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48 Hours in Boston

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Shane celebrated his 30th birthday at the beginning of October and I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate such a milestone than a trip to Beantown to catch a Red Sox game and explore the history of this beautiful city.  We spent two full days in Boston and fit in as much as possible.  If you find yourself in Boston and short on time, these are the things in our opinion you have to do!

1. The Hahvard Tour - seriously, one of the favorite parts of our trip.  We explored the Harvard's beautiful campus, checked out some of the dorms that once housed famous historical people and learned a lot of interesting information about the University from one of its own students. This tour is well worth your time! While you're in Cambridge stop in at one of the many restaurants that litter Harvard Square and check out the Harvard Student Bookstore. I could have spent hours wandering this place. 





2. The Freedom Trail - the iconic 2.5 mile "trail" that is outlined by brick pavers throughout the streets of downtown Boston is a must when visiting the historic city. Accessible by a paid tour or a free, self-guided stroll, The Freedom Trail was a pretty awesome experience.  It took us the better part of a day to complete the whole journey (including stops for food and drinks a couple of times!)but it was well worth it.  Aside from the historical aspects that you see while on the trail it is a really neat way to see all the parts of the city on foot.  Grab a $3 map at the start of the trail and you are on your way! 

On your way through the trail stop at the famous Acorn Street and experience walking on original cobblestone streets. Also, stop by the beautiful Boston Public Garden and take in the gorgeous gardens and lake on site. Seriously, pictures don't do it justice. All the more reason for you to experience it yourself. :) 





While you are on the trail, step out to experience Boston's Public Library.  It is one of the most beautiful places I have every seen.  I could have spent hours inside just admiring it beautiful architecture. Absolutely stunning.





3. Boston Red Sox Game - the whole reason we went to Boston in the first place was to celebrate Shane's 30 birthday by seeing the Red Sox play.  We try to stop in at a baseball game when traveling to experience different parks in the nation.  Boston was by far one of the best overall baseball park experiences we have ever had.  Reason 1: FAN LOYALTY! We went to a Tuesday night game and it was sold out! Coming from Atlanta where fans can be fair weather this was epic!  We got to the game early and explored the festivities around the perimeter of the stadium and grabbed dinner before heading inside.  If you have a chance, stop in at the Boston Bleacher Bar to see the game from field level. You don't need a ticket but you do need to arrive early if you hope to grab a seat in view of the live game. We spent some time touring the park once inside and enjoyed the game from the outfield.  Such a great time!  




Where to eat:

If you have some time to chow down definitely make some time for The Sail Loft in the North End on the water.  It is a pretty basic restaurant but they have some of the most amazing clam chowder in Boston.

The Friendly Toast - Back Bay - Boston - Ummmm.... it's delicious. I had the Smoked Salmon Benny and Shane had the Babe Benny which was a version of Benedict made with BBQ and cornbread.  The portion sizes are huge and the food is absolutely amazing.  Service is great too!

Cheeky Monkey Brewing Co. - If you can't get into Bleecher Bar, the Cheeky Monkey is a good option.  They have amazing noodle bowls and good beer.  It's a little pricey but it was decent.  There is a huge game area in the back of the bar.  It's open til two so I imagine after games it would be really fun to hang out - especially with a large group.  Definitely worth a visit!

Tatte Bakery & Cafe - Cambridge - this was not exactly what I thought it would be but never-less, the food we had was delicious and the coffee was amazing!  Don't go if you're starving though.  It's more of a snack place with some sandwiches and baked goods.  It was fun to rub shoulders with Harvard scholars and pretend we were the same before hitting up the Hahvard Tour.  Stop in for a coffee and pastry!

Harry's Bar and Grill - Commonwealth Ave., Brighton, MA - Close to our AirBnB, Harry's was our last stop while in Boston and we loved it.  A great selection of beer, cheap wings and Boston Red Sox fans all gathered here on a Wednesday to relax mid week and spend time with friends.  They had an Oatmeal - Pumpkin brew on tap while we were visiting that was served with a cinnamon and sugar dipped glass. Seriously, amazing.


Ahh, Boston.  We can't wait to go back and explore more of you.  New England is giving my beloved PNW a run for its' money.




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