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20 Bow St, Somerville, MA 02143, USA
Donut lovers from all over the city have embraced this new addition to the breakfast scene. We Bostonians do love our baked goods! Handcrafted in Somerville, the shop is open Thursday thru Sunday from 9 am to sell out. Some days that happens...
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1 Long Wharf, Boston, MA 02110, USA
On Saturday, we got up and tried unsuccessfully to have breakfast at the Paramount in Beacon Hill and the North Street Grille in the North End. Guess that’s what happens when you try to brunch at...
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Charlestown, MA 02129, USA
A trip to Boston, especially the first time, would be incomplete without a short walk across the Charlestown Bridge to the Navy Yard. Not only is the surrounding neighborhood filled with lovely colonial houses encircling the magnificent Bunker...
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465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115, USA
If you love art in all its many forms, the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston is a 'must-see' destination. They have a great collection of Impressionism and Asian art works, from Monet and Van Gogh, to Chinese furniture and Japanese paintings, as...
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4 Charles St, Boston, MA 02116, USA
Boston’s Public Garden is magical in the summer, with its many weeping willows and manicured hedges. Kids and adults alike will delight in a ride on the iconic Swan Boats, which float on the garden’s lagoon. The whimsical boats are foot-pedaled,...
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513 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116, USA
When you find a great place for ice cream, you just know. After a day wandering around Tremont St. in Boston, we managed to find this little bucket of joy upon a recommendation from one of the local shop-owners. Picco has an absolutely wonderful...
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50, 800 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199, USA
Boston is a big city, yet it is possible to see all of the famous sights in one hour at one place: the Skywalk Observatory, inside the Prudential center. As a local, I go there often to see how the city and the view changes—spring's vivid color,...
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Boston Harbor, Boston, MA, USA
When booking my ferry tickets for Salem, I didn't realize the view I would see when leaving Boston. In the summer months, ferries to and from Boston to Salem run a few times a day. The views are spectacular when leaving the city and even more so...
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383 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210, USA
A newcomer to Boston's seafood scene, Row 34 in Fort Point is billed as a workingman's oyster bar. The sleek, loft-like space is relaxed and casual: Think industrial-chic. An ever-changing seasonal menu features a wide selection of oysters, smoked...
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1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118, USA
Toro, located in Boston's South End district, is a little slice of Barcelona in the Northeast. The menu is based on small plates (tapas), and while the ingredients are regionally sourced, the wine list is all Spanish, giving Toro a nice mixture of...
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52 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
Located in the heart of Harvard Square, {additional location in Boston proper} this inviting cafe is guaranteed to take the chill off winter. The mulled cider is wonderful, but drinking chocolate, especially the dark variety, is a rich, decadent...
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165 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02111, USA
When you've been called "the best coffee in the world" by the likes of NPR and the NY Times, you've got the bar set pretty high. Thinking Cup does justice to those beans, and is a really great spot to get your morning or afternoon fix. Their cafe...
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314 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118, USA
French toast with fresh strawberries—the picture from South End Buttery explains itself! Great brunch location. *Tip, they also have an amazing deli, so stop in to pack the perfect picnic. Self-described as "an eclectic combination of fresh...
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310 Washington St, Boston, MA 02108, USA
This building, a National Historic Landmark, has been described as the birthplace of the American Revolution, as citizens of the colony gathered here to discuss the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party and other events of the day. Built as a...
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02118, 480 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02118, USA
A very cozy spot in Boston's South End, Petit Robert Bistro is a good place to go if you want to have a "dinner in Paris" feel. They have a light-up Eiffel Tower outside their door to welcome guests (and a menu to match), as well as two other...
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375 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118, USA
Every Sunday from May through October, the SoWa (south of Washington Street) Open Market celebrates all things local. Started a decade ago, it features a farmers' market with growers from the area, an indie design market, and a rotating group of...
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100 Memorial Dr, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA
Walking along Memorial Drive on the bike path is a great place to get a view of the city. It builds in layers from the townhouses of Beacon Hill up to the skyscrapers of the Hancock Tower and the Prudential Center. All points along the route will...
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306 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210, USA
By Sunday, it was time for some serious day-drinking at Harpoon Brewery. For like 5 bucks, you go on a short tour with one of the cool guides through their brewing process. The facility is remarkably small. Highlights? The near-continuous jabs the...
