I LOVE Movie Set Places

I LOVE movie set places and in New England there are many!

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Straight Wharf

What I really love are waterfront and coastal towns that have a vibe to them. Yes, sometimes they are very busy, especially in-season.  I like to visit them off-season, early in the morning or at sunset….You know the magical times! Which is not to say the magic isn’t there when things are bustling. Here’s a look at three of my favorite places that evoke that magical feeling.

Perkins Cove

I’ve been going to Perkins Cove for over 25 years. Guess what, every time I go it’s just as magical as the first time I was there! I love the small paths with shops and restaurants. I still remember going into the Pottery Shop at Perkins Cove for the first time and being in awe of their hand crafted goods. I love finding true New England finds in all the shops here. Restaurants like Barnacle Billy’s and MC Perkins are casual and relaxing and serve good food.

I’ve taken Finest Scenic Cruises to Nubble lighthouse and I’ve walked the Marginal Way in all seasons.   Beyond the shops, restaurants and bustle, it’s the moments you experience! The moments when the sun is rising and there is barely anyone there as you take photos. Or the windy winter days where snow is hitting you sideways. Or it’s the smell of salt water while you are enjoying an ice cream or coffee. That ‘s the movie set life of scenic places I love. I can’t wait to breathe it all in again on my next visit to Perkins Cove.

Sunapee Harbor

Sunapee Harbor is a movie set! Well at least it looks like one! This has been a popular destination for summer vacations since the days of the steamship, when people use to come from Boston and New York City. The Grand Hotels are long gone but beautiful custom homes dot Lake Sunapee.

It’s a great place to visit in Summer when the few shops in the harbor are open. Lunch or dinner at the Anchorage is a must as is ice cream from the Quick Shack. A highlight here is Sunapee Cruises narrative scenic and dinner cruises.  The views on their sunset cruises are great and the air is so clean. Being in the center of Lake Sunapee is one of the most relaxing places I’ve ever been. 

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View from Cru Nantucket. Every seat in the house has a great view!

I have a funny story about Nantucket. I was there twice over 30 years ago…pretty much just around Straight Wharf and town for the day. So that was my early Nantucket experience, no beach and the shops are not what they are today! Then for many years, when I would hear or read about Nantucket in tourism pieces I read there was barely any electricity on the island and you needed a bike to get around the island.

Two years ago I lived on Cape Cod for a year. I went to Nantucket several times because it is one of the most coolest places I have ever been! I have met a circle of people  who are the most creative individuals I have ever met! Enter Serendipity Again! I have learned more from these people and about about myself in the last two years than I could have ever imagined!

My admiration for these designers, shop owners, entrepreneurs and creative people that promote the island runs deep.  Honestly, almost daily, when I am not there…I am thinking about it…wishing I was there. In my opinion, there are more creative trend-setting things happening on Nantucket than in New York City!

 There is a coastal vibe from people who live and work here year round who literally travel all over the world for their work.  Nantucket is pure eye candy! From the shops on the wharf which catch the most amazing light. Each shop is creative in its own way and the staff are always so hospitable,  smiling, helpful and so upbeat!

From Sankaty Lighthouse to Brant Point the ACK feeling is amazing! Sconset can only be described as breathtaking + delicious. View some of the best sunrises and walks on the beach and sunsets at Galley Beach are speechless.

The food and presentation at ACK restaurants like Cru, Straight Wharf and Town Restaurant are among the world’s best! Plus, there are many other restaurants that are open during the season that are equally as good. If the best in shopping and dining weren’t enough…Nantucket has some of the world’s best beaches.  You can see the sunrise and sunset like nowhere else! Everywhere you turn, there is magic on this island! 

There is peace! There is  a quiet that I have only experienced while living on Cape Cod. Clearly, there is a creative vibe among the people who live, work and play here that is second to none! No wonder people call Nantucket their “Happy Place”! It will be good to be bACK!

All Photos by Melissa Tyler

 

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Boston Harbor Cruises

Boston Harbor Cruises

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Cruise around the harbor on a 90 minute narrative sight seeing tour. Relax on a Weekend Brunch Cruise, Summer Fireworks, Constitution Sail or ride to Salem or Provincetown! 

Boston Harbor Cruises has something for everyone! In matter of fact you may find several cruises to experience throughout the summer and into the fall. August 31st is the one day only Dinner and fireworks cruise with DJ and Dancing. 90 minute Sunset Cruises leave daily at 7pm now through September 1st and 6pm through September 21st.

