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    Some of the most interesting adventures at a convention take place outside the convention center.  In addition to the canal and trolley rides, the Lowell National Park offers many other interactive exhibits of New England industrial archeology.  Or enjoy a visit to a prototype rail facility not normally open to visitors. We are fortunate to hold MillCity21 in one of the most beautiful and historic areas of Massachusetts during what is traditionally the height of the  autumn foliage season.  Please plan on extending your stay for additional exploration.  Please check back since these pages are updated frequently.

Labelle Winery

40 minutes from convention center

20-minute tour with wine tasting.  Private tasting for 5 + or more @ $20.00 per person.  

Address: 345 Rte 101, Amherst, NH 03031

Phone: (603) 672-9898

Contact: Danielle@:Labellwinerynh.com

      Website: https://www.labellewinerynh.com


Nashoba Winery, Brewery, Distiller

20 minutes from convention center

20-minute tour with wine tasting.  Private tasting for 5 + or more @ $20.00 per person.  

Address: 100 Wattaquadock Hill Road, Bolton, MA 01740

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Website: https://nashobawinery.com/


Pickity Place

60 minutes from convention center

Address: 248 Nutting Hill rd. Mason, NH 03048

Phone: (603) 878-1151

Contact:

Website: https://www.pickityplace.com

Since 1786 our quaint little red cottage has graced the hills of southern New Hampshire, seemingly untouched by time. The enchanting cottage was chosen by Elizabeth Orton Jones as the model for her illustrations in Little Red Riding Hood (Little Golden Books, 1948). Today it is a mecca for gardeners, foodies and anyone looking for inspiration and relaxation.
You will still find our hilltop hideaway at the end of the winding dirt road. Lighten your spirit as you step out of your world and into ours. Welcome to Pickity Place.


Hobart Village Mall

40 minutes from convention center

Address: 445 Main Street, West Townsend, MA

Phone: (978)523-7101

Contact:

Website: https://hobartvillage.com

Hobart Village Antique Mall is set in the heart of Townsend’s famous Antique Trail. The Group Shop features over 80 dealers displaying a unique variety of vintage antiques and collectibles. All are displayed in a tastefully decorated shop that is spacious and well lit. The Group Shop has a large selection of jewelry, books, porcelain, silver, clocks, glassware, and the largest selection of oak, pine, and mahogany furniture in the area.


Cathedral of the Pines

60 minutes from convention center

Address: 10 Hale Hill Road, Rindge, NH 03461

Phone: 603-899-3300

Contact: info@cathedralofthepines.org

Website: https://www.cathedralofthepines.org

HISTORIC AND NATURAL SITE

Situated on a hilltop with a panoramic view of the Grand Monadnock, the Cathedral of the Pines is a breathtaking open-air cathedral and meeting space on 236 acres. Our historic monuments honor the service of American men and women—both military and civilian. We welcome visitors from all over the world to participate in our events and to explore the extraordinary sanctuary grounds, meditate in outdoor chapels and gardens, and learn our history.


Merrimack Premium Outlets

35 minutes from convention center

Address: 80 Premium Outlets Blvd, Merrimack, NH 03054

Phone: (603) 424-0050

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Website: https://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlet/merrimack

Greetings from Merrimack Premium Outlets® which is an outdoor shopping center located 35 miles northwest of Boston and easily accessible off Exit 10 of Everett Turnpike (RT 3 from Boston). With over 100 stores we offers tax free shopping including Banana Republic Factory Store, Bloomingdale's Outlet Store, Coach, J.Crew Factory, kate spade new york, Michael Kors, Nautica, Old Navy Outlet, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Sunglass Hut, Tory Burch, Tommy Hilfiger, Theory, Under Armour and more all at saving of 25%-65% everyday


Salem in October

45 minutes from convention center

Address: Salem, Mass

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Website: https://newenglandwithlove.com/things-to-do-in-salem-ma-in-october/

October is one of the best times to visit Salem, Massachusetts, the “witch town” known for its sinister past and spooky aura.

For the entire month of October, Haunted Happenings takes over Salem to celebrate Halloween and fall in the area.

Haunted Happenings features a calendar full of events, special programs, and live shows. These distinctive seasonal events complement the attractions, museums, and tours that Salem offers year-round.

