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Downtown Boston in the fall
Wellness
Published Friday Nov 22, 2019 by Sara Lesher

Our Social Media Guru's Guide to Visiting Boston

Travel
Expert Advice

 

Last week, our Social Media Team Lead, Devin Dilday, took a trip to Boston for our Best of Wellness Event with Erin Foster. We asked her a few questions to find out everything we need to know about planning a trip there!

Knowing what to pack is always a challenge. What are the essentials for a trip to Boston?

This mid-November trip was my first time in Boston, so it was the perfect time to show off my festive fall gear in front of the iconic Bostonian views. Before packing, I checked my iPhone weather app one last time, and luckily I did because the weather had dropped by almost 20 degrees! I was looking at the weather in the 20s now, so the first thing I did was ask one of my co-workers from the East Coast to borrow *all* of her winter coats. 

To battle the cold, I packed a few pairs of jeans, a multi-colored scarf, and my favorite fuzzy sweaters. I wish I brought gloves and a beanie, but luckily while walking down Newbury Street, I was able to grab them at a boutique. Other than that, I packed an assortment of workout clothes to wear for our wellness event, and for the morning workout classes I booked on the MINDBODY app.

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Knowing what to pack is always a challenge. What are the essentials for a trip to Boston?

This mid-November trip was my first time in Boston, so it was the perfect time to show off my festive fall gear in front of the iconic Bostonian views. Before packing, I checked my iPhone weather app one last time, and luckily I did because the weather had dropped by almost 20 degrees! I was looking at the weather in the 20s now, so the first thing I did was ask one of my co-workers from the East Coast to borrow *all* of her winter coats. 

To battle the cold, I packed a few pairs of jeans, a multi-colored scarf, and my favorite fuzzy sweaters. I wish I brought gloves and a beanie, but luckily while walking down Newbury Street, I was able to grab them at a boutique. Other than that, I packed an assortment of workout clothes to wear for our wellness event, and for the morning workout classes I booked on the MINDBODY app.

What did you do while you were there (we heard you met Erin Foster)?

Going to Boston, I had all the recommendations. The Freedom Trail, The Paul Revere House, Fenway Park, Museum of Fine Arts, the list goes on and on. However, the majority of my time was spent at our Best of Wellness Event! This event was a huge success, as 200 attendees enjoyed different services and activities from various wellness brands and vendors. Not to mention, Erin Foster! 

Because we were having so much fun at this event, I really didn’t get to visit many of the Boston landmarks people had recommended. We did explore Boston Commons, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and Boston Public Garden. Looks like I’ll have to plan another trip soon to hit the rest!

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What did you do while you were there (we heard you met Erin Foster)?

Going to Boston, I had all the recommendations. The Freedom Trail, The Paul Revere House, Fenway Park, Museum of Fine Arts, the list goes on and on. However, the majority of my time was spent at our Best of Wellness Event! This event was a huge success, as 200 attendees enjoyed different services and activities from various wellness brands and vendors. Not to mention, Erin Foster! 

Because we were having so much fun at this event, I really didn’t get to visit many of the Boston landmarks people had recommended. We did explore Boston Commons, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and Boston Public Garden. Looks like I’ll have to plan another trip soon to hit the rest!

Let’s get to what we’re all really interested in—food. What did you treat yourself to while you were there?

We didn’t get to too many food places, but we did, of course, get the best cannoli in Boston from Mike’s Pastry. We were staying in South Boston, which was trendy and filled with dozens of crafty restaurants with award-winning chefs and mixologists. Again, I gotta book another trip.

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Let’s get to what we’re all really interested in—food. What did you treat yourself to while you were there?

We didn’t get to too many food places, but we did, of course, get the best cannoli in Boston from Mike’s Pastry. We were staying in South Boston, which was trendy and filled with dozens of crafty restaurants with award-winning chefs and mixologists. Again, I gotta book another trip.

One weekend isn’t enough to experience everything a city has to offer. What’s at the top of your list if you go back?

I would absolutely love to go to a game at Fenway Park, or experience one at a bar nearby. We also didn’t explore the North End too much, and I would love to go back for some pizza in Boston’s Little Italy.

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One weekend isn’t enough to experience everything a city has to offer. What’s at the top of your list if you go back?

I would absolutely love to go to a game at Fenway Park, or experience one at a bar nearby. We also didn’t explore the North End too much, and I would love to go back for some pizza in Boston’s Little Italy.

What are some tried-and-true tips you’ve learned from traveling?


The flight from San Diego to Boston is one of the longest domestic flights, so it’s always good to be prepared. When I fly, I always bring healthy snacks (and, I’ll admit, some that aren’t so healthy), sanitary wipes to wipe the seat, essential oils to help with any headaches or stress from flying, AirPods, a good book, and a computer charger (a girl’s gotta work!)

