Boston, oh, Boston! Have I ever told you how much I love cities? I’m not sure how I ended up back in the small town I grew up in with a large city 2 hours away but thats another topic for another time. God works in mysterious ways, right?! Boston does not disappoint and is such a great city!
For the first-timer headed to Boston, here is a quick guide to some must-see places in the city.
It is rather easy to get there from anywhere in the Midwest or East side of the states. A direct flight is on the cheaper end. Sorry West Coasters, this is a long haul for you.
Where to stay:
Hotels in Boston are not super cheap. In a good location in a semi-decent hotel it starts around $300/night. I am not a hotel person. I don’t hang out in the hotels, it’s boring to me and a waste of time so it’s really only for sleeping so I always grab the cheapest hotel possible in the location I want.
My favorite city for the people! I’m not sure if this is my personality or not but I love a good, strong, straight to the point person. They have a confidence and no bullshit attitude about them that I love!
Known for being a very walkable city. I walked all over the city but when I needed to make the hike from one end to the other I used Uber which is so cheap ($5 or less). Everything is really close. I would not rent a car there, it is more for walking than driving. With the traffic and parking availability it isn’t worth getting a car.
So good! The New England cuisine and the array of Italian restaurants is endless. 95% of the time plant-based/vegan, (read more about that here: Why I Became Vegan) but when I travel I make some exceptions. I like to experience the culture and not travel with too many restrictions. I will eat fresh, wild seafood if it is from that area and some dairy products depending on the type.
With that being said, is there anything more New England than clam chowder? It is so yummy anywhere in the city but my favorite is from the Boston Public Market, Red’s Best. The Boston Public Market has lots of great food, gifts, coffee, etc. It’s a must-visit place. Another great seafood place in the summer is the Barking Crab. It is pricey but in the summer you sit outside, under a large tent overlooking the city and water. The atmosphere is so energetic and fun! Get the hot crab dip or the fried clam roll.
The Italian food is seriously endless. Most of it right in one area, the North End. Regina’s Pizza is my favorite pizza place. The crust! Opened in 1926, this hole in the wall restaurant in the North End (the original) is one of my favorite restaurants ever. Order a pizza and a pitcher of beer..or two. The employees have the typical Boston personalities I was referring to, I love it! For dessert, Mike’s Pastry! So many options but a chocolate chip cannoli is a must. Note: It is cash only.
Beacon Hill is where I go to daydream about living in the most perfect row-house. This neighborhood is what makes Boston, Boston! I stopped by the cutest spot, Tatte Bakery and Cafe to grab a quick salad and ice tea. Get lost wandering around this neighborhood, it’s worth it.
North End is lined with Italian restaurant after Italian restaurant. Deli’s, pastries, pizza, seafood, pasta..if it’s Italian you will find it. Walk around at night, it is so vibrant and full of energy.
The Bell In Hand Tavern, Green Dragon Tavern and Durty Nelly’s are all right by each other and all so fun! Durty Nelly’s has a great dive-bar atmosphere which is my favorite! Cheers! You can’t forget about Cheers! Head down to the basement bar and drink a beer “where everybody knows your name”.
The Boston Public Garden is beautiful! My favorite part of the city by far. The first public park in America dating back to 1837. It is so well maintained and has lots of exotic plants and landscaped to perfection. The Boston Public Library is another great historic spot. I love a great library! The courtyard is by-far the best I’ve seen from any library.
There is so much to see and do in Boston that a couple days doesn’t cover it all. Next trip, I’m adding the Freedom Trail to my list. This city is great for anyone that appreciates history or wants to have a fun-laid back time. If you can, make your way to Cape Cod . Cape Cod is a quick 2 hour drive or 90 minute ferry ride from Boston. We spent a few days in Cape Cod, Provincetown, last year and it is still one of my favorite trips.