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2015 Boston Marathon

Posted by Susie Callahan on Sun, Apr 19, 2015

An estimated 500,000 people are expected to watch the Boston Marathon tomorrow. Here are a few insider tips from Boston Discovery Guide to to make your day a little bit smoother:



"If you want to be anywhere near the finish line, walk or take the T.
The Copley Square T station is closed on Boston Marathon Day as it is almost next to the finish line; you'll need to pick another station.
If you take the T, get off at a station on the side of Boylston Street where you want to watch the race.  You will not be allowed to cross Boylston Street, and underpasses will be jammed - so pick your station carefully.
Do not drive into Boston on Marathon Monday.  Streets are either gridlocked or closed.  Get an early start if you want to find a parking space in a T parking lot.
Boston hotels fill to capacity during the weekend before the Marathon, and hotel rates soar significantly higher - than usual.  To get the best deal, make your Boston hotel reservations as early as possible.  You can find Marathon hotel suggestions here, including names of hotels where you can watch the race from your room.
April weather in Boston is unpredictable . . . and so is Boston Marathon weather.  Neither icy rain, broiling heat, nor wind storms deter the Marathon runners - but they may greatly diminish your viewing comfort.  Dress in layers, and bring umbrellas and/or water bottles as common sense dictates.  If you're not 100% committed to watching the runners, you may want to have a "Plan B" 



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  • If you want to be anywhere near the finish line, walk or take the T.
  • The Copley Square T station is closed on Boston Marathon Day as it is almost next to the finish line; you'll need to pick another station.
  • If you take the T, get off at a station on the side of Boylston Street where you want to watch the race.  You will not be allowed to cross Boylston Street, and underpasses will be jammed - so pick your station carefully.
  • Do not drive into Boston on Marathon Monday.  Streets are either gridlocked or closed.  Get an early start if you want to find a parking space in a T parking lot.
  • Boston hotels fill to capacity during the weekend before the Marathon, and hotel rates soar significantly higher - than usual.  To get the best deal, make your Boston hotel reservations as early as possible.  You can find Marathon hotel suggestions here, including names of hotels where you can watch the race from your room.
  • April weather in Boston is unpredictable . . . and so is Boston Marathon weather.  Neither icy rain, broiling heat, nor wind storms deter the Marathon runners - but they may greatly diminish your viewing comfort.  Dress in layers, and bring umbrellas and/or water bottles as common sense dictates.  If you're not 100% committed to watching the runners, you may want to have a "Plan B" - so try these bad-weather alternatives. 
- See more at: http://www.boston-discovery-guide.com/boston-marathon.html#sthash.iYbTmJCV.dpuf
  • If you want to be anywhere near the finish line, walk or take the T.
  • The Copley Square T station is closed on Boston Marathon Day as it is almost next to the finish line; you'll need to pick another station.
  • If you take the T, get off at a station on the side of Boylston Street where you want to watch the race.  You will not be allowed to cross Boylston Street, and underpasses will be jammed - so pick your station carefully.
  • Do not drive into Boston on Marathon Monday.  Streets are either gridlocked or closed.  Get an early start if you want to find a parking space in a T parking lot.
  • Boston hotels fill to capacity during the weekend before the Marathon, and hotel rates soar significantly higher - than usual.  To get the best deal, make your Boston hotel reservations as early as possible.  You can find Marathon hotel suggestions here, including names of hotels where you can watch the race from your room.
  • April weather in Boston is unpredictable . . . and so is Boston Marathon weather.  Neither icy rain, broiling heat, nor wind storms deter the Marathon runners - but they may greatly diminish your viewing comfort.  Dress in layers, and bring umbrellas and/or water bottles as common sense dictates.  If you're not 100% committed to watching the runners, you may want to have a "Plan B" - so try these bad-weather alternatives. 
- See more at: http://www.boston-discovery-guide.com/boston-marathon.html#sthash.iYbTmJCV.dpuf
  • If you want to be anywhere near the finish line, walk or take the T.
  • The Copley Square T station is closed on Boston Marathon Day as it is almost next to the finish line; you'll need to pick another station.
  • If you take the T, get off at a station on the side of Boylston Street where you want to watch the race.  You will not be allowed to cross Boylston Street, and underpasses will be jammed - so pick your station carefully.
  • Do not drive into Boston on Marathon Monday.  Streets are either gridlocked or closed.  Get an early start if you want to find a parking space in a T parking lot.
  • Boston hotels fill to capacity during the weekend before the Marathon, and hotel rates soar significantly higher - than usual.  To get the best deal, make your Boston hotel reservations as early as possible.  You can find Marathon hotel suggestions here, including names of hotels where you can watch the race from your room.
  • April weather in Boston is unpredictable . . . and so is Boston Marathon weather.  Neither icy rain, broiling heat, nor wind storms deter the Marathon runners - but they may greatly diminish your viewing comfort.  Dress in layers, and bring umbrellas and/or water bottles as common sense dictates.  If you're not 100% committed to watching the runners, you may want to have a "Plan B" - so try these bad-weather alternatives. 
- See more at: http://www.boston-discovery-guide.com/boston-marathon.html#sthash.iYbTmJCV.dpuf
  • ity during the weekend before the Marathon, and hotel rates soar significantly higher - than usual.  To get the best deal, make your Boston hotel reservations as early as possible.  You can find Marathon hotel suggestions here, including names of hotels where you can watch the race from your room.
  • April weather in Boston is unpredictable . . . and so is Boston Marathon weather.  Neither icy rain, broiling heat, nor wind storms deter the Marathon runners - but they may greatly diminish your viewing comfort.  Dress in layers, and bring umbrellas and/or water bottles as common sense dictates.  If you're not 100% committed to watching the runners, you may want to have a "Plan B" - so try these bad-weather alternatives. 

