A Day in the Night Life

Winter Fun in Boston with Accent Limousine

Posted by Julie Ryan on Wed, Jan 9, 2013 @ 11:01 AM

Snow overlooking the Hancock

Happy winter everyone!  I can't believe New England waited so long to dump snow on us and it's supposed to be 50 degrees tomorrow?  We all know to never count on an actual weather pattern in this part of the country... one day we get two feet of snow, the next day a suntan.  It's crazy!

So what have you been doing this winter?  I hope you've all been enjoying making snow angels and taking the kids sledding before this white stuff melts.  Here are a few ideas for some winter fun!

  • Boston.com complied a great list a couple of years ago of 40 Great Places to Sled Around Boston if looking for fun new hills to tackle. 
  • If you're into ice skating, we all know that the best place for an afternoon of skating fun is the Boston Common Frog Pond.  Take a look at their web page for hours and information. 
  • I've never been a skier or snowboarder but my husband used to teach snowboarding lessons at Blue Hills Ski Area when he was younger and swears that if you don't want to invest an entire day or weekend heading up north for snow, that you can definitely get your fix at Blue Hills.
  • If you want the full skiing experience, head on up to Vermont to Killington and experience skiing, dining, and a night away for a great little winter getaway. 
  • If you'd prefer to stay out of the cold, head to one of Boston's best museums and leave the snow to the bunnies.
  • Warm up with a hot delicious meal at one of Boston's best restaurants!  With Savored.com, you can get 40% off your bill and have an amazing meal on the cheap.

There are still so many things you can get out and do in this winter wonderland, all you have to do is call Accent Limousine for a ride to your destination and they'll crank up the heat and bring you to wherever your next adventure lies.  Take a limo to Foxwoods, have a big night out, or even go for a scenic snowy ride in one of Accent's beautiful cars.  Accent Limousine is the only number you need for some winter fun.

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What ways have you found to enjoy the snow?

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A Weekend in Newport, RI

Posted by Julie Ryan on Wed, Jul 18, 2012 @ 09:07 AM

Newport by Julie RyanHey guys!  Remember my Summer Bucket List?  I've been slowly but surely crossing things off that list and one of those "action items" was to spend a night in Newport, RI.  Well, I managed to cross it off twice because I got to spend a full weekend there a few weeks ago!

I actually graduated college from Salve Regina University in Newport ten years ago and I've only been back once so this trip was in desperate need.  I missed this gorgeous town.  I went with six amazing women and had an absolute blast. 

Here are some of my recommendations if you're heading to Newport for some fun and sun:

  • Atlantic Beach Hotel & Suites is the perfect hotel to stay at if you're looking for direct access to the beach.  They'll give you towels and all you have to do is cross the road to dive into the ocean.
  • If you're looking to stay right in town with all the shops and restaurants, you can't go wrong with Hotel Viking.  The hotel is absolutely gorgeous and One Bellevue Restaurant serves some killer fancy seafood.
  • Head down to Bowen's Wharf to check out some amazing yachts and have a few drinks at one of the MANY bars and restaurants right on the water.
  • Take a relaxing ride along Ocean Drive (which is ranked #1 of all attractions in Newport) and bask in the spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Check out the Newport Mansions: The Breakers, Marble House, Rosecliff, Chateau-sur-Mer, The Elms... incredible architecture and wonderful history.
  • Grab a quick lunch at The Brick Alley Pub.  Between their huge salad bar and delicious lobster roll, you'll get a taste of Newport and continue window shopping down Thames Street.
  • Dance the night away at The Pelham.  They have cheap drinks, cover bands, a late-night DJ, and before you know it you'll be closing out the bar at 1:00am.

Oh and one big tip?  If you're spending the night downtown and your hotel is more than a mile away, arrange a taxi beforehand to come and get you.  We learned this lesson and weren't able to find one cab in Newport at 1:15am and had to walk a mile and a half back to our hotel.  My feet hurt.

So just head down to Newport, explore the city, the restaurants, the architecture, the nature, the drinks, and your company.  That's what summers are for!

