NEW ENGLAND TRAVEL SHOWCASE PRE-FAM TOUR
June 8-10, 2018
Dubbed “North of Boston” by none other than Ralph Waldo Emerson, the region of Boston’s north shore tells an American story. It’s a tale full of history, literature, and art, and of the men and women who helped to shape our country. It’s a story of the sea too, with miles upon miles of coastline and deep harbors, whose merchants opened trade with the far east and fishermen established one of America’s oldest ports. Enjoy a few days exploring North of Boston and discover for yourself why groups are enchanted with the area, and how you can create lifelong memories for your clients.
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Please arrive on Thursday, June 7th so we can leave early on Friday. (Your hotel cost is your responsibility that night). You can make your reservation by using this link: Reservations for Thursday Night: New England Travel Showcase. The tour will depart from the Salem Waterfront Hotel, our hotel for the conference. Transportation, rooms, meals, and admissions are all complimentary during the FAM.
Friday, June 8, 2018
Your FAM Tour begins in the northern parts of the region. We are still planning some surprises for you during the day and on Friday night you will be treated to dinner and then the performance of “Mame” at the North Shore Music Theatre! Established in 1955, NSMT is a unique Theatre-In-The-Round and offers professionally produced Broadway shows, concerts, educational programs and more. Groups are welcome and there is an on-site restaurant, coach parking, and group pricing.
Your hotel for the night is the Fairfield Inn by Marriott in Amesbury, Massachusetts. Renovated in 2016, the hotel offers complimentary wi-fi, breakfast, an outdoor swimming pool and a great location just minutes away from Salisbury and Newburyport.
Saturday, June 9, 2018
On Saturday, you will visit Gloucester, America’s oldest seaport, established as a fishing colony in 1623 and still a powerhouse in the fishing industry today. In her heyday, Gloucester fishing schooners numbered in the hundreds with Nova Scotians, Portuguese and Italian immigrants joining the trade. In the 19th Century, Rock Neck Art Colony was established, which is the oldest art colony in America. Noted artists such as Winslow Homer and native Fitz Henry Lane painted everyday scenes of the town which became a haven for painters and sculptors alike. The Cape Ann Museum houses many paintings, sculptures, and pieces of the decorative arts, as well as artifacts from Gloucester’s history. Gloucester has starred in many movies, ranging from “Captains Courageous” with Spencer Tracy to “A Perfect Storm” starring George Clooney, and Academy Award winner “Manchester by the Sea.”
Your Gloucester experience includes a sail on the 65′ schooner Thomas E. Lannon. Ply the waters of Gloucester Harbor and the Atlantic and hear tales of the characters that made Gloucester what it is today. The Lannon was built by hand in Essex by Tom Ellis who named the vessel for his grandfather, and the family business continues as Tom’s sons take over operations. Lunch will be hosted by The Gloucester House Restaurant, a city staple since 1958. With amazing views and fresh-from-the-boat seafood, it’s a great dining option for groups. The Linquata family greets every group personally, and the warmth and spirit of hospitality extends to the entire staff.
Essex was once the site of most of the shipbuilding that took place on the North Shore in the 17- and 1800’s. The Essex River, an estuary that reaches to the Atlantic Ocean was the perfect place to launch ships during high tide and the availability of nearby lumber ensured the success of Essex as a shipbuilding mecca. Neighboring Ipswich holds the largest collection of first-period homes in New England and was a center for lace making.
I’ll bet you’re wondering where fried clams were invented. Well, wonder no more! Woodman’s of Essex claims the title, and you’ll enjoy a fun, casual dinner at their famous clam shack! Steamed lobster, fried clams, batter dipped onion rings and even burgers and hot dogs are on their menu, so there’s something for everyone in your groups.
Overnight at the DoubleTree hotel in Danvers. Located a short 15-minute drive to Salem and nearby attractions in Peabody and Danvers, the hotel offers first-class amenities such as an on-site Starbucks, complimentary wi-fi, a fitness center and spa and Coco Key, the largest indoor water park in New England. Breakfast will be hosted by the hotel in the morning.
Sunday, June 10, 2018
Ships provided by captains residing Marblehead, including John Glover, were welcomed by George Washington while encamped in Beverly, during the American Revolution, resulting in the creation of the country’s first Navy. The “Gold Coast” boasts mansions that rival Newport, RI (all privately owned) and the town was the inspiration for the creation of Beverly Hills, California. You’ll drive through on your way to Marblehead.
Marblehead was first settled in 1629 by fishermen who broke off from the Salem colony. Her connections with the Revolutionary War are many, including ships used as privateer vessels, and it was Marblehead sailors who ferried George Washington across the Delaware River. Explore the crooked streets and craggy shoreline, and view the painting “Spirit of ’76” hanging in Abbott Hall.
Lunch will be served at the Landing Restaurant before returning to Salem. It’s waterfront location and great food have made the restaurant a favorite since 1972. The balance of the day will be yours to explore Salem or rest a bit before our Tour Operator dinner tonight at the House of the Seven Gables.