Tuesday, September 15, 2015

3 years

yesterday, shawn and i celebrated our third wedding anniversary! sometimes it feels like we've been together forever, and there are days where i just cannot believe our special day was three YEARS ago.  in keeping with our "year of us!" theme, we planned an extended weekend trip visit boston, a city neither of us had been to before.  the weather was a perfect, crisp 68 degrees, and i was thankful that i packed mostly long sleeves, jeans, and a scarf...and, of course, a comfortable pair of shoes! we packed in our three days there with lots to do.  but, i already want to go back.  boston is such a gorgeous, clean, historic city.  i could absolutely imagine living there (and may, or may not, have pretended that we did ;) )....now, on to some(lots of) photos!

we stayed at the copley square hotel, which is one of the nicest hotels i have ever stayed in! the bed, was honestly a dream! so, so comfy! the shopping near the hotel was unbelievable! everything from outdoor markets to high end stores - this area has it all.  also to note, the public transportation is super easy to navigate and very reasonable.  we parked our car friday when we arrived and didn't move it until we left on sunday.

day one - we ventured around the hotel area, shopping the local markets and along newbury street.  we had lunch at an irish pub, which was delicious.  later we took the subway to cambridge, where we took our own little bar tour, and had the best lobster rolls at the bostonia.  at our first pub, we watched boston police officers parade through town playing bag pipes to pay a tribute to 9/11.  i had chills the whole time! cambridge is where we ventured through quincy market, fanueli hall, and along the harbor.  this was our favorite part of the visit! we loved it so much that we came back on sunday before heading home :)

day two - we discovered the cutest coffee shop called "the thinking cup" near our hotel.  we loved it so much that we made a couple visits throughout our stay :) on this day, we toured harvard.  harvard is gorgeous! i think we both expected it to be somewhat of a college town, or have a college/party feel.... but let's be honest.  these people are serious about their studies! we had lunch (lobster rolls! ha) in an adorable beer garden, then walked about for hours admiring the town.  again, lots of cute outdoor markets and shopping.  we stopped for a coffee and listened to some live music before heading back to our hotel for complimentary wine during happy hour:) to be honest, i needed a bit of a cat nap before our dinner reservations, so we added that to the agenda! then, it was off to my favorite restaurant of the trip: the wink & nod.  we so enjoyed our walk to this restaurant, which took us through a more residential area of the city.  streets were lined with gorgeous brownstones, and cobblestone streets, and i, again, was imagining/pretending to live there.  we arrived at our destination to find a well dressed man guarding the door.  after a wink & a nod ;), he allowed us in and we walked downstairs to find a lounge-y/sexy ambience.  this restaurant changes chefs every 6 months, and is known for its clever cocktails.  during our visit, the menu took nods from the areas of the phillipines, japan, and bangkok. we shared several items and even a cocktail... i'm still dreaming of it!

day three - we decided that one trip to cambridge wasn't enough, so after packing up, we jumped back on the subway for one last taste of our favorite town.  we picked up some goodies from the indoor market (cider donuts, homemade jams, and syrup!),  had one more lobster roll for good measure, and a mimosa from, where else, Cheers!

shawn and i agreed that this trip was second best only to our honeymoon, which can never be topped. the people were SO nice, the city was SO clean, and the food was SO good.  Boston, i love love love you! hoping to find ourselves in your presence again one day :)

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