 

- See more at: http://www.boston-discovery-guide.com/boston-marathon.html#sthash.iYbTmJCV.dpuf
  • ity during the weekend before the Marathon, and hotel rates soar significantly higher - than usual.  To get the best deal, make your Boston hotel reservations as early as possible.  You can find Marathon hotel suggestions here, including names of hotels where you can watch the race from your room.
  • April weather in Boston is unpredictable . . . and so is Boston Marathon weather.  Neither icy rain, broiling heat, nor wind storms deter the Marathon runners - but they may greatly diminish your viewing comfort.  Dress in layers, and bring umbrellas and/or water bottles as common sense dictates.  If you're not 100% committed to watching the runners, you may want to have a "Plan B" - so try these bad-weather alternatives. 

 

- See more at: http://www.boston-discovery-guide.com/boston-marathon.html#sthash.iYbTmJCV.dpuf
  • ity during the weekend before the Marathon, and hotel rates soar significantly higher - than usual.  To get the best deal, make your Boston hotel reservations as early as possible.  You can find Marathon hotel suggestions here, including names of hotels where you can watch the race from your room.
  • April weather in Boston is unpredictable . . . and so is Boston Marathon weather.  Neither icy rain, broiling heat, nor wind storms deter the Marathon runners - but they may greatly diminish your viewing comfort.  Dress in layers, and bring umbrellas and/or water bottles as common sense dictates.  If you're not 100% committed to watching the runners, you may want to have a "Plan B" - so try these bad-weather alternatives. 

 

- See more at: http://www.boston-discovery-guide.com/boston-marathon.html#sthash.iYbTmJCV.dpuf

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4 Best Places to Watch the Boston Marathon

Posted by Susie Callahan on Wed, Apr 15, 2015

Marathon Monday is less than a week away now! Don't know where you're going to watch yet? Take a look at a few of these recommendations from Boston.com:

1. Hopkinton (Start to 2 miles): "The race begins here, but if you think you'll find a good viewing spot, forget it -- it will be packed. Instead, meander down the route as far as a mile; around Frankland Road you'll get a good view of the racers as they zip downhill from the starting line."

