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6 Things to Do in Boston This Fall Posted on 12 Oct 21:49 , 0 comments

[caption id="attachment_2720" align="aligncenter" width="580"]Photo Credit: m anima, flickr Photo Credit: m anima, flickr[/caption] Fall is arguably one of the best times of the year – especially in Boston. With so many great activities, beautiful fall foliage, crisp, cool temperatures and delicious craft beers, Boston, MA should be your go-to getaway destination for its quintessential autumn charm. Read on to find out our Top 6 Things to do in Boston this Fall!   [caption id="attachment_2716" align="alignright" width="300"]3930553492_fb624eebd2_b (2) Photo Credit: Ben Schmitz, flickr[/caption] 1. Apple / Pumpkin Picking Fall just wouldn't be fall without participating in the obligatory apple and/or pumpkin picking. Of course, the rewards are without say: apple cider, apple pie, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread…need we say more? There a variety of great local farms to choose from, such as Honey Pot Hill in Stow, MA, a farm boasting a wide selection of picking apples such as Macintosh, Gala, Cortland, Honey Crisp, and more; or venture to Lookout Farm in South Natick which offers pears, pumpkins, and 11 varieties of apples, as well as Brooksby Farms in Peabody where visitors can delight in the farm store, barnyard animals and apples. Whichever farm you choose, just make sure they serve the customary apple cider donuts!   [caption id="attachment_2718" align="alignleft" width="300"]Photo Credit: mararie, flickr Photo Credit: mararie, flickr[/caption] 2. Visit Salem, MA A fall trip to New England isn’t complete without visiting one of the spookiest towns in the country – Salem, MA. Salem celebrates Halloween for the entire month of October with a festival appropriately named Haunted Happenings! Exciting events include a “Boo’s Cruise”, an Edgar Allen Poe Inspired Art Show, a 3D film which tells the true story of the Salem Witchcraft Hysteria of 1692, and more!   3. Boston Ghost Tours If traveling to Salem isn't an option, and you are like us and relish in the creepy, terrifying, and supernatural, then one only needs to step outside their front door. Boston offers a plethora of ghost tours such as the Haunted Boston Ghost Tours, a walking tour that includes history and tales of famous ghosts that are said to haunt the city. Uncover Boston’s dark and seedy past with Boston by Foot: Dark Side of Boston Tour; or explore some of Boston’s most haunted sites with Ghosts and Gravestones Frightseeing Tour.   [caption id="attachment_2719" align="alignright" width="300"]4021966397_b94bc50ee5_b (2) Photo Credit: Richard Howe, flickr[/caption] 4. Head of the Charles Regatta The Head of the Charles Regatta, held October 18th-19th, is often synonymous with the fall season and is a long-standing tradition in Boston. Now in its 5oth year, this two-day regatta is one of the largest in the world, bringing in more than 9,000 rowers and 300,000 spectators from all over the world to the Charles River. With a 3.2-mile course along the river, this is a great event to people-watch and to soak in Boston’s autumn scenery.   5. Explore the Harold Arboretum Part of Boston’s Emerald Necklace, the Arnold Arboretum is the perfect place for nature lovers to visit and see spectacular displays of fall foliage. This 250-acre National Historic Landmark - and part of Harvard of University - is the oldest public arboretum in North America. Sightseers are able to freely explore the grounds or take a special guided tour on topics ranging from flowers and fragrance to fruits and textures.   [caption id="attachment_2720" align="alignleft" width="300"]Photo Credit: m anima, flickr Photo Credit: m anima, flickr[/caption] 6. Tour the Sam Adams Brewery You know it is fall when the pumpkin-flavored ale start to roll out (we love the Sam Adams Octoberfest). Which is why taking a trip to the Samuel Adams Brewery is the perfect way to quench your thirst after all of that exploring. With a $2 donation, where proceeds go to benefit local charities, you can take a one hour tour and catch the brewers in action as you learn the process of how their beers are made. Best of all, you get to sample some of Sam Adam’s world class craft beers!   Travelers Tip: Check out one of Boston’s most sought-after bed and breakfasts, the Clarendon Square. Built in the 1860s, this six-story historical townhouse offers spacious, modern guest rooms and luxury suites that are exquisitely comfortable and sophisticated.  The Clarendon Square bed and breakfast is just minutes away from Copley Square, Boston Public Garden & Common, Freedom Trail, Restaurant Row, the Red Sox & Fenway Park, and more!

Brand New Products from Nomaterra Posted on 25 Sep 14:55 , 0 comments

Brand New Products from Nomaterra We've been hard at work all summer on new city-inspired scents, traveling to these great American cities, and finding out what makes them unique. We've done our research too. Did you know that Gardenia Manii, is a type of gardenia that can only be found on the island of Oahu? Gardenia is a succulently rich, jasmine and vanilla-like scent, and it is found as the key ingredient in one of our newest fragrances, Oahu Gardenia.  Plumeria, an exotic Hawaiian tropical flower used to create leis can also be found in the Oahu fragrance. In addition, we are excited to also debut Boston Tobacco Leaf, Savannah Magnolia, and Malibu Honeysuckle (our favorite to wear right now in this beautiful autumn weather). Each of these new scents come in 10ml perfume oil roll-ons. What do you think these great cities should smell like? You can try out all our scents in the Nomaterra adventure set. Perhaps they will remind you of your hometown, a place you've been to, or a place you dream of going to. Happy Adventuring!

Fragrance Spotlight Friday: Boston Posted on 13 Sep 11:55 , 0 comments

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Found in our Boston fragrance, tobacco leaf can be used in perfumes to add a gritty smell and feel to the scent. It provides the fragrance with a sweet, slightly smoky, rich aroma. There are a number of types of tobacco, but the New England variety is called shade tobacco, and is grown along the banks of the Connecticut River, which runs from the Long Island Sound, through Massachusetts, to New Hampshire. Cultivating the leaves of shade tobacco is much more labor intensive than its cousin types, and as a result is used as an outer wrapper for some of the world’s finest and rarest cigars. Much of tobacco’s popularity historically stems ironically from it’s purported healing powers, from relieving pain to curing cancer. During the 1600’s, tobacco was so popular that it was frequently used as money. It wasn’t until 1836 that New Englander Samuel Green revealed that tobacco is an insecticide, a poison, and can kill. Tobacco is the most grown plant in the world that is not used for food. Try our Boston scent here, and be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook!


Travel Shot Tuesday: Boston Public Gardens Posted on 10 Sep 12:05 , 0 comments

[caption id="attachment_2641" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Boston public gardens Boston public gardens[/caption] With the weather finally starting to cool down and school starting, the end of summer is truly upon us. With that, of course, comes the exciting newness of fall! We think that our Boston scent is a perfect addition to any fall fragrance collection. It's robust and smoky, with tobacco and leather notes reminiscent of the Harvard Club. So, of course, for this Travel Shot Tuesday we wanted to feature a photograph from Boston. We selected this gorgeous photo of the formal Public Gardens. This garden was actually America's first public park, and is a must-see site for anyone visiting Boston! Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

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