Boston bound...

Posted July 01, 2014 by Christina

 

Hello friends! 
I am in need of your help... we are heading out to Boston and Cape Cod for a few days this month and I have never been.  I would love to hear reccomendations for places to stay, eat, shop, see - you know the works!




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17 Comments

Karen Bianchi

Oh and the TAj Hotel is great. It is the old Ritz Carlton with a perfect location.

Fri Oct 17 17:24:04 2014

Karen Bianchi

The restaurant Bricco in the North End of Boston is great. Great Italian food.

Fri Oct 17 17:24:04 2014

Anonymous

Hi Christina! I normally don’t comment on blogs but I have been a follower of yours for a while and when I saw you were coming out East – I just had to comment! My husband and I are from NYC but were married on the Cape as it was one of our first getaways when we were dating and we fell in love with it. We love Chatham. Of course, a bit partial to Chatham Bars Inn because we held our reception there and have stayed there a few times and it never disappoints with it’s amazing sunsets.

We liked Martha’s Vineyard to visit for a day, but a moped (rental) is needed to explore the island and go to the beach unless you want to stay in the center of town to dine/shop. A stop at the original Black Dog Tavern is a must. Nantucket is beautiful and tranquil. Definitely worth staying there if you were spending a week or more; however, day trips are also doable.

here is a great article to help you plan:
http://www.platinumpebble.com/cape-cod-attractions/best-place-to-stay-on-cape-cod/
OR
http://www.affordable-cape-cod-vacations.com/cape-cod-towns.html

No matter where you stay or what you do, Cape Cod will not disappoint! Hope you have a great time. (BTW, never been to Boston, but hoping to take the kids in the fall)

Fri Oct 17 17:24:04 2014

Jane Skoch

The Cape is such a relaxing place. It seems like time stands still there. The beach is my favorite destination there: swimming, kite-flying, walking. I think a whale-watching excursion is a must. They have them from Provincetown and Hyanisport. The sand dunes along National Seashore is neat to see. I was disappointed I didn’t get to take my kids there, but it is a balance between relaxing and driving and we ran out of town. The only restaurant I can recommend is the Ebb Tide in Denisport. I remember it as a kid – although I think at that time I loved it for their blueberry muffins. I believe they only serve dinner there now. Have a wonderful time!

Fri Oct 17 17:24:04 2014

beryl

Hi, I spent summers on the Cape and lived in Boston (relocated form So Cal and back again)..anyway if you have never been, you have to do the “Duck tour” and the “Revere” walk, a visit to Fanueil Hall Marketplace and the Boston Commons and shopping on Newbury Street and (visit the “Cheers” Bar), Plymouth Rock, and Little Italy for the best Italian food (Brimfield is the best for Antiqueing, if it is time for the summer show) head to the Cape, my heart belongs to Dennis, Chatham xo and Provincetown, and you MUST take the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard if its the only thing you do, summer is at it’s finest there, nothing compares….enjoy the lobster rolls!!! ps My daughter is there as we speak, at Berklee College of Music on Boylston St. for a summer workshop!

Fri Oct 17 17:24:04 2014

Claire

Over all, Chatham, Harwich, Orleans, Dennis and Brewster in the center of the Cape (about 45 minutes from the Sagamore Bridge) are all great jumping-off points for the rest of the Cape. For Bayside activities on the Cape, the Dennis and Brewster areas are lovely, Route 6A is traditionally known for antiques shops and art galleries. Wellfleet too has galleries and you can see the fishing fleet at the bayside docks. Also, Route 28 in Harwich and Orleans used to have cute shops, antiques and good seafood places. Going the other way, Route 28 from Hyannis to Chatham is filled with shops, motels, restaurants, bars, and tourist sights, and is ALWAYS jammed-up with traffic in summer. Fun to visit, be prepared for traffic! Hyannis is the “city” of the Cape, with a busy downtown (lots of shops!), airport, bus station and ferries to the islands. When you can, for any sort of distance, Route 6 is the fastest way to travel up and down the Cape.

Fri Oct 17 17:24:03 2014

Claire

Very excited to hear about your trip! It is going to take me a couple of posts to get this all in, but you asked! Here goes:

I lived in Chatham for many, many years. If you’re looking for a picture-perfect, charming New England town with plenty of shops and beautiful beaches (Lighthouse Beach in town and Hardings Beach accessed in West Chatham both get my thumbs-up), Chatham is my “go-to” Cape locale. And YES regarding the Chatham Bars Inn … it’s one of the most beautiful locations on EARTH and it’s total luxury. The Wayside Inn offers a quaint in-town location and there are several lovely smaller inns and B&Bs as well. Enjoy Friday night’s band concert in the park behind the Wayside Inn. Try Stage Harbor Marina to see if they might have a boat to take you out to the Outer Beach to see the harbor seals. Or fishing. Or to pristine nature preserve Monomy Island. The sandy beaches are crystalline white and the water is crystal-clear blue-green. Check out the Chatham Pier and Fish Market to see where fish sold across the country come off the boats (great spot for photos if a boat is unloading). Grab a fresh cooked lobster and some clams from Chatham Fish & Lobster in West Chatham. The 4th of July Parade down Main Street is one of the best anywhere, and was once featured by National Geographic.

Fri Oct 17 17:24:03 2014

Quatorze

I recommend Cafe Edwige at 333 Commercial Street, in Provincetown. The original chef is back and it is better than ever.

