Hi all! Thank you all for the nice comments on Facebook, Instagram and here on our journey so far. We are having a blast traveling all over New England. The next part of our journey took us back to Boston for a tour of Fenway Park and a Red Sox baseball game. Before heading over to the stadium we checked into the Hotel Buckminster.We booked it because the building shape was fun and you can walk 297 steps to be at Fenway Park. What I didn’t realize is the cool history the hotel has.The receptionist was from California (she lived about 2 hours from where we do). She surprised us by upgrading us to a 2 bedroom suite at no charge. Our room was so swanky… complete with a wet bar, table, fridge, microwave, etc. This was the master with the other room having 2 beds.I bet the fireplace was used back in the day when the hotel originally opened.The best part though…we could see Fenway Park from our window.After checking in, we ended up looping the park before finding Gate D to pick up our tour tickets.Our tour guide was awesome. He was not only super knowledgeable and funny but you could feel his enthusiasm.The tour takes you throughout the stadium on all levels and they talk about the history, the players and all the different ways Fenway Park is used outside of baseball.One of the highlights is going on the Green Monster. The Green Monster sits 37 feet above the field and gives you a complete view of the field. You have your choice of standing or seated seats which are only released about a month or two before each game.Next up, was checking out the view from the highest level. You get to view their Music wall of all the performers who have played here as well as see Downtown Boston.They also have the Fenway Farms garden on this level. Everything grown here gets used and sold in the concession stands – so cool!In center field there is one red chair that anyone can choose to sit in. It represents the longest home run hit in Fenway.The tour finishes in the museum where you can read all about the players, see some of the stages of building the stadium and a few cool displays like this one which holds baseballs from every World Series autographed by the players.I highly recommend the tour – it takes about an hour and costs $20. It’s a great way to see the Green Monster without having to spend the big $’s to get seats.
I’m glad we went with our third base Grand Stand seats as we had a great view and sat in the original bleachers that were over 100 years old. Definitely not comfortable and more intimate but still fun to experience.A few more fun facts from the tour:
- All scores are manually changed behind the green wall which is under the Green Monster. They can watch the game from a small box.
- In the National section, the person has 2 minutes between each inning to run out and change the numbers. You’ll never see this part on TV.
My eats were similar to the day before with one fun addition. I absolutely love and crave nachos at ball games even though I know the cheese isn’t really cheese. Instead we headed to Uno in our hotel for some real deal nachos! To keep myself in check, I started with a side salad then put each serving on a small appetizer plate. It makes you very aware how much you eat doing this based on how many times you fill your plate.
Daily Snap Recap:B: Baggins Sandwich: 1 slice Nature’s Own Butter bread topped with a little butter, fried egg, tomato slices & 2 pieces center cut bacon) with a few strawberries on the side
L: Ham & Pepperjack sandwich, BBQ chips
S: Road trip shared snack – Twizzlers
D:@Uno garden salad with balsamic and about 1/3 of the nachos (3 refills of my small plate)
I’ll be back this weekend with the final part of our New England trip to the beach in Connecticut before heading to New York and home.