She wears a Red Sox Cap

Boston. Home to history and Chowda. I spent the last weekend up there for different events and a little bit of tourist-ing. The weather was absolutely amazing from the perspective of a Maryland girl because 72 degrees in August was perfect temperatures for outdoor activities. 

I stayed with a friend in the South End and hit up a Kenny Chesney concert and game at Fenway Park while we were there. If you are in the South End here are the two brunch spots we hit up and my review of them: 

1) The Beehive - While we enjoyed brunch outside on the Patio this is apparently a hot spot during the winter where the basement bar has a stage and promises to keep you warm and away from the cold weather outside. I have to say the best part about my brunch was the drink. I got a Morning Queen Bee which was grapefruit, Tito's, elderflower, and sparkling wine. I was just craving a burger so I indulged in the breakfast burger which came with Frites, a homemade combo of a potato chip and a french fry. Overall, it was a good time and a fun atmosphere!

2) Tremont 647 - We headed over here on Sunday before the baseball game and missed out on wearing pajamas to brunch, which is apparently a thing here. My food here was absolutely delicious. I got huevos rancheros and a side of a single Orange Ricotta pancake. I absolutely recommend the pancake. The flavors were amazing. To add to the fun I had a Big and Strong Mimosa which was an excellent addition. 

Kenny Chesney

I love me some Kenny. We took a bus from Boston out to Foxborough and Gillette Stadium for the concert. It was an amazing time tailgating and a fun time at the concert.

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Fenway Park

Even if you are not a baseball fan I highly recommend catching a game here. It is a more "intimate" stadium full of friendly people and fun. My only regret, not getting a hot dog before the stands closed. Being a visiting fan in enemy territory was not even that bad!

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Being a Tourist

On Monday, after the thrill of the other events had worn off and the Season 7 finale of Game of Thrones had been watched we headed out to do some tourist stuff. We started at South Station and did our own walking tour. Some guided tours that did sound cool were the Freedom Trail tour and the Duck Tours. My favorite stops were Faneuil Hall Markets and grabbing a relaxing spot on a bench in the Public Gardens. I wanted to make sure I got some Boston Chowda so we stopped at Quincy Market for a delicious bite to eat. 

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Philly wit Whiz

I spent the last weekend in Philly with my boyfriend mainly because we were craving cheese steaks and wanted to get away for the weekend. My favorite cheese steak style is with whiz and onions. I am honestly not a huge cheese fan (I know, weird) but I love fake cheese. That is why I get excited to go to Philly because they do it right there.

Saturday

Since we had been to Philly before we decided to do a different walking tour this time around based on an article we read. So we embarked on the North Philly Hipster Hike to see a new part of town. That is where we found Joe's Steaks, complete not only with cheese steaks but a pickle bar as well! This tour took us through Fishtown which is an "up and coming area" with a lot of construction of new apartments but also cute shops and fun restaurants. As we walked around we passed many bars with outdoor games. My favorite was called Garage which had games and tables and was BYOC (Bring your own cheese steak). 

At night we went to check out the Phillies baseball stadium. I love a good night at the ballpark with some drinks and food. I have a weakness for sitting and eating sunflower seeds while watching the game. At this stadium they even had huge Turkey wings which excited me since I am a huge carnivore. Another nice surprise, wine in a ready made made plastic cup that did not even taste too bad! It was a beautiful night at the yard and a great way to get a feel for the people of Philadelphia. 

 

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Sunday

On Sunday we woke up to windows full of sunshine and ambitions for more exploration. We headed over the Manayunk to explore the cute downtown area. After an amazing brunch at Winnie's we decided to walk the Schuylkill River Trail. From Manayunk it is a 6.2 mile walk to Downtown Philly and the famous Art Museum. It was a great walk and pretty inspiring to see hoards of bikers, joggers, and even rollerbladers out and about on a Sunday morning.  I highly recommend this trail  to anyone visiting Philly and looking to be active. As well, once you hit the Art Museum you can join the other fitness fanatics and run up the stairs!

West Virginia, Mountain Momma, Take me home...

This past weekend we made a trip out to Harper's Ferry in West Virginia. It is right on the Maryland/WV border and therefore was only an hour and 15 minutes from D.C. It is a cute little town but mainly a tourist destination. I would recommend this place if you are more interested in hiking. There are different trails you can go on away from the hustle and bustle of families exploring the history of the town. 

You can park at the Visitors Center and take a 1.5 mile hike down to the town. From the historic town there are different trails that  go along the C&O canal or up through the woods. As well, you can see people on tubes in the river which may be an enjoyable activity for a hot day!

I was most excited to go hiking and try out my new Nikon D3400 which I got as a birthday gift! I had fun testing out different modes to capture the day.

On the way back from our hiking adventures we stopped in Frederick, MD for some treats. Although if you are looking for ice cream there are many shops in Harper's Ferry. 

Downtown Frederick is  a cute town with many different boutiques and restaurants that are worth a trip. We stopped in the North Market Pop Shop for some ice cream. I personally had Vanilla Peanut Butter Almond Milk and it was awesome! The cool thing about this shop was the bottles upon bottles of soda on the wall. There was any type you could imagine!

My favorite boutique in Frederick was The Muse and it was filled with cute shoes, accessories, and clothes, featuring brands like Free People. 

 

Overall, if you are looking for a day trip with some time outside then I would recommend Harper's Ferry. If you are not into nature or hiking I would say another destination may be better for you!