We jumped on the chance to head to Boston for Thanksgiving weekend – get out of New York and check out another city. Having spent the last ten years in Europe, I have always been able to jump on a plane and go explore some exotic location within a couple of hours of Paris or London. Living in New York is a bit different… Cincinnati, Fort Lauderdale and Knoxville just don’t seem as exciting as Bucharest, Porto or Oslo (#firstworldproblems). There are, however, quite a few places I have yet to explore in the US so I feel like I should take advantage of being back stateside to enjoy all the places in this great country I have yet to see. So the first of these was Boston.
The man’s twin sis and her husband were headed to Boston for the long weekend to see their cousin play for the Boston Bruins (oh the Canadians and their hockey), so we decided to rent a car and head north for a few days of family time, sightseeing and hockey.
We spent Thanksgiving driving from New York to Cambridge, which definitely took longer than advertised but it was such a pretty drive through Connecticut and Massachusetts – just barely caught the end of all the fall colors.
We stayed in Cambridge, Massachusetts at this super cute boutique hotel right downtown called Hotel Veritas. We were right by the Harvard campus, which was fun to walk around. We spent our first day doing the guided audio tour of the Freedom Trail – learning all about the history of Boston (nerd alert). All of the history made it more European than I expected – all of the old buildings, the churches, the cemeteries, the British influence… it was our transition weekend from European weekends away to North American weekends.
We ate clam chowder in bread bowls at Quincy Market, had a drink at the original Cheers bar, ordered the largest freakshake ever made (complete with candied bacon), consumed cupcakes in a jar (as seen on Shark Tank)…… oh wait, we just ate all weekend. On the Sunday, before our long drive home, we did a two-hour Segway tour – it was freezing but sunny, which made for some pretty hilarious pics. We even managed to make it up to Beacon Hill on our way out of the city.
Not sure what our next US long weekend will be, but I am already looking forward to it!