TA Away Game Travel Guide to New England

19 Mar 2012 3:05 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)

—by Andrew Brawley

Let’s just call New England what it really is: Boston. We could spend this time droning on about how Gillette Stadium isn’t even in Boston (it’s actually 30 miles away!), or how the Revolution’s stadium situation is less than optimal (the Patriots come first, followed by their cheerleaders, major concerts, a rodeo or two, and THEN the Revs), or how the Revs front office’s “interaction” with their supporters’ groups has been somewhat unpleasant in recent years. Oh, and we also won’t discuss this…not at all.

Instead, let’s focus on the fact that Boston is actually a pretty great city. The connections between Portland and Boston are definitely worth a read. I’ve been to Boston, but both trips did not allow me to really explore the city enough to provide my own tips (aside from a really rad pho place). However, I think this post’s guest contributor more-than-makes up for my travel shortcomings.

MLS/NASL player, and Portland native, Ryan Cochrane spent 2011 playing defender for the New England Revolution. While he was only there for one season (he spent previous seasons in San Jose and Houston), he’s been around the league long enough to know how to seek out the local haunts. Now playing for the San Antonio Scorpions, he took the time out of his schedule to send these suggestions for TA members traveling to Boston. Thanks Ryan for the hook-up!

 

Faneuil Hall is a cool place in the city that has all of the shops and food spots you could ask for. Also a good selection of bars and pubs like The Black Rose Pub in this area as well.

For the most authentic Irish pub Boston has to offer, it’s got to be Mr. Dooley's Boston Tavern. An all Irish ownership and staff keeps it very traditional. Most days you'll find soccer on the TV's and live music.

In a similar area downtown is, in my opinion, an awesome walk through the city along the Freedom Trail. If you want a little history it's about 2.5 miles and worth the trip.

For more upscale shopping the place to do that is on Newbury St. downtown (however you wouldn't catch me on Newbury).

Boston Public Garden is also a cool spot to be if the weather is nice. Pretty scenic area within the city.

One place I definitely recommend is the Sam Adams Brewery. Portlanders love their microbrews and Sam Adams is THE Boston beer. Tours at the brewery are pretty interesting and it’s a good time all around. Their seasonal beers are fantastic!

You can't go to Boston without sampling the best clam chowder you'll ever taste! Everyone will tell you that Union Oyster House in Boston is THE place to go for it. It’s also the oldest restaurant in the country and located on the Freedom Trail, very close to Faneuil Hall. It can be a little touristy but it’s a must! You could say Union Oyster is the Voodoo Doughnut of Boston.


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  • 14 Jul 2016 9:29 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)
    Aaron Flynn says:
    Monday, March 19, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Very glad that my San Antonio Scorpions have so many Portland connections. Didn’t know Ryan Cochrane was from Portland and then Matt Gold played at Ohio State with Brunner. My two favorite teams are so awesome!
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  • 14 Jul 2016 9:29 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)
    Matthew says:
    Monday, March 19, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Book lovers should take the red line across the Charles to Cambridge.

    Also dinner in the North end (of Boston, though fitting ) is a must. Portland doesn’t do Italian food like the north end. Any restaurant will do, seriously! Plus you can visit the old north church made famous by Paul Revere.
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  • 14 Jul 2016 9:29 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)
    David says:
    Monday, March 19, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    And save room for some cannolis. Every time I leave Boston (I go 2-3 times a year) I hit up Mike’s Italian Pastry on the way to the airport. Place gets crazy busy but is worth it:
    http://www.mikespastry.com/
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  • 14 Jul 2016 9:30 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)
    Rustam Kocher says:
    Friday, March 23, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Mike’s is so good you’ll go back after you eat whatever it is you order. It was better than the Cannoli’s that we found in Rome and Florence!

    I would visit Boston again just to go to Mike’s.

    I second the recommendation to hit Cambridge and walk across Harvard and MIT. Interesting places.
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  • 14 Jul 2016 9:30 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)
    Gabby Rosas says:
    Monday, March 19, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Not going to the game, but have been to Beantown many times over the past couple of years. If you make it to the Sam Adams Brewery, be sure to save room for lunch or dinner. There is a very good pub within walking distance that will let you keep one of the fancy Sam Adams pint glasses when you purchase a brew from them.

    Also – If beer is on your to-do list, also check out Harpoon Brewery. They have a good walk-through and always have some interesting specialty beers on tap at the end of the tour.
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  • 14 Jul 2016 9:31 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)
    Matt Kauffman says:
    Friday, March 23, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Doyle’s is the Pub nearby! It’s a pretty well known pub and has been used in several movies including the Departed. If you like bars that are a little more low-key I’d suggest the Midway Cafe, which is just down the street from Doyle’s. Great people, interesting music (and every once in awhile a burlesque show if you’re lucky.) I’d also suggest The Brendan Behan Pub in Jamaica Plain. A great tiny bar’s bar. Cash only, no food (but you can bring your own), dog friendly. Plus there’s irish folk sessions every saturday around 5.
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  • 14 Jul 2016 9:31 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)
    bfw says:
    Monday, March 19, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    That supporter(?) video is pretty laughable as well. I love videos like these, but come on, show some effort.
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  • 14 Jul 2016 9:31 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)
    Andrew Brawley says:
    Monday, March 19, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    It’s actually a video produced by the Revs’ front office.
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  • 14 Jul 2016 9:31 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)
    bfw says:
    Monday, March 19, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    That’s just so sad…
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