I recently was in Boston for work, during rare and beautiful New England spring weather. I always liked Boston, but I fell in love with it on this trip. I even had a chance to drive by Brigham & Women's Hospital, where I was born. I loved seeing what my first view of the world was.
From a Red Sox game at Fenway Park and visiting the JFK Museum to wandering around Cambridge & Harvard, Boston is a history nut & walker's dream. After walking the cobblestoned streets of Beacon Hill, a pre-dinner drink at The Liberty Hotel is a great place to relax. Trekking over to Boston's famous Flour Bakery for lunch is totally worth it, especially if you have kids to take to the wonderful Boston Children's Museum. And a Duck Tour is a fun way to get the lay of the land.
Here are things that I love about Boston, from this trip and many other visits:
- Harvard Square & Harvard campus
- A slice at Upper Crust Pizzeria in Cambridge
- The Make Way for Ducklings duck statues
- Boston Common
- The New England Aquarium--I always want to take one of those little penguins home
- Driving through Charlestown & thinking about The Town, one of my favorite movies. Hint: the bar where they hang out is Old Sully's at the corner of Union & Lynde-very dive-y!!
- Flour Bakery & Cafe
- Walking down Newbury Street
- Great hotels: The Liberty Hotel, Four Seasons Hotel Boston, XV Beacon, Nine Zero, The Charles Hotel in Cambridge (and their brunch)
- Fenway Park--I'm a lifelong Yankees fan but Fenway Park won me over for its simplicity & perfect baseball ambiance. There's a great view of Fenway from the Prudential Center Skywalk.
- The North End (Boston's Little Italy) & the Old North Church
- Walking the Freedom Trail
- Visiting the U.S.S. Constitution
- Wandering around Beacon Hill
- 75 Chestnut, a picture-perfect Beacon Hill restaurant
- O Ya, an incredible dining experience that feels off-the-beaten track but is very well-known nationally
- Catching the Harvard Crew team rowing down the Charles River
- How easy it is to walk around the entire city
- The JFK Presidential Museum & Library--I loved seeing Jackie Kennedy's yearbook photo where her ambition was "not to be a housewife" (below).
- The general feeling of Irish love throughout Boston
- All the great colleges--Boston College, Boston University, Harvard, M.I.T., Emerson to start
- Shopping at the Prudential Center
- The amazing 360 degree view of Boston from the Prudential Center Skywalk
- Boston Cream Pie at Omni Parker House, where it was invented
- Clam Chowder from Union Oyster House (JFK's Favorite Booth is upstairs)
- Walking along Charles River Park
And here's one more great view of the Charles River from the Prudential Center Skywalk.