We land, and I’m ready to jump off the plane. The second we get to the hotel, I put my running shoes on and go. We don’t have cars on the road, but that never stops me from seeing as much as I can, as fast as I can.
Working with the Thunder, and now the Rangers, has given me so many opportunities I never expected. Travel is just one of them. I never take for granted the moments or hours in each place – who knows when I’ll get another chance to do this!
From San Francisco to New York to Toronto, I have experienced these cities for the first time in the last few years. I can honestly say, of all the places I’ve been, Boston is definitely one of my favorites.
(With that in mind, these travel blurbs are for people who are in a crunch, or going for the first time to a new city.)
When I realized I was going with the Rangers to Boston this year – I was ecstatic! The only thing left on my checklist was Fenway. However, in my short trips there, I’ve seen a lot in a short time. With basketball, you have about 24 hours – with baseball you have until about noon every day. The best thing about Boston is everything is close, so you can walk everywhere!
The first time I went to Beantown, I did all of these things below between morning practice and tip-off against the Celtics. I’m either incredibly efficient or somewhat crazy. Probably a little of both.
1-The freedom trail is a must – you get to see Paul Revere’s house, the North Church and the beautiful cobblestone streets all in the North End. The Freedom Trail
2-Be sure to visit Mike’s Pastry while you’re there – their cannolis and pastries are THE BEST. (I’ve tried others, this is worth the hype). Mike’s Pastry
3-Be sure to go to Boston Common and walk around the park and the Public Garden. See the Massachusetts State House and the Cheers bar all in close proximity. Boston Common
4-You can go shopping down Newbury street which has a lot of popular retail shops and nice places to eat lunch. (Check out Restoration Hardware while you’re there – its beautiful!) RH Boston
5-For more boutique shopping, visit Charles Street and and go in the quaint little shops.
6-Now you’re in Beacon Hill – its just CHARMING. It’s my favorite neighborhood next to Georgetown. The cobblestone streets, flower boxes and old town homes are just some of the attractions. Stop and smell the hydrangea and rhododendrons – I mean literally.
7-While you’re there, be sure to check out Acorn Street, the most photographed street in the United States.
8- It’s worth going across the Charles River to MIT and Harvard if you have time – take an uber or the subway called the “T”. Both are easy to access, unless you’re me…I always get on the wrong one or go the wrong direction!
9- Finally, head to Fenway. I have never been to a ballpark like it. Even if you are not a fan of baseball, you will appreciate the history.
10…..And if you have time, go to dinner and eat at one of the little Italian spots in the North End – you can’t go wrong with any of them!
A side note – Boston isn’t the most “stroller friendly” – it’s old, and so it’s harder to maneuver one in and out of shops. However, they have some wheelchair access that will work. Just a forewarning!
Enjoy this beautiful, quaint city. It’s one of my favorites, and you don’t need a lot of time to be a tourist. I’d love to hear your comments – next up, NYC:).