It’s finally ready! I have to apologize as I initially had this post ready and I hated it, so I decided to hold off until I was completely happy with it. But, it is finally ready and I’m finally happy with it! So here it is!
I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised with Boston. When we first planned this trip, my then boyfriend and I just knew we wanted to go somewhere that we had never been before and so Boston it was. A small road trip for two to the good ol’ U.S of A.
Albeit, we took some unexpected detours and stayed in a .. how should I put this .. less than sought after area, but once we really started to see the city, we fell in love! One of the workers at the hotel told us “If it’s your first time in Boston, I can guarantee you’ll be back” and we couldn’t agree more.
Along our trip we did some of the classic Boston stops, but we also tried some different things which I hope you all can have the opportunity to experience one day too! So here it is, my top 5 favourite things we did in Boston!
1. Boston Public Garden
We visited both during the day and during the evening. Mostly because my then boyfriend needed to find the perfect spot to become my “future Mr.” The weather was perfect during the day. I would highly suggest taking a short ride on the swan boats. It was very relaxing. Boston Public Garden is a special place, not only because this was where we got engaged, but also because it just seemed to be so happy. There were children playing, people feeding the ducks in the pond, a few musicians were having an impromptu jam session and all while being surrounded by beautiful cobble stone and gorgeous flowers. I have to say, this was one of my favourite spots and it became a point of reference for us throughout our 4 days there.
2. Beacon Hill
Beacon Hill is absolutely beautiful! It’s a perfect mix of the old Boston with the modern city. The old roads collide with new shops, boutiques and restaurants which makes for an interesting dynamic. This is also where we decided to start the hop-on hop-off bus tour and discovered that some of the houses in Beacon Hill have purple windows, also known as “Lavenders”. These windows happened to be a mistake when imported from Europe, and when sunlight hit the once clear windows, they turned purple. This beautiful mistake from the mid-1800’s is now viewed as a sign of status. They say when the owners want to show them off, they close the shutters so they can be better seen.
3. The North End
This was by far our favourite area. The North End looks like a scene straight out of The Godfather. You stroll the streets and can smell the proper home made Italian cooking, you can hear the various dialects as you walk down the street and you can definitely notice why it is such a trendy area to live in.
Aside from the classic beauty, we decided to take a food tour called Off The Eaten Path. If you have about 2 hours to spend in the North End, make sure it’s two hours spent with the wonderful Paula, as she takes you to the spots you would never think to go. We started off at a small place, Umberto’s, that ONLY makes Arancini and Pizza. They open at 10 30am and by 11 am there’s a line out the door. Once they sell out, they shut the doors and start again the next day. We tried bread made from yeast smuggled over from Italy over 160 years ago, we had wines and heard mob stories of the wine store, we walked through the back streets and saw monumental churches, heard nuns singing through the windows, walked into community piazzas, ate cannoli’s, espresso and gelato .. I mean .. what didn’t we do?!
Paula, if you ever read this or find this blog .. thank you for making our last day in Boston truly amazing. Coming from European immigrant families ourselves, this tour made us feel right at home and truly appreciate who they are and how much loyalty, friendship and community still means to them to this day.
4. Fenway Park
Ok, so I know what you’re thinking. This was an obvious choice. I agree, however I don’t mean just buy tickets and go see a Red Sox game .. although I would also love to do that. Our very first day in Boston, we started off with a tour of Fenway Park. There are so many hidden treasures you wouldn’t otherwise get to see or know. For example, most of the seats in Fenway Park have been maintained and are original. We also got to walk up to the top of the Green Monster, walk through the media room, learn about all the different concerts and events that have taken place there over the years and see the rooftop garden that the chefs at Fenway pick fresh produce from. It is definitely an experience you don’t want to miss, especially on game day.
5. Quincy Market
What can I say about Quincy Market other than, you need a full day to walk through and try everything! We had a classic clam chowder and lobster roll which was delicious. We roamed outside through the shops for a bit, but because we had such a small amount of time, we had to make it snappy. I would however, love to go back one day just to roam and try all the amazing food that I saw through there.
I have to say, both my now soon-to-be Mr. and myself were truly fascinated by the charm, warmth, history and culture that makes the beautiful city of Boston so special. I hope that this can guide you through planning your trip.
Here are some extra shots that I couldn’t resist posting of the Boston Public Library. Hope you enjoy!