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The perfect summer treat!  Thursday evening clambakes on Spectacle Island and Friday evening BBQ on Georges Island presented by Rita’s Catering.  Enjoy the beautiful setting, time with family and friends and a delicious menu – all in an urban oasis, complete with spectacular views of the Boston skyline.

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Whale Watching

Boston’s only 3 hour Whale Watching Cruise. In partnership with the New England Aquarium, BHC presents Boston’s hi-speed catamaran whale watching at its best. Their catamarans provide the fastest, most comfortable way to view the ocean’s most magnificent creatures. This way you spend more time actually watching them.  And, from one of three outside decks for optimal viewing or from cushioned seating inside climate-controlled cabin space, your view is sure to be spectacular. 

The destination is Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary, a rich feeding ground for whales, dolphins, sea birds and more. It’s home to several kinds of large whales, including humpbacks finbacks, minkes, pilot whales and the critically endangered right whales.

Boston Harbor Cruises

Salem

Hop aboard at Boston’s Long Wharf, and in less than an hour you’ll be sightseeing, museum hopping, sampling the specialties of local chefs and shopping in Salem’s many quaint boutiques and quirky shops.

Provincetown Ferry

This summer, forget the Cape traffic and parking hassles when you set sail aboard the Provincetown Ferry, Boston’s first, fastest and most luxurious way to travel to Cape Cod.

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Enjoy historic and scenic sites on the Provincetown Ferry, while relaxing in the refreshing sea breeze as we whisk you away to the restaurants, beaches, shopping and nightlife unique to Provincetown and the Outer Cape. The Boston to Provincetown ferry is the largest and fastest passenger-only catamaran in the U.S., landing in the heart of Provincetown in just 90 minutes. And with more onboard amenities and services than any other fast ferry in New England, getting there is half the fun.

HISTORY

Matthew “Matty” Hughes claims two important places in history. At the tender age of 16 he became the youngest licensed captain ever in the port of Boston, and in 1926 he founded New England’s premier cruise company, what is today the nation’s largest private operator of passenger vessels, Boston Harbor Cruises (BHC).

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Given Matty’s glorious obsession with boats and Boston Harbor, no one was surprised when, soon after obtaining his license, he struck a deal with a local boat owner to operate the M/V Nelly with two full-time employees on a 30-minute cruise of the Charles River at a cost of 10¢. For the next 16 years, area residents, in an attempt to escape the oppressive summer heat in their Boston flats, created a steady stream of seasonal customers for Matty and his cruises.

 

 

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Mt Washington Chocolate Festival

Mt Washington Valley Ski Touring Chocolate Festival

Ski + Snowshoe + Chocolates and More! It Must be North Conway!

Mt Washington Chocolate Festival

Every February people come to ski, snowshoe, walk, or ride from Inn to Inn and receive free chocolate treats at each inn. Stay at least 2 nights at 1785 Inn that weekend and receive 2 comp tickets to Mount Washington.

1785 Inn & Restaurant is a quaint country inn nestled in the White Mountains of NH and well-known for its spectacular mountain views, fine dining, cozy pub, friendly service, comfortable lodging rooms, and reasonable rates.

Call 603-356-9025 to reserve. Event Fee $35 per person.

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Vermont Sleigh Ride

A Romantic Adventure…Not Just For Romance Vermont Sleigh Rides

Winter’s Classic Romantic Adventure Is Not Just For Romance!

Vermont Sleigh Ride

Whether it’s a romantic ride with that one special someone or the whole family and friends Vermont Sleigh Rides is the place to go!

Vermont Sleigh Rides at Stowehof Inn features beautiful Belgian and Percheron horses and three different sleighs to chose from – the romantic couples sleigh, the family sleigh and the group sleigh that seats up 12 of your friends and family members.

The sleigh trails on the grounds of the Stowehof Inn are the best in the area, featuring fields, wooded areas, and magnificent views of Mount Mansfield. Enjoy the warm fire in the Inn before and/or after your ride, visit the Coslin’s Pub, downstairs for a cocktail, or take advantage of the dinner at Emily’s Fine Dining. Dinner and sleigh ride packages are available.

Sleighs feature lanterns for night rides and warm blankets for your snuggling comfort.

