Things you Find on Fenway Park Tours (Part II)

 by Shallots and Chalets

After taking it all in on top of the Green Monster, you continue the tour by walking along behind the 3rd Baseline Grandstand, were you come across some familiar faces. The picture of Mickey Mouse you see below is actually a statue that was originally erected in Los Angeles for the 2010 MLB All Star Game. The injury that Mickey incurred was actually a result from L.A. Laker fans who were celebrating the NBA Finals Championship win in L.A. at the time. Mikey was actually surprised the whole statue wasn’t destroyed!

We don’t want to ruin all of the surprises about the unique things you’ll discover on this tour – because we think it’s worth doing yourself! The story lines are endless at Fenway and you’ll hear tales of ladders, a secret morse code embedded in the structure of the building and about the 150 year waiting list for work in the scoreboard – among many. We did want to share with you one more story, which, well, is about a red chair. This chair can be found out in right-field and of course comes with a great story!

Located in Section 42, Row 37, Seat 21 represents a significant achievement of the late, great Ted Williams. On June 9th, 1946, after having returned from active combat in World War Two, as a pilot in the American Airforce, Ted Williams hit the longest home run ever hit in Fenway Park’s history – 502 ft! The fact that his home run still stands as the longest ever hit in the ballpark is amazing enough. The fact that Ted Williams, prior to stepping up to the plate that day, saw that a man had fallen asleep in that seat and told his teammates to , ‘watch this, I am going to hit that guy sleeping out in right field’ – we are paraphrasing of course, but so the story goes. He stepped up to plate and slugged what would be the longest home run in Fenway Park – and plop – hits the guy right in the head!

 

The tour concludes in a small museum on the ground floor, where guests are given a chance to take a closer look at Cy Young Awards, signed baseballs and bats and learn more of the amazing history of the Boston Red Sox and Fenway Park. Our favorite part is the fact that you can see one of the teams living legends in person and get a close up look at two of the championship rings!

 

Below you will find a link to an article that wraps up Steve in one sentence – “You know a Boston Red Sox Fenway Park tour is successful when the tour guide has the knowledge of a baseball encyclopedia and the stand-up routine of a Shecky Greene.”

Here is the link to the article – www.visitingnewengland.com/Fenway-Park-Tour.html

For more information about Boston Fenway Park & Red Sox games , please visit http://redsox.com

 

 

Things you Find on Fenway Park Tours – A Monster, a Red Chair and a Curse! (Part I)

 

by Shallots and Chalets

Ok. If you have small children, maybe telling them that there is a monster and a curse in Fenway Park will not be the smart thing to do. Perhaps you should tell them that there are secret messages hidden throughout the ballpark, or that people have been playing baseball here for over 100 years!

Once you get to Fenway Park, head over to Gate D – this is where you will be able to purchase your tickets for the tours. But don’t worry about that now, we’ve given an outline of how to get to Fenway Park at the at the end of the post!

 

We had heard that there are usually lines, as the tours are on a “First-Come-First-Serve” basis, so we decided to head over in the morning the day of our game to escape the crowd. Luckily for us, there were’t a ton of people there and we were able to get on the first tour! After buying your ticket ($16 for Adults, $14 for Seniors, $12 for students, kids and military), you head back up Yawkey Way, across the street from Gate C to where the tour stages and begins – note this is essentially a souvenir shop. If the group is big (40-60 people) they will break you into two groups. Once you’re all set, the tour guide plays a short introductory movie, narrated by David Ortiz. After the movie, you come back out onto Yawkey Way and head into Fenway! The tour starts from Gate A!

Once inside, another staging area gives the tour guides the chance to set the tone. The gist is – a lot of history, a lot of successes, and a whole lotta heartache. After spending about 15 minutes in the ‘bowels’ of Fenway, learning about some of the finer details of the recent salvation of Fenway, as well as the challenges the facility has with conservation and heritage management, they prepare to take you out to see the field! This is a great example of tour management. Everyone wants to see the lushness of the grass, but it’s all about building up the expectations of your guests!

