Saturday, April 23, 2011

Father's Day at the Blue Shutters

Father's Day is still more than a month away, but it's never too soon to plan something special for the Dad in your life. And what beter way to show him you care than to treat him to a visit to the Blue Shutters. Just look at the smile on this Dad's face. Your Dad can relax on the beach, hang out by our firepit, go fishing off the rocks, head out to sea to watch the whales or look for more fish, or head into town for dinner and some late night entertainment. And at the end of the day, he can settle into his room at the Blue Shutters. Make it extra special and olan a full family getaway. And when he's here, we'll chip in with some Cape Ann Brewery beer for him to try. Can't make it that weekend? Why not give Dad a gift card for a visit at another time? Call or email us today and we'll help you plan a special Father's Day weekend for your Dad.

Blues & Brews Returns to the Shutters: Saturday May 21

Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 21 -- it's the day many fans of the Blue Shutters have been waiting for...our annual Blues & Brews Back to the Beach Bash. Once again, we'll have live music on the lawn, free beer tastings courtesy of Cape Ann Brewery all afternoon, and lots of fun around the firepit (the photo here is from last spring's event). Our special weekend offer is in place for that weekend -- stay two nights and get the second night for half-price. Free entertainment, free beer, a money-saving discount and a very fun crowd coming together for an early summer celebration. That's great deal. Call or email us today to get in on the fun.

Make This a Special Mother's Day Weekend at the Blue Shutters

Mother’s Day is coming soon -- May 8 -- and we have a suggestion on how you can make this a special treat for Mom. That Saturday, May 7, we're holding our Food and Wine Tasting -- you'll find details in the post below. Mom can enjoy great wine and amazing food items on Saturday afternoon and wake up to the beauty of Good Harbor Beach the next morning (in this photo you see our innkeeper Moms AnnMarie and Patty enjoying some wine at our last tasting event in March). We'll make sure Mom has some flowers -- our treat. There will be time to enjoy walks on the beach, and we’ll also have menus and recommendations for those interested in dining at one of Cape Ann’s many restaurants – and a guide to some of our favorite spots for drinks, shopping and entertainment while you're here. Of course it would be even more special if you were along -- or maybe you want to treat yourself to a Mother's Day getaway. No matter who comes along, it's sure to be a special weekend. And we're making it even easier to spend a few days here -- book a room Saturday and get Friday night at half-price. Call and make a reservation while there's still space left.

Don't Miss Out on Our Final Food & Wine Tasting...Coming Up Saturday May 7

We're having our final Food & Wine Tasting of the off-season on Saturday May 7, and there are still a few spots open. These Food & Wine Tastings are our most anticipated off-season events...and why not? You get to try some great wine paired with amazing dishes in a fun and friendly atmosphere overlooking Good Harbor Beach -- and it's our treat for those who spend a night or two at the Blue Shutters that weekend. And if that's not enough of an incentive, consider this: we're using our May 7 event to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, featuring wines and food items from Chile, Argentina and other countries south of the border. This all unfolds in the Main Room of the Blue Shutters, where you can compare notes with other wine and food lovers before retiring to one of our uniquely decorated rooms overlooking Good Harbor Beach. Once again, our Traveling Vineyard wine expert Kathy Hill and Langham Hotel chef Mark Sapienza are putting together the tasting menu for this afternoon. We'll know more about thier plans in a few weeks but to give you and idea of what's in store, check out the items from our March tasting: Smoked Salmon Crostini; Chicken Rillettes with Apple Ice Wine and Toasted Baguettes; Fennel Salami, Speck and Duck Proscuitto with Fig and Cherry Moustarda Fruits; Meatball Parmesan Sliders; Manjari Soft Chocolate with Burgundy Cherries...all paired with yummy red and white wines (in the photo here you see Mark, his wife Donna and innkeeper Patty preparing those meatball sliders). No matter what Mark and Kathy serve up, this is definitely not your average Saturday afternoon snack. Call or email us today and reserve a room for this weekend -- one night or two -- and get in on this special event. We're also offering a weekend discount -- if you stay two nights that weekend, the second night is half-price! You won't find a deal like this anywhere!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Are You Receiving the Blue Shutters Beachside E-Newsletter?

For a few years now, we've been sending out the Blue Shutters Bulletin -- the monthly e-newsletter of the Blue Shutters. We have more than 1000 folks on our mailing list -- and if you're not one of them, call or email us and you'll learn more about happenings here at the Blue Shutters and all across Cape Ann. You'll have a chance to see photos and comments from other friends of the Blue Shutters! If you have a favorite photograph -- or something to tell others about your Blue Shutters experience -- let us know and maybe you'll be featured in the Bulletin.

April is Knitters Month..with Special Offers for Those Who Love to "Sit and Stitch"

Our Knitters Weekend sounded like such a nice idea that we extended our special offer to those who like to "sit and stich" across the entire month. April is offically Knitters Month at the Blue Shutters. Gloucester's own Coveted Yarn -- a knitting lovers heaven just minutes from the Blue Shutters -- has offered to extend a discount to knitters who visit us this month. And we'll be featuring the Seaside Knitting Mysteries -- set right here on Cape Ann -- courtesy of author Sally Goldenbaum.
Whether you are part of a group or looking for a quiet getaway with your knitting -- whether you're an expert or a novice -- you'll no doubt enjoy what we have in store. There are discounts for groups and for weekend stays -- and the usual attractions that have made the Blue Shutters a favorite for knitters over the years.

The Easter Bunny Comes to the Blue Shutters for a Beachside Egg Hunt -- April 23

We're launching a new Blue Shutters tradition this Easter -- our younger friends (and their parents) are invited to join us for our first Beachside Easter Egg Hunt. On the afternoon of Saturday, April 23, we'll let the kids search our lawn for treats left by the Easter Bunny. There'll be plenty of time to walk the beach or check out other activities around Cape Ann. Folks who join us can make it a truly special visit and stay with us Friday night -- we'll be roasting marshmallows by the firepit that evening and there'll be special Easter breakast treats for the kids on Saturday morning. Call or email us to let us know if you can be there to celebrate Easter Shutters-style...and get a little taste of what's in store as the warm weather arrives.