It didn’t take long for Robert Bennet Forbes to make a name for himself. He was made a captain by the age of 20, and he quickly amassed wealth and influence as a China Trade Merchant. And despite becoming one of the country’s most prominent businessmen, Captain Forbes still found time to design ships, write, and build an estate that would make Scrooge McDuck molt with envy. Along with his brother John, the Captain commissioned a Greek Revival mansion to be built in 1883. The house was intended for their mother, but over the decades, it would become home to many members of the entrepreneurial family—who collected four generations worth of paintings, artifacts, and various artwork.
Perched atop Milton Hill, the mansion—now a National Historic Landmark called the Forbes House Museum—transports visitors back to key moments in American history. In one part of the house lies memorabilia focused on President Lincoln and the Civil War, collected by the Captain's granddaughter Mary Bowditch Forbes. Her passion for that time period was so strong, she even had a replica of Lincoln's birthplace built on the museum's grounds. Other rooms showcase the valuable Chinese exports collected by the Captain. Sitting atop a table of Cantonese marble and hand-carved rosewood is the crown jewel of this collection, the Election Bowl, a porcelain vessel adorned with two Forbes family crests and two depictions of Scottish castles. In addition to tours, the mansion also hosts various cultural events, including a monthly roundtable discussion on the Civil War.
New England Base Camp is the central location for family-based outdoor activities in the region. As chronicled by the Boston Globe, its structured warm- and cold-weather programs provide a welcome respite for New Englanders of all ages driven stir crazy by city life. Visitors register for a half- or full-day adventure that entitles them to try out as many of the 250+ activities as they can, and receive training from instructors (certain programs require reservations). New England Base Camp also offers campsites and cabins for groups interested in spending the night.
Experienced experts also teach kids and adults survival skills, such as shelter building, animal tracking, and outdoor cooking, and lead first-aid certification courses. A STEM center encourages guests to get in touch with their sciencey side during programs in robotics, 3D printing, and environmental science. And true to its background, New England Base Camp still has campsites and cabins for scouting troops and other groups spending the night.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
At iHoop Academy our trainers are all former D-1 players or staff members and have professional experience. Our concentration is in building the skills necessary for a player under our tutelage to become the most complete basketball player possible.
Is your location strictly for adults, or can kids participate as well?
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
We want to help kids be the best they can be on and off the court, all while assisting them in achieving their desired level of play
What do you love most about your job?
Seeing the results of hard work pay off and the satisfaction of helping a kid achieve their goals and dreams!
Boston's Unity Sports & Cultural Club is the great place for a sports fan to spend a Saturday, or any day for that matter.
With food just the way you like it, this club elevates your restaurant experience just on the level of taste.
Televisions are strewn throughout the bar, so fans can stay up to date on the latest sports happenings.
Need a drink? You're in luck because drinks are available.
Dance to the beat of a live DJ and show off your moves on the club floor.
Guests may have a hard time conversing, as the club is rather noisy.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
Plan a fun weekend for the family at Unity Sports & Cultural Club today!
Martial arts at Mattapan's East Coast School of Martial Art is a great workout that will leave you feeling Zen.
With a sizzling plate of terrific food, this studio boasts among the best eats this side of the city.
This studio is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
Their instructors know how to work out your body completely with one of their specialties being in MMA.
Treat yourself to a cardio blast and kick and punch your way to your health and wellness goals.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
In Focus: Blue Hills Trailside Museum
Operated by: Department of Conservation and Recreation
Home base: Blue Hills Reservation
Size of the reservation: 7,000 acres
Trail access: 125 miles
Features: natural-history museum, indoor and outdoor wildlife exhibits
Animals on display: snowy owls, river otter, and other rescues
Programs: presentations on animals, bird watching, summer camps
Winter activities: snowshoeing and cross-country skiing
Admission: free for members, up to $5 for nonmembers