In an October episode, the Simpsons went to Boston to take a “hatecation” (to prove the city sucked), and instead ending up moving here because they were enchanted! If my article doesn’t convince you, check out the episode, it’s pretty hilarious. I’m confident, though, that a snapshot of our food, neighborhoods, sports, history, colleges, and location will spark your interest.
I could write an entire article on Boston neighborhoods alone, but I’ll just share a few, starting with the North End. It’s an Italian classic. In the summer, older Italian gentleman can be found in folding chairs outside talking loudly at each other. Walk down the streets and you’ll pass restaurants enticing you to dine and pastry shops with lines wrapped around the corner.
Not too far away is Back Bay where you can find an abundance of high-end shopping and some of the most expensive apartments in Boston. That’s okay, we just visit for the delightful window shopping. There’s even a retail store called Johnny Cupcakes. Although they don’t sell cupcakes, mostly just sweet t-shirts.
My personal favorite part of Boston is Camberville, a loving nickname for the Somerville and Cambridge area. It’s the young, hipster, queer, artsy scene. Forbes named Cambridge one of the top 20 places for young professionals to live based on job growth, unemployment rates, pay, and cost of living. I love it because you can be a quirky and tattooed vegan and have a high paying tech job.
Jamaica Plain<, also known as JP, is a breath of fresh air (literally) in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the city. It holds Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum, which is a free “museum.” I say that in quotations because it’s essentially a forest with trees and other plants cataloged from different parts of the world. Much of the Emerald Necklace, which is a stretch of over 1,000 acres across nine parks, is also located in JP.
Hosting a mix of families, permanent residents, and college students, Allston/Brighton is rich with pizazz. It’s common to see men over 40 riding on skateboards through this part of the city as well as lots of students with funky colored hair and tattoos. Most students live in this area. You can also rent a canoe and kayak on the Charles River from this part of the city! It’s a ton of fun, just don’t fall in. We aren’t known for our clean river water.
Much of Boston has really gentrified, but diversity abounds. Head over to Dorchester. A site to see is the JFK Presidential Library & Museum. Learn about the rich history of the beloved President John F. Kennedy and about “all those who, through the art of politics, seek a new and better world.”
Again, this is another one I could write an entire article on. After all, I’m a foodie who works for a restaurant tech company in Boston! So, I’ve narrowed down a few brag-worthy items: lobster rolls, pizza, cannolis, clam chowder, and Sam Adams. Wait… beer isn’t food? Oh, close enough! Get your seafood at Neptune Oyster or Union Oyster House. Head over to Santarpio’s in East Boston on your way to or from the airport to grab some of the tastiest pizza you may ever have. Bostonians argue over which North End pastry shop is better; Modern Pastry or Mike’s. You may just have to get a cannoli from each and judge for yourself.
Okay, fine, maybe some us do drop our R’s when we talk, but we think it’s annoying when you say “Pahk the cah in the Hahvahd Yahd.” Nonetheless, Harvard (and the Yard specifically) is a must-see when visiting Boston. We love our colleges. In fact, Boston has 35 colleges, universities, and community colleges. MIT, Boston University, Boston College, Emerson, Suffolk, and Northeastern, just to name a few. We’re wicked smaht.
If you like football, hockey, baseball, basketball, maybe you’ve heard of us? Tom Brady ring a bell? To say Bostonians love their sports is an understatement. The streets can commonly be found filled with lively fans on game days or nights. Trust me, I live right in Fenway, and it’s bustling on Yawkey Way during games. Fenway Park is the country’s oldest baseball stadium still in use. It’s over 100 years old! Boston’s other large sporting arena is the TD Garden where our hallowed Celtics and Bruins play. With a capacity of almost 200,000 people, hundreds of events are hosted here throughout the year. One time, I even gazed in amazement while the Dalai Lama gave a talk on stage at TD in a Bruins hat. That really happened.
“Don't shoot until you see the white of their eyes!” Is it just me, or did everyone learn about the Battle of Bunker Hill in school? I know the American Revolutionary War wasn’t just a thing us New-England natives learned about, but that battle happened right here in Boston. Take a 90-minute tour on the Freedom Trail that walks through the site of the battle and other epic historical landmarks of Boston to learn more about our colorful history. The trail also visits the Boston Common, which happens to be the oldest city park in the United States (1634!).
Beaches, mountains, trees, city scene, lakes, a little bit of everything! New England is a small collection of states, and Boston is central to just about all of them. It doesn’t take long to travel to another state. Boston is just an hour away from beautiful New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Maine. Vermont is slightly over two hours away. Have it on your bucket list to travel to a bunch of states? Knock six off your list in New England!
I didn’t even get into the amazing music scene, all of the movies that have have been filmed in Boston, or the different sites to see like the gorgeous three-story, stained-glass globe at the Mary Baker Eddy Library. Consider renting in Boston; we have more treats waiting for you!