Oh the Places You’ll Go…in Newton and Chestnut Hill!

Newton, formerly known as Cambridge Village and Newton, was originally founded in 1630, being part of the “new towne” (see where it gets its name?).  Currently, Newton – aka “The Garden City” – is home to 13 different villages/areas : Auburndale, Chestnut Hill, Newton Centre, Newton Corner, Newton Highlands, Newton Lower Falls, Newton Upper Falls, Newtonville, Nonantum, Oak Hill, Thompsonville, Waban and West Newton. While all of these areas are great for both their residents and other visitors vis-a-vis things to do, today we’re pointing our some of our favorite places around Chestnut Hill, since many of our staff members currently hail from the area.

Home to Boston College, Chestnut Hill can feel very collegiate in areas and upscale in others. Right on Route 9 are both the Chestnut Hill and Atrium Malls, which both feature many elegant shops such as Bloomingdale’s, Brooks Brothers, Apple and Barney’s New York. For delicious eats, the Atrium has a Cheesecake Factory location that pleases our taste buds on a consistent basis, and further down Route 9 is one of Boston’s best kept secrets – Oishii Sushi Bar. Also right along Route 9 are Capital Grille and the Met Bar & Grill – both terrific places to meet up for after work drinks or to take that significant other for a nice night out.

After you’re done eating and shopping and you’re looking for places to visit during the day, Boston College’s campus is worth the trip for sightseeing. Not far down the road is Heartbreak Hill, where many marathon dreams have crashed and many other memories were born. In fact, Boston Marathon participants run through a significant portion of Newton – down Route 16 and then Commonwealth Avenue – before entering into their final stretch into Boston. Walking this path has been fun for many of us in the past. Chestnut Hill is also home to The Country Club, one of the country’s oldest country clubs and home to many PGA tour events in the past, including the famous U.S. Ryder Cup victory in 1999.

While conducting your walking tour through Chestnut Hill, you might bump into several Boston sports personalities, who all call the area home. Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, Terry Francona, manager of the Red Sox and Theo Epstein, General Manager of the Red Sox, all reside in Chestnut Hill.

Also, if you’re without a car, Chestnut Hill is very MBTA-friendly, as the B, C and D lines on the Green Line all run through parts of the section.

So today, show your appreciation for Chestnut Hill as well the other sections of Newton with our CoupMe deals. Today, $20 gets you $40 worth of services at Odessa Shoe Repair, voted one of Boston’s Best by The Improper Bostonian in 2009. Hungry? $4 gets you $8 worth of pizza, pasta dishes and other delicious food at Parrot Pizza right on Route 16! Lastly, you can also get 5 classes at Energize Fitness Studio for just $20. Enjoy your experiences in the New Towne! (Sounds like a Ben Affleck movie, right?)

~ Seth, CoupMe

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