Fenway Park is a truly remarkable destination. What was once a facility that was considered unsustainable for business has since been awarded National Register of Historic Places designation. On April 20th, 2012, Fenway Park celebrated its 100th Anniversary – remember that games are still played here, concerts still occur and even hockey has recently been played on the field – this is an excellent example of a heritage building that has been preserved for future generations and conserved for current ones too! The fact that Fenway Park has sold out every game since May 15th 2003, tells you that this place is just a tad popular!

Once you walk out into the stands, Fenway staff are there to take your picture (which is of course presented for purchase at the end of the tour!). You can see photo below  is the souvenirs that we got from the tour and the game!

 

Sitting under the Grandstand on 3rd Base Line, the tour guide continues to explain the mix history of Fenway Park. The ups of winning many of the first World Series that ever existed, to the downs of waiting nearly 90 years (86 years to be exact – from 1918) until their victory in 2004. During this time, Red Sox fans (and many fans of baseball) felt that the franchise was being cursed for selling the rights to Babe Ruth. It would come to be known as the Curse of the Bambino. History is everywhere in Fenway. Even as one is sitting in the blue, wooden seats of the Grandstand Section, the tour guide gladly reminds you that these are the original seats dating back to 1934 – 78 years ago! These are the only original wooden seating options in Majory League Baseball!

After a thankful 10 minutes sitting out of the sun, we were on our way to the famous Green Monster. Despite the name, The Green Monster was not originally green, nor is it a monstrosity. It was originally white, but after many complaints from batters saying that they had difficulty seeing pitches coming in (the ball would blur into its background) – then they changed it to blue, however, the specific blue they chose was the same blue as their lifelong rival – the New York Yankees. The owner of Red Sox at that time told his staff: I don’t care what color, just get rid of this this disgusting Yankee blue! Finally, it was decided that it would be painted green. If you are ever thinking about painting your house (or interior) this color, all you have to do is purchase the Red Sox! They’ve patented the colour – a unique blend crafted by the people over at Benjamin Moore It is definitely one of the many special features of Fenway that make it so unique.

From here, guests are given a chance to sit and take in the ballpark from the ‘best seats in the house’. In 2008, USATODAY’s readers and staff choose the seats on top of the Green Monster as one of the top 10 seats in all of sports. They only recently added seating to the top of the Green Monster – an addition that took place in 2003.

 

 

My Boston Impression: A Dizzying Mix of Youth and Tradition

 

Being a closet history geek, I have always wanted to visit Boston. 

Back Bay, Boston Public Library, and Copley Square

Okay, okay, to be honest, years of watching Cheers on television is the real reason that I have always wanted to visit Boston.  But let’s not judge me and my great taste in late 80’s, early 90’s television shows.  Let’s focus on the amazing city itself.

I have always wanted to visit Boston, however, the lure of the beaches in California, the money vacuum of the poker tables in Las Vegas, and the life insurance payoffs in the slopes of Utah and Colorado have always taken up my travel time.  Luckily for me, a new business venture afforded me the opportunity to experience one of the most amazing cities that I’ve had the pleasure of visiting.

What impressed me the most about Boston was not the history that permeates throughout the city, but the energy that radiated from its people.  You see, the city is a dizzying mix of youth and tradition, technology and grit, and promise and promised.  It is the encapsulation of the America’s past and future.

Part of the energy comes from the students who are enrolled at the more than 80 colleges and universities in the Boston area.  Yes, you read that right more than 80.  To put that in perspective, there are probably more educational institutions in Boston than there are Starbucks (side note for those of you who are unfortunate enough to be using this blog entry to write an essay/paper on Boston, this may or may not be factual, it’s called exaggerating).

 

To call this a college town, of course, would be doing it a great disservice.  It would belie the amazing food and shopping that is available in the city.  As evidence of the amazing food to be had in Boston, I present my two week long diet that I had to endure after my visit to Boston.  I have not had seafood that fresh and amazing since my vacation in Vietnam.

I had a great time in Boston and have already planned a return trip (by plan, I mean I have bought bigger sized pants.)

 

-submitted by Hoang H, a business traveler.

 

Ultimate Halloween Experience – Salem

- submitted by Zoe S., a travel enthusiast

 

Salem is all about Halloween in October!

