Hello friends! Is it just me or did this summer fly by? I feel like I say it every year, but I seriously can’t believe it’s already Labor Day!
One of my favorite trips this summer was visiting the great city of Boston. Beantown holds a special place in my heart after I spent freshmen year of college there at a small private school. I hadn’t been back in nearly five years, so I was super stoked to have the opportunity to visit again with Joe and his family. Not only is there an endless variety of fun things to do, Boston is also super walkable and easy to navigate. Since I’ve seen a lot of the city already, we wanted to leisurely explore the town and didn’t plan too many activities in advance — so this itinerary is for the traveler looking for a more laid-back visit.
Check into The Liberty Hotel. Dinner at Myer’s + Chang, an Asian fusion joint with a fun vibe and yummy cocktails. After dinner grab a beer and listen to some live music at the Black Rose in Faneuil Hall. Because when in Boston you go to an Irish pub right?
If you slept in and skipped breakfast like I did, start your day with lunch at the Saltie Girl in the Back Bay. Order a dozen oysters on the half shell and poke from the raw bar, along with the lobster roll and crab toast.
Raw Oysters + Tuna Poke
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After lunch do some shopping along Newbury Street, an area well-known for its upscale stores and trendy boutiques. Pop into the Tie Bar and get a funky tie for yourself or a gift for the man in your life, or do some damage at the three-story Anthropologie. If you’re in need of an afternoon pick-me-up, grab a latte at the Thinking Cup Coffee Shop, along with one of their delicious baked blueberry donuts.
Baked Blue Berry Donut from the Thinking Cup
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After a good dose of retail therapy, it’s time get cultured AF. Check out the The Institute of Contemporary Art Museum/Boston by the harbor to see some really unique works, along with a stellar view of the waterfront.
View of the Boston Harbor from the museum
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Classic Margherita Pizza from Regina’s
Chocolate Ricotta Cannoli from Mike’s Pastry
Have a quick breakfast at the hotel before hoping on Boston’s famous Duck Boat Tour – make sure to book in advance! Pro tip: book a tour that starts before 10:00am and save up to $9.
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Next up is souvenir shopping at Faneuil Hall and lunch at Quincy Market. There are so many options in the market, so choosing just one food stall can be quite the challenge, especially if you suffer from indecisive-itis like I do. Boston Chowda Co. is always a good option though if you’re in the mood for another lobster roll.
Lobster Roll from Boston Chowda Co.
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After lunch walk along the Freedom Trail to the Boston Commons and Public Gardens. Hop on one of the Swan Boats for a ride around the park and take in the city views. Swan Boats run mid-April through the last Sunday in mid-September.
Cost: Adults $2.75; Children (2 – 15 years) $1.50; Seniors $2.00
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If you’re in the mood for more shopping, head to Downtown Crossing and pop into the four-story Primark. Similar to Target, Primark is a UK store that recently came to the US and I’m pretty much in love with it. They have amazing prices on clothing, shoes, accessories, and housewares. After you’ve shopped til’ you’ve dropped, swing around the corner to Yvonne’s, a speakeasy themed cocktail bar for a drink, before walking over to Chinatown for dinner. If you’re in the mood for some delicious, authentic Chinese food with a killer lobster stir-fry, check out GaGa Seafood. After dinner head back to the hotel to enjoy one more cocktail at Clink. while reminiscing about your fun weekend in good ole’ Beantown.
Glass of Sparkling Wine at Yvonne’s
Beef and Broccoli from GaGa Seafood
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Going to Boston soon? Need some recommendations? Contact me!