Over the weekend I got to host to my sister, Taylor, and her friend, Lisa. It was their first trip to Boston and I wanted to make sure they got the full Beantown experience. Luckily the cloudy, rainy weather that happened all last week left the New England area and the beginning of the weekend shaped up to be warm and sunny- almost summerlike.
With a few hours to kill on Friday I decided it would be a great time to check out the Fenway area. We walked around the stadium and then popped into Bleacher Bar for a Sam Octoberfest with a view of the field.
morning afternoon (a few too many drinks for us in Allston the night before), we all headed over to the Boston waterfront to put our name on the list for a tour at the Harpoon Brewery. Once our spot was reserved for later on in the afternoon we met up with Lisa’s friend, who goes to Emerson. We walked through Chinatown toward Government Center, grabbed sandwiches for lunch and headed back to the water to taste some beer! I went to Harpoon a few months ago for a tasting but I know they change their selection often and since it’s now fall I was ready to try some pumpkin beer. This time my favorite brews were the Pumpkin UFO and the Apple/Pumpkin Cider. The cider was very crisp and fresh! A little tipsy, the girls and I made our way back to Brighton but first stopped in the Public Gardens to snap some photos. The sunny weather had faded into fog which made the park and Commons look perfectly ‘autumn New England.’
Later that evening we all got dressed up to go out. One of my favorite lounges in Boston is Storyville. The line gets long if you don’t go early but the bartenders are fun and actually know how to make drinks- they always mix up a fresh Blueberry Stoli and lemonade for me. The club has one room with hip hop and another with house music, and best of all- no cover!
The last full day in Boston Taylor and Lisa wanted to meet up with a friend they had made a few months ago when traveling. Once we got over to Harvard Square we realized it was actually Oktoberfest! Many of the main streets were closed to traffic and local businesses had set up tents to sell food, drinks, crafts and drinks. There was live music, people dressed up in costumes and even a parade. What luck to stumble upon a giant festival! After a great ‘insider’ tour of Harvard and the surrounding parts of Cambridge we headed back over the Charles River to nap. It was a long weekend!
That evening my roommate, Taylor, Lisa and I all went out to a goodbye dinner at Cafeteria on Newbury Street. We overindulged with drinks, appetizers and entrees but after a weekend of nonstop walking, touring and dancing we were starved for a big meal. The Mac N’ Cheese really is well worth all the talk—so cheesy yet crunchy. The weekend was busy but it was fun being a tourist in my own city and I loved seeing my sister. Taylor lives near Philly, which isn’t that far from Boston, however with our schedules we can go a few months without meeting up.
I know, I skipped the North End and Faneuil Hall but there is only so much time in one weekend to enjoy such a vibrant city. Next time. I hope I have a few more visitors this year, I think I’ve lived here long enough to show off the city from the local’s point of view!
*All the photos are instagrams from Taylor and Lisa. They are much more smartphone savvy than me.*