Boston. Bahstan. I love it. Every single aspect of it.
The cobblestone streets, the docks along the ocean, the charming people with their awesome accents. I long for Boston.
My first trip to Boston was August of 2009, a continuation of my road trip through State College. I do eventually make it to NYC, by the way! I also keep promising myself that it will not be my last trip. It was a a short trip, but absolutely my most favorite within the United States. The days were spent shopping on Newbury Street, and exploring the historic alleyways, and the nights dining outside at Faneuil Hall Marketplace and strolling along the ocean. Did I mention that it is a home to some of the best universities that the United States has to offer (aside from Penn State, of course)? It didn’t hurt that Boston hosts a very large Irish population either. I found home outside of Detroit. Boston is where I belong. No matter how long I rave on and on about how wonderful Boston is, it will not do this city justice. I implore you to go on an adventure of your own.
(NOT SO) LOVELY LODGINGS
-Okay…here was the one flaw in my trip to Boston. I wish I could recommend a nice hotel for you, but I honestly cannot. The only bit of advice I can offer you is this: DO NOT stay at the Holiday Inn Boston at Beacon Hill. It looks like quite a nice place on the outside, even in the lobby! Do not let this fool you. The breakfast is expensive (not to mention mediocre), the staff is far from attentive, and the rooms are microscopic and dull. Please, head my advice.EXCELLENT EATING
**If you don’t like seafood, or at least try it, you’re missing out on the taste of Boston completely! No matter where you decide to eat in Boston, try the fresh lobster plucked right from the Atlantic. It’s touristy, yet delicious. Be careful: don’t make the assumption I did… they don’t cut it up, grill it and douse it in butter for you. You get a lobster right on your plate. A lot of work, but hey, it’s part of the experience.
-Salty Dog Seafood Grille & Bar at Faneuil Hall: Located in all the hubbub of Faneuil Hall, this restaurant is enjoyable to sit out at night in the summer air and take in the sights. Order up a seafood platter with a Samuel Adams Boston Lager (don’t forget the lemon!), and enjoy the simple pleasures of life.
Whale Watching- I went whale watching against my will, but it turned out to be incredibly enjoyable… and somewhat terrifying. It’s a long boat ride, so get up early and make an afternoon of it. It may seem a bit pricy up front, but I promise you that when you’re sitting on the boat, the salty smell of the ocean, with the sun on your face and the wind whipping past you, it will be worth every cent. To schedule a trip and buy tickets, check out http://www.bostonharborcruises.com/boston-whale-watch/
New England Aquarium- I’m a sucker for Aquariums, and this one in particular was certainly satisfying. Right on the ocean, you will really get a sense for the water wildlife. The New England Aquarium also offers a combo deal: tickets for admission to the aquarium AND whale watching- score! Check it out at http://www.neaq.org/visit_planning/tickets_and_hours/index.php
Salem, Massachusetts- The notorious town of Salem is only 25 miles outside of Boston, and certainly worth the drive. It’s quaint, yet eerie. Salem is not only perfect for the superstitious, but also for those who are simply curious. Enjoy a palm reading, a lantern-lit ghost tour of the town and enjoy a hands on history lesson