Location: Boston, MA
Where We Stayed: Longwood Medical Center Area (near the Back Bay & Fenway neighborhoods)
Where We Ate: Pavement Coffeehouse | Mike’s Pastry | Green Dragon Tavern | James Hook & Co | Anna’s Taqueria | Caramelina’s (reservations needed through Yelp) | Omni Parker House
Sights We Saw: see below
Happy Wednesday, everyone! We hope your week has been going well :) The weather has cooled down significantly here in Denver (we are expected to be in the low to mid-40s!) and it had me thinking about the weather we had when we went to Boston a few weeks ago. I was really worried because a friend of ours had left the area a few days before we were set to land and she said that they had experienced some effects from Hurricane Florence as it was tumbling in the Atlantic. The forecast called for overcast skies and some rain, which is exactly what we ended up getting. The dreary weather wasn’t too much of a detractor for us when we were in Boston itself since we were inside a lot (B accompanied me for moral support during some personal ~werk~ I had in the area), but I was hoping for at least some clear skies so we could walk around the city before dinner.
We were in luck!!! We decided to take in as many sights as we could in basically two hours. I tried to make the different stops into a “scavenger hunt” for Brandon since he is a history buff. To no one’s surprise, he got all of them correctly except for the handful of clues that referred to churches. I married a smart one :)
Given the time constraints, I was a little worried that we may not get to stop everywhere. But folks, hiking in Colorado came in handy, because walking at sea level on flat ground was a piece of cake and we were able to walk through the entire city! The historic sites are all along the Freedom Trail, which is ~3mi, so we got to hit all the stops within the better part of the hour. Keep in mind, we didn’t get to go inside the houses/churches in order for it to fit in our time crunch, but that was OK with us. Follow along as we bring you along our version of Boston!
1. Fenway Park - “take me out to the ballgame,” HERE to start off this scavenger hunt! This was right by our hotel, so we just walked here before taking an Uber across town. We skipped the Bunker Hill Monument (the start of the Freedom Trail) but instead we went to #2, below.
2. Site of the Great Molasses Food - This was considered Boston’s version of Pompeii, as 40ft waves of Molasses rushed down Commercial Street at a speed of 35mph. (On a side note, like WOW! Classify this under weird things I would never believe until I saw the plaque commemorating this event).
3. Old North Church - The oldest standing church in Boston, first opened to worshippers in 1723. Fun fact: it played a role in alerting the colonists that “the British are coming”! There are tours available of the inside for $$ (we didn’t go so we could keep on going).
4. Statue of Paul Revere - “the British are coming” is a quote WRONGLY attributed to him. Note: there was restoration going on when we visited, so the area was blocked off by a chain link fence. We were able to get this gorgeous shot of the statue with the Old North Church in the background by holding our camera up close to the holes in the fence.
5. Paul Revere’s House - the oldest remaining structure in downtown Boston! You can take a tour of the inside ($$), but again we skipped that.
6. Mike’s Pastry - “Holy THIS”; It is the best known Sicilian pastry sold at Mike’s Pastry on the North End. We lucked out as it was the downtime, and had no wait to get a cannoli! There is no formal “line” - the cashiers take whoever has their order ready so we were helped before a huge tour group who technically got there before us. We tried the espresso cannoli and it was delicious! We had to split it given it was so large!
7. Union Oyster House & Green Dragon Tavern - the oldest restaurant in the United States + the pub where it was reported that the Boston Tea Party was planned!
8. Faneuil Hall / Quincy Market - built by wealthy merchants. We were told to stroll through; Quincy Market is really a marketplace where there are a ton of food stalls! Seems to us that it would be a pretty busy place during the week!
9. Statue of Reed Auerbach - smoke a cigar with him, who was head coach when the Boston Celtics won 9 NBA championships (only behind Phil Jackson of the Chicago Bulls). They also have little shoe imprints if you have the desire to step into his shoes.
10. James Hook & Co - we took a quick detour to the harbor for lobster rolls from James THIS & Co, similar to a pirate’s fake hand. Brandon got the small lobster roll and thought it was OK. When in Boston, right??
& with that, we are most of the way through our “mini” tour of Boston. We wish we had more time to actually have gone inside the various historic landmarks, but this just means that we will have to take an actual vacation there to fully immerse ourselves in the city. Come back on Friday for the last few stops on our list and to see what we thought of dinner in the famous Italian North End!
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