Gosh, this post is SO overdue, but I figure better late than never.
We visited Boston back in December & I never got around to creating a mini travel guide about our trip. 

What We Did:

TD Garden - Rangers/Bruins Game: Our main reason for the trip was our yearly Rangers hockey away game. Jody & I love to travel to one away game per season and with our schedules being so crazy this year, we decided to go somewhere relatively close. We drove up to Boston for the weekend & arrived just in time for a late afternoon game. I loved how spirited the arena was; there were bears everywhere & all the seats were yellow!! The game itself was lots of fun & the Rangers won which always makes these trips better! I was surprised by how many Rangers fans surrounded us. It seemed like every row in the arena had a couple of Blueshirts.

Quincy Market: The next morning, we didn't really have a plan so we just decided to make our way towards Quincy Market & walk around. We walked around the downtown area a bit & stopped into a bunch of shops along the way. The middle of the square had Christmas music playing and the largest Christmas tree in the northeast area. It was so festive!

Also visit: Boston Aquarium. Jody & I visited Boston a few years ago when we first started dating and visited the aquarium while we were in town the first time. It's a really fun afternoon activity for all ages. They have a huge fish tank right in the middle of the building that you can walk 360 degrees around to check out all of the different fish & wildlife.

Where We Stayed: 

The Boxer in Boston. When planning our weekend, we knew we wanted a hotel right in the heart of downtown & within walking distance of the hockey arena, TD Garden. We chose boutique hotel, The Boxer and really enjoyed our stay. Most would say the rooms are cozy...they are small. But the room was enough space for a weekend stay. If you are bringing a lot of stuff or plan to visit for an extended time, I might recommend a suite. The staff was SO helpful & friendly. The location was great - about a 5 minute walk from the arena and 10 minute walk from Quincy Market. They do offer valet parking, but we chose to park in one of the nearby garages since it was cheaper and it worked out just fine. 

Where We Ate:

TD Garden: We arrived on Saturday afternoon just in time for the NY Rangers vs. Boston Bruins game, so we thought we would eat dinner at the game. The game had typical arena food (we had chicken tenders & fries) - except for these HUGE pizza slices! I wish we had seen it earlier & gotten one. It was literally like a flatbread sliced horizontally so that it was a super long slice. 

Causeway Bar & Grill: Post game, we decided we were still hungry and walked across the street from the arena. Obviously there are a ton of restaurants and bars near the arena, so it was by chance that we chose this one, but the food ended up being really good! The place has 2 large bars & casual seating if you want to sit and have a meal. We opted to share the chili and a french dip sandwich. I have to say, the sandwich was one of the best I've ever had! I think it had to do with the bread being the perfect crispness. 

Finch: This restaurant is actually part of The Boxer & they serve breakfast, lunch & dinner! We ate breakfast here and it was DELICIOUS! Jody got the best egg sandwich I've ever tasted & I loved my waffles with berries. The food was simple but elevated and did I mention it was delicious?? If we had more time in town, I definitely would have tried the lunch & dinner menus at the restaurant.

Mike's Pastry: One of the activities that Jody wanted to do was visit Mike's Pastry. This bakery is known for their cannoli's so while in town, we had to stop by and try one out for ourselves. We tried a classic cannoli and an Oreo cannoli. The Oreo was good, but there's nothing like a really good classic cannoli. That would be the one I would recommend!

Union Oyster House: AFTER visiting Mike's Pastry, we decided it was time for lunch ha! Jody wanted to try some authentic New England Clam Chowder & our hotel had recommended this restaurant for lunch!  We sat on their bar side which was a smaller menu but had a large enough selection for us to enjoy lunch. We shared a clam chowder (which did live up to our standards) and a lobster roll. 

During our trip, we also visited family which was nice to be able to squeeze in since we had a limited amount of time. A weekend is probably not enough time to really see the entire city of Boston, but we had a great trip & it's close enough to NY that we definitely plan to visit again soon!

Michelle Paige