And just like that, 2016 is over! As cliche as it may be, there is something so exciting about the opportunity for a fresh start, setting new goals, and the chance to work harder and turn dreams into realities. Twenty sixteen was without a doubt a turbulent year in some areas of my life, but it all lead me to where I am now and I wholeheartedly believe it was for all the right reasons.
With that being said, hellooooooo 2017! I’m ready for ya!
Kevin and I spent the last several days ringing in the New Year in Boston. We had an absolute blast and crammed in a whole lot in just 4 short days.
Since my head is still in a bit of a daze after the weekend, I thought I’d share some Tuesday randomness here on the blog and do a quick recap of some of our highlights from the trip.
I hope you enjoy this mish-mash of a post! Happy New Year to you and have a fantastic first week of 2017!
The North End
When Kevin and I booked our air b&b in the North End of Boston, we didn’t exactly know what sort of neighborhood we would end up in. Our goal was to find a location that would allow us to be walking distance to both TD Garden for the hockey game and to Fanuiel Hall for our NYE celebrations.
Boy oh boy, did we luck out! On Friday, we arrived at our temporary apartment for the weekend, right in the heart of Little Italy.
I fell in love. The space was so tidy and in an absolute ideal location.
We found ourselves just around the corner from Regina’s Pizza (the original!) and two blocks from Mike’s Pastry on Hanover Street, a necessary stop for authentic Italian cannolis, cookies, cake and many more sweet treats.
Buffalo Sabres vs. Boston Bruins
There’s no denying it – I was shaking in my boots walking into an arena filled to the brim with die-hard Boston fans.
However, that fear somehow did not stop me from plastering my face with Sabres stickers and rockin’ my tee with pride!
We stuck out like sore thumbs and spent the entirety of the game openly cheering against the crowd but it was all part of the fun. The vibe and energy at NHL games is unlike any other!
As a first timer to the Garden, I learned that it is also home to the Boston Celtics. Since neither of us have an opinion on NBA teams, we decided we will have to go to a game in the future and experience what it would be like to cheer along with that crowd on something. 🙂
In early December, Kevin and I pre-purchased NYE tickets to a party at Ned Devine’s, an Irish pub located in Fanuiel Hall.
It was a damp and dreary night as we headed out to ring in the new year, but a little rain couldn’t stop us from being total tourists and snapping some pics in front of the giant, beautifully lit Christmas tree.
We strolled around the historic Fanuiel Hall marketplace and enjoyed checking out the rest of the holiday lights before finding Ned Devine’s and kicking off the NYE celebrations.
Sunday turned out to be a beautiful, bright and surprisingly mild day for January in the north east. Anything over 40 degrees – I’ll take it!
After checking out of our air b&b, Kevin and I decided to make the most of the day before making the trek back to Rochester. We started off strolling Newbury Street and checking out the fun shops and boutiques along the way. We then found ourselves across the street from the Boston Common and continued to meander along through the park, stopping for dog pets along the way. 🙂
Always looking for gems off the beaten path, I asked Kevin if we could walk a bit further to Acorn Street, a tiny cobblestone road tucked away in the Beacon Hill neighborhood.
I had once read that Acorn Street is one of the most photographed streets in Boston. I am not sure if that is a proven fact, but after walking up and down this charming ‘lil area of the city and snapping several pictures of my own, I would certainly believe it!
Boston, you were a ball. Until next time! 🙂
Did you have any fun NYE adventures?
Have you ever been to Boston? What are some of your favorite places in the city?