June 28 2019 04:49 PM

Encore says it is “reshaping travel and tourism to the Boston region.”

Encore Boston Harbor officially opened its doors June 23, unveiling the interior of the highly anticipated integrated resort for the very first time to the general public. Totaling $2.6 billion in single phase development, Encore Boston Harbor is the country's most expensive resort development of 2019.

The resort features a 210,000-square-foot casino; 15 dining and lounge venues; 671 guest rooms and suites including New England's largest standard hotel rooms; 50,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space; an ultra-premium spa; and a four-season, six-acre Harborwalk, featuring pedestrian and bike paths, picnic park, gazebo, viewing decks, waterfront dining, and lush green space with floral displays. Bridging the harbor between Everett and Boston with a robust water transportation system, the full-service resort is reshaping travel and tourism to the Boston region with the best in upscale accommodations, amenities and gaming, according to the resort.

The Harborwalk and gardens feature lush plantings, turf lawns and conveniently located walkways and biking trails are intentionally designed to keep open views and encourage exploration along the 6-acre Harborwalk Entry Garden.

Located along the southernmost edge of the resort, the Mystic Shoreline garden complements the resort's perfectly manicured landscape, offering a "natural" look at the river's shore. Oak Plaza anchors the center of the park-like garden with a 45-foot majestic red oak, surrounded by scotch pines and lush weeping cherries. Spruce tree masses define the surrounding spaces, with accents of dogwood, magnolia, serviceberry, and Japanese maple sprinkled throughout for a diversity of color and seasonal variation.

The South Lawn Garden, designed to emulate a park, has the capability to accommodate events of various sizes, and an additional two intimate lawns are nestled closely near evergreen masses of Spruce and Magnolia trees. Visible to hotel and spa guests only, a 10,000-square-foot visual garden is set atop the podium roof, where over 6,000 seasonal blooms are planted in floral parterres shaped into geometric patterns and large flowers.