Y’all. It’s been forever. Right? We’ve been designing our hiney(s) off over here. To celebrate some hard work and AMAZING new products and designs to come… I headed off on a little mini-vacay with the boyf. We’ve had Boston on our bucket list for quite some time now. It was absolutely amazing to explore another city, eat some amazing food (and drink some yummy dranks), and feel like it’s actually fall. Here is my Boston Mini-cation in Review.
So, now let’s get to the point. Packing for Boston. Why is packing so hard? I always seem to WAY overpack- yet still want that one thing I decided not to bring. Who’s with me? At work, we’ve been in the yoga pants and gym tee phase while working on our rebranding and new product line. Because, you need to be comfy when you’re in creative mode… right? I can’t begin to tell you how obsessed I am with our new line. You’re going to die. When I get the chance to actually dress up and put on make-up, it seems like a big deal these days.
We had a bunch of must do’s on our list based on friend recommendations and my own research. Our goal was to feel like a true Bostonian. We tried out AirBnB for the first time. Totally do it! Dan’s place was amazing. We are stayed in the South End – famous Backbay area. Told you we wanted to feel like locals! The studio apartment was equipped with a kitchenette and outdoor patio area to ourselves with a hammock and strong lights. So fun!
We got in – threw our bags down and started exploring. We started our Boston Mini-cation in Review at a restaurant called The Salty Pig. The salt in the name was no joke. The salami with ground mustard and tangy pickles were off the chain. Our pizza was topped will all sorts of “pig parts” – that were salty – with stone ground mustard sauce and arugula to add a bit of bitterness. It was amazing.
Boston has so much shopping to offer. We continued to explore and check out the local spots and shops. It’s literally never ending. They have every store you can think of – regular to high end. A girl’s dream. They just need a D2D right?!
We cheered on the Bruins at the TD Garden which was a blast. Our seats were amazing.
The next day we were true tourists. We started with a little exploring and making our way over to the North End. Boston has so many little parts to it – I had no idea. I had done a lot of research and had recommendations for a place called Neptune Oyster. TIP: get there early- right when it opens. This place ALWAYS has a line and wait (usually 1hr+). My opinion, totally worth it. The oysters we had (all different kinds) were the best oysters I’ve had in my life. I had a warm lobster roll (Maine lobster, not our usual Florida lobster we catch ourselves!) and Billy had a burger with fried oysters on top. Probably the best burger I’ve had. This place was MANY FLAMES as our friends would say.
After we stuffed our bellies- we headed over to the New England Aquarium. On our way, we walked The Freedom Trail and saw Paul Revere’s home. If you haven’t been to Boston before, buy the Boston Go Card. I found this in my researching and it saved so much money- while giving access to all the fun spots. We used the card to tour the aquarium. Right outside, we hopped on the Duck Bus to start our Duck Tour (also included in our Go Card). This is a MUST do. You get to explore all the spots of Boston by street and water! So stinkin’ cool. Our tour guide was awesome… “THE COD-FATHER” complete with a cod hat. I’d definitely suggest doing this the first or second day of your trip. It helps to get an idea of the different areas of Boston.
Dinner was at an amazing place in the North End – Italian district. Of course, we ended at Mike’s Pastry for a famous cannoli and gelato. The night life in Boston is totally fun. There are so many cool bars and pubs that have been there for centuries. The Bell in Hand is the oldest tavern in America! Loved it & its live music. We also went to a few other places around the area. Each was unique and fun – most having live music!
Next day on our Boston Mini-cation in Review, we grabbed some Breakfast/Brunch and walked over to a local fire station to meet some fellow brothers ;). The crew was so nice and inviting. The way the have to drive on calls (BOSTON DRIVING = CHAOS) is crazy! Boston is set up so unique. There is no sense to it really. The streets are a grid – you could literally drive in circles on one-way roads for days.
Next, we headed off to Sam Adams Brewery for a tour. The tour was amazing! The guide was literally hysterical. I couldn’t stop laughing. The beers were yummy as well, hehe! PS: with the Boston Go Card- you get a free pint glass! The tour is totally free- they just ask for donations. This is a must do!
We went to Chinatown for a quick snack. Fins Sushi and Grill was the name. The sushi was AMAZE. Anyone that knows me, knows I love me some sushi! The sushi was fresh and super unique.
Home to change and OFF TO THE BASEBALL GAME! This was one of the highlights of the trip. I’ve never been to a baseball stadium quite like Fenway. The history behind every inch was amazing. The seats were small and wooden. They still changed the score by hand on the “Big Green Monster.” It was so special. We also got to witness Ortiz hit a homer at his last series before retiring. The crowd was GOING WILD. I felt like I was in an old time movie. Our seats were great! I don’t think you can have a bad seat in that stadium. We were under cover which happened to be perfect since it was raining (a light mist that didn’t stop for 30 hours — not like FL rain, thats for sure!). After the game, we stopped by The Bleacher Bar which was so fun! The garage door opened to Fenway which was super cool!
On our last full day- we tried to hit all the spots we didn’t hit in a tour or directly. As noted before, it started raining that night of the baseball game and didn’t stop. We didn’t let the rain dampen our spirits! We headed to the Franklin Park Zoo. We had SO MUCH FUN here. I actually became best friends with the sweet gorilla. He sat next to me. Then, he left and got his blanket and came back to sit next to me. BFF’s.
Harpoon is one of our favorites. They have their brewery in the seaport area of Boston. The seaport area is where all the fisherman bring their fresh fish and sell to the local restaurants. YUM. Harpoon puts on a big HarpoonOFest every year as part of OctoberFest celebrations. They have tents and tents of food, dancing, and their beer. Tickets were sold out weeks before. We waited in a line we thought would be hours (over .25 mi long line to get in) but was actually super fest, and totally worth it. It was really fun to experience a local event in Boston. The brewery itself was awesome- and we look forward to going back during “normal” hours in the future as well. We ended with an amazing seafood dinner at LTK on the seaport. We ended up meeting an old friend at a local hot spot – which is always fun.
All in all, we had the BEST time in BOSTON! We think we hit all our must do’s but know there is SO MUCH more Boston has to offer. We will be back bean town! We will be back!
What are your favorite Boston hot spots? Any questions on our trip?