Boston has always been one of my favorite cities. Beautiful and exciting, Boston still maintains the history and culture that made it a foundation of American history.
I had last visited Boston in high school, so when we had an opportunity to extend my work trip to the East Coast, of course Boston was our choice destination.
We took the short train ride from Portland, Maine on Friday evening and checked in to our hotel, the Boston Marriott Long Wharf. The hotel was absolutely lovely and centrally located.
After a busy day of work and travel, we defrosted in our room the first evening and watched the Ted Bundy documentary on Netflix (it was sober January, okay?), as East Coast winters are no joke. Luckily our early night meant that we woke up bright and early to start exploring Boston.
We knew that we wanted to walk the Freedom Trail, which I had done on my first trip to Boston and remembered absolutely loving. Since it was pretty miserably cold out, we snatched up some hand warmers and gloves before hitting the trail. Even with the extra warmth, we ducked in to as many buildings and Starbucks’ as possible to warm up along the way.
The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile long trail that navigates promenade historical sites, such as the Massachusetts State House, Paul Revere House, Boston Massacre Site, and Bunker Hill Monument.
Just as on my first visit, I loved the Freedom Trail. US history is still so young that it is really incredible to think that the history we were seeing really wasn’t that long ago at all.
Adam was really excited to see MIT and Harvard, so our next stop was across the river in Cambridge.
And let me tell you, when I say it was a cold walk, I mean that it was a cold walk.
We spent the later half of the afternoon wandering around MIT, Harvard, and Cambridge.
Both MIT and Harvard are absolutely gorgeous. I am a bit partial to Harvard, as I love the old red brick building look, but both were stunning.
I stumbled across Galleria Umberto online and in the midst of a hangry, willing to eat anything and everything moment, we happened to walk right by it… and boy am I happy we did!
Galleria Umberto is a no frills, cash only establishment with a tiny menu and a line out the door. Of course, we had to try just about everything on the menu!
The pizza was some of the best I have ever had. The crust was buttery and flaky and baked to perfection.
We also tried the panzarotti, which is a breaded potato stuffed with mozzarella cheese and parsley. It was really tasty but didn’t really rock our world. It was kind of just… a potato.
We also each tried an arancini after hearing the guy in line behind us talking about how amazing they are. And boy was he right. The arancini is a breaded ball of rice, stuffed with a sauce, filled with ground beef, peas,
& cheese. Oh. My. Goodness. It was heaven.
Galleria Umberto is unassuming, simple, and absolutely delicious.
Confession: We went to Mike’s Pastry twice in a day and I didn’t even get one picture. I completely failed.
Mike’s Pastry was… heaven. Did we eat cannoli for lunch AND dinner? Yes. Do I wish we had also eaten it for breakfast? Also yes.
Maybe I should be embarrassed to say how much we ate, but there’s no shame in our game. We tried:
-Pecan Caramel Cannoli
-Peanut Butter Cannoli
Everything was just beyond delicious. My favorite was the Oreo Cannoli. I’m a sucker for anything with Oreos in it, so in cannoli form it was even more incredible.
We had such a wonderful, if short, visit to Boston. Even Adam, who normally doesn’t like visiting cities, said that Boston was one of his favorites and was truly a unique place to visit.
Boston, you bet we will be back!