 

My husband and I got the chance to take a day trip to Salem last weekend. We had been to Salem by ferry last summer and found it a lovely town with lots of museums and cute shops. I didn’t get the chance to explore the town a little bit further during our first visit since we were on a friend’s boat all day long and that’s why I decided to go back for a second visit.

 

Visiting Salem in October gives you a special festive vibe – it’s all about Halloween. Salem has a cute town center full of local owned shops and we were amazed by numerous creative costumes and adorable Halloween decorations of those shops once we arrived.

 

 

* Caution: The streets are packed with people in costumes and traffic is at a standstill in Halloween season.

The homes and buildings in Salem are very historic and extraordinary! Check out the picture of a yard I took in Salem below and you will know what I mean!  The whole Salem downtown is just like this in October – full of scary and fun things to see and explore.

In addition, Salem is located near the water and has a great deal of maritime heritage as well. Friendship, a reconstruction of a 171-foot three-masted Salem East Indiaman built in 1797, is the largest wooden, Coast Guard certified, sailing vessel to be built in New England in more than a century. The new Friendship is part of the National Park Service’s larger exhibit area at Salem Maritime National Historic Site. Ranger-led tours and programs are offered year round.

Furthermore, Salem is famous for its museums and in the next blog post, I’m going to introduce some popular Salem museums among Boston travelers, including  Salem Witch Museum, Witch Dungeon Museum &  Peabody-Essex Museum.

 

For more information about how to get to Salem from Boston by train, take commuter rail (Rockport line) to Salem from North Station or visit the website of MBTA Commuter Rail. (Tip: Take ferry to Salem if you love ocean view.)

 

 

 

 


Artistic Events in Boston – Theaters, Shows and Performances

 

Those planning to spend time in Boston will find a handful of wonderful theaters near Hotel 140, including the Colonial Theater, Lyric Stage, Charles Playhouse, Boston Symphony Hall and the Boston Opera House. Taking in a show at any of these theaters will make for a wonderful evening filled with entertainment. Boston is well known for abundant theaters and if you plan to be in the area, you will want to check out the current shows in the area. We have created a custom map below that will guild you to those venues from Hotel 140.

 


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The Colonial Theatre

106 Boylston Street, Boston
(670) 880-2460

As the oldest operating theater in Boston, the Emerson Colonial Theater is loved by many. Built in 1900, it came before many other famous theaters, such as the Majestic and the Metropolitan or Wang Theater. Both dramatic productions and musical can be found at the Colonial. The coming events include “Memphis”, which won the 2012 Tony Award for best musical and “Jersey Boys”, a very popular favorite of many. Memphis will be showing from December 11, 2012 and has won four Tony Awards. If you enjoy explosive dancing and a thrilling tale of forbidden love, you won’t want to miss “Memphis”. Jersey Boys is showing from January 20, 2013 to March 9, 2013 and is on its second tour.

 

Lyric Stage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Mikado

Review from the Examinar

“With both a fantastic score of upbeat music and a dazzling cast, [this is] is a show everybody can enjoy.”

 

140 Clarendon Street Boston, MA 02116
(617) 585-5678

Earning 18 Elliot Norton Awards, Lyric Stage is known as the oldest theater company in Boston. Sipro Veloudos, the Producing Artistic Director, is the recipient of the Stage Source Theater Hero Award and the Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence. Currently you can take in “The Mikado”, a musical full of social and political satire. “The Chosen” will also show starting on October 19, 2012. Besides, what’s better than enjoying a show without having to leave the building of the boston hotel you stay?

 

Charles Playhouse

74 Warrenton Street Boston, MA 02116
(617) 426-6912

The Charles Playhouse is featuring “Blue Ban Group”, which has been called “visually stunning,” “wildly inventive,” and “hysterically funny.” Although it is almost impossible to describe, people of all ages agree that Blue Man Group’s Boston show is an intensely exciting and wildly outrageous experience that leaves the entire audience in a blissful, euphoric state.

