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Accommodations

Hampton Inn

Summer 2020, Salem

The Hampton Inn is Salem’s only branded hotel. Enjoy all the benefits of Hilton Honors and a Hampton Inn while being in the center of Historic Salem. Salem is fast becoming a Foodie town with great restaurants and brew pubs, all within walking distance from the Hampton. Enjoy the indoor pool, LARGE fitness area and Free breakfast including the new Hampton Smoothie bar.

Rooms: 113

 

Accommodations: Recent Openings

Addison Choate Boutique Hotel  

July 2019, Rockport

The Addison Choate, a long-standing Rockport, MA landmark, has undergone extensive renovations and has officially reopened as the first boutique hotel in town. The new owners, Marshall & Courtney Tulley, look forward to providing a unique and memorable staying experience for their guests. The concept of Addison Choate is to offer guests both the charm and personal touch of an historic inn along with the modern amenities and elegance of a contemporary hotel.

Rooms: 7

Hampton Inn by Hilton Boston-Peabody Grand Re-Opening

May 2019, Peabody

Rooms: 120

 

Attractions

Addison Gallery of American Art Announces 2019–2020 Exhibition Program Exploring Social, Political, and Environmental Justice

Fall 2019 – Spring 2020, Andover

The Addison is one of the oldest institutions dedicated to American art and has one of the most significant collections of American art in the world, providing unparalleled resources to both high school students and the public. Under the leadership of Director Judith F. Dolkart, the Addison’s 2019–2020 exhibition program continues exploration of the museum’s guiding question: What Is America? Also, on view during the 2019–2020 academic year are two exhibitions drawing on the Addison’s collection of more than 23,000 works of American art. The fall 2019 cohort of students in the ART400 course at Phillips Academy will mine the museum’s robust holdings to conceptualize and realize an original exhibition; and George Washington: American Icon will examine the image of the general-turned president in American visual culture. 

The Concord Museum Renovation 

Concord, October 2019

Come see the Museum’s newly renovated galleries:

~Visit the Gateway to Concord, including a vibrant media presentation
~Explore the dramatic introductory gallery, Concord: At the Center of Revolution
~Experience the People of Musketaquid gallery
~Engage with artifacts in the History Learning Center

The Irish Tenors: We Three Kings at Lowell Memorial Auditorium

December 8, 2019, Lowell

We Three Kings – An Irish Tenors Christmas features a thirty-piece orchestra, and combines enchanting Irish repertoire with sweeping holiday selections in an evening filled with joy. From the title song through treasured sacred selections like “O Holy Night,” segueing into secular favorites like “White Christmas,” and diving head-long into “Jingle Bell Rock,” We Three Kings – An Irish Tenors Christmas keeps audiences utterly enchanted from start to finish. Singing along, applauding with vigor, and surging to their feet in ovation, The Irish Tenors’ holiday audience is a picture of contentment. Christmas with The Irish Tenors is time well-spent creating musical memories for families everywhere.

Expansion of the Peabody Essex Museum

Fall 2019

The Peabody Essex Museum underwent an expansion, which opened in the fall 2019.  The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) also recently announced that Brian Kennedy will become the next Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Executive Director and CEO. The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) was founded in 1799, so this year also marks 220 years! It is the oldest continually operated museum in the country.

 

Events

Essex 200th Anniversary: 1819-2019

2019, Essex

Originally inhabited by Native Americans of the Agawam Tribe, Essex, incorporated in 1819, went on to play a significant role in the shipbuilding industry, serving as the site of construction for more than 4,000 schooners. Today, the Essex River, home to some of the best clam flats in the world, allows visitors of all ages the opportunity to meander through its rich tidal waters and along its banks by guided boat tour or a self-guided, adventure seeking, kayaking expedition. The town delights all with a wonderful array of antique and specialty shops and restaurants which feature local, award winning seafood. It was here in scenic Essex that the fried clam was invented by “Chubby” Woodman over 100 year ago. 

Lowell’s City of Lights Parade

November 2019, Lowell

Downtown Lowell Massachusetts hosts its Annual City of Lights Parade and Holiday Celebration on Saturday, November 30, 2019. 

Salem Maritime National Historic Site

Salem

Friendship of Salem has returned to Salem after being hauled-out for nearly 1,000 days. She is in her berth on Derby Wharf and she will be open for public tours all year round.

 

Miscellaneous

Illumination Lawrence

Lawrence, June 2019 – present

The Iluminación Lawrence project will shine a light on the city and show others its vibrant colors in a safe, upbeat setting. The city got a glimpse of its lighted future at a soft opening in June when Iluminación organizers briefly shined colored LED lights through the west face of the Ayer Mill tower clock and over Casey Bridge piers. In the coming year, the program — a city, state and nonprofit partnership — will make colored lights available at those landmarks any time and in any hue.