Finally settling in at home and looking back on an eventful long weekend in Boston, I can confidently say that we covered just about everything “touristy” there is to see about the city. As always, there are the nook & cranny type places that we didn’t get to explore (which sucks because those always end up being the bomb), but the list of things that I wanted to visit was entirely checked off. We definitely made the most of our time there and left feeling accomplished on Monday. How did we do it?! Continue on . . .
Day 1 – Strap on those walking shoes! Our first day in Boston (Friday) was our busiest and all about foot transportation. We walked practically every inch of the city that we could have that day. Our first stop was the Boston Public Market, which we actually happened upon by accident. In Faneuil Hall we saw the historical meeting place of patriots, one being Samuel Adams, prior to the start of the American Revolution and then walked through Quincy Market to scope out the food before setting out for the North End.
I loved the red brick sidewalks, roads and buildings in the North End – it doesn’t even feel like you’re in a bustling city anymore! For my fellow history nerds, this charming neighborhood is a priority. You can visit historical sites like Paul Revere’s house and Old North Church, which I thought was fascinating. Lunch in Quincy Market was a lobster roll from one of the venders – WOW, a must-have! In the afternoon we walked toward the Boston Common and stopped at the Granary Burial Grounds, which is absolutely incredible. Many famous historical figures are buried there (i.e. John Hancock) and many of the headstones boast years as late as the 1600s. Since it was consistently raining, our walk through the Commons was quick before we ended up in Beacon Hill, a very aesthetically pleasing and photogenic neighborhood. Acorn Street (header pic) is one of the most photographed streets in the US!
Day 2 – Saturday was a gorgeous day: 70s and sunny! A nice hike in the Middlesex Fells Reservation started us off before we took the train back into the city for the afternoon. Meandering through the Public Market again and making our way down to something like a farmer’s market around the Boston Harbor Hotel and New England Aquarium, we got to enjoy the sunshine and see what local artists had to offer. After an awesome lunch at Central Wharf Co. and a walk through Downtown Crossing, we made it back to the Boston Commons and Garden for a much more enjoyable experience than the day before: it was bursting with people soaking up the nice weather and full of activity! Something I loved about Boston is how much green space they have even in the middle of the city. Maybe it was just me, but I felt like the colors were especially bright in Boston. Saturday night we went to a Red Sox game at Fenway Park, which was very exciting for sports fans like ourselves. We had amazing seats courtesy of a family member! I was told prior to the trip that I needed to have a hot dog at the stadium and it did not disappoint. The Sox played pretty poorly and lost to the Houston Astros, but it was still cool to experience the historic stadium in real life.
Day 3 – Our last full day there started rainy, which was a bit of a bummer but it turned out to be a great! Around noon we hopped on the train to head to an outdoor food truck festival with music and such, but since it was still raining we decided to grab lunch elsewhere – somewhere dry! Our last stop of the weekend was, of course, Harvard University in Cambridge. They were having a fun street festival with a bunch of local vendors and live music, so that made it more exciting. For you book junkies – definitely check out The Coop bookstore in Harvard Square. It’s a three story shop with endless supply of books! Basically heaven on earth if you ask me, I could have spent hours in there.
We used the train/subway lines any time we needed to travel a longer distance, but for the most part we walked. In fact, we only used one (quite expensive) Uber the entire time we were there. In my opinion public transportation is DEF the way to go, especially in Boston. It saves you a ton of money and time since you don’t have to worry about the traffic! The trains seem complicated but are actually simple to navigate once you get the hang of it. I was claiming to be a pro already by Saturday!
I loved how a lot of the produce, meat and seafood came from local sources. I was adamant about not going to any sort of chain restaurant or coffee shop (the urge from a Dunkin Donuts on every corner is hard to resist, but ya girl DID IT). Local food is more fresh and flavorful, plus it’s better for local economy. A triple win!
With the help of the internet, family, and an old friend from high school, Kaleb and I had a fabulous weekend in Boston. I am so thankful that not a moment was wasted and I’m rather proud of how well we managed our time. Such a fun adventure to start off the summer! If you have travel questions about Boston or anything related, send em my way 🙂 Until the next adventure – Denver in August! xo
// Check out the video highlight reel I put together here !! PEACE \\