don't even charge a cover. Explore New Orleans neighbourhoods and their connection to jazz with six self-guided Jazz History Walking Tours. Click here for a list of free things to do in New Orleans.
7) New Orleans will host NBA All-Star 2017
New Orleans has been selected to host NBA All-Star 2017. The 66th NBA All-Star Game will be played on Sunday 19th February, at Smoothie King Center - home of the New Orleans Pelicans. This will mark the third time New Orleans has been the site of the league's annual midseason celebration, having previously hosted the event in 2008 and 2014.
8) Visit the River Road’s plantation homes
The River Road is an easy jaunt from New Orleans. This is where visitors will find several majestic plantations including Oak Alley, San Francisco, Laura, Destrehan, Houmas House and more. These homes will sweep visitors back in time with period furnishings, folk art and craft demonstrations, lush gardens, landscapes and more.
9) Cocktails and brews
In New Orleans, a great drink is just as important as a great meal. New Orleans' signature drinks are almost as famous as the nightlife bars and hot spots that make them, check out this list for a list of New Orleans cocktails and where to enjoy a Sazerac, Hurricane or French 75. There are cocktail walking tours which tell you the history of the city whilst you taste some of these classics and you can even bring your drink from one bar to the next in a “cup to go”.
Beer enthusiasts should not miss the 8th annual NOLA on Tap Beer Fest. The one-day event, taking place in New Orleans City Park in September is the largest event of its kind in the region and allows beer aficionados to sample more than 400 local, regional and nationally homebrewed and microbrewery beers.
From food, culture to music, New Orleans has a museum for every scholar at every age. Learn about the cuisine of South East Louisiana at the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, celebrate fine arts at New Orleans Museum of Art, ride a hummer during the WWII Museum Victory Theatre's 4D cinematic experience and discover where Mardi Gras is made at Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World, the largest float-building warehouse in the world.
For a comprehensive list of museums please visit this page.
New Orleans is the perfect gateway to the rest of Louisiana and the Deep South, where visitors can enjoy beautiful state parks, a plethora of historic sites, take airboats tours in the bayous, and get a closer taste of the Cajun culture, and so much more.
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Visit this page for a 3 days itinerary of New Orleans.
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What’s new in Massachusetts
For immediate release: 16/03/2017
Set to open June 2017 in Springfield, this will be the only museum to honour the life and work of Springfield native, Theodor Seuss Geisel. The Museum will feature highly interactive experiences for children, with a strong focus on promoting literacy, as well as artwork, memorabilia and furniture from Ted’s home studio.
This year the Joker roller coaster is coming to Six Flags New England in Agawam.
The Joker features a large, twisting track frame. Named after the fictional character, The Joker is said that it will be one of the most exciting thrill rides in the park’s history.
Corsello Butcheria will open early 2017 in Easthampton. After living in Rome for seven years, Corsello’s owners Vincent and Kasey decided to bring their passion for Italian-style butchery back to Western Massachusetts. Corsello is a Roman-market style butchery serving custom cut meat, ready to cook victuals and ready to eat specialties.
Vasa Waterfront opened on 1 March 2017 in Salisbury and it is a new dining experience on the Merrimack River. Enjoy a cocktail on the deck or sample the Raw Bar while taking in stunning views of the river and Downtown Newburyport, MA.
James Beard Award-winning chef Sanford D’Amato and wife Angie relocated to Hatfield, Western Massachusetts and opened Good Stock Farm Cooking School in 2014. Now, in addition to its regular schedule of cooking classes, Good Stock Farm offers more immersive three-day getaways. These experiences are full of surprises and include added amenities such as lengthier cooking class times, special wines from the cellar and local vineyards and market trips—all modeled after Angie and Sandy’s experience teaching on bike trips in France in Italy. Visitors can join 25-27 August, 15-17 September, 6-8 October and 20-22 October.
Ruka opened in December 2016 at The Godfrey Hotel in Boston and it is a contemporary Peruvian restaurant.
