I am always short on time whenever I’m visiting home in Boston. Despite having just spent three weeks visiting family and friends I barely had time to venture off and reacquaint myself with some of my favorite parts of the city. Luckily, I managed to make it out to Beacon Hill, where I used to live and one of the most picturesque neighborhoods in Boston and home to the Massachusetts State House along with its gilded golden dome.
Unfortunately it was trash day where residents haul out garbage bagfuls and drop it on the streets for collection. So note to self, avoid Friday mornings in Beacon Hill. But even the trash couldn’t put me off the neighborhood. In just about every other street I wander to there were runners, individuals and in groups, taking advantage of the hills for their morning exercise.
Within the residential streets of the neighborhood there are two that I used to love bringing visitors to. The prettiest street in Boston is arguably Acorn Street in Beacon Hill (pictured above). It’s also one of the more festive streets in December, decked out in cheerful Christmas decorations that always warmed me up despite the frigid cold. In Louisburg Square you’ll find one of the more prestigious addresses in Boston; one of the square’s long time resident is Secretary of State John Kerry and his wife Teresa Heinz.
One tip for ladies when visiting Beacon Hill – leave your heels at home. In addition to it being hilly, there are many streets that are laden with uneven cobblestones, deep enough to swallow your 4 inchers.
Charles Street is also another one you wouldn’t want to miss. Two of my must visit restaurants in the area is conveniently right next door to each other. On weekends there is inevitably a line at The Paramount, a longstanding greasy spoon in Beacon Hill, for a hearty breakfast/brunch but don’t let that deter you, the line moves relatively quickly and their fresh caramel and banana french toast is well worth it.Next door to The Paramount is Todd English’s Figs where great gourmet pizzas are to be had. Their signature fig & proscuitto with gorgonzola pizza is a must try for first time visitors. With that said we had an incredible lunch of roast beet salad, crispy shrimp with artichoke pizza and fried calamari during our last visit. It was way too much food for two people so bear in mind that their portions are pretty generous.Charles Street is a great place for window shopping with cute local boutique shops for those inclined. Caffeination can be found at Tatte Bakery & Cafe which serves Stumptown Coffee.A fun cocktail place is the Alibi Bar at the Liberty Hotel, an old prison that’s been converted into a luxury hotel, just off of Charles Street if you walk away from Beacon Street. But if it’s wide open spaces and an even more iconic Boston scene you’re after, a five minute walk from Charles Street will lead you to the Public Garden and the tourist favorite swan boats.