Andrew and I went down to Boston for a little birthday getaway this past October. We hadn’t been to Boston, aside from the airport, in years. Which is crazy when it’s only a 2 hours drive away but we just haven’t had a reason to make the journey south. We had a great weekend full of yummy food, live music and a wonderful hotel.
For my birthday I treated myself to some Neil Frances tickets. Who the heck is Neil Frances you ask? Don’t worry, no one seems to know who this amazing group is except for me and Andrew. They are super fun…I guess you describe them as indie dance, and they put on a great show at the Paradise Rock Club. The ‘dise was a place that I spent many nights during my early 20s so it was fun to bring Andrew there. It’s a little gritty and the drinks might be a little watered down but it’s such a fun venue. Neil Frances did not disappoint. They put on such a great show and kept me dancing the whole time.
When I was planning our getaway I wanted to find a hotel close to The Paradise and stumbled across The Verb Hotel which is right behind Fenway. It’s an old Howard Johnson that has been transformed into a rock and roll themed hotel. Song lyrics everywhere, concert memorabilia, turntables in every room and a heated pool. It was perfect for our concert weekend. Well, let me tell you this was one of the best hotels we have ever stayed in. I booked us a room with a pool view and balcony but was pleasantly surprised when they upgraded us to “Backstage”.
We had our own private trailer nestled between The Verb and Fenway. It was in the VIP section so we had a special key card to access where we were staying. There were lawn games like ladder ball and cornhole, cozy places to sit and super random…Tom Hanks’ old movie trailer.
We ate dinner right at Hojoko, which was actually right in the hotel. It didn’t feel like a hotel restaurant though. There were Anime movies playing, lanterns hanging from the ceiling and a bustling vibe. The food was fantastic and so were the cocktails. We got a lot of plates to share and everything was really good. After the show we popped over to Citizen Public House for some late night fries and a couple more drinks before we called it a night. For breakfast on Sunday we were feeling a little fuzzy but managed the walk down the street to Tatte for some delicious lamb hash and a breakfast sandwich.
It was a quick trip to Boston but we enjoyed every minute. The staff at The Verb was SO nice and super friendly. We will definitely be staying here again, we need to take a dip in the pool!