Start Line Brewery open in December 2016 in Hopkinton, central Massachusetts and it is a new Craft Brewing Company operating at Water Fresh Farm.
Battle Road Brewery and Brew House opened December 2016 in Maynard, central Massachusetts. Brewery tours are available at 11am, 3pm and there is also and onsite Brew House restaurant.
Springdale Barrel Room opened in December 2016 in Framingham, central Massachusetts. Springdale will house a barrel room, a taproom and retail space with seating people and 12 barrel-aged Springdale beers on tap.
Courtyard by Marriott
This new 92 room hotel will open in June 2017 and it will be located in Lenox, the Berkshires.
A 44-room boutique hotel is slated to open in Salem June 2017. The property will be outfitted in mid-century modern décor with vintage retail-inspired touches. There will be an onsite restaurant, a rooftop bar and much more.
This new integrated resort casino is designed to enhance the entire urban centre of Springfield. Visitors will find a 250-room hotel with world-class amenities including a spa, pool and roof deck, a gaming space with 3,000 slot machines, 75 gaming tables, a poker room and high limit VIP gambling area, retail and restaurant space.
Opening: June 2019
Wynn Boston Harbor is a proposed $2.1 billion project that will include a five-star resort with more than 600 hotel rooms, high-end spa, retail, dining and much more. The property will be located along the Mystic River, the site will allow for public enjoyment of the waterfront and retail and dining experiences that overlook the river walk.
Tercentenary exhibit: How Plymouth Celebrated Its 300th Anniversary in 1920-21 in Pilgrim Hall Museum exhibiting until 25 April 2017.
The story of the Pilgrim Tercentenary exposes the depth of changes in American culture since 1920, and poses a remarkable model for today, with the pending 400th anniversary of Plymouth. The exhibit presents original costume designs with rare surviving costumes worn in the Pilgrim pageant, hundreds of Tercentenary images, objects, posters, drawings, plans and memorials that reveal how, a century ago, Americans commemorated the Pilgrims and celebrated the nation’s early founding.
Until 4 June 2017 at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, It’s Me, Eloise exhibits. It includes more than 90 artworks from the Eloise collaborations as well as art from the rest of Knight’s prodigious career as a children’s book artist, poster artist, magazine illustrator and painter.
This exhibition will be the first one to link Norman Rockwell and Andy Warhol and it is open for visitors from 10 June – 29 October 2017 at Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. Norman Rockwell and Andy Warhol are two iconic visual communicators who embraced populism, shaped national identity and opened new ways of seeing in twentieth century America.
On 27 May 2017, The John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum and Library will unveil a special exhibition titled “JFK at 100: Milestones and Mementos” and it will be on show for a year. Featuring a compelling selection of items from the JFK Library’s collections, the exhibition will chronicle historic milestones in the President’s career and administration, as well as events of his personal and family life.
From his boyhood years sailing his boat Victura in Nantucket to his final summer as President, Cape Cod was a place John F. Kennedy loved and often called home. A special Exhibit will open in the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum on 25 May 2017 until 1 December 2017 entitled “JFK at 100: Life and Legacy”. The exhibition will tell JFK's story through the lens of his years at the Cape including the time with parents, brothers and sisters, entertaining friends, summers with his wife Jacqueline and their children, political campaigns and above all, the Presidency. Also on 28th May the JFK Commemorative Concert in collaboration with the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra will take place at the Barnstable Performing Arts Center.
This Ever New Self: Thoreau and His Journal 29 September 2017 – 21 January 2018 at Concord Museum in Concord. The 200th birthday of Concord’s native son, Henry David Thoreau, happens on July 17, 2017 and a planned joint exhibition will be devoted to an American influential authors and thinkers. The exhibit will include the Concord Museum’s collection of Thoreau objects (the largest in the world) along with Thoreau’s manuscript journal.
