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Week In Review: Boston

 

Back to reality today…I am not at all ready for this week or for what it will take to wake my son up for school this morning but since there’s no choice, we aren’t going to whine and complain about it. Instead, let’s take a closer look at what we did (and ate) in Boston last week.

Where We Stayed:

I highly recommend staying at one of the Copley Place hotels in the Back Bay area of Boston. We stayed at the Marriott (because I have stayed here before) and absolutely love it. Did I mention that it is connected to shops at the Prudential Center and a mall of high end stores and restaurants?

copley place

You don’t even have to leave the hotel to shop and eat which is terrific especially during the winter months when it’s cold and snowing.

The Food:

While I hardly used my phone, I did manage to take pictures of most of our meals.

We love a good hotel breakfast and I am already missing my morning cup of Starbucks in the hotel lobby before hitting the gym.

Breakfast in Boston

Our last morning in Boston was my favorite breakfast because we really took our time and I even grabbed a newspaper to read. I used to love to read the newspaper in the morning but I canceled it’s delivery a year or so ago. Maybe I need it again as part of my need for unplugging as possible.

hotel breakfast

Dinner at Max Brenner started with onion rings which are served with a cocoa ranch type dip.

onion rings

Instead of the usual salad as my meal, I ordered a veggie burger which was terrific.

veggie burger

Max Brenner’s chocolate fondue is always my favorite fondue.

chocolate fondue

Best chocolate chunk cookies in that bowl!

Frozen yogurt at Quincy Market because I am a creature of habit.

frozen yogurt

My son picked the m&m’s covered candy apple but it was really hard to eat even though they sliced it up so most of it went to waste.

candy apples

When your hotel is attached to the Cheesecake Factory, of course you go at least once.

cheesecake factory salad

We ended up at PF Chang’s by default because we were starving and the trolley we were riding in made a stop right in front of the restaurant so we just got off completely unsure of what section of town we were in. It didn’t matter, we needed to eat and eat immediately.

PF Changs

Our hotel had a candy shop so a few bags like this happened. Oh and the chocolate covered dried pineapple rings were to die for.

candy

The Fun:

I know not everyone is a sports fan like me but if you are ever in Boston, I do recommend the Fenway Park tour. We really enjoyed it. Fenway Park is such a historical ballpark and the tour is really interesting. They take you through the park’s history (and the history of the Red Sox not that I like the Red Sox since I am a Yankees fan but still, it’s interesting), allow you to sit in the original seats inside the park, see the visitors locker room, sit up in the press box and even sit up in the Green Monster. Super cool.

Fenway Park

The Boston Bruins game which I already mentioned last week was really fun although had we been in Boston an extra day, we maybe could have seen the Winter Classic game on New Year’s Day.

Boston Bruins

We took the trolley tour throughout our stay which was great for getting around and learning about the city. The trolley stops at all the important places (including our hotel) and your ticket allows you to hop on and off throughout the day. We used the trolley to get just about everywhere during the day including the New England Aquarium.

penguins

Quincy Market is the same trolley stop as the aquarium so we walked on over to eat and shop around.

quincy market

Boston is such a nice city. A real good mix of shopping and historical landmarks. It has such charm and is so clean and cute that I can’t wait to go back again soon.

It’s always nice to come home though. Once I can see the New York City skyline out the car window, I get all happy to know I am home. As much as I love a few days away and definitely benefited from this break, I really look forward to waking up in my own bed and getting back to my own routine.

I could do without the laundry part of coming home from a trip though. Ugh. Still playing catch up on all of that.

Linking up today for my first Week in Review with Meg so make sure to check out what everyone else has been up to!

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Where do you like to stay when in Boston?

Favorite type of hotel breakfast?

Are you in a mood this morning because it’s back to reality time or are you ready?

 

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  • Michele @ paleorunningmomma January 4, 2016, 6:00 am

    I’m sorta in a mood, thanks for asking lol 😉 not quite ready! But your trip pictures make me happy. Maybe one day I’ll really experience Boston aside from marathon weekend and without the pressure! Love all the food pics – it’s tough to get all of them.
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  • Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine January 4, 2016, 6:40 am

    My mood is ok for now but I feel like as soon as 1 thing goes wrong its gonna be all downhill. It was a struggle getting up early again this morning! Looks like a fun trip. When we were in Boston a few years ago we really wanted to go to the Sam Adams brewery but it was closed when we got there. We’ve gotta go back one of these days!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles January 5, 2016, 3:56 pm

      It’s been a struggle getting up so early for sure! Mainly because it’s cold and dark. I could use another hour probably but once I am up, it’s ok. I guess. lol

  • Gretchen | Gretchruns January 4, 2016, 7:06 am

    Looks like such a fun trip! Love those penguins and all the food 🙂 The only time that I went to Boston we stayed near the Boston Commons which was a great location! We got a really good deal on Hot Wire. I wasn’t ready at all to go back to work all weekend, but now I’m kind of excited!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles January 5, 2016, 3:55 pm

      I wasn’t ready to get back to things this week but it didn’t take long for me to adjust. thank goodness!

  • Susie @ SuzLyfe January 4, 2016, 7:22 am

    My family and I went to Boston a long time ago, and as you know I was supposed to make my triumphant return this spring, but that trip might just be put off for a bit. I remember loving the NE Aquarium. I’m in a mood, but more so because I woke up hella early and feeling terrible. Not enough coffee (of any sort) in the world to fix that.
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  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 4, 2016, 7:42 am

    I’m not sure how I’d feel about the combination of onion and chocolate, but I’m super intrigued by that cocoa ranch dip. I trust your judgment 😛 And I’ve never been to Boston before, but it’s always looked like such a great place to visit. It’s on my travel bucket list, but you know how good I am at making it out east 😛
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles January 5, 2016, 3:54 pm

      You barely taste the cocoa. They add it because Max Brenner is known for the chocolate so it’s a little touch to the main courses and stuff. Like they cocoa dust the French fries but you hardly notice. We will go when you come to NY!

