Fenway Park is one of the crown jewels of Boston. It’s the oldest baseball park in the MLB, and is just as fun for its rich history as it is for its awesome games. The bright lights, the neon Citgo sign, and the seats of the iconic “Green Monstah” all converge in this vintage park to create American nostalgia. Even people who don’t like baseball love games at Fenway Park. That’s saying something. Additionally, the entire surrounding neighborhood is filled with delicious eats and awesome bars. There really is something for every crowd here. Get your game tickets in advance and take a day to explore Fenway. Ticks can be found directly on the Red Sox website here.
The Inside Scoop: Eats, Drinks, and Rivalries
Can you really go to Fenway Park and not get a Fenway Frank or an Italian sausage with peppers and onions (a Boston classic)? We’ll answer that you for you: No, you can’t.
Get to the park early to secure your seats, and then go on a food tour. Walk through the many concourses and decks for some of Boston’s most iconic food and drinks. Italian sausages, Fenway Franks, New England Clam Chowder, lobster rolls, fried dough, and so much more await. You’re going to hear a lot of missing “R’s” along this quest–“You want a beeah with that?”
Fenway Park hosts plenty of concerts–featuring music and crowds of all kinds. One of the top local favorite? Country music! Bostonians aren’t exactly country folk, but give them a loud country concert and the Northern city blossoms into a Chattahoochee-inspired oasis of beer and boots. Zac Brown Band, Kenny Chesney, or Jason Aldean can amp up any crowd, but Bostonians inside Fenway Park are a particular brand of rowdy–and roaring country jams only exacerbate it.
The tradition of country concerts in the Boston area is pretty long-standing. Concerts like Country Fest have become a staple in New England over the past decade. It wasn’t until recently that Bostonians were offered a slice of country inside Fenway Park, however. The shows did so well when they first came to town that they just keep coming back. If you want to experience this mega-party, we suggest you get your tickets way in advance. This summer, Florida Georgia Line is coming with the Backstreet Boys on July 7. The Fenway music lineup and tickets can be found here.
P.S. If you’re interested in Country Fest (which takes place at Gillette Stadium, also in MA), info for that series can be found here.
Located in the heart of Boston’s Fenway neighborhood, this retro hotel harkens back to its 1959 roots with authentic flair. Up-to-date and modern in every way, yet full of rock n’ roll charm, The Verb’s location cannot be beat. Nor can its ability to transport guests to a Mad Men-style stay just minutes from food, bars, and subway rides. Try to take advantage of their suites with balconies overlooking Fenway if you can, but beware–they do have a thumping bar that plays music until the wee hours of the morning. You might not want to stay here if you have an early meeting the following day.
If you’re in the mood for an upscale experience in Boston, then look no further than the Eliot Hotel. Known for its glamour and dining, this historic spot resides in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay area. As the winner of dozens of hospitality awards, you might find yourself rubbing elbows with Condé Nast writers in their famous sushi bar. And if you’re lucky, you’ll bump into their celebrity chef, Ken Oringer, a Food Network Iron Chef contestant. Just a short subway ride from Fenway, Eliot isn’t as down-home as the concert itself, but why not lay your head in luxury after a long night of fun?
Boston Hotel Buckminster
The historic Boston Hotel Buckminster dates back to 1897, and boasts not only celebrated architecture but also its identity as one of the first hotels in the city. Located right in the middle of Kenmore Square, this turn-of-the-century stunner is riddled with the colorful history of infamous crimes and baseball drama. Steps from transportation, food, bars, and most importantly, Fenway Park, Hotel Buckminster is perfect for those who collect Babe Ruth relics and own multiple editions of Goodfellas. For visitors who are stoked to visit the Fenway area for the concert, this option is ideal to soak-up even more history.
With their recent fifty million dollar renovation, Hotel Commonwealth has been re-imagined into a stylish Boston hub of luxurious hospitality and killer Fenway views. At this spot, classical architecture, marble bathrooms, and Italian linens fuse with Northeastern cuisine and an oyster bar. Book your stay in one of their new guest rooms, and be sure to swing by their brand new terrace overlooking the historic baseball park and neighborhood.
Fairmont Copley Plaza
When it comes to the Fairmont Hotel, only one thing comes to mind: old-school luxury. Since its 1912 gala opening, this historic Back Bay hotel has been a centerpiece of the city’s upper-crust travel scene. Expect marble everything, and chandeliers bigger than cars. The stunning, opulent physical structure has even inspired TV shows. Go from country to swanky in minutes when you kick back here after the concert.