A couple of weeks ago I went to Boston. While my actual work was in the suburbs, I unexpectedly ended up with one free evening. Even though it would have been easier to stay in my comfy Hampton Inn bed and catch up on Property Brothers, I decided to have an adventure and head to downtown Boston.
When I realized it was the idea of driving and having to park that made me almost not go, I searched for an alternative transportation method. I found it in…..the train! The last time I took a train, from White Plains NY to Times Square, was not super successful, so even though I knew it would be easier than driving it still wasn’t a simple matter. Luckily, everyone I met was incredibly helpful. The parking guy even let park and run and get cash (since they didn’t take credit card). Let the train adventure begin!
From Lowell to North Station it takes close to an hour. So I read a book, looked out the window, answered some email…basically just enjoyed the downtime way more than if I were driving. I was worried once I arrived that I wouldn’t know where to go, but another helpful person gave me quick walking directions. It was less than a mile, so I took my time and enjoyed looking at stuff.
I walked to Faneuil Hall:
And then past the Union Oyster House. A friend suggested I eat there, but it was super crowded with a line out the door. By this time I was super hungry, so elected to try somewhere else.
At one point, I looked at my map and thought, Oh no! I’m going to have to cross a highway! But when I got there, instead of the busy interstate I saw this lovely park, because the highway was underground. Genius!
I ended up having dinner at Neptune Oyster The waitress said everything on their menu was delicious, but they are known for their lobster roll. While you can get it the traditional way, cold with mayonnaise, their specialty is hot with melted butter. Y’all, I paid $27 for a sandwich and it was so good I would do it again EVERY WEEK. If you ever go to Boston, GO THERE. It is tiny, though—be prepared to wait. The couple in front of me were told they would have to wait an hour, but since I was by myself I got the last place at the bar immediately.
After dinner, I walked around the corner to Mike’s Pastry. On the five minute walk, I must have seen ten people carrying a Mike’s Pastry box, so I felt pretty confident I was making the right choice. They have what seems like one million varieties of cannoli there. I chose to go with the classic—chocolate chip. Apparently I had never had real cannoli before this because it was amaaaaaazing.
After that, I headed back to the station. I made the 8:30 train and was home and in bed (watching an episode of Property Brothers, FTW) by 10pm. I am so glad I got out of my hotel room and did something fun!
Readers, have you ever had a fun adventure on a business trip?