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Emerson Inn By The Sea Offers Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving Packages in November

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Make Emerson Inn by the Sea your destination for an affordable Veteran’s Day escape. Then leave the dishes to someone else and enjoy a seaside Thanksgiving celebration with the family this year.  Emerson Inn by the Sea has two packages offered in November combining fine dining with a relaxing seaside stay. Over Veteran’s Day weekend enjoy a relaxing three-day holiday before the busy holiday season starts.  Escape to the Emerson Inn by the Sea for a soothing getaway filled with quiet walks through Rockport or strolls overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.  Stay three nights and you’re treated to a $25 dinner certificate for use at the inn’s award winning Grand Cafe Restaurant. This three night Veteran’s Day package includes three nights accommodations,  a deluxe continental breakfast daily, and the $25 dinner certificate for use one night at the inn. Offered November 10-14, the package starts at $300 per couple for standard rooms. The package rate varies by room choice. Additionally, to make your November escape easy for you and your wallet play hookie Sunday through Thursday and Emerson Inn by the Sea will offer rooms starting at $89 per night throughout November for two night or more night midweek stays.  All stays include a deluxe continental breakfast each morning too. Upgrades to ocean view rooms available too.

Tired of all the prep and clean up from Thanksgiving dinner?  This year, leave the muss and fuss behind, and celebrate Thanksgiving at the Emerson Inn By The Sea. The lavish Thanksgiving Buffet offers something for every taste no matter how big or small including Roast Prime Rib, Grilled Salmon, Butternut Squash Ravioli and Roasted Tom Turkey together with all the trimmings and desserts. Then, after dinner no need to worry about that over-stuffed uncomfortable drive home. Stay overnight at the inn and walk off the dinner the next day along the Atlantic Ocean.  The Emerson Inn by the Sea package includes: Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet Dinners ( Thursday, November 24th) for two; Two night’s accommodation in a queen standard room;Deluxe Continental Breakfast each morning for two. Best of all, it’s easy on the budget. The package is $299 for two, plus taxes and gratuity and is offered November 23-25, 2011.  Dinner reservations are required upon booking.

For those who can’t stay overnight, but wish to enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner in the Grand Cafe, the dining room will serve its spectacular buffet dinner from noon to 5:00pm on Thursday, November 24.   The prix fixe dinner is $45 per person for adults and $22.50 for children ages 3 to 10, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required.Emerson Inn by the Sea, Cape Ann’s Grand Bed and Breakfast Hotel overlooking a spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean, offers thirty-six lovely guest rooms as well as fine dining, wine and spirits in The Grand Cafe and the Grand Parlor Restaurant. Recipient of the Wine Spectator Award for the past five years in a row, The Grand Cafe is well-known as one of the North Shore’s finest dining establishments.

Following more than a decade of extensive renovations, Emerson Inn by the Sea is the ideal choice for those seeking getaways, function and conference facilities or fine dining with an award-winning wine list in a historic setting.  

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Visit Salem Massachusetts in October

You MUST visit Salem in October!

There’s something in the air in fall, especially in October that calls people to Salem, Massachusetts.  Yes, tourist’s visit the town year round, but there’s extra magic in the air in October!  Whoops! Did we say magic?

Everyone has to visit Salem at least once as a kid and once as an adult in October!  If  your thrill is Halloween, then you have to visit it more? The Salem Witch Museum is Salem’s most visited museum and with just cause.  It brings you back to Salem in 1692. A dramatic history lesson is given with stage sets with life-like figures, lighting and narration of the witch trials of 1692.

 Ghosts & Legends Trolley Tour offers an interactive journey into Salem’s supernatural  past. Go on a journey of the dark streets of Salem and hear stories of witches, ghosts and more.  See the House of Seven Gables, the old cemetery, Winter Island and more.  The tour ends with quite the staged show at Witches Cottage.

There’s also a Haunted Harbor Cruise with Mahi Mahi Cruises from Pickering Wharf. This  is a one and a half hour cruise filled with spooky stories of ruthless local pirates, haunted lighthouses and living monsters that still create havoc even today!  Cruises leave several times per day during October.

Salem Chamber of Commerce also presents an annual Haunted biz-baz with over 100 vendors of unique Salem novelty items, street performers, music and food.  This event is Sat & Sun, October 8th and 9th at Essex Street Pedestrian Mall from 10am to 6pm. It all kicks off with an annual Haunted Happenings Grand Parade on October 6th!

Children can learn how to make witches wands at Ask a Witch Make a Wand at a tent at Pickering Warf.

