A few months ago, Danny and I were talking late one night about how we LOVE to travel but since having Jude, we hadn't been able to take a trip. We realized that Jude was now a year old and he may be old enough to have a weekend with his grandma and allow us a quick trip to act like newlyweds again, be kid-free and have some fun. We had always wanted to go to Boston and so a quick google search showed airfare at around $150 so we booked it right then and there! Our spontaneity is great at times, but we totally overlooked that our weekend getaway landed on Mother's Day weekend, so the mom guilt definitely kicked in Sunday morning when I woke up without my baby :(
Boston has always been on our to-do list as I had heard that it resembles England. Since Danny is British, we both were curious about the architecture and style of the city.
We love Airbnb and have stayed in several on our past travels. We booked this one and the pictures don't do it justice. It was a super cute studio apartment (probably not a good fit for a large group) that was right in the center of Back Bay and centrally located to everything. We were able to walk to a ton of bars, restaurants and shops.
Here is our list of things we did that we would definitely recommend, and a few things I'd say to skip :)
-walk the grounds of Harvard. Head over to Kirkland's House at Harvard where Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook. Or, just pretend you're a student :)
-The freedom trail. Ok, full disclosure, we didn't really get around to this because it rained during the time we were planning on doing this, but anyone I talked to have said it's amazing. It's a self-guided tour that takes you through all of the historical areas of Boston. If you're into history, this is a must do!
- catch live music at The Black Rose Irish bar near Quincy Market. My husband loves Irish music and Irish bars so this was a must-do when we passed it. They had a live Irish band and it was an amazing atmosphere.
-We checked out two amazing brunch spots both minutes from our Airbnb. Flour Bakery + Cafe was busy, but delicious.
-We also checked out Tatte Bakery on our last day there and it was by far my favorite place. I could of sat there and drank coffee all day. Beautiful subway tile, vintage floors, and amazing farmhouse community tables. It is a definite must see!
-Solas Irish Pub on Boylston Street was a favorite of ours. We sat on the patio and enjoyed a nice cold beer (yay for Yuengling out East!) but the inside was beautiful. It's an old style Irish bar with modern updates and beautiful decor.
- The architecture. Oh my I could go on for hours about the architecture. The beautiful townhouses with red brick was just something we don't see much of in the midwest. The cobblestone streets, mature trees, and large pathways were breathtaking.
- Beacon Hill. Take the side streets (definitely don't miss Acorn Street!) and check out the beautiful architecture and the quaintness. Head to Charles Street for a bite to eat or a drink.
Some things to skip was the Union Oyster Bar. Well, I definitely would say check it out and grab a drink at the bar (it's the oldest running restaurant in America!) but the food wasn't that great. We may have missed the mark with what we ordered, but unfortunately I can't give it a good recommendation based on the food. The atmosphere was great and definitely grab a drink!
Although I put Harvard on the must-see list, we were expecting the grounds to be prettier. I mean, it's the best college in America, right? It reminded me of many other college campuses I've seen before. The downtown area of the campus was cute and we did hit up the gift shop.
We walked over to the Back Bay Fens park area and it wasn't what we were expecting. There was a lot of very tall grass and homeless people living there, so we quickly exited and headed back down Boylston Street.
We unfortunately were only there for 2 days so there is a lot of Boston we did not get to experience. We would love to go back and definitely hit the Freedom Trail and North End.
Have you ever been to Boston? What did you love and what was a miss?