48 Hour Travel Guide: Boston Edition
Boston was our first stop on the New England road trip that we took last month. Due to the fact that there are so many affordable direct flights available from Atlanta, it was the most logical place to fly into. The city, full of distinct architecture and history, easily kept us busy for 48 hours but could have held our interests for much longer. I received some great recommendations of what to do with our short time in the city from my good friend, Adriana, who has spent a lot of time in Boston. With her help and a little research, we ended up leaving the city with happy hearts and full bellies.
S T A Y.
This Airbnb - I've said it before and I'll say it again - I love Airbnb. It provides a much more authentic experience than staying in a hotel. We decided to stay in Cambridge during our visit to Boston. This little apartment was the ideal location - close to Harvard and a short walk to the T (Boston's public transit). It was comfy and clean and made us feel like we were right at home while exploring the big city.
E A T / D R I N K.
Alden & Harlow - I'm not lying when I say that this is one of the best restaurants I have ever dined at. The menu contained some very unconventional recipes, but the unique combinations turned out to be culinary masterpieces. We shared a lot of small plates and are still talking about how great they were. It is in Harvard Square, so we walked from our Airbnb and got our first glimpse of Harvard's campus and the charming neighborhood along the way.
Saltie Girl - We split a lobster roll and fries here for a late lunch on our second day in the city. The roll was delicious and the ambiance was just right. I've heard that this place gets busy and doesn't take reservations, so it is probably best to go at a time when it won't be too crowded or be prepared to wait a while.
Italian in North End - North End is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the United States and also Boston's Little Italy. We had dinner here at La Summa on our second night and felt like we had been transported back to Italy. Our dinner was fantastic, but if I could do it again, I would just walk through North End and check out different menus before deciding on a place to eat. That may be difficult on the weekend, but it seemed like it would be completely doable on a week night. My husband, Bobby, got some high quality gelato before we called it a night.
Take the "T " - The T is Boston's public transit, which consists of subway, bus, trolley car and boat service. We only used the subway but would definitely be up for trying it again. It was a little confusing at first, but we got the hang of it and ended up saving a lot of money on Ubers. I enjoy traveling like the locals and imagining what it would be like to live in a place where you could take the subway to work everyday (definitely not really possible in Atlanta, unless you work + live right by Marta).
Tour of Fenway Park - I surprised Bobby with a tour of Fenway Park on our first morning in Boston! He is an avid baseball fan and helped build SunTrust Park in Atlanta (the Braves' new home), so I knew he'd love to checkout Fenway. I thoroughly enjoyed it as well. The tour was an hour long, which I think was the perfect amount of time to spend there. We heard stories about all of the Red Sox' greatest players from a very Bostonian tour guide.
Wander through Historic Neighborhoods - One of our favorite things to do on a trip is head to an area we are interested in and just wander around. I'd say "get lost", but I never really like getting lost, haha. We ventured through the neighborhoods of Cambridge and Back Bay, taking in all the historic homes and architecture along the way. Boylston Street was on our must-see list, which we soon realized was very easy to accomplish with how long it is and where it runs through the city. We walked for about an hour before taking the T to Boston Common, a large, public park downtown. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to explore Beacon Hill, but it is definitely on the list for our next visit.