Spousetivities and OpenStack in Boston

In just over a month, the OpenStack Foundation and supporters of OpenStack will gather in Boston, MA, for the spring 2017 OpenStack Summit. And, as we have been for the last several summits, Spousetivities will be there to provide activities for people traveling to Boston with Summit attendees!

If you’re planning on attending the Summit in Boston and are thinking of bringing a spouse, partner, significant other, boyfriend/girlfriend, or family member with you, then this post is for YOU! Read on to find out about the great activities that are planned.

If your spouse, partner, significant other, boyfriend/girlfriend, or family member is going to the Summit and you’re being dragged along, this post is also for YOU! Read on to see more information about the activities planned for you while the Summit is on.

  • Monday, May 8: We’ll start the week off with a great trip out to Martha’s Vineyard. This will include a guided tour of the island, including the multi-colored clay cliffs at Aquinnah and a visit to the harbor town of Vineyard Haven. Lunch is included.

  • Tuesday, May 9: Tuesday’s activity is all about Boston. Be sure to wear some comfortable shoes! We’ll do a trolley tour highlighting many of the “Must See” locations, then see the city from the water via a harbor cruise, and wrap things up with a Duck tour. Lunch is included (along with a stop for a cannoli!).

  • Wednesday, May 10: How about a tour of Newport? The tour includes a visit to Mrs. Vanderbilt’s 70-room summer home, the Marble House. We’ll also spend some time in the beautifully restored waterfront before heading to a second famous mansion, the Breakers. This 70-room mansion on 11 acres of waterfront land is not to be missed! Lunch is included.

  • Thursday, May 11: This tour is for folks who are hungry—for adventure! We’ll visit the Harvard and Cambridge campuses while finding some tasty treats along the way. You’ll also get to see where Washington took charge of the Revolution and see the oldest poetry bookstore in the US. How cool is that? And don’t worry, there’s plenty of food on this trip!

Special pricing for all these tours is made possible by VMware NSX.

Registration for these events is open now, so hop on over and sign up before the events sell out. (Yes, there is a limit on how many attendees I can accommodate, so buy early!) Full details for each event, including departure and return times, are found on the registration page. All events will depart from the Sheraton Boston Hotel, which is a conference hotel and is very close to the conference venue.

Here’s hoping I see you in Boston!


Now’s the Time to Register for Spousetivities at Dell Storage Forum!

Come on and join Spousetivities at Dell Storage Forum. There really is something for everyone. We are offering a welcome breakfast, whale watching, trolley/walking tour at MIT and/or Harvard, trolley tour of historic Boston, walking wine tour, and a private lunch cruise. Are you interested yet? Let’s find out more! Here are a few details about some of the activities that are scheduled:

  • Welcome Breakfast – This breakfast is a great way to start off the week by getting to know other spouses, and conference attendee friends and family. You might even make new friends. Even if you aren’t into group activities, there are other spouses who are looking for people to hang out while their significant others are at the conference. Why not spend time together instead of exploring alone? Also at the breakfast, you’ll enjoy great food and you might even win a great prize. Want to know some of the prizes you can win? Guess you better register and join us for breakfast!!
  • Another great event you won’t want to miss is whale watching. WOW!!! This is a great activity to get out and enjoy a beautiful day on the water while spotting some beautiful creatures in their natural habitat. Join Us?
  • Lunch Cruise – For this event we will board our vessel and enjoy a scenic tour in the harbor area. During our private cruise, we will be served a delicious hot lunch with all the trimmings. There will be an option for both vegetarians and meat lovers. This is a must do!
  • Don’t care to be on the water? Consider the trolley/walking tours available to you. Have you ever wanted to tour Boston? Take a tour of the wonderful city of Boston. Boston is home to many historical sites that you will learn about on this tour. Are you a history buff and want to learn more on how Boston came to be? Maybe you’d rather walk the Freedom Trail. This trail is the path that the Bostonians walked to gain their independence from Great Britain. As you walk the trail you will see historical places and sites and learn about this great piece of history. MIT might be where your spouse launched his or her career in IT. MIT was a school designed to help in the research of technology. Research included, but was not limited to, the development of computers and radars. What about wine? Do you love wine? Then this is the tour for you! We will be taking a wine tour in the Back Bay area—and yes, tasting is included!

