Mark and I knew we wanted to take a road trip this summer. With our one year wedding anniversary at the end of May, we wanted to getaway for a few days and visit our American neighbours.
Armed with the perfect summer playlist, our Ford Fusion and matching Ray Ban sunglasses, we were ready to hit the road. We drove through Quebec and then Vermont stopping for lunch near the Ben & Jerry’s factory (much to Mark’s dismay we did not visit the ice cream factory). We continued through New Hampshire until we reached the incredibly congested bridge to enter Boston.
After some pretty mean traffic, we made it into the city and found our hotel located in the Back Bay area. We stayed at The Westin Copley Place since The Westin is a hotel chain that both Mark and I love. We are used to the amazing service, amenities and modern decor at The Westin and this location was no different.
This location boasts a AAA Four Diamond Award, is a recipient of the prestigious 4-Green Key Award, and is the only hotel in Massachusetts to be recognized as a Green Seal Certified!
Visitors looking for a central location and amazing views should definitely choose The Westin Copley Place. Our room was spectacular, with an entire wall of windows allowing beautiful, sunny views in the morning and the ability to watch the skyline lights twinkle at night.
For the fitness enthusiasts, all Westin locations offer a New Balance Gear Lending Program, which provides athletic shoes and apparel during your stay for just $5. With Boston being known as a running city, you should definitely try out the RunWESTIN program, which offers a running tour of the city every Tuesday and Thursday morning.
Also, if you’re looking for the best eggs benedict in the city, have breakfast at The Huntington located inside the hotel. This beautiful breakfast was made with fresh avocado and seared tofu and gave me the energy to explore Boston for the whole day.
I also have to give a special shout out to the amazing concierge team who provided us with tons of ideas on how to spend our four days in Boston! Now onto the details of our trip:
We arrived in the late afternoon on Friday and decided to take a walk around the hotel. We ended up walking pretty far and discovering the James P. Kelleher Rose Garden, which is a beautiful garden filled with many different varieties of roses, places to sit and a fountain.
We spent some time meandering around there and then returned back to our hotel to have dinner at the Atlantic Fish Co.
I had heard a lot of great reviews about this restaurant and I knew I just had to make it part of our trip. Atlantic Fish Co. has been a Boston staple since 1978 and is known for offering a wide variety of the freshest seafood available — printing menus each morning to reflect the day’s best catches.
Reminiscent of a classic cruising vessel, Atlantic Fish Co.’s dining room features detailed woodwork, navy blue leather booths, and beautiful murals evoking the spirit of the sea. Guests can also dine alfresco on the patio lined with colorful flower boxes and Boylston Street views.
Our second day in Boston we decided to spend the day in Cambridge. We opted for brunch at The Friendly Toast. With a menu offering twists on brunch classics and kitschy decor, this restaurant made the perfect fun brunch spot.
With our bellies full, we strolled around Cambridge admiring the quaint streets and stunning houses. We did the obligatory walk around Harvard and enjoyed a few hours at the Harvard Museum of Natural History.
After a long day in Cambridge, we returned to the Westin utterly exhausted. We opted to rent a movie and order room service in our suite. This was the best idea. I had the most delicious fish tacos, while we watched Wild in our gigantic king size bed.
We deemed our third day in Boston our “sight seeing day”. We started off with the New England Aquarium (which is a MUST especially if you love penguins) and then ventured to the Faneuil Hall where we enjoyed some authentic Lobster Bisque.
The weather was a bit dreary (okay dreary is an understatement as it poured for most of the day), so we decided to do the City View Trolley Tour, which is a hop on hop off bus tour. This allowed us to get a full tour of Boston while staying dry. We had two drivers and they were both really great at cracking jokes and also educating us about Boston’s history.
When the rain let up, we hopped off the bus near the Boston Public Gardens. We walked through the Gardens and the Boston Common and took in the Granery Burial Grounds. Boston is so full of history, it is easy to spend a day just walking around.
That night it was time for authentic Italian food and what better place than Strega. Situated right along the water, we had a beautiful backdrop to go with our amazing meal. This place was as authentic as they come. The staff were all Italian and the wall was lined with televisions playing classic mob movies.
Our waiter wasted no time picking out the perfect bottle of red to compliment our pasta dishes. We ended our meal with some Tiramisu and a Cannoli and left in a carb coma!
Our final morning in Boston we visited the Boston Public Library, which was located directly across from our hotel. We loved our hotel for its central location near historical sites, as well as modern advantages like the Farmer’s Market and Trader Joes nearby.
Our drive home was long but we were lucky that we had our Ford Fusion to cruise through the States with. We enjoyed music with the windows down until we made it back to Ottawa. We both fell in love with Boston (even though this was my third visit) and with it only being a short seven hour drive from Ottawa, it’s likely we’ll be visiting again soon.