A weekend in Boston first-and-foremost meant packing my warmest clothes! Layers, hats, gloves, and of course a faux fur, because I love a good faux fur and jump at the opportunity to wear one! With the necessities packed, and a winter warning alert in effect, I checked into my flight, grabbed my mask and Clorox wipes, and headed for George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
Cape Cod has always been on my bucket list, and though I’ve imagined going in the warm summer weather, I could not resist a trip. The drive itself was gorgeous, providing scenic views and historical markers along the way. Our first stop was the small town of Sandwich. Interesting name right? I found it only fitting that the first thing I do there was order a sandwich, and Beth’s Bakery & Cafe was the recommended spot! My favorite part about this quaint destination was the tea selection. Also along Jarves Street were several cute little shops and eateries to explore.
I remember visiting Plymouth rock as a kid. My mom took my brother and me to a restaurant where everyone wore clothing from the 1600s and churned butter, which we ate on bread with our meal at long picnic tables “Thanksgiving-style”. It was such a touristy town, but my twelve-year-old self soaked it up, especially the Mayflower II, which is an exact replica of the original Mayflower that brought the first settlers to New England. Seeing Plymouth as an adult was a different experience. Rather than being enamored by the replica ship, I enjoyed viewing the different historical monuments and imagining what it was like for the first settlers who arrived to nothing but barren land and freezing temperatures. They did not know the terrain or climate, and as the story goes, were essentially saved by the Native Americans who taught them how to survive, but I won’t elaborate on how we returned the favor. I am sure you know the tale.
For a girl from Houston, Texas the thought of a snow day is both exciting and terrifying. Sunday came and the snow started to fall. It was insanely beautiful. I tried to catch snowflakes from the window to see their designs because apparently snowflakes really look like the white decorations and images that we see plastered on store displays during December. I know, right? I can thank my 17-year old sister and TikTok for educating me on that! Within just two-hours, the grass, streets, and cars were covered in a blanket of white snow. Kids played outside and built snowmen and I watched happily from the warmth of the indoors.
When the snowfall finally came to a stop, we bundled up and decided to drive around, see the sights, and find a spot to eat. We ended up at a neat local bar in Quincy called Assembly, where we enjoyed cocktails and Superbowl menu specials, because, oh yeah, it was Superbowl Sunday. Apparently that’s a big deal. Personally, I just tune in for the half-time show.
Can’t leave Without Clam Chowder
I had some time to kill Monday before my flight, and the snowstorm had passed so I grabbed an Uber to Boston city and started walking in search of Clam Chowder of course! Google led me along Newbury street, which is insanely gorgeous, to a trendy spot called Saltie Girl. I am all about good food, but I also look for a great environment, and this place did not disappoint on either front. I sat at the bar, had a fancy blueberry vodka cocktail, a few oysters, and of course, a bowl of Clam Chowder. Afterward, I ventured to the nearby indoor shopping plaza called the Prudential Center where I came across a haven of Italian goodies. Eataly is a popular spot complete with an espresso bar, a bakery, pizza oven, raw bar, aisles of fresh vegetables, imported sweets, and sauces and pasta galore. It was a perfect last-minute stop!
All in all, it was a short trip, but a sweet one. Partly because I got to fly on a plane for the first time in quite a while, and partly due to the fact that I visited some awesome people, experienced snow for one of the few times in my life, and enjoyed some new sights and places. I will most certainly be packing a bag for Boston again soon, during the Summer that is. xoxo