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Valentine’s Day In Boston

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Valentine’s Day is almost here!  Whether you’re excited to spend a romantic evening with your significant other, or are single and plan on spending the night with friends, Boston is a fun destination with tons of events going on for everyone.  Since there are so many events to choose from, we thought we’d narrow down the list and make it easier to decide, so check out our tops picks for Valentine’s Day events in the city!

Fenway Park Winter Lights Show – Who wouldn’t love to spend Valentine’s Day at “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark”?  Lucky for you Fenway is offering daily tours and a light show through the month of February, so you can spend Valentine’s Day at the park taking in a romantic display of lights with the Boston skyline in the background!  Show your valentine how creative you are by heading to this unique event instead of a typical dinner date. Tours are at 4, 5, and 6 PM and cost $15 per person.  Tickets are available on a first-come,  first-served basis and are for sale on the day of the event at the Gate D Ticket Booth.  This event is perfect for couples, friends, or even families on Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise – If you’re really trying to impress someone special this year, take them on a harbor cruise around Boston aboard the Odyssey.  Not only will there be amazing views of the Boston skyline, there will also be live music paired with a DJ, and an impressive dinner and dessert menu.  What could be more romantic than floating around the harbor, dancing to live music, and enjoying a top of the line meal?  This event is a bit pricey with tickets starting at $109.90 per person but also includes a champagne toast and rose for each couple.  Boarding begins at 6 PM and the cruise lasts from 7 – 10 PM.  To make a reservation for this event call (866) 307-2469.

Flirt Fest At The Bell In Hand – For all of you singles out there, this is the place to be on Valentine’s Day.  Have an amazing pick-up line or one that’s equally as horrible?  You might just win their Best & Worst Pick-Up Line Contest, and best case scenario it might even get you a date.  This Anti-Valentine’s Day event will feature a reception, a DJ, dancing, and awards for Boston’s biggest Male and Female Flirts.  The event will last from 7 PM – midnight and tickets range from $10-$20, get them while they last!

Tasting At The Wine Bottega – For those of you that are over 21, you won’t want to miss this event on Valentine’s Day.  Everyone loves a nice glass of wine, especially when it’s free!  This is the perfect way to start your night before going out to a nice dinner, stop by from 5-8 PM and sip on their unique selection of wines that have been carefully selected for this event.  The Wine Bottega is located right on Hanover Street in Boston’s North End so there will be plenty of options to choose from for a nice meal after you enjoy a few samples of wine.

If you plan on having a low key Valentine’s Day, you can always grab a bottle of wine, some take out, and stream your favorite romantic comedies on Netflix, but if you ask us these events sound too fun to miss!

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New Year’s Eve In Boston!

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The big night is here!  The ball is about to drop and 2014 is almost here!  Are you ready to say goodbye to 2013?  There are tons of events going on in Boston to toast the past year and welcome the new one, and if you’re wondering where to go, check out our suggestions:

Crawl ‘Til The Ball Falls Bar Crawl – This 21+ event is sure to be fun for those of you that want to kick off the New Year with friends and a few drinks.  There are two spots to register, either at Stadium Sports Bar from 4PM – 8:30PM ($100), or Sissy K’s from 4PM – 7:30PM ($80), very limited amounts of the Sissy K’s tickets are available so make sure to act fast!  The bar crawl itself is from 4PM – 2AM and ticket price includes a cup, wristband, map of the route, and admission to all venues.

First Night – Of course this is the event that comes to everyone’s mind when you think of New Year’s Eve in Boston.  The first thing to know when it comes to First Night is that getting a button is worth it.  All outdoor events are free but the indoor ones are not.  For $10 you can purchase a 2014 First Night button that includes admission to every show on a first come, first serve basis.  You can purchase buttons at the BosTix Booth located in Faneuil Hall and Copley Square.  This day long celebration of art, music, dance, sculpture, fireworks, and of course the New Year will be fun for the whole family, and has something fun to offer that everyone will enjoy.

Frozen Fenway – This family friendly event is the perfect way to spend New Year’s Eve for Red Sox fans!  Spend the day inside the park sledding on the 20 foot Monster Sled, go ice skating, enjoy some classic Fenway food, take pictures on the warning track and in the dugouts, and take a picture with the World Series trophies!  There will also be free hot chocolate and cookies for children.  Celebrate the World Series champs and ring in the New Year with family and friends at Fenway Park! Tickets are $40 and this event is tonight, December 31st from 5 PM – 10 PM.

New Year’s At Laugh Boston – For all of you comedy fans, you won’t want to miss New Year’s Eve at Laugh Boston.  Comedian Big Jay Oakerson will take the stage for two shows, one at 7:30 and one at 10 PM and hilarity is sure to ensue.  With appearances on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon”, “Just For Laughs Comedy Festival”, and HBO’s “P.Diddy’s Bad Boys of Comedy”, Oakerson is sure to bring lots of laughs to everyone in the audience to kick off the New Year.  Tickets for both shows are still available and cost $25.

Staying in tonight?  Grab some champagne or sparkling cider (for those that are not 21) and enjoy watching the ball drop!

Whatever you end up doing tonight, we want every to have a fun but more importantly, SAFE New Year’s Eve.  This night can be extremely dangerous if you do not party responsibly, so designate a driver and make sure everyone you’re with knows the game plan for the night.  Happy Holidays!

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Driving In To Fenway? Check Out These Tips!

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Driving in Boston can be overwhelming for even the most experienced of drivers, but driving near Fenway Park is a whole other ball game.  Not only is it over crowded on game days, but finding parking can be a nightmare.  If you’re going in for a game, these tips may come in handy, so keep them in mind!

