Beacon Hill has long been one of my favorite neighborhoods in Boston. Traditional and beautifully manicured, Beacon Hill feels quintessentially Boston, and is one of my favorite places to spend a lazy afternoon.
When I think of Beacon Hill, the gorgeous old brownstones that line the streets are the first thing that come to mind. The black shutters against the terracotta hues of the brick is a color combination that I'll never tire of.
Beacon Hill is filled with wonderful little restaurants and cafés. Beacon Hill Chocolates have an amazing assortment of jewel-like treats and the prettiest keepsake boxes to take them home in. In the summer, I love to grab a cappuccino and a pastry from Cafe Vanille and sit outside with a book for an hour or so. If you're ever in the area, I recommend you bring an appetite.
I absolutely adore shopping in local boutiques -- it just feels so much more personal than shopping at a chain outlet. While my student's budget doesn't allow for many splurges, Beacon Hill provides ample opportunity for guilt-free window shopping.
Although I love living in a city, I find myself always searching for touches of nature. Whether at a flower shop, in sweet little gardens, or in beautiful window boxes, there's plenty of greenery to be found in Beacon Hill -- even in the middle of winter.
I've always been fascinated by antique stores. I'm constantly drawn to things with a decidedly vintage feel, and could spend hours browsing their shelves. I love imagining the stories and history behind the items, and love knowing that they once meant something to someone.
As you may know, I take any chance I can to celebrate the little details that make a place special. Luckily for me, Beacon Hill is filled with interesting details, like the antique lettering on this custom framing sign and the hidden little garden behind a closed gate. These are the moments that I'll remember the most.
I hope you enjoyed Beacon Hill as much as I did!
ps... An Afternoon in Hyannis