take me away :: Boston, MA

Last month I was pleased to spend a week with my university side kick who is now studying in Boston. August is the perfect time of year to experience Boston. It's hot and humid but you can find relief from the heat under a big tree in Boston's many parks or waterside by Charles River or the ocean. As one of the oldest cities in the USA, Boston is full of history. Boston in a nutshell: statues, parks, runners, history, brownstones, universities, and wicked strong accents.

See & Do

  • Boston Common is the oldest park in the USA, situated right in the middle of the city. The meticulously kept Georgian garden has plenty of park benches fit for an outdoor lunch or afternoon of people watching. Swans help make the view even prettier.
  • Freedom Trail is a tour through history and important places in the American Revolution. You can walk the trail yourself or catch a guided tour for more info than the plaques will tell you. It takes you through meeting halls, cemeteries, churches, Paul Revere's house, navy ships, and more. Boston loves their statues and there is no shortage on the Freedom Trail.
  • Museum of Fine Arts is worth spending a whole day in. It's a huge place that displays all types of art. The building itself is a wonderful mix of old and new. 
  • Boston is one of the most walkable cities in the States. Walk from Boston Common to the shore of Charles River. Runners pass by through the park and boats pass by on the water. It's a relaxing break from the busy city.
Even the rules at Museum of Fine Arts Boston were artfully displayed!

Even the rules at Museum of Fine Arts Boston were artfully displayed!

Eat

  • Kendall's recommendation of Beacon Hill Bistro proved to be a good one. It's a wonderful French bistro in the Beacon Hill Hotel that's no stranger to awards for its cuisine.
  • Favoured by the locals, Flour Bakery is a modern bakery with tasty sandwiches and desserts to go with their cafe pick-me-ups.

Shop

  • Newbury Street - A tree lined boulevard with a restaurant on every block makes for a perfect walk along the high end shops in historical brownstones. 
  • Beacon Hill - For something unique, pop in the vintage shops and independent retailers in the Beacon Hill area.