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OK, guys, SmashFly Transform™ is basically here, and as the Events Manager at SmashFly, I can’t say I’m not a little bit crazed! But I CAN say that this is honestly one of the most exciting (and defining) moments in SmashFly’s almost 10-year history. We’re welcoming bold talent acquisition leaders from around the country to the first-ever Recruitment Marketing Conference, a conference we envision to be “a home from recruitment marketers.”

Riding on that concept, it only made sense to host this inaugural industry conference in SmashFly’s hometown, Boston. For three days (Nov 2-4), we want to make it your home too! You’ll get a taste of Boston from the stellar food and drinks at Transform’s post-conference events, but for some extras, our team compiled our 13 favorite must-dos in Boston (specifically around the Seaport neighborhood where Transform will be!).

From the essentials everyone hits to the hidden gems only the locals know, check out these places first:

  1. Harpoon Brewery: The BEST soft pretzel you will ever eat, plus a cool German beer hall vibe.
  2. Legal Harborside: A go-to, famous seafood restaurant, but this one has the best views.
  3. The Beehive: A great jazz bar in the South End, if you’re staying an extra day or night.
  4. Drink: There’s no menu; you tell them the liquor and flavors you like, and they’ll mix you up something magical.
  5. Row 34: One of the city’s best lobster rolls. Order it hot with butter or cold with traditional mayo.
  6. The Public Garden: If you’re staying Saturday, bring some layers and walk around the Public Gardens outside to see Boston fall colors in all their glory.
  7. Flour Bakery in Fort Point: Nothing beats epic sticky buns for breakfast.
  8. Freedom Trail: Follow all or part of the 2.5 mile red-lined route tracing our nation’s founding leaders.
  9. Lucky’s Lounge: For late night drinks and eats, post-Transform after parties. It’s a subterranean lounge—and it looks like it’s straight out of the 50s.
  10. Sportello: Handmade pasta heaven. The former head chef was Kristen Kish, who won Top Chef.
  11. Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall: Touristy, yes. Essential, yes.
  12. Granary Burying Ground: It’s the week of Halloween – why not walk around a cemetery? John Hancock, Paul Revere and Sam Adams are all laid to rest in this famous burial ground.
  13. Pastoral and Tavern Road: Pastoral is a sit-down pizzeria, and Tavern Road is next door, great if you’re searching for off-the-beaten path beer options.

If you can’t make it to Boston for SmashFly Transform™, save this list for a weekend trip, and register for the live stream to catch the keynote, sessions and insights live Nov 2-4.

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