Now are you excited? These activities are sure to keep you from sitting around in the hotel all week. If you want to learn, stroll, and spend time on the water while your significant other takes in all the Dell knowledge they can handle, then register now for one or more of these great activities. Registration is available here: Want to save money on your travel and transportation to Dell Storage Forum or Spousetivities? Great! We can help with that too. Thanks to a partnership with American Airlines and Avis Car Rental, you can save during this event.

  • Contact Avis at 1-800-331-1600 for reservations or online. To receive your discount, you’ll need to provide them with this AWD number: D006910. This will ensure your discount. This discount number can be used for rentals beginning seven days before and ending up to seven days after the event. Reservations can be made immediately.
  • American Airlines is providing a 5% discount on airfare for all attendees. There are two ways that you can make your reservations. But you’ll need this code either way—1962EU. To make a reservation by phone, call 1-800-433-1790 and provide them with the promotion code when you book (additional fees may apply for phone reservations). You can also register via www.AA.com. When doing so you must choose “More Flight Search Options” and insert the code 1962EU. We look forward to seeing all of you at the first ever Spousetivities event at Dell Storage Forum. Register now to reserve your activities!!

Spousetivities to be Offered at Dell Storage Forum 2012!

For the first time ever, Spousetivities is coming to Dell Storage Forum! Dell has heard the IT community, and wants show its support of a family friendly conference environment and join in the support of a positive work-life balance. This means that at Dell Storage Forum 2012 (DSF2012) in Boston this coming June (the official conference dates are June 10-13), Spousetivities will be offering a range of fun, exciting, organized activities.

So what does this mean, exactly? Well, the answer to that depends on who you are:

Conference attendee: If you’re going to be attending DSF2012 as a conference attendee, this means you can bring your family and they will have some great activities in which to participate. You don’t have to worry about your family members being alone in the city, or being bored all day long while you’re at the conference. They’ll be out having fun with other Spousetivities participants, leaving you free to focus on the conference and getting the most out of your time.

Non-conference attending companion: If you’re going to be traveling with your conference-attending spouse, having Spousetivities at DSF2012 means that you’re going to have a great week! There are some delightful activities planned (more details below) where you can explore the Boston area, see some historical sights, and get to meet other people just like you.

Sounds good so far, right? Now, I’m sure you want to know what sort of activities will be available. Well, that’s the best part! There is something for everyone. Here’s a quick peek:

  • The week will begin with a wonderful breakfast–I call it the “Getting to Know You” breakfast–where the Spousetivities participant will receive a gift bag and have the chance to win some cool prizes.
  • After the breakfast, there will be opportunities for whale watching or a trolley/walking tour around MIT. Later in the day, you’ll have the opportunity to take a private trolley tour around the Boston area.
  • The next day there are options for a wine tour and a chance to walk the Boston Freedom Trail.
  • The third day of activities offers up a private lunch cruise or a private trolley/walking tour around Harvard. Both are great events!

Dell has sponsored Spousetivities to help reduce the costs for these activities, though there is still a fee associated with each. Each activity has been designed as a private event for our group–so you’ll be traveling only with other Spousetivities participants. Everything has been arranged for you!

If you’re ready to sign up, just click over to the DSF2012 Spousetivities registration page and register for whatever activities you’d like. (Please note that I can’t offer refunds for activities.) I’m excited about Spousetivities at Dell Storage Forum 2012 and I can’t wait to see you there!

Dell Events – As many of you also know, the conference host also has some evening activities planned for conference attendees. Dell has agreed to offer spouse/companion pricing for these events so that the attendee as well as guests can participate. These events include: Channel Partner Reception on Sunday, Solutions Expo Networking Reception on Monday, and Fenway Celebration Night on Tuesday. Tickets for Sunday and Monday are $50 per event per person and $75 for the Fenway event on Tuesday. Tickets can be purchased through the Dell Storage Forum Registration or by contact me via e-mail.