Last week, I visited my friend Katelyn and her husband David in Boston. We had the best time.
Prepare yourself for pictures and details overload!
Prepare yourself for pictures and details overload!
|Katelyn and I meet for lunch at Sweet Greens (so yummy - I had the Kale Chicken Caesar salad) which is conveniently across from the Boston Public Library. I loved this library. A historical library with stunning architecture, famous paintings, a coffee shop, reading rooms, and a beautiful courtyard - what's not to love?|
|We explored the library quite a bit and landed in the rare book room where John Quincy Adam's personal collection is held!|
|While she worked, I explored the area - Harvard Medical School is right next store, along with some pretty awesome hospitals, a bunch of other college campuses and a lovely park.|
|After mass, I had an hour and half to kill before meeting Katelyn for lunch so I headed to the closest CVS and found mini dry shampoo - be still my heart! I also found a bakery called Flour down the street and sipped on a chai tea latte while reading.|
|Katelyn and I meet for lunch at a tasty pub called The Squealing Pig (loved the lobster grilled cheese). She went back to work and I explored the neighborhood a bit more and then parked myself in the courtyard outside her building to charge my phone and finish my book. After work we headed to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (have you heard about the 1990 art heist that is still unsolved? craziness.). Loved this place, I didn't really think I was a fan of art museums before but I definitely am now.|
|After the game, we headed to Shake Shack for a very tasty dinner (get their Crimson Red Velvet custard concrete!). We also hit up one of my favorites - Lush. Everything smells so good, we settled on dry shampoo for me and a lip stain for Katelyn and a dark chocolate mud mask (made our skin so, so soft) for our girls weekend.|
|Next stop, we arrived in Portsmouth, New Hampshire for lunch. Yep, we were already in another state! We ate lunch at a tasty place on the square called Popovers on the Square and then wandered into the cutest letterpress store called Gus & Ruby. I might have picked up a few Rifle Paper Co. items, I just couldn't resist! Paper goods speak to my soul.|
|45 minutes later and we arrived in Portland, Maine (be sure to bring lots of quarters, Maine tolls are pricey) AKA lighthouse capitol of the world! I loved Portland. Totally would consider moving there but don't know if I can handle the winter or the necessity of parallel parking. Alas, we drove straight to Portland Head Light located in Fort Williams Park. This is the lighthouse of lighthouses, commissioned by President George Washington in 1787, it is straight up adorable and historical. We frolicked in the surrounding park, climbed down a few more cliffs, explored the forts, and just basically loved it. We spent the next few hours of daylight hunting down two more lighthouses and power walking through Two Lights State Park.|
|After exploring the wilderness of Maine, we picked up pizza from Otto's (mashed potato, get the mashed potato. also make sure you place your online order to the right store...might have made that mistake) and settled in for the night at our amazing Airbnb loft. The place was so, so nice - think crisp sheets, lots of hot water in the shower, complimentary hot cocoa mix, and adorable throw pillows.|
|We slept in Sunday morning and after surviving a terrifying parking garage fiasco (turns out some parking garages are CLOSED on Sundays) we arrived at The Standard Baking Co. for some baked goods. This place was amazing, like so amazing that their cookbook is currently in my Amazon cart amazing. It was a bit rainy outside so we sat on their one and only bench inside to devour our baked goods (and try to memorize their cookbook) and people watch.|
|We both share a love of history and wanted to learn more about Portland so hit up the Portland Observatory and toured the Victoria Mansion.|
|After the tours, we headed back into the Maine wilderness and explored Crescent Beach and dined at the famous Lobster Shack. I experienced the lobster roll, which is basically lobster and mayonnaise on a hotdog bun, so lame. I'll take a lobster grilled cheese any day! Afterwards, we headed back to Boston for a candlelight yoga class and big bowls of Double Dunker.|
|Katelyn and I took the T together again in the morning and while she worked I explored the Boston Commons (oldest park in the USA), public gardens, and settled on reading out on one of the docks by the river.|
|Before heading back to meet Katelyn for lunch, I explored the Beacon Hill neighborhood and just happened to stumble upon Anthropologie - let the window shopping commence!|
|Boston's Basilica just happened to be a mere five minute walk away for Katelyn's lab. We all know how much I love exploring churches and I made it just in time for the 12:10 mass. Coincidence? I think not.|
|We meet for lunch at Lilly's Gourmet Pasta (fresh, yummy homemade pasta) and ate in the park across the street. Katelyn headed back to work and I explored the Mission Hill neighborhood a little more. After work, we headed to Museum of Fine Arts which unknowing to us closes at 4:45 on Monday's. Instead of being disappointed, we basked in the free tickets and explored the museum very briskly for the next 45 minutes. Such a beautiful museum filled with truly amazing works of art, one day I'll spend more than 45 minutes there. Before heading home we stopped by Katelyn's favorite coffee shop, Pavement, for some iced coffee and a heart to heart. We dinned on homemade Indian food that night and snuggled up with more Double Dunker while watching The Young Victoria (a must see, ranks in my top ten all time favorites).|