MASSACHUSETTS – #CoastTheEastCoast

Hey there!! Happy Friday! Can you believe August is almost over? I’m feeling bittersweet about it because I’m eager for fall but trying to soak up all the summer sun because I know in a few months, Maine will be blanketed in snow. Erica and I are enjoying these last few sunny days exploring the East Coast. This week we are showing you our favorite spots in Massachusetts! Check out Erica’s blog HERE!!

Massachusetts has SO much to offer. My all time favorite place to explore there is Boston. There are so many places, big and little in Boston. I love going to the North End. My friend Haley and I explored Boston this week. CLICK HERE to check out my VLOG from that day! (:

IMG_9720 IMG_9738IMG_9741First, we got on a Downeaster train to get to Boston. This is super convenient when traveling around New England. We got right into North Station and took an Uber to the North End. We could’ve totally walked but Haley had a tattoo appointment to get to. After that, we grabbed yummy lunch at Pizzeria Regina. Although this isn’t 100% authentic Italian (sorry living there has kind of jaded me) the pizza is still SO good. It’s all house made, fresh to order, and baked right in a brick oven the way real Italians do.

IMG_9747For dessert, we headed to Mike’s Pastries. I’ve been eating a plant based diet and was psyched to realize marzipan was vegan! I couldn’t leave without buying a classic chocolate chip cannoli for Bill. The guy working behind the counter said that Mike’s sells 25,000 pastries a week!!! That’s nuts. They are all to die for and you can’t go wrong with whatever it is you choose.

If you’re looking for some serious shopping you’ve gotta hop on the T and get off at Arlington or Copley and shop along Newbury Street. The stores here range from Chanel to H&M to local boutiques. There’s something for everyone here which is great!

For those who don’t know, I went to school just outside Boston to study esthetics. Living in the suburbs around Boston gave me some insight into some cool little spots. In Winchester, I loved going to Revolve which is an awesome consignment shop which had great name brand clothes which are in really great condition. In the next town over, Woburn, there are an overwhelming amount of yummy places to eat. My absolute favorite was Gene’s Chinese Flatbread Cafe. This is an authentic pulled noodle bar where you can watch the staff throw these long strings of noodles in the air to stretch them out making them the yummiest most perfect texture. I also loved Tudo Na Brasa which at lunch time offers buffet style Brazilian food and delicious chocolate balls for dessert. Lastly, my dad SWEARS Maki Maki is the best sushi restaurant he’s been to in his entire life. I must agree, it is very delicious.

IMG_1337When avoiding the hustle and bustle of the city there are so many beaches to enjoy. Nantucket, Cape Cod (Cuttyhunk is my fave!), and Martha’s Vineyard are all hot spots to go to in the summer. For my birthday trip, we ventured out of these major touristy places and went to Wingaersheek Beach in Gloucester. The sand was soft and the water was so clear. I would highly recommend it!

What are your favorite spots in Mass?? Check back next week for Erica and I’s final stop of #CoastTheEastCoast in my home state of Maine!