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Salem, MA, USA
The famous city of the "Salem Witch Trials."
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206 Clarendon St, Boston, MA 02116, USA
The Trinity Church in Boston located in the back bay area. This is a historical landmark of America, worth a visit if you are into architecture. Check out the court yard at the back as well. ***Update*** Another reason for you to check out the...
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700 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116, USA
I fell in love with the Boston's Central Library on my first visit, and have returned to its gorgeous stairs, painted walls, changing art shows, and literature finds at least once on every trip here. I could happily spend a few hours here,...
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329 Granite St, Rockport, MA 01966, USA
One night this past summer, we ventured to the wonderful restaurant "The Lobster Pool" with a friend visiting from Australia. We arrived just before the sun was due to set, and ate our steaming lobsters, buttery corn-on-the-cob, and sharp...
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4 Standish St, Provincetown, MA 02657, USA
Visiting Provincetown is usually the highlight of any trip we’ve ever taken to the Cape. My kids love walking down Commercial Street, sticking their heads in some of the fun shops like Puzzle Me This and Paws & Whiskers. Whale watching excursions...
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830 Stony Brook Rd, Brewster, MA 02631, USA
Cape Cod has an abundance of historic buildings. It has old Inns, churches, Saltbox homes, and mills like this one in Brewster, Massachusetts. This is the Stony Brook Gristmill and Museum. During May you can see schools of herring swimming in the...
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Sandwich, MA, USA
If you are ever on Cape Cod there are amazing trails near the beaches in a town called Sandwich. These trails take you through grassy dunes and shallow marshes. I could write 1,000 words about it but, but instead I'll direct you to the picture.
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Nauset Light Beach, Eastham, MA 02642, USA
Nauset Lighthouse is located in Eastham, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. The area around the lighhouse provides for some great pictures. Tours are offered on some days. Check online for schedules. The entrance to a beach is located across the street...
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1 High Pole Hill Rd, Provincetown, MA 02657, USA
Provincetown is a tourist destination on the tip of Cape Cod in Massachusetts. To get a good view of the surrounding town and harbor, as well as some exercise, you can climb to the top of Pilgrim Monument. The monument tower stands just over 250...
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307 Commercial St #1, Provincetown, MA 02657, USA
Ever since our boys were old enough to look through a pair of binoculars, we’ve been going on whale watching excursions every chance we get. Our fascination with whale’s tails started in the summer of 2001 when we took our first outing off the...
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Cape Elizabeth, ME, USA
During your next visit to Portland, try this lighthouse driving tour and see up to six lights in a little under two hours! 1. From State Street in Portland, take the Casco Bay Bridge & follow Route 77 South toward Cape Elizabeth. 2. Approximately...
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Pemaquid Point, Bristol, ME 04554, USA
Spectacular rock formations line the coast at Pemaquid Point with a historical US lighthouse overlooking the North Atlantic. It's a great place for an adventure with a camera, picnic or rockclimbing enthusiastic. A must see lighthouse in the...
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593 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
Vinland claims to be "the first restaurant in the world to serve 100% local, organic food," and the owners certainly have a strong commitment to the food revolution and to bringing back sustainability into our food system. The dishes on the menu...
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468 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
In a very short time, Miyake established itself as the go-to spot for true sushi lovers. An ever-changing menu is based on the freshest fish from around the globe, with a heavy emphasis on the best in local ingredients. It is a favorite spot with...
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195 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
The power of smell is an amazing sense. Something as simple as mint or lavender can transport you to another time, another place. So it was with the owner of this lovely shop. Mint tea brought Sarah to a place where she wanted to share with others...
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12 Captain Strout Cir, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107, USA
Chances are that when you think of a lighthouse, the image that pops into your head is the iconic Portland Head Light. The tapered white tower on the end of a rocky cape buffeted by crashing waves? Yup, that’s the one. The adjacent...
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Portland, ME, USA
Whether you go for the traditional lobster roll or not, Portland, Maine is a little city with plenty of delicious food to offer. One of our favorites is J's Oyster House. J’s Oyster House is situated right on the water. The building looks like its...
