When I Went: Dec. 26-31, 2011
Was That the Best Time of Year to Go? Well, we liked it. I like having a winter and Boston definitely has one. There were a lot of activities going on and even though they have notoriously harsh winters, the week we went was fairly mild for late December. It was fabulous to see the city decked out in all of the holiday cheer still, just lovely and so colonial looking.
Why I Went There: We traveled to Boston as a celebratory trip after my husband graduated from college. We had never been and really wanted to experience the city.
Who Went With Me? My husband, Stephen
We Stayed Here: We used Airbnb to stay at a local resident’s apartment in the Beacon Hill area of Boston.
You Won’t Want to Miss: Definitely do not miss The Freedom Trail; so much history and you get to see a lot of the city when following it. We loved the tour of Fenway Park. What a beautiful park and a must for any sports fans. Ride the Metro; it’s the oldest in the country. We ventured over to Cambridge to walk around Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology campuses. They are so beautiful; a great treat. The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum is also very interesting and takes you to a new part of the city; don’t miss walking around Little Italy and eating a delicious cannoli (we went to Caffé Paradiso but Mike’s Pastry is also highly recommended). Just go without too strict of plans and you’ll find plenty to do, from the touristy to the local spots, there wasn’t a bad experience the whole time. Also, some people say that Boston is a mean city, but this is the furthest thing from what we found from all of the amazing locals we met. Everyone was wonderful.
Eat Here: LOBSTAH! Seriously, find a lobster roll, you won’t regret it. Our favorite was from Doyle’s Cafe. One of the best things we had was freshly shucked bay oysters right off the street in the oldest part of town. They had a market place set up on Saturday with guys shucking/selling oysters and clams. We went back three times for more.
Play Here: Fenway Park for the Red Sox, TD Garden for the Celtics or Bruins, and the theater district is lively. Go to the Sam Adams Brewery; the tour is free (donations suggested) and you can ride the party trolley to see some of the historic sites on that side of town.
If I Went Again: Just see more stuff! Go to the Museum of Fine Arts for sure.
How Did You Get There From Dallas? Flight from DFW to Boston Logan
Other Tips For Fellow Travelers: Just that we loved it. It was so wonderfully amazing and so much RICH history!