Summer — the season of neighborhood cookouts, popsicle juice dripping down sticky fingers, and road trips. Call us car-zy, but this season brings an abundance of nostalgia, especially when it comes to driving down the highway while blasting The Proclaimers’ “I’m Gonna Be.”
That’s why we’re excited to kick off Hit the Road. In this summer road trip series, we will feature three destinations throughout June, July, and August — each with its own theme. We’ll be talking outdoor adventures, 30-mile getaways, and something for the foodies.
Before you pack your bags, here are some of our recommendations to prepare locally:
🥤 Stock up on road trip essentials
Swing by one of these Boston spots to stock up on snacks, drinks, and coffee to minimize your stops during the road trip.
- Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St. | Grab a cup of coffee from George Howell, a donut from Union Square Donuts, cheesy snacks from Curds & Co, and a six-pack from the Beer Alley to celebrate arriving at your destination.
- American Provisions, 613 East Broadway, South Boston + 1971 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester | From coffee and wine to sandwiches and pastries, this shop has something for everyone and any occasion.
🎶 Create a road trip playlist
Check out these artists with local ties + add some of their tunes to your road trip rotation.
- Donna Summer, “I’m A Rainbow”
- New Kids on the Block, “Hangin’ Tough”
- New Edition, “One Love”
- Boston, “Life Love & Hope”
- Dropkick Murphys, “Turn Up That Dial”
Bonus: Listen to one of these 12 local podcasts.
🚘 Get your car ready
If you have a car, don’t forget to check the fluids + car battery. If you notice anything out of the ordinary or need a last-minute oil change before you go, head to one of these local car shops.
- E&S Automotive, 480 Dorchester Ave.
- Monro Auto Service and Tire Centers, 20 Revere Beach Pkwy., Medford
- Brighton Motor Services, 118 North Beacon St., Brighton
- Bonus: Find the cheapest places to fill up your gas tank.
🐶 Don’t forget about fido
Be sure to line up accommodations for your pet while you’re away. Reach out to one of the many local pet sitters or pet boarding facilities. Here are a few:
City Editor Jess brings her pups Roscoe and Reyna to Emily at Pawfect Pawz in Newton.