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Boston - A Great Convention City

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An August 2006 trip to Boston by MilwVon

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Quote: In town for the American Society of Association Executives' Annual Meeting, over 6,000 members took over downtown Boston! While I currently work and live in Iowa, it was great to spend time with my friends from Milwaukee and Orlando's Caribe Royale Resort.

Boston - A Great Convention City

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There is a lot to do in Boston. Unfortunately, I was in town for just 5 days, most of that spent in meetings and seminars. If you go to Boston, you really must check out the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. (See the separate journal entry.) It was truly the highlight of my time in Boston, including the conference that I was attending. While in town, you have many options to take in the sights. The "Ducks" are always a lot of fun. While we didn't do the tour in Boston, I did do one last summer in Providence, RI, and loved it. The Boston version leaves right near the Marriott Copley Place (across the street) and costs (adults), with discounts for groups and kids. More information ...Read More

John F. Kennedy Library and Museum

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Attraction | "John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum"

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What a special treat! Tonight we were the guests of a coalition of several convention and visitors’ bureaus hosting key client groups. Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, and Portland (Oregon) really rolled out the red carpet for nearly 200 association executive directors and meeting planners. With the museum closed to the public, it was very nice to explore and learn at our own pace. Dedicated in 1979, this is one of the few Presidential Libraries in the USA administered by the US National Archives and Records Administration. Telling the story of the life and impact of our 35th President of the United States of America, this is probably one of the most visited sites in Boston and perhaps all of New ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 22, 2006

John F. Kennedy Library and Museum
Columbia Point
Boston, Massachusetts 02125
(617) 929-4500

Boston Marriott Copley Place

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Hotel | "Marriott Copley Place"

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In town for a 4-day conference, this was an ideal location in the Copley Plaza area of downtown Boston. The hotel is connected directly to the Copley Place Mall and has an assortment of outstanding dining opportunities. From Champions on the lobby level to The Sushi Bar and Gourmeli's on level two, you have many dining options. For those who cannot do without your Starbucks, you're in luck, as this hotel property also features one of their shops on the second floor.If you can't find a menu to your liking, you can venture into the mall or down Huntington Avenue for several local restaurants, as well as some chains such as Cheesecake Factory.As a full-service hotel, expect to be trea...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 22, 2006

Boston Marriott Copley Place
110 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
(617) 236-5800

Joe Tecce's Ristorante

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Restaurant | "Joe Tecce's Ristorante & Caffe"

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In town for our Annual Meeting, our contingency of 18 executives from Wisconsin ventured to Boston's historic North End into the Italian community for dinner. Bringing traditional Neapolitan cuisine to Bostonians and visitors, this local family owned restaurant has been serving the community for over 50 years!Service was very attentive and all of our meals arrived piping hot. Not a small feat with a group of 18!We started our fantastic Italian feast with appetizers and fresh salad. With options like calamari, mozzarella cheese sticks and fried ravioli how can you go wrong? The entrees sampled by our group ran the range of baked lasagna to the veal special of the night. Many in our grou...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 21, 2006

Joe Tecce's Ristorante
61 N Washington St
Boston, Massachusetts 02114
(617) 742-6665

Champions Sports Bar

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Restaurant | "Champions"

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For a sports fan, there is no better place to watch an athletic event than in a local bar in the community. Baseball on the big screen is the next best thing to being at the ball park. This, however, wasn’t just any baseball game; it was the Boston Red Sox. Add to that, the hype of a legendary rivalry like the Boston Red Sox versus the NY Yankees, and you have the opportunity to really experience the rapid pulse of the city.Champions is not your typical hotel lobby bar. With 30 TVs and two wide screens, there isn’t a bad seat in the house. You have your choice of “in the bar” or their dining area. In for dinner, I opted for a nice table right in the middle of the action. The place was hoping...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 22, 2006

Champions Sports Bar
Boston Marriott Copley Place
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
(617) 279-6996

Gourmeli's

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Restaurant

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One of several restaurants located on the second level of the Marriott Copley Place, a group of us opted for a round of chowder and appetizers as our late dinner. Known for their Maine Jonah crab cakes, you should also try their yummy New England clam chowder. Largely known for their seafood, we enjoyed a sampler platter plus another side of fried calamari. On the weekends (Friday and Saturday night), they do offer a full seafood buffet, but we gave that a pass as it was nearly 9pm.The clam chowder was supposedly the chef’s own personal recipe. It was delicious, with large lumps of clam in just about every spoonful. A basket of piping-hot sourdough rolls and other freshly baked breads was de...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 22, 2006

Gourmeli's
Boston Marriott Copley Place
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
(617) 236-5800

Joe's American Bar & Grill

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Restaurant | "Joe's American Bar & Grill"

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Not your average “bar and grill”, Joe’s is a real find in the Back Bay shopping district approximately 5 blocks from Copley Place. It has that CHEERS feel about it as you enter the front door of this split-level restaurant. With bars both up one level or down a level, you can have your choice of the ambiance you wish to enjoy. The bar on the upper level feels very much like a high-class, turn-of-the-century place. Downstairs, it felt more like any neighborhood corner bar in Milwaukee.Before we were seated for dinner, we enjoyed an adult beverage at the bar. We really enjoyed the barmaid, who was about as Boston as they come. Her thick accent was a joy to listen to, her sense of humor sharp a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 22, 2006

Joe's American Bar & Grill
279 Dartmouth St.
Boston, Massachusetts
(617) 536-4200