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Summer in the City + A Giveaway

We wait for it all year long - us New Englander's that is- I'm talking about Summer and all the wonderfulness that it brings! Sure most apartment's don't have central air and it gets humid by July, but guess what - the snow is nowhere to be found and that makes for thousands of happy people - especially those that flock to Boston for vacation. 
Boston has been my home for the last five years - and honestly it's such a great city!! There are moments I stop and pinch myself because I'm living in the city I've wanted to live in since I was 9!! There's so much to do and see - but for this post- I'll hit you with the highlights as if you're coming for a weekend - because you'll come back for more! 
I'm going to start this post off with what the ladies will want...shopping!! 
Also known as our version of Fifth Avenue, this is where you'll find the high end mixed in with H&M, Zara and Nordstrom Rack!!  It spans 8 blocks and has some of the best shopping and restaurants. Honorable mention goes to The Shops at Prudential & Copley Place Mall that are located off Boylston Street. So if you are looking for reprieve from the heat you can go to those! 
The North End is Boston's version of Little Italy!! You really can't go wrong with any restaurant you choose so it's not even worth it to give suggestions!! A crowd favorite seems to be Giacomo's - but here's a tip - don't go to the one in the North End - the lines are always outrageous! Go to the one in the South End and bring cash - that's all they accept at both locations! 
You know all those pretty flowers that I always snap on the weekends  - well all those blooms can be found in The Public Garden!! Boston Common and The Public Garden are separated by Charles Street so you can easily walk through both without breaking a sweat!! The Common offers you the frog pond while the garden gives you the swan boats!!  
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Faneuil Hall Marketplace is the hub of Boston if you will. It was built as a gift to the city by a rich merchant and today you'll find lots of restaurants, shops and street performers. You can stop into Hillstone for some delicious food and then over to Sterling's for some after dinner drinks! 
Instead of going to the Sam Adams Brewery opt for the Harpoon Brewery in the Seaport. Not only do you get a much better selection, but the tour tends to last a bit longer. I've only done the Sam Adams tour once and we all felt rushed through the entire thing! 

It's summer in Boston, you have to make your way to Fenway! Even if you're not a baseball fan - touring this iconic park is a must!! You get to see the ins and outs of the stadium. While you don't get to go on the field - you get to sit atop the Green Monster, which some have said are the best seats in the house!! 

For some libations my all time favorites...
The Liberty Hotel is an old jail that was converted into a hotel a few years ago! There are a few restaurants and a bars to lounge around in! Alibi has a really cool vibe - partly due to the mugshots they have lining the walls of famous people! 
City Bar in the Lenox Hotel is the best place to get your night started (if you're planning to go out around the Back Bay) and they have my absolute favorite - the Bellini! 

I could spend hours letting you know which museums to visit, which restaurants to eat at and all the other sights to see - but these are the highlights if you're coming for the weekend!! Yes there is also Cambridge, but skip the full on Harvard tour and just go visit the "old yard" yourself!! 

Have I convinced you to come visit me yet?! Have you ever been to Boston - what was your highlight?

Now onto the giveaway! What would you do with $100 to Nordstrom?! Would you pretty much live in your new lululemon leggings? No need to answer - just enter the giveaway for your chance to win!! 

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60 comments

  1. Honestly there is no better city in the Summer than Boston in my honest opinion ;-) We stayed at the Liberty hotel last year and loved it! Oh and a Sox game is a definite. Can't wait till we are up there!!!!

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  2. We were in Boston September 2012 and it was such a wonderful trip. We walked EVERYWHERE and saw so much history. We also had no idea that MIke's was so famous, we just saw people with boxes and went there for fun...so delicious!

    I loved little Itay and the historical walk, so so much fun!

    ps.com I loved your post yesterday and tried to comment, but for some reason it didn't take. I was a COLOR nailed bride. With a name like Pinky, you KNOW I had pink nails!

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  3. I want to visit Boston so badly! I'm not sure I could handle it in the winter, so I need to stick to a warm weather trip!

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  4. All of these pictures are so amazing! You are really making me want to take a trip to Boston ASAP! I definitely couldn't deal with the winters, I don't do snow, but in the summer it looks amazing!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  5. Gorgeous pics!! My husband went to college at Holy Cross in Boston for his first degree but he has yet to take me there and show me around. Its definitely something well have to do at some point!

    www.madeintheshadeblog.com

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  6. Boston is one city I've never visited but always wanted me. And bellinis are my fave too so now I have to visit pronto ;) !!!!!!

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  7. I've always wanted to go to Boston. I'm definitely saving this list... or calling you for when I do! :) Fabulous giveaway too ladies!

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  8. Ok so I reallllllyyyyyy want to go to Boston now!! Might be on the list for out next vaca! I love old cities! Were going to NOLA next month, super excited! Fingers crossed for the giveaway!!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeatsoles.blogspot.com

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  9. Great post on your home city. :-) Some day I hope to return there and to Newport. Boston is so much smaller than Chicago, but it there is plenty to see and do. Definitely a great weekend trip. We did two days there and the rest in Newport. We stayed at the Nine Zero Hotel which was very nice. We walked the Freedom Trail, and to the gardens. The North End was fun for dinner, and Cambridge was beautiful. Never made it to Faneuil Hall Marketplace or Newbury Street. Guess we'll have to do that next time! :-)

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  10. It is so funny! I had the exact thought this morning -- that I have waited all year for this weather, and it makes me giddy every morning.

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  11. i've actually never been to boston. it's on my to-do list!

