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AAA Travel Show 2017 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro MA

The 2017 AAA New England Travel Show will be held at Gillette Stadium (indoors at Putnam Club East) in Foxboro , Massachusetts from March 3-5th.AAA Travel Show 2017  at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro MA


Located indoors at Gillette Stadium’s Putnam Club East, come to the 2017 AAA Travel Marketplace to SAVE on cruises, tour packages and road trips!

• Over 100 exhibitors

• Great prizes & giveaways

• Exclusive member benefits & discounts

• Daily show deals

• One-stop planning & booking

• Presentations on favorite destinations

• Easy highway access

• Major credit cards accepted

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Don’t Miss Our Travel Marketplace  6-night trip to Hawaii for two including airfare Vacation Giveaway

Friday, 3/3: 2:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Saturday, 3/4: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday, 3/5: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM


South Shore Boston Hotels With Indoor Pools

Plan a fantastic winter weekend family getaway to one of these local Boston and South Shore hotels  , all which have an indoor pool or water park and other amenities.  Perfect for an overnight or even a sleepover

John Carver Inn and Spa

25 Summer Street
Plymouth, MA, 02360
On the site of the original Pilgrim settlement, the John Carver is steps away from Plymouth’s 603097_10151384528260808_1241673864_nattractions. Relax on the sandy beaches, stroll and shop on Main Street or relax in one of our beautiful guest rooms or luxurious fireplace suites. Make a Splash in the exclusive Pilgrim Cove Indoor Theme Pool. l. The exclusive Pilgrim Cove features lap lanes and a life-size replica of the Mayflower. A giant, 80-foot water slide winds through the historic ship and passes by a refreshing waterfall. The large, relaxing island whirlpool is set in a replica of Plymouth Rock and is accessible by a bridge over the splashing waterfalls below. A sauna and a state-of-the-art exercise room complete the facility   Reserve your hotel room now 


Hilton Garden Inn Plymouth

Four Home Depot Drive
Plymouth, MA, 02360

Plymouth  is a great place  for a  kid friendly  , and the Hilton Garden Inn Plymouth is the place hiltongardeninnplymouthto stay. In Plymouth, one of the first settlements for English colonists, your kids will see all the things they’ve learned about in history class. There’s Mayflower II, a replica of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to America; Plymouth Rock, where they first stepped onto dry land; and Plimoth Plantation, a recreation of the Pilgrims’ village. With such a busy schedule, you’ll want to be comfortable, and we’ve got you covered there. Each of our rooms includes a 42-inch HDTV with complimentary cable channels, a refrigerator, a microwave, a Keurig Brewing System, an ergonomic chair, and Garden Sleep System® beds. We’ve also got a heated indoor saltwater pool and a fitness center.  Reserve your hotel room now 

Hotel 1620 at Plymouth Harbor

180 Water St,
Plymouth, MA 02360-3839

hotel1620poolWith beautifully-appointed rooms, friendly service and a thoughtful collection of contemporary conveniences, Hotel 1620 at Plymouth Harbor offers premier hospitality in an ideal setting. See what people are saying about the full service restaurant and bar, fitness center and sparkling indoor swimming pool at our inviting Plymouth hotel, where we offer spacious, comfortable accommodations near the area’s top local attractions.  Reserve your hotel room now 

Hampton Inn & Suites Plymouth

10 Plaza Way, Plymouth, Massachusetts, 02360, USA

hamptoninnplymouthHave a refreshing stay at the Hampton Inn and Suites Plymouth hotel. Relax in a comfortable guest room free high-speed internet and choice of premium channels. Upgrade to a stylish suite with extra space to stretch out and relax.  Feel welcome at our Plymouth hotel with Hampton’s free hot breakfast before setting off for business or recreation. Stay active during your stay in the indoor pool and have a revitalizing workout in the fitness center. Reserve your hotel room now 

