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User currently offlineHamfist From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 614 posts, RR: 3
Posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1341 times:

Looking for some suggestions from those listed in the subject line. I'm leaving next Thursday and heading up the east coast for my first look at Fenway, Shea, and Yankee stadiums as well as Camden Yards. Because it's my first time spending any signficant amount of time in those areas, I'm open to any suggestions the veterans of those parks might have.

For starters, I'll get to Beantown late Friday night and will be staying in Woburn. I've got tix for the Saturday game where it looks like a possible Smoltz vs Dice-K matchup. I'm hoping to get to Fenway by 10:30 for the 1:00 start, so which watering hole should I pit stop into to get the day started? How about post-game? I should have a few hours to skip through the historic part of downtown on the way back.

Sunday morning, we're headed to the Big Apple for the Sunday Yankees @ Mets and then Monday we'll be catching the Red Sox @ Yankees. Still haven't booked a hotel for Sun/Mon nights, but it looks like La Guardia area is my best bet for getting a room that is centrally located between the two stadiums without paying Manhattan $$ for a room. Any thoughts on the LGA hotels?? Other alternatives in the area?

Lastly, we'll be on the road to Baltimore on Tuesday morning. I've already reserved a room at the Days Inn because they had a sweet rate on Orbitz and it's only a hop/skip from both Camden and the Harbour area. It's been several years since I've been in this area. Any Baltimore types willing to suggest the best eats in that area?

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User currently offlinePizzaandplanes From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1328 times:

You should definitly checkout the ESPN Zone in downton Baltimore. Many people have said that it is the best one in the country. Also, in Baltimore the visiting teams always stay at the Marriot next to camden yards. BTW, why not stop in Philly or for a game while your hear on the east coast? Plus the Washington D.C. Nationals are close by also. Anyway, sounds like a fun trip!

User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21088 posts, RR: 56
Reply 2, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1326 times:

Can't help you any with hotels, but I wouldn't be surprised if some near LGA were as pricey as ones in the city, and getting to LGA from Shea, despite the short distance, isn't entirely easy. I'd try and find a cheaper hotel around Grand Central, if you can.

-Mir



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User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1318 times:

Quoting Hamfist (Thread starter):
I'm hoping to get to Fenway by 10:30 for the 1:00 start, so which watering hole should I pit stop into to get the day started?

The 'Cask and Flagon'...!! It's right across the street and is pretty famous. It's in most of the pictures you'll see of the Fenway area.

http://www.casknflagon.com/about1.htm

[Edited 2007-05-13 16:44:37]


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User currently offlinePiercey From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 2233 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1289 times:

Quoting Pizzaandplanes (Reply 1):
You should definitly checkout the ESPN Zone in downton Baltimore. Many people have said that it is the best one in the country.

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Also, if you can, swing down to DC and check out what's down there. Hell, if all else fails, are the Phillies and Nats in town that weekend?

btw: Camden Yards is a nice ballpark, but overrated IMO. PNC Park is still the best I've ever been too, IMO.

piercey in CLE  Sad



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User currently offlineBoston92 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3390 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1286 times:

For boston- Fenway usually does not open until I think 1-1.5 hours before game time except for yankees and other select games where they open gates 2 hours before.

I take it you will be taking the T (subway) to the game (easiest way). Fenway is located on the Green Line, but do not exit off at the Fenway station, the closest and best station is Kenmore, just follow everyone else once off the train. You will have to eat a sausage right outside Fenway on Yawkey and Van Ness streets.

If you want to get to the park a little later than 10, you could go to Fanuel Hall and eat at Durgan Park, irish place with a great Prime Rib Sandwich. Kind of out of the way to Fenway though.

I don't know of any great places before the game, but, after the game, I have a couple of ideas.

