Re: Hotels near Gillette
posted at 10/7/2012 10:19 AM EDT
In response to DelGriffith's comment:
The Pats train option blows because you have leave early or run to catch it (leaves 30 minutes after the game, this means people leave early or have to quickly get down there). Terrible option. Plus, you miss out on the tailgating. Many pink hats do the train option.
The state still hasn't fixed the problem known as Route 1. Just plan on it being an all day and night affair.
There's a Holiday Inn Express, 10 minutes up Route 1. It might take you 2 hours to get there. I would just tailgate after and wait, because you aren't going anywhere anyway.
Don't listen to our resident blowhard. I take the train all the time and it works just fine. You don't have to run to catch it after the game--there's plenty of time to get from the third deck (where I sit) to the train. You can't hang out for an hour, true, but why would you want to do that unless your only other choice was to sit in traffic?
As far as tailgaiting before the game, that's fun if you've got a bunch of friends there with all the necessary gear, food, and drink. But if you're flying in from somewhere else, I'm not sure it makes all that much sense to rent a pick-up truck with a gas grill attached and spend your morning at the grocery store--and your night before at the liquor store, because I think the blue laws are still in effect in Massachusetts and you can't buy alcohol (except at a bar) on Sundays.
Just take the train . . . you'll avoid the traffic and can stay in a real city like Boston or Providence rather than in a boring suburb like Foxboro. There are plenty of good sports bars in the city, too, if you're craving a bonding experience with other fans . . .
Now, off to meet some friends for brunch here in Boston . . . and then to South Station to catch the train to the game. How 'bout you Rusty? Are you tailgaiting in Foxboro now?