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5 Ways to Kick off the Summer Season in New England

| June 8, 2017 | Lifestyle

Crustaceans are just the beginning of your best summer ever.


The oceanfront deck at the Wequassett Resort—not a bad spot to learn the do’s and don’t’s of eating a lobster.

Quick! Grab a pencil. We’ve got the lowdown on all things warm and wonderful for family fun in the sun! From nature hikes to lobster etiquette, this summer promises to be the coolest ever. Take some notes!

Wequassett Resort and Golf Club

Admit it: Eating lobster can be embarrassing. So Cape Cod’s Wequassett Resort and Golf Club is bringing in help. Chef Hackney will be instructing— in his proper British accent—lobster etiquette classes on the hotel’s terrace. “The whole animal is intimidating,” says Chef Hackney. “We thought, why don’t we turn this experience into something to remember?” Wequassett Resort and Golf Club, 2173 MA-28, Harwich; 508-432-5400

Spicer Mansion

It may take a bit to find it, but Room No. 9 in Mystic, CT’s Spicer Mansion holds a special surprise. You’ll travel to a time of bootleg liquor, piano melodies, and cigar lounges. The mansion, built in 1853, is debuting a new speakeasy— with 150-year-old brick floors, copper ceilings, a cigar lounge, and spirits, you may trick yourself into thinking the prohibition never ended. Spicer Mansion, 15 Elm St., Mystic, CT; 860-245-4621

Weekapaug Inn

With gorgeous land, trails, and complimentary bikes, the top-tier Weekapaug Inn in Westerly, RI, brought in naturalist Mark Bullinger to maximize the outdoor experience for guests. Bullinger offers daily classes in fly fishing, clam catching, birding, stargazing, and more. And on August 7, he will be leading a Full Moon Paddle through the silvery moonlight of Quonochontaug Pond, with a champagne toast to follow. What a guy. Weekapaug Inn, 25 Spray Rock Rd., Westerly, RI, 401-637-7600

Gurney’s Newport Resort

Montauk or Newport? No need to decide, because this summer, you can be in both. The acclaimed five-star Gurney’s Resort opened a second, soon-to-be renovated outpost in Newport. Over the Fourth of July weekend, the hotel, which partnered with Blade helicopter charters, will be flying guests between Newport and Montauk. “With our debut of the Newport resort, we are excited to have guests from near and far celebrate in a destination that is so quintessentially Americana,” says George Filopoulos, owner of Gurney’s Resorts. Gurney’s Newport Resort, 1 Goat Island, Newport, RI; 401-851-1234


“She sounds great after all these years!” says Kim Noltemy, the BSO’s Chief Operating & Communications Officer. ‘She’ is Diana Ross, the legendary female singer performing at the BSO’s Tanglewood Festival on August 30th, along with Melissa Etheridge, the Boston Pops, and John Williams. Tanglewood is the BSO’s yearly summer festival that has held performances on its 526 acres since the 1930s. “Tanglewood is interesting because you can bring in food, beverages, couches, canopies—whatever you want.” Tanglewood, 297 West St., Lenox, MA; 617-266-1200