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STRB Recommendations: Boston Winery

The Boston Winery is a hidden gem in Dorchester Massachusetts. It is located beside Venezia restaurant in a Civil-War era building. The winery is run by Ralph Bruno and his goal is to “share his knowledge of making superb wine and to teach others how to enjoy this experience.” Every Saturday afternoon the winery is open to tastings and tours. For only $10 you receive 3 tokens that can be exchanged for glasses of wine, and a tour of their facilities. 

Boston Winery Door

Tours run every half hour, you can arrive anytime between 1pm and 6pm . The winery is not big so the tour is only about 10 minutes. If your tour guide asks any questions make sure to be the first to answer! The guides hand out extra tokens throughout the tour. They do a great job of explaining their process of creating the wine.  Contrary to popular belief they do not crush the grapes with their feet.

Boston Winery Barrells

The tasting room offers about 5 different wines. I went with a friend so between both of our tokens we tasted them all. Red, white, and sparkling are included in each tasting, chances are they will have a wine for you.  Handmade pizzas are available in the tasting rooms. Make sure to be the first to grab a slice, the pizza is for everyone participating in the tasting.

Boston Winery Drinks

The winery is only a short drive away from many of our properties. If you are staying with us on a Saturday make sure to stop by, and let us know what wine you tasted! I highly recommend the Sparkling Brachetto and The Black Dog Cabernet Sauvignon.


Guide to Boston Entertainment- August 13th-16th

The summer is not over yet!  Check out what’s going on in Boston this weekend, make sure to dress accordingly, it’s going to be a hot one!

Packed Fenway

Thursday,  August 13th– Boston Calling Block party located at 700 Atlantic Ave in Boston.  Open to the public. Bands, cocktails, and more. FREE. 21 plus. From 5 pm- 8pm.  Check the Facebook page for updates on performers later in the summer:https://www.facebook.com/bostoncallingblockparties

Friday, August 14th– Boston Red Sox take on the Seattle Mariners at Fenway.  Click link to purchase tickets http://www.stubhub.com/boston-red-sox-tickets-red-sox-vs-mariners-8-14-2015/event/9150437/

Kids Yoga, Instructor Joanne Lloyd will hold a yoga class for kids (though parents can jump in too!) on South Market Street in Faneuil Hall at 10 am. Mats provided, or bring your own. Event Website http://www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com/event/kid-fitness/2145457279

Free Wine, Beer, and Spirits Tastings!!- Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, The Urban Grape holds complimentary wine, beer, and spirits tastings. The theme changes daily. See our events page for up-to-the-minute information on our tastings! Located at The Urban Grape South End, 303 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA 02116 from 5 pm- 8 pm. Event website: http://tinyurl.com/ugevents

Saturday, August 15thFisherman’s Feast in the North End.  Each August since 1910, the Feast has been held in Boston’s historic North End on North and Fleet Streets, making it the North End’s oldest continuously running Italian festival. There is entertainment on the bandstand and vendors selling food (Italian sausages, calamari, pizza, pasta and much more) as well as crafts.   Goes all weekend from Thursday at 6:00pm – Sunday to 10:30 pm. Full schedule of events: http://www.fishermansfeast.com/schedule.html

Sunday, August 16th– Rhythm & Brunch.  Monthly brunch party with a R&B soundtrack!
21+; No Cover When: Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 11:00a – 4:00p Where: Causeway Restaurant &Bar
65 Causeway Street. Boston, MA 02114


This Week in Boston- Wednesday 8/5 – Sunday 8 /9

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Attention all Bostonians and visitors –  Here is a list of fun and mostly free events going on this week in Boston!

Wednesday August 5th–   Free flight night from 5 pm to 7 pm at the Samuel Adams Boston Brewery during the summer season!  Located at Samuel Adams Brewery, 30 Germania Street in Jamaica Plain.

Thursday August 6th– Berklee Summer in the City Concerts- located at 100 Summer Street. Berklee artists will perform on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 2 pm.  Free admission! Here is a link with a full schedule of performers https://www.berklee.edu/events/summer/summer-street

Friday August 7th– Free Friday Flicks at the Hatch Shell.  Attracting thousands of movie-goers to enjoy family-oriented feature length movies under the stars all summer long at DCR’s Hatch Shell in Boston! Bring a blanket or lawn chair, pack a picnic, and watch a movie with family and friends on Friday night for free! Movies begin at sundown, but arrive early to grab your spot on the lawn and enjoy free food samples, games, and giveaways with WBZ NewsRadio 1030 – the fun starts at 6 pm.

Saturday August 8th– Back Bay Chocolate Walking Tour- Beginning at Flour Bakery at 10 am this 2.5 hour walk takes you to a Swiss chocolatier famous for their Dom Perignon Champagne Truffle, a famous New England ice cream maker focused on fair-trade chocolate, and maybe even a shop that offers bites of a chocolate-covered cricket or worm. Along the way, you’ll also enjoy seeing city landmarks, like Copley Square, the Prudential Center and the Public Library. Limited $24 tickets with link http://bit.ly/backbay-chocolate

Sunday August 9th– Watercolor Demo and Workshop.  Located in Faneuil Hall Marketplace from 10:00 am- 1 :00 pm.  Watercolor painter Gary Tucker sits down with art enthusiasts to offer a free studio session. Open Air Art Studio located at South Market street near Cheers. http://www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com/event/watercolor-demo-and-workshop/2145457273


This Weekend in Boston- Summer Edition

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Boston is full of history, entertainment and family fun.  The summer is the best time in Boston because mostly everything takes place outdoors.  If you are looking for something to do, here is a list of Boston Actives going on during last weekend of August.

Thursday, July 30th

Outdoor Concert and Dance- Bring a blanket or chair, a picnic and your dancing shoes. Family friendly. 7:00 pm-8:30 pm at Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park, 105 Atlantic Ave. (on Boston Harbor next to the Marriott Hotel). Starts with a 6:15 pm dance lesson by the Boston Lindy Bomb Squad Dancers & Instructors, free for all!

Friday, July 31st

Highland Street Foundation Free Fun Fridays- For the seventh consecutive year, the Highland Street Foundation’s “Free Fun Fridays”, a summer program that provides no cost admission to The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (ICA).  For more information and a full schedule, please visit http://highlandstreet.org/freefunfridays.html.

The Boston Red Sox  play the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday July 31st at 7:10 PM.  Click here to purchase tickets http://www.aceticket.com/boston-red-sox-tickets/

Saturday August 1st

Saturday Live Jazz Brunch- fill up on jazz music while choosing from the Charles River Bistro’s exquisite brunch, from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm! Featuring local jazz trio, Arnie Rosen and The Wildflowers, this outdoors brunch on the banks of the Charles River Lagoon will be sure to jazz up your weekend. No tickets necessary!

If you are looking for a beach day, head to Castle Island in South Boston and don’t forget to hit up Sully’s for the cheapest Lobster Roll in town for $10.95 or ice cold soft serve!  http://www.sullivanscastleisland.com/

Sunday, August 2nd

Kid-Friendly Spectacle Island Tour- Join a ranger for a fun and interactive tour of Spectacle Island designed especially for kids! For information on ferry schedules and tickets, please visit http://www.bostonharborcruises.com/harbor-islands/