2.Wellesley (11.5 to 16 miles): "This town's business district features the exact midway point of the 26.2-mile race. But before the racers get there, the screaming Wellesley College students make for a lively -- and loud -- watching spot. It's also here that the racers leave Route 135 and merge onto Route 16. Set up either just before the college crowd or after, closer to Town Hall. Hunnewell Park is on a hill and provides a nifty overall view. Wide, straight Washington Street in Wellesley Hills is a great place, too."

3.Chestnut Hill (20 to 21.5 miles): "This is the make-or-break section of the race: infamous Heartbreak Hill. You'll encounter another noisy college crowd here -- that of Boston College, right at the top of the hill -- but there are wide roads and green space for good viewing spots."

4.Boston (24.5 to 26.2 miles): "If you want rowdy, park yourself in Kenmore Square and bring a ladder (only kidding). The crowd swells when the Red Sox game gets out, and whether the Sox won or lost, they'll be um, very loud. This is the last wide-open space for viewing; from here, the racers continue down Comm. Ave., take a right onto tiny Hereford, then a left into the madness of Boylston Street and the finish line."

Check out the full article from Boston.com to get more ideas for places to watch!
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Five Places to Outdoor Ice Skate in Boston

Posted by Susie Callahan on Sun, Mar 01, 2015

 

Embrace these last (hopefully) few weeks of winter weather by taking advantage of Boston's outdoor ice skating options. Here are five great spots, as provided by the Boston Calendar:

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Stargaze at BU's Coit Observatory

Posted by Susie Callahan on Wed, Feb 25, 2015

Get a chance to see the night sky up close and personal at the Coit Observatory. Each (weather-permitting) Wednesday, Boston University hosts a Public Open Night, giving you have access to their telescopes to stargaze, check out planets, and see the moon. Staff members are there to offer you educational tidbits and provide any help you need.  These events are fun,free, and educational so this is a great idea for kids or out of town guests. 

 

Be sure to check their twitter feed the day-of, to make sure the event isn't canceled due to weather. 

You can also give them a call at (617) 353-2630. 

 

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Take a Staycation at the Liberty

Posted by Susie Callahan on Wed, Feb 18, 2015

 

7158606095_2c97a49a1e_zThis recent blast of snowy weather may have you feeling like you need a vacation. If you can't get away, why not treat yourself to a relaxing staycation in the city?

Embrace this frosty weather with the Winter Wonderland package at the historic Liberty Hotel. This fun package includes "overnight accommodations in their luxurious guest rooms, a custom walking map from Beacon Hill to Boston Common, two VIP passes to Boston Common's Frog Pond Ice Skating Rink, two hot chocolates or Twisted Toddies in the Liberty Bar, and breakfast for two in CLINK". 

 

For tips from the Boston Globe on how to make the most of your staycation, click here.

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Where to Watch The Superbowl

Posted by Hillary Waldron on Thu, Jan 22, 2015

patriotsThe New England Patriots have made it to the Superbowl! If you don't want to go to a house party, make sure you grab your favorite Patriots shirt and some friends and head over to your favorite watering hole. 

West End, The Fours
The Fours is usually a great place to go before a Bruins game and grab a beer but because of their numerous tvs and menu, is also a great place to go and watch the Superbowl, especially if you live in the area. The Fours has twenty two beers to choose from and great burgers, salads and wings." Chosen as the number one sports bar in America by Sports Illustrated back in 2005, The Fours has been a fan favorite since opening in 1976."

Downtown, Beantown Pub
Beantown Pub, located across from the famous Granary Burial Ground, is a staple in the Downtown area. Although there are not a ton of tvs, the long bar gives guests front row seats no matter where they are in the pub. Plus, a decent drink list and menu allows fans to watch the game and have a meal without breaking the bank.

Fenway, Cask 'n Flagon & Game On
Situated near Fenway Park, these bars have a ton of TVs and is a great place to watch a game with friends. Game On is situated right across the street from Cask and has a similar atmosphere. Game On also has a downstairs bar deemed  "Blazing Paddles" and is equipped with tons of ping pong tables. Personally, I preferred the dingy old bar that put the focus on the televisions. 

Wherever you choose to watch the game, just make sure you enjoy the atmosphere. Go Pats!