St Patrick’s Day will soon be upon us, as well as America’s first Irish Catholic President’s (JFK) 100th birthday and to top it all off, 20.5% of Massachusetts’ residents claim Irish ancestry. As a result Charles D. Baker, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has proclaimed March 2017 Irish Heritage Month.
Visitors will find live music Cape Cod Beer in Hyannis on the first Friday of every month from 5PM-7PM. It’s free admission and there is a cash bar.
JFK Centennial Commemorative Concert on JFK’s Centennial birthday 28 May 2017 from 5-7pm at Barnstable Performing Arts Center, West Main Street, Hyannis celebrate JFK’s birthday. A special concert with beautiful music, personal accounts, as well as historic videos and images commemorating the centennial birthday of John F. Kennedy. The Cape Symphony will be there and the concert is hosted by Jung-Ho Pak with guests including members of the Kennedy family, government leaders and distinguished artists.
Sail Boston is welcoming the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta on 17-22 June 2017. Boston is the only selected American port in the Regatta which is a 7,000 nautical mile transatlantic race visiting six countries. Royal Greenwich in the UK will be the first host of the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta in April.
14th Annual Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festivalat Revere beach from 21-23 July 2017. This is one of the largest sand sculpting competition in the world and festival kicks off on 21st July with live music and more.
North End Italian Feasts & Processions summer 2017 throughout the summer in Boston’s little Italy find 20 days of feasts in the neighbourhood.
Issued by Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism’s UK office.
Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism congratulates Boston Symphony Orchestra on their win
For immediate release: 16/02/2017
Boston Symphony Orchestra wins 2017 Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance. Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism would like to congratulate them and highlight the state’s array of live music venues.
Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) have been performing for 136 years, they are a world-class orchestral ensemble and this is their ninth Grammy Award. Visitors can enjoy BSO concert performances in Boston and at Tanglewood in Massachusetts, as well as via the internet, radio, television, educational programs, recordings and their tours.
Top 5 places to see live music in Massachusetts whatever your taste is:
Symphony Hall: a concert hall in Boston built in 1900 for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The hall was modelled after two of the top concert halls in the world, the Leipzig Neues Gewandhaus and the old Boston Music Hall. Visitors will find the walls of the stage slope inward to help focus the sound, the side balconies are shallow so sound is not trapped and the recesses of the coffered ceiling, along with the statue-filled niches and the three sides help to distribute the sound throughout the hall. Also, during BSO season visitors under the age of 40 years can purchase tickets for $20 and collect them at the Symphony Hall Box Office. Find out more about $20 tickets for under 40s here
Scullers Jazz Club: since 1989, the legendary Scullers Jazz Club has presented Latin and Contemporary Jazz, as well as Blues, Soul, R & B, Cabaret and World Music in Boston. The 200-seat Scullers Jazz Club has become a true Boston landmark. Visitors can enjoy performances along with spectacular views of Boston’s skyline and the Charles River.
North of Boston
Rockport Music: Rockport Music presents exceptional musical performances and events year round in Rockport, north of Boston. Visitors will also find views overlooking the spectacular New England coastal town.
Cape Cod and the Islands
Cape Cod Melody Tent: for over 60 years, the Cape Cod Melody Tent, has been presenting world-class entertainment in the scenic Massachusetts coastal communities of Cohasset and Hyannis. A continuously-operated theatre tent that hosts a variety of performances.
Tanglewood: the famed summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and widely known as one of the world's most beloved music festivals. This is a music festival held each summer on the Tanglewood estate in Stockbridge and Lenox in the Berkshire Hills, Western Massachusetts. The festival consists of concerts including musical theater, contemporary music, jazz, and pop music. Visitors can bring a blanket, a picnic basket full of goodies and enjoy the music.
Note to editors:
BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons just announced that British-born James Burton is the next Conductor of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. James Burton's primary duties as Conductor of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus will include auditioning, selecting, and preparing the chorus for performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops at Symphony Hall in Boston, on tour and at Tanglewood.
