I’m excited to finally be doing my Boston post! Out of all the cities I visited, Boston was one of the cities that I was most surprised by. I’m not sure why, but I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did. I had a girlfriend meet me for this leg of the trip and it was her first time too! I’m so glad I had someone to explore with and who enjoyed the city as much as I did.
As soon as we landed (we coordinated our flights so they arrived at the same time) we got in an uber to grab a quick bite to eat, then we walked to Trader Joe’s to pick up a few snacks. The Trader Joe’s was less than a mile from our Airbnb so we walked over after we finished shopping (I’ve become a pro at navigating my suitcase over all sorts of landscape and through traffic-please hold all applause until the end of this post).
Our Airbnb was just outside the city in a neighborhood called Brookline and it was such a sweet area. Our place was next to a park and it had a ton of charm. Plus, our room had a sky light and a private balcony with a hammock. I mean, come on!
Once we were settled in, we googled “free things to do in Boston tonight.” I’ve found that searching that phase is a fantastic way to find loads of cool things to do. Even if you find something that isn’t free, often times last minute tickets are discounted.
We ended up attending a solo concert in the courtyard of the Boston Public Library. First off, this was the most beautiful library I had ever been in. It felt like a museum or an old manor. It had so much charm and such intricate detail (more photos to come below).
The artist we saw was named Brandon Diaz and holy moly was he great! He had a fantastic voice and killed it on the piano and guitar. He was the definition of a one man show. The music echoed so beautifully off the walls of the library and it was the perfect way to spend our first night in town.
We got to the show a little early so we decided to explore the library a bit more.
Every room was so charming and quiet, it kind of felt like we were sneaking around somewhere we weren’t supposed to be!
Maybe if Carrie Bradshaw had planned to have her wedding in this library instead, perhaps her marriage to Big would’ve happened the first time- just saying! Stunn-ing!
Fun fact! The Boston Public Library is the oldest lending library in the U.S. I thought that was pretty neat. I’d imagine the little cards with the stamped date on the inside of the cover could be long enough to be a book all on it’s own!
After the concert, we headed to grab some dinner at Otto Pizza. The gluten free one is the top one in the photo and wow, it was delicious! The sauce was super fresh and the crust had a nice, crispy chewy texture. Would definitely recommend it if you’re in the area.
The next day we decided to do a Duck Tour. I had never heard of this before (future Victoria here- there are actually Duck Tours all over the U.S. and not just in Boston like I thought) but it was essentially a bus/boat all in one and it gave you a great perspective of the city, from both land and sea. The guide was a local and literally started off the tour by saying how “wicked ahh-sim” the town was- my friend and I busted out laughing.
You learned all about the history of the city, iconic places to eat and visit, and got to experience the horrendous Boston traffic first hand, in a bus/boat none the less!
We had a great time and agreed it was worth every penny! Definitely check out their website and see if there’s a Duck Tour location in the next city you visit. 🙂
We spent the rest of our day wandering around and exploring downtown. We went down to the haa-buh (yea yea, I’m done) and stopped at different spots along The Freedom Trail. Boston is such a uniquely beautiful city because so many of the buildings downtown are the original brick structures. While there were some high rises, I’d say overall, Boston was one of the cities that maintained so much of its history in it’s architecture.
For lunch we grabbed some bowls to go at Sweet Green. Mine had arugula, sweet potato, brown rice, black beans, corn, cilantro, and citrus shrimp. It was so light and delicious and it would definitely be a regular spot of mine if I had one in my city.
After lunch we stopped by Jugos for a wellness shot. I felt like I was in the beginning stages of a cold so I thought this would help. I loved how flavorful it was, especially for such a small amount. If you don’t love each and every one of those ingredients I would suggest mixing it into a glass of water. My friend tried a sip and almost threw up from the strong taste! Again, I loved it though! They also had smoothies and juices and other wellness items.
The next day we spent in Cambridge. We had planned to walk all around the Harvard campus but it was pouring rain all day. We knew we wanted to try some Boston seafood so we took cover from the rain at Legal Sea Foods.
We started with some friend calamari (gluten free!) to share, and my friend had the chowder (she said it was great). I also had some mint tea because I was freezing from the rain and I knew I could use any debloating assistance since I was about to dive into a carby, salty, gluten free smorgasbord.
I had my first ever lobster roll! They had gluten free rolls (which were good) that I could use in place of the traditional hot dog style bun, so that was a plus. They also gave you a ton of meat, so that was another plus. That being said, with every bite I took I couldn’t help but think how good lobster is on its own and a roll just muddled the flavor. Now maybe my thoughts would be different if I had a traditional, full gluten lobster roll, but I walked away unimpressed. Also, I misread the menu and my meal was a lot pricier than I thought, so that was a bummer on my part! All in all, not the best seafood I’ve had, but nothing was particularly wrong with it. I’d say skip it and try your luck somewhere a little more Mom and Pop.
We also stopped to enjoy a latte at Tatte’s Bakery. Now that was a place I wish we had stopped to eat at! It was so, so busy but every single dish that came out looked better than the last. The staff was very efficient and the location was two stories and had a very homey, rustic feel. I’d definitely stop in for a meal or an afternoon pick-me up if you’re in the area.
While our time in Boston was just a few days during the week, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I can’t wait to go back and explore more of the city. I now understand why Bostonians are so prideful, they truly do come from such a wonderful place and I think anyone that likes American History, good food, and passionate people would enjoy a trip there.