I am back from Boston and miss it already! This is the first time in about a year and a half that I haven’t had a trip to New England in the works, and I’m sad! We first started planning my August 2011 trip to Boston/Vermont (where I was really just a tag-a-long with my parents who were headed up for a wedding) back in November 2010, and before I even took that trip, I knew I would be coming back for this trip in April 2012.
Our main reason for this trip was my grandmother’s 90th birthday! My dad’s entire side of the family was in attendence, which is a rarity. All of my cousins on that side got together the night before and it was so nice to spend time with family and catch up. We also spent one day doing the tourist thing in Boston, and spent time visiting other relatives while we were in town.
I took a ton of pics, but compiled the ones I took from Instagram to share with you!
UPPER LEFT: Our plane touched down to a dreary day (the only rain we experienced during the trip).
UPPER RIGHT: Boston skyline from the Avis car rental lot.
LOWER LEFT: TD Garden celebrating the Bruins in the NHL playoffs.
LOWER RIGHT: Brooksby Farm is a historic farm extremely close to one of the houses I lived in as a child. I used to ride my bike from our house to the farm when I was 7 or 8, and we used the fields and hills for kite-flying in the spring and sledding in the winter. It’s mostly an apple orchard, but they have expanded to grow other fruits and even some animals.
UPPER LEFT: Dormant apple orchard at Brooksby Farm.
UPPER RIGHT: A seal on the outside of the Brooksby animal barn. Peabody is the town where I grew up. Both Peabody and Danvers used to be part of Salem before they became their own towns.
LOWER LEFT: A newspaper dispenser for the Salem newspaper. I love how everything in this area has witches on it!
LOWER RIGHT: My Great Uncle Rudy makes his own anisette, and when we visit, he always encourages us to have a shot or two of it. The recipe has been passed down through generations. He also makes wine!
UPPER RIGHT: Map of the T (subway), from the beginning of our day in Boston.
LOWER LEFT: The gates of Harvard University!
LOWER RIGHT: Old South Church off of Copley Square.
UPPER LEFT: During our day in Boston, we decided to forgo paying the fee to get to the observation deck of the Prudential Tower, and opted to have a drink at the bar at the Top of the Hub restaurant on floor 52 of the tower. Same view, no cover charge, and we get a beverage too! I had a strawberry basil lemonade and it was delicious!
UPPER RIGHT: The guestbook table for my grandmother’s 90th birthday party. I bought the letters pre-painted from JoAnn Fabrics to spell her name, and decoupaged floral scrapbook paper onto them. They got lots of compliments!
LOWER LEFT: Our last evening, we spent shopping for souvenirs at the mall and ended up at Legal Seafood in Burlington.
LOWER RIGHT: At Legal Seafood, Tadd ordered a drink special called a Watermelon Crush (you can see it in front of him in the pic on the left). It was made only of muddled fresh watermelon and vodka and it was DELICIOUS. We had some time to kill after dinner, so we sat at the bar to watch the Celtics game, and I just had to order one for myself. I will be trying to make this drink on my own this summer for sure.
UPPER LEFT: The shirt I picked out during our shopping trip as my souvenir. Go Sox!
UPPER RIGHT: Our day of departure was also Foursquare Day. On Untappd (which is a location-based app for beer lovers), you got a special badge for checking into a beer and pushing your location to Foursquare. When we had time to kill before our flight, we decided to earn our Foursquare Day Untappd badges with some preflight Wachusett beers. Blueberry for me, Green Monsta IPA for Tadd and my brother.
LOWER LEFT: One last glimpse of the skyline from our departure gate at the airport. I love that Logan Airport has such nice views, so that this is the first and last thing you see when you arrive and depart Boston.
LOWER RIGHT: Self-explanatory. Taken from my seat on our way home.