Travel Tuesday – Boston, Massachusetts

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Photo: Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau

Heading to Massachusetts most definitely means you’ll probably be heading to “Beantown”. Boston is one of the most exciting cities on the eastern seaboard and offers something to everyone. Whether you’re looking for fine art and performances, or just want to explore the city streets and absorb the city at its grittiest, there is truly something for everyone.

“Emerald Necklace” | Photo by The Cultural Landscape Foundation

If you’re more inclined to spend time outdoors, the Emerald Necklace is a chain of parks between Boston and Brookline. The consist of 1,100 acres that are on the National Historic Register.  It’s a perfect walk after breakfast before heading off for a day of breweries. Nearby, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston houses one of the most extensive art collections in the U.S., ranging from ancient Egyptian to contemporary American works. Faneuil Hall Marketplace is a great spot for people watching, as well as a consolidated place to pick up souvenirs from local artists. 

Boston Museum of Fine Arts | Photo by Easter Boston

Just south of Boston in Dedham, MA is McGolf, a driving range, mini golf, and simulator facility. It’s a great outing for the family, or for a release smacking some balls. When you’re hungry again, make sure to check out Nebo.  They are an Italian restaurant with a gluten free menu in downtown Boston. The Mad Monkfish is a fantastic sushi restaurant in Cambridge that has a gluten free menu as well as standard fare. All in all, don’t be afraid to let yourself get a little lost in Boston. They have some of the most amazing architecture and it’s a culture unlike any other in the United States.

Nebo | Photo By OpenTable

Boston Fun Facts

1. Boston is actually named after a town in England

Fun Facts Boston: Named after British town

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It’s true! The city that’s an icon of the American Spirit is named after a town in England. Many of Boston’s early settlers were from Boston, England, and decided to keep the name.

2. The first American lighthouse was built in Boston Harbor in 1716

Fun Facts Boston: First American Lighthouse

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Little Brewster Island is where the first lighthouse was ever built in what is now the United States. While that lighthouse is long gone, the current island resident pictured above is actually the second-oldest working lighthouse in the United States, dating back to 1783.

3. Boston is home to the oldest public park in the U.S.

Fun Facts Boston: Oldest Public Park

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Boston Common is stretch of green sanctuary within the city of Boston dates back to 1634. It’s the oldest public park in the United States and continues to welcome residents and tourists alike.

4. “Happy Hours” are against the law

Fun Facts Boston: Happy Hour is Illegal

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You won’t find any “Happy Hour” signs in the local Boston pub. The typical post-work drink deals have been banned since 1984.

Boston museums are best enjoyed at night Which are the best?

5. The Fig Newton is named after a Boston suburb

Boston Fun Facts: Fig Newtons named after the town Newton

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A favorite American sweet snack for decades, the Fig Newton is actually named after the Boston suburb of Newton, Massachusetts.

6. The Red Sox have a patent on a color

Boston Fun Facts: Green Monster has its own color

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Fenway Park is another American icon found in Boston. It’s Green Monster is so renowned, The Red Sox have actually patented the shade “Fenway Green.”

7. Boston was home to the first U.S. chocolate factory

Boston Fun Facts: First Chocolate Factory

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Rejoice, chocolate lovers! The very first chocolate factory in the United States was build in the Lower Mills section in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston.

8. A deadly wave of molasses once flooded the North End

Boston Fun Facts: Molasses Flooding

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In January 15, 1919, a storage tank holding more than 2 million gallons of molasses burst, sending a giant wave of the hot syrupy substance through the North End of Boston. It killed 21 people and several horses and injured more than 100 others, making it the worst molasses-related accident in history.

9. In turn-of-the-century Boston, you didn’t need to take a test to receive a driver’s license

Boston Fun Facts: No Driver's License Needed in 1903

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Massachusetts started issuing driver’s licenses and registration plates in 1903, but didn’t make people take a driving test beforehand. In 1920, Boston began requiring a driving test before issuing someone a license.

10. The first U.S. subway was build here

Boston Fun Facts: First Subway in America

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Boston built America’s first subway, the Tremont Street Subway, back in 1897.

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Travel Tuesday – British Columbia

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When visiting the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia is a must. One of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes is located just a 2.5 hour drive from Seattle via I-5.  Whether you’re going to mingle with art patrons and eat fine food or you want to get your boots muddy on a trail, British Columbia has got it all. One of the most beautiful attractions in Canada, if you like plants, is the Butchart Gardens. They house many species, are on Canadas national historic register and see more than a million visitors a year.

Richmond Night Market – Photo By Daily Hive

The Richmond night Market is a great place to browse and people watch.  For a great view of the vastness of British Columbia, take the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, just north of Vancouver. If something more active is up your alley, check out Yoho National Park, just across BC, near the border of Alberta. Visiting this area will give you the huge mountains, lakes and giant skies that BC is known for. While in this area the Lussier Hot Springs are worth checking out. If you feel like heading towards the Pacific Ocean rather than further inland, check out the Great Bear Rainforest.

Photo by CBC

This is a huge temperate rainforest that is the home to many bears, including the sacred spirit bear.  If you are not comfortable or familiar with bears, do some research or hire a guide for your excursion. If you’re staying in the city and won’t have time to get out and explore the rest of British Columbia, that is not a problem. Joffre Lakes Provincial Park is located just 2.5 hrs north of Vancouver, and just west, the archipelago Haida Gwaii is a beautiful collection of islands with remnants of a centuries old Haida Nation village. The islands are full of trails, wildlife and old totem poles to appreciate all the history the PNW has to offer.

