Boston City Guide

Where I Stayed

I stayed west of town, by Harvard Business School and across the river from Harvard Square. The AirBnb was a large room with an AC unit in a duplex-esque home. There was even parking, which is supposedly rare. I got plenty of privacy for rest and relaxation.

 

Where I Ate

Tatte Bakery Although it was hot and humid, I was starving and wanted to try shakshuka with meatballs and a side of sourdough. I scarfed down more than half the meal and ate the leftovers for dinner.

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I went back to the Harvard Square location for brunch: BLT with turkey on multi-grain. I’m a bread snob and their bread was on point. I was starving and ate the whole thing before going hiking.

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FoMu Ice cream (and water) was necessary in the heat and not only that, they had AC and a place to charge my phone after 10 miles of walking. Their South End location was refreshing too – unlike the rest of Boston, this area had much fewer people and was just as charming.

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Other places I ate: Clover for their chickpea plate, Mike’s Pastry for their cannoli which I was unimpressed by, and Live Alive for a carrot cake smoothie.

Where I Visited

Boston Public Garden I started my morning with a walk with other people on their way to work.

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Boston Public Library was magical, beautiful designed and was a respite from the heat. They had intense AC, water bottle filling stations, and I was able to charge my phone.

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Boston Common I headed back to Boston Commons in the middle of the city for the Freedom Trail tour. I had navigated all day and just wanted to be led.

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Gardner Museum I decided on something smaller than the Fine Arts Museum. I was spent! Still, I spent a couple of hours perusing the art collection and the museum/palace, which was decorated to fit the various pieces and bring them together.

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Harvard Museum of Natural History They were able to pack in so much into this small space. They had a huge collection of taxidermy animals that line every wall and hallway.

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Where I Stayed Active

Middlesex Fells On my way to Boston, I chatted with my seat mate for 2 hours and she suggested the reservoirs/dog park at a Middlesex Fells northwest of Boston. I got plenty of bug bites and had the hardest time staying on the right trail, but it was nice to get out of the city and into nature.

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O2 Yoga After the walk, I went to O2 Yoga in Somerville and fell in love. It was challenging and empowering.

To be honest, Boston wasn’t my jam. I enjoyed spending a day there, walking all over town for a day, but that was enough. I preferred Cambridge and Somerville, a couple of suburbs outside of Boston.

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