An Insider’s Guide to a Healthier, More Delicious NTI Boston

With the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) back in Boston this month, we turned to a local for insider tips on how to make your conference downtime fun, healthier and more delicious.

Who better to act as our guide than the only 2018 AACN Circle of Excellence awardee from Massachusetts — Jason Thornton.

Jason, director of nursing and patient services for the Cardiac ICU and Cardiovascular Operating Room at Boston Children’s Hospital, earned the award in part for his DNP capstone project to develop a specialty benchmark for healthy work environment scoring in pediatric cardiovascular operating rooms. His work is based on the AACN Healthy Work Environment Assessment Tool. He’s also a member of a Boston CrossFit gym and fitness team. So, he knows the importance of work-life balance and has some wicked-cool insider recommendations for attractions to see, exercising in town and dining options beyond convention center food.

“It’s always such a hard thing to eat healthy and work out when you travel and go to conferences,” says Jason, a six-time NTI veteran.

Here are his picks to share with NTI 2018 Boston attendees; all sites are located in Boston (sorry, sitcom fans — the Cheers bar didn’t make the cut).

Best Fine Dining

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse (Seaport District on Liberty Wharf — 0.3 mile from the convention center) 250 Northern Ave., Suite 200

Ocean Prime (Seaport District — 0.6 mile) 250 Northern Ave., Suite 200

Strega Waterfront (Seaport District on Fan Pier — 0.9 mile) 1 Marina Park Drive

Best Family Dining

Durgin-Park Market Dining Room (downtown at Faneuil Hall Marketplace — 1.3 miles) 340 Faneuil Hall

Best Bar With a View

Top of the Hub (top of the Prudential building in the Back Bay — 2.5 miles) 800 Boylston St.

Best Casual Seafood

Legal Sea Foods — Harborside (Seaport District on Liberty Wharf — 0.4 mile) 270 Northern Ave.

Best Clam Chowder

Legal Sea Foods — Copley Place (Copley Place in the Back Bay — 1.9 miles) 100 Huntington Ave.

Best Hot Dog/Sausage

The Sausage Guy (Fenway Park — 3.8 miles) 49 Lansdowne St.

Best Lobster Roll

Row 34 (Seaport District/Fort Point — 0.4 mile) 383 Congress St.

Best Farmers and Public Markets

Boston Public Market (downtown, indoors year-round — 1.4 miles) and the seasonal Dewey Square Farmers Market (Rose Kennedy Greenway, outdoors Tuesdays and Thursdays) 100 Hanover St.

Quincy Market & Food Colonnade (downtown at Faneuil Hall Marketplace — 1.3 miles) 206 S. Market St.

Best Latin Food

La Casa de Pedro (Seaport District — 0.5 mile) 505 Congress St.

Best Sweet Treat

The Boston Chipyard cookies (downtown at Faneuil Hall Marketplace — 1.3 miles) 257 Faneuil Hall

Best Place to Fill Your Fridge, Cooler or Lunch Box

Whole Foods market (South End — 1.4 miles) 348 Harrison Ave.

Best Places to Walk, Jog or Run

Boston Waterfront/Harborwalk (Seaport District — 0.5 mile). Start at Seaport Blvd. to Atlantic Avenue and the Wharf District for an approximate 2.5-mile loop.

Charles River paths (Back Bay and Cambridge — 2.5 miles). Start at the Museum of Science, and take the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge on the paved sidewalk around the Charles River for a 3.5-mile loop.

Best Tourist Experiences

Fenway Park Tour (2.9 miles) 4 Yawkey Way

Boston Duck Boat Tours (Prudential Center — 2.2 miles) 53 Huntington Ave.