After spending our last morning in Martha's Vineyard, we caught an early afternoon ferry back to the mainland. Courtney and I have been to Boston several times, and since my sister currently lives there, this visit probably won't be the last. We really love the city and love visiting it. Having visited Boston several times has let us experience the city like a local every time we go back. We did all the tourist things a long time ago, now we have no pressure to go see anything that might be considered "essential". We can sleep in, have a late breakfast, and explore the city or surrounding towns as we please. It just so happens, that is exactly what we did. We only had three days in Boston, but we definitely made the most of it. More of what Boston had to offer after the jump.
I did mention how we had done all the "tourist" things that you might do when you first visit Boston, but there are some things that we do every time we visit. One of those is take a walk through Boston Public Garden and Boston Common. It's hard not to think of them as just one big park, since they are located right across from each other, but technically they are two separate parks. I'm just going to say it's one big park. With that in mind, It's not the largest open park space that we've visited but it is really beautiful, especially during autumn. We stayed just a short walk away at the Boston Park Plaza. The great thing about the Park Plaza is the location. It's close to a T stop (Boston's subway system) and central to a lot of great attractions. Not to mention, it's very reasonably priced. The first day we walked around the park and stopped by Georgetown Cupcake (the first of three trips) on Newbury Street. We also explored around the Theater District, which is a short walk from the hotel. Later in the evening we went to a great jazz/blues club, The Beehive.
The next full day was Halloween. Like I mentioned before, we didn't really have a strict itinerary for this portion of our trip. We started the morning off at the Thinking Cup, an excellent coffee shop that offered a variety of pastries and breakfast sandwiches as well as Stumptown coffee. After a quick breakfast we made our way to Cambridge to explore the neighborhood. After spending some time in Cambridge we made our way back into Boston and explored around the park and Commonwealth Avenue. Commonwealth Avenue provides a scenic walk in the city any time of the year. It's located near the Park Plaza and is right across from Public Garden. After dinner, we decided to walk to Beacon Hill to see what Halloween celebrations we could find. Beacon Hill was very festive, almost every home we came across was extravagantly decorated. The day after Halloween we took a walk towards Copley and went for a quick stroll through the Boston Public Library, which was founded in 1848. The building is beautiful. If you're a first time visitor to Boston, definitely make a stop here. Admission is free. We decided to go back to Beacon Hill to see what it looked like during the day. As many times as we have been to Boston we have never really explored Beacon Hill, so we decided that it was a must on this trip.
After walking through Beacon Hill, we decided to do a last minute tour of Fenway Park. We both had never been so we thought "why not?" I've always considered myself a Red Sox fan, but not a hardcore one. Just being there and listening to our tour guide highlight all the historical significance of the park was surreal. I definitely do not regret going on the tour. We typically don't do guided tours on our trips, but this was a great one. Even if you're not a Red Sox fan, and just a baseball fan, you'll enjoy the tour of Fenway. We finished up the evening at our favorite restaurant in Boston, Myers + Chang, an Asian-fusion restaurant. We've eaten here every time we've visited Boston regardless of how long our stay was or what we were visiting for. This portion of the trip was very laid back, but like I said before, that was the point of this entire trip. We had a goal of enjoying our time and not rushing ourselves. This won't be the last time we visit Boston, my sister graduates from medical school in May and we'll be going back for a few days to celebrate with her. I'm already looking forward to it. Until next time, Boston. More photos from the trip below.