Long Weekend of Fun

Last Thursday, my best friend Lora came to visit me in Boston. I took Friday and Monday off so we spent a wonderful long weekend together – we went out, visited the usual tourist spots (Harvard Yard, Boston Commons, the Public Garden, Beacon Hill, Faneuil Hall, North End, etc), hung out with my friends, enjoyed Oktoberfest in Harvard Square, went apple picking (my first time ever!), did some SERIOUS shopping, and ate a lot of chocolate (we went to 3 chocolate stores on her first day here).

Some highlights from our long weekend of fun:

I sometimes take Harvard Yard for granted because I’m still a Harvard student – but when I have visitors, I always take them to visit the John Harvard statue (aka the statue of lies). And if people tell you to touch his left toe for good luck, don’t. Rumor has it that frat boys pee on it.

We went to one of my favorite restaurants in Harvard Square – Henrietta’s Table. Trivia: did you know that Henrietta was a (very large) pig? That explains all the pig decor…

They have an excellent dinner and brunch menu, but I am almost always at the bar (hehe)

I got the rotisserie roasted chicken and romaine salad. It was great but I think it would’ve been perfect with some avocado

We also went to Hotel Chocolat and left very happy – the chocolate fueled our afternoon

We checked out the Boston Public Library. Have you been there? It is beautiful…

…it feels very regal and mansion-like

On Sunday we attended Oktoberfest in Harvard Square. It was packed! For some reason, this picture looks very 70s – maybe it’s the guy in the foreground?

We thought about getting some fried dough…

… or a caramel apple…

… or some chocolate covered strawberries…

… but we settled on Indian food – it was lunch time after all. And I find it hard to say no to spinach.

The balloon man was there again (remember him from Bastille Day?)…

… and he made a lot of kids very happy…

This guy on the other hand scared some kids (including Lora)

The Oktoberfest parade was really fun and loud

Then we went apple picking at the Belkin Family Lookout Farm in Natick…

aside from apples, we also saw some big pumpkins…

… and some mini pumpkins. These gourds are so cute.

We saw a pumpkin scarecrow too (Val, what are you doing? haha)

We ended the day with dinner at The Biltmore in Newton. The food there was delicious. I had the red snapper (sorry, no pics) with a brussel sprouts and chorizo salad that I will soon attempt at home.

Lora and I went to the North End on Monday but I will save that for another post!

I had such a lovely time with my best friend. She came at the perfect time and I’m so glad she met my friends and was able to enjoy a lot of activities around Boston. I love it when my friends and family come to visit me, and we all end up having a blast.

When was the last time you had a visitor from out of town? What are your “usual” tourist spots/acitivities?



   

10 Responses to “Long Weekend of Fun”

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    Michelle posted October 13, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    It sounds like you had a wonderful weekend! I just had guests in town a few weekends ago and we also hit up Harvard Yard, the MIT campus, Fenway Park, the North End and Newbury Street. It was a great (but exhausting) time!

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    Emily posted October 13, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Aw, man – I missed Oktoberfest in Harvard square?! It looked like a ton of fun. I love entertaining guests – it’s an excuse to go to parts of town I never travel to normally like the North End, the Common, etc. I need to get out of my Cambridge bubble more!

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    Rachel @Healthy_Chicks posted October 13, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    What a fun weekend! Even though I’ve lived in Boston for over a year, I still love going to all the touristy spots, especially walking through Quincy Market for some yummy eats, and getting lost in the BPL (it really is amazing in there). Great pics and looks like you had a wonderful, fun, delicious weekend! : )

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    Meghan@travelwinedine posted October 13, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Hooray for long weekends! It looks like you made the absolute most of the gorgeous weather and all the area has to offer!

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    Megan posted October 13, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Sounds like such a great weekend! Those chocolate-covered strawberries look delicious!

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    Liz posted October 14, 2010 at 7:26 am

    Those strawberries look huge! It’s so great seeing you and Lora together in the same place again :)

    And about the apple picking…I’ve done that before and it was kind of fun, but I just couldn’t bring myself to eat more than one apple, haha!

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    MelissaNibbles posted October 14, 2010 at 7:53 am

    A fall-filled weekend. Glad you got to spend such a fun time with your friend.

    I love the public library. It’s beautiful.

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    Sues posted October 14, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Looks like an awesome time!! I’ve been wanting to go to Henrietta’s Table FOREVER! Also, I really need to go explore the BPL some more. It’s so beautiful and it’s been years since I’ve just wandered around :)

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    Daisy posted October 14, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    What an amazing time! Just adore the BPL, Adam took me in one afternoon years ago and I was mezmerized. I need to discover Harvard Yard. Can’t wait to see what you ladies got into in the North End

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    Lea @ Healthy Coconut posted October 14, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    What a fun outing with friends :)

    I love traveling or spending time with friends.

    I can’t believe I didn’t visit those chocolate places that you went to when I was in Boston last year. I took a Harvard tour too and I might have touched the foot…ewww! I just watched the Social Network this weekend and it showed a lot of Harvard places that I visited, it was neat. I kept saying while watching the movie ” Oh, I went there”.

    Whenever I can make it out to Boston again, hopefully I’ll get a chance to meet you. You’re such a good tourist guide :)

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