This was my first trip to Boston, Massachusetts, and I can’t figure out why it took me so long to get there! Boston is fabulous!!
It is a beautiful city, with a lot of the traffic redirected to underground tunnels to make room for lovely gardens and parks.
Tour guides dress in colonial costumes and if you buy a paper from Gary, he’ll pose nicely for you! Thanks Gary!
And of course, there’s the really fun stuff — like going to the Cheers Bar! I mean, who can resist right?
Or you can go to the cemetery, a normal haunt for me! (Haven’t I included gravestones in almost all of my travel articles?)
But with names like Franklin, Hancock, Revere, Adams — so many heroes — paying homage just seems right.
Whether by day, or by night, October was a lovely time of year to visit.
Since I was on the final stop in my Massachusetts tour, I splurged on a hotel, The Taj, which turns out to be on the corner of Arlington and Newbury. Pretty nice real estate in the Beacon Hill area, close to almost everything I wanted to do, fabulous shopping, and straight across from the park and commons area.
Expect to see more posts on Boston. The theater has so many wonderful shows and events in Boston, the flight from Charlotte, North Carolina is just under two hours, and I have the lay of the city down. So look out Norm and Cliff, I’ll be back at Cheers!
Have you been to Boston, or finally made it to a city you developed a crush on?
I love love love Boston. Of course, I’ve never been there from November through March.
Me neither, so I might change my mind. Thanks for stopping by John.
I went to school in the Boston area. Perfect place to be in college. Loved spending time in Cambridge, Concord and even Salem. Loved visiting Boston which was a short train ride away. Quincy Market rocks!
I didn’t know you went to school near Boston. Must have been a great place to explore new ideas. I loved the whole vibe in Boston Commons and Quincy Market. Wow.
I’ve enjoyed my several trips to Boston .. it’s vibrant in good weather! I could eat in the North End every day!!!
Good Italian food in the North End! Should have known it would interest you, Frank.
Thanks for taking us on a lovely tour, Renee! I’ve never been to Boston, but it looks beautiful. That Gary, he looks so friendly. 🙂 Welcome home!
Gary was wonderful. He had so much personality. But then again, everyone I met was super nice.
I think your crush is contagious, Renee. It looks wonderful. We were just talking today about a road trip through some of the towns we have always wanted to see. Boston will go on that list. Cheers!
You’ll love it and you’ll love Cheers too. So ‘touristy’ but a lot of fun!
I was lucky enough to live there for 3 years when I was 19-22. I had a blast. I’ve always wanted to figure out just how to move back — but not for the winter. I was there for the ’78 blizzards (there were several, one historic). Beautiful, historic, fun. What more do you need? (I left with a boyfriend. I was a fool!)
Elyse, you should have ditched the boyfriend and kept Boston…but then there are those tricky winters. Yikes! Perhaps I should add the caveat that my crush is only available May-October.
Never thought of visiting Boston, but you’ve changed my mind. Thanks!!
There seems to be something for everyone, and like you, it just wasn’t on my radar until I traveled to Massachusetts. I’ll definitely be returning.
I couldn’t agree with you more, Renee. My work took me to Boston several times a year. I always tacked on a day or two to for exploring the city, taking in concerts (the Pops are not to be missed) and the sheer majestic stature of the city has a call all it’s own.
I wish I had known this earlier in my life. I’m stunned! Will be returning!
I was positive the Boston Pops would never be the same after John Williams retired to pursue other adventures but that was short sighted thinking on my part. I’ve attended classical concerts around the world and Boston is clearly in my top 5. However, if you have the opportunity to see/hear John Williams conduct a symphony or orchestra, don’t miss out.