While planning your trip to Newport be sure to factor in your transportation.  Accent Limousine Service is the best limousine and transportation service in New England and will make all of your transportation needs easy as pie.  Want a ride to Newport?  They're on it.  Want them to pick you up then pick the rest of your party up and take everyone out for fun?  No problem.  One they drop you in Newport you can make arrangements for a time for Accent to come back and get you.  Accent Limousine works around your plans, your schedule, and your budget.  So whether your planning on a trip to Newport, a bachelorette party in the city, or just looking for a ride to the airport, call 800-696-LIMO for all of your transportation needs.

Let me know if you need any more Newport recommendations in the comment section, I have a lot more to give!

Topics: accent, travel, newport, services

Patriotic Fourth of July Recipes

Posted by Julie Ryan on Mon, Jul 2, 2012 @ 09:07 AM

American FlagThe Fourth of July is only two days away!  Can anyone tell me where June went??  Every year we attend my husbands Fourth of July family party in Walpole, MA and our job is to bring the beer and some dips.  Now, I love me some dips.  I even created my own little Dip Board on Pinterest (you can check out all my boards here and follow me if you're on Pinterest).  This year I'm going with the ever so simple Hot Pepper Jelly and Cream Cheese dip (so easy but so addicting!) and the Knorr Spinach Dip (there's a good reason why the recipe is on the box).

But when it's time to rock the red, white, and blue throughout the food, here are some great suggestions for some festive and fun recipes to bring to any party.

I can't wait to dig into all the delicious food that the family always brings to the party on Wednesday - after seeing all of these recipes, I think I'm going to have to show up with a few more treats!

If you're coming into Boston to see the amazing Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular,  be sure to call Accent Limousine for a ride into the city.  Trust me, I've lived in Boston for almost ten years and I can tell you that the traffic, lack of parking, and congestion in the city is a nightmare on holidays and can put a serious damper on your night.  If you call Accent, you'll have a beautiful ride into Boston, get dropped off where ever you choose, and when you're ready to go you can just call your driver and he'll be right around the corner.  How easy is that?  Whether you need a ride into town, a ride to the airport, a limousine for a concert, or even limousines for your wedding... Accent Limousine is your #1 choice for all of your transportation services.

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Have a wonderful Fourth of July!!!

Topics: boston, accent, holiday, food

Boston Summer Bucket List

Posted by Julie Ryan on Fri, Jun 22, 2012 @ 11:06 AM

Happy Summer Everyone!!!!!  The heat this week has been pretty brutal, that's one way to start Summer off with a bang.

Every Summer I come up with a list of things I want to do (my Summer Bucket List) and this year I plan to tackle every single one of them.  These months seem to fly by and I want to take advantage of every warm Summer day and night we have.  Here we go!

This list shouldn't be that hard to accomplish!  Want to add anything to this list?  Feel free to tell me what else to check out in the comments section.  You should join me and start your own Summer Bucket list - there are only so many days in the Summer, let's make it count.

Oh, and be sure to put "Call Accent Limousine and make a reservation for a super fun big night out" on your Summer Bucket List.  What could be better than a night out in the city with the ones you love, sitting by the water eating and drinking your favorite things, and having the time of your life without a care in the world.  That should be on the "All Seasons Bucket List".  Whether you've got a trip planned out of town and need a ride to the airport or you've got a wedding coming up, Accent Limousine is your go-to for all transportation needs.

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Happy Summer Everyone - I'll be sure to keep you updated on everything I cross off on my Bucket List!

Topics: boston, accent, food, attractions, restaurants, seasons

The 2012 Boston Pride Parade

Posted by Julie Ryan on Fri, Jun 8, 2012 @ 13:06 PM

Boston Pride Parade
The 2012 Boston Pride Parade is tomorrow (June 9th) and it's supposed to be 78 degrees and sunny!  Who is ready for some serious fun?!?!?  I'm lucky enough to live on the parade route so all I have to do is go out on to my balcony to watch the action and trust me, it never disappoints to be an outstanding parade.  I'm so excited!!!  Here is all the information you need about tomorrow's parade taken directly from the Boston Pride website.

