K-12 User Conference: Where to Eat and What to See in Boston

June 30, 2015 Mark Christensen

The K–12 User Conference is almost here and I trust you are getting as excited as we are! Before you arrive in “Bean Town”, I’ve pulled together some great Boston restaurants and must-see historical sites to help you plan your visit.

A ton of training, learning, and sharing will be happening in full force throughout the conference. I know that’s going to make me hungry. So, like me, if you and your colleagues decide to venture out into the city to grab a bite while you’re here, there’s places to fit everybody’s taste.

Plus, what better way to spend the gift card you might win. That’s right, during the conference we will be selecting attendee tweets (#BBK12UC) and awarding $500 worth of gift cards throughout the conference! Here is just a short list of some excellent restaurants to whet your appetite.

Legal Harborside
Legal Sea Foods’ flagship property on the Boston Waterfront, comprised of three floors and three different culinary concepts under one (retractable) roof. All aboard!

Strega Waterfront
The phenomenon started in 2003 with the opening of the legendary North End landmark. It quickly became famous for its dramatic decor, celebrity clientele, unmatched hospitality and most of all, its unforgettable Italian cuisine.

Overlooking the waterfront and the beautiful Columbus Park, Tia’s Boston is nestled in between historic Faneuil Hall and the picturesque North End. Enjoy a fantastic meal in an atmosphere of dark finished wood and arching doorways.

City Landing
This casual contemporary American restaurant located on Boston’s Waterfront translates both fine dining and a passion for the highest of standards. Guests are treated to an energetic and thoughtful dining experience.

Chart House
The Chart House specializes in dazzling views, unique cuisine, and exceptional service. From fresh fish specialties to succulent steaks, the renowned chefs of Chart House have tailored a menu that adds a unique touch to local flavors.

Let’s not forget about dessert. The North End offers some great pastries, but which shop is the best? You decide. There are three shops all within walking distance of each other – Modern Pastry, Mike’s Pastry, and Bova’s Bakery. All three offer a large selection and their own charm. I’m sure to bring back some great treats to the hotel. A perfect late night snack.

So, are you interested in discovering the rich history of Boston while you’re here? There’s always plenty to see and do during the summer. Boston is a great walking city. Faneuil Hall Marketplace is close by and the Freedom Trail offers a chance to walk the city and see The North End. Don’t miss any of the impromptu street performance — they’re always fun.

Rose Kennedy Greenway
A mile-and-a-half of contemporary parks in the heart of Boston that connects people and the city with beauty, fountains, and public art. The Greenway also offers one of the largest free public WI-FI networks in the state.

Faneuil Hall
Faneuil Hall is where the colonists first protested the Sugar Act in 1764 and established the doctrine of “no taxation without representation.” Today, the marketplace is set around a cobblestone promenade where jugglers, magicians and musicians entertain the passers-by. A great place to stroll, shop, eat, laugh, and explore history.

The Freedom Trail
The Freedom Trail is a perfect introduction to Colonial Revolutionary Boston. The trail takes you to 16 historical sites in the course of two or three hours and brings you to museums and meetinghouses, churches, and burying grounds. The red-lined brick route tells a story every step of the way,

The North End
The North End, Boston’s “Little Italy,” is famous for its Italian food, historic charm, and one time revolutionary resident Paul Revere. It is Boston’s oldest neighborhood, lined with cobblestone streets, and filled with restaurants as well as boutiques, stores, ice cream parlors, and famous pastry shops.

With more than 700 of your private school peers attending the K–12 User Conference, Boston is going to be a great place to be this July.

See you there!


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