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MUSEUMS AND HISTORY

EDWARD BELLAMY HOUSE
Chicopee Historical Society
91-93 Church St.
Chicopee, MA 01020

This house, built in 1852 and former home to journalist Edward Bellamy, was added to the National Register of Historic Places and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1971. Today, it serves as a base for the Chicopee Historical Society.

THE POLISH CENTER OF DISCOVERY AND LEARNING
33 South St.
Chicopee, MA 01013 413-592-0001
www.polishcenter.net

The Polish Center of Discovery and Learning promotes the many contributions — past and present — made to the economy, arts and sciences of the U.S. by Polish people and their descendants. The center offers a variety of workshops, exhibits, concerts, conferences, seminars, films, plays, lectures and other events that focus on Polish history and cultural traditions.

THE BASILICA OF ST. STANISLAUS
566 Front St.
Chicopee, MA 01013 413-594-6669
www.saintstanislaus.org

This active parish community, founded in 1891, is based in a beautiful, historic 1908 cathedral-like church built in the Baroque Revival style. The church interior can accommodate up to 800 worshipers and features a pipe organ installed in 1920. During the parish’s centennial celebrations in 1991, Pope John Paul II raised the status of the church to a minor basilica.

CHICOPEE PUBLIC LIBRARY
449 Front St.
Chicopee, MA 01013 413-594-1800
www.chicopeepubliclibrary.org

As one of the earliest libraries in the state, the Chicopee Public Library has been serving residents since 1853. With the addition of a $9.3 million, 34,000-square-foot facility in 2004, the library has ample room to continue building its collection of more than 100,000 items. In addition to the main library at Front Street, the library has a branch in Fairview at 402 Britton St. and a bookmobile that makes weekly stops around the city. Check the library’s website for special activities and events.

SPRINGFIELD MUSEUMS
21 Edwards St.
Springfield, MA 01103 413-263-6800
www.springfieldmuseums.org

Springfield Museums offer access to five world-class museums, including the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum and the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden. This complex of museums has it all — dinosaurs, a planetarium, art from the ancient world, impressionist paintings, classic motorcycles and life-size Dr. Seuss characters — all for one admission fee.

NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM
9 Glendale Road, Route 183
Stockbridge, MA 01262 413-298-4100
www.nrm.org

Enjoy the genius of one of America’s most beloved artists at this museum, which holds the world’s largest collection of Rockwell works. Browse nearly 1,000 paintings, drawings and studies and an archive of 200,000 photographs, letters and other materials.

ATTRACTIONS AND EVENTS

THE GREAT NEW ENGLAND AIR & SPACE SHOW
Westover Air Reserve Base
www.greatnewenglandairshow.com

Enjoy a full weekend of events, including thrilling aerial performances, during this free air show at Westover Air Reserve Base. The last air show, in 2015, attracted more than 375,000 spectators. The next show is scheduled for summer 2018. Featured attractions include the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the Geico Skytypers and the two-time, defending world freestyle aerobatic champion Rob Holland. Visitors can check out static displays of aircraft, view vintage planes and inspect various pieces of military equipment.

THE ARTS

CITYSTAGE AND SYMPHONY HALL
150 Bridge St. and 34 Court St.
Springfield, MA 01103 413-788-7033
www.citystage.symphonyhall.com

The best of Broadway and beyond comes to this symphonic and theater complex, with a series of musicals, concerts, dance performances and more. The complex includes CityStage’s 479-seat Blake Theatre and 83-seat Winifred Arms Studio, as well as the 2,611-seat Symphony Hall.

SHOPPING, WINING AND DINING

LEE PREMIUM OUTLETS
17 Premium Outlets Blvd.
Lee, MA 01238 413-243-8186
www.premiumoutlets.com/outlet/lee

Find discounted designer delights at 60 brand-name stores offering goods at up to 65 percent off retail. Stores include Calvin Klein, Coach, J. Crew, Nautica, Michael Kors, Under Armour and many more.

RENEW.CALM
160 Baldwin St.
West Springfield, MA 01089 413-737-6223
https://renewcalm.com

Give someone (or yourself) the gift of relaxation at this 4,000-square-foot spa that offers therapeutic massage, yoga classes, manicures and pedicures, permanent hair removal and anti-aging skin treatments. The warm, relaxed environment is also available for spa parties and corporate happenings.

YANKEE CANDLE FLAGSHIP
25 Greenfield Road
South Deerfield, MA 01373 877-636-7707
www.yankeecandle.com

Few things provide a warm glow and superior scent like a Yankee Candle, and this shopping village will spark many home decor ideas. The grounds feature a Bavarian Christmas village, a nutcracker castle and sweets galore in a fudge shop. Step back in time and dip your own candles in the candle making museum. If you’re hungry, stop by the village’s Au Bon Pain restaurant, which serves baked goods, tea, coffee and espresso beverages, breakfast foods and lunch items like soups, salads and sandwiches.

