Happy Wednesday, friends!
Right about now, I’m making my way home from a FANTASTIC few days in Boston with my girlfriends. When Manda died, we all agreed that we needed to start making a big effort to get together once a year for a trip. Life is so short, and there’s no time like the present to spend time with your girlfriends. Our first year, we went to Mexico, last year we went to New York City and this year, we picked Boston! I was really pumped when we all came together to pick this year’s destination because it is MY FAVORITE CITY!! I’ve had a lot of DMs and emails about things we’ve been doing while we were gone this week, so today, I’m going to re-post my “all about Boston” post from last year and then also share with you the places we ate/people we used for this special trip. If you’re planning a girls getaway, I highly recommend this destination! Now, my travel agency doesn’t plan domestic trips like this, but hopefully, you’ll get some great ideas from my post.
So, for this trip, here are the details for those of you who followed along on Instagram and want to know (somehow, I ended up kind of taking an IG break this week, but thanks to my sweet friends posting, everyone was still able to follow along!):
One of my favorite hotels in Boston is the Marriott Copley Place, so that’s where we stayed. It’s in a great location and has tons of amenities as there is a mall, restaurants, cafes, etc. right there with it. You don’t even have to go outside to have tons of fun if you stay here.
On Sunday night, we ate dinner at Boston Chops, and it was delish!! We chose to make this our “dress up” night and changed out of our sneakers and sweaters for this dinner, but it’s certainly not super fancy.
On Monday morning, we walked right out of our hotel and into a Duck Boat!! This is always such a fun thing to do if you’ve never been to Boston before and works for kids and adults alike. The 90 minute out of water/in the water tour takes you around the city and shows you all of the fun spots and sites you don’t want to miss.
For dinner that night, we ate a delicious meal at Bostonia Public House. We have one friend who cannot eat fish or shellfish, so this meal was perfect as there was something for everyone.
We were super pumped to wake up yesterday morning for our food tour through Boston’s North End (their version of Little Italy). We used Secret Food Tours and had the most amazing time!! We walked a little less than a mile stopping six times to sample delicious foods from different restaurants and shops. They were amazing to work with and when I told them in advance that we had a food allergy on board, they more than accommodated for her. The whole experience was just too much fun and a great way to tour that part of Boston.
For the most part, we drank a lot of coffee, read books, strolled the beautiful streets and just enjoyed the time together, but I did want to give you those names in case you are heading to Boston too. In the meantime, I’m heading home to see my babies!! If you want to learn more about how I do Boston, just keep reading…I’m hoping you Boston peeps will really chime in and tell everyone what they must see/must do/where they must go in this great city. Please!!
Now, if you want to read a post about my neck of the woods, check out these…
ALL ABOUT MCKINNEY or this one…
As for Boston, I’ve been going there for over 20 years now. I love this city for so many reasons (history, food and baseball being in the top 3!), but I also love to go because the people are so darn nice too! When we go, these are some of the things we like to do. We are creatures of habit, so we do many of them on repeat, but as for me and my tourist heart when I hit Boston, these are my faves…
I am so glad this picture won’t get any bigger…I’m very pregnant and wearing braces. Ha! Nevertheless, it was the only one I could find of me standing in front of The Old North Church. We love to walk the Freedom Trail. You can take an actual guided tour or download the map and do it on your own. If the weather is nice, you should totally do it. It’s lovely (and educational!).
We love to check out Faneuil Hall and eat something from Quincy Market. Hello, lobster roll! We hit this spot just about every trip…
…there is shopping here, yummy food and tons of atmosphere! I love the fun, upbeat energy here plus the shops (including my favorite fan shop for Sox gear, Lucy’s League).
I, of course, don’t think a trip to Boston is complete without seeing the Red Sox play, but if you aren’t down for that (or they’re not home playing), you should take a Fenway Park Tour instead…
Even if you’re not a Sox fan, I think you’ll find this tour super interesting. Fenway Park is so rich in history that it’s hard not to be impressed. You get a massive tour of the stadium along with a trip up to the Green Monster (pictured here).
Side note, do you know what day it was when this picture was taken??? June 9, 2012. Little did I know when I was standing there on that wall that over in China, my daughter was being born. How cool is that?!
We love to stroll through Boston Common (massive park in the middle of Boston). It’s lovely every day…but it’s extra lovely on Memorial Day weekend.
One of our favorite places to visit when we’re in Boston is Harvard University. The campus is BEAUTIFUL! You can walk around and then pop in and out of the cute little university shops and coffee places. We always love to eat at John Harvard’s Brewery when we visit.
As for shopping, we love the cute little stores on Charles Street. These are not chain stores, they’re cute little antique shops, chocolate shops and other quirky and fun stores.
I find Boston to be a very walkable city! That being said…
…their subway system is easy to use too!
Here are some other things we’ve done in Boston over the years:
1. Visit the JFK Presidential Library and Museum
2. Boston Duck Tour
3. Shop and eat up and down Newbury Street
4. Walk up and down the Beacon Hill area to see the beautiful homes (it’s so charming!)
5. Eat at Union Oyster House (We even sat in the President Kennedy booth one time!)
6. Visit the Cheers Bar
So, those are a few of my favorite things to do/see/eat in Boston. Boston peeps, what are yours????? Please comment and share!! If you haven’t been to Boston, I cannot recommend it more! It is truly one of my favorite places on Earth. xo