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180 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
I'm usually skeptical when visiting restaurants right along the main drag of a rather touristy street. Thus is the location of Portland Lobster Co., smack in the middle of Commercial Street in downtown Portland. However, my skepticism was brushed...
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40 Washington Ave, Portland, ME 04101, USA
Silly's is one of the most unique restaurants in the world. It is hard to describe exactly what makes it different, it's just silly. In the summer make sure to get out and enjoy the beautiful back patio. Silly's has managed to fit more options on...
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56 Market St, Portsmouth, NH 03801, USA
Beer, unlike wine, is something that I only warmed up to a couple years ago. I suppose I needed to find the kind that I enjoyed and not just any cheap beer available everywhere. So now when I know there will be a brewery at a place I'm visiting I...
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86 Middle St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
Local is the operative word in the Portland, Maine food scene. Ask a waiter what Atlantic Day-Boat halibut is exactly, and he'll spin a story about the local captain who pulls in with the day's catch. At the height of summer, it seems that every...
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2800 Lafayette Road, Route 1, Portsmouth, NH 03801, United States
If your looking for a very clean place to get fried clams & seafood, then this is place to go. The restaurant has won some awards with the Best of New Hampshire 2013, NECN’s “TV Dinner”, The Phantom Gourmet & Best Taste of the Seacoast 2013. I was...
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Portsmouth, NH 03801, USA
Portsmouth is about 2 hours north of Boston and like so many other NH towns it has a great feel to it with great restaurants and lots of young people.Iit is about 20 minutes from Newburyport and Plum island beaches. The town of Portsmouth is a...
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5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, MA 01262, USA
The Berkshire Botanical Gardens is one of the oldest gardens in the US; they are open to the public from May to mid-October. Structurally, the 15 acre garden is laid out with different collections allowing for leisurely strolling along the paths....
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560 Boylston, Boston, MA 02116, USA
Beantown, The Cradle of Liberty or America's Walking City? Whatever you call it, Trinity Church reflected in the Hancock Tower is a perfect example of the old and the new that you'll find in this historic locale. Copley Square is filled with...
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Beacon Hill, Boston, MA, USA
April's first sunset, as viewed from Beacon Hill. Of all the cities I have lived in, Boston has the finest sunsets. The colors are brilliant and the light bounces off the brownstones in most unexpected ways. So when you are in Boston, find out...
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63 Salem St # 1, Boston, MA 02113, USA
Born in Rhode Island, I have had my fair share of delicious lobster in all forms. For those of you not familiar with this heavenly culinary delight it is composed of beautiful chunks of buttered warm lobster meat served in a toasted hot dog bun....
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Monument Sq, Charlestown, MA 02129, USA
A horrid thought, but this is the spot where that famous cry originated in 1775 at the Battle of Bunker Hill. If you dare, climb the 294 stairs of local granite, where you'll be rewarded at the top of the obelisk with a spectacular view of the...
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Milk St, Boston, MA 02109, USA
Boston's newest park was created as part of the "Big Dig" a transportation infrastructure project that placed the elevated highway below ground creating a series of parks and open spaces stretching from North Station to South Station and...
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119 Beach St, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA 01944, USA
Boston boasts some of the best beaches around, many within easy reach. Singing Beach can be reached by MBTA and others within an hours drive are well worth the effort. Some are calm, with lake like water and other will have waves for surfers....
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88 Sleeper St, Boston, MA 02210, USA
Boston is celebrated for its seafood and the Barking Crab, located along the Fort Point Channel, is one the best paces to grab a lobster while experiencing the waterfront. Not a typical Boston seafood restaurant, The Barking Crab is "funky" casual...
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75 Eastern Point Blvd, Gloucester, MA 01930, USA
A hidden gem perched on a rock ledge overlooking Gloucester harbor is the Beauport Sleeper McCann House. Built as the summer home for one of America's first interior designers, the collection of folk art, china, furniture and silhouettes will...
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63 Rogers St, Gloucester, MA 01930, USA
In the musical piece, "The Creation" by Haydn, he has a piece that puts the creation of whales into a musical masterpiece. He puts the eeriness of the ocean, the movement of whales, and the impression we get from learning about whales into musical...
