For about a year now, we've been talking about taking a girls' trip with our mom. We considered visiting several different places before finally settling on somewhere that was on all of our bucket lists--New England. Knowing that all of us have crazy schedules, we've been planning this trip since January, and it ended up being a fantastic use of our 4th of July weekend. Over the course of about 4.5 days, we were able to tour a large portion of the New England coast and visited 5 different cities and towns along the way. Today we are recapping our first stop of the trip: Boston.

Boston was not originally a top priority for our trip, but after checking out flights, it seemed like the best place to begin and end our journey. Jet Blue has a direct flight to Boston out of Nashville, and with unlimited snacks on the plane, it seemed like a no-brainer. Although a little more crowded than usual, 4th of July weekend was a great time to see the city that was the site of the beginning of the Revolution. After landing on Friday afternoon, we headed straight for our AirBNB in Cambridge. If you are looking for a slightly more affordable place to stay in Boston, Cambridge is a great option. Our AirBNB was only about a 5 minute walk from the subway stop in Central Square, which made it super easy and affordable to get anywhere in the city. 

Our first evening was mostly spent exploring. We took a quick subway ride to Boston's Italian North End in search of some of authentic Italian food. At the suggestion of a friend and reader, we first went to Giacomo's. Unfortunately, the line was already around the corner at 5:00, and because we had missed lunch and were too hungry to wait, we went down the street to another Italian restaurant called Carmelina's. Luckily, this place was great too and we all had fantastic meals. Our AAA guidebook (which we carried with us because we were in full-on tourist mode) pointed us across the street to Mike's Pastry for cannolis. If you visit Mike's, be sure to arrive hungry because their pastries are enormous!


After dinner, we headed back to Cambridge to check out Harvard Square. Harvard offers walking tours of campus for tourists during the day, but because we arrived in the evening, we just enjoyed strolling through the Harvard Yard and campus by ourselves.


The next morning, it was up bright and early to see as many of the historical sites as we could before leaving that afternoon. We took a subway ride to Beacon Hill, which is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods of Boston, for breakfast at The Paramount. Although fairly crowded in the tiny space, The Paramount is a classic Boston diner and a fantastic stop for breakfast. From there, we walked to the Boston Common where the Freedom Trail begins and made the last minute decision to sign up for a walking tour by the company Lessons on Liberty. If you ever find yourself in Boston, we highly recommend Lessons on Liberty! All of the guides with Lessons on Liberty are teachers, so you are guaranteed to get a more authentic experience than you would with one of the other tours, which are mostly led by actors.


Following our tour, we grabbed lunch at the Union Oyster House, which is right along the Freedom Trail just before entering the North End. Little did we know whenever we arrived that the Union Oyster House is the oldest restaurant in the U.S. and used to be a hangout of JFK's. It ended up being the perfect stop for some salads, clam chowder, and fish and chips before leaving Boston.

Check back later this week for a recap of some of the quaint New England towns we stopped by on our journey up to Maine!