Photos courtesy Central MA CVB
Where is Worcester County, Mass.?
With the town of Worcester as its center, Worcester County is 38 miles west of Boston; 43 miles northwest of Providence, R.I.; 53 miles northeast of Springfield, Mass.; and 178 miles northeast of New York City.
How do we get there?
Worcester County is within 90 minutes of four major airports: Boston; Providence; Manchester, N.H.; and Hartford, Conn. Amtrak provides service from Boston and other areas. Interstates 90 (Massachusetts Turnpike), 190, 290, 395 and 495 come together in Worcester County.
Tell me about some sites worth seeing.
• Wander one of the country’s first public parks, Worchester’s Elm Park, or visit the Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial, Green Hill Park.
• For those who are into armor, the Higgins Armory Museum is a must-see. It is the only museum in the Western Hemisphere devoted to arms and armor.
• For an arts fix, see a show at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts or roam the galleries of the Worcester Art Museum.
Where will we meet?
• Among the region’s 5,000 guest rooms are several conference hotels: the 431-room Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel and Trade Center Marlborough, with 67,500 square feet of meeting space; the 223-room Doubletree Hotel Boston/Westborough, with 11,400 square feet of meeting space; the 245-room Holiday Inn, CoCo Key Water Resort in Fitchburg, with 74,000 square feet of meeting space; the 232-room Sturbridge Host Hotel and Conference Center, with 35,000 square feet of meeting space; and the 203-room Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center, with 24,000 square feet of meeting space.
• The area’s largest meeting facility is the DCU Center, a 14,000-seat arena with more than 100,000 square feet of exhibit space.
• With a 55-room hotel and spa, a corporate events center and two champion golf courses, the International Golf Club and Resort in Bolton is a favorite for meetings whose attendees want to incorporate a round of golf.