Massachusetts Summer Vacation | Local Attractions

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With Covid Restrictions lifted, Massachusetts is quickly returning to normal life, for many, that means planning a last-minute Massachusetts summer vacation!  With many other states still having varying degrees of restrictions, last minute Massachusetts summer vacation travel may be the best way to get out and see a part of Massachusetts you have never experienced before.  The Four Points by Sheraton Norwood is ideally located for a vacation to tour Eastern MA, RI or Southern NH.  Not only is the Four Points by Sheraton Norwood a recently renovated property with an award-winning on-site restaurant, One Bistro, it is ideally located for a visit to Gillette Stadium, Legacy Place and Boston The Four Points by Sheraton Norwood makes last minute travel easy and safe for you and your family.

Looking Forward to Massachusetts Summer Vacation?

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While we all look forward to summer vacations, some of us may be stuck working.  Hosting a meeting or conference in MA over the summer does not have to be a drag!  Sometimes all it takes to get motivated is a change of scenery. A place, where you can dedicate time to teach, learn and listen without distractions. Both the Forefront Center for Meetings and Conferences and the Four Points by Sheraton Norwood excel at making last minute bookings stress-free.  The Forefront Center for Meetings and Conferences and the Four Points by Sheraton Norwood provide half day and full day package rates, onsite parking, and a personal meeting planner. Your personal meeting planner allows you to be productive, enjoy the day and collaborate with your team while we take care of the audio visual, food and beverage and anything else you may need for a successful meeting.

Once the meeting is over, stay in the area and enjoy the history, culture, and entertainment that Eastern MA has to offer!  If you met at the Forefront Center for Meetings and Conferences in Waltham, take a long walk by the Charles River, stop by the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation and then have dinner on Moody Street.  And, if you are up for a late night, catch a movie at the Embassy Cinema.  

Massachusetts Summer Vacation

The Four Points by Sheraton Norwood provides a lot of indoor entertainment with onsite restaurants and an indoor pool, so you do not even have to leave the hotel to have a great time!  Do yourself a favor and dine at the One Bistro, you will not regret it.  And, if you do feel like getting out, head to the Blue Hills Reservation for some hiking or some shopping at Legacy Place.  Are you a beer lover?  Norwood has two local breweries within a mile from the hotel, Castle Island Brewing and Percival Brewing Company.  And, just a short drive away you’ll find Trillium Brewery in Canton, MA.  One thing is for sure, The Forefront Center for Meetings and Conferences and the Four Points by Sheraton Norwood will help you enjoy your summer meeting!

Since local tips and recommendations are always requested, we asked our Sales Managers to introduce themselves and give you some of their top picks for things to do in the area!

Meet Our Team

Jaime Whynot – Senior Sales Manager at the Four Points by Sheraton Norwood. 

Born in New York City and raised in a suburb of Boston from 2 till 15 before moving to California.  Eventually finding her way back to the suburbs of Boston, she could not consider any other place home! 

She loves everything about this area, the restaurants, shopping areas, beaches, family activities but most importantly, experiencing the four seasons each year! Jaime has 2 very active little girls who love going on adventures! The Blue Hills reservation during winter, Southwick Zoo in Mendon during spring, Nantasket Beach or Wrentham Outlets in the summer and apple picking in the fall, are just a few of their favorites! With so many things to do in the area the possibilities are endless and always entertaining!

Holly Borst – Sales Manager at the Four Points by Sheraton Norwood

Raised in Greater Boston where she received her degree in Hospitality from Bay State College, Holly has many years of experience in the hotel industry.  She worked for notable chains before joining the Forefront Center for Meetings & Conferences, followed by her current role as Corporate Sales Manager at the Four Points Norwood.  Holly has developed long lasting relationships with her clients and always makes them top priority.  

When not at work, you will find her spending time with her husband and two Golden Retrievers, Lilly and Hogan. Her favorite hobbies include home decorating, antiquing, and design. Holly and her husband love a good day trip to explore the area!  One of their favorites is to head North of Boston to the seaside towns of Rockport and Gloucester! Another favorite of theirs is to visit Newport, RI where they were married in 2015.  The Cliff walks and Newport Mansion tours are always fun, but there are tons of restaurants and shops where you can spend your day!

Kristen Cronin – Sales Manager at the Four Points by Sheraton Norwood.

Kristen, a Sociology major, joined the Four Point by Sheraton Norwood Sales Team in 2014 with a background in both Corporate and Catering Sales.  Kristen is the one in the office that can always lift your spirits whether it is by lending a hand or starting a cubical dance party to get the energy flowing!

At the Four Points, Kristen works with groups in the education and religious markets, ensuring that all their meeting needs are met!  Kristen uses her catering skills in booking and coordinating events for our popular onsite restaurant, One Bistro.  Kristen has helped many people celebrate rehearsal dinners, birthday parties and showers and small events in One Seventeen, the private dining room for One Bistro.  

In her free time, you can often find her cheering on her two daughters in their various sports, spending time at the beach with her husband and family, or chasing her two very active yellow labs!

Caitlin Manning –Sales Manager at the Forefront Center for Meetings and Conferences 

Caitlin was raised in the outskirts of Boston and purchased her first home in 2017 about 20 minutes from where she grew up, she now considers herself a New Englander for life.  After going to school for Hospitality and Tourism Management, Caitlin started working at the Four Points by Sheraton Norwood in 2011 as a front desk associate.  Now, Caitlin serves as the Sales Manager at the Forefront Center for Meetings and Conferences, our sister property in Waltham.  

In her downtime, Caitlin enjoys spending time with my family and friends, being outdoors, gardening and going on local road trips!  My road trips usually consist of places that serve delicious food. Another fun fact, Caitlin loves food!  Spending a good amount of the past decade in both Waltham and Norwood, Caitlin has found some local gems that deserve to be mentioned:  

  • Best Burger – One Bistro!  
  • Best Sandwiches – Molti On Moody!  
  • Best Pupusas – Mi Tierra!  

Caitlin also loves to go shopping and is always looking for a great deal.  The Winsmith Mill Market and the Space Center, both in Norwood, is a collection of antique shops located in a large warehouse, so the antiques are literally never-ending!  And, if you love bargain shopping like Caitlin, check out Frugal Fannies, right off Route 1 in Dedham – you will not regret it.  We hope you’ll take a chance to check out some of these great places to visit!  To book your staycation-or your summer meeting, reach out to us directly at 781-255-3159 or email us at