Can’t wait for WITS? We hope you’re coming early or staying late, because we have a whole bunch of trips, tours and excursions lined up for you to enjoy! See what’s available for WITS attendees and how to sign up. Tours are organized by type then date/time. All tours are FREE for WITS attendees.

FAM Trips

Title: Visit to Johnny Appleseed Country
Hosted by: Johnny Appleseed Country Tourism Board
Date/Time: Thursday, March 26 @ 12pm – Friday, March 27 @ 12pm
Description:

The tourism board of Johnny Appleseed Country in North Central Massachusetts will be taking 5 bloggers on an overnight excursion from noon on Thursday, March 26 to noon on Friday, March 27 to visit their beautiful region. The first 5 bloggers who register starting at 12pm ET on Thursday, February 5th will be able to attend. Click here to register.

Attendees will be picked up from and dropped off at the Revere Hotel. Some of the locations on the familiarization tour include:

  • Doubletree by Hilton Leominster
  • Fitchburg Art Museum
  • Gardner Ale House
  • Great Wolf Lodge
  • Museum of Russian Icons
  • Strand Theater
  • Wachusett Brewery
  • Wachusett Mountain

How to sign up: Click here to sign up. Only 5 bloggers may attend. Registration opens on Thursday, 5 February at 12pm ET.

Boston-Area Tours

Thanks to our tour partners, these are professional Boston-area tours offered to WITS attendees for free! Check out the amazing offerings below and sign up.

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Title: Boston TV & Movie Sites bus tour
Hosted by: On Location Tours
Date/Time: Friday, March 27 at 11am. Check-in at 10:45am at The Revere Hotel.
Description:
Take the ultimate tour of Boston with On Location Tours on the Boston TV & Movie Sites bus tour. More than your average sightseeing expedition, you’ll explore famous filming locations seen in your favorite TV shows and movies. From Fenway to Southie and everything in between, your local tour guide will lead you to over 40 sites featured in Good Will Hunting, Ted, The Departed, Cheers, Legally Blonde, The Heat, Mystic River, The Town, Ally McBeal, and many more! Learn more here.

How to sign up: RSVP to Lauren@onlocationtours.com. First come, first serve.

Title: North End, Portrait of a City
Hosted by: Context Travel
Date/Time: Wednesday, March 25 at 2pm
Description: 

Of all the city’s neighborhoods none captures the essence of Boston more than its North End, a maze of winding colonial-era streets and the backdrop to some of the most significant moments in American history. During this three-hour walking tour with a local historian, we will explore the North End’s back alleys and side streets. Using remaining buildings such as the Old North Church, warehouses and wharves as our textbook, we’ll weave together stories from Paul Revere’s famous ride, to the longshoremen and immigrants who made the neighborhood a mecca of shipping, to paint a picture of Boston’s evolution into a major American capital from the 17th to the 21st century.

How to sign up: Bloggers can register by emailing us@contexttravel.com with the promotion code (WITS2015), and stating their first, second and third choice walks. Carolyn from Context will then follow up with each of them to distribute meeting point details.

Title: Brahmins of Boston
Hosted by: Context Travel
Date/Time: Thursday, March 26 at 2pm
Description: 

At the dawn of the 19th century, descendants of the original Puritan settlers of Boston began to adopt a more enlightened, cosmopolitan, and progressive set of social and political mores. Taking their name from the elite upper caste of India, the “brahmins” of Boston presided over several decades of economic and social upheaval, which saw the birth of Unitarianism and the rise of fervent Abolitionism leading, eventually, to the Civil War. During this three-hour walking seminar, we’ll look at how this group of Bostonians redefined their city and set the tone for rest of America during this period.

How to sign up: Bloggers can register by emailing us@contexttravel.com with the promotion code (WITS2015), and stating their first, second and third choice walks. Carolyn from Context will then follow up with each of them to distribute meeting point details.

Title: Black Boston: Freedom in the Empire and the Republic
Hosted by: Context Travel
Date/Time: Friday, March 27 at 2pm
Description: 

This three-hour walking tour of Boston examines African American history in the city. Visiting such monuments as Copp’s Hill Burying Ground and the Prince Hall Monument, we’ll talk about the system of slavery in Massachusetts- the first state to accord legal status to slavery- and how it often worked like indentured servitude. We’ll learn, by 1650 there were a number of free Africans living in the Boston area, enjoying a variety of legal rights. Tracing an arc from the North End to Beacon Hill, and from the arrival of the first Africans in 1638 through their fights for freedom and civil rights, this walk paints a vivid portrait of Boston’s key role in the African American experience.

