Well, we’ve been in New England for one month and we’ve already checked off a major bucket list: a weekend in Boston! We ventured up to Beantown last weekend and explored the city with James’ parents (Hi Jim, Hi Cheryl!).
We fell in love with this city. From navigating the Freedom Trail in the pouring down rain (don’t worry, James got all of his national historic site stamps), to waiting in line for the best brews in the city, Boston was fantastic! We paaked the caa in Haavaad Yard and drank beers at Cheers and I managed to quote Good Will Hunting no less than 10 times.
If you visit Boston, here’s some notes from our trip:
Where We Stayed:
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Boston – Cambridge | This shouldn’t come as a surprise, but Boston is not cheap. Most hotels range upwards of $250-$300 per night. We stayed in the Cambridge area, less than one mile from Harvard and right along the Charles River. This hotel was a great launch pad to the city and nearby highways.
Where We Visited:
The Freedom Trail | This is absolutely, 100% a must-do if you visit Boston. The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile route that takes you to 16 historically significant sites, including Paul Revere’s house, the site of the Boston Massacre, Faneuil Hall, and Bunker Hill. You can follow fun, red tiles in the road the entire way. You can also tour John F. Kennedy’s and Henry Longfellow’s homes.
U.S.S. Constitution | As part of the Freedom Trail, the U.S.S. Constitution is the oldest commissioned naval vessel still afloat – in the world! The boat was named by President George Washington after (you guessed it) the United States Constitution. You can tour the boat and museum.
Boston Common | The Boston Common is a beautiful park in central Boston, but I can’t even talk about it. I am so upset that we missed the Good Will Hunting bench! What, you don’t know what I’m talking about? Only the best scene, from one of the best movies ever made. Robin Williams won an Oscar for this scene. Oh, and Matt and Ben too. Just try to ignore that Ben thanked Harvey Weinstein.
Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum | This is another must. The museum has historical interpreters, interactive exhibits and historic artifacts. There’s also a sweet tea room where you can enjoy freshly baked goods and taste history by sampling the five teas thrown overboard at the Boston Tea Party!
The Handlebar Indoor Cycling | I love to try out cycle gyms whenever I travel. Instead of going for SoulCycle, we opted for this fun, local chain. We worked out at the Harvard Square location and enjoyed Matt’s class. It was killer. And your first class is only $10!
Where We Ate:
Russell House Tavern | This restaurant was our favorite by far, located in the heart of Harvard on John F. Kennedy Street. The tavern is elegant with an elevated American menu. We enjoyed the r. house burger, steak and blue cheese pizza, dirty caesar salad and crab cakes. We capped the night with croissant bread pudding (butter pecan ice cream, bourbon caramel). What, we were on vacation? 🙂
The Boathouse | The nautical theme had us at hello. This is a fun bar in the heart of Harvard, and we enjoyed fish and chips and the beet salad, among other items.
Granary Tavern | Conveniently located in Boston’s downtown core, Granary Tavern offers a nice, eclectic menu. We wandered in here over lunch and enjoyed the panzella salad, grain bowl, boston dip sandwich and the new haven flatbread.
Where We Drank:
Harpoon Brewery | You know a place has to be good when the line is wrapped around the building. Instead of going to Sam Adam’s, we wanted to try something different. Harpoon is located in Boston’s Seaport District inside a mega warehouse. On a rainy Saturday the line took about 20 minutes to get inside, to reveal a massive open space with long, German-style tables. I enjoyed a flight of fruity mixes (my beer blog uncle will kill me for my inaccurate descriptions) from UFO, brewed on-site.
Cheers | Because, sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name. Ok not really, but because you want to experience the living relic of a beloved TV show. Go to the original location in Beacon Hill and you can drink beers on the actual set. Of course there’s a souvenir shop and plenty of photo opps. The bar will be crowded, but give it time and you might be able to snag Norm’s bar stool! Look for the plaque.
The Barking Crab | We stumbled on this place as we were leaving the Boston Tea Party. It’s a lively waterfront seafood joint with open-air picnic-table dining, right on the harbor. On Sunday there was a live band!
Have you been to Boston? I’d love to know your favorite places!