Next Stop: Boston

Ye Ol Oyster House (oldest rest. in US), Yacht B & B, Freedom Trail Walking Tour, Boston Harbor Boat Tour, Bike Tour, Alex MacDougal
























00:00 JON: Hi everybody, I’m Jon Olson. Welcome to Bean Town, USA.
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00:11 JON: Boston Massachusetts is one of the oldest cities in America, rich with history. We’ll tour Boston by bike, by boat, and by foot. You’ll love the city, you’ll love the music, you’ll love the people, and you’ll love the show. The fun starts now!
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00:29 JON: Boston harbor is world famous. This afternoon we are going to take a tour on the Secret Love.
00:38 BOBBY T: These are the original locks to the Charles River. The Charles River is a tidal river. Because the river is dammed up with locks, it now is actually a river basin. The water does not flow through the Charles.
JON: So it stays pretty calm?
00:52 BOBBY T: It stays very calm. Umm, there is great sailing on the Charles River, rowing, the crew boats.
01:04 We’re coming into the Salt and Pepper Bridge, it’s actually called the Longfellow Bridge, but because of the shape of the towers, they look like salt and pepper shakers.
JON: Oh, yeah they do.
BOBBY T: So the local yokels call it the Salt and Pepper Bridge.
01:22 JON: So this is one of the more famous boats in the country, in any harbor.
BOBBY T: The USS Constitution, otherwise known as Old Ironsides. When the British would shoot at, would shoot their cannons at it, and they are big, big, cannonballs, they would bounce off the sides, and that’s how it got it’s nickname for Old Ironsides.
01:41 JON: Nice.
BOBBY T: I love Boston Harbor, I mean, I really love it, it’s so much fun. Any excuse to get out on the water, is a good excuse.
01:53 JON: I agree with you Bobby. I’m a water person. But I like water with boundaries, like this.
BOBBY T: That’s one nice thing about Boston harbor, there is 34 harbor islands out there. They really add sort of a protective layer against the ocean so that the storm waves do not penetrate into the harbor.
02:17 JON: You guys have a beautiful, beautiful boat, and then tell us about your staff, because Adam, not only is he a back up captain here, but he is an amazing chef.
TERRY: I tell you, that is the one thing, no matter what boat you have, it’s the crew that make the boat, and you know the boat…
02:32 JON: See, look at this, look at all that. Now you have a co captain on board here, one of the four legged kind.
TERRY: Yeah, oh yeah, Junior.
JON: Where’s Junior?
TERRY: Oh my God, Junior, Junior.
02:50 JON: We are very fortunate to have our own local expert and park ranger, Jessica, join us here on the boat. You know everything about everything about these islands I’m told, that we are heading out to.
JESSICA: Yeah, I used to work for the park service, and so I led trips out to Boston Lake, from the oldest lighthouses in the country for about 2 years, and then I just came on with the state about 2 years ago, so I’ve been working in the Boston Harbor Islands national recreation area for 4 years.
03:12 JON: So we are on board Georges Island, what is significant about this place?
JESSICA: There is so much that’s significant about this place, but why it is preserved and part of the national park system is because it is, um, it was used as a confederate prisoner of war camp during the civil war.
03:34 JON: I love this place, I love the feeling, I can just like feel the history.
JESSICA: Yeah, I think a lot of people feel that way. You know, we have about 10,000 visitors who come here every summer to step back in history, step back in nature and just experience the islands.
03:53 JON: So when you dock here, you have no idea how expansive this place is, this is huge.
JESSICA: Yeah, that’s why it took 17 years to build. The best part about the fort though, is that the kids who come out here, they get to explore the dark tunnels, walk through its archways and just explore the whole fort.
04:15 So, we are actually here out on Spectacle Island, one of the newest islands in our park, and I’m going to take you out to the north drumlin for some of the best views of Boston harbor.
04:31 JESSICA: The history of the island, the city of Boston added about 37 acres worth of garbage when this was its dumping site.
JON: So this used to be the big dump, and it used to smell really bad.
JESSICA: Exactly. This island in particular kind of symbolizes hope for me, that there is a chance that we can take something that was once an eyesore, and transform it into something that is beautiful that people can enjoy.
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04:56 JON: Coming up on Next Stop, our nations oldest restaurant, and a bike tour of Boston.
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05:11 JON: We are actually at the oldest working restaurant in America. It doesn’t get any more historical than that, right Joe?
JOE: Uh, I hope not.
