I visited Boston for the first time 4 years ago, and I fell in love. I think it’s mostly due to the rich history behind the city, but the strong accents and youthful spirit of Boston definitely help. The city has a certain charm to it that makes you feel like you’re in the heart of America (I’m convinced it’s the most patriotic city in the country, but maybe that’s just me).
As much as my parents and many others love to believe I live in Boston–I don’t. Apparently the idea that there are other cities in Massachusetts other than Boston is a new concept. I hope to be a Bostonian one day, but for now, I visit about once a semester. I am fortunate to go to college a little under two hours away from the city, so even a day-trip to the city is manageable.
My best friend Harman came up to Boston to see me, and I promised her a wonderful weekend. This is the first time anybody from home was making the cross-country trip to see my college and the state I’ve called home for the past two years, so I was beyond excited. There was so much I wanted her to see in a limited time, so I was trying to pack as many things into our itinerary as possible. Luckily we had a true Bostonian, Sandy, a friend of hers who lives near Allston, to help us navigate our way through the city.
SATURDAY // We began our trip by having lunch on Newbury Street. We then walked around Back Bay window-shopping and enjoying the sights of the beautiful Victorian brownstone homes in the neighborhood. The doorsteps were so pretty, I couldn’t help asking our friend Sandy for a photo.
After walking through Back Bay, we made our way to the Charles River. Though I had been to Boston before, I had never visited the famous Esplanade. The sights were perfect for a jog on the pavement or a picnic near the water. The trees were in full bloom and showing off for us that day.
That evening, we went back to Sandy’s apartment to change for a late dinner reservation. We walked by Fenway Park, which is still a great place to see at night. After walking through Fenway Park, we went to Tiger Mamas–a Southeast Asian inspired restaurant– for dinner and drinks. The restaurant had the coolest atmosphere. The furniture was very modern and the place featured eclectic art everywhere. (If you don’t believe me, click on the link to view the restaurant’s website). The restaurant creates their dishes in small portions that are meant to be shared. Harman and I ordered the Tropical Mai Tais to start with, and a bowl of Pad Thai to share. (We normally would have ordered more dishes to share, but I was still so full from lunch).
SUNDAY // Sunday was a very packed day. We began the day by having breakfast in Cambridge at Cafe Luna. The line for Cafe Luna was out the door, a good indicator of the food’s delicious reputation. After brunch (and a mimosa too many), we visited the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, home of European, Asian, and American art.
We also made a stop at the Boston Public Library and the Boston Public Garden.
We then headed toward Quincy Market and the Harbor to enjoy some ice cream and sights of the water. Though I am terrified of the ocean, there is something so relaxing about sitting by the harbor and enjoying the view of the ocean. Here are some photos I’ve taken on my previous visits to the harbor.
After spending some time near the water, we walked toward the North End for dinner at Carmelina’s. The restaurant had an open front which made our already delicious dinner even more enjoyable. The portions are gigantic and perfect for sharing. But if you’re willing to eat your weight in alfredo and not share, that’s okay too. Our table of 4 shared a bottle of white wine and the Carbonara and the Crazy Alfredo.
Spending time in my favorite city with my favorite person was worth skipping the weekend to study. I’m happy I was able to show Harman so much, but there’s still so much to experience in the city. The New England Aquarium, Boston Museum of Fine Arts and a Red Sox game at Fenway Park are still on my list of things to do. I guess those will have to wait until I live in Boston in the near future. After this weekend, I think I successfully convinced Harman that Boston is the greatest city in America.