1. Go down to the Waterfront.World Trade Center Area and have dinner.
2. Go to downtown Boston and go to the Prudential Center where you go to the 62nd or something floor and look and learn out about Boston with a 360 degree observation deck. Up there, you get headphone things that teach you about landmarks while you look at them. Cost is about 10-12 bucks pp.
3. Just walking around Downtown has always amused me, but you can decide for yourself.



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User currently offlineCastleIsland From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1280 times:

Quoting Hamfist (Thread starter):
For starters, I'll get to Beantown

For starters, don't say that when you're here.  

The above suggestions are good; also check out Yawkey Way, which is blocked off a few hours before game time and is considered part of the ballpark and requires a ticket to enter. Lots of activity going on there, including pre-game interviews/TV coverage down at the south entrance. Also, once inside, the concourses under the stands have been greatly upgraded over the past few years. You can even buy full strength Harp and Guinness if you have a small fortune on your person, so avoid the watered-down Coors please!

After the game, head into downtown and may I recommend some of the oldest pubs and restaurants in the US. The Green Dragon Tavern (Paul Revere and the Sons of Liberty hung out there), The Bell in Hand Tavern , the Union Oyster House, and the Purple Shamrock (not so old, but whatever) are all located within steps of one another in the Haymarket area, which is directly accessible from Kenmore Sq. on the Green line.

Afterwards, walk off the beer and cut through City Hall Plaza. Once you hit Cambridge Street, go right and at the intersection of Cambridge and Bowdoin Street, hit the Red Hat. It's a downstairs bar with a very homey feel. Cheap Hot Wings are good.

http://www.celticweb.com/greendragon/
http://www.pubcrawler.com/Template/ReviewWC.cfm/flat/BrewerID=102047
http://www.unionoysterhouse.com/
http://www.irishconnection.com/index.php?id=46
http://www.bostonredhat.com/

Enjoy Boston!

Edited to add: Sox just scored 6 runs in the bottom of the 9th to beat the Orioles 6-5. Fenway is rockin'!!!

[Edited 2007-05-13 23:19:37]

User currently offlineHalls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1274 times:

Quoting Hamfist (Thread starter):
Looking for some suggestions from those listed in the subject line. I'm leaving next Thursday and heading up the east coast for my first look at Fenway, Shea, and Yankee stadiums as well as Camden Yards.

Just my 2 cents, but I wouldn't spend a dime at Camden Yards. It is a beautiful place to catch a game, but I'm boycotting the Orioles until that as**ole Peter Angelos is no longer running the once proud Birds into the ground.


User currently offlineHamfist From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 614 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1258 times:

Quoting Pizzaandplanes (Reply 1):
You should definitly checkout the ESPN Zone in downton Baltimore. Many people have said that it is the best one in the country. Also, in Baltimore the visiting teams always stay at the Marriot next to camden yards. BTW, why not stop in Philly or for a game while your hear on the east coast? Plus the Washington D.C. Nationals are close by also. Anyway, sounds like a fun trip!

Would have loved to, but I couldn't fit Philly into the schedule and I went to a Mets/Nationals game in D.C. last year. My original plan for this trip was to extend three more days by going to Cincy - St Louis - Kansas City on Wed - Fri, but had some stuff come up and needed to cut it short. Oh well, that will just give me an excuse to find a good time next year to do a Toronto, Philly, Pittburgh, Detroit, Cleveland & Cincy trip.


User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1224 times:

Quoting CastleIsland (Reply 6):
For starters, don't say that when you're here.

He's right. Chowdland is much more appropriate.