7:00 am to 11:00 am
Staging and lining-up of participants around Copley Square

12:00 pm
1 minute of silence

12:01 pm
Parade kick-off!

Start at Boylston St and Clarendon St
Turn right onto Clarendon St
Turn left onto Tremont St
Turn left onto Berkeley St
Turn right onto Boylston St
Turn left onto Charles St
Turn right onto Beacon St
Turn left onto Tremont St
Arrival at City Hall Plaza on Cambridge St
It is strongly recommended that you arrive at the Boston Pride Parade by “T”. Given the large amount of people present in the city for the day’s events, traffic will likely be highly congested and parking will be limited.

The 2012 Pride Parade will be broadcast on BNN, the Boston Neighborhood Network (cable TV Channel 9) for your viewing pleasure at the following times:

June 12th at 5:30 pm
June 14th at 11:30 pm
June 16th at 1:30 om
June 17th at 11:00 pm
June 18th aty 11:30 pm
June 24th at 1:00 pm
Pack appropriately! Bring sunscreen and plenty of bottled water as it's supposed to be a gorgeous sunny day.

Watch out for (your) kids – Make sure children are safe. As the crowds pour in from the Parade it may become difficult to keep an eye on the little ones. Consider moving to the Family Zone until the Parade is complete.

Respect the instructions from the Festival Staff and Volunteers – These individuals will be clearly distinguishable from the crowd. They are only doing their job and enforcing safety measures for the benefit of everyone.

Most importantly:  HAVE FUN!

If you're just remembering about the big day tomorrow, give Accent Limousine a call to bring you into the city for the festivities!  You won't have to worry about driving, parking, traffic, etc. and when you're done with the fun you'll have the Accent car ready and waiting to take you back home.  The city will be buzzing with excitement all day long and this event is not to be missed.  Happy Pride everyone - be safe and have a blast tomorrow!

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Accent Limousine Restaurant Review: Cagney's Pub in Quincy

Posted by Julie Ryan on Wed, May 30, 2012 @ 15:05 PM

Onion Rings

My apologies if that picture makes you drool on your keyboard.

Okay.  So, Cagney's Pub in Quincy, MA (located at 214 Washington Street) is one of my all time low-key bar/restaurants.  When the owner recently got in touch with me to do a photoshoot for the restaurants new website I jumped on the opportunity in hopes of being able to eat the food after I was done photographing it.  I have been coming to eat, drink, and play darts here for almost four years and when I'm in the mood to grab an affordable delicious dinner, I always come to Cagney's.

Cheesy Chicken Sandwich

I mean seriously.  This Polynesian Chicken Sandwich is the thing of dreams and surprisingly, it's healthy!  What more could you want?

Chocolate Cake

Between amazing appetizers like Fried Mac & Cheese Wedges and Homemade Potato Chips & Dip and incredible desserts like this Gooey Chocolate Cake, there's literally something for everyone.  Check out the menu here.

I had a blast photographing Cagney's Pub and you can see a lot more of my food photography and atmosphere shots on their website.  I believe that there's absolutely no reason for a gorgeous website to have bad photos on it.

If you own a business and want your website pictures to pop, go to Julie Ann Ryan Photography to learn more and I'll work with you to make your website stand out from the rest.  If you're just plain old hungry... head on over to Cagney's. ;)

I've been working with Accent Limousine Service on a number of photography events and if you ever want to be in a photoshoot and be featured on AccentLimo.com, just call them up (you should have their number by now, right?  800-696-LIMO!) and we can set up a day and time for me to meet you out in Boston in your gorgeous limousine and photoshoot some of your event.  Accent is your one stop shop for all of your transportation needs whether it be wedding limousines, airport services, or a limo to Mohegan - they've got you covered for whatever you need on time, on budget, and in style.

