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Boston Travel Guide

Boston Travel Guide

Oh Boston, you have my heart!

It’s no secret I am a huge fan of the East Coast. I was born and raised in New Hampshire until I was 10-years old, so that part of the country will always have a special place in my heart, and give me the warm and fuzzies. But, Boston though… there’s just something so magical and classic about it. Yes, there’s the history, SO MUCH history, but the FOOD, Y’all… oh my goodness, I’m drooling just thinking about it. So let’s get to it!!

First off, if you don’t have a Lobster Roll at some point during your trip,  you are doing Boston wrong and I would judge you BIG TIME! I’m not Kidding…unless you just don’t like seafood, then I would let it slide.

FUN FACT: Brent and I have been to Boston together three times since we’ve been married, and we always start it out the same way…as soon as we land, we grab on Uber to the North End, order the warm Lobster Roll with fries, and share a bottle of Rose at Neptune Oyster.  See more on that below.

There are so many areas of Boston, and each has something special to offer. Since there is so much to see, I broke it down into sections for you: *Food and then -Sites to see, so if you are a planner {like me}, this should be super helpful. I hope it is anyway.

 

Beacon Hill Area: 

*Beacon Hill Hotel- great brunch and cute boutique hotel.

*75 Chestnut- never been but on my radar.

*The Paramount- Epic Brunch, but there is almost always a line out the door! Leave yourself some time.

-Touristy, but you could go check out the Cheers bar. Nothing special food-wise, but it’s a cute spot.

-The main street that runs through Beacon Hill is Charles Street. It’s between the Boston Common & Gardens. So grab a Starbuck on the corner and walk up and down the street to see cute shops and beautiful neighborhood.

-PLEASE walk in the Beacon Hill neighborhood because the streets are so beautiful and dreamy! Go find ACORN ST. {The most photographed cobblestone street in Boston; the North East for that matter.} It’s just a few blocks from Charles St. and you won’t be sorry. It’s totally an Instagram worthy shot!

 

North End, AKA Little Italy: 

*Neptune Oyster: MY FAVORITE. It’s were to get a killer lobster roll. TIP: Order the lobster roll WARM, not cold. {My usual order: a bottle of Rose/Johnny Cake for an appetizer/WARM lobster roll with fries}

NOTE: It is super small: for an early dinner, go around 4-5pm and put your name on the list.  {They do not take reservations, walk-ins only.} THEN, go walk around Hanover St. and walk into any of the Italian restaurants on Salem St. or Hanover St. for a glass of wine! So many to choose from, you can’t go wrong.

*Mike’s Pastry: After Neptune’s, or any dinner you decide on, head to MIKE’s PASTRY! Known for there cannoli’s, but there cookies and cheesecakes are massive and to die for too. There is a “lobster tail” pastry that was unique as well. You will find something to satisfy that sweet tooth.

*Bricco: we have had a drink there a few times and it’s a cute bar. Food looked great too.

*Giacomo’s Ristorante: I still dream about their pasta! Again, they don’t take reservations and there is always a line, BUT if you have to time, I highly recommend it! Just FYI, they shuffle you in and out. It’s not leisurely dining, take-your-time-situation. They mean business and take their turning-tables pretty seriously since there are about 6 in the entire establishment! But it is SO worth it, and SO GOOD! I would wait outside in the freezing cold for this place! TIP: You can get a bottle of wine with dinner for $25…CRAZY GOOD value and fantastic authentic Italian food.

*Mama Maria: This is rated one of the most romantic atmospheres! It’s in a 3 story old townhouse in the old square next to the Paul Revere house. If you are celebrating a special occasion, and want to dress up, this is the perfect spot! We went for an Anniversary dinner and it felt so fancy, romantic and special!  The food was phenomenal, and they are known for their Osso Buco.

-Hanover Steet: there are hundreds of Italian restaurants to choose from. You seriously can’t go wrong, just let your nose lead the way! It’s so fun to walk around and restaurant-hop.

 

Downtown:

*Yvonne’s: AMAZING!! Speakeasy tapas, and the most amazing atmosphere in the basement. Highly recommend this if you are in the downtown area. It’s so chic with gorgeous booths, chandeliers, and dim lightly and not to mention the extensice menu. It’s so hard to chose but eveyrting is fabulous!

*Stoddards: casual rustic pub. Great place for a burger and beer.

*Omni Hotel: beautiful and the perfect place to order some Boston Cream Pie; where it originated.

-The Ritz Carlton: This could not be in a better location. Just a block from the Boston Commons, and in the middle of everything. They have a beautiful lounge area with a fireplace, which is the perfect place to grab a cocktail.

 

Back Bay/ Newbury St.:

*Oak Long + Bar, in the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel: Gorgeous and perfect for appetizers and drinks if you don’t do dinner. We love to sit at the long bar and enjoy the beautiful room. They have a wonderful brunch menu, and Bloody Marys will be flowing! TIP: Please walk through the Plaza Hotel lobby; it’s stunning. And look for the hotel dog, she’s a black lab, such a doll and it’s so cute to see her in the lobby! She will most likely be wearing a bow and napping in her dog bed.

*Saltie Girl: small seafood raw bar, right on Newbury St. across from Copley Plaza.

*Met Back Bay– also on Newbury. Extensive menu and great for lunch, brunch, and dinner. They also have a basement bar! {Right next to saltie girl, they actually share the same kitchen.}

*Atlantic Fish Co.: Pretty popular, classic seafood! Their chowder is fantastic.

*Abe & Louie’s- Steakhouse that is on my radar that is on my radar. I have heard fantastic things.

*Lotita: If you feel like going out this is a fun happening place.

-It’s so fun to walk up and down Newbury St. and see all the shops. They are all in old bulidings and makes them look so dreamy.

-The library next to the Plaza Hotel is beautiful and worth checking out.

 

South End: {Foodie part of town}

*SRV Boston– Italian tapas, SO GOOD + cute rustic atmosphere. I can’t wait to go back!

*Barcelona Wine Bar– very good tapas, happening atmosphere.

*Metropolis– small Italian spot. I loved it and the food; it’s perfect for date night. Just be sure to make reservations.

*Lincoln Tavern and Restaurant: love this place for Brunch! Great Atmosphere and amazing food {a bit more south on Broadway, but worth the uber.}

*Wordon Hall; another good rustic brunch place, but right now there is nothing else around it.

Other’s to note in the South End:

*Coppa- Italian, cute for date night. {Looks fantastic, and tops on my list for next time}

*B&G Oyster

*Loco Taqueria & Oyster house

 

Waterfront:

*Row 34; AMAZING dinner, and fun atmosphere. The entire menu is amazing.

Others to note:

*Bastille Kitchen

*Drink– bar

*City Tap House

 

Sites to note:

-There is a Harbor Walk, and check out Harbor Tours availability depending on the time of year you are there.

-The Freedom Trail is a must

-Bunker Hill was awesome. I recommend taking the time to see the historic spot. You can also walk all the way to the top!

-From there we hit up the USS Constitution Museum and did a tour.

-Boston Tea Party Tours are available.

-Faneuil Hall Market


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