British Columbia Fun Facts

-British Columbia is the third largest and most westerly province in Canada and it is four times the size of Great Britain. The length of BC’s coastline is over 27,000 kilometres.

-Half of all British Columbians live in the metropolitan area of Vancouver.

-BC has three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, six National Parks and over 400 provincial parks, recreation and conservation areas.

-Two-thirds of British Columbia’s land base (we’re speaking of an area larger than France!) is forest land, and more than half of that area has had little or no human contact.

-Among all provinces and territories of Canada, British Columbia has the mildest climate. It has the longest frost-free periods of Canada and flowers often start blooming as early as February.

-British Columbia is one of the top 3 producing regions of cranberries and blueberries in the world.

-Did you ever wonder what the BC flag stands for? We have the answer: On the top part there is a Royal Union Flag, reflecting British Columbia’s British heritage. It is marked by the King Edward crown in the centre, which represents the Royal Family. The lower half shows a setting sun, representing the western location of the province. The blue and white lines behind the sun symbolize BC’s location between the Pacific Ocean and the Rocky Mountains.

-BC is home to the world’s largest hockey stick! It was originally created for the Expo 1986 and then acquired by the city of Duncan, BC, where it is on display today. The stick is 62.48 metres long, weighs 28.12 tonnes (62,000 lb) and is therefore 40 times the size of a regular hockey stick. Make sure to take a look on your next trip to Vancouver Island!

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Travel Tuesday – Indiana

Hello, Indiana! 

When visiting Indiana you’ll surely start at the capitol and when you do we’ve got you covered. Indianapolis is a great city for riverfront parks, museums and racing. Whether you’re visiting for an adult trip or bringing the kids, there is something for everyone in this town.  If parks and large open spaces are up your alley, then White River state park, Moon Tree and Fort Harrison are all worthwhile checking out. Fort Harrison is a 1,700 acre state park with trails, picnic sites and fishing spots along Fall Creek. Also on the property is the Museum of 20th Century Warfare, housing information on the soldiers who once walked the grounds.

Fort Harrison 1903, Photo: Fort Harrison Rescue Authority

White River State Park is a 250 acre park in downtown Indianapolis.  It follows the only completed portion of the Indiana Central Canal, once intended to transport goods. Moon Tree is a quirky attraction, but cool nonetheless. Located in the front lawn arboretum of the Indiana Statehouse is a 30 year old sycamore tree that was grown from a seed that has made a trip to the moon and back.

Moon Tree at Capitol Buidling, Photo: Atlas Obscura

If indoor activities are more your style, don’t fret, Indianapolis has museums galore. One of the most unique is the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library. They have doodles, rejection letters and his typewriter. Also worth checking out is the Indiana Medical History Museum.  What started off in 1896 as a center to study the physical causes of mental illness, was converted into a museum with all the equipment left inside in 1969.

Photo: Indiana Medical History Museum

For something more kid friendly, there is the Children’s Museum, as well as Duckpin Bowling located in the Fountain Square Theatre Building.  I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the go-kart racing at K1 Speed, or the option of buying an experience at Indy Racing Experience.  Ranging from ride alongs to driving an IndyCar for your own lap! Regardless of how you spend your trip, Indiana is a great state with a lot to offer.

Photo: K 1 Speed

Indiana Fun Facts:

  1. Abraham Lincoln moved to Indiana when he was 7 years old. He lived most of his boyhood life in Spencer County with his parents Thomas and Nancy.
  2. Explorers Lewis and Clark set out from Fort Vincennes on their exploration of the Northwest Territory.
  3. The movie “Hard Rain” was filmed in Huntingburg.
  4. During WWII the P-47 fighter-plane was manufactured in Evansville at Republic Aviation.
  5. Marcella Gruelle of Indianapolis created the Raggedy Ann doll in 1914.
  6. The first professional baseball game was played in Fort Wayne on May 4, 1871.
  7. James Dean, a popular movie star of the 1950s in such movies as “East of Eden” and “Rebel without a Cause”, was born February 8, 1941, in Marion. He died in an auto crash at age 24.
  8. David Letterman, host of television’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” was born April 12, 1947, in Indianapolis.
  9. Santa Claus, Indiana receives over one half million letters and requests at Christmas time.
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Indiana Ghostfish Retailers:

SoBro Spirits in Indianapolis

Kahns Fine Wines & Spirits in Indianapolis

City Wide Liquors in Mishawaka

Blind Owl Brewery in Indianapolis

Stoney’s Liquors in Indianapolis

S&V Liquors in Fort Wayne

Trail Inn Liquors in Valparaiso

Mr G’s Liquor in Noblesville

Harry’s Old Kettle Saloon in Wabash

Big Red in Bloomington

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Places to See:

-Indianapolis Motor Speedway (duh) Even if you don’t attend the Indy 500, the track offers tours and it’s pretty spectacular to see if you’re up in the pagoda.

-Downtown Canal Walk is beautiful with great restaurants and views of downtown Indianapolis.

-Soldiers and Sailors Monument (the downtown circle) is a cool spot to visit at the city center.

-The Rathskeller/Athenaeum, Indy’s oldest restaurant serving traditional Germanic food and beer is a must visit.

-Mass Ave is the place to find a wide variety of great restaurants and bars.

-White River State Park is a great place to see a concert downtown. 

-Union Station is a beautiful piece of Indianapolis architecture.

-Watch a show at The Cabaret at the Columbia Club on the circle.

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