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Thanksgiving In The City

Posted by Hillary Waldron on Sat, Nov 22, 2014

thanksgivingFor those of you who can't go home or maybe don't want to spend hours in the kitchen, many restaurants are offering Thanksgiving brunch & dinner options. There are a variety of options in the Boston area this year so you can pick a restaurants that suites you & and your wallet. 

Here are a list of some suggestions, thanks to BostonMagazine.com

Take your pick from Strega staples such as Cozze alla Marinara (sautéed mussels in a spicy tomato sauce), Rollatini di Nico (rolled Sicilian eggplant with fresh ricotta, spinach and mozzarella), and Costara Ripiena (veal chop stuffed with prosciutto andfontina cheese in a white winedemi-glaze sauce).

Russell House Tavern, Cambridge
Celebrate friends and family in the heart of Harvard Square with chef Tom Borgia’s special three-course menu at Russell House Tavern. First course has options like duck breast carpaccio, fried oyster toast, and butternut squash bisque. Mains include cider braised short ribs, grilled salmon with house-cured guanciale, and turkey basted in bacon fat. And for dessert, pecan pie with bourbon caramel ice cream and so much more.

Aura Restaurant, Seaport District
From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Aura will celebrate Thanksgiving with an elaborate buffet brunch. The spread will include breakfast items like eggs benedict, French toast, and a leek and truffle quiche. Chef Robert Tobin will also have a raw bar with clams, oysters, and shrimp. More traditional Thanksgiving offerings will also be on display like roast turkey with cranberry sauce, butternut squash ravioli with brown butter sauce, sweet potato casserole, roasted brussels sprouts, and buttermilk mashed potatoes.

Please keep in mind that reservations are highly recommended. 

Want a few more options? Check out the Boston Magazine article here

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Let the Spooktacular Celebrations Begin!

Posted by Hillary Waldron on Thu, Oct 30, 2014

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The city has a lot to offer during the holidays. From the Boston Ghost Tours to bar crawls, this city has something for everyone! Here are a few events going on in the city for Halloween.

Boston Ghost Tours
"Walk amongst the dead in burying grounds nearly four hundred years old, hear stories of those whose mortal remains lie beneath your feet, and listen to tales of many of the sordid practices that went along with them. "

'Ghostbusters' at Fenway Park
Grab your jacket and see this beloved classic with your friends tonight at 6:00pm! 

Fear At The Revere Hotel
"Freaky performers, spooky visuals and LED light show, plus a DJ dance party make up this Halloween bash at Space 57. Tickets are $15."

For more great Halloween events, check out the BostInno's Halloween Events page here

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Boston Vegetarian Food Festival

Posted by Hillary Waldron on Sun, Oct 12, 2014

bostonveggieThe Boston Vegetarian Society presents the 19th Annual Boston Vegetarian Food Festival! The festival will be held on Saturday, October 25th and Sunday October 26th at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center in Boston. 

"This Festival brings together an amazing array of vegetarian natural food providers, top national speakers and chefs, and educational exhibitors in a fun and welcoming environment.

It is a chance to talk directly to food producers, learn the newest items in the marketplace, taste free food samples, shop at show special discounts, or simply learn what vegetarian foods are available and where you can find them!"

For more information on the Boston Vegetarian Food Festival, please click here

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Celebrate Boston Fashion Week

Posted by Hillary Waldron on Tue, Oct 07, 2014

bostonfashionweekBoston Fashion Week is back! Boston Fashion Week celebrates the life of fashion with various parties, shows and presentations.

Events include "YOLANDA: Innovative Fashion Icon" at the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation, "Hollywood Glamour: Fashion and Jewelry from the Silver Screen" at the Museum of Fine Art and the "New England Revolution Players & Wives Fashion Show with Boden" at BOND at the Langham

"This year Boston Fashion Week is dedicated to the late Marilyn Riseman, a fashion legend in our city. Designers/event producers have been invited to keep one front row seat open as a tribute to Marilyn Riseman's lifetime commitment to the art of fashion and her tireless support of our creative community. "

Boston Fashion Week is going on now til October 11th. For more information, please go to BostonFashionWeek.com.

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