 

Boston Symphony Hall

301 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA 02115

(617) 266-1200

The Boston Symphony Hall is home to one of the most famous orchestras you can find, the Boston Symphony Orchestra. This Orchestra has performed all over the United States and in many other countries. The coming programs for this fall and winter include the following:

Dvorak – Symphony No. 8

Mendelssohn and Shostakovich

Bernstein – Serenade for violin and orchestra

Tchaikovsky  – Fantasy-overture, Romeo and Juliet

Gershwin – Porgy and Bess

 

Boston Opera House

539 Washington Street, Boston

(617) 259-3400

Opening 84 years ago, it was reported to be “so magnificent that it kind of takes your breath away for a while” (Boston Globe, October 30, 1928). The Boston Opera House is also located in the center of The Theater District.

This fall and winter, it will take your breath away with upcoming events such as, the Boston Ballet World Premiere followed by the magic of Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker – New England’s favorite holiday tradition – with one of the world’s best dance companies and live music from Boston Ballet Orchestra.

 

 

Brunch, anyone?

One of the best parts of being away from home is getting to taste the local flavor, and one of my favorite meals in which to do so is Brunch.  Hotel 140 is so fortunate to be surrounded by a number of spots that have elevated brunch to new levels.  From celebrity chefs (think “Chopped”) to sky high views of the city (think Prudential Tower) we have listed just a few of our favs below.


The Beehive

*Brunch Menu:  http://www.beehiveboston.com/images/menu/BEEHIVE_brunch.pdf

Quintessential South End experience.  Saturday and Sunday live Jazz Brunch housed in an esoteric, exposed brick split level at 547 Tremont Street.  The menu changes often, so what you find online may be different than what you find in person.  But the fare is bold and local.  The chef, Rebecca Newell (who has appeared on “Chopped”) sources local ingredients and elevates their flavors with her experienced, well-traveled and well-trained flair.  Specials on a recent visit included “Bass Cakes” (crab cakes made with Sea Bass) topped with poached eggs and Hollandaise, Truffle Potato Peirogis, Fall-off-the-bone Ribs, and SAGE and Sea Salt Fries (YUM!).  The libations are as distinctive as the friendly and well-dressed staff that serves them.  To walk here from Hotel 140, take a RIGHT onto Clarendon and LEFT onto Tremont.  The Beehive Café is on the LEFT at 547 Tremont.  Inside tip:  We DEFINITELY suggest making a reservation well in advance.

 

Salty Pig and Coda

*Website: http://thesaltypig.com & *Website: www.codaboston.com

The Salty Pig was named one of Boston’s “Best New Restaurants” in 2011.  With a fresh concept (cool charcuterie with a sense of humor, crafted beers and bartenders willing to invent concoctions on the spot, music that will bring you back to your college days and FAR SIDE cartoon wallpaper in some parts of the restaurant), we agree!  This is the perfect time of year to sit outside under their bright umbrellas and check out their brunch menu.  Greek yogurts, slow poached eggs with prosciutto cotto, Beer soaked Swiss cheese with sunny side eggs.  Or you can order a traditional “Board” which is a wooden slab on which you can pick as many cured meats and artisan cheeses that you like.  DO NOT MISS: the chicken liver pate, Chianti jelly, and Comte Cheese.  To walk here from Hotel 140, take a LEFT on Stuart Street, LEFT on Dartmouth Street and follow the wonderful Piggy smell.  Salty Pig is at 130 Dartmouth Street, on the right, directly across the street from the Back Bay Train Station.

Or…continue down Dartmouth Street one block and turn LEFT onto Columbus Avenue.  At 329 Columbus (2nd door down) you will find the cheery red flag of Salty Pig’s sister, CODA.  When the “Pig” is too packed, CODA is a great way to get many of the same flavors and authentic Boston feel.  Similar menu items and bar list, Coda was a pioneer in the area of sourcing from local farms and purveyors.  Do not miss the “Salty Pig Board”, the Mac-n-cheese (elevated with pancetta and peas), or the PEI Mussels with fennel and Pernod.

