Happy Patriots’ Day!
I have loved Boston since I was a small child –
I am not really sure why except the thought of it always made me feel real happy. You see I had never been to Boston – much less out of NC.
Could be my love of sports. I am a Boston Bruins fan, Boston Celtics fan, Everett High School Football fan and a die hard Boston Red Sox fan.
It may be because I associate the sea of Green with my birthday. Or, the fact that the beautiful architecture makes me go WOW …
Boston, being one of the oldest cites in the country, feeds my love of history. So many amazing events happened in/around Boston during the Revolutionary War – Boston Massacre, Paul Revere, Boston Tea Party, Battle of Bunker Hill ….
Combine that with my insatiable appetite for religious history. There is the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, based in the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in the South End, the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, based in the Cathedral Church of St. Paul. Unitarian Universalism are headquarterd on Beacon Hill. The Christian Scientists are headquartered in Back Bay. The oldest church is First Church Boston. King’s Chapel was the city’s first Anglican church and converted to Unitarianism in 1785. Then you have Old North Church, the oldest church building in the city. Trinity Church, my personal favorite -a must visit. The list goes on ….. Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Park Street Church, Old South Church, …..
Could be my love of literature with writers like Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne and Longfellow. And not too far away in Amherst, you have my all time favorite Emily Dickinson.
Or maybe the lobster?!?!?!
If all of that doesn’t explain it — Could be Boston brings out the total geek in me with its plethora of colleges and universities . HA, I still imagine my “would of could of “ MIT days (note: I said imagine). One of my favorite things to do is to visit the MIT Museum – the history, the inventions, the interactive displays – And then ice-cream at Toscanini’s. OH MY!
Bottom line – Boston is old school with a HUGE heart! I feel so “at home” there – snow and all …. I love fanfare, pomp and circumstance, celebration, jubilation, passion, loyalty, blood/sweat & tears, umph, truth and ALL OF this says Boston to me. Boston you have my heart!
So hats off to you lovely Boston – Happy Patriots’ Day! Marathoners, what an honor to run in world’s oldest marathon – the Boston Marathon and Go Sox! As is tradition – game time is 11:05am – you gotta visit the The Sausage Guy while there! Afterwards — eat lots & lots & lots of Lobster polished down with Boston Cream Pie!
MY ALL TIME – NOT TO MISS FAVORITES
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March 17th – St. Patrick’s Day
3rd Monday in April – Patriots’ Day!
Last weekend of the last Sunday in August – St. Anthony’s Feast “feasts of all feasts”
The Sat & Sun between the 17th & 23rd of October – Head of the Charles Regatta
The Butcher Shop –Oh the steak tartar appetizer – the chef Barbara Lynch Gruppo is my idol
Neptune – Best Warm Lobster Roll ever – and don’t miss the Fried Clams & Duxbury Littlenecks!
You can not make reservations – and the lines do get long but they will give you a beeper and you can go across the street to this great bar until you are beeped it is well worth the wait. Or you can walk around the North End until your table is ready —
Mike’s Pastry – just around the corner from Neptune – perfect for dessert. Favorites – Lobster tail (yep it is a pastry) & a cannoli but you will not be able to choose just one I’ll you that right now ; )
Parker House Boston Cream Pie
Matt Muphy’s Fish & Chips
Cutty’s Roast Beef
B&G Oyster Bar – Fantastic – across from the Butcher Shop – Barbara Lynch owns this one too
Flour Bakery – Must have sticky bun. And if you’re a baker, the cookbook is a must!
Woodman’s of Essex – LOBSTERS and fried clams? It is a drive – but so worth it – be sure to sit at picnic tables outside and eat.
Accomodations – my 2 favorites right in Back Bay
Charlesmark at Copley Plaza
Farimont Copley Plaza
***Both are easy access to the “T” – best way to get around town
Things to do – OH heavens there is so much and all just a blast!
Duck Tour – A MUST! A good “overall” of Boston.
MIT Museum – Already mentioned! So interesting and fun
Freedom Trail – OH SOOOOO FUN – pack a picnic and make a day of it ….. it includes the following
- Boston Common
- Massachusetts State House
- Park Street Church
- Granary Burying Ground – Crispus Attucks burial site
- King’s Chapel
- King’s Chapel Burying Ground
- Benjamin Franklin Statue & Boston Latin School
- Old Corner Book Store
- Old South Meeting House
- Old State House
- Site of Boston Massacre
- Faneuil Hall
- Paul Revere House
- Old North Church
- Copp’s Hill Burying Ground
- Bunker Hill Monument
Fenway Park – AWESOME!!!!!
TD Garden, formerly called the FleetCenter and built to replace the old, since-demolished Boston Garden. The Sports Museum – in The Garden – North End (close to Regina’s & Neptune for yummy eats)
Trinity Episcopal – oldest Episcopal church in Boston – the place is amazing – go to the Sunday service and be sure to take the FREE guided tour after the service – funny note, the church started in a pub
Sam Adams Brewery Tour
Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
Rowing on the Charles River
Russell Orchards – pick your own – grab some apples and then head to Woodman’s for few lobsters – You will clam it to be the best day EVER.