Tom's Tour of the NHL Cities (Part 1)
Well, just to make things interesting and because I’m missing hockey, I’m going to go through all 29 other NHL cities and give you just a small glimpse into what I like about each one. I figure if I’m thinking about road trips and places I’ve been, I might as well try to give you just that little feel for what each place is like. I’m going to go in alphabetical order to be fair.
I love Southern California anyway – great weather, ocean breeze, no bugs – but as far as Anaheim goes we tend to stay in two or three different locations. One of those locations puts us close enough that we can take a cab to the beach on an off day for a meal or just to relax, which is great (but for me rarely happens). Usually we’re near a shopping mall which is great, but there’s also a wonderful deli we hold our morning meetings at near one hotel, and In-N-Out Burger is within walking distance. Plus it’s close enough to Disneyland that I actually got to go once. That was pretty cool.
Having lived in New Hampshire for a while when I first started out in radio I know Boston fairly well and really love the city. I like to head to the North End where there are tons of great restaurants, bakeries and coffee shops. This place teems with history and if you know the kind of history nut I am, it’s practically paradise. There’s also a pretty good shopping area and if the weather is nice, walking the esplanade by the Charles River or wandering through Boston Common is great too.
My home town! What’s not to like? Sure I’m biased because I know all the places to go and things to do there. Great food, passionate sports fans, and fun places to spend your evenings. But I do caution: you should ask someone in the know to play tour guide. Otherwise you’re going to the Anchor Bar and that will be about it. PS – I do love the Anchor Bar (it’s where chicken wings came into being!) but I come down on the Duff’s side of the wing battle. I have no problem patronizing either establishment.
This is a great little city in the Canadian Rockies. We’ve managed to find fun little pubs and restaurants tucked into spots here and there. I’ve made some good friends out this way which has helped me see some of the amazing places in the surrounding countryside – I had a great lunch in Canmore! But if you’re a sports fan one of the coolest things to see is Flames Central. It used to be a theater, but the Flames bought it and have turned it into a sports bar. If the Flames are playing you’ll get the very same intro they have in the building, lights and video and music and all. It’s a pretty cool place just to tuck in for lunch and check out the memorabilia too.
Okay, four down, 25 to go. I’ll try to keep this to installments of four or five cities at a time.
Until next time, keep your stick on the ice.