Boston: Out Our Doorstep
by Louisa Moore on Friday, March 8th, 2013
After months of early sunsets and cold weather, spring is slowly starting to appear here at Milton. As the snow on the quad melts away, we are finally able to take the shortcuts across the grass and not walk on just the paved pathways. It’s also time to put away the big jackets and snow boots and pull out spring clothes. With March Break and daylight savings time just around the corner, we will all have much more time to spend outside with friends and classmates. In the upcoming weeks and into the spring, Boston and the surrounding area offer many great opportunities for a quick getaway from the Milton campus. Just a car trip or T ride will take you to destinations like Newbury Street, Downtown Crossing, and Harvard Square.
Like any city, Boston has a great selection of restaurants catering everyone’s cravings. If you have a sweet tooth, try the Back Bay. The new LA Burdick is located on Clarendon, just off Newbury. With the success of one of its storefronts in Harvard Square, the chocolatier recently decided to expand into Boston. Their hot chocolate is to die for, and their chocolate model mice and penguins are adorable! Another very popular chocolate and dessert place is Max Brenner on Boylston Street. It is also a great place to go to for your chocolate/dessert fix.
Of course, there is a huge restaurant selection across the city. Some areas stick to a certain variety. Chinatown offers a host of great Asian choices, and pretty much every street has a place to drop in and eat. If you are looking to have a good time, check one of the hot pot places (where you cook your own food in a bowl of boiling broth in front of you). It’s fun watching your food cook before your eyes. In another section of town, the North End offers tons of Italian places (and the ever-popular Mike’s Pastry)! The rest of the city is pretty varied.
If you travel just a few more stops on the Red Line, you’ll end up in the heart of Harvard Square. It’s a happening place, filled with locals and college students. There are some awesome (and inexpensive!) places to eat there. Filipe’s has amazing burritos, a new Tasty Burger just opened up around the corner, and one of the last Upper Crusts left is still open (pending the outcome of the litigation of the feuding owners and employees).
Of course, there is some great shopping in Boston, especially when the weather is nicer. Newbury Street has seven blocks of stores, ranging from Forever 21 to Patagonia to Anthropologie. The next street over (Boylston Street) also has some other options. And if you’re in the area, check out the Prudential Center and Copley Place, especially if the weather is less nice.
If you want to kick back and relax, check out one of the two large movie theaters in Boston (one at Boston Common, the other at Fenway). They always have a ton of options and more than enough seating.
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