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125 Arborway, Boston, MA 02130, USA
The Arnold Arboretum aka "The Arb" is my go-to spot when I want to get out for a walk in Jamaica Plain. Owned by Harvard and loved by all (adults, babies and dogs alike) it's a beautiful place year-round. My favorite spot is Peters Hill where you...
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1175A Soldiers Field Rd, Boston, MA 02116, USA
As the sun sets, it's a special moment to find yourself walking along Memorial Drive on the Charles River bike path. Running next to the banks of the Charles River, this pathway winds along the north edge of the city proper. There are great views...
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Chinatown, Boston, MA, USA
After spending a day walking around Boston--eating yum cha in Chinatown, going to the Institute of Contemporary Art, navigating through a pop-up street market--we decided we were a little peckish. As soon as we exited the arches designating...
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290 Congress St #200, Boston, MA 02210, USA
BSA Space is an unusual cultural institution. Given their relationship to the Boston Society of Architects, it's only natural that they exhibit local innovations in building design and structure. However, would you expect to take a how-to workshop...
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306 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210, USA
A floating museum is certainly a bit out of the ordinary, and this walk back in history does not disappoint. Live actors, interactive exhibits of artifacts, and authentically restored tea ships will transport children as well as adults back to the...
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Waterfront, Boston, MA, USA
Bostonians breathed a sigh of relief when the Central Artery/Big Dig project was finally completed. The resulting 40 acres of prime real estate are a gift to the environment and residents of the city. Cutting right through central downtown and the...
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2 Pleasant St, Charlestown, MA 02129, USA
Like to have a meal with historic spirits? Visit the oldest tavern in MA. and one of the most historic watering holes in America. First erected in 1780 in Charlestown, George Washington dropped in for refreshments and Paul Revere counted it among...
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4 S Market St, Boston, MA 02109, USA
Sure, Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market make up the most touristy part of Boston, complete with street performers, a light show, and the obligatory Yankee Candle store and Cheers restaurant; we nonetheless defy you to stay away. This part of the ...
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Tremont St, Boston, MA 02108, USA
Passing through the Egyptian-style granite gateway of the Old Granary Burying Ground one is instantly transported back in time to Colonial Boston, a place where cows roamed the streets and patriots abounded on every corner. This is perhaps one of...
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24 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02133, USA
Love history? Then don't miss at least part of The Freedom Trail. Two and a half miles of 16 sites steeped in history make up Boston's version of the 'Yellow Brick Road.' This time, the brown bricks start at the Boston Common, and lead you on a...
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139 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02111, USA
The Boston Common, built in 1634, is America's oldest park and the start of the famous Freedom Trail. A beautiful spot to walk in all seasons and try to imagine the Redcoats making camp there in 1775. During the winter, the Frog Pond has a magical...
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560 Boylston, Boston, MA 02116, USA
Located at the nexus of Boston's Back Bay and South End is Copley Square, named for American artist John Singleton Copley, and framed by two architectural masterpieces: H.H. Richardson's Trinity Church, and the Boston Public Library, designed by...
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645 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116, USA
We've all heard of the Old North Church, made famous by Paul Revere, but one of my favorite buildings in Boston is the Old South Church. The copper-clad cupola was inspired by the cupola atop the Basilica of St. Mark, in Venice. The mix of ornate...
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655 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116, USA
Mei Mei (meaning “little sister” in Chinese), is the product of three siblings who share a passion for bringing good food to the hungry masses—literally, in a food truck. They fuse the Asian cuisine of their childhood with some modern flair and...
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200 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02115, USA
Take a deep breath and be prepared, for you are about to journey to the center of the earth—without ever having to leave Boston. Located on Massachusetts Ave in Boston's historic Back Bay, this beautiful globe is one of a kind. Chester Lindsay...
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Louisburg Square, Boston, MA 02108, USA
For many visitors to Boston the bowfront brick townhouses that enclose Louisburg Square, an oval private green, epitomize the architectural character of the city. Dating from 1826 the Louisburg Square Proprietors were the first home association in...
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Beacon Hill, Boston, MA, USA
The best way to enjoy boston is to just walk around for hours. You don't need a destination just a vague sense of adventure.
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193 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113, USA
One brisk February weekend, my husband and I took a last minute trip to Boston. We followed the Freedom Trail, a series of important historical sites within the city. I took this shot of a Paul Revere statue behind the Old North Church, and...