At the end of May Matt and I took a quick trip to Boston for an extended weekend visit. It felt so good to be traveling again. Last year, we were unable to go on the trips we had planned for ourselves so we were really looking forward to traveling again.
I wanted to share a little bit about our trip with you…..
Where We Stayed
So this was our second trip to Boston. On our first trip to the city, we stayed in an Air BnB in a small suburb just outside of Boston to save money. What we realized from our first trip was that we ended up spending a ton of money Ubering downtown and so much time stuck in traffic trying to get into the city. On our first trip, we visited Paul Revere’s house and on that trip, we fell in love with Boston’s North End. So when booking our hotel this time around we knew we wanted to be right in the North End so that we could walk everywhere.
We stayed at the Bricco Suites. There is a restaurant in the North End called Bricco, and the owner converted the building behind the restaurant into hotel-like rooms that can be rented out. The location was perfect, and the rooms were clean my only complaint was that the AC did not work. Our trip was seasonally warm for the end of May, the weather was high 80’s and it even hit 90 on one day and it would have been nice to sleep in a room with AC but other than our stay was nice.
There were a few reasons we chose to stay in the North End. You’re surrounded by beautiful architecture, there are so many amazing restaurants (mainly Italian), it’s within walking distance to the Harbor and Seaport area and you don’t have to go too far to explore the city.
We tried a bunch of restaurants, especially in the North End, here were a few of our favorites:
Bricco: This was the restaurant right near where we stayed and it was delicious!! I ordered the Gnocchi and Matt ordered the Braised Beef Short Ribs, his dish was the best meal we had on our entire trip!
Caffe Paradiso: This little gem had an endless menu of mixed drinks and martinis! Every drink we tried was delicious. Matt’s favorite was the Pistachio Martini and mine was the Lemon Drop. We sat outside and people-watch while having a few drinks. I would definitely recommend this spot either before or after dinner!
Locale: This is where we ate for our last dinner, and we chose it since I was craving pizza, and it had so many positive reviews online. We split the Tartufo and the Polpette pizzas, both were excellent!
Cafe Vittoria: Our favorite coffee and dessert stop in all of Boston! This cute cafe serves coffee, alcohol, sweets, and treats. On a street full of pastry shops and bakeries this is a must-visit!
Boston Sail Loft: Famous for their clam chowder, Matt wanted to try this spot and I am so glad we did. It’s right on the water and has a very laid-back atmosphere. We each ordered their clam chowder and then split an order of popcorn shrimp- both were so good! This spot doesn’t take reservations so if you want to go, plan on going at a time when they’re less busy.
A few other places we visited on our trip…..
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
After seeing photos of this museum’s indoor courtyard this was at the top of my list of places I wanted to visit on our trip to Boston. You’ll want to buy your tickets online as this popular place has become somewhat of a tourist trap. The actual museum is beautiful it was so fun to through the building and see all of the artwork. The only annoying thing was the number of people posing for photos and taking selfies. There was A LOT. Almost everyone in the museum was trying to take pictures in front of the windows looking out to the terrace. This made it very annoying for everyone else walking through the gallery.
The Boston Museum of Fine Arts
I LOVED this museum. We spent about 3 hours walking through all the galleries. I loved that each display had an in-depth description of the pieces and a brief history of them. There was so much in this museum that we will be returning there on our next trip to Boston as well!
The Seaport area is a nice little spot near the harbor with a bunch of cool stuff to do and see. It was about a 20-25 minute walk from where we stayed in the North End. This area was full of bars and breweries and restaurants. While in this area we stopped for ice cream at Taiyaki.
Where should we visit on our next weekend getaway? Leave your ideas in the comments below!