Hyatt Place Boston/Braintree

50 Forbes Rd,
Braintree, MA 02184-2602


Located within South Shore Place, Hyatt Place Boston / Braintree is designed to make your stay 1529982_608481755885767_1987073465_oas comfortable as possible.   Year-round heated indoor pool available through Atlantis Sports Club Braintree located adjacent to the hotel (complimentary to hotel guests) Enjoy one of our spacious, contemporary styled rooms fitted with the modern travel amenities you need to really feel at home. Our rooms and suites feature a Hyatt Grand Bed®, KenetMD™ bath amenities and a Cozy Corner Sofa Sleeper. As a guest of our hotel Braintree, MA, you’ll also enjoy free Wi-Fi everywhere and a business center. Wake up to freshly prepared skillets and multigrain breads with our free a.m. Kitchen Skillet™ served daily. Reserve your hotel room now 


Nantasket Beach Resort

45 Hull Shore Dr , Hull, MA 02045

We are a full service resort, featuring world-class panoramic views. All of our Massachusetts nantasketbeachresortguest rooms are equipped with a cozy gas fireplace, whirlpool jetted tub and most rooms have a private balcony. The resort features fine dining and a wonderfully prepared menu in the Paragon Grill in Hull, MA and lighter fare in the Surf Lounge. The Nantasket Beach Resort also features a glass-enclosed, heated pool and Jacuzzi, with a retractable roof. Bayside Fitness is a full service, onsite fitness center offering treadmills, ellipticals, free weights and more to our valued guests. The resort’s conference center contains two gorgeous, oceanfront ballrooms with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean  Reserve your hotel room now

Boston Marriott Quincy

1000 Marriott Drive
Quincy, Massachusetts 02169

No matter your reason for visiting our hotel, the Boston Marriott Quincy can set the stage for a bosqu_phototour50rewarding experience. Plan your stay with us for spacious, well-designed hotel rooms and suites, helpful on-site amenities and perfect placement in Quincy, near a range of notable attractions. Each of our hotel rooms showcases comfortable bedding, a flat-screen TV, a large work desk, high-speed Wi-Fi access and luxury bath products. In addition, we offer flavorful dining at our two signature restaurants, a fully equipped gym and a heated indoor lap pool. Those seeking a distinctive venue for a business meeting or social gathering can take advantage of 17 event venues, including a stunning ballroom and an outdoor terrace. And thanks to our hotel’s exceptional location in the heart of Quincy, it’s easy to explore the area; we’re convenient to Plymouth, Cape Cod and the unparalleled excitement of Boston. Trust the Boston Marriott Quincy to provide you with a brand new definition of contemporary lodging.  Reserve your hotel room now 


Using Groupon for your Quick Local Getaway Weekend to Save Money

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine

As a follower of 365 Things to do on the South Shore  there is a good chance you already enjoy the benefits of using Groupon.  I love using Groupon Things to do   because there are so many different ways to save money for our family of 5. You can find great deals on different  hotels restaurants, spa and even some home and garden goods.   I often stretch my entertainment dollar by looking at Groupon  things to do in the Boston  area.

If you are planning a quick getaway  Groupon can help you save money on that vacation from their getaways to to their thing to do section.

Use Groupon to help selection your hotel  or resort location for your mini vacation getaway

If you haven’t have check out the groupon getaway section,they have hotel, motels and resort deals.   You can break it out  by region of the country and date.   However  we got so many great places in the Boston area including  Cape, New Hampshire and Maine.

The  great thing about groupon getaways the details are straightforward and the have reviews from tripadvisor. I often hear the question   “It is safe to do a vacation on groupon?    We have done a few weekends up in Maine and also did one a last minute weekday trip down Cape Cod. It made our vacation plan easy and hassle free!!   A few friends have taken adventage ofthe Great Wolf Lodge deals that come  up.  There were no issues plus we saved money to do even more fun things.



Save Money on eating out at local resturants

You can save money on eating out on vacation.   Mom deserves a vacation as well from cooking. Even if you are in condo, or cottage, go out and eat.  Groupon has a ton of great restaurants in their food and drink section.  Finding a deal is easy and will save you money.     You can  go and check out groupon in the area that you are visiting.  Go to enter your location in the town, you can see all the local restaurant offering deals. If you are in the mood for Italian, you can trim down the list  even more

Nice description of the food offerings and there is even link the restarant if you want to check out the menu before going. Groupon customer can also rate the restuarant 1-5 stars based on food, service, value and  ambiance.









