Member Benefits

Member Benefits

The Benefits of Membership

For our MEMBERS ONLY, we offer high visibility among residents and visitors alike through:

  • A free listing in our electronic guide to MetroWest (our website), including a live link and photo
  • Free postings of your specials and sales on our website, with additional visibility through Facebook, Twitter, and more.
  • Free postings of your events on our regional calendar, marketed to families, businesses, conferences, and travelers.
  • Free listing in our 2016 comprehensive print guide to our region, published annually
  • Display advertising opportunities on our website.
  • Inclusion in our referral list used to respond to queries from visitors, residents, the press, and conference and tour planners.
  • Invitations to free and low-cost member events including professional development and capacity building workshops and valuable networking opportunities throughout the year.
  • Monthly member e-newsletter outlining current free and low cost marketing opportunities, event announcements more!
  • Opportunity to distribute our Guide to MetroWest.
  • Discounts on advertising in our Guide and other marketing opportunities throughout the year. See more here.
  • Deep advertising discounts in select major magazines, sports programs, travel guides, and more.

These tools to make it easy to share your connection with the MetroWest Visitors Bureau! We encourage our members, partners and sponsors to publicize their work with the MetroWest Visitors Bureau by sending event listings and other information about the partnership to their constituents, supporters and friends. Put our logo on your website, share a link to the Guide to MetroWest with your customers, post events on our online calendar and connect with us via facebook or twitter.  There are many free ways to amplify your presence in all channels by sharing information about your work with the MWVB!

Great services and opportunities statewide, available through the Mass Office of Travel & Tourism, for any businesses:

  • No-cost listings on the Mass Office of Travel & Tourism website, massvacation.com
  • Extensive research on tourists’ patterns, spending habits, decision-making.
  • Opportunity to have photographs of your business included—at no cost!—in marketing campaigns in New York, New England, nationwide, and overseas.
  • Opportunity to be featured in the state’s seasonal marketing campaigns, as well as trade shows and conferences focused on weddings, sports, group tours, recreation, and history.
  • Opportunity to have your events and activities listed on massvacation.com seasonal and holiday specific webpages.
  • Leads from conventions, trade shows, and inquiries to the Mass Office of Travel & Tourism

These tools to make it easy to share your connection with the MetroWest Visitors Bureau! We encourage our members, partners and sponsors to publicize their work with the MetroWest Visitors Bureau by sending event listings and other information about the partnership to their constituents, supporters and friends. Put our logo on your website, share a link to the Guide to MetroWest with your customers, post events on our online calendar and connect with us via social media.  There are many free ways to amplify your presence in all channels by sharing information about your work with the MWVB!

Community Spotlight: Ashland

The Town of Ashland bustles year ‘round, but spring is an especially energetic season as the town’s cultural and business initiatives roll out.  Although primarily residential, the town integrates small businesses as well as cutting-edge tech corporations into its community initiatives.

 

New England History

Centuries ago, Ashland was a stopping point on a major Indian trail which later became known as the Bay Path, connecting Cambridge and Connecticut. It was here that a community of Natick Indians was established as the Village of Magunkaquog in about 1659. The town is also known as the site of Henry Warren's invention of the electric clock, later manufactured here under the Telechron name. Today, the high school’s teams are the Clockers.

 

Corner Spot

Indicative of the energetic business community emerging in this town, the Corner Spot was developed in early 2017--through individual donations—as a place for new businesses to debut for one to six weeks. Opening in June of 2017, this innovative example of community placemaking will offer a rotation of new enterprises, as well as a restful spot for simply hanging out.

 

Farmers Market

One of the region’s most robust farmers’ markets offers special themes—such as Dog Day --each Saturday morning (June 10-October 7) as well as live music, non-food vendors, and family activities in the park at 125 Front Street. On special weekends throughout the rest of the year, the Farmers Market pops up indoors to offer Pre-Thanksgiving and Mid-Winter Markets.

 

Special community events

Long a home to annual community events and festivals, such as Ashland Day in September, the town now offers more programming through Arts!Ashland Alliance. Through arts and culture programming, the group also works to cultivate the economic vitality of the community. Its signature event is the Dragon Fly Festival, held mid-August.  Other cultural offerings come from the Friends of the Ashland Library, which offers speakers and documentary film evenings.

 

Dining

Pockets of great cuisine are spread throughout this community of 18,000, including along Routes 126 and 135, as well as downtown sidestreets. The gourmet Oregon Club, a former speakeasy, is tucked among residences in east Ashland.  In downtown, Stone’s Public House (circa 1832) boasts a ghostly history and modern hearty pub fare. New Mexican and Asian eateries have debuted in recent years as well.

 

Recreation & Sports

To commemorate the site of the original Boston Marathon Start Line, Ashland now boasts Marathon Park., which is now the site of the start line of the semi-annual Marathon Park Prep, a half-marathon favored by runners eager to experience a large portion of the Boston Marathon’s April route.

There’s plenty of recreation for those inclined to relax. The 470-acre Ashland State Park offers swimming, picnic areas, boating, fishing, and hiking/biking trails. The Bay Circuit Trail connects Ashland to 34 other communities. The public schools’ new turf fields are the site of regional sports competitions.