There’s a 3-D Haunted House to visit and ghost tour at Tales & Tombstone Trolley Tour offers an eerie look at Salem’s past with 1 hour tours on Thursday, Friday and weekends in October. Learn about the spirits of Gable at The House of Seven Gables

Plus there’s unique gift shops to shop at and hauntingly great places to eat as well. Plus several unique Halloween parties some for kids..and some for adults. The Annual Children’s Halloween Costume Party is October 22nd from noon to 3pm for children ages 3-10.

The Vampire’s Masquerade Ball is October 22nd at the Hawthorne Hotel and some of the best parties in Salem are Halloween Weekend – October 29th  at the Hawthorne Hotel’s Saturday Night Fever Party. The Salem Waterfront Hotel  and the Haunted Conductors Ball at Victorian Station.

For this and more information  about Salem please visit: Haunted Happenings  and Salem Halloween City

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History: Salem Massachusetts

Salem was founded at the mouth of the  Naumkeag River in 1626, at the site of an ancient Native American village and trading center.  It was originally called Naumkeag and was renamed Salem three years later by a company of fishermen from Cape Ann led by Roger Conant, and incorporated in 1629. Conant’s leadership had provided the stability to survive the first two years, but he was immediately replaced by John Endecott, one of the new arrivals, by order of the Dorchester Company. Conant graciously stepped aside and was granted 200 acres of land in compensation. The new and old Planters agreed to cooperate, in large part due to the diplomacy of Conant and Endicott. In recognition of this peaceful transition to the new government, the name of the settlement was changed to Salem, a corruption of the Hebrew word ‘shalom’.

One of the most widely known aspects of Salem is its history of witchcraft allegations,  which started with  Abigail Williams her cousin, Betty Parris, and their friends playing with a Venus glass and egg.  William Hathorne’s son, Judge John Harthorne, came to prominence during this period. People generally believed witchcraft to be real. Nothing caused more fear in the Puritan community than people who appeared to be possessed by demons, and witchcraft was a serious felony. Judge Hathorne is the best known of the witch trial judges, and he became known as the “Hanging Judge” for sentencing witches to death.

Salem and the Revolutionary War

On February 26, 1775, patriots raised the drawbridge at the North River, preventing British Colonel Alexander Leslie and his 300 troops of the 64th Regiment of Foot from seizing stores and ammunition hidden in North Salem. A few months later, in May 1775, a group of prominent merchants with ties to Salem, including Francis Cabot, William Pynchon, Thomas Barnard, E.A. Holyoke and William Pickman, felt the need to publish a statement retracting what some interpreted as Loyalist leanings and to profess their dedication to the Colonial cause.

During the Revolution the town became a center for privatering. Although the documentation is incomplete, about 1,700  Letters of Marque issued on a per-voyage basis, were granted during the American Revolution. Nearly 800 vessels were commissioned as privateers and are credited with capturing or destroying about 600 British ships. By 1790, Salem was the sixth largest city in the country, and a world-famous seaport – particularly in China trade. Codfish was exported to the West Indies and Europe. Sugar and molasses were imported from the West Indies,  tea from China, and pepper from  Sumatra. Salem ships also visited Africa, Russia, Japan and Australia.

Prosperity left the city with a wealth of fine  architecture including Federal style mansions designed by one of America’s first architects Samuel McIntire, for whom the city’s largest historic district is named. These homes and mansions from Colonial America now comprise the greatest concentrations of notable pre-1900 domestic structures in the United States!

Both Britain and France imposed trade restrictions in order to weaken each others economies. This also had the effect of disrupting American trade and testing the United States’ neutrality. As time went on, harassment by the British of American ships increased by the  British Navy. This included  impressment and seizures of American men and goods. After the Chesapeake Leopard Affair, Thomas Jefferson was faced with a decision to make regarding the situation at hand. In the end, he chose an economic option: the Embargo Act of 1807 and Thomas Jefferson basically closed all the ports overnight, putting a little damper on the seaport town of Salem. The embargo of 1807 was the starting point on the path to the War of 1812 with  Great Britain.

Salem was incorporated as a city on March 23, 1836.  and adopted a city seal in 1839 with the motto “Divitis Indiae usque ad ultimum sinum”, latin for “To the farthest port of the rich Indies.”  Nathaniel Hawthorne was overseer of the port from 1846 until 1849. He worked in the Customs House near Pickering Wharf, his setting for the beginning of The Scarlet Letter. In 1858, an amusement park was established at Salem Willows, a peninsula jutting into the harbor. It should be noted that up until the War of 1812, the port of Salem was a major center of trade in America.

The book “The Salem-India Story” written by Vanita Shastri narrates the adventures of the Salem seamen who connected the far corners of the globe through trade. 1788–1845 marks the beginning of US-India relations, long before the 21st century wave of globalization. It reveals the global trade connections that Salem had established with faraway lands, which were a source of livelihood and prosperity for many.

