Friday, December 9th, 2016

Travelers’ Night In — Best of Your Hometown!

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On this week’s round of Travelers’ Night In, the interactive Twitter discussion for avid travelers and travel lovers, we focused on the best of each of our hometowns!  As always, ten questions were asked, people responded while tagging their tweets #TNI, and learned quite a bit about some new destinations!

(Before I begin, apologies in advance for gratuitous Boston posting. If you ever come visit Boston, please let me know! We’ll get cannolis or vegan chocolate mousse, depending on the neighborhood.

That said, this was a wonderful #TNI topic — everyone had such great, specific suggestions for their hometowns! Thank you all for sharing!)

Here are the questions for this week:

Q1. Where’s your hometown & what do you love about it?

OverYonderlust Austin, Texas and I love the quirky culture and local businesses!

curiocitytravel it’s Buenos Aires, Argentina! friendly, walkable, green spaces, beautiful architecture, art, fun

groundedtravelr Freiburg Germany. Easily walked, biked, with good transport links to the rest of Europe. Great cafés and student atmosphere.

I live in Boston, Massachusetts.  I love the architecture, the walkability, and summer in the city!

Q2. What is your hometown famous for?

WhyGoFrance Montpellier, FR is famous for being the gay capital of France, and where Nostradamus lived, studied &taught!

WildJunket Hmm Singapore’s famous for our chewing-gum-ban, sparkling clean streets and ridiculous laws!

NewYorkGuest New York is famous for being the place everyone else wishes was their own hometown 😉

“In Boston, the drivers refuse to obey even the laws of physics.” –Dave Barry

Along with that: chowdah, Paul Reveah, and an oft-imitated, incomprehensible accent.

Q3. What is best historical site or museum to visit?

caroline0814 Hometown is Savannah, Ga. All of downtown is awesome & historical!

yoginitraveler I am head over heels in love with the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. a-MA-zing. [Boston]

colmhanratty Guinness Storehouse. Unquestionable world class attraction [Dublin]

In Boston, you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a vital piece of United States history. If you visit one historical site, make sure it’s the Freedom Trail — it hits everything!

Q4. Every town has one – fav. Mexican restaurant?

WhatKindOfGirl San Francisco popularized the burrito! Can’t go wrong ANYWHERE there! I love all the holes-in-walls in The Mission.

smittytabb Lived in Dallas for four years & still think it has best Mexican food in U.S.so I am spoiled

MeganSterritt Taco Rico, LIME and Mercadito in Miami are delish!

Boston isn’t big on Mexican, but there are two gems: Tu y Yo in Somerville for authentic Oaxacan dishes (including huitlacoche and grasshopper tacos) and Casa Romero for the fantastic courtyard and three-course brunch.

Q5. What would you change about your hometown?

TravelMamas I’d make the gas, milk, housing, EVERYTHING more affordable in San Diego!

dianaellefson LESS RAIN in Seattle!

TravelingAnna What would I change? I would remove Williamsburg. [Brooklyn. Harsh!]

Boston and I have a love-hate relationship.  On the light side, I’d love to see bars open past 2:00 AM (there’s no legal way to get late night alcohol in Boston) and the T running later. I’d make the long, cold winters nonexistent. I wouldn’t mind a few more direct flights to Las Vegas, either.

But seriously, I don’t like the provincial mindset, and I wish there was more ethnic diversity.  While you tend to see more racially mixed crowds in Cambridge, bars in downtown Boston are a sea of white. I don’t like it.

Q6. Favorite hangout when visiting your hometown?

Ivanico Potrerillos—part of the mountains in Mendoza, ARG

RedMamaStyle Mick O’Shea’s on Charles Street, the Inner Harbor or Mount Washington, Baltimore

MktgTourGuide Gondola rides on the River Avon, Christchurch, NZ

I take veryone who visits me, from local friends to out-of-town friends to Couchsurfers, to The Otherside Cafe. It’s the artsiest, most hipstery place east of San Francisco. Definitely worth a visit if you come to Boston.