These private rides will cross fields with awe-inspiring views, delve into a pine forest, and cross a lighted-bridge behind the elegant Stowehof Inn.

Nothing says “Vermont” better than a sleigh ride at Stowehof.

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Winter Horseback Trail Riding, Sleigh Rides & Skiing…This is PARADISE

Vermont is the GO-TO Winter Wonderland Experience! 
Vermont Sleigh Ride

With numerous ski resorts, unique country roads and magnificent views! Here are a couple of options to think about.

   

The Mountain Top Inn and Resort is just 11  miles from Killington and Rutland. It is Vermont’s classic four star resort located in central Vermont.  Set on 350 acres of majestic views including a sweeping view of Green Mountain National Forest.

Known for destination weddings, the resorts rustic elegant barn, lake and the above mentioned Green Mountains as a backdrop. Vacation Rentals include trail-side cottages with all amenities. Take YOGA  classes in the barn, Sip delicious wines and dine in their restaurant.

Mountain Top Nordic Ski and Snowshoe center is one of the first community cross country ski touring centers in the east! Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides are available Wednesday – Sunday between 9am – 5pm. Private rides are also available. 

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  Stowe Mountain Lodge is Vermont’s destination resort!

Winter Horseback Riding, Sleigh Rides and skiing…This is Winter Paradise! Enjoy Winter Horseback riding trails with breathtaking views of Mount Mansfield while crossing Black Creek to water your horse! This 1 hour winter horseback riding trail is a great relaxing outdoor activity! STOWE MOUNTAIN LODGE is home to the finest Dining and voted “BEST OF NEW ENGLAND” – BOSTON MAGAZINE.

Winter Sleigh Rides are available on 2 horse open sleighs with blankets and other infamous farm animals to greet you! Enter the hardwood forest where you can hear only silence! Stowe also offers Nordic Skiing that features an inter-mountain transfer gondola connecting Mt. Mansfield with Spruce Peak. New trails, new beginner area, two new high-speed detachable quads and new fully automated snow making on Spruce Peak has reinforced STOWE MOUNTAIN RESORT’S position as the east’s premier skiing and snow boarding vacation resort!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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History of Nantucket

History of Nantucket

History of Nantucket 

“The Little Gray Lady of the Sea”

Nantucket is an island 30 miles south of Cape Cod.  Together with the small islands of Tuckenuck and Muskeget it constitutes the town of Nantucket. The name Nantucket is adapted similar Algonquin names for the island perhaps meaning “in the midst of waters” or “far away land or island”. In 1795, the town which was first established on the north shore was called Sherburne after the home-place of some of the settlers but was changed in 1795 to Nantucket.

The 2010 census population of the island was 10,172. It has become is a tourist destination  and summer colony that swells to a population of 50,000 in season. In 2008, Forbes Magazine cited Nantucket as having home values among the highest in the United States.

In 1966, The National Parks Service cited Nantucket as being the “Finest surviving architectural and environmental example of a late 18th century and early 10 century New England Seaport town”.

The earliest French settlement  in the region began on the neighboring island of Martha’s Vineyard. Nantucket’s island’s original Native American inhabitants the Wampanoag people lived undisturbed until 1641 when the island was deeded by the English The authorities in control of all land from the coast of Maine to New York) to Thomas Mayhew and his son, merchants from Watertown, MA and Martha’s Vineyard. Nantucket was part of Dukes County until 1691 when it was transferred to the newly formed province of Massachusetts Bay and split off to form Nantucket County.
Early Nantucket developed into a community of small farmers and sheep herders. The manufacturing of wool was a vital industry in colonial New England.

As Europeans began to settle on Cape Cod, the island became a place of refuge for Native Americans in the region, as Nantucket was not yet settled by Europeans. The growing population welcomed seasonal groups of other Native Americans who traveled to the island to fish and later harvest whales that washed up on shore.

Nantucket’s settlement by the English did not begin until 1659, when Thomas Mayhew sold his interest to a group of investors led by Tristram Coffin “for the sum of thirty pounds…and also two beaver hats, one for myself and one for my wife”.

The “nine original purchasers” were Tristram Coffin, Petter Coffin, Thomas Macy, Christopher Hussey, Richard Swain, Thomas Barnard, Stephen Greenleaf, John Swain and William Pike.

Seaman and tradesman began to populate Nantucket, such as Richard Gardner (arrived 1667) and Captain John Gardner (arrived 1672).

