A weekend in Boston
Have you got a couple of days to spend in Boston and want to make the most of your time? I recently had a weekend in Boston, the lovely capital city of the US State of Massachusetts and did a little bit of research before I left home to make sure I could see as much as possible in the 3 days I had. Next time, I think I will pick up a rental car and explore more of Massachusetts and the East Coast of the USA.
Shopping in Boston
First on my weekend in Boston list was some serious shopping at the nearby Wrentham Village Outlet Mall; Americans are so lucky to have these incredible outlet malls where you can really pick up some great clothes, shoes and just about everything else at unbelievable prices. Yes, some of the goods are seconds and you need to be selective, but there are some excellent bargains out there! I went mainly to look for golfing gear and everything I bought cost less than 50% of what I would have to pay back home in South Africa, and the choice is just about endless. This is an excellent place to go to buy gifts for all your friends back home without totally blowing your budget. You can get there by train, but it is a bit of a mission and I would suggest going on the Wrentham Mall bus instead they pick you up at your hotel in the morning and return you in the afternoon.
Sights you should not miss on a weekend in Boston
Ok, I know that sightseeing is more important than shopping to most people, but I thought I would get it out of the way first! On our second day we bought a 2-day Jump-on-Jump-off Bus ticket to find our bearings and avoid getting lost. This was a great idea and one of the best ways to see the major sights and learn about the rich history of Boston. We decided to do the full circuit (fully narrated) and then go back to some of the places where we wanted to spend more time, like Faneuil Hall and Harvard. We absolutely loved driving along the Beacon Hill area and seeing some of the beautiful brownstone homes one is always reading about in novels; jump off the bus and explore some of the quaint antique shops and drool over the expensive boutiques. Faneuil Hall is a must see – full of history and part of the “Freedom Trail”, if you have enough time do this walking tour to learn all about the fascinating early history of the city.
On our last day we went back to Cambridge to visit Harvard Square and go on a guided tour of this prestigious place of learning – Boston is absolutely bristling with places of education and you will pass famous MIT on your way to Harvard. The Harvard tour was led by one of the current students and was excellent!
Eating and drinking in Boston
An excellent way to find your next meal is to go on a walking tour through some of the ethnic neighbourhoods of the city, like Little Italy and Chinatown where you will find dozens of restaurants jostling each other for a share of your business. Perhaps we just made lucky choices, but wherever we went the food was great, the portions were enormous and you will definitely not leave hungry. For Italian try Maggiano’s Little Italy on Columbus Ave, Downtown – this one was opposite our hotel – and for the best Maine Lobster you are likely to find head for Legal Seafoods; they have branches all over Boston and most have a special New England Lobster and Clam Chowder meal which was outstanding – I am still dreaming about the lobster! I hear the nightlife in Boston is great, but we were too tired every night to contemplate partying – such a shame; give yourself more than a weekend in Boston and you can do it all!