A Girl’s Day in the Charm of Boston
Boston has a special place in my heart — it’s home to my beloved Red Sox, and it’s one of the first cities I can remember going to as a kid. Boston and New York taught me to love the wild rush that is life, and made me want to move to a city someday. Trying to picture it? If you slowed New York down, spread it out a bit, gave it some historic old architecture, and put Red Sox hats on everyones heads, you would be looking at something very similar to Boston.
Some people love Boston for it’s history, others love it for it’s food. Some love it for the Sox (enter Jimmy Fallon on Fever Pitch.) I love Boston for it’s juxtaposition of old and new — it’s respect for history and preservation of the past, and it’s forward gaze at the future. It’s innovative and bustling, but it’s also cobbled, worn, ornate, and a little hand-me-down-esque. It’s been lived in for a while, and it’s okay with that — I’m okay with that.
My long-time home skillet Tori and I adventured on a girl’s day out in Boston to catch up and simultaneously photograph literally everything. (By everything I mean everything.) We got there early in the morning and stayed until the afternoon to beat the traffic out to Connecticut. Here’s a plan based on our itinerary to include in your own Boston adventure:
First, Arrive bright and early to watch the city wake up — this is always one of the most underrated times of day. People are so characteristically themselves when they’re rushing to grab their coffee, find a parking space, and get ready for the day. It’s so different from watching a city at night, when everything has been set up and everyone is going out looking their best. Mornings are unfiltered and real.
Then Grab Coffee at The Thinking Cup. Thinking Cup serves Stumptown Coffee, which is rich and smooth, and one of my favorite roasters. I love my drip coffee when it’s done right, and theirs is superb. Tori had a mocha, which was reportedly awesome. Thinking Cup also serves food — and gluten free sandwiches and baked goods. We saved our appetites for lunch (ok, all lies — I ate a protein bar cuz I’m poor) but everything looked fantastic.
Drink your coffee in the green Boston Common, and people watch from the gazebo. Or, if you haven’t done it yet, walk the Freedom Trail — a 2.5 mile route through Boston’s key areas of historical significance. You can follow a guided tour if you want, but it’s perfectly fine to walk the trail following your own map for free.
Wander through the cobbled downtown — slowly making your way to the waterfront. Venture through the side streets to find some of the lesser-known spots, such as Commonwealth Books, or the ever aesthetic Brattle Bookshop.
If you’re feeling up from a little more walking, head over to historic Beacon Hill, where you can step back in time in the old architecture and peruse antique shops for hidden treasures. (Please don’t end up in a Boston tourist trap shop buying a Paul Revere costume.)
Finally make your way to Faneuil Hall, where you can grab a bite in Quincy Market. Just be prepared for the higher prices if you stop at a sit-down restaurant over here.
Wanna see some adorable seals? Yes, you absolutely do. Make your way right up to the edge of the waterfront to the New England Aquarium, where you can see the seals even from outside. Spend a little time there on the harbor — watch the boats from the pier, and let the sea breeze ruin your hair (it’s a right of passage.)
If you want to do some name-brand shopping, you can make your way back to Newbury Street in Back Bay. Here, you can also gaze at the vast ornate ceiling of Boston Public Library — a historic architectural masterpiece. If you need an afternoon coffee (I always do or there are problems of global significance) try CuppaCoffee, and take yours to go drink in Boston Public Garden.
Or, you can do that ^.
When dinner time hits, you might need to splurge on some New England seafood. You could be touristy and go to Legal Seafood, but I would recommend something a little less trendy, such as The Merchant. Another place I’ve always wanted to try is Flour which serves gluten free sandwiches (yay!)
If you wanna do things right, stick around in the city for a Boston Red Sox game in the green Fenway Park to end your awesome day (highlight of my childhood was a game at Fenway).
Whatever you decide to do, don’t you dare wear a NY Yankees hat, or you’ll be kicked out. (Can’t say I didn’t warn ya.)
Have any other ideas for a great day in Boston? Let me know in the comments!
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