Using Groupon on local fun and things to do

Vacation equal FUN!!  Groupon things to do has a whole section fun affordable activties.    They even break it out into several categories including good for kids, to sightseeing, tickets, shows.   If you are on a family friendly trip you may might to take a trip to a  bowing alley,  local mini golf or amusement park, search groupon  for deals  Want to to take in a local show, they will have tickets to several ones.  Groupon has the all the deals.   Don’t  pay full price!!

Wtih 3  boys, keeping them busy on a budget it is hard but we were able to get discont tickets to a large amsement park, go bowling , take a trolly tour plus much more.  I always keep an eye out to try out new things!!



What do you love to save on with Groupon?

5 Plus Ways to Visit Historic Plymouth MA on a Budget

Plymouth Massachusetts  holds a place of great prominence in American history, folklore, and culture, and is known as “America’s Hometown.” Plymouth was the site of the colony founded in 1620 by the Pilgrims, passengers of the famous ship the Mayflower. Plymouth is where New England was first established. It is the oldest municipality in New England and one of the oldest in the United States.  The town has served as the location of several prominent events, one of the more notable being the First Thanksgiving feast. Plymouth served as the capital of Plymouth Colony from its founding in 1620 until the colony’s merger with the Massachusetts Bay colony in 1691.Plymouth is named after the English city of the same name.  plymouthmass

Here are ways to enjoy Plymouth Massachusetts on a budget when you are visiting

Find the best hotel rates in Plymouth if you are from out of town 

Where to eat out on the Plymouth Waterfront  from our sister dining guide 


75 Court St
Plymouth, MA 02360
Phone: 508-746-1620

Admission fees are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens (62+), $6 for children (6-15), and $25 for a family (2 adults with their children aged 6-15). Residents of Plymouth, Massachusetts are admitted free, as are members of the Pilgrim Society

Pilgrim Hall Museum, built in 1824, offers a chance to touch an authentic piece of Plymouth Rock! You can view actual 17th century Pilgrim possessions, including William Bradford’s Bible, Peregrine White’s cradle and Myles Standish’s sword. Enjoy a 15 minute film telling the dramatic story of the Mayflower Pilgrims, their voyage across the Atlantic and their courageous early years in Plymouth. Young visitors enjoy a Treasure Hunt in the galleries with a prize at the end. Museum shop, free on-site parking, air-conditioning, full accessibility Pilgrim Hall Museum is open 7 days a week from 9:30-4:30, February 1 – December 30. Closed Christmas Day, OPEN Thanksgiving Day with special programming Accredited by the American Association of Museums.



48 Summer Street
Plymouth, MA 02360
Phone: 508-747-4544

Adults $6.00 Museum only
Children $4.00 age 5-17yrs. Museum only

Located in the heart of the historic district, the Jenney Museum offers exhibits that tell the story of history and industry that began here in Plymouth.

“Family – the Cornerstone of Society”
This exhibit highlights the family and their role in our society beginning with the Pilgrim family. Learn how the Pilgrims valued the family, how they educated the children, about their work ethic, the structure of the family, and how these family values influenced our civil society.

“Pilgrim Pursuit of Happiness” – Our Declaration of Independence states that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. In the midst of all their suffering and hardships what happiness were the Pilgrims searching for? Visit the Museum to find out what we think they were searching for.

“Story of the Cranberry Harvest” – In this exhibit learn all about the cranberry industry. Discover how the cranberry is grown and how it is harvested. The cranberry industry is the result of free trade and capitalism in our country. It is one of the largest industries in our country.



