Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Boston recap

This will be a fashionless and long post. Consider yourself warned! Instead, just wanted to let y'all know we are back from Boston,. We had a great, but way too short, vacation. We haven't uploaded the pics from our SLR, so I only have a few from my little camera.


We arrived and headed to the apartment we rented in the North End. This was our first experience utilizing HomeAway.com. It was a very positive experience! Fun fact: our apartment was on the same block where the nun back robber scene was filmed in "The Town". The "bank" is actually a laundrymat!! Here is a pic of inside the apartment.

As I am a super planner, we already knew where we were having dinner while on vacation. On Thursday, we ate at No 9 Park in Beacon Hill. We had a great table, overlooking Boston Common. The meal and the restaurant as a whole was incredibly refined and decadent.


We spent the morning in Plymouth at the Plimoth Plantation. We enjoyed interacting with the folks at the Plantation. We also loved seeing all the animals and the vegetable gardens!

Thanks to KBelle at A Yankee Belle, we had a lunch recommendation. We had delicious lobster rolls at the Blue Eyed Crab

Friday evening, we headed back to Boston and jumped on the Green line to travel to my cousin's house. We had a fabulous time with the whole family, which includes 3 kids (11 year old, 8 year old and 3 year old).


We booked a food tour of the North End. It was very informative and fun! Not only was the food tastings great, the storekeepers were all fabulous! Here are some pictures from our tour.

Lovely Italian cookies at Maria's Pastry

Meats and Cheeses at Monica's Mercado

After the food tour, we decided to walk through the Boston Common to the Public Gardens. We ended up walking much further--all the way down Bolyston and back up on Newbury. J mapped the route and we had walked around 4 miles by the time we got back to our apartment. Here is a little snapshot, taken while we took a short break in the Common.

We headed to Cambridge for dinner. After a pre-dinner beer at Miracle of Science, we had a lovely dinner at Rendezvous in Central Square.


We got up early and enjoyed cappuccino and cannolis at Caffe Graffiti. We walked around the area around Faneuil Hall. We visited the Holocaust Memorial, which was amazing.

Entrance to the Holocaust Memorial

We had lunch in Quincy Market with a good friend of mine and her family who live in Maine. After a fun lunch of laughs and catching up, J and I headed back up to Cambridge. This time, we made it up to Harvard Square. Being the dork I am, we found Widener Library. Anyone else love the movie "With Honors"? This is the library where Joe Pesci lived in the basement.

After working up an appetite from walking around and from Harvard Square down to Central Square, we stopped by Miracle of Science again to catch some football games before dinner.

Dinner was at Craigie on Main. AMAZING!!! We sat in the bar area, just so I could order this:

Yes, that is the Craigie on Main burger on the cover of Bon Appetit's September 2010 issue. It really was that gorgeous and delicious!!

Boston was really just a fantastic location for our short vacation. The city is charming. The weather was beautiful. The food was outstanding. I'm already dreaming of our next vacation! We are thinking of staying in the South, maybe Asheville. :)


  1. Great write-up! Glad to hear you had such a good trip :o) (And also that food was a priority - as it usually is for us, too!) And nice to see a picture of you and J together for once ;o)

  2. Thanks for all the great info on Boston! I have mentioned before that my son wants to go there so bad and now I have some great places to visit and eat. We love to try the local food when we travel. Glad you had a great time!

  3. I love that you plan out where you're going to eat... my friends aren't big foodies like me so they never want to make reservations or plan for food! Good job!

    And I think you and J should take a trip to Washington DC.... I fell in love when I was there in July. Everyone dresses to the 9's, there's good food, and plenty of sightseeing!

  4. awwww I remember all of those sites when we went in July!!!! :) So fun! The common is so nice to sit and relax for a little while.

    Our hotel was right around the corner from the holocaust memorial when we were there! :) You probably walked right past it!

    I think you should come to New Orleans for your next Mini- vacation.... just saying..... you want good food? We can give you GOOD FOOD!!! LOL

    plus, you would have one of the utmost authorities on planning your vacation at your personal disposal! ;)

  5. I'm so glad that you had such a great time in Boston!

  6. Thanks for linking this!!! I'm totally writing down these places to check out! :)