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For information on tourism in Massachusetts you can contact the State tourist board at:

Office of Travel and Tourism
10 Park Plaza, Suite 4510
Boston, MA 02116 Telephone: +1 (617) 973-8500
Telephone: 800-227-MASS (800-227-6277) toll-free in USA and Canada
Fax: +1 (617) 973-8525


Website: http://www.mass-vacation.com/

 

 

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Star for Vacation Rentals Boston Harbor Hotel - Boston Boston Harbor Hotel's grand arch is the first of many breathtaking sights that will greet you from our location at Rowes Wharf. With internationally acclaimed architectural style and elegant interior design, our luxury hotel is adjacent to all major Boston attractions. Boston Harbor Hotel offers the finest Boston accommodations on the waterfront. Come to this 230-room luxury hotel in Boston to experience the city's richest comforts. All of our Boston accommodations are designed to reflect the historic character of the waterfront in an elegant -- yet refreshingly cozy -- manner. Inside this unique luxury hotel in Boston, the fragrance of freshly cut flowers immediately welcomes you to impressive spaces marked by hard-carved wood, Italian marble and historic art. For your pleasure, our majestic Boston

Star for Vacation Rentals Concord's Colonial Inn - Concord Boasting its own ghost in residence, Concord's Colonial Inn is truly your host to history. The area around Concord is rich with Americana--the Minutemen, Walden Pond and Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, the final resting place of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott, Henry David Thoreau, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Star for Vacation Rentals Isaiah Jones Homestead Bed & Breakfast - Sandwich Cape Cod Isaiah Jones Homestead Bed & Breakfast is an elegant 1849 Victorian Inn and Carriage House in the delightful historic Sandwich Village, the oldest town on Cape Cod. All rooms feature fresh flowers, candles, queen size beds and cozy sitting areas, almost entirely furnished with beautiful antiques. The bed and breakfast is located just an hour south of Boston and close to all of Cape Cod's renowned attractions. Go kayaking, hiking, swimming and much more!

Star for Vacation Rentals Weathervane Inn - Great Barrington Located on ten beautifully landscaped acres in the cultural Mecca of the Berkshires, the distinctive Weathervane Inn is on the National Register of Historic Places. For excursions to the many outdoor performances in the area, gourmet picnic baskets can be arranged. In the winter, guests can ski at Catamount and Butternut or explore the many historical sites nearby.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States. It is bordered by Rhode Island and Connecticut to the south, New York to the west, and Vermont and New Hampshire to the north; at its east lies the Atlantic Ocean. As of the 2010 Census, Massachusetts' population was 6,547,629. The state features two separate metropolitan areas - the eastern Boston metropolitan area and the western Springfield metropolitan area. Approximately two thirds of the state's population lives in Greater Boston, most of which is either urban or suburban. Western Massachusetts features one urban area - the Knowledge Corridor along the Connecticut River - and a mix of college towns and rural areas. Massachusetts is the most populous of the six New England states, the third most densely populated state in the United States, and also has the U.S.'s third highest GDP per capita.

Arts and culture

Massachusetts has contributed much to American arts and culture. Drawing from its Native American and Yankee roots, along with later immigrant groups, the commonwealth has produced a number of writers, artists, and musicians. A number of major museums and important historical sites are also located there, and events and festivals throughout the year celebrate the state's history and heritage.

Massachusetts was an early center of the Trancendentalist movement, which emphasized intuition, emotion, human individuality and a deeper connection with nature. Ralph Waldo Emerson, who was from Boston but spent much of his later life in Concord, largely created the philosophy with his 1836 work Nature, and continued to be a key figure in the movement for the remainder of his life. Emerson's friend, Henry David Thoreau, who was also involved in Trancendentalism, recorded his year spent alone in a small cabin at nearby Walden Pond in the 1854 work Walden; or, Life in the Woods. Other famous authors and poets from Massachusetts include Nathaniel Hawthorne, John Updike, Emily Dickinson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, E.E. Cummings, Sylvia Plath, and Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as "Dr. Seuss". Famous painters from Massachusetts include Winslow Homer and Norman Rockwell; many of the latter's works are on display at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge.

The commonwealth is also an important center for the performing arts. Both the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops Orchestra are based in Massachusetts. Other orchestras in the commonwealth include the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra in Barnstable and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. Tanglewood, in western Massachusetts, is a music venue that is home to both the Tanglewood Music Festival and Tanglewood Jazz Festival, as well as the summer host for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Jacob's Pillow in the Berkshires hosts a number of traditional and contemporary musical and dance events. Other performing arts and theater organizations in Massachusetts include the Boston Ballet, the Boston Lyric Opera, and the Lenox-based Shakespeare & Company. In addition to classical and folk music, Massachusetts has produced musicians and bands spanning a number of contemporary genres, such as the classic rock band Aerosmith, the New Wave band The Cars, and the alternative rock band Pixies. Film events in the state include the Boston Film Festival, the Boston International Film Festival, and a number of smaller film festivals in various cities throughout the commonwealth.

Massachusetts is home to a large number of museums and historical sites. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Institute of Contemporary Art and the DeCordova contemporary art and sculpture museum in Lincoln are all located within the commonwealth, and the Maria Mitchell Association in Nantucket includes several observatories, museums, and an aquarium. Historically themed museums and sites such as the Springfield Armory National Historic Site in Springfield, Boston's Freedom Trail and nearby Minute Man National Historical Park, both of which preserve a number of sites important during the American Revolution, the Lowell National Historical Park, which focuses on some of the earliest mills and canals of the industrial revolution in the US, the Black Heritage Trail in Boston, which includes important African-American and abolitionist sites in Boston, and the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park all showcase various periods of the commonwealth's history. Plimoth Plantation and Old Sturbridge Village are two open-air or "living" museums in Massachusetts, recreating life as it was in the 17th and early 19th centuries, respectively. Boston's annual St. Patrick's Day parade and "Harborfest", a week-long Fourth of July celebration featuring a fireworks display and concert by the Boston Pops as well as a turnaround cruise in Boston Harbor by USS Constitution, are popular events. The New England Summer Nationals, an auto show in Worcester, draws tens of thousands of attendees every year.

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