In his 1835 history of Nantucket island, Obed Macy wrote that in the early pre-1672 colony, a whale of the kind called “scragg” entered the harbor and was pursed and killed by settlers. This event started the Nantucket Whaling Industry!

A.B. Van Deines points out that the “scraggwhale” described by P.Dudley in 1725 as one of the species hunted by early New England whalers, was almost certainly the gray whale, which flourished on the west coast of North America in modern times with protection from whaling.

Herman Melville commented on Nantucket’s whaling dominance in MOBY DICK (Chapter 14) “Two thirds of his terraqueous globe are the Nantucketers. For the sea is his, he owns it as emperors own empires”.  The Moby-Dick characters Ahab and Starbuck are both from Nantucket.

For Nearly 150 years from the 1700’s – 1840’s Nantucket was the Whaling Capital of the World! On the island the economy was centered on the whale fishery, blacksmiths, boat building shops, ship chandleries, sail lofts and warehouses. Whale Wax was made by candle-makers that also lit domestic streetlamps! Supporting businesses were seaman boarding houses, grogshops, grocery and dry good shops.

By 1850, whaling was in decline as Nantuckets whaling industry had been surpassed by that of New Bedford and Salem. The island suffered great economic hardships, worsened by the July 134, 1846 “Great Fire” that fueled by whale oil and lumber devastated the main town burning  and destroying over 300 buildings and some 40 acres. The fire left hundreds homeless and poverty stricken and many people left the island.  Another contributor to the decline was the silting up of the harbor, which prevented large whaling ships from entering the port. In addition, the development of railroad made mainland whaling ports of New Bedford more attractive because of the ease of trans shipment of whale oil onto trains, an advantage unavailable to the island.

At this point gold was discovered in California and hundreds of Nantucket men went to seek their fortune. The Cival War also took it’s toll on Nantucket more then 300 Nantucket men served in the Union Army and 73 lost their lives. Between 1840 – 1887 the population dropped from 10,000 to 4,000.

As a result of this depopulation the island was underdeveloped and isolated until the mid 20th century. The isolation  kept many of the pre-Cival War buildings intact and by the 1850’s enterprising developers began buying up large sections of the island and restoring them to create an upmarket destination for wealthy people in the North East.

The Summer visitor would be a catalyst for Nantucket’s recovery! As early as the 1840’s rooming houses and small inns were operating and the invigorating and delightful indulgence of Sea Bathing was being touted in off island newspapers be entrepreneurial types. In the 1870’s the first big summer hotel was erected and four more followed over the next ten years. With the war behind, Nantucket women opened their homes to summer boarders providing large airy rooms and nicely cooked bluefish. The town got behind the effort and “Two boats a day” was a lore the “SEASON” was created and NANTUCKET NEVER LOOKED BACK!

In the 1920’s the island became a popular artist colony. Noted who lived on or painted the island include Frank Swift Chase and Theodore Robinson.  Noted authors including Herman Nelville have lived there.

 

 

 

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New Hampshire Wine & Cheese Trails

I LOVE IT HERE!

 One of the perfect combinations as many of us know are Wine and Cheese ! New Hampshire has done a wonderful job in pairing wines and cheeses not just at wineries but at restaurants, farm stands and many other unique experiences in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire is committed to bringing the best, locally grown foods, including fine wines and cheeses, to your restaurant dinner table through a movement known as New Hampshire Farm to Restaurant Connection. Visit New Hampshire and experience the culinary passion thriving throughout the state.

The Sandwich Creamery is known for its cow’s milk, farm stand, cheeses and terrific ice cream. Tours are available by appointment but you can purchase cheese and ice cream around the clock in their honor system store.

Stonegate Winery & Vineyard is just two miles from Lake Winnipesaukee, the vineyard grows cold climate French hybrid grapes and wines include Marechal Foch, Leon Millot,Frontenac, Seyval, Cayuga, Steuben, Elvira and Aurore. Call ahead to arrange a tour.

Agape Homestead Farm – head north on Route 28 from Lake Winnipesaukee to Ossipee for their dill-and-garlic spreadable cheese and marinated Feta.

Via Lactea Farm & Brookfield Dairy – on Route 16 in Brookfield where you can meet the animals and purchase farm-fresh chevre in a variety of flavors.

