Day 4: Skywalk Observatory Check out the first three days of our road trip here.
Welcome to the city that banned happy hours 🙄 But all jokes aside, apart from the whole happy hour thing, and their lack of parking in Brookline (lets just say we might have received a few parking tickets), this city truly won my heart.
Boston is one of the oldest and most historically abundant cities in the entire country. It's best described as a beautiful combination of modern day living and historical artifacts. Between the aesthetically pleasing brick buildings, parks in the middle of streets, and monuments behind every corner, this city is oozing with a magical aura.
And since no visit to Boston is complete without a stop at the Sky Observatory, it's only fitting that we spent our first day exploring the city from 50 floors above. The Panoramic views are breathtaking, and we loved the fun optional audio tour.
In fact, we loved the view so much we stayed until the sun went down (no regrets). In attempt to continue exploring the city, we decided to roam the streets and experience Boston at night.
We were surprised to find the sidewalks filled with pedestrians, but as it turns out this awesome city has some of the highest number of walkers (makes sense with the lack of parking). By nightfall, we were both swoon with the liveliness and beauty of Boston. But to be fair, it could have also been the amazing food and drinks from SRV talking.
Day 5: Day Trip to Salem
Salem (also known as Witch City) in 1692 was the setting for a series of trials in which 20 people were convicted and killed for the crime of witchcraft. When we found out that this city offered informational tours guided by modern day witches, we couldn't pass on the opportunity to hang out with a witch for the day. Plus, I had a lot of questions, like how does one even become a witch?
Our tour began at the oldest witch shop in the country. Originally opened in 1970 by Laurie Cabot (you can read about her interesting story here), it’s filled with potion and spell necessities for the modern day witch, and lots of fun touristy goods as well. The shop also looks exactly how you would imagine a witch shop would, and the dark lighting and witches roaming around to answer your questions adds a nice touch.
Our tour guide, who is also a practicing warlock (male witch), started the tour by casting a spell. Not completely sure what the spell did, but it included candles, the waving around of a sword, and some chanting that might have scared a few pedestrians.
We then embarked on a fun walking tour of Salem that included stops at the witch trial memorial, one of the country’s oldest cemeteries, and the city’s picturesque downtown. The warlock offered a unique perspective to the witch trials, but mainly focused on modern day witchcraft and how it differs from the events that took place in 1692. Basically, those executed where not actual witches (but I think we all already suspected that).
We also booked a historical walking tour that focused solemnly on the Witch Trials of 1692. This tour provided a detailed account of the trials, and included lots of fun facts and stories about those involved. Many of the accused were prosecuted for unbelievable reasons. For example, Rebecca Nurse, at 71 was one of the oldest people accused of witchcraft. The judge simply asked her if she was a witch, and being slightly deaf, she didn't hear the question and failed to respond. She was executed on July 19, 1692.
After a long day filled with learning and walking, we treated ourselves to drinks and dinner at Ledger Restaurant - an upscale eatery serving New England cuisine in a 19 century bank building.
Day 6: Biking in Boston
With so much to see in Boston, there's no better way to explore it than on a bike. I am a huge fan of walking tours (I mean who isn't), but by biking you cover so much more ground. In only three hours we biked through most of Boston's famous attractions.
Our journey began at the Boston Harbor, we continued to Louisburg Square in Beacon Hill (hello $12 million dollar homes 🤯), then Charles River Esplanade (hello free breathtaking skyline). Afterwards our guides led us to Fenway Park (home to the Red Sox) and the South End of Boston. We also visited Copley Square (there's so much to see here I can't even summarize it in parentheses), and completed our ride by visiting the Boston Commons.
Throughout the bike ride, our guides stopped in numerous neighborhoods, at famous attractions, and provided us with an overview of the city's history and culture.
All in all, the bike ride allowed us to see so much of the city, in a very short amount of time. We rode through streets we wouldn't have made an effort to see on our own, and saw the city from a completely different perspective. The ride helped us plan the rest of our stay, and was a fun way to spend our last day in Boston.
After our bike tour we did one of Boston's most popular activities: walked the Freedom Trail. The 2.5 mile red-lined route leads you through the entire city to 16 historically significant sites. It's free (except for the $7 booklet that provides information about each site), and an extremely fun way to explore the city. You learn about the people who shaped our nation, visit all of Boston's must-sees, and get your daily does of cardio, all at once 😏 it doesn't get any better than that.
We ended the day in 'The North End' also known as Boston's Little Italy. Think, narrow streets, historical buildings, Italian restaurants, and tasty pastries. Somehow (my husband's sweet tooth is how) we ended up at Mike's Pastry. Founded in 1946, Micheal Mercogliano (AKA 'Mike') created a one-of-a-kind cannoli that has drawn loyal Bostonians, Presidents, and tourists from all around the world. I don't normally like sweets, but even I was intrigued when we entered his shop. There was well over 50 people squeezed tightly in multiple lines waiting to order his famous cannolis. We soon realized his signature white box with a bright blue font and string bow is well-known around the city. As we trekked back to our hotel, numerous locals yelled out 'Mikes Pastries' as we passed by with our box of cannolis. And his cannolis did not disappoint, in fact, they may have even given me a sweet tooth for life!
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