This past weekend Abby and I teamed up with Amtrak to promote the convenient rail commute between Portland, Maine and Boston, Massachusetts. We're huge advocates of taking the train down to the city for a little getaway; they offer all the commodities you would need for a couple hour commute like outlets, wifi, bathrooms, even a little cafe to fuel you up with coffee and food for the day. Boston is by far one of Abby and I's favorite cities, and this opportunity allowed us to get away from our hectic schedules for a day and catch up with some of our good friends in the city.
Views from the Rail
I love taking the train to Boston. The views it offers of New England are subpar to non and the ride is always so much more convenient than driving. Abby and I live minutes from the Portland station, so accessibility was amazing and the ability to work while traveling is always a plus. Although the train travels through tons of familiar places, I'm always amazed at how different everything seems from the rails. My hometown felt transformed into some picturesque, dream like town that I had never seen before, and towns I never gave much attention to grabbed me like nothing before. I realized the immense variety New England has to offer and the beauty of my everyday surroundings.
Reaching our Destination
Boston is a beautiful city. As we approached the skyline on the train during the peak hours of sunrise I felt myself overwhelmed with the excitement of familiarity and adventure. Revisiting old favorite spots, the crisp November air lapping my face as it had years before and the slow docking of the train bringing it all home. Our immediate thought was to get coffee, and start connecting with friends to make the most of our trip.
Quick Stop at Tatte Bakery + Cafe
I love coffee, and baked goods, and luckily Boston has some top notch offerings of both. Tatte quickly became a mandatory stop in the city for Abby and I when our friend Brayan recommended it this Past September. The line is always out the door, and although most time here is spent waiting, it's always worth it. We had our sights on the Avocado Tartine and a Mocha Latte to accompany it.
En Route with Brayan
Brayan is a good friend of ours, and is always such a pleasure to hang with in the city. We met up at Tatte for a quick drink and soon after took off to go meet up with our friend Steven and check out some of the places Amtrak has suggested for our trip. We cut through the park on our way to the public library and couldn't pass up some of the photo ops.
Restoration Hardware: Dreaming of Luxe
Boston's Restoration Hardware furniture store is absolutely amazing. Apparently it is housed in what was once the Natural History Museum of Boston, and the interior architecture is so incredible. The glass elevator in the Middle complements the entire store and every corner you turn lush luxury furniture fills your field of view.
Boston Public Library
The Boston Public Library is a spot Abby and I have always wanted to check out. Its amazing architecture and notorious photo spots are always a lure, but somehow up until this point we had never managed to make it there. Luckily our friends Brayan and Steven were up for a trip (although at this point I'm sure they've both been there countless times). We headed over to the Library from Restoration Hardware, a trip that was windy and cold, but totally worth ever step.
Boston Skywalk Observatory
I didn't even know this thing existed; It was the last stop on our list and we were approaching peak lighting for some great cityscape shots. My biggest fear is heights, and traveling up 50 stories to the the top of the Prudential Building was total worth it, although the wind bellowing through the elevator shaft on the way up gave me the chills.
Boston, I love you. You are the urban escape I desire sometimes and the adventure within my reach. You offer me a seemingly endless abundance of fun and excitement fueled by constant discovery and exploration. Maybe someday I'll get to know you as well as your citizens, but for now I love being a tourist, and can't wait to return to see what else you have to offer.