05:19 JON: (laughs) Now you are one of 3 families that have owned this restaurant throughout time. How is that possible?
JOE: Alrighty, well you had to have a starter, so you had 2 individuals, Atwood and Vaken, who were, I would call entrepreneurs of their own time back in 1826 and they were in the oyster business. So, it was very typical a restaurant came about being because people were, had a product and they wanted to get it to the consumer.
05:44 JON: Oh, that picture there with all of these famous, famous people, all come to this place. So why do people come, what’s the draw? Besides the history?
JOE: Yeah, yeah, well, we want to believe that you can always get people to come, or spread the word because people have come and enjoyed themselves. For reasons such as the clam chowder you will be enjoying, the oysters which is our middle name, certainly lobster is so, such a trademark of New England, and uh, it is, it’s really the best.
06:17 JON: Ok, Anton, Joe said we have to come to the oyster bar, he says that you are like world famous.
ANTON: (laughs) Put the knife right over here, one little crack and then we break, and turn them around, this to serve.
06:29 JON: So you don’t sound like you are from these parts.
ANTON: No, originally actually I am from Switzerland.
JON: Yeah.
ANTON: From the trailer park, the better part.
JON: (laughs) I hear the German.
06:37 ANTON: I have a little accent, and actually people like it. Today we have 2 kind of oysters, we have some cherrystones, they are from the Cape, Cape Cod, from Massachusetts, and those are actually, they are littlenecks from Conneticut.
06:53 JON: Oh, that’s a lot of horseradish (laughs)
GUEST 1: It’s good for you.
JON: It’s going to put hair on my chest, right?
GUEST 1: He just ate the same thing about 5 minutes ago!
JON: You had no hair on your face?
GUEST 1: No, he was clean shaven when we got here!
ALL: (laughter)
JON: Are you here for business, or are you here for pleasure?
GUEST 1: We work here.
JON: Oh, you work here, good.
GUEST 1: Bricklayers.
JON: Excellent. So what should people see when they come to Boston?
GUEST 1: A lot of history, love the history.
07:19 JON: Well here we are, in the oldest restaurant in America.
GUEST 1: That’s right.
GUEST 2: I text my wife, you know, to know where I’m at, you know, what building I’m at you know, it’s alright, it’s cool.
07:37 JON: The oysters were amazing here, but the lobsters are even more amazing, they are actually trained, let’s watch this.
ANTON: See, they are able to hold the fork, and the napkin.
JON: And they will take my money (laughs) that’s awesome
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08:00 JON: New York has the Metro, Chicago has the L, Portland has the MAX, San Francisco has BART. Boston has T with 5 colorful lines, each related to the destinations in which it serves. For example, the red line takes passengers from downtown Boston to Harvard. The colors of Harvard? Crimson red.
08:20 JON: These over 50 different tours available here in Boston, we’re checking it out with Urban Adventours, by bike.
GREG: I’m from Chicago, I will attempt a Boston accent occasionally on this tour. I’ve been riding the streets of Boston for 30 years, I’d be riding my bike this morning anyway, so I’m glad to have somebody along on the ride with me.
08:41 ANDREW: Please ring your bells and we are going to head off in this direction.
GREG: Here we are, staring at the garden, the beautiful Boston garden. I want you guys to take a look over here at the Leonard P Zacom Bunker Hill memorial bridge. From now on when you are watching the sports channel, the weather channel, politics, and you see this bridge behind some talking head, you’re gonna know that’s Boston, this is our Golden Gate Bridge.
09:16 GREG: Many years ago in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, an elevated highway called the Central Artery, cut right through the heart of Boston, breaking off Boston from its history to the sea. The whole idea of the big dig which begins right here was to create this beautiful park, reconnect Boston with the sea. And at 1 billion dollars per mile, we think they did a great job. So, thank you all for uh, paying your taxes!
09:50 GREG: So you guys have just climbed Beacon Hill, congratulations, the biggest hill climb of the day. We’re in beautiful Lewisburg Square. Right over here at 88 Mount Vernon, Robert Frost lived for many years, lots of the inspiration for his poetry came from his walks here on Beacon Hill. Last house on the right with the American flag, our now senior senator John Kerry and his wife Teresa Hines Kerry.
10:18 GREG: We just want you guys to get a sense, of really, this is one of those spots, the beauty of Boston. We are staring over here at the back bay, again, all landfill. The Charles River was about a mile wide here. All of this building that will begin in the back bay is filled in over the course of 30 years.
10:46 GREG: So 1912, oldest ballpark in America, and the Red Sox, this is it. This is the heart of Red Sox Nation, this is the temple.
