This past weekend, I may have taken the quickest trip EVER.
For my job, I attend a lot of lifestyle blog conferences. Since I love traveling and I love working with other bloggers, it’s a perfect fit! I thoroughly enjoy meeting new people, learning their story and teaching them about Affiliate Marketing. A few months ago, my boss told me about a sports blogger conference in Boston and asked if I could go. I immediately said yes. I’ve never been to Boston, so a new city to check off the list AND I’ve never been to a sports blogger conference, so I was really excited to try something new.
The conference was being held from noon-4pm on Saturday afternoon, so we decided to put in a full days work on Friday then fly to Boston around 7:30pm. The flight was a bit delayed and took about two hours from Chicago, but with the time change, we landed at 11pm. Downtown Boston is really not far at all from the airport, which I did not know. We were set to stay at a hotel just around the corner from the conference, but we ran into a minor snafu. Our reservations were booked for March 3, 2017 instead of June 3, 2016. Weird, right? Oops. The joys of traveling! The hotel staff at the Onyx were super helpful. While the Onyx did not have any open rooms, they called their sister hotel, Hotel Marlowe, in Cambridge and they were able to accommodate us with a discounted rate! Score.
The drive from the Onyx to Hotel Marlowe was less than 10 minutes. I thought Cambridge was going to be a lot farther from downtown, but it’s literally right over a bridge. I was really pleased with Hotel Marlowe. The rooms were super tidy and a great size, and the overall appearance was very modern and chic.
Since it was already so late by the time we checked into the Marlowe, I went straight to bed. I wanted to get up early and do some exploring before we had to be at the conference. I looked at a map to check out what I was close to, and perhaps make a plan for myself, but I didn’t have time to visit the places I really wanted to see – Harvard’s campus, the Freedom Trail, or even MIT’s campus. So instead I just winged it. The first 20 minutes of my walk was pretty uneventful, until I finally came across a bridge with good views of the Charles River and downtown. I walked halfway across the bridge, passing a handful of early morning joggers, and snapped a few pictures.
While it wasn’t the Boston Harbor, I was still happy to be out and about, exploring a new city. My free time only lasted roughly two hours, before I had to get ready for the conference. The conference was the Boston Sports Blogapalooza, and it was being held at the Causeway Restaurant and Bar. This type of scene was much different than your lifestyle blogger conference, but I think the setting really fit the crowd. It was mostly bloggers and media influencers from the Boston area. I loved hearing the accents! It was a super nice Saturday in Boston, so the conference didn’t get as many attendees as previously hoped, but it was still a neat experience. We had a good time at Causeway, chatting about life in Boston and blogging, all while enjoying some beers. Talk about a super laid back conference!
After the conference ended, my colleague and I were on a mad hunt to find lobster. After chatting with a few Bostonians at the palooza, it was decided that Yankee Lobster on the Boston Harbor was the place to try. It was described as simply ‘the best lobster in the city’ and a ‘hole in the wall.’ Done deal. We didn’t have much time, as we were scheduled to fly out at 7pm that night. I was a little nervous I wasn’t going to get my lobster fix in when we arrived, because there was a line outside the restaurant. This really must be the place to be! Luckily, the line goes pretty fast and we were ordering our lobster in no-time. It was tiny on the inside, but the food was delicious. Small, but mighty! I opted for the lobster roll, while my colleague got a 1.25 lb lobster. My roll was perfect – it didn’t have any fillers or too much sauce, just huge lumps of lobster. My fav!
Once our bellies were full of lobster, it was time to head to the airport to get back to Chicago. See what I mean – SUPER quick trip! Our flight was again just a little delayed, and we were back on Chicago soil around 9pm. I was so ready for bed at this point.
This quick trip to Boston made me want to go back another weekend and do some more exploring. Everyone we chatted with said you could walk the entire city of Boston in one day – I’d like to try! I’d also LOVE to visit Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Code or Nantucket for a day when I go back. It seems like there’s so much to see and do in and around Boston! Here are some ideas from Viator.com (affiliate links):
- Boston Brewery Tours
- Price: $85.00
- Boston Brunch Cruise
- Price: $86.33
- Boston Chocolate Walking Tour
- Price: $47.99
- Boston Historic Sightseeing Cruise
- Price: $28.30
- PhotoWalks Freedom Trail Tour
- Price: $40.00
- New England Aquarium
- Price: $9.91
- Boston in One Day Sightseeing Tour
- Price: $72.22
- Discover Martha’s Vineyard from Boston
- Price: $95.00
- Plimoth Plantation Living Museum Day Trip from Boston
- Price: $70.00
- Boston Codzilla: Thrill Boat Ride
- Price: $30.45
Have you ever been to Boston? What should I do when I go back? Let’s hear about it in the comments!