Image: TheOthersideCafe.com

Q7. Best hometown festival?

kimmyh Montreal has a gazillion festivals every summer! Best = jazzfest

NG_Rome December 8- immaculate conception rocks in Rome

driftingfocus The Art Car Parade! It originated in Houston. It’s a great celebration of weirdness.

It’s not a traditional festival, per se, but Marathon Monday is a huge celebration throughout the city! Watching people run the Boston Marathon is inspiring — and then breaks into hilarity with the crazy costumes. (My favorite is still the guy who turned the final corner and was handed a beer for the final stretch!)

Q8. Best thing to do outdoors in your hometown?

Jaguardman Best thing to do outdoors in your hometown? A8: Hands down, Hike Corcovado National Park to Sirena for 3-4 days [Costa Rica]

just30something there are so many lakes around berlin.  just bring some beer, lay back or go for a swim

santafetraveler Visit pueblo ruins and hike to the romote ones- you might even see petroglyphs. [Santa Fe]

Seeing fall colors.

Q9. What’s your hometown’s sports team?

mito_rookie Mito Holly Hock, a football team in Japan.

TripStyler In Vancouver, Hockey (Canucks) of course. We used to have The Grizzlies NBA team, but they left…

robbin_g whatever tiny team they have in amalfi, they still fire a cannon with each goal.

This is America’s best sports town. Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, Patriots!

Q10. What makes your hometown unique?

travelerkate KC has the sweet, relaxed midwest attitude, but pretends it’s a city when on a highway (going 30 mph is considered a traffic jam)

cheapsleeps Teriyaki on every corner! [Seattle]

MissExpatria What makes Ocean City, NJ unique? It has absolutely pretension. It’s a dry island. It has the best beaches in NJ (a proven fact!)

We have so many colleges and universities — 28 in Boston proper, 19 in the surrounding towns and dozens more in the metro area. Because of that, you can always find intellectual enrichment, cheap eats, and truly weird entertainment. Like a screening of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in Smell-o-Vision, complete with oompa loompas fanning scents into the air.

And that’s the week!

Travelers’ Night In takes place on Thursdays from 3:30-5:00 ET.  The discussion is organized by the lovely ladies at ZipSetGo.  All are welcome!  Follow the #TNI tag to see the questions and conversation!

Comments

12 Responses to “Travelers’ Night In — Best of Your Hometown!”
  1. Thanks for including me in the recap, Kate!

    @WhyGoFrance & @MissExpatria – I lived in Montpellier, France for a year during college & I didn’t know it was known as the gay capital of France! I’d heard it was the fashion capital (after Paris, bien sur) & the homeless capital of France (because of the good weather). Also – known as a very young/student-centered place because of the universities. Oui?
    .-= Colleen at Travel Mamas´s last blog ..Morocco with Kids – A Unique Journey for the Senses =-.

  2. Uh… that was “absolutely NO pretension.” I guess I was typing too fast for my brain!
    .-= Miss Expatria´s last blog ..Good Day, Sunshine =-.

  3. Thanks for including me! So fun to read about people’s hometowns — gives me a little wanderlust. And totally agree with you about Otherside Cafe: I’ve been a few times, and WOW does it remind me of home!

    Although, for what it’s worth, lots of things about Boston remind me of San Francisco. Y’all may have fewer hipsters (good) and colder winders (eh, you win some, you lose some), but many of the key elements of the city are the same: lovely architecture, high cultural density in a geographically compact city, walkable streets, decent-but-not-great public transportation, and very young, vibrant feel to the city’s social life. Plus, they’re two of the smartest cities in the country. Between Boston’s thirteen thousand colleges and SF’s proximity to Silicon Valley, they’re two cities in which a young intellectual never feels out of place!
    .-= That Kind Of Girl´s last blog ..TKOG Who puts the run in runway =-.

  4. Michael says:

    Best beach in New Jersey doesn’t go very far lol. Great list!
    .-= Michael´s last blog ..How to tell your loved ones “I want to backpack” =-.

  5. Christian says:

    I’m so sorry I missed it. Twitter wasn’t working for me. Where were my Austin representatives for the Mexican food question? Come on, we win that one hands down.

  6. Thanks for adding us to the recap! It was such a fun and lively discussion this week. Can’t wait for next Thursday!

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