Over the holiday weekend, I visited Boston, Massachusetts for my stepson’s wedding. Many people liken Boston to San Francisco and after spending time there, I agree! While Boston is a bit less touristy and a little smaller, I found it to be beautiful, easy to navigate and very enjoyable. As long as you get around by cab, foot or Uber car, traversing the city is a breeze.
The harbor area is really beautiful and very clean, while it’s also easy walking distance to the Freedom Trail. During my time in Boston I loved visiting the historical sites. The harbor was also near Paul Revere’s house (pictured above), the North Church and several old buildings with intricate architectural elements; it was incredible to travel there and see the history right in front of me.
If you’re in Boston, I highly recommend you take the Duck Tour. These old vehicles were retired by the army, but now the amphibious cars give you a whimsical afternoon around the streets of the city and even into the St. Charles River! As you travel down the river, eccentric tour guides point out areas of interest and offer historical information. They were very humorous and made us feel welcome in the city.
After getting a great overview via the Duck Tour, we picked out a couple of areas to explore further. Our next stop was Beacon Hill, where the brownstones are located. Similar to Pacific Heights in San Francisco, the area boasts extravagant homes with beautiful architecture and well-kept gardens. We learned that the original glass put into the windows of these homes has developed a purple cast over time. Over the years, many people have replaced the glass because of this “flaw” however, homes with this purple hinted glass obtain a much higher resale than those with replaced glass.
The above image is of Newbury Street, an area much like Sacramento Street in San Francisco. Near Beacon Hill was a shopping district called Charles Street that had small, boutique shops and the Tatte Bakery. It had enormous baked goods, delicious sandwiches and salads.
We also ran into place called the Cary Drug Co., which was a cute, old-timey drugstore. It had a narrow hallway filled with prescription and over the counter drugs; we stopped to talk. We weren’t the only ones who were interested in this place; many other visitors stopped by to catch a glimpse of what it was like in the old days.
Next I stopped by the Boston Public Garden, which was right next to Boston Commons. A larger area where events are frequently held, the whole space is shut off to car traffic for the 4th of July. The Public Garden was lush and featured unique swan boats that were very iconic to Boston, Massachusetts. The same family has been running these swan boats since 1877 and we were very excited to see the adorable icons.
It was a neat area to visit and reminded me of Pier 39 at home, except a bit cleaner. The harbor area had lots of restaurants to choose from.
One thing I also noticed when I visited New York was how lush the greenery was on the East Coast. Boston is the same. When compared to the trees at home in California, these were very green and full of life. The sidewalks were lined with lots of pretty landscaping and the trees looked well taken care of. It helped to add to the city’s beauty. Have you ever visited Boston, Massachusetts?
Photos: Jana Meewes Magginetti