This is probably NO secret to many! In fact, I will probably sell myself out for being “tourist of year” with this blog post. But, that is the risk I am willing to take. While in Boston back in May, Josh and I had a four hour layover before we headed to Nantucket. Well, in case you’re ever in a similar situation and REALLY just don’t want to sit in an airport, and you just HAPPEN to be in Boston, good news! There are other options.
If there is one very nice thing about Boston it is their airport set up. I have never flown through another airport where I had time to get off the plane, catch a shuttle, then a taxi and make it to the downtown area and back in time to catch my connecting flight. Most airports are built so far away, provide little to no transportation, and are so chaotic that just the stress of leaving and checking back in would not be worth it. Well, Boston has figured out how to make it simple! They created the BOSTON WATER TAXI!
Josh and I only traveled with a carry on just for the sake of not having to fool with checking in bags (if this is ever an option it is a MUST! Our travels were so simple comparatively). This made the possibility of adventuring to the downtown Boston area much easier. We were able to just hop right off the plane and hit the streets. Literally! We walked right out the front doors of the airport where we caught a shuttle that took us to the dock. Now, I know what most think. This IS Boston. Docks, airports, yeah, yeah! We have ALL seen The Departed. It was NOT that scenario at all! We were dropped off at the water taxi loading dock by the five minute shuttle from that picked us up directly from the airport. Fortunately, we were the ONLY ones willing to risk the rainy, chilled morning air by taking a boat ride. This made for no wait and a number of drivers to choose from.
The taxi round-trip cost us a total of $15. This may seem pricey to some but really the view and nice boat ride were worth any extra dime we may have spent. Our driver was super too! She told us about tons of hidden treasures within the city and some of the history. We had a guide and a GPS all in one. It’s always neat to get a local’s scoop on the city that you’re visiting too. Definitely puts things into a different perspective.
We began our trip to the heart of Boston on the docks and then at noon she picked us up on the Boston side docks and brought us right back to the airport where the shuttle was sitting, as if it had been waiting the whole time! It was uniquely simple.
If you’re ever in this unique city, even if it’s just hopping through on a plane, I definitely recommend taking the water taxi! It’s neat, you get to connect with locals and, I mean seriously, who doesn't love a good boat ride? Especially when it’s through the Boston harbor!
“Dare to adventure into unknown seas. Treasures lie on the other side.” ~ Mo
I consider myself to be a Southerner to the T. I mean, sweet tea lover, “ya’ll” frequent user and guilt driven by many other stereotypical “southern” charm habits. I love everything about the South! However, recently my husband and I have found ourselves venturing North a bit more frequent than normal. Within the past two months we have been to Washington D.C. (Yes! DC IS considered north…no ands, if’s or buts), Boston, Nantucket, AND Martha’s Vineyard! We are on a roll! This particular blog is in reference to a hidden treasure we found while hanging out in the North's beloved Boston for a couple of hours.
While strolling through the North End section of Boston we decided, or better yet our stomachs decided, it was brunch time. In case you are unfamiliar with brunch it is a combination of breakfast and lunch. An American gem that allows us hungry folk to squeeze in just one more meal of the day because everyone knows that five just isn't enough! You see, we were on our first official day of our honeymoon. We had a 7 a.m. flight from North Carolina, and we were FINALLY Mr. and Mrs Best! Food had NOT been in the cards, until our grumbling stomachs broke their peace!
While strolling, Sunday mass was letting out at a beautiful church hidden between cobble streets and old brick buildings. We heard a NUMBER of people chatting that they were going to Mike’s Place to eat because it was the BEST! Well, seeing our state of hunger, and the fact our last name was now Best we decided that we better get to know this Mike person as well!
We actually stumbled upon Mike’s place really! If it hadn't been for the crowd and our need for energy we would have NEVER located this place. I am assuming (which I tend to do quite often) that Mike’s most popular business hours are right after Sunday services between 10:00 a.m. and noon. This is, at least, what the crowd suggested. Mike’s Pastry, located in the North End on Hanover Street was surrounding inside and out with what looked like pleasantly hungry, and satisfied local customers! Josh and I decided based on what had been heard and the look on all the fokl it was a must! We, too, had to experience Mike’s.
The restaurant has limited seating, but a large variety of pastries, cupcakes, sweets, and beverages to choose from. Anything and everything to fulfill that sweet tooth! Grab something and stand on the street chatting with the locals. That seems to be what the cool kids are up to! I chose to order a Chocolate Croissant with a Cappuccino. By far the best decision I made while in Boston! Talk about perfection to the lips, and tummy. It was delicious!
We felt like foreigners entering, but locals leaving. After fighting (and I mean you’ve got to put some back into it) to the counter at the front to place our order, we got our food within seconds. It was fresh and delicious from the first bite to the last. It’s always wonderful to find a local place, especially when it’s by chance. We truly felt like we had discovered and explored a gem of the North End on that overcast day in May.
“Sweet delicious treats are merely sunshine to a rainy day” ~ Mo
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