It's been a busy few months around here, filled with travel, new adventures and attending weddings. After not taking a vacation for more than 2 years, it's been such a treat to experience new things and visit different places. Travel bug's got me!
Columbus Day Weekend we flew to Boston and it was nothing short of amazing. My dear friend, who now lives there, got married. We've been friends since we were born (our moms grew up together, and consequently, so did we!)
While I was hoping for some crisp autumn weather (and an opportunity to sport some new Madewell finds) it was unseasonably warm. Usually this time of year is much cooler and the leaves have already changed color. Not this time. While it felt more like spring than fall and it rained a few days, we didn't let that stop us from having a great time. Or me from wearing my new Madewell sweaters, ha! We managed to visit a local farm stand and Winston Flowers, which is a plant lover's dream.
Saturday we explored the city. This was my fourth trip to Boston but it had been ten years since I was last there. I love the history of the city and the charming architecture that goes along with it. We had no true plans but to visit some shops and restaurants and walk around. So that's what we did! We hit up FoMu (the best vegan ice cream ever), Follain (natural cosmetics heaven), by Chloe (hip vegan fare), Boston Public Market, and then drove to our bed and breakfast outside the city.
The wedding was Sunday and was held at a botanical garden- simply stunning. It was a bit cloudy but the sun came out just as the bride walked down the aisle. It was perfect. The following day we got up and decided to take a tour of Samuel Adams Brewery. Cliche, I know. But my dad LOVES Sam Adams beer and what better way to enjoy it than on site?! We were all blown away, mostly because our tour guide was fantastic (and hilarious.) Oh and the best part? The tour is absolutely free (read: free beer!) Seriously, it was so much fun. After, we drove to Quincy in search of a clam shack. I wanted a lobster roll, Kevin wanted friend scallops, and my parents were craving some clam chowder. We ate at Tony's Clam Shop and it was everything we were hoping it would be. No frills, fresh seafood, and right on the water. Highly recommend!
As you can tell, most trips for us revolve around food. Boston did not disappoint. I'd love to go back and spend some time in the South End neighborhood as well as some of the outlying towns and villages.
Side note: Parking in Boston can be a little tricky. Driving in Boston can also be tricky. We used Uber but the T is also very accessible (that's their transit system.) Boston Public Market had a reasonably priced parking deck, which is where we parked on Saturday. If you stay for 3 hours or less and make a purchase at the market, you can get it validated. I actually used Yelp to locate parking areas and it was a huge help.