Are you coming to ITSMA’s 20th Annual Marketing Conference: The New Face of Marketing? If yes, then you are coming to one of the best cities during the best time of the year. You might even be in Boston to celebrate the World Series Championship (but I don’t want to jinx it.) If you have been to Boston before, you know there is plenty to do and some fabulous restaurants. If you haven’t you are in for a treat!
To help you make the best choices for your free time, I did some research. I surveyed the experts at ITSMA and have compiled their recommendations here.
From our Director, Administration & Event Logistics, Carolyn (Be sure to thank her for everything because she makes the conference magic happen):
- Favorite things to do: Duck Tour, Faneuil Hall, The North End
- Favorite local flavor restaurants: Scampo, Rialto & Henrietta’s Table (in Charles Hotel—personal favorites and convenient!)
From Dianne, Research Associate extraordinaire (and you better believe she knows her Korean food!):
- I am a huge fan of live music so for the music fans: The Sinclair in Harvard Square is an excellent venue (restaurant and live music)
- Walking around Newbury Street/Boston Public Gardens (pretty for fall)
- Museum of Fine Arts. Currently has an exhibition called “She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World; very provocative!
- BonChon Chicken in Harvard Square has amazing fried chicken (spicy/Korean style!) In addition to the amazing chicken there are traditional Korean dishes as well
- There is a brand new Korean restaurant (the original is in Allston) called Kaju Tofu House. The soft tofu stew is a MUST.
- Not Korean but awesome: Saloon in Davis Square is a speakeasy inspired bar/restaurant (the entrance is so inconspicuous that I always walk right past it and have to turn around). Can’t speak for the food because I haven’t eaten there but the drinks are excellent and the ambience/interior is amazing
- Toscanini’s ice cream for dessert in Central Square, very famous
From our eloquent Research and Thought Leadership Director, Dan: (Dan is relatively new to Boston. He just recently celebrated his one-year anniversary in Bean Town, so he was very happy to receive everyone else’s recommendations. You can wish him a happy anniversary):
- Koreana in Cambridge (Korean, gorgeous presentation, more Central Square but walking distance from Harvard) [Editor’s note: why does the research staff like Korean food so much? I will have to research this further…]
- Club Passim in Harvard Square (the music more than the food)
- Hana Sushi in North Cambridge (creative California-style sushi)
From Ashley, the administrative assistant who is the wind beneath our wings:
- Favorite things to do: The New England Aquarium is fun, and they just did a big expansion.
- Favorite local flavor restaurants:
From our fearless leader, Dave:
- Walk or run along the Charles River in Cambridge (one block from the hotel) towards Boston
- Walk along the Boston waterfront
- The New England Aquarium, which just reopened
- Brunch at Henrietta’s Table or dinner at Rialto’s in the Charles Hotel
From our European Senior VP, Bev (what does she know about Boston? Better to ask her about London)
- Favorite things to do: Take a boat tour around the harbour [editor’s note: See what I mean? Bev doesn’t even know how to spell harbor)
- Favorite local flavor restaurants: Eat at the Blue Dragon, newly opened at the waterfront
Dirk, everyone’s favorite Director, Client Engagement, really knows his stuff despite the fact that he hails from LA, not Boston.
- Walk Harvard campus/Harvard Square
- Visit Yankee Candle headquarters—just across the street from where Kathy lives in Western Massachooseitz. One of New England’s most popular destinations! (allow for travel time)
- Walk the Freedom Trail
- Eat fresh scalps [editor’s note: I am going to assume he meant scallops, but you never know…]
Kathy, the woman who lives across the street from the Yankee Candle headquarters didn’t have that on her list. Hmmm…Here are her suggestions:
- Newbury Street: Famous people sightings and a short walk to Davio’s – the tiramisu was the best but I haven’t had it in years
- Faneuil Hall: History AND beer at the Black Rose
- Museum of Fine Arts: A feast for the eyes
And finally from Cynthia, the woman who has the honor of sorting out Obamacare for ITSMA:
- Don’t forget the North End! Good food, charming. We like The Florentine Café, 333 Hanover St. – casual. More upscale is Strega – I haven’t been there, but have friends who like it.
- Any geeks coming? There are Segway tours if the weather is nice.
- A Duck Tour or Harbor tour is great too…and agreed, the Museum of Fine Arts is a gem.
So there you have it–plenty to do in Boston and Cambridge. But wait, there’s more! Check out what last year’s ITSMA Conference attendees had to say: