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
1st Annual Food & Wine Experience Weekend
Friday, Feb. 2 – Sunday, Feb. 4
Stonehedge Hotel & Spa | Tyngsborough, Mass. | StonehedgeInnAndSpa.com | (978) 649-4400
Join Stonehedge Hotel & Spa for a weekend of food and wine at their 1st Annual Food and Wine Experience. Come for the entire weekend with the Wine Lover’s Overnight Package, or make a day of it by purchasing a ticket to Saturday’s food and wine seminars, including a wine and food pairing luncheon and/or the wine dinner on Saturday evening. Saturday will also feature a local’s marketplace, offering a variety of goods for people who love to shop, cook, eat and drink. From fine arts and crafts to decadent chocolates, local businesses will be at Stonehedge to showcase the area’s finest goods and services.
TAKE A TASTE
Super Hunger Brunch to benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank
Sunday, Jan. 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Michael’s Harborside | Newburyport, Mass. | Facebook.com | (978) 462-7785
The Greater Boston Food Bank’s Super Hunger Brunch has many different restaurants participating, but our pick to support this great cause in the Merrimack Valley is Michael’s Harborside in Newburyport. One-hundred percent of proceeds from this event will go directly to the food bank and its work in feeding the hungry, meaning every $1 spent on your meal will provide three nutritious meals to a person in need. There’s nothing quite like treating yourself when you’re doing it for a good cause — it creates twice the warm, fuzzy feelings!
Wine Tasting with Susana Balbo
Friday, Jan. 26 from 4 to 8 p.m.
Lucia’s Bodega | Windham, N.H. | LuciasBodega.com | (603) 421-9463
90 Points and Above! Series 2
Saturday, Jan. 27 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Wine ConneXtion | North Andover, Mass. | WineConneXtion.com | (978) 965-8000
Andover Classic Wines & the Lanam Club present Wines of Portugal: Dinner & Tasting
Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 6 p.m.
Lanam Club Pavilion | Andover, Mass. | AndoverClassicWines.com | (978) 470-0500
La Scuola Culinaria: Tiramisu Class
Wednesday, Jan. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Tuscan Kitchen | Salem, N.H. | Eventbrite.com | (603) 952-4875
Beechwood Lager Split-a-Batch Brewing Event
Saturday, Feb. 3 at 4:30 p.m.
IncrediBREW | Nashua, N.H. | IncrediBREW.com | (603) 891-2477
Frozen Brunch + Skating Party
Sunday, Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Blue Ocean Music Hall | Salisbury, Mass. | BlueOceanHall.com | (978) 462-5888
Cheese Class: Cheese 101
Sunday, Feb. 11 at 2 p.m.
Mill City Cheesemongers | Lowell, Mass. | MillCityCheese.com | (978) 501-3142
SHOP TILL YOU DROP
BIG Record SALE Saturday
Saturday, Jan. 27 from noon to 8 p.m.
Vinyl Destination | Lowell, Mass. | Facebook.com | (978) 866-6825
Pitchfork says vinyl’s comeback may just be here to stay (and dangerously close to mainstream, at that), so this one’s for all you collectors to treat yourself to a new LP or two. Vinyl Destination once again has way too many records, so this Saturday, they’re blowing out thousands of them in a massive sale. Every genre you can think of will be on sale: rock, jazz, soul, folk, hardcore/punk and beyond. A price drop may or may not occur at some point during the sale depending on how things are going.
Dream Day Bridal Promotions Wedding Showcase
Wednesday, Jan. 31 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Brookstone Park | Derry, N.H. | DreamDayBridalPromotions.com | (603) 328-9255
Mother/Daughter Prom Event
Saturday, Feb. 3 from noon to 4 p.m.
Chic Consignment | Andover, Mass. | Facebook.com | (978) 474-1755
Valentine’s Brews and Buys
Tuesday, Feb. 6 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Teresa’s Italian Eatery | Middleton, Mass. | Facebook.com | (978) 646-1111
Yours Truly Boutique Open House
Wednesday, Feb. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Yours Truly Boutique | North Reading, Mass. | Eventbrite.com | (978) 664-6622
Valentine Sip & Shop
Friday, Feb. 9 from 6:30 p.m to 9 p.m.
Chelmsford Lodge Elks | Chelmsford, Mass. | Facebook.com | (978) 256-7611
A Taste of Sweetness in the Port
Saturday, Feb. 10 from 2 to 5 p.m.
Downtown Newburyport | Newburyport, Mass. | Facebook.com | (978) 462-6680
Looking for even more indulgent things to do? Check out Merrimack Valley Magazine’s event calendar!