Postings from April 2014

Revamped Website Celebrates Merrimack Valley Tourism

Lowell, Mass. (April 25, 2014) – The Greater Merrimack Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau unveiled its completed redesigned website on Monday, April 21, 2014. The new site offers a comprehensive overview of the region, with enhanced search functions and dedicated sections for dining, lodging, event planning and special areas of interest.

CVB Staffers hit the White Water!

My nerves build as we enter the meeting room at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center.  My co-worker Courtney O’Malley and I walk in to find a group of friendly people who look a lot more prepared for what is to come than us.  Zoar, the company operating the trip,  let us know that we do not want to wear anything cotton, and of course my shirt is 40% cotton and Courtney’s is too!  They give us extra clothes and the wetsuit, and I have to figure out how to get changed.  Once I have squeezed into the wetsuit I think to myself “I can’t even walk in this, how I am supposed to swim!”  Af

In Lowell, rafters brave springtime rapids on Concord River

LOWELL — A wall of white water lurched up ahead in the churning Concord River as we dug in with paddles to keep our blue inflatable raft aimed somewhere between a rapidly approaching stone wall to the left and the rocks and trees on the right.

“Full ahead!” shouted the guide.

The raft bucked. Branches scraped our helmets. Waves chilled our hands and feet despite wet suits and splash jackets. And we could not stop grinning.

31st annual Great Race to roll through Lowell

LOWELL -- A milestone event this summer will showcase Lowell's rich city history. The 31st annual Hemmings Motor News Great Race will stop in Lowell for first time in its 31-year history on Saturday, June 21. The iconic race will show off some of the oldest and rarest cars in the world.

It begins in Ogunquit, Maine, make several stops down the East Coast, and finish at The Villages in central Florida on Sunday, June 29. According to the event website, the route is 2,100 miles long and spans 11 states in nine days.

Destination Heritage

Jim Campanini: Lowell can't wait any longer in quest to be taken seriously as a place to visit

The recent Lowell Memorial Auditorium performance of the "Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show" -- a recreation of the legendary Las Vegas impromptu stage gatherings of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop -- was a hit, with the audience lapping up the songs and off-color humor of the 1960s. At one point, Sandy Hackett (the son of the late great comedian Buddy Hackett) cracked a joke about Lowell.

Rock the Boat; The time is right for whitewater rafting in Lowell

LOWELL -- The rapids crushed underneath the inflated rafting boat, rocking seven of us in it from left to right.

Just 15 minutes earlier, I had stood on the Concord River bank, staring down at the frothy ripples churning and splashing below.

I mumbled, "Seriously?"

Courtney O'Malley had never imagined that the Concord River would be gushing and swirling, either. When invited to whitewater raft recently, the Mill city native remembers asking herself, "In Lowell? Where?"

Welcome to our About Town Blog!


All of us at the Greater Merrimack Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau are proud to launch our new, exciting and vibrant website.   Our website is our window into the Greater Merrimack Valley Region.    We have strived to provide images, real time content and areas of interest that visitors will find easily accessible.    We will also be blogging weekly on our newest adventures with the help of Valley Bird, our newest Mascot.

Stay tuned for more Valley Bird sightings...adventuresawait.

-Deb Belanger




The Great Race

For Immediate Release

Contact: Deb Belanger, Executive Director

978-459-6150, Ext 115/


2014 Great Race to overnight in Lowell, MA on June 21

Lowell, Mass., will host an overnight stop of the 2014 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty, Saturday, June 21, 2014.