After honeymooning in the Pacific Northwest, we thought it was was time to explore the opposite coast. So to celebrate a year of marriage we booked a trip to New England! We started our journey in Boston, stopping in Portland, Maine on the way to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park.
We checked into the Boxer Boston, the perfect little hotel housed in a flatiron building nestled between Beacon Hill and the North End.
On our first day exploring the city we decided to start with the most important meal of the day, brunch! We made our way to The Beehive for an incredible jazz brunch.
After eating our fill and enjoying the music at the Beehive, we made our way over to SoWa to check out the Open Market, Vintage Market and Food Truck Bazaar. It was a beautiful day and everyone was out to enjoy it. We met some locals and enjoyed some truffle fries before checking out all the vintage garb at Bobby From Boston.
We spent the afternoon ambling along the Rose Kennedy Fitzgerald Greenway stopping to check out a festival along the way as well as the murals and sculptures that dotted the park.
Before heading back to the Boxer to rest before the big game that night, we walked through the North End to see the famed North Church.
We couldn’t go to Boston without catching a Red Sox game and we unknowingly ended up at Fenway for the final game of the Red Sox vs. Yankees series. It was the first time in years that the Sox have swept the series and Boston fans were in true form. I’m not the biggest sports fan, but the game was a lot of fun! (Plus I could point out exactly where Drew Barrymore jumped onto the field to profess her love for Jimmy Fallon and keep him from selling his season tickets in Fever Pitch.)
The next day was rainy but that didn’t stop us from wandering through Beacon Hill, stopping in Tatte to warm up with coffee and a croissant. The rain made the cobblestone streets even more romantic. We eventually found our way to Boston Commons and the Public Gardens. We were too late in the season to ride the famous duck boats but we did find the iconic Make Way for Ducklings statue. We also rested on the bench where Robin Williams and Matt Damon filmed the iconic scene in Good Will Hunting.
We couldn’t explore the city without also checking out the Boston Public Library. This place was breathtaking on this dreary day.
To celebrate our anniversary, we went out for drinks first at Wink & Nod (check out that drink for two in a brass pineapple) and then enjoyed dinner at Gaslight.
Before hitting the road for Portland, we went for lunch at Neptune Oyster Company and I enjoyed the first of many lobster rolls on our trip. This one did not disappoint. We also couldn’t leave without trying the cannoli from Mike’s Pastry, which we took in twine tied box and enjoyed in the Public Gardens.