—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.