Issued by Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism’s UK office.
Maverick Helicopters and Lip Smacking Foodie tours launch Savory Bites & Neon Lights
For immediate release: 15/02/17
Two companies have partnered to offer a new and exciting evening experience in Las Vegas. Visitors can now enjoy Las Vegas’ late night food scene combined with a jaw dropping helicopter flight over the world famous Las Vegas Strip.
The award-winning helicopter operator, Maverick Helicopters, has partnered with Las Vegas’ top-rated culinary tour company, Lip Smacking Foodie Tours, to offer the ultimate dining and helicopter experience. Savory Bites & Neon Lights features an exclusive tasting at five prominent restaurants, followed by Maverick Helicopters’ renowned Vegas Nights flight over the Las Vegas Strip. Savory Bites & Neon Lights starts at $299 per person. A beverage package upgrade is available upon booking.
The culinary experience
The five hour experience begins at ARIA Resort & Casino and includes a guided tour to each dining venue, reserved seating and up to four signature dishes at each restaurant. Guests can expect to visit acclaimed culinary destinations such as Chef Michael Mina’s Bardot Brasserie, Chef Shawn McClain's Sage at ARIA and Chef Costas Spiliadis’ Estiatorio Milos inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
For British and Irish visitors to Las Vegas this is the perfect opportunity to taste dishes from some of the most exclusive restaurants the city offers in a single evening. The tour host guides guests through the menu and the food that they are enjoying.
The helicopter experience
After dining, guests will be transported to Maverick Helicopters’ private Las Vegas terminal where passengers will be greeted with a champagne toast before their 12 to 15 minute Vegas Nights flight.
Each helicopter offers stunning, panoramic views of the Las Vegas Strip with narration about the surrounding attractions. At the end of the flight, on of Maverick Helicopters’ limo coached will take visitors back to their hotel.
Sales and Marketing Director, Jody Hanson in Maverick’s UK office says “We are delighted to offer a Savory Bites & Neon Lightsexperience - visitors can now get a taste of the cities’ culinary scene alongside a Maverick Helicopters’ tour of the Las Vegas Strip at night. This is the perfect evening activity in Las Vegas, both companies share the same high standards of customer service and continually strive to provide a special experience.”
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About Maverick Helicopters
Maverick Helicopters, an award-winning division of Maverick Aviation Group, flies more than 200,000 guests annually out of four locations: Las Vegas, Grand Canyon South Rim, Grand Canyon West Rim and Maui, Hawaii. The company operates the largest and youngest fleet of Airbus EC130/H130 ECO-Star helicopters with nearly 50 aircraft and holds the top safety record of any tourism-based aviation company in the world. Maverick Helicopters employs the industry’s top pilots and has received numerous accolades including the Federal Aviation Administration’s Award of Excellence “Diamond Award” 2011-2015; Southern Nevada Hotel Concierge Association’s “Best Tour Company” 2010-2016; TripAdvisor’s “Certificate of Excellence” Hall of Fame 2011-2016; Las Vegas Review-Journal’s “Best Tour” in 2014 and 2016; and many more. In 2016, Maverick Helicopters celebrated 20 years of operation as one of the world’s leading tourism companies.
About Lip Smacking Foodie Tours
Lip Smacking Foodie Tours is the premier culinary tour in Las Vegas, garnering a slew of honors, most notably making TripAdvisor’s “Top 10’’ list of Vegas tours after only a year in business. Additionally, it was named "Best Tour" by Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2016; "Best Tour" by IN VEGAS Magazine in 2015 and 2016; and "Best New Tour" by Thrillist in 2015. Led by expert guides, the culinary walking tours take the guesswork out of dining in this buzzing city by offering a range of carefully curated experiences, each with multiple stops at Vegas’ most illustrious restaurants to enjoy up to four specialty dishes per venue.
Press release issued by Maverick Helicopters’ UK office.