But shipping declined throughout the 19th century. Salem and its harbor were increasingly eclipsed by Boston and New York. Consequently, the city turned to manufacturing. Industries included tanneries, shoe factories and the Naumkeag Steam Cotton Company. More than 400 homes burned in the Great Salem Fire of 1914, leaving 3,500 families homeless from a blaze that began in the Korn Leather Factory. The historic concentration of Federal architecture on Chestnut Street were spared.

Salem was one of the most significant seaports in early America. It has the first National Historic Site designated by Congress,  Salem Maritime National Historic Site which protects Salem’s historic waterfront.

America’s first millionaires lived in Salem. They made their money in overseas trade, and brought plenty of precious cargo and money home to Salem. The legacy of their wealth lines Salem’s streets in the forms of incomparable architecture and unique museums. Their legacies can be witnessed at the Peabody Essex Museum, the House of the Seven Gables, the Salem Maritime National Historic Site and the Stephen Phillips Memorial Trust House.

Salem Designated as National Guard Birthplace

In 1637, the first muster on Salem Common where for the first time, a regiment of militia drilled for the common defense of a multi-community area thus laying the foundation for what became the Army National Guard. Each April, the Second Corps of Cadets gather in front of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, where their founder, Stephen Abbott, is buried. They lay a wreath, play taps and fire a 21-gun salute. In another annual commemoration, soldiers gather at Old Salem Armory to honor soldiers who were killed in the Battles of Lexington and Concord. Coast Guard Air Station Salem was located at Winter Island an extension of Salem Neck which juts out into Salem Harbor.

In 1952, notable play-writer, Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible which is dramatization of the Salem which trials.

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Boston Magazine names Top 10 “Fall Getaways”

Recently, I was requested to do a blog by a Boston area agency to promote an article On Fall Travel Getaways in the October 2011 edition of Boston Magazine.

Boston Magazine’s staff visited destinations all through New England to present their readers with a list of weekend activities that range from Outdoor Adventures, Sports & Recreation, Arts & Culture, Spas & Relaxation and Food & Wine. All the destinations are three hours or less from Boston. Here is the link to the article and below is our blog on the destinations.

http://www.bostonmagazine.com/articles/great_fall_travel_getaways/

For More than a half million monthly readers, Boston Magazine is the voice that captures the best of contemporary life in the city and beyond. With informed editorial and in-depth coverage on topics ranging from fashion to finance. Boston Magazine is the premiere authority on the region.

Here are the Top 10 Fall Getaways along with destinations they have suggested.

Litchfield Hills (CT)  Destination for Foodies, Adventures & Antique Seekers

Hayloft Wine Bar at Hopkins Vineyard offers wine tasting and tours and a magnificent view of Lake Waramaug.  Whitehorse Country Pub – Best of Connecticut Awards, extensive beer list, Best Prime Rib, Best NEW Restaurant and offers Sunday brunch on the river or in the tavern by the fire.  Belgique Chocolatier Artisian Handmade Chocolate, authentic Belgian hot chocolate, handmade truffles and so much more…sweet! Aer Blarney Balloons – New England’s premier Hot Air Balloon Company. Millhouse Antiques & Gardens  Traditional English and French 18th and 19th century antiques in an 18th century grist mill. 175 showrooms.

Nantucket (MA) Destination for Foodies, Adventures & History Buffs

Sankaty Head Golf Club – Golf, Tennis, and dining with great views.  Captain Tom’s Charters Nantucket’s premiere fishing service. Masters of sport or 1st timers welcome.  Striped Bass, Bluefish, False Albacore and more.  Nantucket Historical Association – Preserving and interpretations of the history of Nantucket. Whale, Lighthouse  and historic tours. New House tours include a stop at the barn transformed by artists Greater Light. October 8th & 9th – Cisco Brewer’s Annual ACKktober Fest.   Lola 41 Sushi and Bistro Restaurant Nantucket’s best sushi and hot spot. Reservations suggested.

 

Newport (RI) Destination for Foodies, Adventurers & Relaxation

The Cliffwalk – Newport’s famous shoreline walk with views of ocean, architecture and history of the Guilded Age. Wildflowers, birds  and more on a National Recreation Trail with picture perfect postcard views on both sides of ocean and mansions. Classic Cruises of Newport – A local favorite for sailing, powerboats and sunset harbor cruises from the sailing capital of America. Sail on their 72ft Schooner Madeline for 19th century charm.  TSK -Thames Street Kitchen – American casual fair and Sunday Brunch. A BYOB restaurant for trendy farm to fork meals with a seasonal menu. Fluke Wine Bar & Kitchen – Relaxed modern American Cuisine in downtown Newport overlooking Bowen’s and Bannister’s Warf. Sunset views.

