Boston in October

If you asked me to name one of my favorite places to visit – it HAS to be Boston. We had never been there before and this place is fantastic!

History, culture, great food, architecture and lots to do. It’s a good thing we walked a lot, because we ate and drank a lot.

We stayed at the Westin Copley place (after so many years of business travel I have accumulated tons of Starwood Points – so the Westin was a logical option).

The hotel is well situated right downtown and was terrific in every way.It’s a business hotel, but I DO love the heavenly beds and the Westin level of service. So you would be pleased with the Westin Copley if you were having trouble deciding where to stay.

The thing that I liked the most about Boston…was the history.I had no idea just how much stuff happened there…and how many influential people lived there.

Being a shutterbug, camera-geek, photo freak…I found Boston a dream to shoot at all hours of the day.

There’s just so much history to learn about in Boston and it’s fun to consume. It seemed that every time we turned around, there was something to learn about or see.

  • The first Post Office
  • The Boston Public Library
  • The Freedom Mile
  • Beautiful old Brownstone Walk-Ups
  • Street lamps still burning gas
  • Harvard University
  • REAL brick buildings
  • Beacon Hill
  • The home of Robert Frost
  • Faneuil Hall
  • The Old State House
  • A cemetary where Benjamin Franklin’s PARENTS, James Otis, John Hancock and Paul Revere are buried.
  • The fattest squirrels I have ever seen (they are in Boston Public Garden in case you’re into that sort of thing)

Newbury Street is Boston’s Rodeo Drive – but a thousand times better and totally authentic. Go there.

Walk it end to end and shop.

Traci and I took a day trip up to Salem, MA because we were getting into the spirit of Halloween.

We didn’t see any witches, but did find the coolest black cat named (are you ready for this?) Boo and got to learn about and eat a candy called Gibraltars – America’s first commercial candy.

The stuff never goes bad, is guaranteed to destroy your fillings, teeth and only comes in two flavours: lemon and peppermint. You’ll try it once and then use the rest as paper weights.

While in Salem, we also stumbled into the coziest restaurant EVER – a place called the Lyceum Bar and Grill, which happened to be the same building where Alexander Graham Bell made his first demonstration of the telephone in 1877.

I felt SO COOL whipping out my Blackberry.

Not.

A visit to Harvard was on the agenda and boy did I feel smart just walking around out there. Now I can tell everyone that I went to Harvard – and when they ask “what for?”…I’ll just change the subject quickly and hopefully leave ’em THINKING that I’m really educated.

Harvard is cool and serious at the same time. It’s an awesome place in so many ways. I could write a post just on the experience of being there.

REAL wrought iron and some amazing architecture that I remember studying in University were in every corner of the old campus. Seeing the Widener library (Harvard’s most photographed and published building) in the flesh (or in the ‘brick’, I should say) was awesome.

My most favorite building however, had to be the Boston Public library. It is breath taking. Even if you don’t like architecture, you will still be impressed. The building is downtown, and you cant miss it.

Go to Boston in the fall. The weather is perfect for being a tourista.

Here are just a few of the shots we took:

The Boston Skyline

The Boston Skyline

The Boston Westin Copley Place

The Boston Westin Copley Place. Gotta love the Heavenly Beds!

Boston has done a good  (not great) job of mixing urban and commercail

Boston has done a good (not great) job of mixing urban and commercial

The Boston Publc Library at night.  Stunning.

The Boston Publc Library at night. Stunning.

Inside the Boston Public Library.  No cameras allowed.

Inside the Boston Public Library. No cameras allowed.

An alley in old Boston. Something about this shot compelled me to take it...

An alley in old Boston. Something about this shot compelled me to take it...

Old World Lantern and New World Architecture

Old World Lantern and New World Architecture

Boston the Old State House

Boston the Old State House

The Paramount in Beacon Hill. A great, casual spot for breakfast or lunch

The Paramount in Beacon Hill. A great, casual spot for breakfast or lunch

John Hancock's Head Stone. I wonder if mine will be this grand...

John Hancock's Head Stone. I wonder if mine will be this fancy?

Harvard Architecture and Wrought Iron. Are you feeling smarter yet?

Harvard Architecture and Wrought Iron. Are you feeling smarter yet?

The Widener Library

The Widener Library

Boston Beacon Hill Post Office  -  America's First

Boston Beacon Hill Post Office - America's First

The Lyceum Bar and Grill Restaurant. What a lovely receipt.

The Lyceum Bar and Grill Restaurant. What a lovely receipt.

Gibraltar Candies in Salem, MA

Gibraltar Candies in Salem, MA

Boston Sunset. Looking West (does the sun set any other way?)

Boston Sunset. Looking West (does the sun set any other way?)

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I value good design, growth, effectiveness, simplicity, profitability, lots of sleep, tons of laughter and above all, freedom. If it makes money - it's a business. If it doesn't make money - it's a hobby. Period.

Cole J - 8 years ago

Brooks, thanks for sharing your fabulous photos and always entertaining, informative commentary!

Cindy - 6 years ago

Thanks Brooks – I look forward to visiting Boston next month. Great pics!

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