Topics: boston, accent, food, restaurants, cheap eats, services

Boston Limo Services

Posted by Julie Ryan on Thu, May 17, 2012 @ 14:05 PM

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Hey guys!  Hope this nice weather has been treating you well, summer is definitely on its way.  YAY!  So today I'm going to breach a pretty broad subject: Boston limousine services.  I think some people out there still consider limousines only for super special occasions (weddings, proms, etc.), but I want to fill you in on a few more ways that renting a town car or limousine with Accent Limousine could make a huge impact in your life.  Think about those nights where you did rent a limousine.  Are they good memories?  Come on, who isn't a happy camper in the back of a limo.  I know I am.  So think outside the box to make some more amazing memories and make your life that much happier.

  • Airport Limousine:  I've already spoken in length about why I refuse to take my own car to the airport (traffic, parking, fees, etc.) and you can read all about that here.  I refuse to start off a vacation under stress and that's why Accent is my first phone call.  If you're bringing your whole family on a trip, just rent a limousine, passenger van or mini-bus and travel in style.  Oh and if you have a little one, Accent will hold onto your car seat and bring it for you when you arrive home. 
  • Corporate Travel:  Are you looking for a new reliable service to bring you to all of your meetings or to your frequent trips to the airport?  Trust me, I only use Accent in the corporate world.  I know that for you to do your job that you need everyone and everything else to work like clockwork.  You can depend on Accent to wait all night at the airport if your flight is delayed and you'll never get stranded again.
  • Here to There:  Looking to get anywhere but don't feel like driving?  Don't love the idea of the daunting four hour drive to New York?  Call Accent to sit back and relax and before you know it, you'll be at your destination.
  • Concerts and Sports:  We've all been there.  It's late and we're at a concert or Sox game and by the end of it, all we want to do is get home.  But you have to leave with everyone else (which always seems like there are 1,000,000 people leaving at the same time) and you sit in traffic forever and just wish you could be in your bed.  Though Accent can't magically transport you home, they can cut some of the traffic and let you relax while they do the late night driving.
  • Special Package Delivery:  Say you left your passport at home but your spouse or friend can't come to the airport to get it to you.  Accent will save the day.  Say your puppy needs to get to the vet but you can't bring him.  Again, Accent will save the day.  If you have anything that needs to be transported, trust a company you know you can rely on and not just a courier service out of the phonebook.  

Between all of the special moments in life and then just every day life, Accent Limousine is a service you can count on to deliver exceptional style, value, and service you will continue to count on over and over again for any transportation service need you have.  What are you waiting for, just click this big orange button!

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Accent Limousine Restaurant Review: Myers + Chang

Posted by Julie Ryan on Fri, May 4, 2012 @ 09:05 AM

Myers and Chang

Hey guys!  It's been awhile since I've done a restaurant review and after eating at Myers + Chang a few weeks ago, I knew I had to share this gem with you.  Myers + Chang (located in the South End at 1145 Washington Street) is a breath of fresh air.  From the service to the food to the decor to the overall feel, this place is just awesome.  Seriously, you do not want to miss this gastronomy heaven.  Here's how my experience went down.

It was 7:00pm on a Saturday night, just an hour before my husbands 30th birthday surprise party was supposed to go down at J.J. Foley's.  I figured if I got him close to JJ's, he wouldn't wonder why on earth I would be taking him there for birthday drinks after dinner.  We walked into the Franklin Cafe and there was an hour wait.  Nope, that wasn't going to work.  He then suggested Myers +Chang as we had always wanted to eat there and though I knew the restaurant was a little too close to JJ's (when I mean too close, I mean you could throw a rock at it), I figured I'd find a way to have his back face the window so he wouldn't see guests parking nearby and walking into his party.