 

The Prudential- Top of the Hub

*Brunch Menu: http://www.selectrestaurants.com/tophub/pdf/2044-BR.pdf

For the Vegetarians and Vegans, this is the spot. With many options that fit with these lifestyle choices, you can enjoy some of the best tasting foods without worrying about whether it fits with your diet or not. The chefs have also adopted preparation methods for those with food allergies and they really cater to the individual at Prudential. Their menu features many seafood options and they only use the freshest ingredients every day.

 

Abe & Louie’s

*Brunch Menu: http://www.abeandlouies.com/index.cfm?pid=10245

Abe & Louie’s is decorated to give you the inviting atmosphere you are looking for with courtroom style chairs, large Hollywood-style booths and bronze chandeliers. The traditional mahogany detailing and faulted ceilings at a touch of elegance for diners as they enjoy a full brunch menu.  Eggs Benedict Three Ways (filet mignon, crab cake, and lobster) as well as a decadent raw-bar are some features of Brunch at Abe and Louie’s.  Other items include classic brunch fare such as blueberry pancakes, French toast and fresh fruit cocktail.  Located at 793 Boylston Street, outside dining on the patio lets one indulge in the paradigm of Boston people-watching.  To walk here, go LEFT on Stuart St, RIGHT on Dartmouth and LEFT on Boylston, (just past the beautiful Boston Public Library.)  Abe and Louie’s will be approximately 4-5 blocks on the right hand side.

 

Taj Rooftop Champagne Brunch

*Brunch Menu: http://www.tajhotels.com/Luxury/City-Hotels/Taj-Boston-Boston/Fine-Dining/Sunday-Brunch.html

The Taj Rooftop Brunch combines stellar views with an almost overwhelming amount of food and divine service.  With vistas of Boston Common, Beacon Hill, the Financial District and Back Bay, one is immediately awed by the skyline and greenery.  The food consists of everything from the traditional (fruit, omelets, pancakes, waffles, prime rib) to the decadent.  There are endless raw bar items, sushi, and always a few selections of delicious Indian dishes.  There are selections of filet mignon, seared Ahi tuna, yummy tortellini with pesto and plenty for vegetarian friendly options…and a whole additional table of desserts.  At $69/person, champagne is included and reservations are certainly required.  We personally recommend booking a 1 PM Brunch reservation and plan on a very light dinner.  And I would be willing to say it is a “must-try” while in Boston.  It is simply the perfect venue for planning your Sunday activities in the city while viewing the roof-tops. To walk here from Hotel 140, take a LEFT on Clarendon and a RIGHT on Newbury.  The Taj is on your LEFT, abutting Boston Common.  Elevators to the 17th floor.  It is about a 10-15 minute walk or a 5 minute cab ride.

 

Choosing the right spot near Hotel 140 for your brunch is not always easy, but what a marvelous dilemma to explore. There are many great brunch places in Boston and if you are looking to experience more than just the amazing food, any of the top Boston brunch places above will offer you the full experience.  We would love to hear where you have been and what you have enjoyed below!

 

Cheers,

Hotel 140

 

Hotel 140’s Top Seafood Picks

Restaurants in Boston are famous for their creative and delicious dishes featuring lobsters, oysters and other creatures of the sea.  We are surrounded by water and have easy access to an amazing supply of fresh, locally sourced ingredients, as well as a heritage of preparing it faultlessly.

Many travelers to Boston have “trying a New England Lobster” on the top of their Boston Bucket list. After researching many seafood restaurants, (read: “eating A LOT”) and reading the Yelp and Trip Advisor reviews, we have listed our opinion of the Top 5 below.  We made sure they were all in close proximity to Hotel 140 as well to ensure a pleasant post-dinner stroll back “home.”  We hope you enjoy our research as much as we did!  They are in no particular order, as each is different and special in its very own way.  We would love to hear where you have been and what you enjoyed.

 

Turner Fisheries

  

   Turner Fisheries

  *Price Range: $$$ ($9-$60)

  *Online Menu: http://www.turnersboston.com/menus/dinner/

 

 

Conveniently located in Boston’s Back Bay, this is one of the city’s finest choices for a great seafood dinner. To walk to this premier location, walk out our Stuart Street Entrance and turn left.  Just one block away, across the street from Starbuck’s, you’ll see the sign for Turner Fisheries inside Copley Place. Serving only sustainable seafood, you can catch the $1 oyster feature on Friday evenings.  “Best nights are Wednesdays for the 2lb lobster ($35 ONLY!!) and the $1 oysters on Fridays.  Start here for oysters on a Friday Red Sox game and do it up right. ” This comment is from one of the reviewers over at Yelp.  We personally recommend the (award winning) Clam Chowder and HOMEMADE oyster crackers.  Heavenly!