If you’re looking for things to do in Salem in October 2020 and nearby Boston, check out our list of the best local activities and attractions, including:

Salem Witch Museum

House of Seven Gables

Peabody Essex Museum

Halloween Cruises

Bewitched After Dark Salem Walking Tours

The People vs Bridget Bishop

Gallows Hill

Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour

Guided Tour of Salem & Marblehead

Boston Attractions




Minuteman National Historic Park

20 minutes from convention center

Visit where The Shot Heard ‘Round the World was fired, in nearby Lexington and Concord. Learn more about the beginnings of the American Revolution, and the United States.  You know it’s worthwhile if it’s a national park.                                                                                                                 

   Address: North Bridge/Park Head Quarters, 174 Liberty St.,Concord, MA 01742

   Phone: (978) 369-6993

   Contact:

    Website:  https://www.nps.gov/mima/index.htm

These are all self -guided tours, not scheduled convention trips.

Senior Lifetime National Park Pass

     Planning to visit the Lowell or Minuteman National Park during the convention?  If you are 62 or older, don’t forget to bring your National park Pass.  Don’t already have one?  You can obtain one on the spot at any National Park.  Visit their website at:

https://www.nps.gov/anti/planyourvisit/lifetime-passes.htm

 Tours

      The following tours will be available to registered convention attendees.  You must signup for these tours at the time of registration.  If you have already registered then reach out to the Convention Registrar at convention_registrar@nernmra.org. Also please visit our home page to read the NER Covid virus policy


 Gallery Crawl;  Friday, October 8; 11:30am – 4:00pm

    Deb Ames is a longtime HUB Division Member, Potter and Sculptor, and current Gallery Chair for the Arts League of Lowell.  She will lead us on a guided tour of three local galleries.  Lowell has been home to a vibrant artist community for over 40 years where old restored mill buildings have provided ideal spots for artist studios and lofts


     We will meet at the National Park Visitor Center where there is ample free parking at 304 Dutton Street in Lowell, MA.  Maps will be provided for the area galleries where you can explore on your own or stay with the group.  The group will enjoy lunch at Gallery Z where you can purchase salads and sandwiches starting at $8.00.  Deb will then guide the group on a tour of three Galleries.


     T he Brush Gallery which is directly across from the Lowell National Park Visitor Center, is home to member artists exhibits.  We will then stop by Gallery Z for lunch and more artists exhibits, and complete the tour at the Arts League of Lowell where they are featuring the Greenwald Retrospective 2020, a collection of colorful nudes in water colors and inks.


 Ranger Led Tour of Lowell National Historical Park – Friday or Saturday, 1:00pm – 5:00pm

   Please note that due to contruction plans on the Trolley polls and tracks this is now a walking tour.  The full tour entails about 1.4 miles of walking.  Paid parking is available near the major mills in this tour.

    Our ranger led tour will begin at the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center located at 246 Market Street in Lowell, Massachusetts.  The Visitor Center is home to a number of newly renovated exhibits about the birth of the Industrial Revolution and life in Lowell over the past 200 years.  


    From there, we will walk a short half mile to the Boott Cotton Museum.  There is a $6.00 charge for adults to enter this museum, $4.00 for seniors (62+) which will be collected at the time of registration.  The Boott Cotton Museum is home to a series of working looms that still make fabric for visitors.  Experience what life was like to the Mill Girls in 1920 as some of the 80 working looms make cloth.  Ear protection for those with sensitive hearing is recommended.


    The next stop on our walking tour will be the Wannalancit Mill, located about half a mile from the Boott Mill.  This mill is home to the Suffolk Mills Turbine Exhibit, and operating water turbine that demonstrates how power was generated for the surrounding mills during the industrial revolution.


    You can find more information about these mills and other exhibits to enjoy in Lowell on the National Park Website, https://www.nps.gov/lowe/index.htm.  Please note that all of these exhibits are open to the public, so if you want to explore at different times or break this into parts then you are more than welcome to do these on your own.  Also, there is paid parking near each of the exhibits for those that might have issues with the amount of walking.  Just note that you will miss on some of the information we will get along our route about the canals and waterways that made Lowell the center for industrial commerce in the day.


Special Treat only for those on this tour.

The National Park staff has agreed to take our convention attendees through the National Park Car Barn, located in an historic coal bin near the Boott museum.  We will get to see where the trollies are stored and maintained and learn more about the history of rail transportation in Lowell.  This facility is not open to the public and you must be signed up for one of the tours on Friday or Saturday in order to visit this location.  


   We hope you will join us for a fascinating journey through the history of this vibrant city.


 Daily Activities

For those that want to venture out of the hotel, we will be coordinating a daily activity during the convention to some of the area attractions listed below based on the interest of the convention attendees.  More information will be available as we get closer to our event.