Welcome to Marlborough

The Northeast HamXposition and ARRL New England Division convention isn’t just a destination of its own.  We are fortunate to be hosted in the center of numerous hospitality, historical, and entertainment venues.  It’s summer.  Make the most of your visit at https://visit-marlborough.com/.

Welcome to Marlborough highway sign
Best Western Hotel

The convention site is at the Best Western Royal Plaza on Route 20, about a mile west of Route I‑495.  Within a half mile or so of the convention there are numerous places for you and your guests to spend a little “off time.”

Shopping center sign

The shopping center on the same (the north) side of Route 20 as the convention hotel offers everything from groceries to burgers to ethnic food to American steaks (plus a little shopping).  On the south side of Route 20, foodies will find everything from Starbucks and fast-food drive throughs to casual and upscale grills, plus the exciting Apex entertainment center (https://www.apexentertainment.com/marlborough/).

Downtown Marlborough

For a bit slower pace, cross I‑495 and come into downtown Marlborough.  The city is a mecca for fine dining, ethnic food, and a couple of interesting coffee houses and micro-breweries.  Or take a stroll through the city’s self-guided Museum in the Streets (https://www.historicmarlborough.org/english—museum-in-the-streets).  Marlborough’s history is tied not only to Massachusetts’ early settlements but also to the shoe industry and a unique experiment in hands-on education by Henry Ford.

American Heritage Museum

Venture out.  In Hudson, just a short drive north is the new American Heritage Museum (https://www.americanheritagemuseum.org/).  This museum has an impressive collection of vehicles and immersive audio-visual experiences from World War I to the present.

And don’t forget, this region was near the epicenter of the American Revolution.  Concord and Lexington are only a short drive north, between I‑495 and Route 128.  Or for a closer view into seventeenth- and seventeenth-century history, you follow Route 20 through Marlborough into Sudbury and dine at Longfellow’s Wayside Inn (https://www.wayside.org/).

Longfellow Wayside Inn
Solomon Pond Mall

Shopping?  Solomon Pond Mall is a few minutes north at the intersection of I‑495 and I‑290. Worcester, Massachusetts’ second largest city, is only a half-hour away.  And Boston is within an hour.  Cape Cod, the New Hampshire, Maine, and Connecticut coasts are within a couple of hours.

HamXposition welcomes you to New England and hopes that you, your guests, and your family enjoy your visit.