Historic Salem, MA: Where Witches Meet the China Trade

 Posted by on August 6, 2013  Comments Off
Aug 062013
Historic Salem, MA: Where Witches Meet the China Trade

Salem, Massachusetts is filled with centuries of history and merits a well planned stop on family vacations that include exploring the beaches and towns north of Boston.  The historic city was founded in 1626 and was a major maritime center for centuries,  The city was also the site of the infamous Salem witch trials in 1692 that resulted in more than 150 men and women  being accused of selling their souls to the devil and 20 being put to death for their crimes.  In the 18th and 19th centuries, Salem grew to be the sixth largest city in the country, and the richest per capita by 1790, due in large part to its highly successful maritime trade with Europe, the West Indies, China, Africa and Russia.  Many fine buildings remain from this era overlooking the [...]

Family Fun in Boston for July 4th!

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Jun 222013
Family Fun in Boston for July 4th!

Boston is a great city for family travel during the July 4th holiday week.  Every year the city goes all out as fireworks, historical reenactments, outdoor performances and food festivals are added as additional attractions beyond the city’s many year round historical sites and museums.   If your college visit or family vacation plans are bringing you to New England in July here’s a round-up of some great ways to celebrate early summer in the greater Boston area: Harborfest is a five day celebration of Boston’s colonial and maritime heritage features more than 200 events ranging from historical scavenger hunts, opportunities for kids to sail the Harbor for free, 19th century gun drills, citywide trolley tours and of course Fireworks and food!   Children’s Day is July 3rd. Fireworks and the Boston [...]

Jun 132013
Cape Cod Flyer Weekend Getaway from Boston - Family Fun without a Car!

Everyone loves a day at the beach, but, very few people enjoy sitting in traffic for hours to get there.  Summer weekends in Boston find many families waiting in traffic on their way to the sunny beaches of Cape Cod or the North Shore – a fun day can quickly turn into an ordeal.  Families on vacation or college tours in Boston often miss out on seeing the Cape because of worries about how long the trip will take. For many years, the only public transportation options from Boston to the Cape have been buses (which also get stuck in traffic) or boats.  This year, however, families that want to visit Cape Cod without a car have a new choice: the Cape Cod Flyer train service from Boston to Hyannis, the gateway to Cape Cod.  [...]

Stay Strong Boston!

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Apr 162013
Stay Strong Boston!

It has been a surreal 24 hours in Boston in the aftermath of the attack on the 2013 Boston Marathon.  The first responders, volunteers and medical teams have been amazing even as the city struggles to understand what happened. Our prayers are with the families of the dead and many injured.   We are also praying for the first responders and spectators who had to deal with the immediate aftermath of the explosions.  We send particularly heartfelt thoughts to families who had children in the Copley Square area at the time of the explosions.  We hope the terrible memories from yesterday can soon be replaced with confidence in a better future. The investigation into the attack will keep the Copley Square area and parts of the Back Bay closed for several days and we expect that security at major sporting events, [...]

Apr 022013
Whale Watching Season Kicks off in Massachusetts

Since they were young, our kids have been fascinated by whales and other sea mammals.  To this day, our teen Princess can barely contain her excitement when she has an opportunity to visit an aquarium or aqua theme parks like Discovery Cove.   Living in New England, we are lucky that every spring and summer several types of whales, as well as dolphins and other sea creatures return to the waters off the Massachusetts Coast.   In fact, in just the last few weeks two rare 70-ton North American right whales have been spotted off of Cape Cod.   Humpbacks, minke whales and finbacks are also common visitors and are beginning to be sighted as well. From early April to late October, whale watching voyages are available on a range of boats from [...]

Feb 042013
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Boston North Shore Offers Family Friendly Base Camp, Water Park and More

The recently renovated 364 room Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Boston North Shore, and the adjacent 65,000 square foot CoCo Key Boston North Shore Water Park, are centrally located for families with teens and tweens who want to explore both the City of Boston and classic New England destinations such as the historic witch city of Salem, the beaches and conservation areas of Cape Ann, the whale watches and nautical history of Gloucester, or the quaint artistic village of Rockport.  Families visiting nearby Merrimack College or boarding schools such as Phillips Andover will also find the Doubletree to be a convenient base camp.   The hotel is within a 30 minute (non-rush hour) drive of downtown Boston and most North Shore destinations. We recently had the opportunity to stay at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Boston [...]

Jan 272013
Families Come in Out of the Cold to Enjoy CoCo Key Water Park Boston North Shore

The 65,000 square foot CoCo Key Water Park Boston North Shore is a pretty impressive sight when you first walk through the doors. CoCo Key is the largest indoor water park in Massachusetts and any time it is open the park is a beehive of activity as kids, tweens and teens make the most of the park’s brightly colored slides, sprays, pools and water features. Located in Danvers MA, just 19 miles north of Boston and adjacent to the 364 room Doubletree by Hilton Boston North Shore hotel, CoCo Key Water Park Boston North Shore includes multi-level water slides, spray decks, bucket dumps, water actvities, four-story high enclosed tube slides, a lazy river, and a wading pool for younger kids.   The action never stops as the kids scamper from one splashy activity to [...]