Boston is only a one-hour flight away from D.C., but until recently Nick and I had never made the trip. While Nick has been to Boston in the past, it was my first time visiting the city, so I was especially excited for our recent weekend getaway.
Rather than book a hotel room, we decided to rent a small studio apartment through Air BNB, since we had such a great experience renting apartments through them for our trip to Europe this summer. The unit was small, but had a kitchenette and everything we needed, and it was well located in Beacon Hill, one of Boston’s quaintest neighborhoods, near lots of shops, restaurants and transit.
We arrived in Boston on a Thursday evening and got settled in to our rental before taking a walk around the neighborhood.
On Friday, we decided the best way to see Boston and it’s many historic sites was to spend our day walking along the red-bricked Freedom Trail.
We started our walk right around the corner from our rental apartment at the Massachusetts State House, across the street from Boston Common, the city’s central park.
Along the way we listened to a Freedom Trail walking tour app on Nick’s iPhone, which gave us the history of each location. We visited the grave sites of Paul Revere, Sam Adams and John Hancock at the Granary Burying Ground.
We stopped at Old City Hall, which now houses several businesses and restaurants.
We also walked through Faneuil Hall, an old meeting hall turned marketplace, and along the Quincy Market area, filled with hundreds of stores and restaurants.
Along the way we walked through the city’s Little Italy and also toured Boston’s oldest standing church, the Old North Church.
We sat in one of the church’s original family box-pews and listened to a short history of the church.
We also walked through the
mini-Washington Monument Bunker Hill Monument.
And finally made our way to the USS Constitution, one of the country’s oldest warships.
Before leaving, Nick and I also spent some time walking around the Charlestown Navy Yard looking at the Navy ships and dry docks.
After having walked for more than half the day, our legs were a bit weary so we decided to take the ferry back over to the downtown area.
From there, we decided to head to Harpoon Brewery, a favorite microbrewery of ours that is located only a few minutes from Boston’s downtown. Nick and I both tried one of their seasonal pumpkin brews.
We also ordered one of their sampler paddles of IPA beers (and I caught this funny picture of Nick
staring off into the beer heavens right when the waiter came to take our food order).
On Saturday morning we rented bicycles and rode along the Charles River bike path over to Cambridge, where we spent the day touring, eating and lounging around Harvard’s campus.
There was so much to see and do in Cambridge that we didn’t ride home until early evening, just in time to head to Chinatown for dinner.
On Sunday morning we headed to Fenway Park for a tour of the legendary stadium. Despite that we aren’t major fans of baseball, Nick and I both enjoyed hearing about the history of the team and stadium.
We even got to sit in the seats along the Green Monster and in the official press boxes.
We heard that no trip to Fenway was complete without stopping at Boston Beer Works for their Bunker Hill Blueberry Ale, and who are we to say no to that?!
Afterwards we headed to the SoWA Open Market, a weekend arts and crafts market in Boston’s up-and-coming south side. There was also a farmers market and an extensive antique market that we browsed around for a few hours.
There were dozens of food trucks parked at the market too and we couldn’t resist trying a few different things.
We spent a few hours at the festival and then made our way back to Boston Public Garden to relax for a bit in the sun and enjoy the views.
We ended our last day in Boston by walking through the shops and boutiques along Newbury Street and finally called it a day near historic Copley Square.
Nick and I headed back to D.C. the next morning; but we had so much fun exploring Boston during our trip and we can’t wait to make a return visit someday soon!