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October 28, 2016 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

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Obama Establishes Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in Maine as National Park Service Turns 100
On Wednesday, 24 August 2016, the eve of the centennial of the National Park Service in the U.S, President Obama established the Katahdin Woods and Waters area in Northern Maine, as a National Monument.  Created from more than 87,5000 acres of terrain donated by the founder of Burt’s Bees, Katahdin Woods and Waters has become the largest region of federal parkland in Maine, exceeding the 48,900-acre Acadia National Park on the eastern coast of Maine.

Sail Boston 2017 will be the only US Stop in Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta
Boston, Massachusetts, is an official port of the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta from 17-22 June 2017 and will be the only US stop. The trans-Atlantic regatta will start in Royal Greenwich, UK. From there the fleet will race to Sines, Portugal, followed by Bermuda. The fleet will then race to Boston, for Sail Boston 2017®. From Boston the fleet will cruise in company north to Quebec City,

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Food Network winner opens new Chocolate Factory and Cafe in New Hampshire
She earned national acclaim after winning the Food Network’s Sweet Genius series and now pastry chef and chocolatier Neely Cohen has opened a chocolatier bringing her passion, experience and expertise to her hometown of Peterborough, New Hampshire. Vicuña Chocolate is a bean-to-bar chocolate factory and cafe serving handcrafted chocolate bars and pastries. They roast, crack, winnow, and stone grind organic and fair-trade cocoa beans, then temper, mould, and hand-wrap their signature 70% dark chocolate bars in the on-site factory.

Alchemist Brewery’s newest Vermont location opens in Stowe
The Alchemist is a family run brewing company specializing in fresh, unfiltered IPA, and in July 2016, owners John and Jen Kimmich opened their second location in Stowe, Vermont.  The Alchemist currently operates two breweries in Vermont, the first location Waterbury, and handles all local distribution. The Alchemist Brewery and Visitor’s Center in Stowe will provide samples of beer for tasting including the world famous Heady Topper Beer and the year round beer, Focal Banger as well as an educational experience.

Lighthouse Exhibit to open at Maine Maritime Museum in Summer 2017
Construction has begun at Maine Maritime Museum on a new gallery space that will house an immersive lighthouse exhibit, Into the Lantern: A Lighthouse Experience. Opening in summer 2017, the exhibit will house the second-order Fresnel lens that that once guided ships into Portland, Maine, from the east Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse tower.

Rhode Island Red Food Tours opens in Newport
Rhode Island Red Food Tours has launched a three-hour guided walking tour taking visitors off the beaten path of Newport, Rhode Island, to discover the wonderful food culture of the town. Billed as a roving dinner conversation, with tastings along the way, visitors will explore up-and-coming foodie neighbourhoods, rich in early American history. Experience culinary dishes from historic taverns to a waterfront cafe, a hip hamburger and hotdog haven, a hidden seafood shack and local bakery cafe.

Whydah Pirate Museum opens in Massachusetts
Whydah Pirate Museum is a new 12,000-square foot Museum in West Yarmouth, Massachusetts, and it exhibits the world’s only authenticated pirate treasure ever discovered. The museum is an attraction for all ages where visitors touch, see and interact with exhibits including pirate treasure discovered in 1984 off the coast of Wellfleet by renowned explorer Barry Clifford of Cape Cod. After touring the United States for ten years, the treasure is being permanently displayed at the Museum. The Whydah was a fully rigged galley ship built by the British to travel between Africa, the Caribbean and Great Britain. During one of its voyages in 1717, it was captured by the famed pirate Samuel “Black Sam” Bellamy. Over the following year, the Whydah and its crew pirated 53 vessels, collecting their riches and treasures.

Vermont’s Stowe Mountain Resort opens Adventure Center
Stowe Mountain Resort has just opened an $80 million dollar Adventure Center and ‘Stowe Rocks’ climbing gym, the summer gateway to all new experiences on Spruce Peak and Mount Mansfield. Other new activities on the mountain include Zip Lines down Vermont’s highest peak and a Tree Top Adventure Course. Visit

Observe rare cars at Rhode Island’s Audrain Automobile Museum
The elegant Audrain Automobile Museum in Newport, Rhode Island, has access to more than 200 of the most rare and remarkable vehicles ever made and displays fully restored vehicles ranging from the beginning of the 20th century through the modern day. Vehicles are chosen specifically and showcased based on ever-changing exhibition themes. By displaying 15-20 cars at a time, the museum gives patrons and enthusiasts of all ages a completely unique experience with each visit. Learn

Explore New England by rail on Connecticut’s Essex Steam Train
A Connecticut icon for over 45 years, the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat has provided opportunities for people of all ages to learn, relax, or have fun. Meander through the unspoiled New England countryside aboard our vintage steam train on your way to Deep River Landing and your connection with the Becky Thatcher riverboat. Visitors can also enjoy the air-conditioned comfort of the 1920s Pullman dining cars, enjoy a three-course meal on our Lunch Train before taking the riverboat cruise up the picturesque Connecticut River—bursting with lush scenery and renowned landmarks such as Gillette Castle and the Goodspeed Opera House. In the evening, take in the splendour of the lower Connecticut River valley during the golden hours of twilight on a 2.5-hour sunset cruise toward the mouth of the river and back, through historic Essex harbour and past lavish waterfront mansions. Have fun visiting a Day Out with Thomas, hiking the Gillette Castle Connection, riding Caboose Weekends, celebrating the North Pole Express and much more! For further information, visit

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