There is nothing I welcome more eagerly and excitedly than warm weather. It is just that-warm. As in not cold. I hate the cold. I’m from Georgia, can you blame me? I was sun bathing in February two years ago. But I love my transplant city, and here are just a few things I enjoy most!
Outdoor Farmer’s Markets! Making their return come May! Sure, every city has them these days, but I’m in awe of how many Boston has and how accessible they are! Every neighborhood has one or more, including the downtown areas, and there is at least one market every single day. Talk about convenient! I simply adore delicious, home grown produce as opposed to petri dish tomatoes, and love the community feel of being at the market and talking with all the vendors and neighbors! There’s even a market in Harvard Square walking distance from our hotel. Check out the link for all the dates and times. http://www.massfarmersmarkets.org/
Lobstah Rolls! Seriously, who doesn’t love these! Lobster meat, hot dog roll, done. My best kept local’s secret is Belle Isle Seafood. It’s a bit inconvenient to get to, impossible without a car, but it is the best. It’s $20 (same as Legal Seafood) for a pound of meat. Meat, not a one pound lobster, but one pound of meat. That’s like six lobsters, or something. Last time I was eating there, so was Mayor Menino!
New England Aquarium! You’re supposed to go outside when it’s warm, but I can’t think of anything more fitting than marine wildlife and water for a summer outing! And when you’re done admiring the tanks of exotic fishies, or the hands on Shark and Sting Ray Touch Tank, you can always head outside for the Seal Show! It’s also really convenient to get to with public transportation and very kid friendly-duh. I recently got some tickets for the aquarium and cannot wait to use them!
Dining Al Fresco! Ohmygoodness there are so many options! Everybody tries to accommodate outdoor diners in the summer, so take your pick! A couple of the more popular ones are Stephanie’s on Newbury (massively popular, difficult to get a table), Legal Seafood Harborside, Daedalus (roof deck seating!), Cafe Pamplona. Just to name a few!
Sailing! Ok, let me be honest. I get incredibly sea sick and am terrified of water (don’t ask how number 6 below is a favorite of mine.) In the two years I’ve lived here, I’ve had a membership at Community Boating on the Charles River. I’ve gotten on a sailboat there once. And I didn’t even leave the dock. I rigged the boat, got a high five for passing my “rigging” test, and then left. So perhaps I’m more in love with the IDEA of sailing. It seems so elegant and relaxing and exhilarating. Free on the open water. Ok, it sounds more like terrifying, but for those who don’t have a irrational fear of sea monsters (how much do we really know about what lives in the water?), it’s a wonderful way to spend the afternoon! There are tons of places you can set up a charter or rent a boat and lots of places to sail-maybe a trip to the Harbor Islands? Just ask one of us concierges to help you out!
The Beach! Who doesn’t love the New England coast in the summer? It’s perfection! I feel like when I’m at a New England beach, I’m living in a picture. My favorite? Wingaersheek Beach. It’s on Cape Ann, across from the more widely known Good Harbor Beach, which in my opinion doesn’t even compare. Wingaersheek is less populated, and when it is crowded, it is more locals than tourists gathering there, and has a wonderfully clean and pristine coastline and beaching area. The best part? The amazing rock formations that are a BLAST to climb and jump on at high tide. It’s a built in water park, courtesy of, nature. (The pets in the photo are not mine, but the beach is pet friendly only at certain times, such as early in the season or after dusk.)
Thursday evening I headed to the Harbor/Seaport area and stopped into Temazcal: Tequila Cantina for a large, strong, and delicious margarita (on the rocks, salted rim, please). The restaurant and bar area are beautiful; the crowd was fun and vibrant. I, like some of the other patrons, seized the opportunity to wear fun, colorful attire in thin fabrics and materials. The restaurant had removed all of the retractable doors in honor of the balmy weather.
Next, we went next door to Legal Harborside’s third floor bar/lounge to share a small pitcher of white sangria. The roofdeck’s glass walls were retracted here as well. We were not the only ones who thought this would be a perfect spot on a beautiful “summer” night – the place was packed! Dine on the first floor for a delicious seafood meal in a fish market-type atmosphere. For a special occasion, try the the fine-dining second floor.
Posted by Jack, Concierge at Hotel Veritas