Boston City Guide
06 February 2017
Happy Monday! What a game! Congratulations to the New England Patriots! Now that you've recovered from all your Super Bowl festivities, it's time to get to know the Super Bowl winning city of Boston a bit better. We've enlisted the help of two Boston locals to share with us their favorite things about Beantown and why it's a winning city today and every day.
First up, Ali of Fit.Fab.Full.
You’ve seen the movies, heard the accent and seen Tom Brady win a Super Bowl….or five. But have you been to Boston lately? It amazes me that one of the countries oldest cities continues to surprise me with shops, dining and plenty of fun. If you’re close enough for a day trip or a weekend getaway, there are fantastic ways to spend your time. I have pulled together a few of my favorites, do one or do all eight, but either way, Boston is a city with so much to offer. Hope you enjoy!
If you're reading this blog post you most likely love to shop and are familiar with at least the name Newbury Street. Although this is a fairly well-known attraction there are so many different draws to Newbury Street other than shopping! You could visit Boston and never leave Newbury Street. If you’ve never had a complete spa day experience, I highly recommend Bella Santé Spa. You’ll get the full pampering with bathrobes, saunas and tea and treats in the waiting room. Perfect for de-thawing come the winter months of Boston.
Although a workout class may not be your priority on vacation or a weekend away, I had one of the best workout experiences at Recycle Studio on Newbury. Their cycling class was so amazing and is a great way to jumpstart any weekend with a Saturday morning class!
Brattle Book Shop
Brattle is the cutest outdoor bookshop that’s hidden in between two buildings in Downtown Crossing, where the Red, Green and Orange train lines come together! In the winter time it may be covered and moved indoors, but if you’re lucky enough to visit on a beautiful day you can browse for a book while enjoying the sunshine!
Fogo De Chao
A dining experience that is almost impossible to explain. It falls in between an all you can eat buffet and a high-end restaurant, the best combination ever and worth every penny. The best way to prep for a dinner at Fogo? Don’t eat for a week. If you love a good steak you will not be disappointed here with unlimited bacon wrapped sirloins, filets, chicken, pork and a fresh bar with salads, cheeses and soups. You will not leave this place hungry. It is situated right in Copley Square.
This is iconic Boston. Acorn Street is a cobblestone gem in the historic neighborhood of Beacon Hill and ranks as the most photographed street in the city! And it makes the perfect backdrop for engagement, blog, or portrait photos. Beacon Hill is filled with quaint shops and cafes, best explored with sneakers and a camera.
Kayak the Charles
Slicing between metro Boston and MIT, the Charles River provides a beautiful waterfront for leisure activities. Walking paths along the esplanade are perfect for winding down after a day of strolling or you can float along with a unique view of the skyline. The adventurous type can opt for kayaking or paddle boarding.
As immigrants poured into the city years ago, the Italians made their home in the North End. The culture and flair haven’t left. Known for their many Italian dining options, famous pastries and historic landmarks – the North End is a must visit. A few of my favorite stops are La Galleria 33, Mike's Pastry, Paul Revere House and the Old North Church.
I have used the word iconic a few times in this post, but it is probably best suited for Fenway Park. Through the spring, summer and fall, catching a Sox game is one of my favorite activities. Baseball, beer and a hot dog. What more could you ask for?
Half Baked Café
Although this one isn’t in the immediate vicinity of Boston, (it is about 40 minutes outside of the city) it's completely worth the drive especially if you have any food allergies. Half Baked Café is located in the charming downtown of Beverly Farms and has the best Bacon Maple Donut ever. Half Baked is completely nut free and has gluten free options. I tend to make a day out of the trip and head to Singing Beach, in the now famous town of Manchester by the Sea.
That rounds out the list from Ali! Next up is Holly from Styled By Holly sharing stops you must make during a trip to Boston.
Boston is one of the most diverse cities in the world. I've been fortunate to live locally my whole life. Follow this Boston city guide to make the most out of your next trip.
Pro-Tip: Don't forget to bring your sneakers, Boston is a walking city!
The number one shopping destination is Newbury Street. Located centrally, next to the Boston Common, it spans eight blocks. The best shopping spots lie here with a mix of high and low. Stop at the new Chanel store, maybe visit Valentino, then work your way down to H&M, Zara, and more. Some of the best consignment stores are there too.
Pro-Tip: for the big vintage hunters, hop on the green line to Allston for some of the best vintage shopping there is!
Don't forget to hop one street over to Boylston St. and go into the Prudential Center. The mall is filled with great new stores like Artizia and Under Armour.
Pro-Tip: Once you're in the Prudential, head on up to Top of the Hub for one of the best views in Boston!
As the city of champions, Bostonians take their sports teams very seriously. Get off the Green Line at Kenmore and walk on over to Fenway Park for a tour of America's Oldest Ballpark. If you're in season, I recommend catching a game. Don't forget, the TD Garden is just a trolley ride away if you're looking to see the Celtics or Bruins play. When you're in Boston, you can't go wrong with any team.
Pro-Tip: Sit in the bleacher section at Fenway for a very Boston Red Sox type of experience, plus maybe you'll catch a ball!
Besides being all about our sports. Bostonians love history. Hey, it all started here! If you're in the North End, a very quaint and historic place itself, check out the Old North Church where Paul Revere lit the two lanterns. Hop on a Trolley Tour or walk the Freedom Trail.
Pro-Tip: Paul Revere House is along the trail so be sure to stop there!
Another beautiful sight is America's Oldest University, Harvard. It's located just off the Red Line Stop named after it. While you're at it, be sure to check out the newly renovated Boston Public Library, the perfect place to people watch!
Boston is blessed to have some amazing museums. The Museum of Science is one of my personal favorites. An entire day can easily be spent wandering through all of the interactive exhibits. The Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum are constantly featuring new artists and exhibits. Even if you've been before, it is worth a trip back!
Pro-Tip: Visit the courtyard garden at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for picture perfect scenery (and coveted Instagram spot). Also, don't forget to just look around, the streets of Boston make for a great photography day!
There really is no shortage of yummy places to eat in Boston. In the mood for coffee or a cute cafe to stop at? Check out Tatte Bakery & Cafe. It's a personal favorite of many locals and their multiple locations make it a very convenient stop. Another must is Jugo's or Juice Press for fresh juice, smoothies or acai bowls. Some of my favorite spots, perfect for either lunch or dinner, are Row 34, Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar, Yvonne's, Sweet Cheeks Q, Oak Long Bar & Kitchen, and Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant.
Pro-Tip: Go to Lincoln for their insane brunch. Trust me, you won't regret it.
Other Things to Do in Boston
Go see a concert at the House of Blues, most concerts are all ages so it's great for families! Also, check out the Duck Tours for a fun outdoor day. If you have time, see a play at the Cutler Theatre, take a cooking class at Eataly and sign up for a workout class at Everybody Fights Boston!
Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoy your next trip to Boston.
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