Directions:

  • When you’re driving in for a game, make sure to leave early.  There will most likely be traffic outside of the city and then even more once you get closer to Fenway (traffic near the park usually begins 1 hour before the game).
  • If you’re coming from the North, you can take either I-93, I-95, Route 1, 1A, or 128 towards Boston.  From there, take the Storrow Drive westbound exit and follow that to the Fenway exit.  Once you get off turn right on Boylston St. and start looking for a spot!
  • If you’re coming from the South, take  I-95 towards Boston, then take 20A to Route 9 East towards Boston, turn left at Brookline Ave, then right onto Boylston and begin the search for parking.  You can also take I-93 towards Boston and get off at Exit 26 towards Storrow Drive, follow that to the Fenway exit, and then turn right onto Boylston St.
  • If you’re coming from the West, take the Mass Turnpike East towards Boston and get off at Exit 18 at the Brighton-Cambridge tolls and head towards Cambridge.  Turn right onto Storrow Drive East and get off at the Fenway exit, then turn right onto Boylston St.

Parking:

  • If you don’t mind walking, park as far away from the park as possible.  Parking anywhere in Boston can be expensive, but especially near Fenway.  Parking downtown or near a green line T station is a good option.  A great hidden gem is the Boston Common Parking Garage, which is right under the Common.  It’s only a short walk from the Park St and Boylston St Green Line T Stations.  The Green Line, C train- will drop you off at Kenmore only a few blocks from the park and you’ll get to walk down Yawkey Way and grab some food or souvenirs before the game starts.  If you’re on the D train the Fenway stop is an option as well.
  • The Prudential Center is another great parking option if you don’t mind a 10 – 12 minute walk to Fenway.  Parking is only $16 for night games and weekends, which is a great deal in Boston!
  • The Garage At 100 Clarendon is the official garage of the Boston Red Sox, and for night or weekend game attendees it only costs $10 to park!  All you have to do is bring your ticket stub the the Garage Office (ticket stub date must match parking date) and you’ll receive a validation.  The garage is only a 15 minute walk to Fenway Park and is the only garage in Boston with access to the Mass Pike!
  • If you do need to park as close to the park as possible, you can find a list of parking garages near Fenway on the Red Sox website.

We know how stressful driving in Boston and finding parking near Fenway can be, but hopefully these tips will make the process a bit easier!

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Ask The MassDrive Agent: What’s Your Favorite Spot To Watch A Red Sox Game?

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If you live in Massachusetts, odds are you love the Red Sox, and if you ask us, there’s no better spot to watch a game than in Boston itself.  If you’re not from the area, you may not know where some of the best spots are, so our agents have some tips!  Of course Fenway is the top choice, but if that’s not an option there are tons of spots to catch a game in the Boston area!  Our agents have narrowed it down to a few of the best, so if you’re in the area be sure to stop by one (or all) of these fun local bars!

Brighton Beer Garden – This is a favorite spot of our customer service rep, Chrissy.  They have darts and pool tables so you can play some games and socialize while you watch the game.  Their beer menu is huge and Chrissy says their pub food is amazing.  Another great plus is that they have tons of TVs so you  don’t have to crane your neck to see what’s going on.  Every Monday they have all-you-can-eat wings for $6.99, so if you plan on stopping by for game 5 tonight make sure you take advantage of that awesome deal!

Cambridge Brewing Co. – Located in Kendall Square, this is a frequent stop for our sales agent, Shawn.  He said they have awesome food and drinks, and they have a wide variety of both standard and experimental beers that are all their own original brews.  They pride themselves on using local ingredients and their beer is always fresh and brewed on site.  Whether you’re an expert on craft beer or not, you’ll definitely appreciate the taste and quality of their brews and the fun atmosphere.

Jerry Remy’s – Our sales agent, Christine, enjoys taking in a game at Jerry Remy’s, it’s located right next to Fenway Park and if you sit on their roof deck, you’ll be overlooking Fenway’s right field wall!  Two massive 6.5 x 11 foot TVs, along with many other 36 inch hi-definition TVs, make this the perfect spot to take in a game, and you’ll never miss a second.  Their American food is served with a creative twist and there are tons of options to choose from.  This is the ultimate game watching experience, and it’s so close to Fenway you may feel like you’re actually there!

Stats Bar and Grille – Located in the heart of South Boston, Stats is a favorite stop of our sales agent, Jeff.  It’s a popular spot for younger crowds, and on game days it gets crowded pretty quickly, so make sure you get there a little early unless you don’t mind standing.  There are 22 flat screen TVs throughout the bar, so wherever you are you’ll never miss a play.  They have a menu full of classic bar food including pizza, burgers, fish & chips, and much more! Stats is a guaranteed good time whether you’re there for the game or just for a quick bite.

Yard House – Our sales agent, Teresa enjoys catching a game at Yard House right near Fenway.  They have extensive food and drink menus ranging from typical food options such as pizza and burgers, to steak, Mediterranean food, multiple taco varieties, and much more.  Their beer menu is one of the largest around, and don’t miss out on drinking one out of their 3 foot tall glasses!  Before and after the game, enjoy their classic rock playlist with friends and late night happy hour!

Wherever you plan on watching the game, make sure you have a plan to get home safely.  If you’re going to be drinking, make sure to always use a designated driver!  Whether you’re driving or just a passenger in a vehicle, make sure you always fasten your seat belt.  Even if you’re driving perfectly and obeying the rules of the road, others may not be, so drive defensively and do your part to ensure that yourself, and others stay safe!

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