Flag Hill Winery and Distillery in Lee welcomes visitors to their tasting rooms to sample the red, white and port wines produced from varietals that thrive on the coast. Their Ferguson-Davis Dining Room offers seasonally themed regional cuisine, incorporating ingredients from local farms.

Candia Vineyards  is a boutique vineyard that specializes in fine wines from grapes.With New Hampshire’s only Diamond, Frontenac, LaCrosse, Noiret and LaCrescent wines, Candia Vineyards was named New England’s #1 most awarded vineyard at the 2008 Eastern States wine competition.

 Zorvino Vineyards  in Sandown produces quality wines from both local grapes and grapes grown in Tuscany, Chile and Northern California. Tours, tastings and special wine dinners at Castello Zorvino, the terraced manor house on the property.

 LaBelle Winery located in the heart of Alyson’s Orchard in Amherst, is a unique winery that incorporates a variety of fresh fruits into distinctive wines. Seasonal wines are made with orchard-grown apples, peaches, strawberries, cranberries, blueberries, jalapeño peppers and pumpkins. Call ahead for a tour and tasting schedule.

This is just a sampling from the 22 stops on the New Hampshire Wine & Cheese Trail.  For more information click the above link and start tasting and sampling on your own…and make sure to let us know your favorites and why!

 

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Boston Harbor Cruises

Boston Harbor Cruises

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Want to know  a  unique way to see an learn about the Boston coastline?  Then take a Boston Harbor Cruise!  There’s many different type of cruises available and they all fit into your sight-seeing schedule.

1812 Bicentennial Celebration

Tall Ships and naval vessels from across the world are coming to Boston June 30 – July 6 to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812, the historic role played by the US

Navy and our very own USS Constitution in the conflict, and the composing of our national anthem – The Star Spangled Banner

USS Constitution

Visit one of Boston’s most treasured landmarks, the USS Constitution. This 45-minute, informative tour brings you up close and personal with “Old Ironsides” at her home in the Charlestown Navy Yard and offers the option to disembark for a tour of the famous ship and accompanying Naval Museum. Other highlights of the tour include the Bunker Hill Monument, the site of The Boston Tea Party, and the Old North Church.

March 31 – November 25 – Daily, every hour on the half hour from 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Historic Boston Sight-Seeing Tour

Discover the historic and contemporary milestones of Boston’s inner and outer harbors during this fun, informative, fully narrated 90-minute tour. From the hero tales of the Revolutionary War to the local legends of the sea, you’ll be entertained and enthralled. See how the harbor was transformed to one of the cleanest harbors in the country. Other highlights you’ll see include the nation’s oldest continuously manned lighthouse, the Harbor Islands National Park Area, Boston’s working port and examples of extravagant waterfront living.

May 12 – September 3 –Daily – 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM

September 4 – September 30 – Weekends Only – 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM

Charles River & Locks Cruise

A narrated 90-minute tour of Boston’s Inner Harbor and the Charles River. Your tour will take you by the USS Constitution, Bunker Hill Monument and Old North Church before proceeding through the Charles River Locks. As you sail along the Charles River enjoy spectacular views of the Boston and Cambridge skylines. Points of interest along the Charles River include the world’s widest cable-stayed bridge, Esplanade Park, M.I.T., Beacon Hill, and Back Bay.

June 23rd – September 2nd – Weekdays – 12:00 PM, Weekends – 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM & 2:00 PM

Sunset Cruise

A spectacular sunset adds a whole new dimension to this fully narrated, 90-minute sightseeing tour. With this cruise you’ll be introduced to all the history, sights and lore that Boston Harbor has to offer, plus you’ll be on hand to witness the USS Constitution’s traditional sunset ritual as she fires her cannon and lowers her flag ceremoniously signaling the day’s end.

May 12th – September 3rd – Daily – 7:00 PM

September 4rth – September 23rd – Thursday – Sunday – 6:00 PM

Lighthouse Cruise

A large and important part of New England’s heritage are the lighthouses which once kept sailors from navigating too close to shore. Many of these structures remain standing and in use today, and Boston Harbor Cruises is pleased to take you to them.

Expert members of the American Lighthouse Foundation narrate our tours. They begin in Boston with passes by Long Island Head Light and Deer Island Light, and then a pass by Boston Light, the oldest lighthouse station in America. Heading north, the tour will pass by Graves Light, Hospital Point Light, Marblehead Light, Fort Pickering Light, Baker’s Island Light, Eastern Point Light, Ten Pound Island Light, Straitsmouth Island Light and more. The Northern Lights tour culminates with a view of Thacher Island, site of the only still operating twin lighthouses left in the country.