HU KE LAU RESTAURANT AND DINNER THEATER
705 Memorial Drive
Chicopee, MA 01020 413-593-5222
www.hukelau.com

Would you like a side of Hawaiian music and fire dancing with your meal? Enjoy special weekend entertainment and comedy shows while dining on Polynesian, Chinese and American cuisine, including sushi, in a casual setting.

ALVIN RONDEAU’S DAIRY BAR
1300 Ware St.
Palmer, MA 01069 413-283-5281

This sweet establishment has been serving homemade ice cream since 1940. With a huge variety of flavors, including sorbets and sugar-free options, your only dilemma may be choosing which one is your favorite. This family-friendly spot also serves cheeseburgers, hot dogs, grinders, fries and more.

CHAMPIONS SPORTS BAR

Springfield Marriot
2 Boland Way
Springfield, MA 01115 413-750-3011|
www.marriott.com

This popular sports pub features a tasty menu of appetizers, burgers and salads, plus a selection of cold draft and microbrew beers. Cheer for your teams on one of 20 42-inch HDTVs or join the fun showing on the bar’s 10-foot screen.

THEODORES’ BOOZE, BLUES & BBQ
201 Worthington St.
Springfield, MA 01103 413-736-6000
www.theodoresbbq.com

This hot spot was voted the No. 1 blues club in the country by the Blues Foundation. Live music is the perfect accompaniment to classic, slow-smoked barbecue including ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket and more.

OUTDOOR RECREATION

CHICOPEE MEMORIAL STATE PARK
570 Burnett Road
Chicopee, MA 01020 413-594-9416
www.mass.gov/locations/chicopee-memorial-state-park

With nearly 600 acres for recreation and relaxation, this state park features a network of trails that wind through its natural beauty. The park’s 25-acre pond is perfect for swimming, fishing and enjoying a scenic picnic. Amenities include accessible beaches, restrooms, scenic viewing areas and more.

CHICOPEE CANAL PATH
www.chicopeema.gov

Dedicated in 2010, Chicopee’s canal path is a gentle, quarter-mile, paved pedestrian path and mini park that sits parallel to the Chicopee Canal. Cabotville historic Sycamore trees nearby add to the scenic charm. The walk extends from the Davitt Bridge, across from the Chicopee City Hall Annex, to nearby Grape Street. There are plans are to extend the bicycle and pedestrian path to the Deady Bridge and beyond.

CHICOPEE COUNTRY CLUB GOLF COURSE
1290 Burnett Road
Chicopee, MA 01020 413-594-9295
www.chicopeecountryclub.com

Combining serene scenery with sportsmanship, the 18-hole Chicopee Country Club golf course attracts players from around the region with its tree-lined fairways and challenging design.

This municipally owned course features a full-service pro shop and a bar and grille. Private and group instruction is available.

ZOAR OUTDOOR
7 Main St.
Charlemont, MA 01339 800-532-7483
www.zoaroutdoor.com

There’s an outdoor adventure for everyone at this resort that offers zip line tours, white-water rafting, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing and more. On-site camping and lodging, plus top-notch equipment, make your experience even more memorable.

SURROUNDING METROPOLITAN AREAS

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
www.boston.gov/visiting-boston

As the social and commercial hub of the region, Boston draws more than 20 million visitors annually — and for good cause. The city boasts a unique mix of history and modern attractions, from world-renowned cultural facilities to champion sports teams, highly respected educational institutions and more. Whether you fancy shopping, museums, concerts or all three, Boston will accommodate and entertain you like few cities can.

WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS
www.destinationworcester.org

With acclaimed museums and concert halls, galleries and more, Worcester features a thriving cultural community. Its location in Central Massachusetts makes it an ideal place for festivals and sports, and countless specialty shops make the trip even more inviting. Enjoy a blend of new and old throughout the city.

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND
www.goprovidence.com

This gem on the water combines the friendliness of a small town with the sophistication of a big city. A thriving arts community, a renowned restaurant scene and spectacular hotels make Providence a perfect place to visit. Within Providence, the nearby city of Warwick and the surrounding Rhode Island region, you’ll find a hip and historic mix of attractions, some of the best in New England.

HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT
www.hartford.gov

Founded in 1625, this capital of Connecticut is one of New England’s most historic cities. The Hartford region is home to hundreds of cultural, arts and heritage groups, helping it earn a spot as one of economist Richard Florida’s Top 20 cool places in the U.S. to live, work, start a family and have fun. In addition to urban attractions, the area is known for its sparkling rivers and shoreline.

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