On a whim, I asked a friend to visit Boston with me. Early October seemed like the perfect time as the air started to cool down and the leaves started to change colors. I was excited to see all of the history that the city held along with all of the new things it had to offer.
We stayed at a friend’s apartment off of Tremont Street, which was an incredibly convenient location. We walked almost everywhere, with a few lyfts thrown in.
After arriving at the airport in Raleigh, North Carolina to leave for Boston before the sun rose, the first thing on our mind when we finally made it was food. We found The Gallows on Yelp and it did not disappoint. I ordered the “Our Way Burger” and absolutely loved it. It was the perfect fuel for our walk along the Freedom Trail (a marked route that takes you to historical sites throughout downtown).
Massachusetts State House
Our first stop on the Freedom Trail was the Massachusetts State House. The most noticeable feature of the building’s exterior is the golden dome, which has been changed throughout the building’s history from wood to copper to painted black to gold and back again. Inside the dome, the ceiling has stained glass.
Paul Revere's House
As we continued on The Freedom Trail, we came to Paul Revere’s House, the oldest home in downtown Boston as it was built in about 1680. The age of the home was evident with creaky floorboards and a general sense of unevenness in the walls and floors. It was exciting to walk from the home to the Old North Church, the path Paul Revere would have taken in his famous ride.
Old North Church
We ended The Freedom Trail with The Old North Church.
“One if by land, two if by sea.” The Old North Church is arguably one of the most famous churches in American history. The church is known for its role in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride,” as the lanterns in the steeple were used to notify Charlestown how the British Army would be arriving, by land over to the Great Bridge or by sea on the Charles River. Two lanterns were hung in the steeple that night as the British chose to arrive by “sea.”
After a lot of walking, we decided our last stop on the Freedom Trail would be the Old North Church, which left us by the Boston Harbor and very close to Boston’s Little Italy. We ate at L’Osteria for dinner and it was all fantastic.
The next morning, in search of coffee and breakfast, Sarah found Blunch. It was a small restaurant with a few seating options by the Boston Medical Center. They offered a variety of breakfast sandwiches, bagels and salads. However, the Yelp reviews we read all mentioned their delicious chocolate cookies so I obviously had to get dessert with my “eggwhich.”
Boston Public Library
I really have no idea why The Boston Public Library was on our list of places to visit, but I’m glad that we found our way there. The architecture of the building was beautiful and there were so many floors with places to study but also millions of books (literally – they have 23.7 million volumes according to their website).
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
When researching Boston, I found out about the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and immediately wanted to go. The museum is located in the late Isabella Stewart Gardner’s four-story home that surrounds the courtyard photographed below. The museum was really outstanding and it was fascinating to learn about a woman who used her fortune to share art with her community.
Inspired by all of the art and culture of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, we headed to explore Harvard University in Cambridge next. The campus was beautiful, but I’m still partial to UNC.
Algiers Coffee House
After we wandered around the Harvard campus for awhile, we went to the downtown area of Cambridge to a Middle Eastern restaurant and cafe, Algiers Coffee Shop. The coffee was great and the interior architecture was really interesting. It had great Yelp reviews, but sadly the restaurant has since closed.
The Lawn on D
After coffee in Cambridge, we got a Lyft to The Lawn on D. To be honest, I found the place because of people posting photos in these fun swings on Instagram, but it was such a fun place! There were yard games, live music and people of all ages were hanging out with food and drinks on a Saturday night.
On our last day, we woke up to the sky dumping buckets of rain, so we tried to get breakfast somewhere close by to eliminate a lot of walking. That didn’t go quite as we planned, but we ended up at Sonsie on Newbury Street with a seat by the window. The food was wonderful and the place had a charming atmosphere for any meal of the day. It would be especially great on a sunny day because they can open the front windows completely.
Our last stop in Boston, in the pouring rain, was a view of the harbor from the Harvard Bridge. This photo is nothing spectacular, but it perfectly captured our wonderful weekend in Boston.