This photo is dedicated to anyone that has baseball built into their DNA — and regard Fenway Park in Boston MA as the master gene.
What a gloriously beautiful, intimate park we have, unlike any other in Major League Baseball. Regarding the Boston Red Sox, we haven’t seen many successes the past few years — hopefully that will change for the 2013 season — but even when the Sox are not playing their best, Fenway Park is just a great place to be. The summer nights feel so nice here, baseball is in full swing, and the relatively small size of the park makes it seems like one big family turned out for the game.
Do you feel the same way? What are some of your favorite memories at Fenway Park? We’d love to hear them.
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The Raven’s Nest Pub and Restaurant in Walpole, Mass., temporarily became The Patriot’s Nest today as a good-natured wish to keep Baltimore Ravens football fans away.
With the New England Pats-Baltimore Ravens AFC Championship game to be played this Sunday at Gillette Stadium in neighboring Foxboro, Mass., The Ravens’ Nest… uhhh, Patriot’s Nest… is truly showing its steadfast Patriots allegiance! On The Raven’s Nest Facebook Page, it states in regards to the name change,” To ensure no Raven fans come ’round here this weekend en route to the game, we have temporarily changed the name of our establishment: The “Patriot’s” Nest!”
Oh, by the way, The Ravens Nest is a terrific Irish pub. You can read our dining review here.
Some New England travel attractions bring you into the true feeling of New England — such is the case with the Vermont Country Store in Weston, Vt.
The Vermont Country Store indeed has a lot of “New England” going on. It’s located in a quintessential New England small town, has a classic rustic country store vibe, and is a local successful story, growing significantly from its humble beginnings in 1946.
Shopping at the Vermont Country Store is definitely a memorable experience — the store seems to go on forever, belying its modest front exterior, and there are hundreds of hard-to-find, nostalgic items on sale. Of course, the Vermont Country Store has a solid foot in the 21st century, too, with trending clothing, furnishings, foods, hardware and more.
Perhaps what puts the Vermont Country Store over the top as a New England landmark is that you can still feel the strong New England work ethic from its owners and staff — no dopey, disengaged employees texting their lives away and making a concerted effort to ignore the customer here. What a revelation seeing a staff fully committed to customer service and pride of ownership and working a job.
Make sure you visit this wonderful slice of retail Americana if visiting Vermont!
The Vermont Country Store is located at 657 Main Street, Weston VT. Tel. (802) 824-3184
Walking through downtown Walpole, Mass., in the winter almost takes on “It’s a Wonderful Life” personality as people chat with each other on the bustling two-block small town, downtown streets and well-attended local progams and events happen with regularity.
Store and restaurant owners like the McAuliffes at The Raven’s Nest and Coffee Perch, Peter Betro at Betro Pharmacy, Greg and Ed at Walpole Music, Tom Kirwan of Finnegan’s Wake, Tom Dugdale at First Sandwich Shop, and Steve Butters at Butter Cafe and Bakery treat their customers like kings and queens and know many people on a first name basis. The town common during Christmas is especially pretty with its tall, lighted Christmas tree, Santa’s House and lighted decorations and decorated gazebo on the two adjacent town commons. A Walpole Winter Farmers Market, just outside the downtown, adds another great touch of small town New England to this southwest Boston suburb.
I took these photos just before a big snowstorm hit the area. While many people choose to capture the proverbial blanket of snow gracing a small New England town, I opted here for snow just covering the ground. I thought this gentle scene would show the softer side of a New England winter — plus, it was much easier navigating the area without all that snow!