The hostess told us it'll be about 45 minutes so I needed to find a plan for a new quick bite.  We leave and she comes running outside after us saying two seats just opened at the bar.  Seriously, when has a hostess ever run after you?  That was amazing - that never happens.  Then she sits us at the window with both of us directly facing Washington Street.  My heart sinks.  I try to keep his attention from ever looking outside and then realize, the jig is going to be up soon.  I tell my husband I want a different table, he tells me I'm crazy, and I push the issue.   Finally I walk up to the hostess, I plead my situation and she replies with a "Oh my god, that's not good, let me figure this out quickly".  She does and within three minutes she takes us into the back of the restaurant and puts us at the bar counter directly in front of Joanne Chang.  You know, the Joanne Chang that was just nominated for a James Beard award.  Yeah, that just happened.  The hostess literally saved the surprise and then gave us the best seat in the house.  She rules.

We ordered the crispy spring rolls, the shiitake and chinese greens dumplings, the fresh rolls, and her specialty:  braised pork belly buns.  You haven't lived until you've eaten this braised pork belly bun.  We devoured everything and we finished off our carafe of sake.  The meal was beyond excellent and sitting two feet from the open kitchen was an awesome experience.  We left feeling full (but not in the least bit weighed down) and raving about the food we ate.

All of my stars aligned that night for my husband's surprise party and we walked into the party right at 8:00pm and gave him the shock of his life.  If it wasn't for Myers +Chang, there's a very slim chance my plan would have worked. 

So if you're looking for a new dining experience that has it all, please check out Myers + Chang for some unbelieveable food, amazing service, and a night you won't forget.  Instead of dealing with parking in Boston to get there, be sure to call Accent Limousine for a hassle-free day or night of fun in the city.  You can leave here with a belly full of deliciousness, a little tipsy, and very happy and it won't matter once you have one of Accent's drivers on the case!  They'll take care of all your needs from boston wedding limousines to a limo trip to Mohegan to a fancy night out in the city whether or not it's Providence, Boston, Hartford, or New York.  All you have to do is decide where to go and Accent Limousine will take you there in style!  What are you waiting for?

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Boston Wedding Services and Vendors

Posted by Julie Ryan on Thu, Apr 19, 2012 @ 13:04 PM

Boston Wedding

Happy beginning of wedding season everyone!  If you've recently become engaged or you are awaiting that trip down the aisle later this year, I wanted to share some of my wedding vendors with you because they were all AMAZING.  My wedding was like a fairytale and yet, I planned every aspect of the day with a budget in mind.  I'm one of those girls that believes that you never have to spend the maximum amount to get the best quality.  Let me break it down.

Venue:  The Boston Public Library.  Though the venue itself was inexpensive, The Catered Affair has a contract with the BPL to run all the weddings (catering, drinks, event planning) and they were the ones that tried to empty our wallets.  Your best bet if you're having a wedding at the Boston Public Library is to know your budget beforehand and stick to it.  Ask for ways to cut down extras (like chair moving fees).  Also, when they try to tell you a week before your wedding that a martini will cost $14 per guest, tell them nicely that that price doesn't work.  All in all, the BPL is my favorite building in Boston and the best venue I could have ever imagined for my wedding.

Flowers:  Fleur de Leaf.  After recovering from the shock of my first consultation from a local florist, a friend of mine referred me to Fleur de Leaf.  Our florist saved us thousands of dollars and gave us quality you only find in magazines.  You can read my five star glowing review on Yelp here.

Photographer:  Though I can't link to him since he no longer shoots weddings, I have a tip for you about photographers.  Think outside the box and check into the Boston Photography scene.  Our first quote for a photographer was $6,700.  Yes, you read that right.  I searched around Boston Photography blogs and stumbled upon the President of one of the Boston Photography Groups.  Within a phone call, I managed to get two shooters for our entire day and ALL of the digital images on a CD for $1,500.  The photographer delivered amazing pictures (like the one I posted above) and was a fraction of the cost.

DJ:  Mike Amado at Entertainment Specialists.  Click on that link for my full review from last October.  We managed to score a discount on our DJ because our wedding was on a Friday night.

Officiant:  A dear friend.  After talking to a few Justice of the Peaces around Boston, we knew the ceremony needed to be a little closer to our hearts.  My husband designed the entire ceremony and asked a very good friend if he would like to marry us.  After some simple paperwork and a letter stating that our friend could legally marry us, I became Mrs. Ryan.

