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USA Radio
June 9, 2014

Touring Historic Boston

Today we all woke up well rested and ready to explore. We knew we had a lot of walking ahead of us, so we fueled up with a delicious breakfast at Fairmont Copley Plaza’s OAK Long Bar + Kitchen. We enjoyed fresh, farm-to-table dishes including savoury pancakes and gourmet breakfast sandwiches. It was the perfect way to kick off Day 1 of our New England Coast Road Trip!

After breakfast, it was time to begin exploring the historic city of Boston. And what better way to learn the story behind Boston than by walking the Freedom Trail! The Freedom Trail is a 4-kilometre brick-lined route that leads to 16 historically significant sites, monuments and museums, like Paul Revere’s house and the USS Constitution. 

Following the Freedom Trail was a great way to see the city while learning about the historical events that sparked the American Revolution. We saw some really beautiful architecture along the way, including the Old State House. What was once the centre of the American Revolution now stands as a monument to liberty and houses pieces of the past including a vial of tea from the Boston Tea Party! In addition to the Old State House, the Granary Burying Ground, the King’s Chapel and other sites, we were excited to tour Paul Revere’s house. When you’re standing inside the oldest structure in downtown Boston, it’s hard not to feel like you’re part of history. 

We worked up quite an appetite exploring Boston on foot, so we were thrilled when the Freedom Trail led us right to Quincy Market. The two-story market is home to 50 shops, 14 restaurants and 40 food court stops! After finding lunch (we all tried something different and delicious!), we took our self-guided tour to Hanover Street at the suggestion of the locals. This historic street is home to the most indulgent cannoliswe’ve ever tasted (Mike’s Pastry has over 15 different flavors!) and authentic Italian cafes. The much-needed caffeine helped tide us over until we were done exploring the North End.

Dinner brought us to the Russell House Tavern, located just a short walk from Harvard University’s campus. We made it to our destination a little early, so we used the time to take a stroll around the charming campus and relax before enjoying an extravagant meal at the Tavern. We dined on gourmet dishes, starting with a Harvard Beet Salad appetizer and ending with the freshest Farmstead Peach Shortbread we’ve ever tasted. We were even treated to a behind-the-scenes look at our dessert being prepared by the executive chef! 

With our appetites satisfied, we embarked on the short drive to Salem, Massachusetts, our destination for Day 2. After a long day, the Hawthorne Hotel was a welcome sight. Located in the heart of downtown Salem, the cozy hotel serves as the perfect jumping-off point to begin exploring Salem tomorrow. 

If Day 1 is any indication of the rest of the week, we’ve got one incredibly fun trip ahead of us!

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