  • Ellie January 4, 2016, 8:07 am

    I have never been to Boston! I do want to go someday (when it’s warm) and see the city. I loved staying at the Marriott because it’s so clean and the continental breakfasts are so good! I love the waffle bar and the biscuits and gravy station. My parents would make sure we loaded up so then we didn’t have to eat again until dinner (smart way to save money when on vacation). I am ready to get back into the swing of life. The holidays were fun, but now I’m glad to be onto the next phase of the year.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles January 5, 2016, 3:53 pm

      That’s totally smart! It gets so pricey when traveling. Most of the time, we were eating late lunches/ early dinner because we were full and eating breakfast later than normal.

  • Alyssa @ renaissancerunnergirl January 4, 2016, 9:17 am

    I love Boston. NYC is home and always will be, but sometimes I think a slightly smaller yet still full of life, entertainment, food/shopping/outdoor activities/cultural centres city like Boston is really the best kind of place to be!
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  • Angie @ Pace with Grace January 4, 2016, 9:23 am

    Looks like you had a really great time in Boston! I have never been but would love to go some day. I am struggling a bit to mentally get back on my game for the work week but have a feeling that will change quickly (or at least I hope).
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  • Arthi January 4, 2016, 9:45 am

    I love hotel breakfasts! I traveled a ton for my last job and was loyal to Hilton brand hotels. Part of my stay included free breakfast and I always looked forward to the breakfast buffets! I loved getting a random mix of cereal/yogurt/fruit … And then I would always have to sample the hot biscuits 🙂

    Looks like you had a blast in Boston!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles January 5, 2016, 3:52 pm

      Hilton has a great hotel buffet! That’s our favorite when we stay down in Disney at Hilton Bonnet Creek. SO so good.

  • Sarah @ BucketListTummy January 4, 2016, 9:56 am

    I love Boston. The Sam Adams brew tour is a must! I also love the shopping, museums and all the walking. That chocolate fondue looks great.

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles January 5, 2016, 3:51 pm

      It’s a great walking city, although in the cold of the winter, the trolley tour worked really well for us!

  • Sarah @pickyrunner January 4, 2016, 10:23 am

    MY CITY! I’m so in love with Boston. I love the charm and the close proximity to everything and the restaurants… just everything. Max Brenner is always a fave. And love that you stayed in Copley. Perfect location!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles January 5, 2016, 3:50 pm

      Such a perfect location! I can’t wait to come back and do some of the things we missed (like extra stops for chocolate desserts in Quincy market)

  • Suzy January 4, 2016, 11:29 am

    Oh, it looks like you had such a good time with so much good food! I’m looking forward to the first day back at school, although we just got our first snowfall and I swear if I can’t get the kids to school, I’ll be homicidal by noon.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles January 4, 2016, 11:38 am

      You just made me think of something funny – after Hurricane Sandy and having the kids all home for two weeks (two weeks!!!!), when they finally opened the schools again, within 5 minutes, the power went out in the building due to wind and they sent the kids home. Can you imagine? I remember saying that even I needed a drink to get through the day (I don’t really drink but was going to lose my mind!)

  • Jen@bubblyrunner.com January 4, 2016, 12:11 pm

    I am totally in a mood today because it’s back to reality, BUT I keep reminding myself it’ll be nice to get back to my regular fitness/healthy eating routine after so many holiday indulgences (hello pecan pie!). Close friends of ours used to live in Boston so we’d always stay with them, and I loved the city! So much history and great sights. Favorite hotel breakfast would probably be oatmeal or an omelette.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles January 5, 2016, 3:50 pm

      I am with you on the oatmeal for breakfast. Home or away, it’s my favorite.

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes January 4, 2016, 12:11 pm

    Looks like such a fun trip! I love hotel breakfasts also. The ones in Germany always had the best muesli and yogurt!
    I’m in a bit of a mood today, mostly because I only have 10 days before our next trip and that’s barely enough time to refocus. I hope your Monday is going well!
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  • Arman @ thebigmansworld January 4, 2016, 12:42 pm

    Ahhh Boston is on my list this year- You’ve made that hotel sound so appealing too!

    Can we take a hot minute to discuss the fondue? I am in LOVE with the banana bread chunks you dip…I hope it’s not just in the Australian stores because those were amazng!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles January 5, 2016, 3:49 pm

      I have yet to see the banana bread chunks! Not at the NYC Max Brenner and not at the Boston one either. This is not ok!

  • AmandaM January 4, 2016, 1:45 pm

    Oh yay! I’m so glad you had a good time. I’m a little proud of Boston 🙂 I live 1 mile from Heartbreak Hill so I “stay” at home when going into the city. I’ve been to many functions at the Marriott Copley and you are right that the location is perfect.
    I totally hear you about loving the return home. Even if the place you visit is great, returning to the routine and your own bed is the best.

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles January 5, 2016, 3:48 pm

      Yes we had a great time! But it’s also great to come back home 🙂 We will come back again soon though, maybe over the summer.

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets January 4, 2016, 6:08 pm

    I have always wanted to visit Boston.

    My dad is a huge Red Sox fan so he would have loved that tour.

    Onion rings make me happy, as does candy shops connected to the hotel. Losing half the goodies on your candy apple, not so much.

    I’m glad you and your son had a great trip, and thanks for linking up. Nice to see you at the Week in Review.