Boston is one of the oldest cities in the U.S. The streets are lined with bricks and the best way to get around is on foot hence the Freedom Trail. Historical monuments are scattered throughout the city and you’ll fall in love with the charming neighborhoods of Beacon Hill and Back Bay. Whether you’re a historian, foodie or sports fan the city offers something for everyone. If I could live there, I would. This is the beginning of many post’s I’ll write about Boston.
During Christmas break, Dave and I went to Boston for a little weekend getaway. It’s one of our favorite cities to travel to that happens to be only a four hour drive away. We’ve gone to Boston a few times so I thought it would be fun to put together a travel diary for you guys. I want to share with you my favorite place to stay, restaurants we love and fun things to do.
Where to Stay:
We stayed at the Omni Parker House. This is my favorite hotel to stay at when we visit Boston because there is so much history and story behind it. It’s also a short walk to Boston Common, North End and Beacon Hill.
Omni Parker House Facts:
- The Omni Parker House is the oldest hotel in Boston and it’s haunted!
- The Boston Cream Pie is actually a cake and it was invented here. Get one in the bakery!
- The hotel features a top-notch kitchen where Emeril Lagasse, Malcolm X and Ho Chi Minh were trained.
- John F. Kennedy proposed to Jackie in the restaurant at a table near the window and JFK had his Bachelor Party in the press room!
Omni Parker House Haunts:
- Check out the Charles Dickens mirror on the Mezzanine floor. Dickens would recite “A Christmas Carol” in front of the mirror. Rumor has it, if you say “Charles Dickens” three times in front of the mirror something unusual happens.
- The 9th & 10th floors are said to be haunted, specifically rooms 1078 and 1012.
- Ride elevator 1 and it may stop at the third floor randomly even when no one presses the button
Note: I’ve stayed here twice and nothing has happened to me, but you may be different! Have fun and let me know if you witness something spooky!
Where to Eat:
Boston is home to so many great restaurants and bakeries but my favorite places are below.
North Street Grille – Our favorite brunch spot is North Street Grille. It’s located in the Italian neighborhood, North End. My favorite dish to order is the Lobster Eggs Benedict. There’s always a group of people waiting to get in so there might be a little bit of a wait but it’s worth it.
Row 34 – Located in Boston’s Seaport is Row 34. It’s a short walk from Harpoon Brewery. Row 34 is known for it’s oysters, beer, and raw seafood dishes. It’s a little pricey but it’s worth the expense. We ordered the Tuna Crudo (our favorite), Salmon Poke, Shrimp Cocktail and Smoked Salmon with Toasted Bread, Crème Fraîche and Pickled Red Onions. It was so delicious, fresh and we will definitely be coming back.
Yankee Lobster – This no frills, grab and go restaurant has some of the freshest seafood and best Clam Chowder. They even have Lobster Chowder but my favorite was their Clam Chowder. It’s the perfect place to grab a lunch or a light snack.
Doyle’s Irish Pub – The best way to get to Doyle’s is by first doing the Samuel Adam’s brewery and then hoping on the trolley which take’s you to Doyle’s. Order the Clam Chowder and Lobster Sandwich. Wash it down with their exclusive Sam Adams Boston Brick Red beer.
Fun Fact: The pub has been featured in films: Patriot’s Day, 21, Celtic Pride, Mystic River and The Brink’s Job.
Kane’s Handcrafted Donuts – We stumbled upon this cute donut shop when we were on our way to the Seaport and shared a Turtle donut which was delicious!
Modern Pastry – This is one of the top Italian bakeries in Boston along side Mike’s Pastry, who is known for their cannolis which come in a variety of flavors. I’ve only been to Modern Pastry so I’m adding it to this list. The desserts of course were delicious! They are cash only.
Where to Drink:
Howl At The Moon – If you’re looking for a place with live music and novelty cocktails visit Howl At The Moon. Each night there is a piano band who’ll perform your favorite cover songs. The drinks come in buckets so they can be shared or drank solo.
Alibi – Located in The Liberty Hotel, this lounge was a former jail! Floors and brick cell walls are original. Order the Cool Hand Cuke cocktail (basically an adult lemonade). It was smooth, fresh and delicious.
Parker Bar – Conveniently located inside the Omni Parker House, this bar is perfect for grabbing a delicious late night meal and cocktail before stumbling back to your room.
What to Do:
Freedom Trail – If you’ve never been to Boston, follow the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile-long path marked with brick. The Freedom Trail will bring you to historical churches, meeting houses, museums, burying grounds, parks, ships, and historic markers.
Sam Adams Beer Tour – I’ve been to many breweries but Sam Adams is the most memorable. Most breweries I’ve found don’t have much of a tour, however, not at Sam Adams. Each tour leader is enthusiastic and passionate about beer. During the tour, you’ll get to taste a variety of beers and smell the difference between grains. You’ll even get to take home a Sam Adams beer glass. Don’t forget to get on the trolley to Doyle’s to continue the libations!
Fenway Park – Whether you’re a baseball fan or not, take a tour at Fenway Park. To get tickets the day of, show up early before the doors open. One takeaway that I thought was really cool was that they have a rooftop garden so all the produce is freshly grown.
Beacon Hill – Take a walk through Beacon Hill and admire the beauty and charm of the Federal-style and Victorian brick row houses. We walked along Mt. Vernon Street where we passed by Louisburg Square. Mt. Vernon Street will lead you to Tatte Bakery where you can grab a coffee and baked goods. Some popular streets to visit are Acorn Street, Walnut Street and Chestnut Street too.
Trolley Tour – If you’re tired of walking around, another way to get around is on a trolley. We did this the first time we went to Boston during the Summer months and it was a lot of fun. You get to hop on hop off whenever you want throughout the day.
We love Boston. It’s a perfect way to spend a long weekend and there really is so much to see and do.
If you’re looking for even more things to do in while in Boston, check out this comprehensive list that shares 100 best things to do in Massachusetts.
Hope you guys enjoyed this post and I hope it was helpful to you in some way if you are thinking of visiting!