User currently offlineTPAnx From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1021 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1189 times:

I envy your trip--been a long time since I've been able to catch anyone but the Devil Rays (which, if any of you ever get to Saint Petersburg, is a pretty good experience). Suggestions for Boston are right on the mark. I've heard good things about Boog Powell Barbeque in Baltimiore...but have never had the opportunity to try it...
Enjoy...
TPAnx



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User currently offlineBoston92 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3390 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1178 times:

Quoting CastleIsland (Reply 6):
Purple Shamrock

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User currently offlineVikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9395 posts, RR: 27
Reply 12, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1165 times:
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Quoting CastleIsland (Reply 6):
After the game, head into downtown and may I recommend some of the oldest pubs and restaurants in the US. The Green Dragon Tavern (Paul Revere and the Sons of Liberty hung out there), The Bell in Hand Tavern , the Union Oyster House, and the Purple Shamrock (not so old, but whatever) are all located within steps of one another in the Haymarket area, which is directly accessible from Kenmore Sq. on the Green line.

Afterwards, walk off the beer and cut through City Hall Plaza. Once you hit Cambridge Street, go right and at the intersection of Cambridge and Bowdoin Street, hit the Red Hat. It's a downstairs bar with a very homey feel. Cheap Hot Wings are good.

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Had our 5-year high school reunion at the Bell in Hand. Decent place. Went to the Red Hat for the first time a month or two ago. Also a decent place.

If you're looking for a nice walk through some of the city, you could start up by City Hall Plaza. Walk south on Tremont St. and then up Park St. to Beacon St. There's a cemetary on Tremont that has some famous names, if I remember correctly. Walk by the State House on Beacon, then cut through the Common and Public Garden to Commonwealth Ave., which has a nice green median that you can walk down. At Clarendon St., take a left up to Copley Square, where the John Hancock building (tallest building in the city), Trinity Church, and the Boston Public Library all are located. From there, it's a short walk down Boylston to the Prudential Center, which has the aforementioned observation deck.

I just did more or less that same walk yesterday with a friend from out of town.

Quoting CastleIsland (Reply 6):

Edited to add: Sox just scored 6 runs in the bottom of the 9th to beat the Orioles 6-5. Fenway is rockin'!!!

Funny that that's the only inning of the game I saw. Now, if they only could have done that on Friday, when I was at the game......



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User currently offlineA380US From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2358 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1164 times:

Quoting Pizzaandplanes (Reply 1):
BTW, why not stop in Philly or for a game while your hear on the east coast? Plus the Washington D.C. Nationals are close by also.

Because they suck lol  banghead 

anyways Shea is getting a little old but they already started the new Citi Field  bomb  and the mets still rock
anyway i think you can buy 5 dollar upper deck tickets at some games but the lower decks are even nicer


PS have fun on the east coast



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User currently offlineCastleIsland From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1157 times:

Quoting Vikkyvik (Reply 12):
There's a cemetary on Tremont that has some famous names, if I remember correctly.

Yes, that's the Old Granary Burying Ground. Paul Revere, John Hancock, Samuel Adams and Thomas Paine (among many others) are buried there.


User currently offlineWellHung From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1136 times:

Quoting Hamfist (Thread starter):
Any Baltimore types willing to suggest the best eats in that area?

What kind of food are you looking for? Price range? Here are a few good, casual places that aren't on the agenda of most tourists:

Nick's Fish House
http://www.nicksfishhouse.com/
Good food and great view outside by the water - a quick drive/cab ride.

-or-

Nick's at the Cross St. Market
Charles St. at Cross St.
(approx 10 min walk from hotel and Camden Yards)

LP Steamers
http://www.lpsteamers.com/
Classic South Baltimore crab house - a quick drive/cab ride.

Sobo Cafe
http://www.citypaper.com/eat/place.asp?id=1740
(approx 10 min walk from hotel and Camden Yards)

Pickle's Pub
520 Washington Blvd. right across from the stadium
(for a few beers before/after the game)


While the ESPN Zone was the first and might be the 'best in the country', it's really not worth checking out unless you are incredibly bored. And if that's the case, the National Aquarium is right next door and a whole lot more interesting. In fact, you might want to avoid the entire Inner Harbor area save for a quick stroll down the water since there really isn't much to see other than Hooters, Cheesecake Factory and a boat or two.


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