Memorial Day Weekend Travel Diary

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Last weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting some friends in Boston, MA. While I am unfortunately still in my last few days of my junior year of college, my friends in Boston have been finished with their year for the past few weeks at Berklee College of Music.

After discovering that Sia would be performing at a local festival, I knew I had to fly out to see her perform and visit some old friends. I hadn’t visited Boston since December 2014 and jumped at the chance for this weekend getaway, considering the fact that Boston is one of my favorite cities and Sia performing at a festival is a rarity. Read on for some of the highlights of my trip:

Boston Calling Music Festival | City Hall Square, Boston, MA 02109 // – I had previously been to this festival in September 2014. They usually hold the festival twice a year – but I believe they are not having it this September (sadly, because I was hoping to return) due to the planners moving to a larger location in Allston next May.

This festival debuted in May 2013 and has been highly praised for its production and versatile lineups. I personally enjoy it so much because it is located in a small area that is neither overwhelming nor overcrowded, but still has a large festival feel. Being an avid Lollapalooza attendee myself, it’s nice to be able to have an opposite, yet equally enjoyable festival experience.

This year, I only went on Friday to see Sufjan Stevens and Sia. The rest of the weekend’s lineup was pretty phenomenal – I would have loved to see Robyn and Courtney Barnett, but I decided to hold off purchasing more tickets because I will be seeing a number of the other acts this summer (BØRNS, Disclosure, HAIM, Miike Snow, The Front Bottoms, etc).

Sufjan Stevens was – interesting. Not my taste, but he definitely put on a show that was the opposite of what I was expecting of him. I watched from afar as I found a spot close to the stage for Sia.

Despite many people thinking Sia has some pretty strange performance qualities, I was completely blown away. Not only does she sound absolutely phenomenal live, but I really enjoyed the depth of each performance that was presented by the dancers. Even though we can’t see her face, I felt like I knew Sia even better than I did before because of the sincerity of the performances and the background that came with each song.

If you are a festival goer yourself, I strongly suggest considering Boston Calling as your next festival getaway. It’s definitely affordable (pre-sale tickets for next year already sold out: $129 for two days), and it’s a great excuse to visit Boston during Memorial Day Weekend.

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A shot of the festival grounds I took waiting for Sia.

The Godfrey Hotel, Boston | 505 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111 // I have been working on the social media for The Godfrey Hotel in Chicago for the past year and have been working towards the opening of the Godfrey Boston for about eight months. Being able to visit it in person after seeing how much success it has had was amazing! The Godfrey Boston has only been open for six months and has been highly praised for its sophistication. The rooms are beautiful and the bed was one of the most comfortable I’ve ever slept in. This hotel cannot be in a better location (walking distance to Boston Calling and a number of shops and restaurants) and is definitely a place I would love to visit again and I would suggest it to anyone as a great spot to stay in Boston.

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Rockport, MA – Quite arguably the cutest town I have ever visited in the country, this tiny town sits on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. If you Google it, it looks familiar because the movie “The Proposal” with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds was filmed here. Filled with tourists, this town has a number of tiny boutiques, restaurants and ice cream shops. There are also a number of spots to lay out on the beach, which happened to be extremely crowded during the day I was there. It was 90 degrees out, so it’s nothing short of surprising.

If you’re looking for a little escape from the bustling city of Boston, Rockport is only about an hour outside of the city by car.

All in all, visiting Boston again made me realize how much I love it and how much I can see myself living there someday (even though my heart has been set on Nashville for awhile now). I guess now is the time to be considering all options!

– Kristin

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