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Hotel Meeting Planner Priorities in 2014

If you’ve ever been a hotel meeting planner or attendee, you know what kind of challenges can pop up. Dealing with cumbersome, wired technologies, poorly designed planning systems, and changing guest preferences are just a few of the issues our Starwood Boston Metro Market team hears from prospective meeting planners and attendees alike. In 2014, hosting a hotel meeting or event should be a painless process. In this post, Account Director Brendon Duca and the Starwood Boston Metro Market team share three important hotel meeting and event planner priorities to consider.

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Westin Copley Celebrates National Running Day

On June 4, more than 50 Westin Copley associates and friends took to the streets of Back Bay to conquer a 5K in honor of National Running Day. As one anonymous bystander described it, it was an impressive showing of runners of “all shapes and sizes, speeds and abilities.” Led by local hotel running concierges, General Manager Ray Hammer and aided virtually by tips and training plans from national RunWestin Concierge, Chris Heuisler, the Westin Copley team made it a 5K to remember.  Continue Reading

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Boston

Boston is a city rich with history that most people learn about in elementary school. U.S. history books cover game-changing events like the Boston Tea Party, when the Sons of Liberty dumped an entire shipment of tea into the harbor during a protest. And who can forget Paul Revere and his infamous ride to warn the colonists that the British were coming? Although a great deal of Boston’s history is fairly common knowledge, there are still some interesting facts that may come as a surprise to most. For instance, did you know that if you go to the basement of Trinity Church, you can see the tide come in? Here are ten not-so-well-known truths about Boston:
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Celebrate Labor Day in Boston

Insider tip: Labor Day is one of the best times of the year to be in the Boston. With many of the locals off to the beach or on a final trip to the Cape, it’s quiet here and a great time celebrate everything Boston has to offer! Continue Reading

The Freshest Lobster in Boston

From left: Executive Chef Dan Pogue, Chef de Cuisine at Turner Fisheries, Jason Bautista and Banquet Chef Thomas Lanoue

From left: Executive Chef Dan Pogue, Chef de Cuisine at Turner Fisheries, Jason Bautista and Banquet Chef Thomas Lanoue

Lobster is a staple in many family kitchens in New England, and even though Executive Chef Dan Pogue and his culinary team prepare feasts for thousands of guests, it’s no different here at The Westin Copley Place, Boston. They are always searching for the freshest product so they can deliver a superior meal to our guests. Continue Reading

Free Boston Museum Tickets

Boston is a city known for its historical and educational endeavors, so it’s not surprising that there are a plethora of museums to visit while in Boston or to enjoy as a local. If you want to explore in wallet-friendly ways, check out these current museum admission deals for free or at a deep discount:

The Highland Street Foundation sponsors Free Fun Fridays where you can choose free admission to six different museums each Friday in the summer. This includes some of Boston’s most popular museums such as Continue Reading

Great Kids Activities in Boston

Below is a guest post from Keara, one of Boston’s biggest (little) fans.  At thirteen, Keara shares her perspective on activities in Boston as a kid.

I’m Keara, and I’m thirteen. I first moved to Boston when I was ten, and everyone told me how interesting it was going to be to learn all about the history of the city. As much as adults enjoy all the history and monuments, those aren’t always so interesting for children and teens. It really wasn’t something I was very excited about. Having to spend long hours learning about history and staring at things I didn’t care about then didn’t sound too exciting AT ALL. Continue Reading

Keys to Bruins success in Stanley Cup Finals

After barely scraping through the first round of the playoffs, the Boston Bruins have made it back to the Stanley Cup Finals for the second time in three seasons. The Bruins’ opponent, the Chicago Blackhawks, won the Cup in 2010 and was a consensus expert pick to represent the Western Conference this year. Most people didn’t think the Bruins would get past the mighty Pittsburgh Penguins in the East, but they swept the regular season’s highest scoring team with relative ease. Here are the keys to Bruins success in the Stanley Cup Finals. Continue Reading

The 43rd Annual Boston Pride Parade: An Insider’s View

This past week, Boston celebrated Boston Pride Week 2013, an annual event that embraces Boston’s diverse culture and fosters respect for and engagement in the LGBT community. I was invited to walk in the 43rd Annual Boston Pride Parade this year with a group from MSCPA–Angell. This was my first time ever attending Boston Pride. I was excited to support my friends in the LGBT community and to gain a unique perspective on the event by being a participant rather than a spectator. Continue Reading