As mentioned in my last post, the second stop on my mini USA tour was beautiful Boston. The city has a completely different dynamic to NYC (small scale, easily walkable, calmer) which I absolutely loved and which was needed after a hectic few days.
As expected, the city is absolutely steeped in history; I learnt so much! Paul Revere is definitely a name you will hear more than once (approx. 50000000 times in fact). We went on a traditional trolley tour leading to a boat trip which was a fantastic way to see all the delights the city has to offer (and to get your bearings). The tour took us to all the hotspots and provided a wealth of interesting information about this amazing city.
ACCOMMODATION: Without realising how fancy it was we booked the Fairmont Copley Plaza; where every President of the United States has stayed whilst in Boston – bit of pub quiz trivia for you! Whilst this hotel was grand and beautiful they frustratingly charged extortionate prices for water and Wi-Fi in your room which was disappointing.
We had 3 days in the city and despite the changeable weather we had a wonderful time and I have several highlights to share with you. I would definitely recommend including Boston in your US trip if you are nearby, you won’t regret it!
When we arrived in Boston we were greeted by torrential rain – it was like being back in London! We didn’t want to stay cooped up in the hotel so we made a dash for the shopping mall about 100 metres away (picked up some amazing bargains in J Crew – see $10 stripey roll neck in picture below). After a bit of retail therapy we were ready for some food! In all honesty, we ran to the nearest place we could find and we were glad we did! Turned out to be Luke’s Lobster – had the chowder and it was absolutely delicious! The perfect rainy day meal. My boyfriend had the lobster roll trio – also highly recommended.
In the evening the weather was still miserable so we ventured across the street to an incredible all you can eat Brazilian steakhouse – Fogo de Chao. This is a meat eater’s paradise (although I must give a notable mention to the buffet selection, it was epic! Meats, cheeses, gorgeous salads and fruits galore!) It was great value if you’ve got a big appetite (like we do…)
‘Where everybody knows your name…’ visiting the original (and replica) “Cheers” bar. It just had to be done. Apparently the tiny bar turns over millions of dollars each year on merchandise alone. The power of a great TV show!
My Elle Woods moment! I’m a HUGE Legally Blonde fan (and having recently started as a Trainee Solicitor it was all the more exciting!) Visiting Harvard was one thing I absolutely HAD to do in Boston (whether my boyfriend liked it or not). It did not disappoint – it’s easy to get to on the train from the city centre and the campus is extremely impressive. Well worth a visit regardless of whether you’re an Elle Woods wannabe like me or not!
Home of the Red Sox – seen from our trolley tour. We didn’t do the tour as we had recently visited Yankee Stadium in NYC so I can’t comment on that aspect. Although I would recommend heading to a game for the atmosphere alone (see previous blog on NYC for more details!)
The British are coming! The Boston Tea Party museum/tea shop is located in a really cool area of the city – very picturesque! We didn’t do the museum tour but had a tea in Abigail’s Tea Shop and soaked up the gorgeous sights!
Jazz vibes. Prior to leaving the UK I did a bit of research of my own about some potential eateries in Boston. I stumbled across “The Beehive” on a general search on OpenTable. It had fantastic reviews so I went ahead and booked it up in advance (a must for this place, it gets very busy!) It is a small basement restaurant offering great food, drinks and fantastic live jazz! Our evening here was AMAZING – if you’re looking for something authentic, fun and with great service, this is your place!
Seafood in the sun – James Hook & Co was near the Boston Tea Party Museum. We stopped by for some prawns (for a light lunch); they were wonderful so I wanted to give this place a shout out! (Note: the food is on the pricey side but the quality is excellent).
Chicken and waffles for breakfast? That’s normal right…
This place was a really cool little diner serving up a wide range of food – from healthy platters to diabetes on a plate! The staff were really friendly and attentive and our meal here set us up well for the day ahead.
I bloody love an aquarium! This one was up there with my favourite ever! We decided to visit as it was quite a cold day and we were in the area after having done a mini boat trip. The demonstrations were amazing and there was so much to see! This is a crowd pleaser for kids and adults alike! (see picture above of me stroking a stingray!)
We picked up cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcakes in the Newbury area (very fancy and beautiful) – they were so tasty! Unfortunately we arrived at the same time as a massive group of schoolgirls – slight dampener on the relaxing and decadent ambiance but that can’t be helped! I would definitely recommend stopping by here for a sweet treat to refuel whilst/after/before sightseeing.
During our trolley tour (and the day after) we visited Boston Public Gardens and I have one word to describe it = STUNNING! It is so peaceful and the perfect place for a relaxing wander (not so relaxing for us to start with as I insisted on dragging my boyfriend round the gardens multiple times to try and find THE bench from Good Will Hunting…we couldn’t work it out but the above photo was good enough for me!)
I really hope to visit Boston again one day; it was stunning. Hopefully you have found this post useful and informative (if not, I hope you at least enjoyed the pretty pictures).