Fall in Boston

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Fall is my most favorite season.  Something about fall feels so alive to me.  As a child, I would absolutely delight in seeing the leaf covered lawns and feeling the brisk air on my cheeks in the morning and evening.  I loved the anticipation that hung in the air for the first snowfall.  I was entranced by the excitement of the holidays and the coziness of my home at night. Even as I got older, those feelings remained.  So imagine my delight when U moved to Boston and discovered it was one of the most beautiful depictions of fall I had ever seen.  Now, I would love for you to join me as we take a walk around Boston in fall.

Stepping outside, the crisp chill of the air strikes my cheeks, and I am instantly grateful for the sweater I slipped on before heading out.  The air smells like I always imagined fall should smell like and the light filtering through the trees has a cozy, warm glow.  Everything feels festive.  Children gleefully run through piles of leaves and the landscape is awash in the colors of fall.  How can this be?  I’m standing in the middle of a major city, yet everything feels so quaint, and it is this dichotomy found in every nook of Boston that makes the city so unique.

Fall in Boston is nothing short of spectacular.  This is due in large part to the excellent care the city has taken in maintaining an abundance of parks and vegetation throughout the entirety of the city.  So, let’s take a journey through some of the parks and neighborhoods in Boston and do some leaf peeping…city style.

We begin our journey at the beginning, literally, with the oldest public park in America, the Boston Common.  Founded in 1634, the Boston Common covers 50 acres and is located in the heart of Boston. The park itself is bordered on the north by Beacon Hill, home to the Massachusetts State House, and a stunning collection of Brownstones that have been meticulously cared for by the families who own them.  I highly recommend walking through the Beacon Hill neighborhood as well.  Within the park you can find an abundance of history, so take some time and walk around, you’ll be surprised at just how much has occurred there.  The Boston Common is also home to the start of the Freedom Trail and the Frog Pond. During the warmer months the Frog Pond is alive with families looking to escape the heat, and during the winter months, it is transformed into a spectacular ice-skating rink.  To the west, just across Charles Street, you’ll find the Boston Public Garden, featuring stunning landscape and the famous Swan Boats.

From this point, I would recommend heading northeast over to the Faneuil Hall Marketplace, home of the Quincy Market Food Colonnade.  The market features thirty food vendors representing food from all over the world, so you are guaranteed to find something wonderful to try.  The market has both indoor and outdoor seating areas, though I recommend finding a seat outside as Faneuil Hall always has a myriad of colorful street performers and beautiful lights in the trees during Fall and Winter.

With your battery recharged head west across Cambridge Street and wind your way through the Beacon Hill area to the Charles River.  Here you will intersect with the Esplanade, which consists of a set of beautifully groomed trails bordering the Charles River.  For those of you who are familiar with the movie Ted, the Esplanade is where the famous Hatch Memorial Shell is located, which is an incredible open-air theater. Once you reach Massachusetts Avenue head south until you reach Commonwealth Avenue, then head east down Commonwealth.  Here you will find a breath-taking path, with trees lining the center of Commonwealth that will take you back to the Boston Public Gardens, just in time for dinner.  I recommend heading one block south to Newbury Street where you will find an abundance of cafes perfect for relaxing and people watching.