Boston is a wonderful city with great history, dining, and shopping. The public transportation is tops and the trains (the T) can take you all over the city or within a few blocks of where you need to be. I went to Boston last week to visit my family so I thought I would take 3 posts and group some of my favorite things to do in and around Boston into easy day trips.
The first trip I am planning for you takes place on the T’s Green Line. Our first stop off the Green Line is Newbury Street or the Rodeo Drive of Boston. Within one block of the Arlington Station, this upscale stopping district has a little something for everyone. From the classic styles of Ralph Lauren to the funky shop, Newbury Comics. Newbury offers cafe dining to gourmet restaurants, high fashion clothing, day spas, other novelty shops, and beautiful architecture and gardens as well. I was completely entertained and content as any girl who loves to shop.
One of the big things I wanted to do while in Boston was to check out a few cupcakeries. As we were walking down Newbury we spied Johnny Cupcakes. I couldn’t wait to get a cupcake. Ha the joke was on me, I had been duped big time. It’s another stinkin’ T-Shirt Shop. Not impressed. After that big letdown my cousin and I settled for some ice cream once we spotted JP Lick’s. We were not disappointed.
This is a great creamery with homemade ice cream in so many flavors. I had the Sweet Cream ice cream, boring I know, but I love that stuff. Simple rich sweet cream in a cone. Delicious. It made up for the Johnny Cupcakes blunder.
What I was really on this street for was a shop called ’47. A new hip shop selling unique Red Sox clothing, all hand stitched, original, and antiquated. The shop is named after the ’47 Twins, brothers who at a very young age began making their own felted Red Sox pennants and the idea blossomed. This high end wear is wonderful for any Red Sox fan who wants to really stand out. I made a dent in my Christmas shopping (and credit card- Yikes!) and hope certain someones like their she-she Red Sox apparel.
Some other shops we visited are The Boston Baked Bean where I picked up a Beantown collectible toy for my daughter, the Newbury Comic which is very fun, and The Fairy Shop owned by Micheal, a long time gnome, faery, and fantasy world enthusiast. I have always been interested in the Faery world and with Michael’s expertise, he suggested some beautiful books to further my knowledge of the wee folk. If we had stayed for dinner we would have liked to have dined at Stephanie’s on Newbury as the line was long and the place packed to the gills. Some of the dishes I spied looked incredible. Next time.
A little further down the Green Line one can exit at the Kenmore Station to visit Fenway Park, a tour I highly recommend. For about $12 you will be escorted around Fenway Park and given all the insider information about this grand place. This is a fantastic tour that I thoroughly enjoyed with my own family two years ago. You will learn about that one red chair, all about the Babe, the World Series wins, and other historical facts about Fenway. If you are a Yankee’s fan you will want to keep that to yourself as the RS fans can be wicked brutal. Hiss.
So this little tour off the Green Line is definitely achievable in one day. Might I suggest you do the Fenway Tour in the morning as the tours start about 9:30 but be sure to check the website for any changes. You may want to be a little early as the tours are on a first come basis and do fill up fast since the Sox have won 2 World Series in the last 4 years. I had to get that in there. Then you can hit Newbury Street in time for lunch and plenty of shopping then dessert.
More Boston Day Trips to come:
Boston Day Trip #2- Faneuil Hall and the Italian North End
Boston Day Trip #3- East Boston to Revere and Then Some