Fri Oct 17 17:24:03 2014

Bobbi

If you like seafood check out Boston’s Island Creek Oyster Bar. Also make sure not to miss the North End…brick paved streets, hidden gardens, quaint shops, Italian markets, great restaurants (my favorite being Trattoria di Monica)… for shopping check out Newbury Street. Charles Street in Beacon Hill is also great for small boutiques and restaurants (Bin 26 is a great spot for wine as they sell 2 oz pours so you can do your own mini tasting if you want). You’re also coming at the perfect time of year to see the Boston Public Gardens and from there take a walk up Commonwealth Ave (parallels Newbury Street so it’s easy to see the gardens, Comm Ave and do some shopping at in the same excursion).If you have time, I also highly recommend seeing the original building of the Boston Public Library (including the courtyard). It’s such a beautiful work of architecture that couples commonly have their wedding photos taken and host their receptions there.

Fri Oct 17 17:24:03 2014

Claire

Back up in Boston (yes, I lived up there too) as others suggested, be sure to visit Fanueil Hall and surrounding historic sights and maybe an Irish Pub at night; there is a Marriott Hotel right on the water nearby. The North End has great Italian restaurants, The Children’s Museum and New England Aquarium are wonderful. Maybe you’ll want to book a sail on a tall ship, or a harbor cruise, or ferry ride to Provincetown on Cape Cod. Take a look at the Boston Public Library for great architecture, Boston Common for an afternoon in the park (check to see when there is music in the park), and beautiful Newbury Street in the Back Bay for strolling, shopping and restaurants (once a swampy area, you might find it interesting to know that today’s Back Bay is built on fill that most people don’t realize came from the now non-existent historic Bunker Hill – today’s Bunker Hill monument is actually on Breeds Hill in Charlestown). Also, be sure to visit Harvard Square and the beautiful outdoor spaces alongside the Charles River (watch the rowing teams practice) in nearby Cambridge. Speaking of which, there’s a Hyatt Regency in Cambridge that looks out over the Charles River across to Boston – it used to be a great place to stay, I’m sure it still is! The Cambridge Hyatt and Ritz Carlton Boston are my two favorite places to stay up there. French restaurant L’Espalier on Boylston St. (a new location for the restaurant) offers excellent meals and is great for special occasions. Sorry, I could go on and on … lol! So much to do, I don’t know how you’ll decide what to see. Regardless, I know it will be a wonderful trip. You’ll just have to return another time to see it ALL.

Fri Oct 17 17:24:02 2014

Claire

If you don’t make a trip to Martha’s Vineyard island, try Nantucket; smaller and less known, it is my favorite island. Off Cape, if you’re into colonial history, try Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, MA, between Boston and Cape Cod. If you have time, not too far for a day trip: I highly recommend heading to Rhode Island to visit the Newport Mansions. It may be the best and most memorable part of your entire visit! And, I don’t know why more people don’t know about it, but the Green Animals Topiary Garden in Portsmouth, RI, is another memorable and totally unique treat (and it doesn’t take long to see it all). Don’t miss it if you’re into gardening; it’s not far from the mansions. If you do make the trip down that way, in MA, near the RI border (can you tell I lived in RI too?), if you’re into antique furniture, try Leonard’s Antiques, known for their antique and reproduction beds, in Seekonk MA. Also, Providence, RI, is quite pretty these days, with canals and high-rise shops downtown. The East Side of Providence (one of my favorite areas) has many historic, centuries-old homes and there is great, sometimes quirky shopping in the Brown University area. FYI, if you get into a jam, Providence’s TF Green Airport offers a great alternative to Boston’s busy and crowded Logan Airport.

Fri Oct 17 17:24:02 2014

Claire

Back to beaches: Nauset Beach in Orleans is great, and the tall, cliff-like dunes on the beaches on the Cape Cod National Seashore in Wellfleet, Truro and Eastham are stunning. Try a visit to the Marconi Station high in the cliffs in Wellfleet. Or, visit one of the most beloved beaches and best kept local secrets: Cahoon Hollow Beach in Wellfleet – again, you’ll need a camera to capture the views from these towering dunes. If you’re a beach lover, it is worth the trip.

Fri Oct 17 17:24:02 2014

Anonymous

How fun! Nantucket!!!! It’s a must see! I have lived here for 33 years and it’s an amazing little island! The festivities for the fourth of July are postponed until saturday due to the weather forecast this year. The entire island gathers in Town for a water fight against the fire department! Truck and hose vs. kids of all ages and their squirt guns! Hilarious! Lots of fabulous restaurants and boutiques as well. Easy to manage as it’s quite a small island. Martha’s Vineyard is far more commercial…..still lovely, but not as charming in my opinion ;) Nantucket should definitely be on your list to see! Have fun!

Fri Oct 17 17:24:01 2014

Laurel

sorry. Christina! One of my workrooms is a Cristina!

Fri Oct 17 17:24:01 2014

Laurel Bern

Love Boston! My older son went to New England Conservatory and decided to stay! Always a fun place to visit. Love the shops on Newbury St. And of course, Beacon Hill and the Commons are a must. The North End will be crowded but is fun. Last summer I went with my son and GF to Gloucester and had the most incredible Italian puff pastry filled with this delectable vanilla custard. Don’t remember the name of the place but it was positively the best thing I’ve ever eaten! Enjoy Cristina!

Fri Oct 17 17:24:01 2014

Unknown

Christina, I’m a fellow interior designer who has relocated back to CA 2 years ago but lived in Boston (as a designer) for 14 years prior to moving back here. I feel I know your style, following you, and just got back from Paris where I shopped Merci, etc. If interested, send me your email and I can give you some details on specific areas that would spark your interest. Email me at jagraffdesign@gmail.com if interested. With only a few days to visit, I’d say avoid the touristy things and get to the good stuff. There’s much to see and experience there. What time of year are you going? Late summer or early fall?
Judy G.

Fri Oct 17 17:24:01 2014

Karena Albert

Have a wonderful time Christina!
Happy Fourth of July weekend!

xoxo
Karena
The Arts by Karena

Fri Oct 17 17:24:00 2014


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