Dress:  VOWS.  Clink on that link for my full review from last July.  Designer dresses at half the price?  Yes, please.

Limousine:  Accent Limousine Service.  Oh wow... what can I say about Accent Limousine Service that I haven't said already.  The wedding specialist at Accent will work with you to create a custom package for your wedding that will fit exactly what you're looking for and fit your budget.  Accent has been working with brides for over 25 years and has an impeccable track record.  They will choose the right drivers for your event and will travel to wherever you need them to be.  My husbands chauffeur went the extra mile by perfectly folding up his suit handkerchief before he walked down the aisle!  Accent prides itself in delivering exceptional service and on a day like your wedding, you need the professionals.

As a bride, I found that there were so, so many things to think about and keep track of for the big day.  My #1 tip today is:  Hire the right vendors.  My wedding day went perfectly.  The limousines were early, the flowers were beautiful, the DJ rocked out, the dress (ohh I love that dress) was dutchess satin, the food was fantastic, and the pictures captured every moment of the most wonderful day of my life.  Go with your gut, look for less expensive ways to make the day your vision, and get ready to be a Mrs.

If you need any more advice or recommendations, let me know in the comment section and I'd be more than happy to help you out.

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Topics: boston, accent, wedding, boston public library, services

The 2012 Boston Marathon

Posted by Julie Ryan on Wed, Apr 11, 2012 @ 11:04 AM
Happy Spring everyone!  I'm stalking the weather forecast waiting for those warm days to come back and stay for good!  Thankfully, we had such an easy winter so there's not much to complain about.

So, how was Restaurant Week?  Did you go anywhere spectacular?  I feel like it's been so long since I've been here.  What have I been up to you ask? Well, I did take a limo to the airport to head to Vegas for a week (note to self, one week is too long in Vegas!) but while we were in that side of the country, we made the drive to the Grand Canyon.  WOW.  That's a post for another day though... words could never describe it!  Other than that I've been eating at amazing restaurants, spring cleaning, and just enjoying life.  And while I haven't been training for this years Boston Marathon, I have been hitting the gym for bikini season.
I'm really looking forward to watching the Boston Marathon next Monday and wanted to give you a few tips on making the most of being a spectator.  
  • Race Times:
    9:00 a.m. Mobility Impaired Participants Start
    9:17 a.m. Push-Rim Wheelchair Division Start
    9:22 a.m. Handcycle Participants Start
    9:32 a.m. Elite Women’s Start
    10:00 a.m. Elite Men’s Start & Wave One
    10:20 a.m. Wave Two
    10:40 a.m. Wave Three
  • Don't know where the best spot to see the Marathon is?  Head on over to the Marathon Course for an interactive guide to pick your seat.
  • The Weather Man says it's going to be 80 degrees!  Don't forget the sunblock!
  • If you're coming into Boston to watch the final stretch, be sure to get to one of the restaurants EARLY.  I can NOT stress that enough.  I used to live a block from where they turn onto Boylston Street and they shut the streets down super early and bars fill up fast.
  • Make a poster!!!  Cheer everyone on that long haul!
  • Don't plan on public transportation.  It's going to be jam packed and unreliable. 
If there's anything else Marathon related that you need information on, just go to the Boston Marathon's official site for the rest of the details.  Or you can leave a comment with any questions you might have (which bar?  which spot?  what should my sign say?) and I'll help you out!

Like I said before, the MBTA isn't going to be pretty next Monday so you should pick up the phone and call Accent Limousine Service for transportation in and out of the city.  They'll figure out the best way to make the day easy as pie and all you'll have to worry about is watching to see who is going to win this year.   Not planning on going to watch the Marathon but planning on a night in the city this upcoming weekend?  Accent Limo has you covered.  With a fleet of beautiful vehicles, wonderful drivers,  and a price point that won't break the bank, turn an ordinary night into an extraordinary night with Accent.

Happy Marathoning everyone and good luck to all the runners!!

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