I’m not sure why it took me so long to make my way to Boston, but I am so glad I did! It only took me seventy-two hours to fall in love with one of the country’s oldest cities.
Since I was only in town for a short time, I had to do a lot of research and pinning (Pinterest is GOLD when planning anything!) to narrow down what I wanted to during my time in Boston. I stayed with a friend who is limited by school like I am, so she and I agreed upon our weekend priorities.
If you’re short on sightseeing time or aren’t super interested in American History, I highly recommend exploring the different neighborhoods of Boston. Each neighborhood has its own character, and it’s so fun seeing the different quirks of each one. The best way to do it in a time crunch, in my opinion, is by choosing sights and restaurants by neighborhood.
Beacon Hill is one of the most magical neighborhoods I’ve ever been to because it’s like stepping into a time machine. Acorn Street, photographed above, is one of the most photographed streets in the country, and it’s easy to see why. My friend Bianca and I got up early on Sunday morning to roam the neighborhood and stopped into the Beacon Hill Tatte Bakery location while we were there.
We were pressed for time, so I just grabbed a crossaint and their house latte (Honey-halva and cardamom) and I wasn’t disappointed! I will definitely go to one of their larger locations when I have more time to enjoy some breakfast.
Another neighborhood that was high on my list of priorities was Back Bay. With all of the brownstones lining the streets of the neighborhood, I felt like I was right back in NY. Most of the houses were dressed up for Halloween/autumn and I enjoyed walking from our brunch spot to the library.
Bianca and I started our morning that day at Frenchie Boston for a French breakfast. The patio seating was absolutely gorgeous, the service was quick, and my nutella crepe was yummy! The restaurant is a little cramped, but honestly, the patio view was worth it.
From Frenchie, we walked over to the Boston Public Library, which probably took about twenty minutes. Since walking from one place to another just isn’t a thing in Florida, it was so nice to enjoy the cool autumn weather (another thing that doesn’t exist in FL) while taking in some sights. The library is located in Copley Square, also home to Trinity Church and the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel. There’s also a shopping district within walking distance full of both brick and mortar stores and outside markets on weekends.
There comes a point during every trip where I have to do some type of work, whether it’s for my blog or for school. Studying at the Boston Public Library is actually on my bucket list, and I finally got to cross it off! There are so many colleges in Boston that the library is full of students from all over on the weekends, and it was such a great environment to study in. It’s also a good place to explore when you don’t have any work to do; outside of the quiet study room, the library looks and feels more like a museum.
It’s no secret that I love food, but one of my favorite thing about traveling to major cities is checking out the food! I already mentioned Tatte Bakery and Frenchie Boston, but there are a couple of other spots I still can’t get out of my mind.
Citrus & Salt
Citrus & Salt is a very Instagram-worthy spot in Back Bay, MA. I learned from one of my recent trips to New York that Instagram-worthy doesn’t always mean the place is good, but Citrus & Salt was great. I called the restaurant early on Friday to see if there were any reservation cancellations for the evening since there were only 11 PM reservations available online, and I was able to get a table for two in the back room at 9 PM. The main part of the restaurant is pink and green and is beautiful in the day time, but there is a back room that serves as a lounge of sorts for private parties and extra seating.
The menu is pretty adventurous with combinations I wouldn’t normally try, like corn with Hot Cheetos crumbs on it, but I had the crispy arroz con pollo croquettes and loved them! I definitely want to go back during the day to experience the brunch at Citrus & Salt.
Not to be dramatic, but Capo is one of my new favorite restaurants of all time. The decor is beautiful, but what really made me fall in love was the pasta. The pasta is made in-house and our server recommended getting two half servings of pasta to be able to try more than one dish. I got the spaghetti pomodoro and the rigatoni bolognese, and I still think about both dishes all the time.
The drink menu is equally as impressive as the dinner menu; I ended up having a rosato spritz, which is a mix of sparkling rosé, elderflower, bitter orange, and grapefruit. It was basically summer in a glass, and I wasn’t mad about it. I can only imagine how good their Thanksgiving menu is!
Although I feel like 72 hours in Boston isn’t enough, it was an absolutely necessary getaway, and I enjoyed every second of it. I highly recommend going in October when the leaves start to change and it isn’t too cold to enjoy the outdoors. I’m already planning my next trip, because there’s so much more to see and eat. If you’ve been to Boston, leave your favorite places to visit in the comments below!