    

    Skipjack

   *Price Range: $$ ($11-$30)

   *Online Menu: http://www.skipjacks.com/index.cfm/pid/10318

 

Skipjack’s claims that they are “THE seafood expert” of Boston with many seasonally inspired menu items that utilize the freshest catch seafood.  With a menu that serves anything from Fish-n-Chips to Sashimi; from a divine Lobster Martini to an extensive raw bar; and cocktails that cover Saki, beer, a respectable wine list, and cocktails galore, we tend to agree.  And we like their price point, as well.  “They have steamed Maine Lobster on their menu baked & stuffed with crab & scallop stuffing, they also have lobster & shrimp Fra Diablo which is quite good…speedy service and everything is very fresh and tasty here,” states a recent Trip Advisor review.  Hotel 140 recommends Skip Jacks for a business meeting, romantic dinner, or great family fun.  They also have a Sunday morning Jazz Brunch.  There is an outside seating area in the summer.  To walk here, take a left out of the Clarendon Street entrance to the Hotel.  Skipjack’s is our neighbor on Clarendon Street, 2 blocks on the right.

 

    Atlantic Fish Co.

   *Price Range: $$ ($10-$30)

   *Online Menu: http://www.atlanticfishco.com

 

Atlantic Fish Co. boasts menus that are printed daily, further evidence of the freshness of their ingredients.  With outside patio dining on Boylston St, the people watching is as fulfilling as the well-priced Oysters Rockefeller and U10 GIANT shrimp cocktail.  They also serve brunch on the weekends.  The clams in the chowder are THE most tender I have ever enjoyed.  And the wine list is thoughtful, well priced, and accomplished.  Sais a recent senior Trip Advisor reviewer, “Normally when we travel we never go back to the same restaurant twice.  Atlantic Fish Co. was such a great find, we went back three times.”  To visit for your first (or third) time, walk out the Stuart Street entrance and pass John Hancock on your right.  At the opposite side of park is Boylston Street, take a left and Atlantic Fish Co will be four blocks on your right (just past Max Brenner’s).  Our favorite picks are the Sea Bass and the Rockefeller.

 

    Legal Sea Foods

  *Price Range: $$$ ($10-$60)

  *Online Menu: http://www.legalseafoods.com/restaurants/boston-copley-place

 

Founded in 1950, they keep it simple, stating, “If it isn’t fresh, it isn’t legal.”  Featuring an extensive wine list and a number of locations in Boston, including the Seafood Test Kitchen in the trendy new Seaport, Legal’s was born of a fish market in Cambridge.  They now have over 30 locations in 10 states.  One Yelp reviewer stated, “If you love seafood, this is heaven.” To walk there, follow Stuart Street right out the door to Arlington (two blocks).  Take a right onto Arlington and Right onto Park Plaza.  You will find Legal’s at 26 Park Plaza.  We recommend the always “Legal Experience,” the crab cakes and their daily Wood Grilled Selections.  Also, keep an eye out for their great gluten-free options.


    Union Oyster House

  •    *Price Range: $$$ ($12-$60)

   *Online Menu: http://www.uniononysterhouse.com/Pages/newmenu.html

 

 

Located on the historic Freedom Trail, this is one of the oldest restaurants in Boston. It has become an icon in the city and has been dishing out the best seafood you can find since 1826. The Union Oyster House is actually the oldest restaurant in the United States of America and is located at 41-43 Union Street in Boston.

They serve traditional New England fair including lobsters, clams and oysters. They also serve poultry dishes, steaks, chops and baked beans. Many famous people have dined at the Union Oyster House.  One reviewer from Trip Advisor had this to say, “It’s worth it for the historical value.”  A fun fact about the Union Oyster House is that they claim responsibility for making the toothpick popular.  We suggest taking a cab to the Union Oyster House from Hotel 140, but feel it is well worth the cab fare (approximately $5-$7) to experience fresh seafood in this historical setting.

