My love for Boston started when some family friends, Brandon and Julie, were living outside of the city after medical school. We were invited to visit one fall and I’ve been in love ever since. I’m not sure if it was the crisp breeze, autumn colors, or the amazing company that fascinated me, but regardless, I’m in love.
Last October, a few girlfriends and I were itching to take a trip when it hit us: Let’s go to Boston! I was thrilled to nominate myself as the tour guide (history is kind of my thing).
We dropped off our luggage in our Beacon Hill apartment and began our adventure in the North End.
Naturally, we couldn’t say no to Mike’s Pastry, either. Calories DON’T count on vacation. It’s a scientific fact.
The next morning, Emily and I made it a point to find the Boston Marathon finish line on our morning run.
Soon after, we began adventure on the Freedom Trail. I had created a “Skimm’d” version that included trivia questions of the historical sites to keep my friends entertained. For example:
At King’s Chapel and Burying ground
Why is Mary Clinton (buried here) famous?
- She is related to Bill Clinton
- She is related to Donald Trump
- She was the first woman to step off the Mayflower
- She was the first woman to make the chocolate chip cookie
How many kids did Paul Revere have?
- 16 There wasn’t much to do back then.
Below: (The State House, Kristen and Em being dramatic outside of the Boston Latin School Site, Benjamin Franklin Statue, Old South Meeting House, The Green Dragon TAvern (our lunch stop), Paul Revere Statue, view from the Bunker Hill Monument, and Boston Harbor)
We ended the day by visiting Harpoon Brewery and then grabbing drinks at the Top of the Hub. Newsflash: When it’s rainy/foggy, you can’t see anything at the top of the Prudential Center.
On our third day, we headed to Cambridge to walk through Harvard and then Fenway.
We ended the day by watching the Aggie football game with the local A&M club.
Then enjoying a beer at Cheers. Because how can you not?
Our final full day was spent driving up the coast to Portland, Maine. We visited the Shipyard Brewery (yes, breweries are a theme), ate a lobster roll, and shopped around town. We visited in October so pumpkin beers were running rampant. Shipyard starting serving their pumpkin ale with a sugar/cinnamon rim and it was actually delicious.
We could leave Maine without visiting a lighthouse.
As we left Maine, we stopped by Smuttynose Brewery in New Hampshire because, why not?
We ended the evening in Salem, Massachusettes. We were visiting close to Halloween so we had no choice but to go on a ghost tour. We saw a jail where Harry Houdini escape, the location of the first long-distance phone call a la Alexander Graham Bell, a few locations where Hocus Pocus was filmed, and even saw a ghost! Ok, maybe we didn’t see a ghost, but I had to throw that in there.
Overall, the trip was successful but way too short. Our next adventure will be in Florida and Georgia in the fall so stay tuned.