11:00 JON: What a great way to see Boston, with Urban Adventours, what a cool name.
JON: This your company right here.
ANDREW: I don’t want anybody to come to Boston and leave not feeling like they saw everything that they wanted to see, so I think it’s the best way to cover the most ground, and I get a little exercise while you are at it.
11:14 JON: What’s Boston’s biggest secret?
ANDREW: Uh, it’s really a pretty tiny place, so I think when people leave Boston they feel like, you know what, I really visited that city, um, and it’s pretty, it’s much more manageable than they think.
JON: You know one of my best memories is going to be this chick magnet that you got here.
ANDREW: Yeah, yeah.
JON: This is your boy, huh?
ANDREW: Yeah, that’s pretty hot. So, uh, this thing actually runs on vegetable oil. It’s not just about biking, it’s about living a green lifestyle, so we try to promote that actively.
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11:41 JON: Coming up on Next Stop, historical Boston by foot, and a unique bed and breakfast.
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11:55 JON: There are many ways to see historical Boston. We’re joining a tour of the Freedom Trail, a walk through pre revolutionary history with a witness. Our witness, Rachel Revere.
RACHEL: Ladies and gentlemen, first of all I want to welcome all of you to Boston. We are going to see a lot of the sights along the way that pertain to the time in our history in America called the revolutionary war.
12:19 RACHEL: This is the 3rd oldest burial ground in Boston. I bring you here because there are more people buried here that have to do with the revolutionary effort than any other burial ground in New England.
12:34 RACHEL: This is John Hancock. By the way, this carving of the man’s face on this marker actually is what he looked like. When he signed the Declaration of Independence, his largest signature and the very first, because he was President of the second continental congress, and when he signed, he was openly defying the king. He was saying ‘I know you know who I am, and I stand against you, catch me if you can’ and thanks to my husband Paul, he never was caught.
13:05 RACHEL: Alright, this is the marker, the present day marker of Mr. Paul Revere. I want to point this out, look at this. This says ‘Revere’s Tomb’, it’s a slate marker. Now, you can see the ordinary markers here are made of slate. If you had a lot of money then you could afford a table tomb like this. Now this marker is much more expensive, it’s made of white marble. It was put here in the 1860’s. They dressed up Revere’s grave. He was not, um, a John Hancock or a George Washington by any means, he would be shocked to find out how famous he is today. And this is because Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote a poem about him in 1860. He wrote a poem called ‘The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere’ and to this day, if you are from America, you usually have to read this poem somewhere along the line.
13:58 RACHEL: This is the old state house. The old state house was built in 1713, we have the lion, we have the unicorn. Those 2 carvings are images signifying the United Kingdom, united in 1707.
14:17 This is the area where the Boston massacre took place. It started with one man, one red coat guarding a customs house. The patriots start threatening them saying ‘Fire, fire on us if you dare’ that’s how it all started and the first musket discharged, and then the following soldiers, also just, in the confusion, fired on mass. But, and unfortunately, 5 men were killed. So that’s what actually happened, it was a chaotic, confused, scene.
14:46 RACHEL: The reason I wanted to bring you over here is I want you to look up at the weathervane of this building, you see a grasshopper, a gilded grasshopper there. If you wanted to find out if you were talking to a loyalist spy, someone claiming to be a man from Boston but who was not, all you had to do was ask him what creature flies above Faneuil Hall, and if you do not answer ‘a grasshopper’ well, then you shoot him. That’s what you do. And that’s how we took care of all that. Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Rachel Revere. I want to thank you all so much for joining me on this tour. You were a delight to talk to. I want to wish you a safe and happy journey to wherever you are traveling.
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15:30 JON: We stay at hotel, motels, bed and breakfasts all over the world, and this might be the most unique place we have ever stayed, here in Boston, B&B afloat. Peter, you are the co owner of B&B Afloat and Constitution Marina here, your dad started this?
PETER: Yep, back in the 60’s.
15:44 JON: This, now this is a beautiful, beautiful marina and what a location.
PETER: He just wanted, he was a boater and all his friends wanted a place to put boats. There were no marinas back in the 60’s, 14, 15 years ago we decided that people were looking for another use for their boats, and this might be something interesting to try. So, we started with a couple of our customers boats, and they have become so successful that we have probably a dozen boats and hotels that we use here at the marina, and at other sites too.
16:09 JON: So describe the Lady and the Coach for our viewers, because it’s, we love this place. It’s got a nice big sitting room.
PETER: Yes she is a nice motor yacht that used for, privately owned, and used and kept up for bed and breakfast.