How to sign up: Bloggers can register by emailing us@contexttravel.com with the promotion code (WITS2015), and stating their first, second and third choice walks. Carolyn from Context will then follow up with each of them to distribute meeting point details.

Title: Big Dig
Hosted by: Context Travel
Date/Time: Monday, March 30 at 2pm
Description: 

In the 1990s work began on what at the time was—and still is—one of the most ambitious public engineering projects in history: the burying of Boston’s highway system to free its historic center from traffic, shadows, and unsightliness. This huge project changed downtown Boston, returning its historical streets to the open air and transforming a curving swath of land into one of the best urban parks in the country. During this three-hour walking tour with an architectural historian, we will use the Big Dig as a lens to look deeper into the history of the city and trace its evolution from the 17th century to the present. We’ll use often overlooked details of buildings, streets, and urban fabric as clues to peel back layers of the city and unpack it’s deep, rich history.

How to sign up: Bloggers can register by emailing us@contexttravel.com with the promotion code (WITS2015), and stating their first, second and third choice walks. Carolyn from Context will then follow up with each of them to distribute meeting point details.

WITS Attendee-Led Tours

These personalized tours are led by our own WITS attendees who live in Boston! Join a small group of visitors and see what our Bostonian sisters love about their hometown.

Title: Hanover St.: The Heart of the North End
Hosted by: WITS attendee Brianne Miers
Date/Time: Wednesday, March 25 at 10am in the Revere Hotel lobby
Description:
Hanover St. has been the commercial, cultural and spiritual center of the North End since the 17th century. On this walking tour, Brianne will take you to a few of the most beloved foodie haunts of this historically Italian neighborhood’s main thoroughfare: Cafe Paradisio for espresso, Cantina Italiana for lunch, and Mike’s Pastry for its famous cannolis. You’ll also visit the Old North Church and Paul Revere monument (as well as a boutique or two if you’d like to do some souvenir shopping!).

How to sign up: Fill out this form. Spots are limited to 7 attendees so first 7 registrants will be accepted.

Title: Great Eats in Somerville
Hosted by: WITS attendee Sarah Cash
Date/Time: Wednesday, March 25 at 3pm in the Revere Hotel lobby

Description:

The tour would start at Union Square Donuts to eat the best doughnuts in the world. Then head to Taza Chocolate for a tour of their stone ground chocolate. After Taza Chocolate, lunch at one of the many amazing restaurants in Union Square is an option. Next stop: Bantam Cider* for home-brewed, delicious cider. Our last stop would be Aeronaut, where you can drink local beer on tap right where the magic happens!

*Bantam is only open Thursday-Saturday.

How to sign up: Click here to sign up. Spots are limited to 10. Registration opens on Thursday, 5 February at 12pm ET.

Title: Harvard University tour
Hosted by: WITS attendee Jolanta Davis
Date/Time: Thursday, March 26 at 10am | Revere Hotel lobby
Description:

Jolanta will lead a small group on a walk through Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. She is most familiar with this area because she has worked at the University for several years now. Harvard’s Old Yard and the Tercentennial Theatre with the famous Widener Library is on the agenda. If time permits, visiting one or more of the Harvard museums is an option. If there is an interest among the group Jolanta is offering to make reservations for lunch or dinner at the Harvard Faculty Club, which one can only visit with a Harvard affiliate.

How to sign up: Email Jolanta at contactcasualtraveler@gmail.com to sign up. Spots are limited to 10. Please include your full name when requesting to be added to the list.

Title: Bittersweet Boston
Hosted by: WITS attendee Rese Ruffin
Date/Time: Thursday, March 26  at 3pm | Revere Hotel Lobby
Description:

Head to one of the quirkiest neighborhoods in town, Somerville, MA. Enjoy a private tour at Taza Chocolate Factory (with lots of chocolate nibbles) before heading over to a tasting at Bantam Brewery in Union Square. Top off the night getting to know your fellow travelers at two of Union Square’s most popular pubs, The Independent and Back Bar, home of the MOST extraordinary custom cocktails.

How to sign up: Click here to sign up. Spots are limited to 10. Registration opens on Thursday, 5 February at 12pm ET.