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What are some tried-and-true tips you’ve learned from traveling?


The flight from San Diego to Boston is one of the longest domestic flights, so it’s always good to be prepared. When I fly, I always bring healthy snacks (and, I’ll admit, some that aren’t so healthy), sanitary wipes to wipe the seat, essential oils to help with any headaches or stress from flying, AirPods, a good book, and a computer charger (a girl’s gotta work!)

Sara Lesher
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Sara Lesher
Lifecycle Program Manager
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. A former English major, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).
surfer catching wave in ocean olympics
Fitness
Published Friday Jul 23, 2021 by Bailey Clark

Why I’m Stoked Surfing Will Debut in the Olympics

Fitness

For the first time ever, the globe will be watching surfing take center stage at the 2020 (postponed to July 2021) Olympics. People from all over the world will be appreciating the sport, many for the first time.

This symbolizes the surfing community breaking through centuries of negative stereotypes. Though conditions play a big part in the sport, the biggest hurdle the athletes will have to overcome to see success is mental. The winner will be the one who chooses their waves wisely with their understanding of the conditions and ability to intimidate and therefore overcome components. Meanwhile, they will be challenging themselves to emerge from crashing barrels, fly into the air, and land on the shifting surface gracefully. No big deal. 

You’ve probably heard the invention of a wave pool, which creates the perfect man-made wave. In 2007, Kelly Slater founded his wave company with a passion to build the perfectly rideable wave at his surf ranch. It was debated whether the Olympics should be held in the ocean or on a manufactured wave, with many differing opinions on what would be right. The decision was made, and the event will take place in the sea, at Tsurigasaki Beach in Japan, about 40 miles east of Tokyo, where the rest of the 2021 games will be hosted.

As you watch, take a moment to reflect on the century of effort for this to happen. This initiative can be traced all the way back to the 1912 summer games that took place in Stockholm. Duke Kahanamoku, known as the father of modern surfing, won three gold medals in swimming, and while accepting his medal, he expressed that it was his dream to see surfing be added. To add fuel to the fire, International Surfing Association, recognized as the surfing world's governing authority by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), began lobbying for the inclusion of surfing in the Olympics in 1955.

The magic of surfing

Surfing is a multidimensional sport unlike any other. Nothing compares to paddling out to the serene silence that awaits beyond the breaking waves. Once you get out there, you immediately escape the many annoyances ingrained in everyday life—the constant notifications on your phone and laptop, your back-to-back schedule, answering to other people. You’re no longer on the time that your watch reads, you’re on mother nature’s time. You’re also no longer in control of your surroundings. Now, all you can do is surrender and wait for the next set to come, while trying to position yourself for when it does.

The high from catching the perfect wave is so addicting that surfers would fail on one hundred in a row just to catch that one. After you catch that perfect one, you replay it in your mind for the rest of the day.

A successful session is reliant on so many factors of mother nature—a force way bigger than us. For ideal conditions to exist, a good-sized swell must approach from the right direction, the wind must be flowing offshore, and you have to time your session right with the ebb and flow of the tide.

The sport is always teaching you life lessons. It is humbling, even if you’ve been practicing it for many years. One reason why it takes so long to master is that the conditions are going to be different every time you get out there. You might have caught a million yesterday, but today makes you feel like a kook because you can’t land one decent wave.

The community of people that you become a part of when you surf is special. A shared obsession with the ocean that brings you to dive into the water at dawn to get a session in bonds you quick. When you’re out there, you’ll find yourself interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds. People enjoy sharing the stoke of the sport. When you see someone out there teaching somebody new, you’ll encounter them cheering at the top of their lungs when they catch a good wave, and as you look around, you’ll see smiles all across the lineup. The other day, I caught a long wave in to be met with a cheering crowd of locals who frequent the spot that I do. When I got to shore, a local showed me their secret stash of hot packs to access in case I, or someone else, gets stung by a stingray when they aren’t around.

Being out in the ocean and abiding by her rules gives surfers a deep love and connection to nature. It’s common to see sea animals out there, like dolphins, stingrays, and fish. When you have an encounter, it’s a reminder that we are invading their territory. It sucks when you see trash floating in the water, or on the sand in its route to the water. It’s a sad reminder of the negative impact that humans can have on natural environments. It inspires you to pick up trash and advocate for sustainability so that we, as a collective, can take care of the beauty that we are lucky to have access to.

Tune in to see surfing break into the biggest international sporting event in the world beginning on Saturday, July 24th. 

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About the author
Bailey Clark is a serial optimist whose passion for marketing lies within creating authentic connections to make the world happier and healthier. As a San Diego native, her favorite pastimes are surfing, F45, practicing yoga, meditation, and really any opportunity to soak up the sun.