Recently, my husband and I enjoyed a wonderful “staycation” in Boston, including taking in a couple of Red Sox games at Fenway Park, a day at the Museum of Fine Arts, a whale watch that took us up to Gloucester to see humpback whales, viewing the July 4 fireworks from the Cambridge/MIT side of the Charles River, walking on sections of the Freedom Trail, exploring Frederick Law Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace and the Arnold Arboretum in Boston and Jamaica Plain, exploring beautiful residential sections of Brookline, and dining at several fun restaurants. Boston is such a walkable city and it’s fun to map out spending a day on foot.
We also checked out Assembly Row shops and restaurants in Somerville, the new Encore Casino in Everett, and our favorite birding spot – Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge/Watertown. What a beautiful place. Rather than feeling like a cemetery, it feels like an arboretum and nature center that happens to include monuments, memorials, statues and crypts sprinkled throughout. The Washington Tower, located at the highest elevation in the cemetery, provides a 360 degree panoramic view of Boston and surrounding areas. For bird lovers, the cemetery is a wonderful place to view migratory birds in April and May and a great place to view birds in general year round.
We still have a long list of things we’d like to do in Boston. A couple on my personal list are visiting Design Museum Boston, the Boston Society of Architects Space on Congress Street, and taking an MIT campus architectural tour. Next time!