I have been blessed to spend so much time in Boston, and lots of wonderful memories. Studying at Bentley University has been a great experience, and I am so grateful for my education. Boston is full of different universities (over 50 in the Boston area!), and it’s so fun to experience such a deep level diversity when it comes to thoughts and values.
I have met some of my closest and life long friends in Boston thanks to my university, and we have had lots of fun times! It is a great city for exploring America’s history, and for any architecture enthusiasts! I could walk for hours (and I sometimes do!), and find that the walks are a great way to avoid the gym and see lots of different things!
I would recommend to anyone visiting Boston to do the Duck Tour (click here) because this way you can see everything and then decide which direction you would like to go.
Here is a list of my favorite things to see and do in Boston:
- Boston Common/Public Gardens – I have spent many afternoons walking in the park and this is a great spot for an Instagram pic!
- North End – This is the Italian neighborhood in Boston full of great restaurants and you must check out Mike’s Pastry and get a big cannoli!
- Seaport District – Also known as the “Innovation District”, is currently my favorite neighborhood to hangout in! I love the restaurants, stores, clubs, and the style of the architecture. It’s super modern, and they also have a big Blue Mercury store which is amazing!
- Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market – Probably the most “touristic” area of Boston, but worthwhile visiting especially in the evening. I think it is really beautiful in the evening with the lights, and usually the street performers give it a great atmosphere!
- Boston Public Library – I think it’s a great place to stop by especially to see the beautiful courtyard! It feels like you are transported to Europe! I think it’s a nice place to stop while walking around Back Bay, and to see such an interesting and famous place!
- Newbury Street – Definitely my natural habitat, and where all the best shops are in Boston. It’s a wonderful place to walk up and down, and grab a nice lunch! My go to spot is Cafeteria (I love their truffle fries), and I do like a nice latte at Pavement Coffee.
- Charles Street – Another one of my favorite streets in Boston! There are plenty of boutiques and great restaurants like Figs, Tatte Bakery, and more! Check out the restaurants tab under my city guides for Boston to get the full guide. Make sure you also take a walk on Acorn Street to see the beautiful residential area & dream which brownstone you would like!
- Harvard Square – Everyone should walk through Harvard Yard, and check out the open campus. It feels like Harry Potter world! I also have some favorite spots around Harvard Square like Night Market, Beat Brasserie, Flour Bakery, and more.
- Central Square – A great place to find brunch! There are so many good spots to check out like The Little Donkey! While you are in Central Square, it is also worth it to check out Kendall/MIT to see the MIT Campus and then walk across the Charles River to Back Bay!
Favorite Hotels in Boston:
Boston is full of wonderful places to stay, so here is a list of my favorites:
The Taj – Located right on Newbury St. (my favorite!), it is a beautiful and comfortable place to stay, with an excellent restaurant! 15 Arlington St.
The Intercontinental – Right next to the up and coming Seaport District, The Intercontinental is one of my all time favorites. Spacious, well lit rooms, and excellent service. Only a few minutes from Empire (a must do), and great for business trips. 510 Atlantic Ave.
The Ritz Carlton – This is one that is hard to get wrong, but the Boston Ritz Carlton has some of the most comfortable beds ever. Definitely on the pricey side of the spectrum, but a special occasion is worth it. It is not my favorite location, although downtown, you have great walking options from here. 10 Avery St.
The Charles Hotel – I have stayed here several times, and enjoyed each visit. Location in Cambridge, and steps away from Harvard Yard, The Charles Hotel is a gorgeous property. Henrietta’s is a good spot for breakfast in the morning as well! 1 Bennett St., Cambridge
The W – I recently stayed here, and had a wonderful time. Very hip & happening with a great bar scene at night. It wasn’t my favorite with the room layout, although fun atmosphere! 100 Stuart St.
Kimpton Nine Zero – Cool boutique hotel in downtown Boston, smaller rooms, but the decor is on point! I love the different patterns and interesting decorations, and this is what sets it apart. 90 Tremont St.