Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Perfect Week in Boston

Beacon Hill

As promised, here is my itinerary for my Boston trip a few weeks ago. This was seriously best weekend getaway. It just my mom, my sister, and me. Although it was short (five days), I fit absolutely everything in. It was my first trip to Boston, and in just a few days, I could really get a sense of Boston's old-school history. Luckily, we knew someone who had grown up there, so we got a local's perspective rather than doing touristy things.



DAY ONE: CONCORD & ARLINGTON

The first day was spent sightseeing just outside of Boston. It was so fun to see the beautiful residential areas of Boston, rather than just the city. Concord and Arlington are just so quaint. This is definitely what a quintessential Fall in Boston is all about. It had a 'Stars Hollow' feel. We wandered around the towns perusing through coffee shops and settling into Boston. Here is a full post with pictures and places we ate. 
 

Fall in Love with New England



DAY TWO: BEACON HILL AND BOSTON COMMON 

We stayed at The Lenox Hotel in Back Bay. We woke up super early the next day ready to take on a full day of sightseeing. For breakfast, we went to Finagle a Bagel for a quick to-go breakfast to get our energy up to walk all day. Beacon Hill is absolutely my favorite place in Boston. I will post more about it later, because one sentence definitely won't do it justice.

Boston Commons and Public Garden: One of America's oldest parks and Is really beautiful to walk around. We saw the famous bronze ducklings and then walked around the pond. Under the beautiful, gray stone foot bridge, people were out on the swan boats. This is something I regret not doing. It's kind of touristy, but really cute.

Beacon Hill: With red brick facades, old cobblestone streets, charming gas-lit lamp posts, and quaint little shops, Beacon Hill is actually perfect. It is one of the oldest and most picturesque neighborhoods, and super easy to navigate by foot. All of the townhouses were outfitted in mums and pumpkins and so perfect.



DAY THREE: CAMBRIDGE & HARVARD YARD

Cambridge is full of Ivy League charm, stately Georgian architecture, old-school preppy shops, and of course college students. We walked all through Harvard (my dream law school), visited the bookstores, and browsed through collections of argyle socks, Scottish fabric, and herringbone blazers at The Andover shop. We spent the whole day around this area of Boston and absolutely loved it. It was a lot of walking, not going to lie, but definitely worth it.

Walk around the Esplanade: Similar to Central Park in my opinion, the Esplanade is a trail that runs next to the River. We walked around and took in the beautiful foliage and sailboats. The scenery and crisp air makes for a peaceful, leisurely stroll.

Charles River: We just happened to plan our weekend getaway a week before the Head of the Charles Regatta, the world's largest two-day rowing race, but there were still schools practicing on the Charles River.

Harvard: AKA MY DREAM SCHOOL. For some reason, I love old college memorabilia. It's the oldest university in the country, and it has so much history. I could have spent all weekend here.



DAY FOUR: BACK BAY & BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Tea Time at Boston Public Library: Trust me, this isn't your average, cold, gray, public library. The Boston Public Library is not only the first public library, but so amazingly gorgeous that it looks like a museum. The library has the original historic building with a beautiful courtyard. They offer afternoon tea time Monday through Saturday, and while we didn't have time to do it during this trip, I will definitely be doing it next time I'm in Boston.

Afternoon at the Boston Public Library

Shopping at Ball and Buck and Barbour: After the library, we grabbed some coffee and walked back to Beacon Hill to Newbury Street. Boston is the hub for shopping, especially in the Back Bay with some of the most classic and upscale stores. I stumbled upon Ball and Buck, which is a men's sportsman store, but was so fun to browse because it had a lot of classic hunting memorabilia. Also, don't forget to stop by Barbour. A Barbour jacket is essential in New England. I wanted everything. Vineyard Vines, Tiffany's, and Diane von Furstenberg are some of the runner-ups, though.

The Capital Grille: A chain restaurant, but one of my all-time favs. I had the best French Onion soup and Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette. It's a good place to eat if you want a quiet, upscale steakhouse.


DAY FIVE: BOSTON HARBOR

No trip to Boston would be complete without walking around the famous Boston Harbor. We only spent a few hours in this part of Boston, but it was a perfect way to end our trip.

Dinner at Boston Harbor Hotel: The Boston Harbor Hotel was our second choice after The Lenox Hotel. The Rowes Warf Sea Grille was nestled right on the water. Of course, I had to have the classic New England Clam Chowder.

Next Time...
Eat: Upper Crust, Ye Old Union Oyster House, Georgetown Cupcakes, JP Licks, Beacon Hill Bistro

What are your favorite things to do in Boston!?