Boston and Salem- a New England Fall and Halloween Experience
Honeymoon Trippers traveled to Boston and Salem on October, not only to share with you some images about Halloween but to show you the beauty of New England during foliage season.
Here is a list of attractions we highly recommend to our readers. Enjoy the ride!
Boston Common and Boston Public Garden: Here is the equivalent of New York’s Central Park but in a smaller scale. This is the green area of the city with ponds, a picturesque bridge and beautiful paths. For animal lovers, here, the friendly squirrels will crawl on your lap to get some food if you handle some nuts. We also want to mention that a lot of movies have been filmed in Boston, such as Ted, Fever Pitch, American Hustle, The Town, The Social Network, Good Will Hunting, The Departed and more.
Freedom Trail: this 2.5-mile path marked with red bricks on the floor for visitors to follow, passes 16 significant historic locations such as The Massachusetts State House, Park Street Church, The Granary Burying Ground and the Old State House. Guides are dressed in colonial times costumes to greet and help visitors.
Theatre District and Chinatown: Steps south of Boston Common is an area that hold the most important theatres and performing art venues. Chinatown with the traditional architectural gate, offers Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants and markets. It is also the place to witness all the Chinese events and celebrations such as the Lunar New Year.
Washington Street: The main area for shopping located in the Financial District, holds Department stores, restaurants, coffee shops and beautiful corners like Irish Famine Memorial where you can sit to relax before you keep touring.
Faneuil Hall & Quincy Market: this former market building and meeting hall was built in 1742 and is a spot where all visitors hang out to grab some food, listen to street performers or buy Boston memorabilia. Stores are located along a pedestrian path on Market Street.
Boston Public Library: This grand renaissance style building was established in 1848 and holds newspapers, electronic resources and e-books.
Boston Harbor: the wharf area offers a very picturesque view of the city, especially from the water. From here you can also catch a ferry to the beautiful Cape Code towns, such as Provincetown. In the Harbor there is also the Boston Tea Party Museum and Ship that tells the history not only of Boston but also about the times of revolution in the United States of America.
New England Aquarium: Located at the Wharf it is one of the most visited waterfront Boston attractions, with a giant ocean tank.
North End Neighborhood & Paul Revere House : Trendy restaurants are located in this pocket of Boston as well as the oldest restaurant in the USA, the Oyster House. From Italian to “catch of the day” seafood, it is a must if you want to taste amazing food. The neighborhood holds Paul Revere’s Home; the oldest house in Boston built in 1680, which is also the Museum of this national folk hero. It is also located next to the beautiful North Square Park.
Beacon Hill: In this trendy and the most expensive area of Boston, you can find federal-style row houses, narrow passages with cobblestone streets, such as Acorn St., brick sidewalks and gas lamps. Restaurants and small boutique stores are located along Charles Street. Movie stars own homes in this neighborhood.
Liberty Hotel: Located in the heart of trendy Beacon Hill, this jail-turned luxury hotel offers very nice accommodations and great lounge bars and restaurants. By standing at the Atrium/Lobby you can have a glimpse of what the jail was but covered in luxurious decadent decoration. The Clink Restaurant was built in the original Jail Cells.
Newburgh & Boylston Street: These streets are large shopping corridors with upscale boutiques and coffee stores.
Commonwealth Ave- Marlborough Street: These large corridors that run parallel to Charles River with a leafy-tree Boulevard, have gorgeous homes and we recommend that you ride a bike along them.
Pub Cheers: The bar that inspired the TV sitcom from the 80’s is located in the heart of Beacon Hill. It was filmed in a Los Angeles Studio but the iconic façade is featured on the show. You can enjoy American food in this old bar founded in 1895. I bet you want to go where everybody knows your name!
Fenway Park: This small ballpark is home of the Baseball Team Red Sox. The area is also surrounded by casual bars and dive-ins.
Harvard University – Cambridge: This private Ivy League University is located in Cambridge, a town across the Charles River from Boston. It is nice just to walk around the buildings and paths by foot or by bike.
Downtown Salem: This charming small town is 30 minutes away from Boston. Streets like Essex, Chestnut Street and Washington are the main ones. The City Hall, Old Town Hall and Church are in the heart of it and it is where the all action takes place. Salem is famous due to the 1692 Witches Trials, making this place a lively town for Halloween events with parades and theme museums such as the Witch Museum, The Witch Memorial and The Witch House.
Peabody Essex Museum-Salem: Established in 1799, it holds mostly art collection and special exhibitions. The building has been beautifully remodeled.
Fort Pickering -Salem: This 17th century fort is located on Winter Island; 20 minute- walk from Downtown Salem. It holds a typical New England Lighthouse and it is open all year long.
Juniper Point- Salem: Next to Winter Island, this small area has beautiful houses and a small beach with big rocks around. Nice scenery to enjoy at sunrise.
I personally consider Boston, one of the most beautiful cities in the United States. It is simply gorgeous…