Weekend Wrap-up: The Pelsers head to Boston

20 Nov

Le Roux and I just got back a few hours ago from our weekend trip in Boston. Since we got married March of 2011, we decided that each November of every year, we would take a birthday trip to celebrate together and also have fun planning a trip to a place we have never been to. Our birthdays are 18 days apart. Le Roux’s is November 10th and mine is November 28th. Last year, we headed to Charleston which is only a three-hour drive from where we live in Charlotte. This year, we decided to head North to Boston which has been a city on our list that we have wanted to visit.

It was the perfect weekend. Just the two of us, exploring a fun city. We got into Boston early afternoon on Friday and checked into the Omni Parker House Hotel. It is a beautiful hotel with great architecture inside and right in the heart of downtown Boston. I had mentioned that it was our birthday weekend when I made the reservation, and when we got into the room we had champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, and Boston creme pies waiting for us {YUM!} the perfect way to start our trip and cheers to a fun weekend. The Boston creme pie was also originated at the Omni Parker House Hotel which made it that much sweeter.

After we enjoyed our treat, we headed to Quincy Market Place and Faneuil Hall which was a short walk from our hotel. Quincy Market has a ton of food vendors and Faneuil Hall has little shops and boutiques and we made sure we made our way to all of them. Every place we ventured to in Boston was decorated for Christmas which I loved! Lights on the trees, garland, red bows, christmas ornaments to purchase in the store, you name it.

We popped into an Irish pub called Kitty O’Sheas for a beer and a Bavarian pretzel and then headed back to the hotel to get ready for our reservations that night at Bricco in the North end which is the Italian neighborhood. Le Roux and I started off with a bottle of red wine, shared an eggplant bake and a caprese salad, he had the pork chop and I had pasta with wild boar and red wine sauce. Everything was amazing and delicious and we finished off the meal with cappuccino and banana bread pudding with banana gelato. { We like to eat!}

Saturday morning we started early because we had a lot we wanted to see and do. We grabbed some quick breakfast bagels at Black Seed Cafe and got on the subway to head to the Samuel Adams Brewery. The brewery was a lot of fun! We took a tour of course and got to try many different samples of the beer, even one that is not bottled or in stores yet.

After we left the brewery, we made our way over to Newbury Street which is most famous for all of the little boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops, and tons of shopping. We spent the majority of our afternoon walking up and down Newbury street, stopped for lunch, grabbed cupcakes at Sweet, and people watched when we needed to take a break from all the walking.

Since we were close by and had some time before we had to start getting ready for dinner, we decided we had to go to the Cheers Bar. This is the bar that inspired the famous Tv show Cheers. We had a beer and checked out the replica set from the Tv show which was pretty cool. We both had the Red Brick Samuel Adams beer which you can only get in the city of Boston.

We quickly got ready for our dinner at Umbria Prime, which was a steak place. We enjoyed another bottle of red wine and delicious steaks. It was a nice long dinner so we headed back to the hotel after dinner to rest up for another full day in Boston.

Sunday brought another full day for us and we still had plenty more we wanted to see! The first thing we did was a Boston city Duck Tour. It was interesting to hear a lot of the historic facts about Boston and it also took us through the Charles River.

We headed back to Newbury Street to go to the Creperie for Crepes and coffees.

It was beautiful on Sunday and the perfect time to walk through the Boston Public Garden. There were so many runners, dogs, and people just enjoying the sights! We even saw a photographer with a couple who was recently engaged taking their engagement pictures.

More shopping ensued on Charles Street then it was back to the North end to take in the Italian neighborhood some more. It reminded us of New York’s Little Italy but on a smaller scale. After some pizza at a local pizzeria, we walked a few doors down to Mike’s Pastry. I was told by many people that we needed to go there and I’m glad we did! The line was out the door but worth the wait. We left with a lobster tail and a chocolate chip cannoli. Both delicious!

It was starting to get dark but we still wanted to make our way to Fenway Park before dinner. We hopped into a cab and arrived at Fenway. Unfortunately, they had a race going on over the weekend so we were unable to go inside the ball park, but it was still cool to take some photos of the outside and see another famous landmark in Boston.

Sunday night was more low-key since we wanted to catch the Patriots came on Tv at one of the local pubs by our hotel. We ended up at the Black Rose Pub for football, fish and chips, and great live music.

The weekend ended with a horse and carriage ride through the city which was the perfect way to end an amazing birthday trip!

Boston is a great walking city with so much history, lots of great shopping and restaurants, and lots of character! I highly recommend visiting Boston if you are looking for a fun weekend getaway.

Xo Kim

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