The Good Life is Merrimack Valley Magazine’s weekly roundup of “the finer things in life,” from wine tastings to special dinners at local restaurants.
THIS WEEK’S TOP TREAT
New Year’s Eve Bash featuring The Fools
Sunday, Dec. 31 at 7 p.m. (dinner) and 9 p.m. (show)
Blue Ocean Music Hall | Salisbury, Mass. | BlueOceanHall.com | (978) 462-5888
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Blue Ocean Music Hall with The Fools, a dinner buffet, a champagne toast, party favors and a midnight balloon drop! Two types of tickets are available for purchase: Dinner + Show tickets include a dinner buffet served in the panoramic oceanfront Grandview Hall, while Show Only tickets will get you in to see The Fools at 9 p.m.
TAKE A TASTE
Santa’s Helper’s List
Saturday, Dec. 23 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Wine ConneXtion | North Andover, Mass. | WineConneXtion.com | (877) 469-5025
Who better to make suggestions than the people who work with wine all day long? Wine ConneXtion’s staff will be put to the test during this complimentary Christmas Eve tasting, as each will recommend their favorite bottle of wine, along with a reason why it is just that. You will taste an assortment of varietals at varying price points and, as always, staff will be on hand to discuss the distinguishing features of each bottle and help Santa bring the right varietal home this year.
Bordeaux Wine Tasting
Fri, Dec. 22 from 4 to 7 p.m.
Andover Classic Wines | Andover, Mass. | AndoverClassicWines.com | (978) 470-0500
Adults-Only Baking Class
Thursday, Dec. 28 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Sugar Coated Bakery | Dracut, Mass. | Facebook.com | (978) 226-8367
Bubbles from Around the World
Thursday, Dec. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Tutto Bene | Lowell, Mass. | Facebook.com | (978) 459-9463
Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter Split-a-Batch Brewing Event
Thursday, Jan. 4 at 6 p.m.
IncrediBREW | Nashua, N.H. | IncrediBREW.com | (603) 891-2477
HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES AROUND THE VALLEY
Both Stones lounges will be open for Sunday brunch hours featuring a special “abbreviated” Christmas Eve menu with plenty of cocktails, holiday cheer, and last-minute gift cards to go around! Selections from the menu include Cobblestones-style eggs Benedict, a double-decker Reuben sandwich and a fried chicken and bacon waffle.
Special Christmas Eve Tasting
Sunday, Dec. 24 from noon to 5:45 p.m.
Lucia’s Bodega | Windham, N.H. | LuciasBodega.com | (603) 421-9463
Feast of the Seven Fishes
Sunday, Dec. 24 from 3 to 8 p.m.
Tuscan Kitchen | Burlington and Salem, Mass. | TuscanBrands.com
New Years’ Brunch
Dec. 31 & Jan. 1 at 11:30 a.m.
Fuse Bistro | Lowell, Mass. | Facebook.com | (978) 323-0424
New Year’s Eve 2018 Celebration
Sunday, Dec. 31 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.
The Irish Cottage | Methuen, Mass. | Facebook.com | (978) 208-4347
New Year’s Eve with the Rat Pack
Sunday, Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Tuscan Kitchen Burlington | Burlington, Mass. | Eventbrite.com | (781) 229-0300
Looking for even more indulgent things to do? Check out Merrimack Valley Magazine’s event calendar!