The leaves are changing and there’s a buzz in the air here in Boston. That’s right, over 700 marketers have started flowing into the city for MarketingProfs B2B Marketing Forum. Here at NetProspex, we couldn’t be more excited for the week.
Getting out of the office for a few days to attend one of the must-see events for the year is always nice, but sometimes you can get trapped in the comforts of the hotel and never really get to see the city you’ve traveled to. When I started as the Events & Buzz Coordinator at NetProspex, I made a promise to myself to never fall into this trap while traveling across the country for events.
Rather than spouting off my favorite spots in Boston, I reached out to my fellow Bostonian marketers for their recommendations! Take a look.
Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.
Katie Martell, Manager of Content & Communications
Boston’s North End (A short cab ride or Haymarket T Stop on the green and orange line) is a treasure trove of Italian dining, and after-dinner fare. My personal recommendation for the best Italian dinner in Boston is the modern-styled Carmelina’s on Hanover Street, just across from the famous Mike’s Pastry. (Ask for Nick, tell him Katie sent you.) If you do seek something sweet after your hearty Italian meal, across the street is Café Vittoria, a charming old-world Italian coffeehouse known for their cappuccinos and beautiful golden interior. If you’d like to feel like you’re in the Godfather, or cigars and scotch are your thing, head downstairs for Stanza dei Sigari – a classic cigar parlor underneath Café Vittoria (call me). One insider tip: Modern Pastry is better than Mike’s, but they’re all cash-only!
Shop, Dine, Run – We’ve Got it All!
Vanessa Porter, Marketing Manager
Whether you’re looking to shop, play, or eat- Copley has it all! I love stopping by the Boston Public Library and visiting the garden for a quick snack then walking across the street to the Trinity Church. Newbury Street is right there, so you must stop by and see the shops. Once it gets dark, don’t venture too far. Some of my favorite places to drink are in the area. Try Towne or Back Bay Social Club for delicious food and drinks. Whatever you’re in the mood for, you’ll find it at Copley.
Vanessa also provided us with her favorite place to get away from downtown!
The Esplanade connects the urban beauty of the city to the nature wonder, you never know if you’ll see a turtle sun bathing in the inner streams or a curious squirrel stopping by to say hello. Who knows, maybe you’ll discovery a free yoga session or concert too!
Oh no! I lost my suitcase!
Megan Tonzi, Director of Marketing
Looking for a great place to shop? Here’s Megan’s recommendation for best places to shop nearby…
Depending upon your personality and interests Boston has so much to offer, especially the Back Bay (right where the conference is being held)! I cannot deny that I am a fashionista and I seem to always find myself on Newbury Street wandering in and out of all of the great boutiques. However, my all-time favorite store is AllSaints Spitalfields which is headquartered in London but conveniently has a store on Newbury! You can also check out the Johnny Cupcakes shop, which is our local “t-shirt” bakery (side note: they do not sell cupcakes!).
Also, if you become hungry while checking out the shops you can always make a pit stop at Stephanie’s on Newbury for a great brunch. Or if you’re looking for a great happy hour spot I’d suggest Post 390 (just don’t forget to Tweet me to join: Megan_Marie_T). And finally, if you’re looking for a one of a kind dinner check out the Top of the Hub or if you’re feeling a bit Francais perhaps Mistral is more your style.
Work Off that Brunch at Stephanie’s on Adam’s Running Route!
Adam Vavrek, Marketing & Sales Operations Manager
Before it gets too cold, take a jog around the Charles River. You’ll get a nice view of the city and the throng of sailboats and kayaks that occupy the water. You’ll run past the Museum of Science and the Hatch Shell where many concerts are held. If you prefer to bike, rent a bicycle at one of the many Hubway docks in the area; the Charles River bike path goes for 23 miles and goes past major universities like BU, MIT, and Harvard.
Enjoy the Taste of Fall in New England!
Michael Powers, Coordinator, All Things Buzz
As a New Englander, fall is my favorite time of the year. A time for apple picking, sweaters and a personal favorite, Oktoberfest! Now given the fact that we aren’t in Munich, we have to go next best. Boston is home to not one, but three separate breweries. Traditional historic Boston would lead you to think I’m talking about the Sam Adams Brewery, but my recommendation is to head over to the Seaport and check out the Harpoon Factory. Go in, enjoy some of Harpoons newest craft beers and have a seat in the community styled beer hall.
Conveniently enough, you won’t even have to stray far from the Forum to head down there. As NetProspex was working with MarketingProfs on the perfect location for B2B After Dark at the 2014 Forum we thought no further than the Harpoon Factory itself. So stick around Thursday night and head over there at 7:30PM, it’s sure to be a great time!
Don’t forget all the great things that MarketingProfs has in store for us this week. Starting tonight, Wednesday October 6th, 2014 from 5:30-6:30PM, The Welcome Reception at the Westin Copley Place in the Staffordshire Room! Come say hello to your fellow MarketingProfs groupies.
From Boston? Tell us what your favorite hot spots are in the comments below!