There are certain places in this world that are extraordinarily loved. One mention of it and the eyes of its residents and even previous visitors light up, followed by choruses of praises. Not many cities are lucky enough to earn this type of treatment, but for years, I’ve noticed Boston is one of the lucky few. People love Boston. Until this past weekend, I was curious what made it so incredible, as I had never been there. Finally, my curiosities and questions were put to rest while I explored this beloved city with my wonderful friend, Anika.
Anika has been Boston’s number one fan since I first met her at Villanova, so I knew I was extremely lucky to have her as my tour guide for the weekend. She lives in Back Bay, so first we explored her neighborhood, stopping to check out the farmers’ market in Copley Square, taking in the beautiful and historic Trinity Church, and looking at all the shops and restaurants on Newbury Street. I was blown away by the beautiful gardens and pond at the Public Gardens and loved people watching through Boston Commons. It didn’t take long for this city to work its magic on me. After a few minutes of walking around and taking in the lovely architecture, clean streets, and gorgeous parks, I understood why people love this place so much, and I knew I was in for one amazing visit.
Next, we made our way to the North End, and sought shelter from the scorching heat sitting under the shade. Taking in the calm water, rocking sail boats, and happy people around me, I felt the peaceful energy of this city.
After miles of walking in the 90 degree weather, we decided it was time for a cold drink. We stopped in at Ned Devine’s Irish Pub in Faneuil Hall for drinks and curry fries. Continuing our conversations from the day, we caught up on our lives and reminisced about funny moments and memories from our not-so-long-ago days in college.
For dinner, we found a new Italian restaurant in the North End called Scopa. We ordered red wine and split scallops and a margherita pizza. The service was excellent and the food was delicious and affordable. I definitely recommend trying out this new spot in Boston’s Italian neighborhood!
On Saturday, we woke up ready for another day of exploration. We started the day at The Met Back Bay for brunch and a Bloody Mary bar. The drinks and food were delicious and the atmosphere was adorable. I definitely recommend the Met if you’re looking for a fun weekend brunch (especially a boozy one 😉 ).
After brunch, we walked along the Charles River. On this sunny Saturday morning, the people of Boston were out and about: sunbathing on the dock, running and biking along the river, and enjoying their gorgeous city. It wasn’t even noon yet, and Day 2 was already looking fantastic.
Anika and I decided to take advantage of the lovely weather and headed up to her apartment’s rooftop pool. Soon, our friend, Connor, joined us for an afternoon of sunning, laughing, and catching up. After we had all the sun and heat we could take, we headed back downstairs to cool off and get ready for the evening.
That night, we took the T to Cambridge and walked around Harvard Square before getting dinner at Border Café. The meal was incredible. A huge restaurant with huge portions and margaritas to match 😉 There’s nothing better than friends, margs, and guacamole; I thought I might explode from happiness (or maybe I just had one too many Swordfish tacos!). Border Café has great prices, food, and portions—certainly would go back again!
After dinner, we needed to walk off our full stomachs, so we strolled around Harvard’s campus. I would be lying if I said I didn’t quote Legally Blonde at least a few times 😉 As the sun began to set, we made our way to a rooftop bar called Daedalus to enjoy the beautiful summer night, a bottle of Cabernet, and great conversation. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day.
Sunday morning’s arrival was bittersweet. I just started falling in love with this incredible city and was not ready to leave it! But thinking back on the wonder weekend I had with such amazing friends, makes me smile. And now, the mystery has been solved. I finally understand the immense love so many have for Boston. The special love is more than deserved, because this city is more than special. I can’t wait for my next visit.
Any recommendations for my next trip to Boston? Help a girl out!