Don’t “clam” up; we want to “SEA” what your thoughts are on the local, fresh selection.

 

Submitted by: Zoe S.

North End Date Night

Let us plan your next date or group outing!

Delicious cannolis abound at Mike's or Modern Pastry on Hanover Street

Who doesn’t love Boston’s historic Italian North End? Wine and dine at one of their many fabulous restaurants, grab a pastry, and check out the Comedy Improv Asylum.  From the hotel, all you have to do is hop on the Orange Line at Back Bay station and take it to Haymarket station.  It’s a quick easy trip for a fun night in the city.

“I went this past week and it was so much fun.  We grabbed some apps and drinks at Bricco and finished up just in time for the 8 o’clock show.  I haven’t laughed that hard in a while.  It’s so impressive how quick and witty these “inmates” are.  I highly recommend it.  It’s nice to do something unique, especially if your planning a date and don’t want to do the typical dinner move.  Warning:  avoid the front row if you are not a fan of having attention drawn to you!”

Check it out, and we’d love to hear what you think!

Spending 140 Minutes in Boston

If you had only 140 minutes in Boston, what would you do with it? This happens more often than you might think. Business people get stuck in a city like Boston and they have a few hours to kill before a flight or before the next meeting. Without knowing anybody in the area, what would you do with your time?

Would you just spend time in your hotel or would you take advantage of this time and actually go do something you have always wanted to do. There are many famous places you can visit in Boston and even with only 140 minutes, you can have some fun before you have to leave. Here are a few of the top ideas for spending a little over two hours in Boston.

A Couple Things to Do with Your Extra Time in Boston:

The Historic Freedom Trail in Boston, MA1.  Freedom Trail Tour

Going on the freedom trail tour is a great way to spend your time. You will use the orange line and the green line trains to go from State to Boylston Boston, which is an old city with quite a bit of history to explore. Nowhere else in the United States offers such rich history about the American Revolution and the events that led up to the historic break from Britain.

You can discover the different people who shaped the first national government and more. On your 2.5-mile journey along the redbrick walking trail, you will discover 16 areas with historic significance. Each one will introduce you to a new American treasure. The trail is preserved by the citizens of Boston and has been ever since a wrecking ball threatened the trail in 1958.

2.  Boston Common & Public Garden

Boston Public Garden

Make Way For Ducklings sculpture and Swann Boats in Boston, MABy taking the green line to Boylston or to the Arlington stop, you can discover the Boston Common. This is a public park in the center of Boston with a very scenic view. It attracts thousands of tourists every single year and many take wedding photos within the garden. If you are in Boston during the spring or the summer, this is a great way to spend 140 minutes.

You can also visit the “Make Way for Ducklings“, which is a set of bronze statues based on a children’s story. It is located between the pond, the Charles street and Beacon street entrances. If you really want to enjoy your time, you can also take the swan boat in the public garden. They are one of a kind and you won’t find these boats anywhere else in the world.

Regardless of what you do with your time in Boston, you can make it memorable. If you only have a little bit of time, you can take advantage of your 140 minutes and make it memorable with one of the top choice above.

Boston’s South End Arts Scene

Boston Center for the Arts
This historic South End campus is home to several art galleries and hundreds of working artist’s studios. Located just minutes from Hotel 140, at the corner of Clarendon and Tremont.

SaWa Open Market
An Outdoor Art & Indie Design Market. Open on Sundays from May through October.
Head down Clarendon, take a left on Tremont, then a right on E Berkeley, then a right on Harrison Avenue.

Harrison Avenue Art Galleries
“The art and the clientele in the South End is younger and funkier,” he says. “First Fridays are big happening scenes, with a younger, urban, new South End crowd. I’ve been around a long time, but I’d say the South End is made up of a lot of younger galleries showing newer artists, and not just local artists.” – Bernard Toale in The New York Times.

arts in the south endHarrison Avenue is a 15 minute walk from Hotel 140. Links to some of the galleries:

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