Boston, hands-down, is one of our favorite places to visit. There is history at every corner. It is beautiful, clean, and so approachable. Its size (650K population) makes it feel big, but still very accessible. The first time we went, we were able to cover the entire city in one beautiful afternoon. It is one of the oldest and most historic cities in the United States, founded by the Puritans in 1630.
It is the largest city in New England, and the 25th largest in the United States. One of our favorite things to do is in Boston is to walk the Freedom Trail (we never get tired of doing this!). It’s a 2 and 1/2 mile trail that is clearly marked with brightly colored bricks within the sidewalks. The trail takes you past 16 historical places. You’ll see historically significant places such as Paul Revere’s house, Boston Common, the location of the original Boston massacre, the Old State House (where the Declaration of Independance was read to citizens in 1776), as well as the iconic Faneuil Hall.
We also love Quincy Market, not far from Faneuil Hall. It was built in 1806, and served as a Market. It thrives today, loaded with shopping of every sort, and great places to grab some good grub and a drink.
And, of course, there is historic Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. It is the oldest Major League Baseball park in the United States, and was opened in 1912.
Take a stroll through the beautiful Boston Common, established in 1684. It’s the oldest city park in the United States.
Within the Boston Metropolitan Area, there are an astounding 53 institutions of higher education, including M.I.T., Bentley, Tufts, Boston College, Berklee College of Music, and, of course, Harvard…the oldest college in the United States.
There are so many things to love about Boston, from history, to culture, to sports, to academia…and without doubt, food. Boston is home to some of the greatest chefs and restaurants in the country. The following are 4 not-to-miss places to dine while visiting historic Bean Town, which, by the way, refers to the iconic regional dish: Boston Baked Beans. Mmmmmm.
When in Boston, you don’t want to miss these amazing places to dine. Okay, here we go.
Click into to each restaurant to read the full write up plus restaurant details:
This place is more than an institution, it’s the first-ever restaurant to be recognized as a National Historic Landmark. In fact, it is the oldest continuous service restaurant in the history of the United States. The only thing more impressive than that is the food and ambiance. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better freshly shucked oyster, warm bowl of New England Clam Chowder, or cold Sam Adams beer (they even have their own brew, made only for UOH). This place is a tourist favorite…but for good reason. Really good. Learn more here.
Mooo…. by Chef/Owner Jamie Mammamo is an amazing dining experience that you won’t soon forget. Impeccable service, fun and elegant ambiance, and some of the best steakhouse cuisine we’ve ever encountered…this place is not to be missed when coming to Boston. It’s not cheap, but when you dine at Mooo….you’ll see why it’s worth it. Read the full write up here.
TICO, from Chef Michael Schlow is an absolute gem. With a nod to Spanish/Latin/Mexican cuisine, but decidedly American, the flavors are incredible. Read the full write up and see why the Loon and I count TICO as one of our absolute favorite Boston eateries.
Chef Ana Sortun’s Oleana in Cambridge is a journey into an amazing dining experience that is truly magical. Wesley and I will never forget our time there, and can hardly wait to return! Chef Sortun delivers her Eastern Mediterranean influences with deeply inventive dishes that she serves up in such a unique and wonderful place. Enjoy the gorgeous patio in warm months. An absolute treasure. Read the full write up.
Boston…you are amazing! Thank you and see you again soon!