room tower, scheduled for 2019, will reportedly feature 50,000 square feet of lavish
meeting space, an event lawn and harbor
walk, and water shuttle service to Logan
Airport and around Boston Harbor.
In neighboring Cambridge, dating to 1603,
the past anchors an entrepreneurial future.
“Whether discovering our country’s beginnings or the technology that will create
our future, Cambridge’s exciting blend of
Old-World charm and New Age innovation
offers something for everyone,” said Robyn
Culbertson, executive director of the Cambridge Office for Tourism.
Amid the youthful vibe of some 36,000
Harvard, M.I. T. and other students, Cambridge is a study in heritage sites, including
the Harvard Art Museums and 350-capac-
ity Norton’s Woods Conference Center at
the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The tour-capable Cooper-Frost-Aus-tin House (1681), Cambridge’s oldest
structure, is among many Massachusetts
properties preserved by Boston-based
organization Historic New England.
The new 121-room Freepoint Hotel
features a secret garden behind the back
lobby, programmable together for 90-per-
Thirty minutes from Boston, the 34 cities
and towns of Essex County, marketed
as the North of Boston, offer luxurious
accommodations, museums, shopping and
dining in its mix of heritage and modern
“Groups of all kinds, including conferences, small conventions and reunions,
enjoy our blend of old and new,” said North
of Boston CVB Executive Director Ann
Mentioned above, Historic New England
preserves 36-plus historic properties in five
states. All offering private tours, several
area properties include Beauport—the
Sleeper-McCann House (1907) in historic
Gloucester, which hosts outdoor tented
gatherings for 50 people. Also in Gloucester, home to the popular Cape Ann’s Marina Resort overlooking Cape Ann Marina,
the new 94-room Beauport Hotel hosts
events for up to 333 people. Approaching
its 350th anniversary, Salem’s seaside
House of the Seven Gables (1668) hosts
300-capacity events, buyouts included.
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate in
coastal Ipswich is a meetings destination
for the ages. The circa-1637 estate features
the 59-room Great House (1928), hosting
outdoor lawn events, and the historic
10-room Inn at Castle Hill for lodging and
Also 30 minutes north and west of Boston, the Greater Merrimack Valley mixes
nation-building legacies with futuristic
“Birthplace of both the American Rev-
olution and the Industrial Revolution, the
Merrimack Valley’s blend of historic sites
with state-of-the-art venues provides un-
forgettable experiences for attendees,” said
Thomas Fitzmaurice, new executive director
of the Greater Merrimack Valley CVB.
Meanwhile, Beverly is home to the
group-friendly North Shore Music Theatre.
On April 19, 1775, “the shot heard
round the world” was fired as American
patriots confronted British soldiers in
Lexington and Concord. Guided tours and
other programs revive this catalyst of the
Lowell’s water-driven textile mills helped
power the Industrial Age. At the Lowell
National Historical Park, groups can visit
the Boott Cotton Mills Museum, take canal
boat tours and more. Other heritage ven-
ues include the multipurpose, 2,800-seat
Lowell Memorial Auditorium (1922) and
800-seat Cary Memorial Building (1928).
In August 2017, the Boston Marriott Bur-
lington completed a multiphase transfor-
mation, including all 418 guest rooms and
suites and 14,000-plus square feet of space.
Newly opened in Woburn, Mind Trek VR
is the nation’s largest free-roam VR gaming
facility. Featuring two 2,000-square-foot
arenas, the venue has meeting space for up
to 40, plus a 90-capacity function area.
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