Pioneer Valley News

Bring the Whole Crew

There's nothing like traveling with a big group of like-minded people—regardless of whether everyone's related. With family reunions still as popular as ever and business retreats, trade shows and interest-group conventions becoming more in vogue by the year, the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau is proud to connect large groups of travelers with suitable accommodations—and plenty of fun diversions.

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Live Music in Pioneer Valley

Entertainment opportunities for music lovers

The greater Springfield area has a wide variety of things to see and do, including multiple concert venues that host special events such as the Mohawk Trail Concerts series and the Sevenars Concerts series. When you combine this with the fact that the Pioneer Valley places a big emphasis on providing residents and tourists with a nice mixture of other cultural opportunities, it becomes easy to understand why so many people are drawn to Springfield.


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How to Unplug Your Kids on a Springfield Family Vacation

Does it seem like you can't disconnect your kids from their smartphones no matter where you go? Fortunately, there are so many things to do in the Springfield, MA, area that you can plan vacations and day trips free from electronic "noise" and still ensure that the kids have a whole lot of fun.

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Five Ways to Get Cultured in Greater Springfield

When a city can brag about being the birth place of both Dr. Seuss and the game of basketball, you know it's got plenty to offer. When the state of Massachusetts designates the area as a central cultural district, start making your list of places to go and sights to see. Here are five fascinating things to do in the greater Springfield, MA, area.

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Top Specialty Shops in Greater Springfield

The wonderful things to see and do are virtually endless in Greater Springfield. Among these attractions are the specialty shops, which offer a cornucopia of marvelous sensory experiences.

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Hot Ideas for Cool Nights in Pioneer Valley

Whether you’re looking for a quiet getaway from fast-paced city life or a vibrant night out with live entertainment and upscale food, the local highlights below can help you plan a once-in-a-lifetime date for any occasion.

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Shrink Your Environmental Footprint: A Guide to Eco-Friendly Travel in Greater Springfield

Famous for its quaint atmosphere and scenic wilderness, the greater Springfield area is the perfect destination for a quintessential New England vacation. While the towns here offer a variety of modern conveniences that range from fine dining to luxury spas, we take pride in protecting our environment so that future generations of locals and visitors can enjoy it the way we do right now.

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Top Reasons Why Whitewater Rafting in Pioneer Valley Should Be on Your Bucket List

Want to experience the journey of a lifetime? Get unforgettable thrills and full-body chills with whitewater rafting in the picturesque Pioneer Valley. From its gentle rolling hills and historic New England charm to the rushing waters of the Deerfield River, the greater Springfield area is a paradise for nature lovers with a taste for adventure. Take a look at the list of reasons below to find out why whitewater rafting here should be on your radar.

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Cute and Cuddly or Just Plain Creepy?

Visitors to the Massachusetts Pioneer Valley will be able to enjoy The Zoo in Forest Park again in April, and this is the perfect time to become acquainted with the attraction's many exciting exhibits. After all, this highly rated destination has 78 different types of animals, birds and insects on display, and this makes it easy to find something that will please everyone in your group.

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The Howdy Awards

To celebrate those places that offer especially fine customer service, the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau (GSCVB)—a nonprofit organization affiliated with the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts—bestows the annual Howdy Awards for Hospitality Excellence.

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Popular Dining Destinations in Greater Springfield

There's plenty to do and see in the Pioneer Valley, and we won't blame you for forgetting to plan a meal or two while you're here. Then again, our region is rapidly gaining a reputation as a hotbed of culinary experimentation and achievement. Whether you're looking for a traditional Italian meal or elevated American cuisine, you'll find it here. These fine dining establishments are among some of our favorites.

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Top Springfield Family Museums

When visiting the Greater Springfield area with children, there's no need to fear that they'll be bored. The numerous museums in the region will interest even the youngest family member. Here are just a few of the many things to see and do.

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Holiday Season in the Pioneer Valley!

The Pioneer Valley takes in three scenic counties in Massachusetts' Connecticut River Valley. The unspoiled beauty of the Valley, including the city of Springfield, has long been a popular destination for tourists. Although visitors flock to the area year round, it’s during the holiday season that the Valley shines brightest.

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Getting Around the Valley

The Pioneer Valley offers a variety of transit options. You can easily explore the Greater Springfield area by car, bus or train. The valley also features lengthy walking and biking trails that pass through several cities. Many visitors reach destinations in western Massachusetts by combining two or more modes of transportation.

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Prepare Yourself for Zombiefest 2013!

If you're looking for things to see and do in the Pioneer Valley, Zombiefest 2013 should be at the top of your list. Zombies are the latest pop-culture icons to take over the small screen and the silver screen. Now, they're taking over Massachusetts and the Pioneer Valley. This month-long event was organized by community groups and the Greater Springfield Visitors Bureau. It's designed to promote a wide range of Halloween-themed events, parties and festivals that are happening in the region. Here are a few of the events that promise to attract both local visitors and traveling zombie fans throughout New England.

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