I recently got the “travel itch." You know the one, the one where: you love where you live…but you’re bored and need a chance of scenery, new places to eat at and fresh sights to soak in! We are huge fans of visiting Massachusetts and have vacationed and spent many summer days in Cape Cod and the surrounding area…but have never made it to Boston!!! I know, I know…you’re asking yourself right about now, ‘how that is even possible…right’?!?! I can’t explain it either…I’m not sure, it has routinely been on our summer list and somehow has gotten pushed to the back burner: every trip. This seemed the perfect opportunity to book flights and make plans! I asked friends, the blog fam and my Instagram followers for suggestions and they offered a plethora of great recommendations! Done and Done! Everyone said we were crazy to be heading to Boston when it wasn’t summer and my response was simple: ‘we are adventures…that’s what warm coats, thick socks and hats are made for’!!! And we were off!!! From the moment we arrived in the city…I began to fall in love! (Sidenote: we are already planning our trip for the summer…yep, that’s right…liked it so much we are going back asap)!!! Here is a list of places we went, bites we loved and things we enjoyed around the city that I highly recommend! I hope that you consider visiting this amazing city when making your upcoming vacay plans.
Kimpton Nine Zero
Location: 90 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02108
Phone: (617) 772-5800
LOVED everything about this hotel! Located right on Boston Common, the hotel is walking distance to countless restaurants, attractions and sight-seeing opportunities. Kimpton Nine Zero is the perfect mix of sophistication and contemporary style and offers fantastic amenities…making our stay, really enjoyable and comfortable! The fish guppy in our room waiting for my 4-year-old daughter to enjoy during a stay…won her over…immediately !!!! She adored “Goldie” as she named it and it was truly a fun bonus to our stay! Loved the in-room yoga mat, zebra print robes, wine hour that waited for us in our room with treats specifically selected for my daughter as well and the staff was extremely helpful with finding tour schedules and directed us in the right direction every step along the way! I absolutely recommend staying here the next time you find yourself in Boston…the city views are fantastic and its the perfect stay option for business, personal travel and family trips!!!
Location: 1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118
Everyone we talked to about our upcoming trip all had one common recommendation: GO TO TORO!!! We take recommendations seriously and after the 3rd person recommended the South End hot spot…we made plans to visit the acclaimed tapas restaurant owned by James Beard award winning chefs: Ken Oringer & Jamie Bissonnette. Several things made this dinner fantastic: #1 amazingly fair prices, exciting food (without being over the top) and it kept me thinking about it, weeks later and #3 the staff was informed, friendly and welcoming! I partially want to go back to Boston just to eat at Toro again! This is a must hit spot when in the area. IT’S THE BEST!! Here’s a list of several of the fantastic dishes that we enjoyed:
Foie Gras a la Plancha (seared foie gras with burnt orange mojo, kumquat, blood orange and Sicilian pistachios and grilled bread.
Setas y Hievo (San Sebastian style wild mushrooms, farm egg and herbs).
Asado de Huesos (roasted bone marrow with radish citrus salad and oxtail marmalade).
Gamas al Ajillo (grilled garlic shrimp with cascabel chillies, parsley and lemon).
Beef Tartare with quail egg
Uni special (this was like dessert that you never want to end…amazing)!
Location: 1071 Cambridge St. Cambridge, MA 02139
I feel fortunate to have come across this hidden, neighborhood gem…and its all thanks to: Instagram. Alex Saenz is the chef (previously of Charleston, SC) and is mega talented and such a nice guy! I really enjoyed ordering several small plates and getting the opportunity to sample an array of food. BISq was the perfect place for everything I was looking for, innovative, elegant and some comfort food all at one location….perfect! Loved everything! Dishes we enjoyed:
Roasted Cauliflower (capers, parmesan, Caesar).
Barbecue Shrimp Toast.
Shaved Lardo Toast (membrillo, fennel, pollen).
Fried Chicken with buttermilk ranch and Thai chili salt.
Roasted Hen of the Wood (spinach, cured yolk).
Gourmet Dumpling House
Location: China Town
I am a HUGE fan of dumplings and let’s be real…I wasn’t going to pass up a chance to visit China Town while on our trip. The Dumpling House was awesome. Known for being a local spot, the line was out the door and worth the wait! Such a great lunch stop! We had:
Pork and Crab mini juicy dumplings
Scallion and Cabbage Pancake
State Street Provisions Location: 255 State St. Boston, MA 02109
This conveniently located restaurant was just across from the Aquarium at the wharf and it was the perfect place to grab a quick drink and tray of local oysters, clams and rest for a few minutes after leaving the Aquarium before hitting the town for the evening.
Museum of Science
tickets: kids 3-11: $20, adults 12+: $25)
This is one of the most amazing museums I’ve ever been to and my daughter had a blast checking out the triceratops skeleton, bugs displays, space capsule model and space center!!! So much to do…give yourself the entire day to check out everything out!!! Science is so neat and learning is a life long journey. We can not wait to return.
This was such an amazing way to travel throughout the city while receiving a history lesson!!! We rode it twice around because it was such a fun way to sit back, relax and take in city views while learning more than we would’ve expected!!! 18 stops on the tour…this is the perfect mode of transportation to hit some of the must check out stops for pics, exploring and dining!!! $37-75 per day (there are select seasonal discounts…also your pass will get you some discounts and free admission to several participating area sites). GREAT EXPERIENCE!
Boston Tea Party Ships
tickets: ages 5-12: $18, adults 12+: $28)
Such a great flash back in time with the guides dressed in period attire and acting through the events leading up to, during and after the Boston Tea Party.
New England Aquarium
1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
Loved this aquarium. The large tank was a lot of fun, especially the aerial view from the top floor looking down upon swimming sea turtles, sharks and all the varieties of colorful fish. We enjoyed the large ceiling suspended, whale skeleton and the penguin exhibit! We have an amazing aquarium (here in Charleston) and I was skeptical if visiting this aquarium would live up to all the hype..WELL, IT FAR SURPASSED all of our expectations!!! This is a must visit location that the kids (and you) will have a blast exploring!
348 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115
We visited the Converse Headquarters specialty store and my daughter designed, drew and customized us both a pair of kicks!!! Total $150 plus tax. This was a fantastic souvenir with the red stripe along the bottom of our shoes symbolizing The Freedom Trail that runs through (and only available in) Boston.
Our 48 hours in Boston was a BLAST! We can’t wait to come back in a few weeks and explore more of this amazing city! If you want to a learn more about the history of our country, soak in some beautiful harbor views and eat delicious food…then BOSTON should be on your list of most visit cities!