Boston in the Fall: Day 1

Thanks for joining me on our Boston Road Trip!! I’ll include links to all my Boston posts at the end of this post.

When hubby told me he booked the earliest flight out of JAX to Boston, I thought he was crazy.  I mean, who wants to leave for vacation at 4:50 am?  When we were in Boston by 10:00, however, I was singing a different tune.  Blue skies, a great view from our Back Bay suite and time for a nap allowed even Day 1 to be full and fun!

Hilton Back Bay is close to several T stations and offers great views of Boston's Back Bay neighborhood!

Boston blogs alerted us to the charm of Newbury Street long before we landed.  So we strolled that way for an early lunch.  Sonsie had the doors thrown back to maximize people watching, welcome the cool, crisp air and entice Floridians who are very hungry to come in.  It worked.

We started with a blueberry + goat cheese tart.

protip: Life is short.  Eat dessert first.  Especially on vacation.

I balanced my dessert out with some raw veggie summer rolls while hubby tried the BLT du jour.  Sonsie was a great first experience in Boston! {327 Newbury St, Boston, MA}

No humidity! I didn't know such blissfully clear weather existed!

That 4:50 wakeup was starting to hit us, so we headed back to the hotel for a nap.

protip: When on vacation, nap regularly.

Hilton Back Bay’s location was perfect for us.  Refreshed from our siesta, we walked to the Boston Public Library for a tour and tea.  We arrived too early.  Oops.

Fortunately, Boston’s Old South Church sits across the street… and it is beautiful.  

We spent some time taking in this place where thousands and thousands {millions, even?} have worshipped.  I prayed there.  Not because God is any more present in this gorgeous church than in the library across the street, but because I was more aware of Him.

He still blows my mind, even after years and years of learning about God and knowing Him.  He’s more beautiful than those stained glass windows and full of more knowledge than that library across the street… I remain in awe.

Boston's Copley Square in the afternoon.

Check out the architecture of the Boston Public Library’s courtyard.  I love it!  Finally, our tea time arrived & we headed in to the historic side of the Boston Public Library for afternoon tea in Boston.

My studly date {who is more of a craft beer guy than a tea drinker} decided to try a new experience and ordered Matcha Tea.  I stuck with something I knew I’d like- Darjeerling.  The other thing I knew I liked lounged across the table from me and I  couldn’t help but grin.  15 years of marriage!  And now our first high tea in Boston of all places.  Life is good.

We so wished our 11 yo was with us when the tea sandwiches came out.  She’s the baker in the family and loves to set a gorgeous table.  I took this photo so she can play around with creative sandwiches.  Check out the one in the spherical roll! So cute!  They were all yummy- I’d go back for sure.  The apricot chicken salad on wheat was especially tasty as was the egg salad served open faced on a small round.

After a leisurely tea, we headed to the lobby for the historic library tour.

The art and architecture of this place is amazing- and you’ll appreciate it even more after a tour!  For example, our guide pointed out that the lions are carved from the exact same marble as lines the walls, stairs and forms the columns.  The lions simply are not polished.  So cool!

It is hard to choose a favorite space in the library, but I think this reading & archives room is it.

My favorite room in the Boston Public Library.

And the art… oh the art!  John Singer Sargent painted the frescoes lining the walls in this upper gallery, which he designed with the architect to provide a perfect template for his pieces.  Amazing craftsmanship covers this place and makes the reverence held for this place of learning obvious.

Our tour lasted into the evening and then we explored the town on foot.  We skipped dinner {a 3:00 tea time covered that} but by 9:00 we were a bit munchy and not quite ready to call it a night.  Urban Spoon said Bukowski Tavern would be a fun late-night hangout…

Urban Spoon was right, as usual.  Hubby quickly picked a locally brewed IPA for his beverage… but I’m more of a tea drinker than a beer drinker, so I let our server spin the beer wheel:

Bukowski's beer wheel is a fun way to pick your drink!

It was scary for me because there are a LOT of beers I don’t like.  Like 8.5 out of 10.  But, hey, hubby drank Matcha Tea for me, I can drink a beer for him- right?

The beer angel was looking out for me- I ended up with an Old Chub Scotch Ale.  YES! I loved it!

Keeping with our “we’re on vacation, let’s try something new” theme, hubby ordered the White Trash Poutine Tots for a late night snack.

They’re pretty much tater tots smothered with Bukowski’s spicy cheese sauce, gravy & green onions.  See, nobody should ever say I make him eat fancy food all the time.  I totally turned my nose up at these… I mean, tater tots? Really?  But after half my Old Chub they looked delish and tasted pretty darn good, too.  When in Rome…

For more Boston Blog reading…

  1. Start with a light hearted meeting with Lobstah Lou.
  2. North End Italian Restaurants
  3. 3 North End Experiences you can’t miss!
  4. Boston Red Sox baseball game!!!


  1. Joyce Raymond says

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane. I had forgotten how crisp a New England Fall day can be. You also brought back memories of the humidity in Fl. It’s funny because my body lives in Ma. but my heart lives in St. Augustine. I can bring myself to tears remembering my daily walks on the beach, or having a late night ice cream cone on St. George St. My daughter and step-son pretty much grew up there, and have many, many good memories.It was a great place to go to school.

    • says

      Thanks for sharing, Joyce! We loved visiting your “neck of the woods” as well. Boston was great but my heart remains here in St. Augustine as well. Viva St. Augustine! 😉

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