*See website for details on different 5 hour cruises.

Daily Luncheon Cruise

With BHC’s Luncheon Cruise, you not only enjoy a sumptuous buffet, it’s the only cruise that also lets you feast on the sights and sounds of Boston’s Historic Past.

An engaging narrator will join you on-board this two-hour tour through Boston’s Inner and Outer Harbor. All kinds of fun, informative anecdotes of the city’s history. Throughout the cruise, you’re invited to explore the vessel and its three spacious decks for the best views of Boston and its many highlights, including the USS Constitution, Old North Church, Boston Light and the Boston Harbor Islands.

May 21st – September 3rd –Weekdays – 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM (boarding begins at 11:30 AM)

Weekend Brunch Cruise with David Coffin

Picture a superbly prepared brunch. Now imagine you’re enjoying that splendid cuisine aboard a smartly appointed cruise boat. As you savor the menu and drink in the ocean views from three spacious decks, you also feast on many of Boston’s treasured landmarks – the USS Constitution, Old North Church, Boston Light and the Boston Harbor Islands. You will also see firsthand how Boston became home to one of the cleanest harbors in the country.

Throughout this leisurely two-hour tour of Boston’s Inner and Outer Harbor, local performer and raconteur, David Coffin, will share with you his unique take on Boston’s rich and vibrant history. Sounds like a fun and relaxing way to spend your Saturday or Sunday.

May 26th – October 8th – Weekends – 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM (boarding begins at 11:30 AM)

Entertainment Cruises

See incredible sights, experience theater on the water, or dance the night away, whichever you choose we guarantee there’s fun on these cruises for everyone.

Summer Harbor Salsa Cruise Series

This may be, by far, Boston’s hottest harbor dance cruise. Each week during the summer, SalsaBoston.com along with Avive Productions and Boston Harbor Cruises invites you to meet people, learn to dance and take in the city’s unbelievable skyline. Dockside pre-party featuring salsa lessons and tropical cocktails. Once you’re on board, there are two decks of dancing with DJ D. Martinez spinning Salsa on the mid-deck and DJ Mike Mercado spinning Latin on the lower deck all evening. An authentic Latin buffet on board. And don’t forget the after-cruise party at Mojitos Lounge with free admission for cruise attendees.

Boston Ghost Cruise

Join the world-famous Mystery Cafe and Boston Harbor Cruises as you climb aboard the Boston Ghost Cruise for a thrilling, frightening, and fun journey into terror.

A professional troop brings the legends and folklore of Boston Harbor to life. Or should we say, death? See the actual sites that gave rise to tales of bloody betrayal, disastrous shipwrecks, gruesome executions, and terrifying ghostly encounters. Stephen King, eat your heart out.

Boston Harbor Mystery Cruise

It’s three hours of food, fun and fantasy on Boston Harbor as we introduce an all-new murder mystery dinner cruise.

But this Mystery Cruise is hardly your typical sit-down dinner (although it does offer gourmet food stations). It’s a cocktail party format where you witness a murder, search the boat, question the characters and solve the crime. Think of it as Agatha Christie meets Alfred Hitchcock meets CSI:Boston Harbor. Wow, maybe there’s a reality show somewhere in there.

History of Boston Harbor Cruises

Matthew “Matty” Hughes claims two important places in history. At the tender age of 16 he became the youngest licensed captain ever in the port of Boston, and in 1926 he founded New England’s premier cruise company, what is today the nation’s largest private operator of passenger vessels, Boston Harbor Cruises.

Given Matty’s glorious obsession with boats and Boston Harbor, no one was surprised when, soon after obtaining his license, he struck a deal with a local boat owner to operate the M/V Nelly with two full-time employees on a 30-minute cruise of the Charles River at a cost of 10¢.

For the next 16 years, area residents, in an attempt to escape the oppressive summer heat in their Boston flats, created a steady stream of seasonal customers for Matty and his cruises. Service had to be interrupted though in 1942 when Matty enlisted in the United States Navy, serving as a Seabee through the end of World War II.

