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US Youth Soccer Nat'l Championships - Massachusetts

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A July 2009 trip to Boston by MilwVon

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Quote: This year's US Youth Soccer's National Championships and our Annual Meeting were held in the Boston suburbs of Westford and Lancaster. I spent a long weekend (four days) with my soccer peers from around the USA.

US Youth Soccer National Championships

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The Game Winning Goal Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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Friday, July 24, 2009Every year tens of thousands of youth soccer players participate at their State Championships with one goal in mind . . . to represent their state at one of four regional championships that will lead them to competing in July at the US Youth Soccer National Championships Series and the possibility of being NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!Unfortunately Wisconsin is not one of the national powerhouse states, like some of the larger states like Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania and California, but our teams generally hold their own at the regional level. It's been a couple of years since we've had a national finalist team, but we still enjoy attending the championship event and w...Read More

Westford Regency Inn & Conference Center

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Hotel | "Nice Location for Retreat or Weekend Getaway"

Westford Regency Inn & Conference Center Photo, Westford, Massachusetts
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The Westford Regency Inn & Conference Center is located about 45 minutes outside of Boston to the northwest of the city. This was the location selected by US Youth Soccer to serve as the headquarters hotel for the US National Championships and to host our annual meeting. It was a very nice location, well outside of the hubbub of the busy city.With just 173 rooms, the Westford Regency is a small, intimate hotel that serves as a wonderful location for a meeting of the size of our group. They also have a very nice meeting area that provides ample space for large groups or parties as well as several smaller breakout rooms.As a full service hotel, they have a cafe, pub and fi...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 24, 2009

Westford Regency Inn & Conference Center
219 Littleton Road
Westford, Massachusetts 01886-3549
978-692-8200

Westford Grille

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Restaurant | "Outstanding Dining Experience - Lunch or Dinner"

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During my time in Westford, the Westford Grille served as a nice place to get away from the hotel to have a meal and do a little business. During my four day weekend in the Boston area, I enjoyed two very nice dining experiences there.On my first night in town three of us headed over to "The Grille" for supper. We arrived at around 7:00pm on a Thursday night and had about a 20 minute wait. For those who might choose to, there is a nice bar right off the entrance by the hostess stand. Instead, we sat and waited patiently on the benches catching up since the last time we saw each other back in March in San Jose.Once seated, our server immediately arrived with water and to tak...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 24, 2009

Westford Grille
142 Littleton Rd
Westford, Massachusetts 01886-3153
(978) 392-0684

Gibbet Hill Grill

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Restaurant | "Great Atmosphere - Steak in a Barn"

Gibbet Hill Grill Photo, Groton, Massachusetts
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On my last evening in Massachusetts, I was the only one left from the Wisconsin group left fending for myself for dinner on a Sunday night. I had enjoyed my past three evening meals of seafood but for this time, I felt more like a good steak.Noticing that many places in the area were not open on Sundays, I stopped by the front desk to seek a recommendation from the desk clerk. Once we got past the "No I really don't feel like the chains in town like Applebees (horrible steaks) or Chilis (not much better). I really wanted to do something more unique and representative of the area. Reiterating that I was thinking of steak and not New England seafood (which had been great all weekend!), t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 26, 2009

Gibbet Hill Grill
61 Lowell Road
Groton, Massachusetts 01450
978-448-2900

Belle's Bistro

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Restaurant | "A Real Find - Nice Ambiance and Food"

Belle's Bistro Photo, Westford, Massachusetts
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Belle's Bistro is located right off Littleton Road in Westford and about a mile from the Westford Regency Inn and Conference Center. It had become a fast favorite for many of the soccer folks in town for the US Youth Soccer Championships being held in nearby Lancaster . . . out in the suburbs of Boston.We dined early on a Saturday night, but if you're thinking about stopping in later during the supper hour, you may want to call ahead for reservations given their relatively small and intimate dining area. Our group consisted of four and we were seated immediately as perhaps the first guests of the evening at 6:00pm.Our server's name was Andrea and she was very friendly, wonder...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 25, 2009

Belle's Bistro
2 Power Road
Westford, Massachusetts 01886
(978) 692-4444

Oakridge Farm Market

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Attraction | "A Nice Little Picnic Spot"

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Oakridge Farm Market is in the dairy farmland area that is located in the rural suburbs of Boston. It is difficult to imagine that this is less than an hour from the city as it is located in the quaint and seemingly quiet community of Lancaster. More importantly on this day, it was located just a couple of miles past the soccer complex hosting the US Youth Soccer National Championships. For me, it would be my lunch stop for the afternoon.From Hwy70 it looks much like the farmer's roadside stores you see in other parts of the country, including Wisconsin. It is more than a roadside stand, however. "Under new ownership" signs are on the front of the building so I cannot comment to "befo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 26, 2009

Oakridge Farm Market
1543 Lunenburg Rd.
Lancaster, Massachusetts
(978) 537-4777