JON: And with all the amenities too though, you’ve got a full kitchen, showers, the bedrooms are big, the beds are huge.
PETER: Yep, it’s like living in a floating hotel.
16:29 JON: You really don’t feel like you are on a yacht.
JON: And our guys are checking into another one tonight, what’s different about that one?
PETER: Rozinante is actually my partners boat, and that’s a 60 foot sailboat. And so, there’s you know, boats are different. Power boats tend to have more room inside, sailboats tend to be more yachty, you know, B berths and double wide berths, but as opposed to very large berths, but they are just as comfortable. And the nice thing about these is, you look out your window and you are looking at Boston.
17:01 JON: D dock is where our boat is on, D dock is supposedly world famous I’m told.
PETER: Oh, D dock, yes.
JON: (laughs) Why is D dock so famous?
PETER: Oh, because of the people that keep their boats on D dock, and the people that live here. We have about 60 or 70 people that actually live at the marina year round.
17:16 JON: What do you love most about Boston? What’s Boston’s best kept secret that maybe our viewers wouldn’t know?
PETER: Ah, it’s just, it’s a lot friendlier than people think. It’s people, you can go up to anyone and ask them any question and they will stop and talk to you.
17:28 JON: I would agree with that, we’ve found that. Now you do much more than just bed and breakfast and manage the marina, you guys have charters, you do sunset cruises, talk about that.
PETER: Well, if a bed and breakfast customer would like to go out for 3 to 4 hours in the evening in a sailboat, or a powerboat, or virtually anything else that you want, we can arrange that.
17:46 JON: We took a water taxi in, courtesy of Bobby T. Bobby T has been our kind of Boston tour guide. He’s a great guy to represent your business.
PETER: Yeah, he is fabulous. We’ve had him for a number of years, and we’ve put a lock and key on him so nobody is stealing him.
JON: I think that’s a good call.
PETER: Yeah.
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18:11 JON: Coming up, the Boston music scene, with Alex MacDougall.
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18:21 JON: We are at Lucky’s Lounge, with Alex MacDougall. Before we talk about your music, let’s talk about this place.
ALEX: Yes.
JON: This is a really cool, swanky place.
ALEX: Some friends of mine opened this place about 10 years ago, and I think they kinda had me in mind when they opened it, so obviously I feel quite at home.
18:40 JON: Ok, so it’s dark, very sinister.
ALEX: It’s dark and very sinister much like myself.
JON: Great food, great cocktails, and super hot chicks working the bar.
ALEX: Yeah, yeah they do a good job here.
18:51JON: They had you in mind with that?
ALEX: (laughs) They know what I like.
19:32 JON: Let’s talk about your music,
ALEX: Let’s talk about the music.
JON: Hollywood Tune was awesome. I totally dug that.
ALEX: I’m glad you enjoyed it.
JON: But, and that’s something you wrote a long time ago.
ALEX: A long time ago. The melody came to me in the shower one day, true story, and then we needed a 4th tune and I was hanging out in the studio one day and just, I started singing and playing that tune and the producer was like ‘what’s that, I really like that’ and it ended up being the 4th tune on the EP. Ironically enough that’s the one everyone really likes.
20:29 JON: Let’s talk about the Boston music scene.
ALEX: A lot of great bands have come out of Boston over the years; Aerosmith, J. Giles, Boston.
JON: Boston came out of Boston?
ALEX: Don’t forget about Billy Squire!
JON: Forget it.
ALEX: Perhaps. Perhaps, I don’t know. Actually I think they came out of Swampska. Which is on the north shore, for those of you that don’t know.
20:51 JON: Tell our viewers who know nothing about Boston, what’s the biggest secret about Boston that you know?
ALEX: Come to Boston. Ah, the biggest secret about Boston would be me. Uh, you know, I don’t know, this place. Come to Lucky’s Lounge, this place is great. Great food, great people, great music.
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21:38 Thanks for tuning in to Next Stop Boston, one of the oldest cities in America, with a very impressive history. Equally impressive, it’s people. They are so friendly, we made so many new friends, so thanks to everybody in Boston that helped make this show possible. Thanks also to our title sponsor, Alaska Airlines. We will see you next time on Next Stop, where will we take you next? Make good memories everybody.
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22:00 JON: What’s the significance of this place?
22:05 JESSICA: Nothing.
JON: Ok. (laughs)
JESSICA: My heart is racing.
22:15 JON: Let’s talk about the Boston music scene.
ALEX: Yes. You’re looking at it right here. Right here.
JON: (laughs)