Today, a few girlfriends and I went to SoWa Vintage Market for some shopping and food truck grazing (new crepe truck = amazing). We lucked out and it was one of those beautiful early fall Boston days. The most popular items at the market were succulents — and I wanted all of them — and a surprising number of cool, homemade coasters.
My one purchase from the day: a Jackie O. Warhol print. I’m still figuring out where to put her (my apartment is lacking in the wall space department), but for now, she’ll creepily watch me at my desk.
With August fully under way, I’m feeling pressure to cross off all my summer must-dos, must-sees and must-eats that I’ve been dreaming up the past few months. So in between eating out in Boston way too often, I’ve been trying to spend as much time outdoors as possible: yoga on the esplanade, outdoor movies along the Charles River at EF’s North Point Park, outdoor concerts and art festivals, the ICA’s free Thursday nights, discovering new spots in some of our lesser-known neighborhoods, and runs (okay, really slow runs) along the Charles. I’ve decided August is my favorite month in Boston. The city puts on so many great activities so people can full take advantage of living in the city.
Midnight in Paris along the Charles at EF
Newly discovered: the communal gardens of the South End
Bold graphics in one of the ICA’s latest exhibits
The most beautiful sunset of the summer from a friend’s roof deck
When did mid-August happen? It hit me two weeks ago that we’ll be sipping apple cider and cozying up in sweaters before we know it, so I decided to go on an all-out summer-in-the-city binge. Al fresco dining is up there with ice cream and beach time when it comes to my favorite things about summer. So in the past few weeks, we’ve eaten out (and outside) as much as possible — managing to hit all three meal time zones with a brunch, lunch and dinner al fresco — and going back to some of our favorite Boston restaurants.
My favorite meals? Snagging a table outside last Saturday night at the Beehive for the most beautiful, twinkling night in the city, and delicious seafood at Carmen’s in the North End, a teeny wine bar over in the North Square with the most charming window bar seating imaginable.
I just want to take a quick second to gush about Boston’s Yoga on the Esplanade, which takes place every Wednesday night in the summer. Set right on the Charles River, the setting itself is worth coming out for. We’ve had amazing weather these past few nights with just enough of a breeze to take the edge off the sun.
Plus, when yoga ends around 7:00, you can hear the symphony playing farther up the esplanade (they play every Wednesday night at the hatch shell) and can catch a glimpse of the just-before-sunset light, which is beautiful on the river.
The epitome of summer–the 4th of July is my favorite holiday and it’s always a little bittersweet once it’s done and it’s time to head back to reality. But the weather was perfect, the water was nice and warm, and the Cape house was packed with family and friends, so I’ve got absolutely no complaints. Here are some pics from the weekend.
Heading out of Boston!
The obligatory (and delicious) BBQ.
Some more faves.