Returning home from service in 1945, Matty resumed operations at Boston Harbor Cruises, expanding the business to operate vessels inside Boston Harbor and on the Charles River. For more than a decade these sightseeing excursions ran three times daily for a fare of $2.00. It was during this era that Boston Harbor Cruises became a true family run enterprise with Matty’s daughters, Rookie and Rita, coming on board, followed closely by their kids.

Around 1960, the family made a decision to switch the emphasis of their cruises to deep-sea fishing expeditions. Passengers would charter day and overnight trips for the amazing price of $6 for a full day in order to be able to cast their lines in search of cod, haddock, halibut, blue fish, tuna and more.

Fishing charters remained the company’s specialty until the late 1970s when Boston’s waterfront exploded with development. Tourist attractions such as the New England Aquarium and Faneuil Hall Marketplace brought a record number of visitors to the waterfront, and to Matty’s front door. Given this new opportunity, Boston Harbor Cruises moved back into the sightseeing market, but this time it would be Matty’s grandchildren, including current principles Rick and Chris Nolan who would be at the helm.

In the 1980s, their leadership was instrumental in BHC securing a contract with the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority to provide water transportation services between downtown Boston and Charlestown, a heavily traveled commuter route. This transformed BHC from a seasonal business to a year-round venture transporting more than 200,000 additional passengers each year. Since then, the MBTA has awarded 4 additional commuter ferry contracts to the company, the largest carrying 4,000 passengers per day.

Today, the company continues to grow with Rick, Chris and great-granddaughter Alison Nolan as its managing partners. They’ve parlayed their 93 years of maritime operations and management into building a fleet that has operated successfully in Massachusetts Bay, New York, Rhode Island, The US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

BHC’s 250 employees uphold the company’s hard-won reputation for safety and courtesy by incorporating the most high-tech, up-to-date advancements in customer service, technology and training. This extra effort ensures all 21 BHC vessels are ready for the 264 scheduled weekday morning departures they make each year, and that the more than 2 million passengers who travel with BHC get the most enjoyable trip possible.

 

 

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Deck Dock Home & Garden

7 Stores in 7 Days: Day 3 Deck Dock Home & Garden

 Deck Dock Home & Garden    

Sunapee, NH

Deck Dock Home & Garden

One of my favorite stores in New England is Deck Dock Home & Garden in Sunapee, New Hampshire. They specialize in high quality casual and classic outdoor seating and your source for outdoor furniture and home and garden accents. They provide creative and functional designs for your home and garden.

Deck Dock Home & Garden

 

 Deck Dock is all about outdoor living!  They feature patio, porch, sun-room and lakeside furniture for many of the homes in the Lake Sunapee area and beyond. From seaside casual furniture, outdoor dining sets, outdoor seating and side tables. They also carry some of the most unique interior and exterior home accents–many of the accessories are nature themed.

Deck Dock Home & Garden

You’ll find unique dining and entertainment accessories, copper fire pits and distinctive accents for your home including Basic Spirit serving ware, cutting boards and wine accents. Including Sunapee themed books, prints, signs and NH and VT made items; as well as unique items from all over the country. Since the focus on outdoors they also have garden decor and birding items from feeders to birdbaths and birdhouses.

 

 Originally located on Sunapee Harbor since 2000. In 2002 they renovated a barn location  near the harbor.  Today everything is located at the barn location on route 103B. The store is open March – December.

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Company Profile: Cape Card

Cod’s For All Occasions!

This is the story of cards that talked to me!

Have you ever seen something different and creative and just wanted to embrace it by buying several different selections of the product? That’s how CAPE CARD will make you feel…These “Cod Cards” just make you smile and feel good! No wonder they are known as “Unique Art  Treasures from Cape Cod”.

Cape Card began in December, 2007, with “The Christmas Cod”
and quickly expanded into “The Hallmark of Cods”.  Cape Card’s use of illustration and sense of humor to create a wide range of images for a multitude of applications. Artist and Designer; Andrew Newman has given the ubiquitous cod a place in the world of art and humor!

His “Cod Cards” celebrate all of life’s holidays, joy and beauty and other occasions. From
Note-cards, prints & posters, “Postcods”, stickers and a calendar. The selections to choose from will just make you smile and we bet you’ll want to purchase several…not only for your own personal use but as gifts for someone on your list.


The Cod Fish has found new life on Cape Cod!  Cape Cards are available at 11 shops on the Cape as well as online. For more information on how to find Cape Cards please take a few minutes to view their website by clicking the link in the 1st paragraph. We think you will be glad you did!


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