So a few weeks ago my colleagues and I were hanging around at the office, spit balling some ideas for what to do during the upcoming Victoria Day long weekend. Having shot down a few ideas, we finally arrived at a road trip to Boston.
We ended up doing just that, and I got my first impression of Boston. We stayed at a nice hotel in Cambridge called the Marlowe (highly recommended btw) and at first glance it's a very clean and well manicured town. So I'm thinking, this must be the money, Cambridge is home to Harvard after all,so of course it'll look and smell nice.
We took the Harvard tour which, despite thinking it'll be tourist-y bullshit, was actually kinda cool, and I got to learn about one of the most famous universities in the world and stomping ground to many notable and well known people.
Roaming around Cambridge I noticed that people are dressed quite preppy and a bit on the business casual side of things.
One place I'd definitely recommend is the Tatte Bakery and Cafe on 318 Third St. It had great food, very interesting decor and a cool crowd. It's a nice breakfast spot on the weekend and a bring-your-laptop-and-try-to-work place during the week.
On Sunday we headed into Boston. We wanted to do the freedom trail, which is a tour of about 2 and a half hours around Boston proper, crossing many historical sites relating to the city itself. The tour is definitely worth doing even if you're not really interested in history, because it leads you through many different sections of the city and is a pretty great walk. The penultimate destination is Bunker Hill which is on a fairly high point and has a grassy knoll that looks very enticing for a picnic.
Boston also ended up being as clean and well taken care of as Cambridge. The parks are great and offer lots of lounging space and chilling area. A particularly nice spot is Boston Common, reminiscent of Central Park in New York. It's a great spot to spend a sunday afternoon in the sun. And if you get thirsty, head over to the Thinking Cup Cafe on 165 Tremont St for some good coffee and lounge area. Beware, they do not have wi-fi and are snobby about if you even dare ask.
Another note worthy place was a hole in the wall sea food restaurant which we found when we couldn't get a place at Neptune, which is another highly rated sea food place. It's called The Daily Catch and it's on 323 Hanover st in the north end. They have maybe 20 spots in the place and there was a line up right up until closing time on sunday night so be prepared to wait. But oh man, it's worth it. There isn't a damn thing fancy about the place but it doesn't matter, the food is stunning. Get the lobster, shrimp, clam pan. You won't regret it.
We also visited the Boston aquarium, which is, well almost like any other aquarium you've ever been to. Fascinating to look at, but full of tourists and after a while you just wanna go eat some sea food.
On Monday we grabbed a final breakfast from Tatte, some beer from a small brewery Oli insisted we visit, and headed on our way home. Our only stop was the Prohibition PIg in Waterburry and of course the Ben Jerry's factory where we got some delicious ice cream.
All in all, excellent trip.
Pictures arriving shortly.