In late October, my mom and I took a New England road trip. We hit up Kennebunkport, Newport, and 2 days in Boston. My mom and I like to take trips together a few times a year and we do the coolest things. We mainly stayed in the Back Bay of Boston but we did a lot of walking, exploring and eating! Read all about what we did below.
2 Days in Boston: the Best Things to Do for Your Mother-Daughter Trip
A yummy Mexican restaurant. We feasted on hot queso dip, pork carnitas nachos, fresco guacamole, tacos, and frolita’s (their frozen margarita). When they bring you the check, they bring cotton candy to cleanse the palette. I highly recommend making a reservation! They’re open daily from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. The kitchen stops serving at midnight.
A small bakery chain in Boston, Tatte (like a latte) is a great spot if you need a place to hole up and work for a little while. The food is fantastic and we tried the breakfast sandwich, avocado tartine, traditional shakshuka. They have several locations so you can’t give me a reason to at least not go for breakfast and coffee. Open 7 days a week, Monday–Friday: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sunday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
You can’t go to Boston and not visit an Irish Pub! Again, highly recommend making a reservation. It was so packed when we visited! I had the Shepherd’s Pie and my mom had the Taste of Ireland. It was all delicious! They’re open every day from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
There was one morning when we wanted to explore and hit the ground running so we hit up Flour Bakery for coffee and a pastry. They have several locations in Boston that are open at various times.
So the great cannoli debate of Boston. Mike’s Pastry or Modern Pastry. We only went to Mike’s because my mom had been there before. They only take cash and we got a nice assortment of cannolis and eclairs. We also bought a small cooler at a local pharmacy and put them in there. When we got to the airport we got ice at a spot at the airport and enjoyed them when we came home! Open Sunday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
A great little Greek restaurant that was great for wine and appetizers! I wish we were hungry enough for dinner but it was a great laid-back spot and I loved the ambiance! They’re open Monday- Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. – 12 a.m. and Thursday – Saturday from 11:30 a.m. – 2 a.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Shopping on Newbury Street
You know how much I love shopping! It’s a lovely walk and you shop at Reformation, All Birds, Patagonia, Anthropologie, and higher-end designers like Chanel, Tiffany, Burberry, and Cartier. There’s an AMAZING Restoration Hardware that you have to check out too.
Take a Stroll Around Boston Public Garden
After you’ve walked Newbury Street, you might find yourself at the Boston Public Garden. It is so pretty here in the fall with the gorgeous colors against the pond and the big beautiful trees! We also had fun watching all the dogs try to chase the squirrels.
Walk the Freedom Trail
You can book a tour, but we decided to walk it on our own at our own pace and look up the history from our phones. This includes places like Boston Common, Park Street Church, Paul Revere House, the Bunker Hill Monument. On a nice day, it’s a lovely walk! You can stop and eat and do whatever you like along the way.
Explore the Boston Public Library
Not going to lie, I wanted to go here to see where they filmed some of Legally Blonde! It’s a beautiful building that you’re free to roam around and explore. Make sure you’re quiet! Students are all-around studying. They’re closed on all holidays and closed on Mondays. They’re open Tuesday – Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Also drop in for high tea or a drink at their Map Room Tea Lounge.)
Get Artsy at the Institute of Contemporary Art
We ventured out of Back Bar into the Seaport District for the ICA! We saw lots of great exhibits and enjoyed the Sea view here. If you get hungry after looking at the art Committee (mentioned above) is right next to the Institute of Contemporary Art.
And there you have it! Our 2 days in Boston! We did so much walking, eating and sightseeing. There was still so much on our list! I want to go back again in the fall and hit up Harvard and some other restaurants.