Massachusetts: The Spirit of America

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I regularly travel to Boston a few times a year, since, for some reason my entire hometown has found that it’s the new “cool” place to live. (Literally, a good chunk of my classmates have moved there. It’s gotten to the point where you can walk down a random street and see a group of friends eating brunch, or walk into a restaurant and a girl you graduated with is your waitress!)

View of Boston From Our Hotel Room

Anyways, I love visiting Boston because it’s just (obviously) so historical and beautiful, given it’s historic sights, I’ll be sure to include some history facts and tidbits in this post! It’s a cutesy little city filled with beautiful brownstones and a fabulous harbor. If you are looking for an inexpensive vacation, Boston is the place to be! All you really have to do is walk around to see something historic.

Our Hotel Room at the Boston Marriott

I went with three other girls and we stayed in the Boston Marriott Copley Place. Since we are all spread out throughout New York State, we met in Albany where one of my friends lives and drove from there. If you are traveling with multiple people, I would absolutely recommend this hotel. The rooms are actually suites, complete with a kitchenette, dining area, living area, bedroom and bathroom. We all were able to spread out comfortably (and had storage for our 17 pairs of shoes that we all brought! Yep, you read that right.) The hotel also gives all guests a free happy hour for cocktails and h’orderves during your stay, and since we had a kitchenette, we brought bagels and snacks for our breakfasts. The Boston Marriott also has an incredible observation deck at the top of the hotel for guests to go up to and see a magnificent view of the entire city.

View of Boston From the Observation Deck

Our first night there, we unpacked, went to dinner at a deliciously fresh Mexican restaurant in Faneuil Hall called Zuma Tex Mex. I would highly suggest you get their margaritas! I also should mention that the Boston Marriott is located directly in the heart of downtown Boston and literally steps away from the famed Faneuil Hall. For those of you who have never been to Boston, Faneuil Hall has been a marketplace and a meeting hall since 1742 and was the site of several speeches by Samuel Adams and James Otis encouraging independence from Great Britain. Today, it’s a part of Boston National Historical Park and a stop on the Freedom Trail. After that, we went to a bar (which I can’t remember the name of!) to meet up with some friends from high school. 

Maria and Marc Having Some Fun!

The next day we spent walking ALL over Boston. Literally. I turned my pedometer app on (great for weekend trips like this) and found out we walked 12 MILES that entire day! We walked through the Boston Public Gardens, which were full of vibrant fall colors since it was the middle of October, and on to Newbury Street for some shopping and lunch. Newbury Street is a fantastic place to do some damage to your debit cards! Stores range from designer, like Louis Vuitton, to more student budget-friendly, like Forever 21.

Walking Through the Boston Public Garden

We met up with some more friends for dinner and drinks later on, and grabbed a bite to eat in the North End of Boston, in their Little Italy neighborhood, at Mother Anna’s Restaurant. I had the ravioli…delicious! Later that night, we went to a bar and lounge called The Living Room. Like it’s name, it’s swanky, trendy, but at the same time, lounge-y and relaxed.

Having Some Fun in Boston!

And then it was Sunday. We spent half of the day (since we had to drive back) walking around Quincy Market to shop a little bit for souvenirs, and then walked to the Boston Harbor to enjoy some coffee and tea on some of the benches overlooking the water. Quincy Market is a beautiful is a historic building near Faneuil Hall in downtown Boston, Massachusetts. It was constructed 1824–1826 and named in honor of Mayor Josiah Quincy.

Quincy Market and Boston Harbor

Overall, this trip was packed with activities from visiting tourist spots to catching up with friends, all on a great budget!

Mode of Transportation: Driving 

Cost of Transportation (there and back in my SUV Toyota 4Runner): $70

Hotel Room (cost for 1 of 4 girls): $120

Tourist Sights: Free!

Meals (2 dinners and 1 lunch): $65

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