Best Boston Parks for a Winter Wonderland Walk

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While the weather outside may be frightful, the winter in Boston offers views and scenery you won’t find anywhere else. While the historic city is a blend of sophisticated architecture, museums, five-star restaurants, and some of the best shopping on the East Coast, just a few miles away are majestic landscapes filled with beautiful woodland scenery, wildlife, and picturesque streams and ponds. Once you leave the city, even just a few miles away from the hustle and bustle, and visit some of the beautiful local parks, you’ll feel like you’re in another world.

While all of the parks are stunning year-round, with blooming flowers in the spring and brilliantly colored foliage in the fall, winter offers a completely different experience. Noanet Woodlands, located on Powisset Street in Dover, is about 15 miles outside of the city. This 600-acre park features 17 miles of walking trails, making it the ideal spot for those who love winter sports such as snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Noanet Woodlands is the perfect spot for an afternoon filled with adventure.

In Lincoln, Mass about 20 minutes west of the city, you’ll find the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, which offers the best of both worlds: nature and contemporary art. The 30-acre park, located at 51 Sandy Pond Road, just 20 miles from the city, hosts 90-minute snowshoe tours and includes more than 60 contemporary art sculptures, making it one of the more unique spots on our list.

Rocky Woods, located in Medfield, 27 miles southeast of Boston, boasts nearly 500 acres of woodlands, including frozen streams, brooks, and ponds during the winter months. The park features 6.5 miles of trails, including a 2.3-mile walking loop and a 435-foot hike to the top of Cedar Hill. You’ll enjoy the varied terrain and the stunning vistas as you explore this park filled with nature’s treasures.

 

World’s End, a 250-acre coastscape located 15 miles south of Boston, was designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead and boasts dazzling views of the city’s skyline. With tree-lined walking paths that circle saltwater marshes, this park juts out into Hingham Harbor, offering sensational walking trails along the coast. While the harbor rarely freezes during the cold winter months, you can still catch a glimpse of frozen ice chunks as they move through the water. Voted the top attraction in Hingham, this park is a favorite of residents and tourists alike.

Douglas State Forest, a nearly 6,000-acre park that borders Connecticut and Rhode Island, is located about an hour southwest of the city. The highlight of the park is the pond that straddles Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and is the perfect spot for ice fishing during the cold months. If you’re interested in snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, this winter paradise boasts miles of impressive trails, including a boardwalk trail that opens up to the 5-acres Atlantic White Cedar swampland, a rare gem that was named an official Massachusetts Wildland.

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Hampshire House’s Engagement Celebration 2018

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Engagement-Celeb-Button-2018Our turn-of-the-century mansion, located on beautiful Beacon Hill and overlooking the Public Garden, is a magnificent setting for a wedding. You can envision your special day starting with a breathtaking entrance on our grand staircase, illuminated by gorgeous crystal chandeliers, and followed by dinner and dancing next to one of our intimate fireplaces. As you stroll through the venue, you’ll be greeted by nearly 20 different vendors, all on hand to answer your questions as you prepare for the biggest event of your life.

Meet with Boston’s top florists, including Jeri Solomon Floral Design, Artistic Blossoms, and New Leaf Flores, and view their latest creations for the 2018 wedding season. Browse through collections of invitations and signage with Lynn Graham Designs and Invitations & Company. Both full-service stationary firms create custom-made invitations as well as save-the-date cards, shower invitations, table numbers, and more.

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One of the most important vendors you’ll hire for your wedding day is the photographer. After all, they’re responsible for capturing every beautiful moment so you can treasure them for a lifetime. In addition to hiring a professional with phenomenal artistry and talent, you also want someone who understands your vision and can translate your ideas onto film. Meet with some of the area’s leading photographers, including Person + Killian Photography, Johnson Photography, Nicole Chan Photography, and Generations Cinemastories.

And what wedding is complete without top-notch entertainment? You’ll meet with local entertainers Groove Events, Entertainment Specialists, and Gilded Harps to learn more about what they can bring to your special day.

Peak Event Services, New England’s premiere event rental company, will also be on hand with linen samples and specialty settings. You’ll get an in-person view of how their products and designs will look when displayed inside Hampshire House.

The Engagement Celebration will also host two justices of the peace, Elizabeth Gemelli and Barbara Kahn, makeup artist, Katrina Hess, as well as three of the city’s best wedding planners, Marrero Events , Unique Weddings by Alexis, and Lo McShay with The #Girlbossbride Guide.

While you mingle with some of the wedding industry’s top professionals, Hampshire House welcomes you to sample our exquisite wedding fare and delightful cocktails. Learn all about our wedding packages, which include everything from traditional grilled beef tenderloin and grilled lamb chops, to seared yellowfin tuna and cardamom sautéed shrimp and scallops Hampshire House is also able to custom design a wedding menu just for you.

You won’t want to miss our annual celebration. The event takes place Thursday, January 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. Please RSVP online or call 617-854-7628.

 

 

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Top Winter Wedding Trends for 2018

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Once a rare occasion, winter weddings have continued to gain popularity, and why not? Beautiful snowscapes create a magical atmosphere for the big day and make for memorable photos you’ll always cherish. The Hampshire House, directly across the street from the famed Boston Public Garden, offers some of the most striking scenery in the city. So, while you’re planning your special day, what are some of the most popular winter wedding trends this season?

Grooms Second Look

For the better part of the last decade, brides have embraced the two-wedding dress trend, wearing a formal gown for the ceremony and then changing into a more casual party dress to dance the night away. But who says brides get to have all the fun? Grooms have also taken a shine to this trend, wearing two different looks as well. While not as elaborate as wearing an entirely different outfit, men will often change up their look by donning a less formal jacket, changing their shoes, or wearing a different tie. Expect to see multiple looks on the groom this season.

 

Frozen Flower Sculptures

 

Ice sculptures are nothing new when it comes to wedding receptions, but frozen flowers? That’s a new one even to us! We couldn’t think of a more appropriate look for a winter wedding than these works of art. They catapult the ice sculpture to an entirely different level by filling the blocks of ice with beautifully arranged flowers. The arrangements are fully encased in the ice, giving the illusion that the flowers are floating. It’s as though you’re looking into an aquarium. In addition to their stunning beauty, the sculptures keep your flowers perfectly preserved so you they won’t wilt halfway through the night.

 

Neon Signs

One of this year’s hottest trends is personalized neon signs. Add a fun pop of color and show off your last name, wedding date, or something meaningful to you and your fiancé. It’s one of the most important days of your life, so shouldn’t your name be in lights?

Hot Chocolate Bar

Candy bars and ice cream sundae bars are always a hit at weddings, but for a new spin on an old idea, consider a hot chocolate bar. What better addition to your winter wedding than having your guests enjoy creamy hot cocoa while cozied up to one of our fireplaces at the Hampshire House? We can fill a table with delicious accouterments such as miniature marshmallows, candy canes, caramel sauce, and whipped cream. And don’t forget the adult beverages, like Baileys and Frangelico.

Drip Cakes

An updated take on the traditional tiered wedding cake, drip cakes feature lavish icing dripping off of each tier. When iced in sophisticated shades of silver or gold, these cakes look especially luxurious.

Leather Jackets

While winter weddings usually conjure up images of faux fur stoles and lavish wraps, the latest trend shows edgy leather jackets paired with formal gowns. While ideal for keeping the bride warm throughout the day and in between photo sessions, this look offers the best of both worlds — sophisticated and a little offbeat.

Whether you’re thinking of having a winter wedding, or you’ve already chosen your date, let the dedicated staff at the Hampshire House help give you the wedding of your dreams.

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