The Saturday City: Boston

By Nomadic Matt | Published April 19th, 2008

george washington statue in boston Boston was founded in in 1630 by Puritan settlers from England seeking religious self rule. Over time, the city expanded and became a major port and economic center in the American Colonies. It also became an important city during the American revolution. In 1763, we threw tea into the ocean, signifying our rebellion against the British and their awful taxes. The first battles of the war, Lexington and Concord, were fought near Boston. Many famous politicians such as John Adams, John Hancock, John F. Kennedy were all from Boston. The city has been an important throughout this country’s history. We had the first college, public schools, and subway system here.

One of the most amazing things about Boston is its European feel. A small city lacking few high rises and still filled with old brick buildings, Boston feels like more of a large town than a modern metropolis. Its neighborhoods are easily separated yet at the same time flow seamlessly into each other. And unlike larger cities like New York, Miami, L.A., Boston is easily walkable. The quality of life here is very high.

The city of my birth, Boston has a special place in my heart. While I may have outgrown it (I love metropolises), Boston is still one of my favorite cities in the world. I’ve traveled far and wide and it still ranks as one of my favorite cities in the world for its charm, its people, and its beauty.

boston harbor

Boston is steeped in history and it is that history that gives it its charm. No visit here is complete without walking the freedom trail, taking you through all the historic landmarks of the city and giving you a chance to see the historic building and locations where the birth of a nation took place. You’ll walk past the old state house and Faneuil Hall where the revolution began, see the graves of our founders, and get a feel for colonial Boston. Visit Beacon Hill, with its small streets and colonial homes, where all gentry used to and, in many cases, still do live.

Boston is beautiful place, especially in the summer time. Winter makes us locals hibernate and, as the weather warms, we trickle out of our caves and onto the streets to enjoy Boston at its best. Restaurants bring out the tables for outdoor dining, the sounds of Fenway and baseball fill the nearby streets, concerts creep outdoors and onto the Hatch shell to be listened as the boats sail up and down the Charles River. Yes, summer in Boston is when everything happens and the perfect time to visit. (October is also good as the air is crisp, the leaves change, everyone goes apple picking, and the excitement of Halloween is in the air!)

boston public gardens

Each neighborhood holds its own flavor. Head to the north end for a taste of Italy where you will find some of the best Italian food the city has to offer while you wander through old brick alleys and tenement homes now redone as expensive restaurants and upscale (but still tiny) apartments.

Go to the Back Bay to spend the day walking and shopping down Newbury Street and get a taste of how the well to do live.

Sit in Copley Plaza, in front of the famous Trinity Church, soak up some sun and people watch.

Visit all the hip and lovely eateries in the South End.

Spend a nice day on Boston Common and wander the public gardens to see the swans. There you can lay down with the rest of the city as we rest and relax while playing frisbee and watching the kids play in frog pond.

At night, walk over to the Theater District and take in a show or eat at some of Boston amazing restaurants like Fugakyu, Stephanie’s on Newbury, Abe and Louis, #9 Park, Vinalia, Haru, Legal Seafoods, or Teatro.

houses in boston back bay

If you’re young at heart, head down to the Brighton area to hang out with the college kids and eat some very unhealthy food at Rednecks after the bars are closed.

Boston often gets a bad rap as a cold city. Not because of its winter but because of its people. We are fast paced and don’t have time to be slowed down. Often that gives people the perception that we’re unfriendly and rude, which is totally untrue. Be a tourist standing around lost and just watch how many people come over to help you. Bostonians are really friendly and very welcoming but we do have a hard exterior. With the neighborhood setup of the city, everyone belongs to a a certain area. We have our friends, we have our family. It may come off as cold and callous but its not. All it takes is 5 minutes of conversation. Once the ice is broken, the glacier melts. Bostonians will instantly come alive and treat you as their own, being fiercely loyal to their new friend. We just won’t be nice to you for the sake of being nice.

Boston has something for everyone. I often describe it as New York without the chaos. Here you can do everything you can do in New York but without the deafening craziness that a metropolis brings. Boston has a lot to offer and if you are vacationing this year, I’d give Boston some serious thought. You won’t be disappointed!

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backpakker

I love history and somewhere from my history classes, I remember the Boston Tea History..looking forward to more such series…Ive just one myself today called Sunday Stories
lakshmi

Corinne

Glad youre showing Beantown some love!! Cant wait to read more about your travels Matt- its seriously motivating me to get out there and travel when Im done with school~

Jason R

FYI – It’s *Fugakyu and *Hatch (Shell) =] welcome home

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