Penobscot Bay (ME) Destination for Foodies, Adventure & Culture

Captain Jack Lobster Boat Adventures – Panaromic views of Owls Head and Rockland Breakwater Lighthouses. Intimate Lunch for 2 Available. Dine and learn about lobsters. Hartstone Inn – Elegant B&B at Camden Harbor offering award-winning gourmet meals. “A sophisticated retreat and culinary destination” -Fodor’s Guide to New England. Cooking classes are available!  Center for Maine Contemporary Art – work of current and past Maine residents. See workshops & special events calendar.

Pioneer Valley (MA) Destination for Foodies, Adventurers & Relaxation

North Hampton’s Arts Night Out – Held the 2nd Friday of every month. Unique self-guided tour of the towns many galleries. Enjoy diverse visual and performing arts. Iron Horse Music Hall – From rock to bluegrass bands. Coming October 14th – Peter Wolf.  Theatre, performing arts center, Pearl Street Nightclub, New England’s finest Amphitheater and Mountain Park.  Amherst Farmers Market – Open Every Saturday from 7:30 am 1:30pm Over 22 farms and bakeries. A total YUM-WOW factor! Atkins Farms Country Market – Orchard & store at the base of scenic Holyoke Mountain Range. Apples, bakery, cheese, flowers, candy, meat, seafood, beer and more! Bring your appetite!

Portland (ME) Destination for Foodies, Adventurers & Relaxation

Wheelie Good Bike Rentals – See Portland like you’ve never seen it! Cruise the promenade, Old Port, art district. Bike along Eastern Trail one of the most scenic stretches in Maine! Soakology – Spa and tea-house. Soak your feet in baths of herbs, salts and oils. Facials with natural botanical leaves you feeling radiant, nourished and hydrated. Mount Desert Island Ice Cream – Quirky and unique ice cream flavors like Salted Caramel, Blueberry Basil and more!

Portsmouth (NH) Destination for Foodies, Adventurers & Culture

Seacoast Segway Tours – Prescout Park, historic homes of Portsmouth and Great Island of New Castle. Guided 1,2 and 3 hour tours around city. Learn Portsmouth’s past while exploring the sites. 106 Kitchen & Bar – New local hotspot serving creative cuisine with a New Orleans flair.  Red Hook Ale Brewery – For just a Buck you get a tour of facility and a lesson in beer making! Portsmouth Open Market – Every Sunday through October 30th. – over 65 artists at Strawberry Banke Museum.

Provincetown, (MA) Destination for Foodies, Adventurers & Relaxation

3 Mile hike to Long Point Lighthouse – for a beautiful and off the beaten track stretch of sand on the Atlantic Coast. Flyer’s Boat Rentals – Provincetown’s largest fleet of boats for rent. $10 shuttle from Long Point to West End. Shui Spa – Award winning day spa and resort. Also offers Holiday Dinner menu and packages. Complete body & mind  retreat with the Earth & Spa Scrub and bodywrap. Connies Bakery – Hearty home cooking that is fresh and creatively prepared. Complete Breakfast and Lunch Menu. Then stroll along MacMilian Pier.

Stowe (VT) Destination for Foodies, Adventures & Relaxation

Arbor Trek Canopy Adventures -Zipline Canopy tours at Smugglers Notch. 4500 feet of ziplines. Cross bridges high above the forest and treeline.  Stowe Soaring Scenic Glider Ride – Silently soar over fields with a FAA certified pilot. Different tours available over Mt. Elmore, Worcester Mountain Range, scenic Stowe and Mile high Mt. Mansfield.  Solstice – Stowe Mt.’s signature restaurant offering Vermont fine dining. Local artisans cheeses & wines. Frida’s Taqueria – Mexican restaurant located in the historic   Butler House in Stowe. Serving Lunch, Dinner and weekend Brunch.  Top Notch Resort & Spa – New England luxury resort. Spa, tennis, weddings. 120 treatments available at spa. A place long known to hikers and skiers to relax!

Woodstock (VT) Destination for Foodies, Adventures & Relaxation

Vermont Adventure Tours – Recreation in the Green Mountains! Rock and Ice climbing, Mountain bikes, Snowshoeing, Paddling, Fly-Fishing and more.  Guided kayaking trip on White River or climb Deer Leap Mountain. Woodstock Inn – luxury 4 Season Resort, 142 spacious rooms, plush bedding and breathtaking grounds.  Creates a cozy escape! Spa pampering – pumpkin spice treatment body scrub, foot rubs, scalp rubs and massages. Woodstock Inn Red Rooster – Casual, sophisticated Modern and fun! AAA Four Diamond Award winning Restaurant at Woodstock Inn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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