Happy Wednesday Everyone! This Boston Travel Guide took me a while to get organized but it’s finally here! I had been wanting to visit Boston for quite some time now. My sister and I decided it would be great for a girls weekend getaway. Great shopping, amazing food and beautiful sights, Boston did not disappoint!
I’ve rounded up some of our favorite spots below. Enjoy!
WHERE TO STAY
When it comes to choosing hotels for a weekend getaway, location is everything! Revere Hotel Boston was located just steps away from Boston Commons, Newbury Street and Back Bay Areas and a quick Uber ride to Boston Harborwalk and Cambridge, MA. They also had an awesome rooftop bar and with great views of Boston!
WHERE TO EAT
Boston Public Library – High tea at Boston Public Library is a must when visiting Boston. With a variety of finger sandwiches and decadent bite-sized desserts, teatime is a popular tradition not to be missed. Tip: Be sure to check out BPL’s schedule of events when planning your visit. You may be lucky enough to catch an impromptu opera performance happening in the library courtyard.
Row 34 – Warm buttery lobster rolls, fresh oysters, and an extensive beer selection – Row 34’s menu will not disappoint. Tip: Oyster newbie? Don’t be hesitant to ask your server for some delicious recommendations!
Neptune Oyster – With an impressive selection of oysters and shrimp, Neptune Oyster’s unique raw bar selection of razor clams and octopus will really win your palette over! Tip: Plan ahead. Neptune doesn’t accept reservations and wait times can be anywhere from 1.5-3 hours.
Tatte Bakery & Cafe – With multiple locations to serve you, Tatte Bakery & Cafe will satisfy any cravings you may have. From a large selections of fresh baked goods, desserts and savoury breakfast and lunch items, Tatte is a great way to start your day or refuel for a busy afternoon ahead. Tip: The mushroom tartine was a home run for me! Shitake and oakwood mushrooms, parmesan cheese, peashoots and a poached egg topped on a toasted sourdough bread – heaven!
Bar Mezzana – Located in Boston’s South End, Bar Mezzana is a sleek Italian restaurant that will knock your socks off. The flavour of the home made pasta dishes here are exceptional and the crudo, a nice addition to their modern Italian menu. Tips: The Orecchiette was out of this world and their Shima Aji melts in your mouth!
Area Four -Sour Cream, Potatoes, Bacon, Cheddar, Scallions, Banana Pepper Relish & Eggs… On a pizza, need I say more? Tip: Family style dining is the way to go at Area Four, their 12″ pizzas are enough for four – and, it leaves room for something sweet like their Hong Kong Waffle.
Mike’s Pastry – Founded in 1946, Mike’s Pastry is a renowned Italian bakery that serves up a one-of-a-kind cannoli AND the famous Boston Cream Pie. Tip: Get there early! By mid-afternoon, lineups for Mike’s delicious pastries are out the door and down the street.
WHAT TO DO
Boston Public Gardens – Established in 1837, this public garden was the first botanical garden in America. If you’re planning a visit sometime between April and September, be sure to catch a Swan Boat ride that takes you through the lagoon of the Gardens.
Freedom Trail Walk – This 2.5-mile red bricked route starts at the center of historic Boston and leads you throughout various historic sites in the city. It is a self-guided tour that covers many sites and characters that founded America.
Boston Harbourwalk – A near-continuous 43-mile park along Boston’s shoreline, the Harborwalk connects Boston’s waterfront neighborhoods to Boston Harbor and each other. Nearing completion, it stretches from the Neponset River in lower Dorchester to Constitution Beach in East Boston via Charlestown, the North End, Downtown, Seaport, South Boston and Dorchester.
Shopping on Newbury Street – Newbury Street is a mile-long upscale shopping area in Boston’s Historic Back Bay Area. Be sure to check out Cuyana pop-up store on Newbury, I picked up this gorgeous silk blouse while I was there as well as beautiful leather pure (check them out here).
Beacon Hill – This historical neighborhood of Federal-style rowhouses and is known for its narrow, gaslit streets and brick sidewalks. Today, Beacon Hill is regarded as one of the most desirable and expensive neighborhoods in Boston.
Cambridge – A short ride from Boston – Cambridge, Massachusetts is home to Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute and Technology. Beyond the beautiful campuses, this city is filled with cute shops and restaurants – be sure to pop by Tatte Bakery & Cafe for a morning treat for some fuel before you check out the city.
Harborwalk Boston Public Library Harvard University
If I missed any Boston gems, be sure to let me know!