It’s time for one more post about our trip to Boston! We spent the most wonderful four days in Boston and we were able to see, do and eat so much. I wrote all about the places we ate (for better or worse) here. And Fenway Park got an entire post of its own because there was just too much to say. So, without further ado, today I present to you all of the other places we visited during our long weekend in Boston.
Our very first stop in Boston after checking into our hotel was Beacon Hill. I most definitely wandered the streets of this charming neighborhood with my jaw on the ground – or at least my mouth was gaping. I simply cannot believe that a little place like Beacon Hill exists in the States, and that people actually live there. Charles Street is the main drag in the Beacon Hill neighborhood, dotted with local businesses. It’s all cute, but the precious animal hospital nearly did me in. You can also find Tatté Bakery, Paramount and Upper Crust on Charles Street, which I talked about in my Eat in Boston post.
As you venture off of the main street, you find yourself in a maze of steep, cobblestone streets. Each one is lined with brick walk ups. It’s nearly too picturesque to even handle! As we walked these neighborhoods Jordan and I kept audibly expressing our disbelief that people actually lived in a place like this – we were green with envy.
We went to Beacon Hill on a Friday morning and again on a Monday morning. Both times the neighborhoods were empty. I’m not sure if we just got lucky, or if people simply don’t wander into the neighborhoods, but either way I would consider Beacon Hill a must while visiting Boston. Make it a priority to stop at Acorn Street, which is one of the most photographed streets in the country.
BOSTON PUBLIC GARDEN
Fever Pitch is one of our very favorite movies, for obvious reasons. If you’re also a fan, you might recognize Boston Public Gardens from the scene where Ben asks Lindsay to go to opening day with him. We hopped off the “T” station at Arlington, which drops you right at the corner of Boston Public Garden. We walked through the Garden both times we visited Beacon Hill and really enjoyed it.
Boston Public Garden isn’t super big so you can easily wander around the whole thing in thirty minutes or so. There were live musicians performing, a lot of really impressive statues, so many dogs and swan boats. The swan boats were cute to look at, but I don’t think they would be very fun unless you had a little kid with you. I’m so glad we made time to stop here, even just for a few minutes.
OLD NORTH CHURCH
I was probably most excited to visit Old North Church, aside from Fenway of course. For all of the history buffs, Old North Church is where the “One if by land, and two if by sea” signal was located. That is how Paul Revere warned that the British were coming. The church is still fully operational today, although now as an Episcopalian church rather than an Anglican church. The church is tucked into the back of the North End neighborhood, which is essentially Boston’s “little Italy”.
We chose to take the tour of the church and I am so, so glad that we did. It was just $6 per person, and lasted about one hour. Our tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable and did a great job explaining the history of the church. We were able to go pretty much everywhere in the church, including underneath where thousands of people are buried. The Old North Church tour is primarily about the history of the church, and the lamp was barely mentioned. There is a plaque in the courtyard that talks about the history of that night, but that’s about it.
Jordan and I both enjoy history and museums, so this activity was a winner for us. I would suggest catching the 10am tour, and heading to La Famiglia Giorgio for some lunch afterward – it’s right down the (cutest) street!
THE NORTH END
While you’re in the North End for the Old North Church tour, you most definitely need to meander around the rest of the charming streets that make up the North End neighborhood. We’ve never been to Italy (ugh) but the Italian vibes are strong here. For example, there was a barber shop that we walked by two times. The first time it was spilling older gentlemen talking over each other with thick, Italian accents. And the second time, there were just a couple of men in there but one of them was standing while the barber trimmed his eyebrows. So awesome.
There are so many small, Italian restaurants you would think that would struggle to stay open but they were all pretty full. As I mentioned earlier, and in my Eat in Boston post, La Famiglia Giorgio was the most recommended spot and we can see why. Everything was absolutely scrumptious. We also went to the North End on our date night to Union Oyster House because they are in walking distance of each other. It was the perfect spot to walk around and talk. Be sure to take cash, as many of the spots in the North End are cash only. Says the girl with no gelato on date night…
Trinity Church is located in Copley Square, which is where we stayed. Unfortunately, it was completely covered in scaffolding for repairs, so I had no idea we were next to it until I Googled our way there. I cannot comment on the outside, but the inside was incredibly beautiful. Jordan loves old churches so he could have stayed there for a long time looking at all of the stained glass and architecture.
I will admit, the images I had seen online were heavily edited so my expectations of the church were skewed. I hope that someday we can go back when the updates are done, and really enjoy the external architecture.
We first discovered Back Bay when we walked home from Fenway our first night in Boston. Even though it was dark, the street lights were just enough for me to see the incredible brownstones. I wanted to go knock on someone’s door and just ask, “Who are you? Where do you work? And how do you live HERE?!”. Don’t worry, I didn’t do that.
Back Bay is not the most historic neighborhood in Boston, but it’s the one I would want to live in. The homes are incredible, and there is a Michigan Avenue-esque strip. We got coffee at Thinking Cup Back Bay several times, and those were some of my favorite stops.
BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Don’t let the word library lead you astray – this place is amazing. Our hotel was right next to Boston Public Library and we walked past it several times each day. In fact, we were so used to seeing it we almost forgot to go inside! The building is completely brilliant and I think the pictures speak for themselves. Unfortunately, we were visiting during the eclipse so the courtyard was full of people waiting for the big moment. We couldn’t have cared less about the eclipse so we walked through to the new, modern part of the library. It’s really nice, but it also makes you appreciate the architecture in the original library so much more.
Brevity was not my strong suit today. If you’re still around, thank you! I hope you enjoyed reading about our trip to Boston. If there’s anything else you want to know send me an email or ask in the comments. I would be more than happy to elaborate on our experiences! If you’re planning your own trip to Boston I would love to chat about your plans. And don’t forget to read about everywhere we ate here and, of course, our time at Fenway here.
While in Boston we stayed at The Westin Copley Place. I loved the location, the hotel was nice and the prices were fair. It’s not a place you have to stay, but it will do!