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  12. Oh this post made me miss Boston!! We visited in the winter a couple years ago and LOVED it but I'd love to see the city when it's a bit warmer and there aren't 8 inches of snow on the ground. :)

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  13. Boston is on our bucket list of places to visit in the U.S. It looks so beautiful, and these are great tips! I've always wanted to go to Fenway Park, and I also would love to go to the public library (nerd at heart).

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  14. Summer in the city(ies) makes up for the horrible winters for sure! Boston looks so gorgeous! You have definitely convinced me to come visit! What would you say is the best area for people coming to visit to stay??

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  15. Boston is gorgeous! I've never been, but I would love to visit! Yay for another fab giveaway! xo

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  16. Yay for the giveaway! I WILL make it to Boston one day, so pretty, love all of your pics!

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  17. These photos are stunning. Boston is on my checklist every year and I never make it! As an Irish girl, it's a must, no?!? :)

    Anna
    alilyloveaffair.com

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  18. Gorgeous pictures!! Great Boston picks. Boston is the best. I love how you can pretty much walk everywhere. Who doesn't love Newbury Street?? I'm so excited that Tiffany's is opening a store on it soon. I also love the MFA, I could spend days there. Happy Wednesday.

    Best, Mree

    Best, Mree

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  19. Awesome giveaway!! I would love to win my first Lululemon item - and I've heard great things about the Wunder Unders! ;)

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  20. Boston looks beautiful! I would love to visit soon!

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  21. Amazing give away! I'll come visit you if I win, deal? ;)

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  22. I would LOVE to come visit you in Boston! It's definitely on our short list of places to see.

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  23. Red Sox is a must! You are totally going to be my tour guide for some visits in town. ;) Once I recover from vacation I'll send some dates to see what will work.

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  24. What amazing photos! Summertime in Boston looks fabulous! I just found you through the giveaway and can't wait to follow along!

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  25. I'm glad you posted about this, too! I would LOVE to go to Boston! Looks fab. :)

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  26. You've convinced me even more to visit Boston! Looks like such an awesome city! Now I just have to convince my husband!

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  27. I traveled to Boston when I was on tour and LOVED it! We were there during the Presidential election of 2008 and it was crazy! We did the Sam Adams tour and I was so disappointed. I don't really like any of their beer and I felt like they didn't really show us anything. Our hotel was across the street from Fenway but since it was fall we went to a Bruins game. So fun!

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  28. that first picture is so pretty! i love that i live here now!

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  29. Ahhh I absolutely love all of these highlights & am so glad I got to do almost all of them. Boston was a blast & I definitely would love to go back. Ps. awesome giveaway!!

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  30. Wow! What a gorgeous city! I have always wanted to visit Boston and now the travel bug has bit me.. :)
    -Leslie

    www.withloveleslie.com

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  31. when can I come?! i love that you live in the place you dreamed of as a kid. I'm sad I won't be there for long, will have to make another trip!

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  32. by the way you've convinced me that i now want to visit boston!!! what hotels do you suggest staying at that are near all the action and some what affordable for the night??

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  33. You've convinced me! Now I must come see Boston!

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  34. I have always wanted to go to boston! looks like an amazing place! I heard the food is amazing there!

    kelseybang.com

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  35. Thank you for this!! I may have mentioned before but I've only been to Boston once as a kid and I've been trying to plan a trip back for ages! I'll have to show this post to some reluctant friends and hopefully convince someone to spend a weekend up there ASAP :)

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  36. I've only been to Boston for a day trip and will never ever forget the lobster grilled cheese I had! SOOOO good! I wish I could remember which restaurant I was at though, ha! This is making me want to plan a trip... maybe for next summer so we can catch a baseball game :)

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  37. Pinning this for when I do go to Boston someday! I've never been. It sounds amazing! Thanks for doing the giveaway! :)

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  38. I would loooove to visit Boston someday! I'm calling dibs on you as my tour guide! :)

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  39. I'm from Syracuse, New York and therefore a life long Yankee fan. It's still a DREAM of mine to tour Fenway one day. I love those old baseball stadiums.

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  40. I've never been to Boston but you post makes me want to visit right now!! I love that LIttle Italy neighborhood - so beautiful! And I am always down for some shopping :)

    Maggie
    www.PolishedClosets.com

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  41. Wait HOW do you guys survive with AC in the summers?! Does it not get too hot there? There's no way we could do that in KC!

    Love these Boston pics- what a gorgeous city!

    -Ashley
    http://lestylorouge.com

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  42. Looks like so many awesome things to do and such a beautiful city! :)

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  43. I think hubs and I need to take a trip! Neither of us have been!

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  44. Such gorgeous pics! Zack and I have been toying with the idea of visiting Boston this summer....you're really enticing me to book a flight!

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  45. Such an amazing giveaway and your making us want to come to Boston. Everything sounds so amazing. We'll just have to explore LA for similar awesome things to do :)

    xx 365hangers

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  46. It's official, I really want to come to Boston after reading this post and all of your beautiful photos. I always hear the most amazing things about Boston and now it is officially on my list!

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  47. Boston is the best! Seeing these pictures makes me all giddy and proud to live here! (:

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  48. 8 blocks of shops and restaurants?! Hellloooo Boston :) It sounds and looks beautiful!

    kstormfashionblog.wordpress.com

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  49. yes to all of these! I have been to Boston so many times and it is my favorite city in the summer!

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  50. I have bookmarked this in case I ever make it to Boston!

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