Town Square
Plymouth, MA 02360
Phone: 508-830-4075

Located right in the center of Plymouth, The 1749 Court House is a free museum filled with interesting items from Plymouth’s history. It is the oldest wooden Court House and the longest used municipal building in America. The 1749 Court House was originally built for the joint use of the county and the Town of Plymouth. The town used it during those periods when the circuit court was not in session. When the new courthouse was built in 1820, the town purchased this building for the sum of $2,000 and from that time until the early 1950’s, virtually every town department has had its office there. The building was restored and opened to the public as a museum in 1970. It houses a fire engine from 1828, the town hearse, items from Parting Ways settlement, a display of gifts from Plymouth’s sister city Schigahama, and panels featuring the recent local history book Beyond Plymouth Rock. The 1749 Court House is only steps away from historic Burial Hill cemetery, The First Parish Church (the Pilgrims’ church), Brewster Gardens and Leyden Street. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.


79 Water Street
Plymouth, MA 02360


The smallest park in the Massachusetts state forest and park system, Pilgrim Memorial State Park is also one of the the most heavily visited. Nearly one million people a year come from all over the world to visit the town where where English colonists first made their home in New England back in 1620, and to see one of the most famous historic landmarks in America, Plymouth Rock. According to tradition, Plymouth Rock is the spot where passengers of the Mayflower first set foot in their new home. This simple glacial boulder on the shore of Plymouth Harbor has become a world famous symbol of the courage and faith of the men and women who founded the first permanent colony in New England. Interpreters from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation are often stationed at Plymouth Rock, sharing its history and answering visitors’ questions.



27 North Street
Plymouth, MA 02360

Five generations of family heirlooms are on display in the cozy Spooner House, occupied by one Plymouth family for over 200 years. Features authentic furnishings from the colonial era to the 20th century, and an enclosed “secret garden.” Hours: Thursdays & Sundays, 2 to 6 pm
Admission: $6 adults; $3 children; free for PAS members and Plymouth residents


4 Winslow Street
Plymouth, MA 02360

Admission  Adults: $7
AAA members and Seniors (62+): $5
Children (12 – 18 years): $5
Children under 12 years: FREE
Active Duty Military, Retired Military, Plymouth Residents, and Society Members: FREE

Across the street and around the corner from Plymouth Rock, in the heart of this quaint village’s historic district, is the Mayflower Society House. The grounds host the historic eighteenth century dwelling built by Edward Winslow. Behind this stately mansion are the offices and library of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants. The property overlooks a snug harbor where a reproduction of the blessed ship, Mayflower, is moored. Cole’s Hill, the final resting place of many of the Pilgrims, may also be seen.
Stop by to take a guided tour of the House, explore the beautiful garden, and visit our library. We would enjoy meeting you, telling you more about our organization and the history of this celebrated site.

This 18th century mansion overlooking Plymouth harbor has ten rooms, three centuries of furnishings and artifacts. Nominal admission. Group rates arranged.



119 Sandwich Street
Plymouth, MA

Tuesday Free Days   June 7th through August 30th, 11 am to 3 pm.

Built in 1677, the gambrel-roofed Harlow Old Fort House is one of the few remaining 17th century buildings in the oldest established town in the Commonwealth. It was originally the family residence of settler William Harlow, a farmer, cooper and town official, who also served as sergeant of the local militia and participated in King Philip’s War. In 1676, Harlow was granted permission to salvage material from the Pilgrim’s fort-house on Burial Hill to use in the construction of his new dwelling. From the early 19th century, the Harlow House has been notable for the hand-hewn beams attributed to this source. The house, a local landmark for generations, is listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places.

After hundreds of years of being lived in, the Harlow House remains a welcoming place for children and families to explore the past. Tours and educational programs are offered seasonally. A series of festive special events is held at the site annually, including “The Corn Planting,” enacted each year by local schoolchildren, a spinning bee and craft fair, and the annual Pilgrim Breakfast, a traditional New England repast featuring fish cakes, baked beans and corn bread. The Sgt. William Harlow Family Association holds a gathering for descendants of original settler William Harlow at the historic homestead every summer.



42 Summer Street
Plymouth, MA

Admission to the Museum is $2. for adults, $1. for children

Richard Sparrow, his wife Pandora, and son Jonathan, left their home in England, and arrived in New Plimoth by 1633. As a freeman, Richard was granted a house tract of six acres in 1636, which required him to construct a house within four years. The original two-story house contained one room on each level and utilized cross summer beam construction. With its large rooms, leaded glass windows and paneled walls, it was a grand home on the banks of what is now known as Town Brook.

Upon Richard Sparrow’s death on January 8, 1660, he was buried in Eastham and his estate was divided among his wife, son and three surviving grandchildren.

Open Daily 10am-5pm. Visit the gift shop featuring a variety of unique items.

First Saturdays on Burial Hill

Free History Tours of Plymouth’s Ancient Burying Ground
Burial Hill TourLaunched independently in 2011 by the Plymouth Antiquarian Society, the Burial Hill series is now a collaborative program with the Pilgrim Society & Pilgrim Hall Museum. Join us every first Saturday of the month at 1 pm through 2016 (excepting January) for an engaging series of free history tours of Burial Hill, led by local historians and guides. Tours begin at the top of the Hill.

5 Fun Day Trips in Boston and New England

If you are visiting  Boston and looking to do some day trips while you are visiting or do a staycation here are some fun ideas for the family to jump in the car (or even a ferry boat)  to spend the day  exploring a  new local  place in  New England.

Kennebunkport Maine 

A favorite spot for manyis, Kennebunkport is just 90 minutes north of the Boston. Famously known as the summer vacation  of the Bush family. You can can see their compound on 5 Fun Day Trips in Boston and New England Walker’s Point from the water, the lovely town offers plenty of shopping, like the aptly named Daytrip Society boutique. You’ll have your pick of lobster rolls in Maine, but brave the line and opt for one doused in butter and mayo at The Clam Shack on the Kennebunk Bridge. For a more formal meal, head 15 minutes outside of town and dine at renowned chef Ken Oringer’s Earth at Hidden Pond resort. The rustic-meets-luxury lodge is one of the best of Maine.

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Concord and Lexington

The British might have deemed these two towns worthy of a fight in 1775, but modern-day visitors appreciate Concord and Lexington, just twenty miles west of Boston, for their bucolic beauty. Henry David Thoreau spent two years in a cabin on Walden Pond here, and you can take a cue from the writer, too. Pack a picnic and find a spot for lunch on the five-mile Battle Road Trail. For a touch of the modern, stop by French Lessons boutique in Concord for fine shoes, handbags, and accessories (8 Walden St., 978-369-6227) before heading to dinner in Lexington at Artistry on the Green, the Relais & Chateaux restaurant at the Inn at Hastings Park.

Portsmouth New Hampshire

This charming New Hampshire town is just one hour north of Boston. Shop family-owned boutiques like Gus & Ruby Letterpress for stationery, cards, and unique gifts before digging into a platter of fresh Island Creek oysters at Row 34, or enjoy breakfast all day at The Friendly Toast. Before you return, take the short trip over the Piscataqua River Bridge from Portsmouth to Kittery, Maine, for shopping at dozens of home and fashion outlet stores.

Salem  Massaschusetts

Salem is The people of this Salem relish their rich history and now the town is billed as the Northeast’s Bewitching Seaport. This town is where the famous witch trials were held in the 1600s. Arthur Miller wrote about these trials in his famous play, The Crucible. Today there are plenty of psychics and fortune tellers on hand who practice their craft free of reprisal and the Salem witch museum is the town’s most popular attraction. The town has many historical sites still preserved from the famous witch trials of 1692.

Boston Harbor Island Hopping

If you are anything like me, you have never taken full advantage of the fact that we have an amazing National Park right off the coast of Boston. The park is comprised of 34 small islands (11 of which are open to the public) just minutes away by boat. The islands vary as far as what you can do on each of them, so use this list as a guide to get you started. The National Park Service recommends picking no more than two islands to visit in one day, so take a look and choose one or two that look interesting to you. Concession stands are available at Georges and Spectacle Islands, but why not bring a picnic lunch for your visit to the islands! It’s a perfect excuse for a picnic!  You can catch the ferry from Boston Long wharf or from Hingham (limited weekdays)

Find the best price hotel in the area if you decide to stay overnight